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Big Android Meat and Greet is coming to Alexandria, Va.

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The folks behind the Big Android BBQ have spent the last year working on ways to bring a taste of their annual Texas-based event to different parts of the U.S., and in April the East Coast will get what's coming to them. The Big Android Meat and Greet is a one-day event that combines a developer event with a great party for Android folks to get together and enjoy. Since it's in Virginia, right on the water, the party is going to be held on a Riverboat during the infamous Cherry Blossom Festival.

Tickets have been made available over on the BAMG site, broken out into the two major parts of the event. If you only want to come for the Code Kitchen and check out the developer sessions contained within, that event is free. The Riverboat tour, on the other hand, is $75 and will include some of the same amazing food and celebration that makes the Big Android BBQ so cool to go to. We'll have at least one or two of the AC team enjoying both parts of the event, so if you're going be sure to say hello!

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1 day ago

Nest Week: A deeper look at the Nest Thermostat

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Just as our fearless leader promised in his weekly missive, we're going to start taking a more focused approach for certain topics, and I have the honor of being the first to bring this to you. We're going to start off with the now Google-owned Nest Labs and their Nest Thermostat. Rather than post a single long post on the Nest Thermostat like we would a smartphone or tablet review, we're going to break down the basics of why you would want one, installation, ownership, and getting the most out of the $250 tiny wall computer.

Each day this week we will have something new in the series to share with you, and with each post we'll be doing our best to answer questions in the comments sections. By the end of the week we'll have covered the basics as well as we know how to cover them, and next week we'll fire up a whole new series. Coming up this afternoon we'll start with the simple question: What is a Nest, and why would you want one?

So get ready for more on the Nest Thermostat, what it means for us as consumer, and what it means for the connected and mobile industries at large. To make sure you don't miss a thing, lock in on our Nest Thermostat page.

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1 day ago

Here's where to buy the Nexus Player

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Nexus Player

Google's first Android TV box now available from even more retailers

A couple months after its initial release, you're finally able to purchase the $99 Nexus Player from retailers other than Google. That's important for a number of reasons — perhaps the best of which is that you might well have a gift card or to for other retailers just burning a hole in your pocket.

But why buy a Nexus Player when it's nearly three times the price of a Chromecast? We can sum that up in two words: Android TV. Think a full-fledged Android system connected to your large-screen television, complete with dozens and dozens of games. And that means if you've purchased a game once on a phone or tablet, you might not have to buy it again for Android TV. (Some games may have completely new versions, though.) You'll also get great experiences for YouTube and Google Play Music, as well as a number of other multimedia apps, including Bloomberg, Pandora, Songza and more.

If you're still not sure, be sure to check out our complete Nexus Player review. (And to join in the discussion, swing by our Nexus Player forums!)

And just as the list of games and apps available for the Nexus Player continues to grow, so grows the list of retailers from which you can buy one. Here's where all you can pick up a Nexus Player:

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1 day ago

How to factory reset your Nexus 6

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There are a few reasons why you might want to factory reset your Nexus 6, reverting it back to its out-of-box condition. Maybe you've decided to sell your device. Perhaps you want to eliminate any problematic apps and start again from scratch. Whatever the reason, it's easy to clear out your apps, photos and other content and start again from scratch.

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1 day ago

AT&T makes another attempt to roll out its HTC M8 One update with Android 4.4.4

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AT&T has once again posted word that a new firmware update for its HTC One M8 is rolling out to its customers. AT&T attempted to issue the same update earlier this month but quickly pulled it from circulation.

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1 day ago

Nakamichi Bluetooth Speaker with NFC review

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Music makes me better

All about controls

My most-used app is Google Play Music. I never leave the house without my Bluetooth headphones if I can help it. Safe to say that I'm a heavy Bluetooth user and a somewhat picky Bluetooth user. I've used the Nakamichi Bluetooth Speaker with NFC heavily over the last month and a half with my Moto X and while I love most aspects of this speaker, and while I have loved that time, there are also some times when I have found myself at odds with some of the design choices made here. You may think these choices are fine, and this speaker may fit nicely into your life.

