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.

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Apr
2014-04-01 10_48_13-Chromecast_ A New Era of Squirrel Entertainment - YouTube

Google is really heavy on the joke content this year. There's the Photobombing, Pokémon Maps, Signature Apps, and now Chromecast for Squirrels. What? Small mammals have video they want to watch on bigger screens too.

The video really drives the point home that Chromecast is all about squirrel empowerment and choice. No longer will squirrels have to watch human video content, because now there's Chromecast. As for the paw-friendly app situation, Google is working on that.

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Apr
2014-04-01 09_32_05-Introducing_ Google Play Signature Edition - YouTube

App developers are getting their own little April Fools prank from Google today in the form Signature Apps. What is a Signature App? Well, rather than a cold, impersonal download, developers can ship apps to customers on a thumbdrive inside an ornate package ready for unboxing. Efficiency be damned.

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Mar
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You know what trend in mobile is easy to make fun of? Wearables, of course. Most smart watches almost make fun of themselves. At some point in the last few weeks, the marketing folks at HTC and Samsung apparently came to very similar conclusions about the best way to lampoon wearables – gloves. Samsung came up with the Samsung Fingers smart glove, but HTC has just pseudo-announced the HTC Gluuv. Same basic joke, different execution.

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Mar
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We all need a little positive reinforcement now and then, and Google's aiming to give that to you by surfacing a bit of data it's been keeping track of for a few years. If you head to your Google+ profile online, right next to your followers will be the number of views your content has gotten since Google started keeping track in October of 2012.

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Mar
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Chromecast apps are popping up almost faster than we can install them, but let's not forget one of the first apps to show us what the Chromecast was capable of doing. Of course, I'm talking about AllCast. Koush's streaming app has been updated with a few goodies, some of which are still listed as 'beta.'

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Mar
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There are already plenty of ways to get music on your Chromecast, but consider Rdio among the options now. The popular streaming service has announced that Chromecast support is coming to the app this very day.

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Mar
2014-03-31 10_21_47-The Dash – Wireless Smart In Ear Headphones by BRAGI LLC. — Kickstarter

Okay, people really, really hate wires. This is the only conclusion that can be drawn by the incredible performance of the Dash on Kickstarter. After asking for a mere $260,000 earlier this year, the internet just funded these completely wireless earphones to the tune of $3,390,551. Wow.

The Dash wants to be all the things in a simple ear-shaped package. It consists of two independent Bluetooth buds that have a speaker, bone-conduction mic, heart rate monitor, step counter, and 4GB of built in storage for music (if you don't want to pair with a device).

31
Mar
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Update: HTC has pulled down the kernel source and framework files for the time being. The reason is unclear. Perhaps they were posted early, but we'll keep an eye on them. You can grab the kernel source from this rehosted link and framework files from this one for now.

We're still a few weeks away from the ship date for the HTC One M8 Google Play Edition, but the kernel source is just a click away.

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Mar
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Google has updated its Play Store developer policy with some tweaked language and a few new sections. As usual, Google is making changes to address worrying trends it is seeing in apps. Developers whose apps are not in line with the new policy risk getting booted from the store. Perhaps the most interesting alteration is a new section outlining unacceptable app promotion techniques.

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Mar
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Facebook's new Messenger beta program is already making great strides with a jump to v4.0. You'll have to be in the beta program to get access, but it's quick to set up. Once opted in, you'll get to check out a few interesting new features in Facebook's chat app.

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