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1 week ago

Hilton's HHonors app now taps into Google Maps to help you select the best room

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Hilton has teamed up with Google to make it possible for you to inspect and book your ideal room on Google Maps. Exclusively available to HHonors members, Google Maps has now been integrated into the company's app, allowing guests to see details on hotel surroundings as well as what view their selected room will have before making the booking.

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1 week ago

EU blocks Three's £10 billion takeover bid for Telefonica's O2

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The EU has blocked the CK Hutchison — owner of Three UK — bid to take over Telefonica's O2 operations in the UK due to concerns that the merger would limit customer choice and increase prices. As reported by the BBC, the deal was to be worth around £10.3 billion, reducing the number of major operators to just three — EE, Three and Vodafone.

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1 week ago

Google comes up with new emoji to better represent working women

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In an effort to better represent the "pivotal roles women play in the world," a four-member team at Google has proposed 13 new emoji depicting women in various professional roles. The Unicode Consortium added a broader spectrum of skin tones last year, but the team from Google is now pushing for equal representation of men and women:

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1 week ago

Samsung announces the new Galaxy Tab A 10.1 for Europe

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Samsung has announced the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 for Europe and should have the new tablet available for purchase next month. Set to arrive in both black and white variants, this latest device from Samsung will set you back €289 ($330) for the base Wi-Fi-only model. Opting for LTE connectivity will kick prices off from €349 ($395).

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1 week ago

Logitech's new car mounts bring smart hands-free to Android

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Logi ZeroTouch

Logitech has announced a new pair of hands-free car mounts that work in concert with a voice-controlled app to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.

ZeroTouch is available either as a vent mount ($59.99) or a dash mount ($79.99). The free app then connects with the the mount via a small metal plate or a disk hidden underneath a case, triggering a Bluetooth LE connection. When you remove the phone from the mount, the ZeroTouch app shuts down, so you only have to use the voice commands when you want.

Read: Our Logitech ZeroTouch review

ZeroTouch focuses on four basic hands-free operations — text messages, phone calls, navigation and music playback. You also can share your location via voice, with built-in Glympse support.

ZeroTouch is available today at Logitech's website, or on Amazon.

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1 week ago

Meizu m3 note with 5.5-inch FHD display, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage hits India for ₹9,999

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Chinese manufacturer Meizu has launched the m3 note in India for ₹9,999. The phone will be up for sale exclusively on Amazon India from May 31, with registrations kicking off later today.

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2 weeks ago

Cardboard VR units now available on Google Store in Canada, UK, France and Germany

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After coming to the U.S. Google Store in February, Cardboard VR units are now available to purchase in Canada, the UK, France, and Germany.

Available for $20 CAD, £15 and €20 in Canada, the UK and Germany/France respectively, the unit is the redesigned second-generation Google Cardboard. Google is also selling two-packs of the VR viewer for $35, £25 and €30 in each region.

Google notes that there are now "thousands of VR apps and games and a variety of captivating YouTube videos made to view with Cardboard," including Paul McCartney, New York Times, and Star Wars.

It's unclear whether Google plans to stock more versions of the Cardboard VR viewer; additional units, such as the Mattel View-Master VR and Goggle Tech C1-Glass VR Viewer, are for sale on the U.S. Google Store.

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2 weeks ago

Google Developers website now offers Nexus OTA files in addition to full factory images

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A small but seriously cool update was pushed to the Google Developers website today, launching a new section that gives Nexus owners download links to OTA (over the air) update files in addition to the full factory images we've used before. The website is currently showing the two most recent Android 6.0.1 OTAs for all Nexus devices since the Nexus 7 (2013), as well as the Pixel C.

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2 weeks ago

Mobilicity being subsumed into Rogers flanker brand Chatr

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The Mobilicity brand is disappearing, subsumed into Chatr Mobile, says parent company Rogers.

According to an FAQ posted on Mobilicity's website, its 150,000-odd customers will be ported over to Chatr's billing system with "comparable plans," based on information sent to MobileSyrup. Mobilicity will stop activating lines on August 15th, and will shut down the brand by the fall.

Rogers purchased Mobilicity in mid-2015 for $465 million after working out a deal with the former Conservative government to sell off a considerable portion of the company's spectrum to Wind Mobile (which was then purchased by Shaw Communications).

In the subsequent months, Mobilicity customers were incentivized to upgrade their devices in order to take advantage of Rogers' more robust 3G network, on which Chatr also runs.

Mobilicity notes that "by joining the chatr mobile... you can enjoy larger chatr zones and their consistent and reliable network," which has been competing with Mobilicity and Wind Mobile since 2009, when the new entrants launched.

Unlike Rogers' other flanker brand Fido, Chatr has mostly assembled a client base of prepaid users that typically don't use much data, if at all. The company unveiled a deceptive "unlimited data" plan last month that caps 3G speeds at 3Mbps, up to 1GB per month.

Some Mobilicity stores and dealers will be forced to close, while others will be rebranded as Chatr locations.

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2 weeks ago

WhatsApp introduces new desktop app for Windows and Mac

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Following the release of leaked documents showing a WhatsApp desktop client being in the works, WhatsApp has now officially introduced the offering for Windows and Mac via their company blog.

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2 weeks ago

Where do you charge your phone at night?

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We use our phones to help us navigate our day with ease. We use them to get from place to place, figure out what we're eating for lunch, and talk to friends and family members. To say that our phones have become a necessary tool in our day-to-day lives isn't an exaggeration. So when you get home at the end of the day, and are getting ready for bed, what happens to your phone?

Whether you have an awesome battery on your new Samsung Galaxy S7 or you constantly need to top up the battery, charging your phone is inevitable. That's where this week's poll question comes in. We want to know where you plug your phone in to charge at night. You've got four options this week: "Next to the bed," "Next to the computer," "Across the room from me," or "Anywhere but the bedroom."

Where do you charge your phone at night?

Where do you leave your phone at night to charge? Do you only charge during the day? Pop into the comments and let us know about it!

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2 weeks ago

Google releases new Now on Tap commercial to remind us the feature still exists

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Even though we're several months removed from the launch of Android Marshmallow and Android N is already in a Developer Preview status, Google is just now getting around to releasing a commercial touting its Google Now on Tap feature.

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2 weeks ago

PopCap takes on Candy Crush with Bejeweled Stars

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Match-3 puzzles games are a dime a dozen nowadays. Candy Crush is king of course, but it owes some inspiration to Bejeweled. Now PopCap has launched Bejeweled Stars, which might just Crush the competition. What makes this one so stellar? Read our detailed impressions to find out!

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2 weeks ago

This is how Google tests the safety of Android Auto

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A new video in the "Nat and Lo" series from Google puts the spotlight on the company's Android Auto Research Lab.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 6 may feature a BlackBerry Hub-like experience called Samsung Focus

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According to a new report, Samsung's Galaxy Note 6 may have a new feature which is being called Samsung Focus. This would be a central hub for all of your notifications, very similar to how BlackBerry does on BlackBerry 10 and the Priv. The feature is said to integrate your calendar, email, contacts, memos and much more in one central location.

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