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.

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Aug
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HTC hasn't completely forgotten its older devices as it continues talking up the HTC One. The One X+ is finally getting an update to Android 4.2.2, which is actually newer software than the current generation One in the US runs... but that's beside the point. The OTA is hitting Taiwan first, but we've already got a full system dump and a ROM based on it.

The software features are essentially the same as you'd see on other HTC devices running 4.2.2.

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Aug
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As promised at Google's recent event, textbooks have arrived in the Play Store. They have been tacked on as a sub-section of Play Books, not a completely new area of the store. At present, there is no way to filter within textbooks only, but search seems to work fairly well for finding books on a particular subject.

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Both rentals and purchases are showing up in the store, but most books are only offering one or the other.

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Aug
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It's okay to love kernel source – you can admit it. Sony is pretty good to the open source community, and in keeping with that reputation, it has posted the open source files for the Sony Xperia M. Yay.

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The Xperia M is a budget device with a 1GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core, 1GB of RAM, and a 4-inch 854×480 LCD. There's no LTE, but the Xperia M will be produced in a dual-SIM variant.

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You can't be expected to carry around a phone with lame apps, right? I mean, what is this? Soviet Russia? Stand up for freedom and capitalism by taking advantage of these sales. After all, selling things at a discount is what keeps us free. 'Murica!

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Aug
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Pre-paid smartphone users were in an uproar a few months ago when Straight Talk stopped selling AT&T SIM cards to new customers. At the time, all we were able to ascertain was that the cards were sold out online, but a few retailers like Walmart still had some in stock. Well, they're back – in a limited sort of way.

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When you go through the sign up process, the website will only show you T-Mobile or AT&T cards for a given ZIP code.

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Aug
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Another Android device is on the way to release, and that means it's time for the kernel source to be posted online. Samsung has been so kind as to drop the code for two variants of the Galaxy NX camera on us – the standard international, and a version for South East Asia.

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The Jelly Bean-based packages are a hefty 1.1GB for each device, and Samsung's servers are pretty sluggish. Any developers that want to dig around in the code from this bizarre product should get that download started now.

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Aug
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I could be mistaken, but I think someone might have made a game set in World War 2 at some point. Still, it's best to judge a game on its individual merits, and HandyGames has a lot of experience making games. 1941 Frozen Front is a turn-based strategy game that follows the rough outline of the famous Winter Campaign during WWII. You can play as the Soviets, seeking to repel the German invasion, or as the Germans as they battle toward Moscow.

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Aug
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If you know the name of the app you'd like to download... press one. If you're still using Google TV... press two. [Beep] Yes, that venerable service, Moviefone has been ported to Google TV. Why Google TV? Because it was there, and Moviefone has long since evolved beyond the phone line.

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The Google TV version has a different UI than the regular Android app cousin, but that makes sense.

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Aug
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Driving is okay, but it's a little mundane, don't you think? If you need more fun during your road trips, Volkswagen is all over that with its new SmileDrive app. This app follows your trips and turns them into interactive online adventures. It doesn't even require a Volkswagen – just a car with Bluetooth.

The app uses Google+ logins to connect the people in the car, then creates a map for each trip.

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Aug
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Ustream seems to have found its niche in the live streaming of video. The app lets you broadcast live to any number on viewers of WiFi or mobile data. In the new update, developers seem to have spruced up the joint. Ustream is now much more attractive and should also have better video performance.

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