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IK Multimedia iRig UA Review: Finally, Real Guitar Amp Emulation On Android (With No Latency)

Anyone who's been around AP for a reasonable amount of time knows that I'm a big fan of my iPad Mini simply because I love the guitar amp sims available on the platform. For roughly $50(ish), I'm able to cover essentially any tone I can imagine, most of which are very true to the amp they're recreating. While I wouldn't think about using this in a live situation, it's absolutely indispensable for practice and recording quick licks.

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Amazon Fire Phone Gets Android KitKat In Big Update To Fire OS Version 4.6.1

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[Deal Alert] 7-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 LTE (Unlocked) For $99 On eBay

Maybe you don't need the latest and greatest technology when it comes to your third or fourth screen, and if you can save a little money, why not? The LTE-equipped Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is on sale right now for $99, and it's unlocked to work on T-Mobile or AT&T.

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Stock Android Isn't Perfect: Lollipop Edition

Of course, now that we've posted Getting To Know Android: Lollipop Edition, it's time to get picky and have a look at the things that still need fixing. As always, we'll be running through some of the issues hanging around in the latest iteration of Android, and taking a look at what's been fixed since our last Stock Android Isn't Perfect post.

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Lollipop, as I said in the other post, is probably the biggest change Android has ever seen, so some issues from KitKat have simply disappeared, while others have been fixed in their own ways. We'll take a look at what's changed from our last SAIP entry, and then continue on with the new nitpicks as necessary.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Drops The Fire Phone Down To $189 For The Unlocked 32GB Model, Including A Year Of Prime

Amazon's interesting, unconventional, and unique self-branded phone has flopped hard. You know what that means, HP TouchPad and HTC First owners: rock-bottom prices. Amazon has discounted the unlocked 32GB model all the way down to $189, making it worthy of consideration for would-be buyers of the Moto G and similar mid-range devices. And that's before a year's worth of Amazon Prime ($100 value) for free, so you'll have plenty of movies, music, and cheap shipping to complement your new phone.

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If you need a refresher, the Fire Phone uses a 4.7-inch 720p screen, a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera, and a 2400mAh battery.

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[Deal Alert] Grab The Dual-SIM BLU Advance 4.0 For Just $50 On Today's Amazon Goldbox

I've been a long-time fan of Blu phones - they are, generally speaking, solid handsets for the money. Whether you're looking for an affordable daily driver for yourself, a backup, or a cheap alternative for someone else, I feel like Blu is a great place to start the search.

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Today, Amazon is offering a good deal on one of Blu's older handsets, the Advance 4.0, for just $50 as part of its Goldbox deal. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a super-expensive phone in the first place - it retails for something like $90. And as you'd expect, the specs aren't anything to really be impressed by:

  • 4-inch 480x800 display
  • Dual Core Mediatex MT6572 1.3GHz processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB Storage, microSD card slot
  • 5MP rear shooter, VGA front camera
  • Android 4.2

Like I said, it's nothing to get excited about.

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Getting To Know Android: Lollipop Edition

Android 5.0 Lollipop (known previously as just L) was the biggest change to Android since Ice Cream Sandwich. Frankly, I’d rank it as the biggest change to Android ever, for a variety of reasons.

Google has ostensibly searched every corner of Android for opportunities to tweak, improve, or completely reimagine the platform, and Lollipop is the result.

The most noticeable change was undoubtedly the addition of material design, the very first time Google has openly, publicly taken on a cohesive and thoughtful design philosophy, making it - in theory - accessible to everyone, and defining its rules clearly. Material design, which I've written about before, is a huge design shift, which can trace its roots all the way back to Matias Duarte's work on Palm's WebOS.

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HTC Confirms One M7 Will Not Get Any More Major Android Updates, Including 5.1

Starting with the One M7, HTC promised customers that it would deliver two years of updates. This promise came after the manufacturer abandoned its previous flagship early on, leaving the One X stranded on Android 4.2 long after 4.3 had hit devices and 4.4 became a thing.

But now, the end of the line has come for the One M7. Vice President of Product Management Mo Versi has confirmed on Twitter that the 2013 flagship will not receive Android 5.1, except for the Google Play Edition. That variant is slated to get an update sometime in April.

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[APK Download] Google Maps v9.4 Update Includes New 'Local Guides' Feature, Highlighting Top Reviewers

Coming with the latest Google Maps update is Local Guides, a new program meant to increase the number of reviews original to Google and highlight the best of them. It is both a feature addition to Maps and something that exists independently of it. Guides are people who will be rewarded for their reviews, while you benefit by having them as a more credible source of information.

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This looks similar to Yelp's Elite Reviewers, which is...well, similar. See below for an Elite Yelper in my area. Given that Google has decided to compete with Yelp, it makes sense that they'd want to do this.

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Autodesk 123D Sculpt+ Lets You Play Around With Pro-Style 3D Modeling Tools

Capacitive touchscreens are not ideal tools for 3D modeling. Unless you have an active digitizer and stylus, or superhuman patience, or preferably both, the amazing models on display in the screenshots below will probably be unattainable in the new 123D Sculpt+ app. But that doesn't mean it's not fun to try out a tool that, at least on a technical level, has a lot in common with professional 3D modeling programs. The app comes from Autodesk (a company which should know a thing or two on the matter) and it's a free download.

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Sculpt+ makes a few concessions to the limitations of modeling on phones and tablets.

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