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[New App] Spin Alarm Clock Begins Every Day On The Wrong Side Of The Bed

For many people, a piercing alarm is the worst way imaginable to wake up in the morning. One moment you're in deep sleep, moments away from taking a battle axe to Bowser and rescuing Princess Peach in a lime green Lamborghini, the next you're covering your ears as a neglected smartphone wails from the side table nearby. It's bad, but it could be worse. Much worse. Spin Alarm Clock won't settle for mere acknowledgment to cease its unpleasant alarm, it demands you to spin around several times before accepting that you are, in fact, awake.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Book Cover Review: Very Nice And Too Expensive, Just Like The Tablet Inside

I picked up Samsung's official first-party cover for the Galaxy Note 8.0 shortly after getting the tablet itself, because Samsung's plastic body doesn't inspire confidence, because all tablets scream out for an easy freestanding solution, and (not least) because it was the only option right after release. The case hits all the high points: good protection, a built-in stand, and a magnet to activate the screen's sleep feature. The only major downside, like the tablet itself, is the price.

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Surprise! AT&T's Galaxy S4 Has A Locked/Non-Unlockable Bootloader

If you bought/plan on buying AT&T's variant of the Galaxy S4, we have some bad news for those of you who like to flash custom ROMs, kernels, and the like: it's locked down tight.

Historically, Samsung devices – up to and including the SIII – have been bootloader-unlocked on AT&T. The Galaxy S4 brings a major change in that respect, as Steve Kondik (Cyanogen) has confirmed that it is indeed locked, in that it "authenticates the recovery and boot images before executing them." In layman's terms, that essentially means that it won't allow any sort of custom recovery or boot image to be flashed and/or run.

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AT&T Turns On LTE In 20 More Markets Including, Shreveport, Chattanooga, And Huntsville

Does anybody remember when Verizon started deploying batches of new LTE markets by the week? Well, it seems that AT&T wants to be in on some of that action. Earlier this month, the second largest carrier launched a string of new sites with the promise of several more to come this summer. As of today, new or expanded coverage came to 20 more locations.

  • Alabama
    • Huntsville
  • Arizona
    • Phoenix (East Mesa and Sun City)
    • Tucson (Oro Valley)
  • Arkansas
    • Monticello
    • Mountain Home
  • Florida
    • Lake City
    • Ocala
  • Louisiana
    • Shreveport / Bossier City
  • Michigan
    • Lansing
  • Mississippi
    • Gulfport / Biloxi
  • New Hampshire
    • Manchester (Nashua)
  • North Carolina
    • Henderson
  • Pennsylvania
    • Mechanicsburg
  • Tennessee
    • Chattanooga
  • Texas
    • Athens
    • Corsicana
    • Huntsville
    • Nacogdoches / Lufkin
    • Paris
  • Washington
    • Centralia

This comes in addition to a 12 other sites that went live over the last couple of weeks.

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HTC Releases One Kernel Sources For U.S. (Sprint, T-Mobile), Asian, And European Variants

HTCdev just finalized a fairly timely release of kernel sources for several carrier-specific and unbranded variants of the HTC One. The list of newly covered models includes:

  • U.S.: Sprint and T-Mobile
  • Asia: Taiwan and Hong Kong (CHT)
  • Europe: unbranded European version, Italy (TIM), France (Bouygues), and Germany (O2).

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Of course, the Canadian and Developer Edition had their own releases earlier this month.

Among US carriers, only AT&T and Cincinnati Bell are still unaccounted for, but likely to make their own appearances shortly.

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Yahoo! For Android Goes 1.0 With Story Streams, 'Summaries By Yahoo!'

Yahoo's self-branded app for Android – called simple Yahoo! – has just moved up to version 1.0, an update that brings with it some not-insignificant enhancements.

First among these is the app's story streams and "summaries by Yahoo!", in which news stories are parsed into bite-sized summaries. The functionality is somewhat similar to Wavii's aggregation and summarization service, but is more probably tied to Yahoo's recent acquisition of Summly. While we can't be sure just yet if Summly's handiwork is making Yahoo's app tick behind the scenes, it was noted at the time of acquisition that the summary service's technology would "soon return to multiple Yahoo!

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FL Studio Mobile Review: DAW On Your ‘Droid

I Want It All

When I saw that Fruityloops Studio had been released for Android, I don’t mind admitting I was pretty excited. I love my phone and I love my tablet, but I often find myself wishing I could do something more productive with them. The tablet I use is the Acer Iconia A700 and, judging by the specs, this slate should be more than capable of empowering me to actually create some kind of content instead of simply facilitating content consumption.

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NEC Terrain Tipped For AT&T: A QWERTY-Packing Candy Bar Coated With Confusion

If you've never heard of Japanese manufacturer NEC, don't worry, you're in good company. While the corporation has indeed been producing Android devices for years, some of which are quite unique and impressive, they haven't seen fit to expand most of their mobile hardware beyond Japan. (Note the complete lack of cellular devices on NEC's American page.) That's why it's so puzzling to see noted tipster @evleaks' latest break: the NEC Terrain for AT&T.

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Sprint Galaxy S4 Already Receiving Its First OTA Update (Build L720VPUAMDL)

While Sprint has yet to announce it, an OTA update has begun pushing to its version of the Galaxy S4 (model SPH-L720), build number L720VPUAMDL. The version the device shipped with was L720VPUAMDC. There are no immediately apparent changes in the new build, though I do think the lockscreen animation is a little snappier than it was before. Then again, it's easy for that sort of thing to be placebo.

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[Hands-On] Dickorate Spruces Up Your—*Ahem*—Parts With Hats, Mustaches, And Self-Loathing

I would like to personally thank the developers of Dickorate for making an app that is slightly less-obviously ripe for the banning on the Play Store. However, avoiding cartoon imagery of naughty bits still might not be enough to save this app from the banhammer. The Dickorate app allows  you to take pictures of any elongated cylindrical object you have handy and add mustaches, hats, sunglasses, and more. To save you the trouble, I have personally tested this app and included the image I took below.

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