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2 days ago

Sony Smartwatch 2 update brings custom watch faces, wallpapers and more

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One of the biggest gripes with the Sony Smartwatch 2 was that there was no way to customize watch faces at all. Today a new update has arrived that not only adds custom watch faces to the mix, but also provides a built-in editor right within the app. You can still choose from the base set of faces that include the standard digital and analog faces in a variety of styles, but now have the option to create and edit your own faces as well.

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2 days ago

Xiaomi gets a new homepage that's easier to spell

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Xiaomi, the new home of Hugo Barra – remember him? – is relaunching its official home on the web today with a new url that's much easier to spell. From this day forth Mi.com will be where you'll be headed for all your Xiaomi needs. The new name takes cues from it's popular MIUI software.

And that's all there is to it. The site is still in Chinese by default, so you'll have to run everything through a translator first or add /en to the URL. But at least you'll not have to keep trying to remember how to spell it.

Source: +Hugo Barra

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2 days ago

Transport for London looking to introduce smartphone based fare payments

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With NFC on your smartphone, using it to pay for your morning commute across London may be getting closer to reality. According to a report in the Financial Times, carriers EE and Vodafone have already begun talks with Transport for London over extending their mobile wallet solutions to pay for your travel.

The initial trial is expected to be a “pay as you go” scheme using apps owned by the mobile operators that can be preloaded with money. Operators could also consider payment for tickets on a weekly or monthly basis, according to a person familiar with the plans.

The barriers at London Underground stations will work with smartphones for NFC payments, though that facility would need to be activated first. With the successful Oyster card scheme costly for TfL to run, they're opening up to other methods of contactless payments for travellers.

Source: Financial Times

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2 days ago

Google is letting everyone know if they have won the I/O lottery

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If you were waiting for your response from Google about the 2014 Google I/O lottery, go check your inbox. Google is sending out both the good news letters and the bad news letters right about now, and they'll be sure to let you know if you are going to be watching from the Moscone Center, or from YouTube this year.

We'll be there to bring you everything worth bringing — and it will surely be a lot.

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2 days ago

LG G Watch will come in gold, too

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LG G Watch

Good news for those of you who want your gadgets in some color other than black. LG tonight has taken the wraps off a champagne gold G Watch, which will be one of the first members in the Android Wear club.

And, well, that's pretty much still all there is. No real date for the G Watch (or its Moto 360 counterpart), other than the "summer" timeline we already knew. Unofficially it's been priced at around $300.

Source: LG; via LG Mobile on Facebook

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2 days ago

Google Tweets blue-themed Android dialer app, Internet goes wild

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Someone manning the @googlenexus Twitter account was helping a user with an issue, and sent out a picture of the phone dialer app. Apparently, they're not using the same version of Android that the rest of us little people are using, and the new color theme has caused quite the uproar.

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2 days ago

Lensbaby adds Android pledge level to their Kickstarter campaign

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If you've been hoping to take some of those oddly-focused Lensbaby pictures with your Android phone, you're in luck. Lensbaby has added a $50 pledge level to their Kickstarter project for Android users, and your money gets you the lens itself and a full-featured application this coming October.

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3 days ago

Netflix to increase streaming prices for new customers, bringing voice support to Fire TV 'later this year'

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Netflix has released their Q1 2014 earnings report today, and bundled deep in the news about numbers and dollars is a short paragraph about pricing, and an even shorter blurb about future Fire TV support.

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3 days ago

How to sell your old Android device

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Selling a Samsung Galaxy S4

How to sell your old Android smartphone or tablet and get the most money possible towards a new one

With so many sweet new Android phones coming out, you may be trying to figure out how you can budget for one of them. The most sensible way to make some extra coin in this case is to sell off your old Android phone, but there are a lot of different ways to do that, and it’s hard figuring out which one will get you the most money for your used Android device.

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3 days ago

Sony sets base US pricing for Xperia Z2 Tablet at $499.99

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Sony has told us today what the Xperia Z2 Tablet is going to cost here in the U.S. The 10.1-inch premium tablet will cost $500 for the 16GB version or $600 for the 32GB version for Wifi-only models. This lines up closely with the £399 and £449 price we've seen for the United Kingdom.

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