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T-Mobile Moto X gets Android 4.4.2 update first

T-Mobile is the first carrier to see an Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Moto X smartphone. According to release notes posted on Motorola's Web site, the release is now available for download.

The update is a small one but handy nonetheless. In fact, the only thing new that's listed in the official software change log is support for cloud printing through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Google Cloud Print, and HP ePrinters. Other enhancements included within the patch, such as battery life improvement and a Microsoft Exchange e-mail fix, are essentially band-aid measures.

It's worth noting that … Read more

Add a pop-up dictionary to Android

If you're familiar with the iOS pop-up dictionary, you may wonder why the same functionality isn't built into Android. On iOS, you can select words in most apps, and easily access their definition.

WordLookup is an Android app that can offer you that same convenient and omnipresent dictionary. The one restriction when using the app is whether or not the text will be available for long-press selection -- as not every app allows this. Ready to check it out? Let's get started:

Step 1: Grab a copy of WordLookup for your Android device.

Step 2: … Read more

Aio Wireless shows Moto G, Lumia 520, ZTE Sonata some love

Prepaid carrier Aio Wireless becomes three smartphones stronger this February 14. That's when the AT&T-owned wireless provider adds a trio of new smartphones to its lineup -- the Motorola Moto G, Nokia Lumia 520, and ZTE Sonata 4G.

We've spent a long time with Nokia's Lumia 521 for T-Mobile and 520 for AT&T, and Motorola's budget Moto G is already marching across the major carriers. The ZTE Sonata 4G -- which we saw at CES -- is the only one of the new Valentine's Day handsets that's exclusive to Aio. … Read more

Star Apps: 'Survivor' Malcolm Freberg

Smart, athletic, and easy on the eyes: that describes two-time "Survivor" competitor Malcolm Freberg. I chatted with the "Survivor Philippines" and "Survivor Caramoan" contestant and fan favorite in advance of CBS's "Survivor Cagayan," which premieres Wednesday, February 26, at 8 (7 central), about his most difficult experience on the series, what he learned, and which apps could have helped him win.

Why did you decide to try out for "Survivor"? I only went because I was a super fan of the show. I just happened to become popular with … Read more

Get in the games with top apps for Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Now that Bruno Bowl 2014 is over, it's time to turn our attention to the Winter Olympics. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics officially kick off this week in Russia, and you can follow the action with these apps. Keep tabs on your favorite athletes and events from anywhere.

NBC Olympics Highlights

Get the latest news, video highlights, previews, and in-depth stories with this app for iOS and Android. You'll find the live-stream schedule, TV listings, and results all in one place, from NBC, the official network for this year's event.

Visa 360 Cam

Ever wonder what the … Read more

10 Samsung devices in line for Android 4.4 KitKat updates?

At least ten Samsung devices are in line to pick up their Android 4.4 KitKat update, according to Android blog Phandroid.

Phandroid, citing an unnamed source, said Samsung is expected to roll out the update to a mix of smartphones and tablets in the near future, all of them either relatively new or popular.

Samsung models rumored for KitKat updates:

Samsung Galaxy S4 SGH-i337 Samsung Galaxy S4 Active SGH-i537 Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom SM-c105a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 SGH-i467 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 SGH-i317 Samsung Galaxy Mega SGH-i527 Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-t217aRead more

5 apps that can earn you cold, hard cash (and other rewards)

That expensive smartphone in your pocket could pay for itself -- you just have to download the right apps. Both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store are littered with titles to help you rack up money, gift cards, and other perks, and all you have to do is give up a few minutes of your time to earn your share. I've rounded up five apps here that are easy to use, and don't require too much hassle to get your money.

First, heed my warning: If an app that promises you money sounds to good to … Read more

Romantic apps for Valentine's Day

To those who don't celebrate Valentine's Day because they think it's more about consumerism than romance, I say that's why you're on your way to a lonely life at the convalescent home. Valentine's Day isn't just about gift-giving or an expensive night out. What matters most on February 14 is what these gestures represent: love and appreciation. With that in mind I've collected five Valentine's Day-themed apps to help you express affection without sacrificing any of your convictions or all of your money.

Be Mine

Even if you're not artistic, … Read more

Firefox 27 deepens its social integration

On Tuesday Mozilla announced the public release of Firefox 27 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. For this release, Mozilla adds more stacks to its social APIs, bringing new partners like Delicious onboard.

Delicious is a built-in tool that lets users save and organize content from the Web. Now users can access Delicious via the Firefox sidebar.

Web developers can use the new specification "all: unset" in style tags. Prior to the addition of the unset keyword, many developers popularized the use of reset style sheets that individually set all properties to a default value. The CSS keyword &… Read more

Back up your Schemer data and use these alternatives

Google will be shutting down Schemer on February 7, 2014. After this date, all accounts and their associated data will be deleted. That means it's time to back up your schemes before they're wiped from existence.

You may have received an e-mail with a link to export your data. If you didn't, you can do the export at this link. You'll be directed to log-in to the Schemer Web site and request a copy of your schemes, which will be delivered by e-mail. Google says that the backup copy may take 24 hours … Read more