Just don't expect it to play nicely in your bag.

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1 day ago

Facebook's testing a 'Lite' app for emerging markets

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Facebook has quietly launched a new and small version of its app called, appropriately enough, Facebook Lite. However, the app has been made and is currently only available, for a few emerging markets and is targeting low-end Android devices that are stuck on slower 2G networks where bandwidth conservation is a priority.

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1 day ago

How to add your Cree Connected bulb to a Hue hub

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Cree Connected

The folks at Cree dropped the first bulb in their new Connected line this week at Home Depot, and as we said in our hands on if you're looking for cheap bulbs to add to your connected home these are the way to go. Rather than bind themselves to a single kind of connecte hub, Cree Connected bulbs work with any ZigBee hub. You wouldn't know that by looking at the box, however, since the only instructions included are to connect to the Wink hub. While Wink is a decent way to go if you've already decided to go that route, those of us with the Philips Hue hub running multiple rooms of bulbs are probably going to want to keep using the Hue apps to control those bulbs. The Cree Connected bulbs won't automatically connect to the Hue hub out of the box, but through the manual add feature in the Hue app you can add the Cree bulbs with no problem.

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Official NFL video and more coming to Google and YouTube

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The NFL has entered a content agreement with Google that will see official highlight clips and more appear both on Google as well as YouTube. Highlight clips will be available on YouTube and in Google's search results. Meanwhile, searching for a team will get you detailed information about upcoming games and more.

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1 day ago

YotaPhone 2 review

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YotaPhone 2 Review

Meet YotaPhone's second attempt to make a dual-screen smartphone. YotaPhone 2 is AMOLED in the front, ePaper in the back, and has just enough software to make both sides completely unique without crossing the line into what we all too commonly refer to as bloatware. It's a worthy successor to the original YotaPhone in every way, but more than that it makes a compelling case for having and using two screens on one phone. YotaPhone made the overall experience with this phone special with their ePaper software and some clear efforts to make their apps play nicely with Google's existing services on the phone, and more than anything it makes us all want to see more Android ePaper hardware.

Read more in our YotaPhone 2 review!

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1 day ago

AT&T to acquire Nextel Mexico for $1.875 billion

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AT&T plans to acquire Nextel Mexico for $1.875 billion in an effort to create a massive North American Mobile Service area that will be able to offer wireless access to 400 million people. The news comes a few months after AT&T announced plans to buy another Mexico-based wireless carrier, Iusacell, for $2.5 billion.

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1 day ago

Tesco sells its Blinkbox music streaming service, closing books platform in February

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Tesco has already sold its Blinkbox Movies and broadband services to UK operator TalkTalk, and now the supermarket chain has finally washed its hands of both the book and music streaming services. An official announcement was made on the Blinkbox website today, confirming that Guvera has made the purchase for the music streaming platform, swooping in to save current subscribers in a bid to keep Blinkbox music afloat.

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The Nexus 6 would have featured a fingerprint sensor if not for Apple

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The Nexus 6 was originally scheduled to feature a fingerprint sensor where the dimple is located at the back, but the idea was ultimately foiled by Apple. Motorola was working on fingerprint recognition with a company called AuthenTec, with devices from as far back as 2011 featuring the technology. However, Apple acquired AuthenTec in 2012 for $356 million to use the technology in the Touch ID sensor, which meant that Motorola had to look elsewhere.

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Galaxy Note Edge heading to Bell and Rogers in Canada, Best Buy starts pre-orders

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Canada is the latest country to receive the Galaxy Note Edge, with carriers Bell and Rogers set to carry the device. Best Buy has started taking pre-orders for the device at its retail stores and mall outlets throughout the country.

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Motorola returns to China with the Moto X 2014, Moto X Pro and the Moto G 2014 LTE

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Motorola is making its re-entry in China with the launch of the Moto X 2014, Moto X Pro and the Moto G in the country. China will be the first market to receive an LTE-enabled version of Moto G 2014, and the first country in Asia to have access to Motorola's Moto Maker customization utility, which will be debuting in the country in a few months' time.

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