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3 days ago

Republic Wireless bringing back referral program

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The Moto G will be joining the Moto X later this week at Republic Wireless, but before that happens they're bringing back their Refer a Friend program. The Wi-Fi-happy carrier has partner is partnering with FriendBuy to offer customers up to $20 in account credit for referrals who are customers for at least 30 days. And the referred customer too will get $20 credit too.

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3 days ago

Office Online arrives in the Chrome Web Store

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Microsoft has made Office Online available on the Google Chrome Web Store. While Office Online has always worked in Chrome, Chrome users install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote Online in the Chrome App Launcher. Office Online will go head-to-head with Google's productivity apps right in Google's own store.

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3 days ago

Google snaps up Titan Aerospace, Google Drone to bring internet to the skies

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Google has another acquisition in the works, and this time it's not a mobile technoligies company. According to the Wall Street Journal Google will be buying Titan Aerospace, a company that builds high-altitude craft — ones that can take high-resolution images.

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3 days ago

LG Optimus Zone 2 brings KitKat to Verizon prepaid for $49.99

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LG has added a new phone to its Android lineup on Verizon Wireless, the Optimous Zone 2. Definitely an entry-level device, the Optimus Zone 2 runs Android 4.4.2 features a 3.5-inch 480x320 display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and a 3-megapixel camera. LG's software on the Optimus Zone 2 includes QuickMemo and Guest Mode.

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3 days ago

Amazon Fire TV review

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Amazon Fire TV and Fire Game Controller

Fire TV is possibly the best single set-top box available, but it still can’t be everything to everyone

In what has been colloquially called the "battle for the living room" (or as I like to call it, the battle for your HDMI inputs), competition is heating up but hasn't exactly hit a flash point. Modern products in the small set top box space like the WD TV Live, Boxee Box and Google TV never really caught on, and even the "big" successful players like Roku and Apple TV have relatively small sales numbers in the grand scheme of television watchers today. Whether it's out of complication from yet another box, the inherent redundancy of having several boxes that all do most of the same things or the price of more hardware and subscription services, these little set top boxes have yet to break though.

But if there's one thing Amazon knows how to do, it's create products that can find mass appeal with the general consumer. With the announcement of its new set-top box, Fire TV, Amazon is betting that it can get a good number of people to buy this $99 thing, and pay another $99 per year to deliver more Amazon content to it. And then pay still more for premium movies and TV shows and apps that aren't free as part of Prime. Building on the experience of launching the relatively successful Kindle Fire line of tablets, there's indication that Amazon can do just that. The real question is: has Amazon figured out something that Roku and Apple have not?

In this ever-hyped fight for a foothold in the living room, is Amazon's Fire TV offering a sure-fire hit? Read along with us and see what this little box can do.

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3 days ago

Verizon to give discounts to customers with off-contract phones

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Verizon is finally going to give you a discount for off-contract phones. Starting April 17th, customers of Big Red are going to be able to bring their own off-contract devices onto shared MORE Everything plans at a discount. No longer will they have to pay a subsidy fee for a subsidy they're not using. Plans at or under 8GB will see a smartphone add-on reduction of $10 (bringing the fee to $30/month), while those with data allotments of 10GB or higher will see their fee sliced from $40 down to $25 per smartphone.

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3 days ago

How to set up your Samsung Galaxy S5

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So you just picked up a Samsung Galaxy S5. You lucky devil. It’s so shiny and pristine, wrapper still intact. But what to do with it first?

If you're new to Android, the Galaxy S5 or to smartphones in general, we've got your covered. (For everyone else, move along. We'll post something super nerdy in a few minutes. We promise.)

Let’s plow through the initial Galaxy S5 set-up process once you get the phone and other materials out of the box and have installed the battery, SIM card, and microSD memory card. If you’re looking for a short and sweet start-up guide, be sure to read about the first five things to do with your new Samsung Galaxy S5. This guide is going to be a bit more of a deep dive.

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3 days ago

LG G3 rumored to have eye-popping 2K display

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The LG G2 might not be that old at all, but that doesn't mean that it's not time to be looking at the next iteration and what might very well be an insane display. It's been rumored for a while that the next iteration of smartphones would up the ante from a pretty well pixel dense 1080p displays to super pixel dense 2K displays, and now it's looking like the LG G3 might be one of the first such phones. According to Ubergizmo, the upcoming G2 successor has a screen somewhere in the neighborhood of 5.2-to-5.5-inches with an eye-popping 2560x1440 resolution.

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3 days ago

Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR M expected to get Android 4.4 KitKat in a few weeks

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Users of the Motorola Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR M won't have to wait much longer to update to KitKat. Motorola has been making progress on the 4.4 update for both devices, originally released in September 2012. The update should be available in a few weeks, according to Motorola Mobility's Senior Director of Software Product Management David Schuster.

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3 days ago

Sphero 2.0 robot ball is $30 off to celebrate National Robotics Week

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Today is the last day of Sphero's National Robotics Week sale, where you can get a Sphero 2.0 for $30 off. Normally $129.99, the discount brings the robotic ball that you can control with your iPhone or Android device down to $99.99. That's still a little pricey for what is essentially a toy, but it's a fancy robotic one. In addition being able to roll around at speeds of up to 7 feet per second, the Sphero 2.0 also contains a set of multi-color LEDs that you can light up and control. And by including inductive charging, Sphero is even waterproof.

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