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18 hours ago

Android Wear gets some competition from Apple in April

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Apple Watch

Apple's, erm, Apple Watch will ship in April, CEO Tim Cook announced on today's earnings call. While it's actually been a little while since we had any new Android Wear watches be announced (we did get an iterative metal SmartWatch 3 from Sony around CES), we saw a good half-dozen in the last half of 2014. So it wouldn't surprise us to see more in the few couple months before Apple gets is timepiece onto store shelves. Any takers on that?

More: iMore

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18 hours ago

M-Edge Echo case for Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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M-Edge Echo case for Samsung Galaxy Note 4

There are plenty of choices when it comes to protecting your Note from scratches and scrapes — M-Edge brings something different to the table

Like most major smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is backed up by a wide range of cases and other accessories. Many of them aim to blend in with the Note 4's original styling, but M-Edge's latest offering is a bit different, allowing you to choose from three designs while also keeping your device safe from knocks and scrapes.

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18 hours ago

AT&T reports Q4 2014 results: 1.9 million net adds, $34.4 billion in revenue

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AT&T has reported its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014 today. Combining its wireless and wireline businesses the company brought in revenue of $132.4 billion on the year, with $34.4 billion in the fourth quarter alone — up 3.8 percent over the same quarter a year ago. Additionally, the company reported that, after compensating for a 77 cent per share loss because of various charges, earnings per share were up to 55 cents compared to 53 cents for the same quarter last year.

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19 hours ago

YouTube now defaults to its HTML5 player on web browsers

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If you access YouTube on a web browser such as Chrome, the videos will now use the HTML5 player by default. Google announced this move today, while also revealing it is "deprecating" the old Flash-based embeds and Flash API from YouTube.

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20 hours ago

Sony reportedly set to cut another 1,000 jobs from its mobile division

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According to a new report, Sony is planning to eliminate another 1,000 jobs from its mobile division. This move would be part of a restructuring effort that saw the company initially cut 1,000 jobs late last year.

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20 hours ago

Old-school (and new-school) Q*bert is on the Nexus Player!

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Qbert Rebooted

OK, technically it's "Q*bert: Rebooted." But the 1980s kid in me doesn't care. This version for the Nexus Player has got the original game alongside some newfangled rebooted version that's OK, but just not the same.

So grab a fistful of quarters (eight of them, actually, to buy this game) and get a slice of pizza and settle down with this one for a few minutes of arcade nostalgia. (Kids, ask your parents. We used to have to leave the house to play video games.)

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20 hours ago

FCC says it is 'aggressively' going after hotels that block personal Wi-Fi hotspots

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The Federal Communications Commission stated today it is "aggressively investigating and acting against" hotels that try to block the use of personal Wi-Fi hotspots. This new clarification on the FCC's policy comes after it settled a case in 2014 with Marriott, who admitted that it blocked the use of such hotspots for people who stayed in its Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

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21 hours ago

Misfit will soon let you control your Nest and more right from your wrist

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Misfit has announced that a number of integrations are coming to their Flash and Shine fitness monitors. These new integrations and will allow you to control several apps and pieces of smart hardware, such as connected home appliances, from your wrist. Integrations include the ability to start and stop a Spotify playlist just a double tap on the Flash, for instance, or connect with your Nest Thermostat to control the temperature with your device's sleep tracker or alarms.

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21 hours ago

Ask AC: What is HTC Cloudex?

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HTC Cloudex

There's no need to freak out about HTC's new 'cloud' gallery app — it's not uploading your food pics anywhere

We've had more than a few people ask us about a new notification that's popping up on HTC phones referencing a "Cloudex" application. It's sort of a clunky thing and not initially clear as to what it does. And given the (rightfully) sensitive state regarding personal data these days, we're not all that surprised that it's raising a few eyebrows.

So what is HTC Cloudex and why might you want it? The answer is pretty simple.

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22 hours ago

Google Fiber confirmed for Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham

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As previously rumored, the super-fast Internet speeds provided by Google Fiber will become available in four more US metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Georgia, Charlotte, North Carolina, the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area, and Nashville, Tennessee.

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22 hours ago

Save up to $140 on a new Motorola phone or watch, starting Feb. 2

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Motorola will launch a new promotion on Monday, Feb. 2 that will save some people as much as $140 on their purchase of a new smartphone, smartwatch or accessories. The price cut will come in a promotional code that will be available just on Monday, but a smaller amount of savings will be available through Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.

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23 hours ago

What you need to know about installing your Nest Thermostat

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Nest Thermostat

If you can do some basic wiring, you can hook up a Nest — but there still are some important instructions to follow

One of the first things you will read when checking out user reviews of Nest Thermostat — something that is also repeated to some degree in professional commentary on the product — is what a pleasure the hardware is to install. Nest worked hard to make its thermostat something that could be installed by as many people as possible, and when compared to the other thermostats I've had to install over the years (most notably the other connected thermostat I installed last year, which shall remain nameless to save from embarrassment) it seems like the company was successful. You'd be hard pressed to find many people saying anything bad about the way this device is installed, which is an impressive accomplishment when you consider this was the very first product Nest Labs had ever made as a company.

That having been said, before you bust out your tool belt and rip your existing hardware off the wall, there are a few things you should know about installing the Nest Thermostat.

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23 hours ago

The Best Virgin Mobile Phones of 2015

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If you’re a prepaid phone user in the U.S. and looking for the best Virgin Mobile phone — we’ve got you covered. Virgin Mobile is perhaps one of the biggest names for prepaid service, and they’ve come a long way since inception.

No longer are you limited to low-cost, low-power phones — now you can get in on the prepaid action with newer devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 or iPhone 5s.

There are actually quite a few devices to choose from — which may make finding the right phone for you a tough task. We’ve done the hard work and come up with a list of some of the best Virgin Mobile phones you can buy right now. No matter if you are a Windows Phone, iOS, or Android user — there’s a great Virgin Mobile phone for you.

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1 day ago

Hotel Tonight introduces Bonus Rate and Rate Drop to get you the best possible last-minute deals

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Hotel Tonight, the app and service that offer up last-minute hotel deals near you at steep discounts, is announcing two new features today called Bonus Rate and Rate Drop. The two new offerings give Hotel Tonight hotel partners the opportunity to target users in specific locations to offer even steeper discounts — up to 40 percent off the normal rate — for booking close to the date you'll be staying.

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1 day ago

Snapchat Discover is like Snapchat Stories, but for publications

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Snapchat is launching a new Discover feature that is, in essence, Snapchat Stories but for online video and photo publications. Snapchat Discover brings together photos and videos from a variety of external sources, as well as Snapchat's own internal content.

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