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Last Updated: December 30th, 2014

Following on the success of the original xkcd Phone (which featured a blend of Android and iOS, a side-facing camera, and the ability to scream when falling), a successor has arrived that offers some of the best tech that 2014 has to offer.

The xkcd Phone 2 includes a revolutionary always-on front-facing speaker, which the phone will use to automatically cry when lost. With a built-in, ribbed, auto-rotating case made of 3D materials, the handset should feel comfortable in any hand size.

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Last Updated: December 30th, 2014

Amazon's daily Gold Box deal usually only includes one or two items, but the retailer is going all out today with two dozen deals on various accessories. Some of these are relevant to Android and others not so much. Let's check out the most notable ones.

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Dec
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The AT&T crapware on the carrier's LTE-equipped Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is playing a game of musical chairs today. An OTA update rolling out to the device moves around some icons and basically just does weird stuff, but leaves it on Android 4.4.2.

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Dec
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There's no such thing as a connection that's too fast. Samsung seems to be following that sentiment with the latest variant of the Galaxy Note 4, officially announced this weekend. The new Note 4 has something called LTE Advanced Tri-Band Carrier Aggregation, which is a fancy way of saying that its mobile download speed is faster than just about anything else on the market. Samsung claims the phone can download files at a speed of 300mbps, faster than all but the most advanced wired connections.

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Dec
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With so many ways to catch up on your favorite shows, sitting down when a cable network wants you to and putting up with dozens of ads doesn't sound particularly compelling. But if you record that stuff to get back to later, then it's not so bad (VCRs taught us that). There are multiple ways to go about this, but right now you can get a Simple.TV DVR with a lifetime subscription for $99 on Woot.

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Dec
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Twitter outages are becoming much less common these days. In fact, there was a time not that long ago that the fail whale was an almost daily sight. Twitter is going back to its roots this evening with an authentication outage that's been dragging on for several hours already. So if you're unable to log in, don't worry, it's not a problem on your end.

2014-12-28 21_47_47-Twitter _ Maintenance

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Dec
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We asked well over two years ago if you owned an Android tablet, and I think it's time to bring the question back. At the time in April 2012, 73% of voters claimed to own one. I imagine that's grown a bit over the years, but it's probably still going to be in that same 70-85% ballpark, so it probably wouldn't shift enough to really mark a big trend. So today's poll will ask a bit more.

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Dec
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Since it was unveiled in February 2013, Oppo’s Find 5 has been running versions of their ColorOS based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The release of KitKat in October of 2013 has had Find 5 owners waiting anxiously for a 4.4-based version of ColorOS on their devices. The presence of ColorOS 2.0, based on KitKat, running on newer Oppo devices like the N3 and R5 has only increased their anticipation. Still, when users saw Oppo announce a ColorOS 2.0 build based on Android 4.4 for the Find 5, they were quickly disappointed by a bug-filled experience.

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It's getting to be that time again. Yes, time for developers to get into the holiday spirit and drop their prices. You can pick up a ton of great stuff for not a ton of money. Just head past the break and see what we've got.

xmas sales

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Dec
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As of Christmas Eve, the soundtrack to the hit Disney movie Frozen sold more albums than any other in the year 2014. Yep, even more than Taylor Swift. In what is likely just one of several post-Christmas deals and freebies to come, Google is giving it away for free.

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