09
Nov
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Motorola promised that the Razr M would get its taste of Jelly Bean before year's end. Of course, when we hear "before year's end," it's just assumed that means December 29th or 30th. In this case, we have been pleasantly surprised, as the M's JB update is on its way out now.

Announced just moments ago by Verizon Wireless, the OTA brings all sorts of goodies to the smallest of the RAZR family, including Google Now, Project Butter (for smoothness), better voice recognition, enhanced notifications, a better keyboard, and more.

09
Nov
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It's finally arrived! The Galaxy Note II, which went up for pre-order back in October, has now gone on sale in AT&T stores and online. The Verizon version, for those of you who like be-uglied home buttons, won't be coming around for another couple of weeks, so sit tight. Otherwise, it's time to get your giant phone on!

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Of course, the Note II is $300 on contract. That's a pretty hefty price tag on any day, and after Google announced the Nexus 4 for $350 off contract, it's going to get even harder for people to justify so much up front.

09
Nov
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Back in September, we heard that AT&T was rolling out Ice Cream Sandwich for the Samsung Captivate Glide. Well, it turns out, that was delayed. How long, you ask? Until tomorrow, it seems! According to a blog post by AT&T, the upgrade should be available starting November 10th via a download on Samsung's website. There will not be an OTA.

Android 4.0 simplifies common actions and includes a new typeface optimized for high-resolution screens to improve readability.

09
Nov
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Wreck-It Ralph's a nice guy. But he's also a bad guy. So he's a bad nice guy. Or a nice bad guy. Either way, he's tired of being a bad guy, so he wants to be a nice good guy. But in the world of video games, every action title needs an antagonist. And that's Ralph's job - until he abandons his game to search for a new place where he doesn't have to be a bad guy.

09
Nov
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When it comes to Alien vs. Predator, you'll find me in Predator's corner every time. He's part of an advanced species of ultra-tech savvy slaughter machines, and let's face it - it really doesn't get much cooler than that. I'd actually like to have one as a pet. But I can't, because he'd probably mutilate me on the first day. Scumbag Predator.

Since I can't have a Predator of my own, I'll have to settle for the next best thing: the new Predators game for Android.

08
Nov
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The Jelly Bean app picker saga continues! This time, there's an awesome new shortcut for those of us that are annoyed with the new-style picker that debuted in Jelly Bean 4.1. If you're drawing a blank, allow me to refresh your memory:

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The app picker is the thing that pops up when more than one app can handle an action. The left picture is what it used to look like in ICS, the right picture is what it changed to in Jelly Bean.

08
Nov
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On an investor call earlier this morning, Verizon Wireless CFO Fran Shammo said that the carrier's buildout of its 4G LTE network will be completed by mid-2013. This is after an earlier estimate of the end of 2013, putting the company a full six months ahead of schedule.

Now, network news isn't really very exciting. And what I just wrote up there is pretty boring. But, this is important stuff. Verizon is quite literally years ahead of its competitors if this turns out to be true.

08
Nov
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Inspired by the popular Flash-based puzzler Coign of Vantage by Bobblebrook (which has also been available as an iOS game for some time), Noodlecake has released their latest creation to the Play Store – Pixel Twist.

The game's listing describes it as "a unique little 'zen exercise'," and it undoubtedly lives up to that billing. The goal of the game is simple – rotate a cloud of pixels until it matches a specified image.

08
Nov
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It looks like the Galaxy Note 10.1, despite our review, has found a higher purpose after all – as a digital sheet of paper. Looking for a solution for more quickly distributing sheet music while cutting down on waste, the Brussels Philharmonic has adopted a fleet of Note 10.1s to act as dynamic digital song books.

In the Philharmonic's search for efficiency, they initially turned to neoScores, whose software allows for quick, easy sharing, discovery, annotation, and use of digital sheet music.

08
Nov
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Humble Bundle is one of our favorite ways to donate to a great cause while also getting awesome stuff in return, and a brand-spanking-new group of games is up grabs this morning as part of Humble Bundle for Android 4.

These are all new titles for Android (except the bonus title, Machinarium, a game you should want regardless), which makes this an especially awesome time to chip in to some causes most techy-savvy folks can get behind.

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