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1 week ago

NVIDIA's Shield Hub app updated with new Material Design look, better gaming performance

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NVIDIA has updated its Shield Hub app that it created for its Shield Tablet and Shield Portable products today. The update includes a new user interface based on Google's Material Design look, as well as a group of performance improvements for GameStream and GRID.

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1 week ago

On December 24th and 25th, Yo will Ho Ho Ho

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If you happen to be using Yo for some insane reason, we've just been informed that you won't be getting any "Yos" on December 24th or 25th. Nope, instead, to celebrate the Christmas holiday, you'll get similarly-vague "Ho Ho Ho" alerts instead. At press time we were unable to clarify if Santa Claus himself will be leaving monosyllabic push notifications under the tree this year.

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1 week ago

Verizon signs a patent license agreement with Google to help fight 'frivolous' lawsuits

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Verizon Wireless has announced that it has signed a patent licence agreement with Google. Specific details about the agreement were not revealed, but Verizon did say it was designed "to lower the risk of frivolous patent litigation."

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1 week ago

T-Mobile Un-carrier 8 gives you rollover data with Data Stash

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T-Mobile Un-carrier 8 gives you rollover data with Data Stash

T-Mobile has today announced Un-carrier 8.0, introducing its new personal Data Stash feature for subscribers. This new Data Stash will enable anyone who doesn't use up their data allowance for that month to store this remaining balance on their T-Mobile account for use another time. Put simply, you'll be able to automatically save the remaining data allowance each month for free, and then use this hidden stash whenever you run over the limit.

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1 week ago

Samsung rumored to launch a rival to Apple Pay for its smartphones in 2015

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Samsung is reportedly working on its own mobile payment service for future smartphones as a rival to the recently launched Apple Pay. The service could launch sometime in 2015.

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1 week ago

Huawei's Honor 6 Plus comes with dual rear 8MP cameras

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 2x 8MP cameras... on the back

Thanks to their relatively small lenses and sensors, lowlight photography can be difficult on smartphones, but Huawei thinks they have a solution with the dual rear cameras on the Huawei Honor 6 Plus. Sporting not one, but two 8-megapixel sensors, which Huawei claims combined provide an "effective pixel size" of 1.98 microns. For comparison, the HTC One M8 has 2-micron pixels on its main camera, but it's just a 4MP unit. Apart from the trick cameras, the Honor 6 Plus also sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display and is powered by Huawei's own 1.8GHz octa-core Kirin 925 chipset with 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage (plus microSD expansion), all backed up by a 3600mAh battery.

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1 week ago

Santa Phil Contest Extravaganza Day 2: Win one of two HTC RE cameras!

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HTC RE camera

We're on Day 2 of the Santa Phil Contest Extravaganza, and we've got a fun little prize up for grabs. It's the HTC RE camera! Two of them, in fact (though you can only win one; someone else will win the other). If you haven't seen this guy before it's a little handheld number that's in the same league as the GoPro, but meant more for fun and less for the hard-core. (Read our recent RE camera review for more.)

It's a fun little stocking-stuffer, for sure. He's how to enter:

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1 week ago

'Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' free today on Google Play

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Lord of the Rings

'Sherlock Holmes' is gratis in the UK

Not sure what regions folks will see this in (our UK pals get Sherlock Holmes today), but here in the U.S. "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" is available free today on Google Play.

Don't think. Just put it in your library.

Thanks, Jason, for the tip!

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1 week ago

Google celebrates a year's worth of search, reveals top trends and terms of 2014

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Trillions of search results were displayed in 2014, and that's just from Google. The search giant has today shared with the world what it believes to be the moments of 2014. As well as releasing a video to show the year in search, Google has rounded up some of the most popular search terms across numerous topics.

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1 week ago

Prepare to turn up the volume with MaxxAudio in planned OnePlus One update

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The OnePlus team have today announced a new partnership with Waves Audio, the company behind MaxxAudio. The new collaboration between the two companies will see MaxxAudio loaded on the One Plus One, which will be bundled in the new year with an update from Cyanogen that will "transform your audio and listening experience".

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1 week ago

Xiaomi gets a short reprieve in India, court grants permission to sell Qualcomm-based phones

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After an injunction from earlier this month banned Xiaomi from selling, advertising and importing handsets in India, the vendor has now received permission from the Delhi High Court to continue selling devices running Qualcomm's chipsets in the country until January 8.

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1 week ago

Skype users in India can now call mobiles and landlines in the US and Canada for free

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Microsoft is rolling out an offer for Skype users in India through which they can call mobiles and landlines in the US and Canada for free until March 1, 2015. All that's required is a free Skype account and an Internet connection.

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1 week ago

Here are the Android 5.0.1 OTA links, and a guide to using them

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Nexus 7 (2013)

Google released Android 5.0.1 to AOSP and posted factory images for the Nexus 9, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, and now folks have started to receive the actual OTA updates for the incremental bump. While you can always manually update your Nexus device using the full factory image and still retain your data, it's even easier to do if you have the actual OTA file itself.

Head past the break for the links to the OTA files, and to find out how to use them!

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1 week ago

Netflix announces Android Wear support, new social features

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Netflix recently took to its blog to detail some nifty new features coming to its Android app. Coming along for the ride is a new "Social Recommendation" feature that has already graced other platforms. Perhaps the biggest news, however, is that Android Wear integration is coming and will push notifications for recommended movies to your wrist.

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1 week ago

Galaxy S5 gains small update in Poland after Lollipop launch

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After having released the Android 5.0 update to Galaxy S5 owners in Poland less than two weeks ago, Samsung is back again with a small software update.

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