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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Mar
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Google has updated its support pages and started sending out emails to alert users of Google Wallet to an upcoming change in the way NFC payments work. As of April 14th, tap and pay will require KitKat or higher. Older devices will no longer be supported after that date.

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The reason for the change is Google's desire to only use Host Card Emulation (HCE) to make NFC payments work. That feature was introduced in Android 4.4, so it's the end of the line for Jelly Bean and earlier devices.

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Mar
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The original Wind-Up Knight was an endearing little platfomer, and it's looking like the sequel is just as cute and includes some new gameplay mechanics. This game has launched in Canada first, with access expanding to other countries soon. Most of you will have to make do with the trailer for now.

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Mar
Google-Smartwatch

It's a foregone conclusion at this point that Google is getting into the wearables game with a smart watch sometime this year. The specifics for the device are still somewhat hazy, but now we have an idea what the specs might be thanks to noted leaker of things, @evleaks.

According to @evleaks, the device is being made by LG and will have a 1.65-inch LCD running a resolution of 280x280.

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Mar
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After launching the Moto X at $299 late last year, Republic Wireless is moving on to Motorola's other current handset. The Moto G will be available without contract for $149 sometime in April and voice plans on Republic Wireless start at just $5 per month.

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When the Moto X launched on Republic it still cost over $500 from Motorola. Thus, it was a pretty big deal to sell it for just $299.

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Mar
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Chromecast support came a little early to the Plex app, but it also came with a catch – only premium PlexPass subscribers could use it. That was only a temporary situation, as the developers added features and improved the feature. Now the preview period is over and everyone can enjoy Plex's excellent content streaming with Chromecast support without a subscription.

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Mar
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Assuming you didn't need to actually touch a phone before buying it, Wirefly has long offered cheaper prices on new devices with US carriers. That may be in the past now – we've been getting reports that Wirefly (and parent company Simplexity) is shutting down and filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. If true, that's the end of the line for Wirefly. [Update: We were able to get in touch with Wirefly to confirm the closing.

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Mar
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Samsung's newest mid-size tablet is probably about to get more appealing for the tinkerers out there. TeamWin has announced official TWRP support for the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. The popular custom recovery can be downloaded from the official directory in several forms right this minute.

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Mar
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Sprint customers who are upgrading or opening an account in stores will soon have the option of customizing a Moto X. Starting March 14th (that's tomorrow) Sprint will be issuing codes to customers in stores so they can go online and design a Moto X. There are a few caveats, though.

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Mar
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There were some rumblings last month about yet another Android gaming device headed for the market, this time from Asus. Now the device appears more concrete than ever with a controller for the "Asus Game Box" showing up on the Bluetooth SIG website.

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The listing claims the wireless controller is for an "Android system for gaming markets." It runs on USB 3.0 and will pack a 430mAh rechargeable battery for 12 hours of gameplay.

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Mar
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Sometimes sales point you in the direction of an app or game that you would not have otherwise known about. That's cool, but the best is when something you've been yearning for goes on sale. That's when you pounce and pat yourself on the back for being so patient. Today is quite possibly one of those days.

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