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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Jan
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Some companies have made a business out of selling high-quality Android slates at a good price by making the right compromises. Other companies, are Archos. The newest devices from the French tablet maker are the three Neon tablets, the 90 Neon, 97 Neon, and 101 Neon.

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These three devices are all packed in the same general size range. The 90 Neon has a 9-inch 800x480 screen, which will probably look fairly awful.

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Jan
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Last Updated: January 31st, 2014

Sony bumped the Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra to Android 4.3 in December, but a new software build is starting to make its way to users starting today. This one has build number 14.2.A.1.136, but it's still Android 4.3 – Sony is just doing a little housekeeping.

29
Jan
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That hotly anticipated Android 4.2.2 update for the AT&T HTC One was approved for distribution yesterday, but now it's reportedly hitting devices. Users on XDA report that a small 16MB update is showing up first, then sometime later, the big 537MB update to Android 4.2.2 appears.

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Jan
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Update: Google has announced that the deal is official on its investor relations site, and Motorola had its say too. The deal is worth $2.91 billion, with $1.41 billion paid at closing ($660m in cash and $750m in stock). Lenovo gets 2000 patents in the deal, plus a licensing arrangement with Google. Original post follows.

Google is always doing surprising things, but this is probably not something anyone would have predicted yesterday.

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Jan
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The Android Device Manager app could really save your bacon if you misplace a device, but it could also be a serious pain if someone else opens it. An update is rolling out right now that adds a password challenge when you open the app or switch accounts that makes sure no one but the account holder can track, lock, or wipe devices.

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After the update, ADM will prompt for a password each time it starts up.

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Jan
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The fight for the future of humanity is still raging in the virtual world of Dead Trigger 2. An update is rolling out right now that adds a ton of new content and tweaks some of the rules of engagement. It's as good a time as any to start shooting zombies and saving the world.

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29
Jan
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LG is expected to make the G Pro 2 official at Mobile World Congress next month, but the device is parading around in front of the camera already. The images that popped up on a Korean forum look just like you might expect. It's has those back-mounted buttons from the G2, but on a larger frame.

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There's nothing for scale in the photo, so it's hard to tell exactly how big the phone is – the placement and size of the buttons make it look at least a little larger.

29
Jan
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Note: Google will send out email notifications that enable the deal on your account. It won't work until then.

Maybe Google Play isn't the first place you go for music purchases, but Mountain View is doing its best to change your mind. There's a new promotion on and it's actually a really good one. The Google Play team has selected a few dozen albums that you can now buy for just $0.99 each.

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Jan
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Tax season is upon us, but don't get too down about it just yet. The new Intuit TaxLink app might make it slightly less awful. This is an app that makes communication and document transfer with your accountant faster and easier. Of course, you need to have an accountant first.

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In order to use this app, your accountant must be an Intuit Online user, and will invite you to use the service.

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Jan
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You know what sucks? The outdoors. All those people, the light, the strange sounds – no thanks. But you can only subsist on delivery food for so long. Postmates is a service that promises deliveries of just about anything you want, and there's a new Android app to go with the service. The catch is that you can only use Postmates in San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, and Washington DC for the time being.

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