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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Oct
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There are plenty of alternative Android keyboards, but SwiftKey is perhaps the most well-known and capable of the lot. Even this paragon of customization is not perfect, though. The newest update to SwiftKey includes a lot of bug fixes and responds to some specific user complaints.

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Oct
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Maybe you got LTE coverage a long time ago, but not everyone is so lucky. AT&T is still filling in the gaps in its LTE network, and is today adding 13 new markets and expanding a few more. Let's see if you're on the list.

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08
Oct
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Noted leaker and poster of pictures @evleaks just released an image that appears to show an unannounced Samsung Galaxy phone with a curved AMOLED screen. Past devices with curved glass, like the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S, have had curves running from top to bottom. Not this one, though. Samsung's next device may sport a left to right curve, which makes it look kind of like a soggy taco shell.

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The last round of vague hints from Samsung had this device pegged for an October release in South Korea, but nothing beyond that.

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Oct
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Is your relationship with family and friends a little too good? PinWars can take care of that by taking a nice game of pinball and turning it into a super-competitive button-mashing frenzy. It does look neat, though.

The headlining game mode in PinWar is the two-player setup where each person grabs onto one end of the device – probably a tablet – and taps away to control their flippers. It's kind of like Air Hockey, but with pinball rules.

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Oct
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What are you doing? Working? That's for suckers. A far better use of your time would be to play games on your phone all day. Sure, you might have some problems with bill collectors down the line, but we can at least save you a little cash on the apps.

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Oct
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If that pricey and not terribly attractive official slip case for the new Nexus 7 didn't do it for you, Google has something new in stock. The official hard-cases for Google's new tablet are now up for order in four different color combinations. However, they aren't cheap either at $49.99.

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08
Oct
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If you've been eyeing up the Moto X, today might be the day to jump on it. All Moto maker orders today will include a free Motorola Skip and a pair of SOL REPUBLIC Jax earbuds. Because this is only for Moto Maker purchases, that means it's limited to AT&T customers.

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The items will be added to your cart automatically at checkout and discounted to zero bucks. However, you can't make any color substitutions – you get chalk-colored headphones and a black Skip.

08
Oct
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There's a trend toward gold-colored smartphones as of late, but none of them are actually made of gold. That would be totally impractical and expensive, right? Exactly. HTC is crafting five HTC One smartphones in 18-carat gold to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the MOBO awards, which recognize black and urban music in the UK. The gold HTC One carries a price tag of £2,750, or about $4400.

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Inside, it's the same HTC One you know and love, but the aluminum outer casing is replaced with a gold-plated wrap.

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Oct
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Maybe you've never really noticed the sponsored shopping results that pop up in Google searches, but Google is aiming to change that by making those ads more relevant to your physical location. The search giant is rolling out local shopping results that guide users to nearby brick-and-mortar stores. In fact, you may already have them in your search results.

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The shopping results that appear on both mobile and desktop searches may now open a dedicated local storefront when clicked.

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Even with Microsoft pulling Skype's strings, there are still updates coming to the Android version of the app. Skype 4.4 brings the usual collection of bug fixes and tweaks, but there's also a new tablet UI and improved video quality for all Android devices.

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The updated tablet UI will emphasize conversations by displaying your most recent calls and chats with each contact entry. The look and feel has been streamlined a bit too.