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3 days ago

The ultimate guide to Google+

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Google+ is a vast platform that most don't quite fully understand the value of.

This is everything you need to know about Google+, in one handy guide.

Google+ is the social backbone of the Google platform and a pretty decent social network for the millions of users who inhabit it. Thanks to its ties to Hangouts, Google+ can also become your own personal podcast, meeting space, or impromptu concert. Google+ Photos's freedoms and features have attracted photographers from around the world, and its simple editing tools and ability to share beautiful, full-size photos both with your friends and with the world have made it one of the better photo services out there today.

Even if you're not looking for a new social network, that little red logo for Google+ does a lot of things for you. You use it to log into websites without filling out the same 20 questions every time you want to comment on a blog. It unifies your experience across the Google platform, from commenting on YouTube videos to leaving a bad review on the Play Store or Google Maps to bringing in results from your circles whenever you do a Google web search.

And here's how to get the most out of it.

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3 days ago

How cases will affect wireless charging and Samsung Pay on the Galaxy S6

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Samsung's wireless everything strategy doesn't seem to have a downside yet, but it's still early.

There are a lot of reasons to be excited about the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. The curved display on the edge and overall improved design with Samsung' latest Galaxy generation takes this brand to new heights, but more than that there's an opportunity to be truly wireless with this phone. The dual Qi/PMA charging solution baked into the back and Samsung's integrated payment solution are the closest thing to being able to comfortably leave the house with just your phone that we've seen yet. As we've seen in the forums this week, that wireless freedom raises some natural questions regarding accessories. Specifically, if you've got a thick case on your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, will wireless charging or Samsung Pay even be an option.

The short answer is no, but as is often the case when things like wireless charging and digital payments are involved it's a little more complicated than that.

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3 days ago

Top 5 accessories for HTC One M9

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It's time to start considering what HTC One M9 accessories will best suit you and your lifestyle.

Pairing your HTC One M9 with accessories that enhance your overall experience is important in more ways than one. You never want to be restricted by battery life, storage space or constantly worry about dropping your device. We get that.

Whether it's a case, backup battery or quick charger — we're here to guide your decision in the right direction. This brief list of our top accessories for the HTC One M9 will bring you up to speed on what's available and what's popular. Jump past the break to get started.

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3 days ago

Facebook's 'On This Day' lets you take a nostalgia-filled trip to the past

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Facebook announced a new feature for the social platform called "On This Day" that let's users take a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

The feature works much like the Timehop posts you've no doubt seen on your Facebook news feed, surfacing things that you either posted or were tagged in from a specific date in the past.

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3 days ago

Owner of Three UK will purchase O2 for £10.25 billion

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Three UK owner Hutchison Whampoa has agreed to purchase O2 UK from Telefónica for £10.25 billion.

Talks between Hutchison Whampoa and Telefonica began in January of this year.

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3 days ago

Lollipop update for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on AT&T starts rolling out

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 owners will be happy to know AT&T has pushed out the Lollipop update.

Following the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 earlier today, the Galaxy Note 3 on AT&T has also begun receiving its Lollipop update. The update, which is just over 1GB in size, will bring the phone up to Android 5.0.

Build number LRX21V.N900AUCUE0C1 has only just started rolling out, so you may not see the update notification just yet. Over the next few days the update should hit your phone, but if you want to check for an update now you can easily. To check for an update, open your devices settings menu go to the 'General' tab, then scroll to system update and tap on update now.

Discuss the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 3 update in the forums

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3 days ago

Futurology 1.1: Smaller, higher-capacity batteries are closer than ever before

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Batteries

Recent advancements in Lithium Sulfur and Lithium metal anodes pave the way for smaller, safer batteries with higher capacities.

Back at the start of the year in our Smartphone Futurology series, we discussed the technology behind the battery in smartphones and what's to come in the future. This article is a quick update to that piece, looking at some of the recent developments in batteries based on Lithium chemistry — like the ones powering the vast majority of smartphones.

We'll take a closer look at what reduces your phone's battery life over time, and how high-capacity technologies like Lithium Sulfur batteries and Lithium metal anodes are closer than ever to becoming practical. Join us after the break.

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3 days ago

Google Fiber to deploy its 1Gbps Internet and TV service in Salt Lake City

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Google will expand its Google Fiber service to include Salt Lake City, offering residents access to its TV service and Internet speeds of up to 1Gbps.

Google Fiber is already live in Provo, Utah, but there's no word on when service will begin in Salt Lake City.

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3 days ago

Notti and Dotti light up a room with notifications and music

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Notti and Dotti, two new smart lights from WITTI, are now available worldwide. When connected to your Android device or iPhone, the lights can provide notification alerts, respond to music, and more.

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3 days ago

U.S. Cellular to start selling LG G Flex 2 on March 26 for $150 on contract

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U.S. Cellular will begin selling the LG G Flex 2 starting on Thursday, March 26 for the price of $149.99 with a new two-year agreement.

The wireless carrier will also offer LG's latest phone, with its curved display, for $0 down and 20 monthly payments of $31.50 a month. There's also the option of buying it outright for $630. U.S. Cellular will offer the 5.5-inch phone with its Platinum Silver color only.

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3 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on AT&T finally receiving its Lollipop update

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The Lollipop update is now rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on AT&T.

AT&T is pushing out the Lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The update, coming in at 1.16GB in size, bumps the phone up to Android 5.0.1.

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3 days ago

About the Android Auto compatibility check website ...

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The online tool that is supposed to tell you if your phone will work with Android Auto is decidedly not working.

Android Auto works with Android 5.x devices. But if you're really not sure whether your phone is compatible, there's a tool at android.com/auto/check that'll tell you if you're good to go.

Unfortunately, it's broken. It's reporting back that the Nexus 6, Moto X 2014, HTC One M9 and HTC One M8 are not compatible with Android Auto. But we've used every single one of those phones with Android Auto. (And we're testing more as time permits.) So for now, don't rely on that check page. We'll update when it's fixed.

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3 days ago

Amazon Fire TV software update to add USB storage and wireless headphone support

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Amazon will offer an over-the-air software update for both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick that will add new features to the streaming video devices.

The update will be released sometime "in the coming weeks" for the Fire TV set-top box and the Fire TV Stick HDMI dongle.

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3 days ago

Ruth Porat joins Google from Morgan Stanly as Chief Financial Officer

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Google today announced that Ruth Porat would be joining the company as Chief Financial Officer, moving across from Morgan Stanley. Porat has been at the Wall Street firm since 1987.

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3 days ago

OpenTable now lets you pay for your dinner from your phone

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OpenTable's mobile payments feature is now available in their Android app, allowing diners to pay for their meals right from their phone.

The "Pay with OpenTable" feature first rolled out to iPhone users in February of this year, and is now hitting the OpenTable Android app (after the service was acquired by Priceline last year). With the mobile payments feature you can now reserve your table before the meal and pay for it afterwards, all from one app.

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