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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Let's say there are a few apps that you use frequently. You could get to them by diving into the app drawer, placing shortcuts on the home screen, or hoping they're someplace in the multitasking interface. Slyde makes it easier – you just swipe and pull up your favorite apps.

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May
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Look, not every tip needs to be about extending battery life or accessing things more easily. Today we've got some smiley faces and stuff. It turns out you can use Emoji in homescreen folder names, which is neat.

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Apr
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Last Updated: May 7th, 2014

The Moto X might be getting on toward its twilight years, but it's still a great phone with killer features. Motorola's promised Mother's Day sale is active, which means you can get this device for a mere $299.99 for the 16GB version.

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Apr
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Fans of Nova Launcher and WidgetLocker have long had support for bubble-style unread counts on some app icons thanks to TeslaUnread. The newest beta version of this app includes preliminary support for a ton of new apps, but you'll have to opt into the beta.

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Apr
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Google's gaming hub on Android is getting an update today with a few noteworthy tweaks, and as usual, we have an APK for you to download. You wouldn't want to look at your achievements in anything but the latest and greatest, right?

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Apr
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Last Updated: May 1st, 2014

It's Wednesday, and you know what that means – yes, Google is updating apps. This week we've got a search update to version 3.4 and it has some good stuff going on. We're still checking it out, but it looks like automatic parking detection is a go. Or stop... whatever.

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Apr
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Pushbullet does a lot of neat stuff, and it's getting that much cooler with today's update to v14. The app was already pretty slick in the looks department, but now it has a nifty card-based UI and a fully optimized tablet layout. Oh, and pushing is improved too.

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Apr
2014-04-30 10_16_46-BYOD - Ting

Things are strange when you're dealing with CDMA carriers, and doubly so when it's an MVNO. You've been able to buy the Galaxy S4 and HTC One (M7) since they came out last year on Ting, but now inactive Sprint devices can be ported to Ting.

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Apr
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LG is sending out invites to an event on Tuesday, May 27th in London with simultaneous events scheduled in New York and San Francisco. The invitation doesn't offer much information, simply stressing the letter 'G.' However, we're told there's a new flagship smartphone ready to drop.

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Apr
2014-04-30 01_23_22-Pokemon Master Rewards

Leave it to Google to make April Fools fun long after the day is done. Users who successfully completed the Maps quest and found all the Pokémon (plus the secret Mew) are being pinged by the search giant with a link to register for a surprise gift. What is it? Well, that's what surprise means.

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