Ingress, the experimental GPS-based game from Google's Niantic Labs that has spawned book series, support sites, and massive multi-city and even international events, is turning two years old. Time flies in an open beta, huh? Anyway, the good folks at Niantic have some impressive numbers to show us about all the things we've accomplished in that time trying to see who will control the XM, the Enlightened or the Resistance.
Let's see how much walking they've made us do trying to get those portals working.
Following a delayed launch, the Nexus 6 is finally available from T-Mobile in the US. You'll be able to order the handset online from the T-Mobile store, or from your nearest retail outlet. Both the 32GB and 64GB models are listed for $649.92 and $699.84 respectively. If you'd rather go for a contract, prepare to be locked in to pay either $27.08 or $29.16 a month (no upfront fees), depending on which variant you end up selecting.
UK mobile operator O2 has announced new plans for families and those with multiple handsets. Sharer and Family Sharer enables O2 subscribers to share data bundles of up to 8GB across multiple mobile devices attached to a single account. The new plans aren't limited to smartphones either as tablets and other data-connected hardware are all included.
Samsung is bringing the Galaxy Note Edge to Germany after its poll asking customers whether they were interested in the device saw over 165,000 votes. German customers will not only be getting the handset, but will also be receive a three-year extended warranty along with a flip wallet, display cleaner and a 64GB Samsung Evo microSD card for free.
Samsung plans to launch a new flexible display for smartphones next year, according to Lee Chang-hoon, vice president of the business strategic team at Samsung Display. Chang-hoon revealed during the Samsung Investor Forum 2014 in New York that the company will launch a flexible screen that can essentially be folded in half, though a finished product has yet to be decided on.
The critically acclaimed puzzle game Monument Valley is available for free via Amazon's Free App of the Day promotion. Usually retailing for $3.99, today's promotion is a great way of getting one of the best games available on Android for free.
After announcing the 64-bit Nokia N1 tablet yesterday, the Finnish manufacturer is now showcasing the features of the device. One of the standout inclusions is the Z Launcher (now publicly available), which "allows you to have the right content at the right time," according to product manager Tuukka Järvenpää.
Have you ever felt like searching through tweets you published years ago? Now you can using Twitter's search engine. Searches on the social network were previously limited to just a week before tweets were removed from the index (but still viewable by other means – direct links, profile timelines, etc). Twitter has worked on rolling out a new search engine that not only keeps up with the plethora of tweets being beamed to the service on a daily basis, but also enable users to search through those vintage messages.
First there was just Facebook, and then there was Messenger, and now there is Groups. Yep, Facebook has launched a dedicated app purely for their Groups feature, and, well, it's pretty much a different user interface for the current groups that already exist in the primary Facebook app.
Microsoft has updated its Office Mobile app for Android, bringing with it Dropbox integration. The feature was announced a few weeks ago and the update now makes Dropbox support live, allowing users to open, edit, and save documents within their Dropbox cloud using the Office Mobile app.
AT&T has joined the growing legal conversation around the privacy of location data, stating that federal investigators might be required to obtain a warrant before gathering such data in the future, The Wall Street Journal reported today.
A bill introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy and supported by a coalition of technology companies designed to curb NSA data collection had undergone a Senate vote and failed by two votes. The USA Freedom Act fell short of the 60 votes needed to pass, garnering 58 votes in favor and 42 against.
We're seeing Lollipop get pushed out in force the past few days, and we're curious about how many people actually got an over-the-air update versus those who took matters into their own hands.
With Nexus devices, Moto devices, Shield tablets and even some LG G3 phones seeing some Lollipop loving we know plenty of people have something installed. There are plenty of things you can do if you don't feel like waiting, and most of them are fairly easy. Factor in custom ROM builds, and it's out there for plenty of us — if we want to grab it.
If you didn't get the OTA Google started pushing last night for the Nexus 9, and have decided to take matters into your own hands, Google has posted the newest factory restore image for the Nexus 9 online.
With this file, you can manually update your new tablet to the latest version of Lollipop, and hopefully be rid of some of the bugs this update fixes. If you need a bit of guidance doing this, we've got you covered.
Music manager Irving Azoff, who counts iconic artists like John lennon, the Eagles, Pharrell Williams, Ira Gershwhin, and others among his clients, wants to pull the music of artists he represents from YouTube. If successful, the move could be a big setback for Google, which had recently announced unlimited streaming through the launch of YouTube Music Key. The contentious issue between Azoff and YouTube is money, with Azoff demanding more royalty payments for his clients.
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