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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Last Updated: December 2nd, 2013

Venturing out on Black Friday to score sweet deals is a dangerous endeavor, but the magic of the internet affords you an alternative. From the warmth and safety of your home, you can snap up the best deals – getting up at 3AM to beat everyone else is optional. We're going to keep loading this post up with relevant deals as we find them, so check back later in the day too.

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As part of an effort to expand adoption of CyanogenMod, the developers recently released the CyanogenMod Installer app in Google Play. All was well for a few weeks, but today Google contacted the CyanogenMod team to explain that the installer app was in violation of Google Play’s policies. So, the CM folks agreed to take the app down.

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The app acts as a tool to help users get their devices connected to a computer over ADB – it doesn't actually do any of the heavy lifting of unlocking and flashing the device.

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The AT&T-branded Samsung Galaxy S4 is once again getting its Android 4.3 update as an OTA. After an unexplained issue with the last Android 4.3 push, everything looks to be getting back underway according to Samsung's site and early reports on XDA. This is a big update for the GS4, but AT&T is probably going to take it slowly this time.

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If you're listening to music while using your phone or tablet for something else, you don't always want to stop what you're doing to fiddle with the song. If you're in a game, for example, you may have to exit to the home screen just to get to your music controls, but SidePlayer offers an alternative. It pops a small control panel out from the edge of the screen when you need it, and hides it when you don't.

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We're coming up on a holiday weekend here in the US, and that means you'll have some spare time as you recover from gorging yourself on Thursday. Perhaps some inexpensive apps and games will aid in your recovery? We'll bring the sales if you bring the stuffing.

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Grab your sonic screwdriver because the BBC's official Doctor Who: Legacy game has just materialized on Android. You are invited to play The Doctor and do battle with his most fearsome enemies in this turn-based puzzler-strategy hybrid.

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The basic gameplay is a bit like Bejeweled with a turn-based strategy component. You play through various episodes and take on bad guys from the show – it almost goes without saying, but don't blink.

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Google has been building up to something big with YouTube, as indicated by our recent APK teardowns. It looks like yet another version of the YouTube app is rolling out to devices all over the world, and we've got the file for you to check out. It's not a huge update at first glance, but maybe there's something beneath the surface.

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The first really obvious visual change is a slight reorganization of the slide-out navigation menu.

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Google's voice search feature has been slowly but surely working its way into more mobile products recently. First the hotword came to the search app, then to the search results. The Moto X launched with always-on listening, and the Nexus 5 now has voice commands from anywhere on the homescreen or in the search app. Now the "OK Google" command is coming to the desktop via a new Google Chrome extension.

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The Humble Mobile Bundle 3 was launched last week with the debut of two big games on Android, Ridiculous Fishing and Swordigo. As is traditional with the Humble Bundle, paying above the average price gets you the full selection of games, as well as additional content in the future. Well, the future is now and Humble Bundle has added three more titles and soundtracks to the deal.

The popular game Hundreds is in the new set, which if you're not aware, is a puzzle game that requires you to tap on floating circles to make them grow.

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The ranks of Android tablets continue to swell, and for the first time Lenovo is making a play for some market share. Granted, it's coming in at the low end of the market, but the new Yoga tablets are on sale through the company's corporate perks site with some solid discounts.

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