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.

02
Sep
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Finally, Android is not a second-class citizen. LEGO has released three new apps (okay, one of them is a game) for the Mindstorms EV3 robotics set in Google Play, just as promised back at CES. It's fitting, too. We're all just a bunch of robots around here.

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The Mindstorms 3D Builder app is a handy 3D instruction booklet that tells you how to build the stock robots with the EV3 kit.

31
Aug
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Cease your Labor Day relaxation (in the US) and pay attention. There are apps and games which you can currently have for a fraction of the normal price. I'm told this is colloquially called a "sale." If you'd like to take advantage of these "sale" things, read on.

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30
Aug
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Update: It appears the deal has ended. The listing isn't even appearing anymore. Hope you got in under the wire.

The 32GB Nexus 7 is still in short supply at a lot of retailers, including Abt Electronics. That's not stopping them, though. Abt is offering a good deal if you order a new 32GB Nexus 7 now with the understanding that it's backordered 2-4 weeks. If you move before before the end of the month, Abt will give you an instant $60 discount with free shipping.

30
Aug
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We've really been drowning in app sales lately, which is probably an okay way to go. With the holiday weekend upon us, you'll probably have a little free time to loaf around and mess with your phone. So, let's find you some deals.

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30
Aug
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Breach and Clear stands out in a crowded field of shooters and strategy games, and it's headed your way. In this title you are in control of an elite squad of special ops commandos. In each mission you have to create the perfect plan to move in and neutralize the bad guys. The Android release will also bring new content to the game including additional missions, locations, more enemies, a new set of weapons, and a brand new game mode.

29
Aug
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In spite of the color-based lawsuit, AT&T is planning to expand its Aio Wireless service nationwide in September. The prepaid service is only available in a few markets right now including Florida, Texas, Chicago, and Atlanta.

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Aio Wireless offers only three different plans and an assortment of mostly mid-range phones. Customers of Aio get access to AT&T's 4G LTE network (with a cap), then additional data at lower speeds. Signing up before September 29th gets you a free month of service, provided you maintain an account for at least three months.

29
Aug
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Shazam is no longer the only app that can listen to music and tell you what song is playing, but it's still a pretty popular app. That's why it was so upsetting that Shazam was obscenely ugly. Thankfully, in the just released update Shazam has gotten a complete UI overhaul, and it's kind of #HOLOYOLO.

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29
Aug
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Bravoman is a side-scrolling action platformer based on the original Japanese arcade game from the late 80's. The thing about this game you need to know is that you can totally tell it is based on an 80's Japanese arcade game, but not in a bad way. It's just really weird.

The only real power you have as Bravoman is to stretch your arms out and punch things, which is pretty cool, I guess.

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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