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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Sep
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Earlier this week, Samsung announced that it was bringing Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) to Exynos 5 Octa chips. Samsung didn't clarify if HMP would require new hardware, but that was the implication. Now Meizu has unexpectedly announced the Exynos 5 Octa chip in its recently unveiled MX3 will be getting HMP through a software update.

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All Exynos 5 Octa processors until now have used cluster migration to manage the ARM big.LITTLE cores.

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Sep
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The Galaxy Note II is getting an OTA update. Hooray, right?! Eh, kind of. The update clocks in at 165MB, but it doesn't bump the Android version or even add new features. What you're getting is 165MB of updates to Google and AT&T preloaded apps.

2013-09-11 15_06_04-Update the Software for the Samsung Galaxy Note II (i317) - AT&T Wireless Suppor

The update will be pushed down to everyone automatically over the coming days, but you can check for the OTA manually from the Software Update menu.

11
Sep
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In 2009, I was an iPhone user. I had been watching Android intently, but none of the hardware really appealed to me. As the end of the year grew near, I felt the itch to get out of Apple's walled garden. I didn't hate my iPhone, but I knew it wasn't the right platform for me. I bought an HTC Hero, and I still pride myself on having the commonsense to return it a few weeks later and buy the Motorola Droid.

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Sep
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Google Glass is neat, but it's currently short on third-party apps because Google hasn't opened up the Glassware app ecosystem yet. While we wait for that to happen, the data sync service Zapier has added support for Glass that connects it to over 200 online services.

Zapier is based around triggers and actions. If you've ever used ITTT, it's a similar idea. Each "Zap" is basically used to make two services interact.

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Sep
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If you're in the market for a wireless charger, you probably haven't thought to check AT&T for deals. That's just where you can get some Qi chargers for a veritable pittance. The Nokia DT-900 is usually $50, but you can get it for quite a bit less.

2013-09-11 08_28_48-Nokia Cyan Wireless Charging Plate accessories from AT&T

If you buy 1-2 chargers, they cost $24.50 each. Not bad considering most retailers are still asking close to the regular price. It's $50 at Verizon and $40 on Amazon.

10
Sep
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Apparently there was some sort of iThing announced today. It does apps and stuff, which is nice. But you don't have that kind of mobile thing – you've got the other one. That doesn't mean you shouldn't have apps and stuff. We have some sales to help you out with that.

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10
Sep
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A few days ago Android watchers were abuzz after a new version of Verizon's Galaxy S4 appeared on Samsung's site. Listed as model number SCH-I545L, there was some speculation it could be a spec bump on the original GS4. Maybe even a version of the device with LTE-Advanced? The truth behind that extra "L" at the end of the model number is much more mundane. It's for rural carriers, according to Verizon.

10
Sep
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Turn-based gaming is making a bit of a comeback these days, but such titles can easily end up painfully tedious or just not compelling. Breach and Clear is a top-down shooter that seems to aim for a middle ground. You have to carefully position units, leverage special tactics, and keep track of enemies. However, some of the busywork is taken out of your hands. This game has the potential to scratch a tactical itch in a big way.

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Sep
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Google Search is a really handy feature, but are you using its voice features to the fullest? Probably not, unless you're Jean-Louis Nguyen. This YouTube user posted a video last year showing off everything Google Voice Search was capable of, but that was early on. Google Search has evolved a lot in the past year, and Nguyen got in touch to let us know there's a new demo video. It's over 10 minutes of voice search queries, many of which you probably didn't know were possible.

09
Sep
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If you have been waiting on the LTE variant of the new Nexus 7, now is the time to make your move. The 32GB slate has just gone live in Google Play, and it can be yours for $349 with free 3-5 day shipping. In addition, the device will be appearing in T-Mobile stores come October.

2013-09-09 16_57_06-Nexus 7 (32GB, WiFi   Mobile data, Unlocked   T-Mobile SIM) - Devices on Google

The only difference between this device and the version that launched a few weeks ago is this one has that SIM slot for access to HSPA and LTE networks.