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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Jan
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Most portable external batteries make it easy to charge up a phone or tablet when your power runs low, but what about a computer? The ChargeAll can do both, and it has really excellent reviews on Amazon. The only problem is the price, but TouchOfModern has the ChargeAll heavily discounted if you don't mind waiting.

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Jan
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Motorola is still working to get all of its devices updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop, but there are a few soak tests going on at the moment. That means new Motorola apps are floating around, and we've got them available for download.

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19
Jan
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It's almost a foregone conclusion at this point, but Bloomberg is adding its voice to the chorus predicting a new HTC flagship phone this March. Going a step further, Bloomberg also says a smartwatch is coming at the same time. HTC hopes these releases will help it finally dig out of the profit slump of the last few years.

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16
Jan
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According to the latest rumors circulating in Silicon Valley, Google is mulling a possible acquisition of NFC payment provider Softcard. Perhaps that name doesn't sound familiar—it used to be Isis until that unpleasantness in the Middle East forced a name change. Apparently those mega-creepy ads didn't do the trick because the rumors point to a very low sale price.

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Jan
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CES isn't the mobile show it once was. Most of the big flagship devices these days are announced at dedicated events or at Mobile World Congress, which begins in just a few weeks. HTC has sent out invites to its MWC event where we will apparently, "see what's next."

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Jan
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Motorola makes it easy to get all your stuff on (or off) a Moto X, Moto G, and other Moto phones with the Migrate app. It's seen a few significant design changes in the wake of Android 5.0, and today it's getting another update. This one is mostly adding new functionality, but the UI has a few minor tweaks too.

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15
Jan
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Time to break out that old Nexus 7 or Nexus 10—Google has just posted system images based on Android 5.0.2 for both of these devices (razor and mantaray). The most recent version on these tablets before today was 5.0.1, so it's not like they've been waiting on Lollipop this whole time like some devices (cough razorg cough).

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Jan
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The Wikipedia app has existed for a long time, but it hasn't seen a UI update in quite a while. That changes today with the new version. It has some material design elements and cool new usability features.

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Jan
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It's still hard to find a Nexus 6 in stock even months after it was released. That's even more true if you fancy the "cloud white" version. Not only does Expansys USA have the device in stock, it's on sale for $604.99 with free shipping.

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15
Jan
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T-Mobile is already the largest provider of prepaid service in the US, and now it's adding some new options for customers who want to save a little cash. The Simply Prepaid plans start at $40 and include unlimited talk and text, but they won't be available until January 25th.

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