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4 days ago

Futurology 1.1: Smaller, higher-capacity batteries are closer than ever before

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Batteries

Recent advancements in Lithium Sulfur and Lithium metal anodes pave the way for smaller, safer batteries with higher capacities.

Back at the start of the year in our Smartphone Futurology series, we discussed the technology behind the battery in smartphones and what's to come in the future. This article is a quick update to that piece, looking at some of the recent developments in batteries based on Lithium chemistry — like the ones powering the vast majority of smartphones.

We'll take a closer look at what reduces your phone's battery life over time, and how high-capacity technologies like Lithium Sulfur batteries and Lithium metal anodes are closer than ever to becoming practical. Join us after the break.

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4 days ago

Google Fiber to deploy its 1Gbps Internet and TV service in Salt Lake City

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Google will expand its Google Fiber service to include Salt Lake City, offering residents access to its TV service and Internet speeds of up to 1Gbps.

Google Fiber is already live in Provo, Utah, but there's no word on when service will begin in Salt Lake City.

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4 days ago

Notti and Dotti light up a room with notifications and music

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Notti and Dotti, two new smart lights from WITTI, are now available worldwide. When connected to your Android device or iPhone, the lights can provide notification alerts, respond to music, and more.

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4 days ago

U.S. Cellular to start selling LG G Flex 2 on March 26 for $150 on contract

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U.S. Cellular will begin selling the LG G Flex 2 starting on Thursday, March 26 for the price of $149.99 with a new two-year agreement.

The wireless carrier will also offer LG's latest phone, with its curved display, for $0 down and 20 monthly payments of $31.50 a month. There's also the option of buying it outright for $630. U.S. Cellular will offer the 5.5-inch phone with its Platinum Silver color only.

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4 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on AT&T finally receiving its Lollipop update

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The Lollipop update is now rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on AT&T.

AT&T is pushing out the Lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The update, coming in at 1.16GB in size, bumps the phone up to Android 5.0.1.

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4 days ago

About the Android Auto compatibility check website ...

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The online tool that is supposed to tell you if your phone will work with Android Auto is decidedly not working.

Android Auto works with Android 5.x devices. But if you're really not sure whether your phone is compatible, there's a tool at android.com/auto/check that'll tell you if you're good to go.

Unfortunately, it's broken. It's reporting back that the Nexus 6, Moto X 2014, HTC One M9 and HTC One M8 are not compatible with Android Auto. But we've used every single one of those phones with Android Auto. (And we're testing more as time permits.) So for now, don't rely on that check page. We'll update when it's fixed.

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4 days ago

Amazon Fire TV software update to add USB storage and wireless headphone support

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Amazon will offer an over-the-air software update for both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick that will add new features to the streaming video devices.

The update will be released sometime "in the coming weeks" for the Fire TV set-top box and the Fire TV Stick HDMI dongle.

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4 days ago

Ruth Porat joins Google from Morgan Stanly as Chief Financial Officer

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Google today announced that Ruth Porat would be joining the company as Chief Financial Officer, moving across from Morgan Stanley. Porat has been at the Wall Street firm since 1987.

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4 days ago

OpenTable now lets you pay for your dinner from your phone

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OpenTable's mobile payments feature is now available in their Android app, allowing diners to pay for their meals right from their phone.

The "Pay with OpenTable" feature first rolled out to iPhone users in February of this year, and is now hitting the OpenTable Android app (after the service was acquired by Priceline last year). With the mobile payments feature you can now reserve your table before the meal and pay for it afterwards, all from one app.

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4 days ago

MetroPCS offers unlimited talk, text and data with 1GB of 4G data for $30 a month

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MetroPCS has introduced a new plan that offers unlimited talk, text and data, along with 1GB of high-speed 4G data, for just $30 a month.

The plan is being labeled as a "promotion" that starts today but there's no word on when MetroPCS will end this special pricing offer.

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4 days ago

HTC One M9 pre-orders kick off at Three UK, available on plans starting from £39

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The HTC One M9 is now available for pre-order at Three UK, with eligible plans starting from £39 a month. Coupled with an upfront fee of £19 for the new smartphone, it's a premium price for the advanced HTC device.

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4 days ago

Pioneer's NEX Android Auto units get a firmware update for better compatibility

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Update over USB or SD card for the latest firmware from Pioneer for its connected head units

A quick heads up if you're already rocking one of Pioneer's new NEX head units that run Android Auto or Apple's CarPlay — a firmware update is now available for the 4100, 5100 and 8100 models.

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4 days ago

Oppo's upcoming phone scorns at bezels

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With zero bezels on either side, Chinese manufacturer Oppo's upcoming smartphone looks stunning.

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4 days ago

Amazon Fire TV Stick makes its way to the UK for £35 [Update: Germany and Austria, too]

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Priced at £35, Amazon's HDMI dongle is all set to take on the Chromecast in the UK.

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4 days ago

Xiaomi's Mi Pad is now available in India for just Rs. 12,999 ($210)

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Xiaomi's Tegra K1-based Mi Pad is now available in India, with the 16GB model listed exclusively on Flipkart for Rs. 12,999 ($210).

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