Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

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May
minnesota

California lawmakers have been working on a bill for some time that would require a so-called "smartphone kill switch" in every phone, but Minnesota has beaten California to the punch and become the first state to enact such a law. It mirrors the California law very closely, but goes a step further by banning some cash sales of used phones.

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The main provision of the bill covers how the proposed kill switch requirement would work.

15
May
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The people behind Pressy have been keeping quiet in the last week or two as the most recent estimated ship date came and went with no almighty Android buttons arriving at backers' doors. Nimrod Back has now updated the Kickstarter page to explain the issue, and it's not particularly good news.

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15
May
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You've got a few choices when you need to know what song is playing in the background, but today there's another reason to choose SoundHound for your audio identifying needs. Version 6.0 brings a new interface to song, album, and artist pages. There are also a few more small tweaks.

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15
May
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Nearly every phone sold in the last few years has a 4G LTE radio, but when you place a call it's still falling back to traditional 3G technologies. The all-IP voice technology known as VoLTE (voice over LTE) is still in the early days, but AT&T is beginning its rollout this very month on May 23rd.

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May
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In some emergency situations it might not be practical or possible to make a voice call to 911, but starting today, you might have another option. It took a bit of wrangling with wireless carriers, but the FCC's deadline for having the necessary wireless infrastructure in place is today. That doesn't mean everyone will be able to text 911 yet, but the pieces are in place.

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May
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The top-down dual stick shooter has been a staple of mobile gaming for years, but that doesn't mean it's all played out. JoyJoy from Radiangames has a neat look and customizable controls. Oh, and there are no in-app purchases, an increasingly rare attribute.

JoyJoy contains 24 waves of baddies, each with its own unique challenges. Your weapons are upgradeable, along with your ship. Though, "ship" might be a bit of an overstatement.

14
May
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That shiny new HTC One M8 is supposed to come with 50GB of free Google Drive space, but what gives? AT&T is holding out on us. It was actually just a bug that popped up last month, but AT&T promised it would be fixed by mid-May. Here we are right about the middle of May, and the fix is rolling out.

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May
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It was a rough day yesterday for fans of the video indexing app Mizuu. The app was pulled from Google Play after it was found to be in violation of Google's adult content guidelines. The developer has received word that the app won't be reinstated, so he's decided to open source it and host a free version so paying customers will still have access.

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14
May
2014-05-14 12_24_13-Exclusive_ Samsung Galaxy Gear Tizen Preview _ SamMobile

The Galaxy Gear didn't jumpstart Samsung's wearable ecosystem as it had hoped. In fact, it was such a disappointment that the company released a new version alongside the Galaxy S5 just a few months later. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo run Tizen instead of Android, but there was rampant speculation that the original Gear would be moved to Tizen eventually. Apparently that's close to happening, and SamMobile got some hands-on time with Tizen on the Galaxy Gear.

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May
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What are you doing with that paper bus schedule when there's Google Maps? Google is constantly refining its public transit data, and today it's announcing a big boost in real-time transit data across the UK, as well as in Chicago and Vancouver. Plus, neat infographics.

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