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
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Google hasn't forgotten you, Canada. Google never forgets – it just takes it's time. After substantial complaining and gnashing of teeth, Google Play Music and All Access are rolling out to Canada. Yes, you can upload your tunes and subscribe to unlimited streaming.

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May
2014-05-05 10_18_05-XBMC 13.0 Gotham rises _ XBMC

XBMC started life as a hack for the original Xbox game console, but it has since evolved into a much-beloved open source home theater system on a number of platforms. After months of release candidates and betas, XBMC 13.0 (codename Gotham) is ready to download on Android (and other stuff).

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The new version brings a number of improvements, only some of which pertain directly to Android. The most relevant to our interests is the inclusion of hardware media decoding on ARM and x86 Android devices.

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May
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Sprint got on the Google Voice train early – about when Google got bored and started ignoring the product. At any rate, things have been fine for users on Sprint, who get tight integration with Google Voice on their Sprint number. Well, except this last weekend. There's a pretty big thread going over at the Google Product Forums of Sprint users reporting strange behavior with GV.

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May
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Google is sneaking one more update in this week, and it's an odd one. After pushing out the new Docs and Sheets apps, Google is now updating the main Drive app and actually removing some functionality. You will now be prompted to install Docs or Sheets if you want to edit, but it's not as bad as it sounds at first.

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May
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Let's get this weekend started right with some apps and games at reasonable prices. Well, your definition of reasonable might differ from ours, but try to be open-minded, okay? Jeez, okay. Fine. Be like that.

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May
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A late entrant to Google's update Wednesday is Play Music. Version 5.5 has started rolling out, but don't expect huge changes. So far all we've seen is a tweak to playlist management. You can still download the APK below, if that's how you roll.

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02
May
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Google still hasn't graced us with a new 10-inch Nexus tablet, which is undoubtedly a bummer. The Nexus 10 is still floating around, though, and you can find one for cheap if you know where to look. Case in point, the N10 is featured in today's eBay deals, and it's only $269.99.

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This is a completely new, unopened Nexus 10 – an increasingly rare commodity these days. Most eBay deals for this device are refurbished units.

02
May
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Motorola has a lot of apps in the Play Store to enhance its devices over time without a ROM update – even the boot animation. Motorola's newest boot animation is now playing on a Moto X/G near you. Don't have a Moto device? We've got the video for you.

02
May
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Koush has been busy since leaving Cyanogen Inc. to spend more time working on his various projects. A new update for AllCast is set to roll out soon with an interesting new feature. Users with a Fire TV will be able to stream video to the TV, but route the audio through the phone only. Why would you want to do this? It's private listening mode.

01
May
BLU Products LIFE PURE XL

Blu has made its name offering inexpensive mid-range devices, but the new Life Pure XL is creeping up the food chain. This phone will still be fairly cheap, but has vastly improved specs.

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