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6 days ago

WhatsApp now has 1 billion users

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WhatsApp now has 1 billion users. The communications platform has seen a meteoric rise in its userbase over the last year, adding 500 million new users. More recently, WhatsApp announced that it would be eliminating the annual subscription fee entirely, relying on connecting businesses with customers for monetization.

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6 days ago

Microsoft Band 2 update enables weight tracking on Android

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Microsoft's fitness-focused smartwatch, the Band 2, has picked up an update that brings new functionality when paired with Android smartphones, such as the ability to track weight, sharing your workouts, GPS enhancements, and activity reminders.

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6 days ago

LG G4 receiving Marshmallow update on Canada's Telus and Rogers

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After Europe and the U.S., the LG G4 is now receiving the Marshmallow update in Canada. Telus has commenced the rollout, with Rogers set to offer the update from February 3. No details as of now as to when Bell will start rolling out Android 6.0 to its LG G4.

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6 days ago

Weekly Poll Followup: Tech is mostly prepared in case of bad weather

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Last week we asked if you prep your tech before a storm. There is plenty to worry about when getting ready for a storm, and making sure your technology is properly prepped isn't always a priority. We use our phones like lifelines these days, doing everything from getting the most up to date weather to spending hours playing games when we can't leave the house.

With that in mind we gave you four options in last week's poll: "Yes," "Kind of," "Not really" and "No."

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6 days ago

Motorola spreads the love with Valentine's deals on Moto 360, Moto X and more

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As love begins to fill the air, Motorola is offering up some sweet Valentine's Day deals through its online store.

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6 days ago

Gmail now has over 1 billion monthly active users

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Speaking on Google's Q4 2015 earnings call, CEO Sundar Pichai announced that at the end of 2015, Gmail had over one billion monthly active users. That's an absolutely massive number, but considering that we're talking about the scale of Google, it's actually the seventh product from the company to surpass that milestone.

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6 days ago

Google's first Pixel C update is now available

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Google's monthly security patch notes didn't specifically mention an update to the Pixel C, but checking out the Google Developers factory image list revealed a new image for the tablet. This is the first update for the Pixel C, and it's right in line with Google's promise that this tablet would receive updates either every six weeks or within the cadence of Google's Nexus line.

We don't yet have a complete changelog for the Pixel C update, but here's what we've found so far.

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6 days ago

Google announces Q4 and FY 2015 earnings: $74.5 billion in revenue for the year, $21.3 billion for Q4

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Google has released its earnings for Q4 of 2015 and the entirety of the year. The company showed strong growth in revenues compared to last year, with $21.3 billion in revenue for the quarter, with $74.5 billion for all of 2015.

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6 days ago

Galaxy S7: Water resistance would be a natural next step for Samsung

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Some thoughts on what a water-resistant Galaxy S7 could mean for Samsung and its competitors.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 rumor mill is now fully up and running, with leaked images claiming to reveal Samsung's 2016 flagship in all its glory ahead of the Feb. 21 launch event. We're expecting two variants — a smaller flat GS7 and a larger "edge" model, with bigger batteries, improved cameras and speedier performance. However one of the most intriguing features coming to the GS7 is water resistance, according to VentureBeat's Evan Blass. If true, you might be able to dunk your GS7 in the bath or use it in the rain without worrying about water damage.

So what might this mean for the Korean firm's next big thing? Let's take a look.

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6 days ago

Google's February Security patch is live — here's what you need to know!

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Welcome back to another thrilling episode of Google's Monthly Security Update. February has arrived, and that means it is time for Google to outline all of the patches being made to Android and point out who made those patches.

For the uninitiated, Google (and the Android Open Source Project) accepts contributions from external sources as well as the teams inside Google. Every month these contributions are sent to Google's partners so they can update their own devices, and roughly a month later those updates are pushed to the Nexus line. Some partners are really good about updating their products, but this monthly cycle is still a challenge for many companies using Android on their products.

Here's what's being fixed this month.

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6 days ago

Nexus factory images updated with February security patches

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If you own a Nexus phone or tablet, and don't like to wait for the OTA release, you can now download the latest factory image from Google and flash it yourself. The update is still Android 6.0.1, but carries a different version number depending which phone or tablet you are using.

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6 days ago

Google Search will now keep you up to date on the latest election results

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Google is making some tweaks to Search to keep you up-to-date on the 2016 U.S. elections. With these updates, you can easily look up the positions of the different candidates, check in on primary results, and get voting reminders for your own primary.

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1 week ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet Marshmallow update now available to download

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As promised, NVIDIA has begun pushing the Marshmallow update out for its original Shield Tablet. NVIDIA recently update the Shield Tablet K1 to Marshmallow, which brought many of the same fixes to the newer tablet.

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1 week ago

US Mobile is the first carrier to offer Xiaomi and Meizu phones in the United States

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Update: Xiaomi has stated that US Mobile is not an authorized seller of its phones, and that the company has no plans to make any deals to sell phones through any authorized dealers.

Both Xiaomi and Meizu are huge companies outside of the U.S., but neither has really broken into the market in North America yet. Now, US Mobile, a network which runs off of T-Mobile's towers, is offering its customers smartphones from both companies. The carrier is selling the Meizu M2 Note, Xiaomi Redmi 2, Mi 3 and Mi 4i, with prices ranging from $120 to $220.

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1 week ago

Root for your team in Super Bowl 50 with these custom Android themes

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February is here, and that means it's time for the biggest game of the year.

Yep, it's Super Bowl time! You've got the big screen, you've got the snack foods, you've got the booze. But you're still missing something. Sure, you've got the body paint and jerseys ready to wear on game day, but what does your phone have? Well, you can douse it in a winning coat of team spirit to and show your support for your team, be it the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers.

Here's our game plan:

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