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Showtime Anytime, Starz Play and Encore Play apps now have Chromecast support

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Google's Chromecast HDMI streaming TV dongle has now added support for three pay cable television Android apps: Showtime Anytime, Starz Play and Encore Play.

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1 week ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for November 11

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't included, let us know in the comments.

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1 week ago

Sprint starts selling Nexus 6 on Friday, November 14 for $696 without a contract

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Sprint has joined AT&T in announcing plans to sell Google's Nexus 6 smartphone with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Sales will being on its website and in its retail stores on Friday, November 14. Sprint will sell the 6-inch smartphone for $0 down and $29 a month for 24 months, or for $696 without a contract. Today's announcement did not reveal the pricing for the Nexus 6 on Sprint with a two year contract.

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1 week ago

Candy Crush Soda Saga comes to Android to keep you up at night

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The highly addictive Candy Crush game from King has now spawned a sibling title, Candy Crush Soda Saga. First released as a Facebook game, it is now available worldwide for Android devices.

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1 week ago

AT&T will start taking Nexus 6 pre-orders tomorrow for $249 on-contract

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AT&T will begin taking pre-orders for Google's Nexus 6 smartphone on Wednesday, November 12 in its retail stores and on its website. The carrier has not yet announced when shipments of their first Android 5.0 Lollipop device will begin.

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1 week ago

Samsung's first TV ad for the Gear S smartwatch gets straight to the facts

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Remember those cool commercials from last year promoting the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch as the realization of all of our sci-fi fantasies? Well, that is apparently "so 2013". The first commercial for the new Tizen-powered Samsung Gear S smartwatch just goes straight to the features of the devices.

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1 week ago

Belkin and Mr. Coffee team up to offer a smart coffee maker with WeMo app support

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Wireless network company Belkin has teamed up with Mr. Coffee to produce the Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker. As its name implies, this product can be programmed and controlled remotely by a smartphone app, which in this case is Belkin's own WeMo app for Android devices.

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1 week ago

LG's new AKA smartphone has four cute personalities with spooky-looking eyes

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LG has just announced a new Android smartphone called the LG AKA that's being designed for people, specifically the people in its home country of South Korea, who want a little more personality in their device. The AKA will have up to four different virtual "characters" to choose from.

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1 week ago

Amazon offers up to 83% discount on Sony microSD, SD cards and USB drives

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Looking to stock up on some memory? You may want to check out Amazon's deal of the day, which includes heavy discounts on Sony's memory products. The retailer has microSD cards, SD cards, and USB drives discounted by as much as 83 percent.

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1 week ago

Blue HTC One M8 now available at Carphone Warehouse

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If the pink, gunmetal grey, silver and gold color variants of the HTC One M8 are not doing it for you, Carphone Warehouse has announced that it is now selling the blue color of the device. The retailer has exclusive access to the color variant in the UK, which is now available from £28 per month with no upfront cost after trading in your old smartphone.

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1 week ago

Google leases historic Moffet Airfield from NASA for R&D

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Google will soon be leasing Moffett Airfield, a former Navy air base, from NASA. The deal, detailed in a NASA press release today, will see Google subsidiary 'Planetary Ventures' paying out roughly $1.16 billion over the course of the next 60 years to rent the airfield. Additionally, the deal will benefit NASA by reducing its maintenance and operation costs by $6.3 million per year.

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1 week ago

Chromebook top-selling device among laptops, tablets for education

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Google is proud of the progress it has made with Chromebook, especially in the education space. Noting that Chromebook has been a big hit in schools, Google bragged that the latest IDC numbers show that Chromebook is the best-selling device for education in the U.S. among laptops and tablets, with adoption rates still to increase with more institutional purchases from school districts.

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1 week ago

This week's sidebar poll: Does the Nexus program still matter?

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Does Google need to stay in the hardware game?

Google's Nexus program has gone through a lot of changes. While never officially assigning a purpose to it, Google has suggested that Nexus devices came about as a way to get hardware with "pure" Android into the hands of developers. Official APIs and documentation, as well as unlockable boot loaders made it the phone to buy for both tinkerers and application developers alike.

We've watched things change, though. We've seen the prices drop dramatically, and seen them rise quickly. We've seen top-shelf hardware, as well as specs that are a bit older, as well as one-of-a-kind (so far) things like 64-bit processors. While nobody from Mountain View has said anything, pretty much every hardcore Android enthusiast now thinks that Nexus is a consumer brand. We certainly do.

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1 week ago

Canada ready to give retailers an out for Google Wallet fees that don't exist

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It seems that the Canadian government is mulling over a proposal, which could be announced as early as this week, to give retailers the ability to reject Google Wallet (and mobile payments in general—if and when they're available in the country), The Wall Street Journal reported today.

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1 week ago

Roboto font reportedly will make the jump from Android to Chrome OS

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It looks like Chrome OS for Chromebooks and Chromeboxes may be joining Android in getting Google's modern Roboto font soon. If accurate, Roboto would replace the Noto Sans UI font in Chrome OS.

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