Weekly News Round-up: What You May Have Missed in the World of Android

Pursuant to one of my New Year’s resolutions, I’m going to make these round-ups more Android-intensive and filled with even more Android goodies and tidbits. Most importantly, I’m going to do a better job of adding commentary to some of the new stories. So, let’s begin:

  • Google decided that killing services, or its purchased startups, is one of its resolutions for 2014. With the resolution in mind, “Big, Bad, Google Daddy” announced its killing Bump and Schemer. What, you don’t care? Well, I guess they can die peacefully.
  • The ABA Journal released the Blawg 100 popular vote-getters, and guess what blog got the number 1 for legal tech:

Droid Lawyer and iPhone JD

Let’s not tell him about this comment. Okay?

  • What’s going to be one of the coolest things coming out of CES 2014? ThisIf you clicked the link then you’d see it’s a Bluetooth-controlled paper airplane.
  • On January 9th you’ll be able to pick up a Moto G — similar to Moto X — for $99 on a prepaid Verizon plan. This might be a good option as a 2nd emergency phone or one for the kids.
  • There are a lot of OpenOffice fans, and now there’s AndrOpen to open OpenOffice files — I think OfficeSuite Pro already allows this.
  • Most of you won’t have to worry about the Snapchat leak, but if you used the service, here’s how to check if your phone number got compromised.
  • I miss wireless charging on my Moto X (and that’s about all), so of course I’d find this cool accessory, which is a wireless charging dock for your car.

  • One of the advantages of Moto X (and Android 4.4) is that the device is always listening. This means you can take greater advantage of Google Now, which allows you to really start using Google Now. But, even without active listening, you can still find some practical uses for Google Now, and here’s how.
  • Incidentally, CNET has an updated Siri versus Google Now rematch:

Have a great week!

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