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2 days ago

New version of Motorola Skip NFC clip outed by FCC filing

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Motorola is preparing to release an updated version of the Skip, the NFC tag that allowed you to easily unlock your Moto X when kept near. The new Skip has made an appearance at the FCC, manual and all, and appears to be a triangular fob with rounded corners.

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2 days ago

Tasker tips and tricks

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Some of my voice controls in Tasker. They're awesome

Another day, another task

We've covered Tasker and the very basics of how to use it, and now, it's time for you to start playing a little bit on your own. Think of Tasker as a toy as much as a tool and you can really let loose and have fun in it. Voice controls, plugins and a little ingenuity can turn your phone into your butler, your study buddy, and your best friend.

Now, today I'm just going to go over a few things that can help you pick a project you'd might like to do, or help you when you get stuck and the support communities aren't being responsive, which is admittedly rare.

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2 days ago

Reminder: You can win an HTC One M8 Phunk Studio Edition!

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HTC One M8 Phunk Studio Edition

Just a quick reminder, folks, that we're giving away one of just 64 copies of the HTC One M8 Phunk Studio Edition. No. 1, in fact. The first of the bunch.

To enter: Hit up this forum thread, design your own M8 and post it for all to see. Be sure to follow the other instructions as well.

We'll be back Thursday with the finalists!

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2 days ago

How to link your bank account to Google Wallet

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Google Wallet bank account hero image

Google Wallet makes it easy to use your bank account to pay — here's how to set it up

ACU — Google Wallet Google Wallet, as our very own Phil says, "was born from the idea that it should be easy to pay for things with your phone." Google Wallet does make that pretty easy, especially when you have your bank account linked to it.

I think of Google Wallet as acting like a debit or credit card sometimes, at least in the sense that it allows you to send and receive money to and from other businesses and individuals. It particularly acts this way if you transfer money to and from your Google Wallet Balance, which allows you to make purchases from some brick and mortar retailers that accept Google Wallet "tap and pay". A good number of online retailers also accept Google Wallet. All are made possible with your bank account linked to Google Wallet.

Here's what you need to do to set things up.

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2 days ago

The first weekend with Philips Hue

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Philips Hue

Over the weekend I finally acquired something that has been on my 'want' list for some time now - A Philips Hue starter set. To this day I couldn't put in words exactly why I've always wanted some, and I don't think I'd be able to say anything after a year, two years using them.

Perhaps it's just the nerdy side of me. Another toy to play with, something else to connect to my phone. Smart home products fascinate me but I'm still yet to really translate that into actual use. Hue is such an insanely simple to use product that its appeal can go far beyond nerds. I suppose that's the bigger picture for products like this, but the past few days has been a lot of fun.

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2 days ago

Top Android app, device and accessory deals for August 25, 2014

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Looking for deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets? We've found a bunch of limited-time offers of which you may want to take advantage.

Give us a shout in the comments if you find any other sales floating around the web and we'll be sure to share 'em!

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2 days ago

HTC's first octa-core 64-bit smartphone is on the way

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HTC's next smartphone might surprise us with some high-powered specs. In a post on Chinese microblogging site Weibo, HTC says that they will have the world's first octa-core 64-bit smartphone. The current HTC flagship, the One M8 (available in both Android and Windows Phone flavors) packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, a 32-bit chip with a measly four cores clocked at 2.3Ghz. An eight-core 64-bit chip? That would be new.

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2 days ago

T-Mobile Simple Starter plan gets quadruple the data for just $5 more

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T-Mobile is offering a new option to one of its plans, this time for customers on the Simple Starter program. Those users can now increase their monthly data allotment from 500 MB to 2 GB for an additional $5 a month.

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2 days ago

LastPass update moves to remove PC dependency entirely

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LastPass

The folks at LastPass are pushing a big update to Android devices today, with long-term plans to make sure your smartphone or tablet can be standalone LastPass systems with all of the same features as the PC version of the service.

Password managers are one of those things that you either rely on entirely or just don't bother with. We live in a world where password rules can be more than a little crazy, and it seems like every other week there's a email sitting in our inboxes from a company announcing a security breach. It has never been more important for your personal security to be taken seriously, and unfortunately that includes having many different passwords for many different services. LastPass is one of several services that tries to make this easier on you by offering to generate secure passwords and storing those passwords in a way that can be securely accessed by you from just about anywhere.

We sat down recently with LastPass CEO Joe Siegrist to talk about the differences between the Android version of LastPass and the Desktop client, and what is being done to decrease the feature gap between the two.

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2 days ago

China is working on a homegrown OS to replace current U.S. solutions

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The government of China could launch its own PC desktop operating system sometime in October which could later be extended to smartphones and tablets, in a bid to compete with rival overseas systems from Microsoft, Google and Apple.

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