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2 days ago

Google starting try before you buy program for potential Glass Explorers

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Anyone interested in trying out Glass without shelling out the full $1500 for the privilege will be interested in hearing about this offer that Google is extending to potential Explorers. For a $50 deposit, Google will ship you four non-functioning dummy units from the Titanium series frames in charcoal, tangerine, shale, and sky paint jobs. Apparently these are returned Glass units that have had all the working elements stripped out of the devices. This pilot program is being made available under the radar through e-mails sent directly to users that have shown interest in Glass.

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2 days ago

Facebook wants you to know when your friends are nearby, if they're cool with that

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Facebook has announced an interesting new feature called Nearby Friends which does pretty much exactly what you think it does. User can optionally turn on broad proximity notifications, so you and your friends can get a notice when your friends are nearby. You can set specific friends and friends lists to get these notifications, and it only works if both parties have it enabled. The new system also allows you to share specific GPS coordinates for a limited amount of time with selected contacts.

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2 days ago

Belkin updates WeMo app with new WeMo Light Switch features

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Belkin has updated their WeMo home automation apps for iOS and Android with a few new features. Chief among them is a long-press option for their Light Switch, which is recognizable through the popular IFTTT service. There are also new controls to recognize sunrise and sunset, and an away mode which flips the lights on and off randomly to make it look like someone’s home.

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2 days ago

Verizon and AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 to be available from Staples starting Sunday

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If you're in the market for a Samsung Galaxy S5 and just couldn't decide where to get it, or you happen to need to pick up some toner at the same time, might we suggest Staples? Starting next week, you'll be able to purchase the latest and greatest from Samsung from the office supplies and more store, specifically on April 20th (as that's Easter day, we hope this also entails getting a chocolate Galaxy S5).

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3 days ago

Google Glass XE16 factory image now available

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The Google Glass XE16 update that started rolling out earlier this week is now available as a factory image, for those interested in tinkering with the software on their Glass (or had been tinkering and broke it back enough that you need to start fresh). Photo replies in Hangouts and Bluetooth 4.0 LE are the biggest additions in the XE16 update, which also upped the base OS to Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

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3 days ago

Wall Street may not like the quarterly results, but Google is still powering ahead

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Google

The struggle between short-term thinking and long-term investing continues

Yesterday after the market close, Google reported its Q1 results for 2014 which Derek Kessler nicely summarized already. While its clear that Google is growing the top line in a very healthy manner (19 percent year over year growth), Wall Street was disappointed and the stock is trading lower today. In my usual form, I’d like to touch on what I pulled out of Google’s quarterly conference call and how Wall Streets’ reaction fits into the picture.

Let’s take a quick look at the numbers. Google reported earnings of $6.27 per share on revenue of $15.4 billion. Analysts (on average) expected $6.40 per share on revenue of $15.52 billion, which means Google "missed" its earnings number by 2 percent and its revenue number by 0.8 percent.

The growth metrics are what really have Wall Street bothered. Revenue grew 19 percent, but earnings only grew 4.5 percent. When people see this they instantly worry that expenses are growing too fast compared to revenue. Because Google is involved in a ton of projects that are not directly connected to the main advertising business, the market is concerned that future growth will not be as profitable as the current business. Therefore future growth is worth less, and therefore the stock is worth less.

That’s the logic. Except that this “logic” is decided in nanoseconds after the press release hits the wire. Investors pounce all over a supposed earning “miss” without really thinking about the long term. That’s Wall Street for you. I suggest you ignore it and focus on long term investing. That’s what I do, and being a Google shareholder has served me well.

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3 days ago

Moto G now available to buy from Republic Wireless, starts at $149 no contract

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The Moto G is now available order from Republic Wireless, the little MVNO that relies heavily on WiFi and VOiP to get things done. Starting at $149, the Moto G is available in 8GB and 16GB flavors. Shipments are expected to start in 1-2 weeks, so there's still a bit of a wait before Republic Wireless customers can get their hands on Motorola's budget-friendly Android smartphone, but that's not really all that much longer.

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3 days ago

MLB.com At Bat rolling out Chromecast support today

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Baseball fans will be happy to hear that the official MLB.com At Bat app will support Chromecast soon with an update that should be rolling out today. That means you can wirelessly stream live games from your Android device to your TV (assuming you have the handy Chromecast HDMI dongle). The new feature is locked behind a hefty MLB.TV Premium $24.99 monthly subscription or $129.99 annual membership. There’s also a more lightweight $2.99 monthly plan available for the At Bat app, though you won’t be getting Chromecast support in that instance. Also keep in mind that there are certain blackout periods where live games aren’t available, depending on where you’re streaming from.

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3 days ago

Top 5 Galaxy S5 new user questions answered

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Samsung Galaxy S5

Your top questions for the Galaxy S5, explained!

One by one, feature by feature, we've been taking a tour through new Samsung Galaxy S5 like no other. From the most basic of basics ("How to take a Galaxy S5 screenshot") to more in-depth topics (say, moving from the iPhone to the Galaxy S5), our goal is to be the the world's best resource for Galaxy S5 help, tips and tricks.

And that continues today with a few of the top Galaxy S5 questions we've received from the fine folks out there. Some of these we've already covered. Some of these will be pretty basic for those of you who have mastered your Android smartphone.

But for those of you just starting out, welcome! We're glad you're here. And these top Galaxy S5 questions will speed you on your way.

So let's get to it.

(And be sure to check out our comprehensive Galaxy S5 review!)

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3 days ago

Xperia Keyboard now available in the Google Play Store, Sony device still required

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Sony has moved its Xperia keyboard into the Google Play Store, but you still won't be able to get it if you're not using a Sony device. Sony's move echoes the actions of Google, who has been steadily moving more and more core app elements of Android — from the Google Keyboard to yesterday's Google Camera — into Google Play. Sony's likely done so for the some of the same reason as well: they can update the keyboard and have it on users' devices without worrying about waiting for carrier approval for a full-on operating system update.

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