Smurfberries: Understanding IAP and Why Free Isn’t Free

There is a new cancer out there. It doesn’t invade your body nor does it take your life. While it is 100% treatable, people are happy to be burdened with it. Some people don’t even know they have it – and many who do have it don’t seem to care. But like a biological cancer,…

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Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

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Welcome to the Nexus: A Beginner’s Guide to the Google Nexus 7

Welcome to the world of the Nexus! You hold in your hands one of the most powerful, versatile and fun pieces of technology currently available. This article will help new owners of the Google Nexus 7 get up to speed on their new tablet and learn how they can make the most out of their…

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Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

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Nexus 7 Tutorial: Use Network Share as a Mount Point

UPDATED TO WORK ON JELLYBEAN 4.1.2! This tutorial requires your Nexus 7 have ROOT access.  It is an “intermediate” difficulty level tutorial. The Nexus 7 has no external storage medium like a microSD card.  You can use an OTG (on the go) cable to get access to removable media, keyboards, mice, etc. But wouldn’t it…

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Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

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Five Reasons Why Everyone Should “Root” Their Android

Often incorrectly referred to as “jailbreaking your Android”, “rooting” your Android device can offer a wealth of new options and applications that can seriously enhance and enrich the time you spend with the little green robot. ROOT is a Unix term for the “ultimate privilage user” on an operating system. Windows users can think of ROOT…

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Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

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Freemium: It’s Real, It Sucks … It Really Sucks

Since the first Diablo game, I’ve been hooked on level-grinding dungeon crawlers. I swear, I’ve played them all – regardless of system. From its humble origins … to the latest incarnations (well, almost latest; I refuse to play Diablo 3). I’m chomping at the bit for Heroes of Ruin (3DS) and for Torchlight 2. Give…

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Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

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Cardinal Quest: Return of Rogue

It has gone by many names … It started off as Adventure, Telegard, Moria, Hack, Rogue … then came games like Temple of Apshai, Sword of Fargoal, Mystery Dungeon, Ultima … and in recent times it has gone by the name of Shiren the Wanderer, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, Chocobo’s Dungeon 2 and even (to a…

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Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

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Shine Runner: $1 Gaming Done Right

Rarely does a mobile game inspire me to write a review. Let’s be honest; mobile gaming isn’t a gourmet meal; it’s a snack. Usually a sweet, rich snack that never quite tides you over until dinner – and usually makes you a bit sick to your stomach – but it’s cheap (or free) and is…

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Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

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Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0

Android has long needed a non-phone “iPod Touch” equivalent as a way of introducing consumers to the platform, after all, the Touch has served for many as a low-cost gateway drug to everything that iOS has to offer.  Offering a reasonably priced media player with app support provides a much needed bridge for those not…

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What exactly is a “tablet”?

After duking it out on Google Plus and screaming in the streets about tablets (what is and is not), I figured we were due for an article discussing the whole tablet craze – once again in the interest of serving my fellow man. What exactly defines what device is considered a “tablet”?  Ask 25 people,…

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Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

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10 Things You Won’t Be Doing With the Amazon Fire

These days there are two phrases that are making me crazy: “Android Fragmentation” and “Amazon FireTablet“.  Both of them are deceptive and largely incorrect and this article goes about setting the latter one straight. I’d like to point out that even Amazon themselves do not call the Fire a “tablet”.  In fact, if you look…

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Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

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