7 hours ago

Comedy Central, Sesame Street Go and more add support for Chromecast


Chromecast support has now been added for a number of streaming video apps, including several cable TV services such as Comedy Central, Sesame Street Go, Nickelodeon and EPIX.

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8 hours ago

Sony SmartWatch 3 review

Sony SmartWatch 3

Android Wear gains standalone GPS in a watch that mostly favors function over form

When it comes to smartwatches, you can sort of break things down into three camps. There's the rubber strap crowd — functional, but not all that stylish. There's leather, which classes things up a good bit but doesn't necessarily work on every watch. And then there's those who prefer a steel bracelet.

I've very much found myself in that latter group. Living in a humid climate, leather just tended to stick to my arm more than I preferred. And rubber was fine, but I wanted something looked a little better.

So I was a little surprised by how much I've enjoyed wearing the Sony SmartWatch 3.

As the name implies, it's the third smartwatch from Sony, and its first to run Android Wear. And it actually marks the start of what we'd consider to be Version 1.5 of the Android wear era.

And this, now, is our Sony SmartWatch 3 review.

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8 hours ago

Samsung gets hit with a trademark lawsuit from Milk Studios over Milk Music app


Samsung got served with a trademark lawsuit this week from Milk Studios, a photography and multimedia company. It claims Samsung violated its trademarks when it named its music streaming service Milk Music.

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9 hours ago

Samsung will reportedly shut down its ChatOn messaging service


As part of Samsung's overall restructuring plans that were revealed earlier this week, a new report says that the company will shut down its ChatOn messaging service.

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11 hours ago

Cricket Wireless will cut Galaxy S4 and S5 prices by 50% on Cyber Monday


Cricket Wireless will cut the price of its Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 smartphones by 50 percent on its website as a special Cyber Monday sale on December 1. This is on top of the price reductions it announced for several other Android smartphones earlier in November.

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11 hours ago

Google makes it easier for you to see all the devices connected to your account


After adding functionality to its search client yesterday, Google is rolling out a new security-oriented feature that lets you see all the devices connected to your account. The Devices and Activities tab, which is accessible via your account's security settings, gives an overview of all the gadgets you're currently logged into with your Google account.

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12 hours ago

Amazon expands its PickUp service to include over 10,000 Post Offices in the UK


Amazon has announced that its PickUp service has expanded to include more than 10,000 Post Offices across the UK, boosting the number of supported locations to over 16,000. Rather than relying on couriers, customers can opt for Royal Mail's Local Collect to have their packages delivered to a nearby location where they can conveniently pick up the order without hassle.

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13 hours ago

Media Browser for Android updated with Connect support


The Media Browser team have announced an update for Android that brings the same features offered by the recent Windows Phone build. This latest release introduces support for Media Browser Connect, offering easier access to home servers without having to mess around with IP addresses. Not only is it now more convenient to access owned servers, but the team have also made it so server owners can easily share access with others.

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14 hours ago

Sony looking to trim smartphone lineup in a bid to return to profits


With a projected loss of $2.1 billion for the financial year, Sony is facing a struggle in the smartphone segment. In its bid to return to profitability, the manufacturer has stated that it will undertake a reduction in its smartphone and TV lineups over the coming years. Sony will instead focus its attention on the imaging segment – where its sensors are used in a plethora of high-end devices like the Galaxy Note 4 – to turn an overall profit over the next three years.

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15 hours ago

Samsung's metal-clad Galaxy A5 is now available in China


Samsung has commenced selling the Galaxy A5 in China. Consumers in the region will be able to pick up the new smartphone from Samsung's official store for 2,599 CNY (around $420). The manufacturer announced the new Galaxy A5 alongside the A3 back in October, offering new metal unibody experiences aimed at a younger audience.

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16 hours ago

Panasonic's insane cameraphone with 1-inch sensor launching in the UK on December 1


Remember the "connected camera" that Panasonic showed off earlier this year? The vendor is looking to start offering the device in limited quantities in the UK from December 1, with "high demand" quoted as the main reason for bringing the DMC-CM1 to the country following a launch in France and Germany.

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22 hours ago

Give Best Buy your old tablet and save $100 on a Nexus 9


If you're looking to upgrade to a new Nexus 9 tablet from Google, Best Buy is looking to sweeten the deal for you. From now until November 29, if you trade in any working tablet that may be collecting dust around the house, you'll get at least a $50 gift card for that tablet plus a $50 coupon to knock down the price of the Nexus 9. There are some restrictions to the deal, mainly that Barnes & Noble's Nook tablet and e-readers do not qualify.

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1 day ago

Qualcomm brings the future to developers with Snapdragon 810 reference phone, tablet


Qualcomm has just released its Mobile Development Platform smartphone and tablet designs, both of which contain the company's next generation chipsets to highlight the power of the 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, it's Adreno 430 GPU, and the Hexagon V56 digital signal processor. This means that qualified developers will be able to get Qualcomm's next-generation chipsets to build apps and test their products today, though it won't be cheap. The reference smartphone design will cost $799 and the powerful tablet will set developers back $999, far in excess of Google's $649 for a Nexus 6 and $399 for a Nexus 9 with today's components.

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1 day ago

Google takes over Times Square with biggest Android advertisement yet

Google Times Square

Google has taken over the largest digital screen in North America. You can see it right now in Times Square. The screen is more than 25,000 square feet in size. It is eight stories tall and takes up the whole length from 45th to 46th Street. Want to see it in action? We go eyes-on with the giant billboard. Take a look.

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1 day ago

Twitter's new search API closed to third-party apps


Remember that fancy new feature that allows you to search every tweet ever posted that Twitter announced last week? Well if you're one of the many users of third-party Twitter apps, prepare to be disappointed: Twitter's new search API won't be open to third-party clients, much to the frustration of developers.

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