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.

29
Aug
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Developer types, take note. Samsung has just posted the kernel source for the Galaxy S4 Zoom LTE and the Galaxy S4 LTE-A. Getting a piece of the open source Jelly Bean code will allow developers to better support the devices, which might actually be important in the case of the oddball GS4 Zoom.

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The Galaxy S4 Zoom is basically a GS4 Mini with a giant point-and-shoot camera grafted on the back.

29
Aug
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Sorry, did you have plans for your money? Well, it looks like you're going to spend it on some apps and games. At these prices, you'd be crazy not to.

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29
Aug
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Samsung really crossed the streams when it announced the Galaxy NX Android camera back in June – mashing up a high-end mirrorless camera with Android. It's a rather bizarre idea, but actually looks like an interesting device. Samsung neglected to announce a price, though. Well, now it has, and you're not going to like it. The Galaxy NX will cost $1,599 for the body with no lens, or $1,699 for the body and a standard 18-55mm zoom lens.

28
Aug
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If you've been anxiously waiting for the chance to order up a Verizon Moto X, now is the time! The Moto X order page just went live on Verizon's website. If you want one as soon as possible, you'll have to buy online – Verizon won't have the device in stores for a few weeks.

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The Verizon Moto X is only available in black and white at this time. Also, there is only a 16GB storage option.

28
Aug
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Google was good enough to release the stock Android keyboard in Google Play a few months back, and now it's getting a nice update to version 1.1. It's not going to rock your world, but it might take care of some annoyances.

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Aug
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Tower defense has been done, but Crescent Moon Games might have a trick up its sleeve with the new title Siegecraft Defender. This is a 3D tower defense game based on the Unity engine with a conventional, but solid single-player campaign and an innovative multiplayer aspect.

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The regular campaign consists of over 30 levels, which the developer claims amounts to about 10 hours of gameplay. The basic mechanics on display are on the safe side.

28
Aug
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There are some Android fans who are positively frothing at the mouth to get their hands on the LTE version of the new Nexus 7. While Google hasn't given an exact date for wide availability, the device is starting to appear for sale in some European markets. Surely it can't be long now.

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One lucky German buyer was able to pick up his preorder from MediaMarkt in Hannover, Germany earlier today.

28
Aug
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There sure have been a lot of sales as of late, and today is no different. We've got another batch of good deals on apps and games to help you cope with the tedious minutiae of life.

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28
Aug
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If your cable or satellite provider has an app, odds are it's pretty terrible. I mean, have you seen the Comcast app? The DIRECTV app used to fall into the same category, but no more. The 3.0 update is a complete redesign.

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27
Aug
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I spent a measurable amount of the early 90's playing Contra on NES. Admittedly, I lacked the manual dexterity at the time to beat the game without using the Konami Code, but now I can take another swing at it on Android. Contra: Evolution is the same game it was in the early 90's, but with a few extra elements.

Contra was indisputably one of the finest shooters of its era, but does it translate well to the modern mobile ecosystem?