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2 days ago

Old-school (and new-school) Q*bert is on the Nexus Player!

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Qbert Rebooted

OK, technically it's "Q*bert: Rebooted." But the 1980s kid in me doesn't care. This version for the Nexus Player has got the original game alongside some newfangled rebooted version that's OK, but just not the same.

So grab a fistful of quarters (eight of them, actually, to buy this game) and get a slice of pizza and settle down with this one for a few minutes of arcade nostalgia. (Kids, ask your parents. We used to have to leave the house to play video games.)

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2 days ago

FCC says it is 'aggressively' going after hotels that block personal Wi-Fi hotspots

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The Federal Communications Commission stated today it is "aggressively investigating and acting against" hotels that try to block the use of personal Wi-Fi hotspots. This new clarification on the FCC's policy comes after it settled a case in 2014 with Marriott, who admitted that it blocked the use of such hotspots for people who stayed in its Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

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2 days ago

Misfit will soon let you control your Nest and more right from your wrist

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Misfit has announced that a number of integrations are coming to their Flash and Shine fitness monitors. These new integrations and will allow you to control several apps and pieces of smart hardware, such as connected home appliances, from your wrist. Integrations include the ability to start and stop a Spotify playlist just a double tap on the Flash, for instance, or connect with your Nest Thermostat to control the temperature with your device's sleep tracker or alarms.

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2 days ago

Ask AC: What is HTC Cloudex?

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HTC Cloudex

There's no need to freak out about HTC's new 'cloud' gallery app — it's not uploading your food pics anywhere

We've had more than a few people ask us about a new notification that's popping up on HTC phones referencing a "Cloudex" application. It's sort of a clunky thing and not initially clear as to what it does. And given the (rightfully) sensitive state regarding personal data these days, we're not all that surprised that it's raising a few eyebrows.

So what is HTC Cloudex and why might you want it? The answer is pretty simple.

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2 days ago

Google Fiber confirmed for Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham

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As previously rumored, the super-fast Internet speeds provided by Google Fiber will become available in four more US metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Georgia, Charlotte, North Carolina, the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area, and Nashville, Tennessee.

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2 days ago

Save up to $140 on a new Motorola phone or watch, starting Feb. 2

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Motorola will launch a new promotion on Monday, Feb. 2 that will save some people as much as $140 on their purchase of a new smartphone, smartwatch or accessories. The price cut will come in a promotional code that will be available just on Monday, but a smaller amount of savings will be available through Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.

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2 days ago

What you need to know about installing your Nest Thermostat

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Nest Thermostat

If you can do some basic wiring, you can hook up a Nest — but there still are some important instructions to follow

One of the first things you will read when checking out user reviews of Nest Thermostat — something that is also repeated to some degree in professional commentary on the product — is what a pleasure the hardware is to install. Nest worked hard to make its thermostat something that could be installed by as many people as possible, and when compared to the other thermostats I've had to install over the years (most notably the other connected thermostat I installed last year, which shall remain nameless to save from embarrassment) it seems like the company was successful. You'd be hard pressed to find many people saying anything bad about the way this device is installed, which is an impressive accomplishment when you consider this was the very first product Nest Labs had ever made as a company.

That having been said, before you bust out your tool belt and rip your existing hardware off the wall, there are a few things you should know about installing the Nest Thermostat.

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2 days ago

The Best Virgin Mobile Phones of 2015

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If you’re a prepaid phone user in the U.S. and looking for the best Virgin Mobile phone — we’ve got you covered. Virgin Mobile is perhaps one of the biggest names for prepaid service, and they’ve come a long way since inception.

No longer are you limited to low-cost, low-power phones — now you can get in on the prepaid action with newer devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 or iPhone 5s.

There are actually quite a few devices to choose from — which may make finding the right phone for you a tough task. We’ve done the hard work and come up with a list of some of the best Virgin Mobile phones you can buy right now. No matter if you are a Windows Phone, iOS, or Android user — there’s a great Virgin Mobile phone for you.

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2 days ago

Hotel Tonight introduces Bonus Rate and Rate Drop to get you the best possible last-minute deals

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Hotel Tonight, the app and service that offer up last-minute hotel deals near you at steep discounts, is announcing two new features today called Bonus Rate and Rate Drop. The two new offerings give Hotel Tonight hotel partners the opportunity to target users in specific locations to offer even steeper discounts — up to 40 percent off the normal rate — for booking close to the date you'll be staying.

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2 days ago

Snapchat Discover is like Snapchat Stories, but for publications

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Snapchat is launching a new Discover feature that is, in essence, Snapchat Stories but for online video and photo publications. Snapchat Discover brings together photos and videos from a variety of external sources, as well as Snapchat's own internal content.

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2 days ago

'BADASS' surveillance program let British, Canadian governments spy on smartphones

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More information about government surveillance has come to light, and this time, it's not about the NSA, but the British and Canadian governments, which apparently used special software filters to acquire sensitive smartphone user data from the servers of a number of advertising and analytics companies. The program, called BADASS, gathered unencrypted data sent to the companies from mobile devices. The data collected by these companies can apparently give whoever is looking at it a lot of information about individual users.

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2 days ago

Chrome OS stable channel update brings synced custom wallpapers and more

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Google today announced an update for the stable branch of Chrome OS, which will bump consumers up to version 40.0.2214.93. The release will be rolled out over the next few weeks and contains numerous bug fixes, security patches and feature improvements.

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2 days ago

Sonos Controller beta update makes it even faster to move music around your home

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Wireless speaker company Sonos is launching a beta version of their Sonos Controller Android app with a number of new features, including a faster rooms menu and an improved tablet app. The beta app also includes some changes and improvements based on user feedback from previous versions of the Sonos Controller app.

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2 days ago

Twitter is rolling out an update to introduce group messaging and video support

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Twitter has today announced two new features coming to the micro-blogging service. Group messaging and video upload support will be rolling out in an update for official apps on both iOS and Android.

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2 days ago

Huawei posts record-breaking revenue, 75 million smartphones sold in 2014

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Huawei may not be as well-known as other Chinese manufacturers like Lenovo and Xiaomi, but the vendor is doing remarkably well in the smartphone segment. The brand witnessed an increase in revenue by 30 percent to $12.2 billion, making 2014 the first year for Huawei with revenues of over $10 billion.

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