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

29
Apr
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Last Updated: May 7th, 2014

Motorola has had some pretty crazy sales for the Moto X in past months, but the fun doesn't have to end just because Lenovo is heading things up. Motorola is having a one-day Mother's Day sale on May 1st with reduced off-contract prices for all versions of the Moto X.

2014-04-29 16_22_12-Motorola - A Google Company

29
Apr
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The market for gigantic waterproof phones just got a lot more competitive. Google has slashed the price of the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition by $200. That brings the price down from $649 to a much more respectable $449.

2014-04-29 13_01_21-Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition - Devices on Google Play

29
Apr
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The Spotify app on Android has gone through several iterations on its way to being not ugly, but the one rolling out now might be the most significant. A new dark UI is hitting devices with new fonts, icons, and a few tweaked features. Some elements of this interface have been appearing on devices over the last few weeks, but today is the official announcement.

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29
Apr
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Who doesn't like pretty pictures? That's right, no one. 500 Firepaper is a great way to get some lovely images from 500px on your home screen in the form of a constantly changing live wallpaper. Version 2.0 of the app is out with a number of excellent improvements, including unique functionality courtesy of 500px itself.

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28
Apr
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So your phone maker thought you could get by with only 16GB of internal storage, eh? You could get a microSD card for some phones, but that's not always supported. So a USB drive with an OTG cable? What is this? The middle ages? You can get a Corsair Flash Voyager GO USB 3.0 drive with a dual microUSB/USB plug built right in – and they're on sale today.

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28
Apr
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Believe it or not, there are some people who bought the G Flex on Sprint for $300 on-contract. Those people will finally have something to be happy about today with the news that Sprint is rolling out KitKat to the curvy device starting today (4/28).

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28
Apr
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The tinny speakers on your smartphone are no good for listening to music (HTC One owners, please ignore), so Samsung has decided to offer you a new audio option. The Samsung Level series consists of four mobile audio products – Level Over, Level On, Level In, and Level Box. So what the heck are they? Here's a hint: the names describe their relationship to your ears.

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28
Apr
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An IFTTT user has helpfully posted a recipe that takes advantage of the push notifications in the new IFTTT Android app. This particular concoction will ping you each time we post an APK file for download, which we do pretty often. The recipe is currently trending at #4 on IFTTT, about which we are extremely pleased.

2014-04-28 00_38_53-Recipes - IFTTT

28
Apr
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Last Updated: May 1st, 2014

OEMs have tried a few times to make Android work in the notebook form factor, but the closest anyone has gotten is the Transformer line from Asus. Those are tablets first, though. The HP Slatebook 14 is a straight-up laptop running Android, and it's starring in a video demo posted by HP. Update: It looks like HP wasn't ready to spill the beans quite yet. It pulled the video from its site for the time being.

25
Apr
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Say, do you like racing? Do you like spaceships? Do you like... dubstep? Then how about a game where spaceships race with a dubstep soundtrack, and also shoot at each other? If that sounds good, Flashout 2 is waiting for your money.

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