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2 weeks ago

HTC has $1.5 billion in the bank, but investors think the company's worth even less

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HTC's stock has fallen so low that the company is worth less than the cash they have in the bank.

Once the titan of Windows Mobile and a leading Android handset maker, HTC's fallen on such hard times that investors have deemed the company to be practically worthless. That's perhaps a bit hyperbolic, but following a tremendous 60 percent dive in the company's stock, it's now trading at a level that puts the market cap of the company well below the value of HTC's physical assets (factories, inventory, etc) and cash assets.

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2 weeks ago

Tweetings for Twitter on Android Wear makes staying up to date much easier

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More than many other social networks, or apps out there today, Twitter is all about the moment. The funny joke, shocking headline, and liveblog of The Walking Dead all show up right next to each other. Sometimes you come up with something brilliant, but you lose it before you can tweet because your phone isn't quite within your grasp. Tweetings for Twitter has you covered, especially with Android Wear support.

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2 weeks ago

Sprint's Open World add-on makes it more affordable to travel to Mexico, Canada, and Latin America

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Sprint has announced a new free add-on, called "Open World," that brings a number of cool additions for frequent international callers and travelers. In all, the add-on offers free calls and texts to Canada and Mexico, along with rates starting at five cents for Latin American countries.

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2 weeks ago

Bookmark it: abc.xyz is the online home of the new Alphabet

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Along with the rebirth of Google and the formation of its new parent, Alphabet (if you ever wanted to understand just how unconventional things can get in Mountain View, read that sentence again) comes, of course, a new website.

Welcome abc.xyz, the online home of the new umbrella company for all things Android. And Google. And YouTube. And, well, everything that was, and will be, and has been. Google-owned businesses that already are separate from the core company "will be managed separately from the Google business," the company said in an SEC filing. That includes things like Nest, Google Fiber and Google Ventures. And as expected, chaos abounds. The "Alphabet" Twitter handle is already taken by one Chris Andrikanich of Cleveland, Ohio, a "self-proclaimed geek who fires off regular gibberish, gobblety-gook abotu sports, tech, CLE and whatever ..."

That's putting it mildly.

Alphabet.com, meanwhile, apparently is owned by the one and only Bayerische Motoren Werke AG — BMW.

So, abc.xyz it is. But then there's this. (Via Mashable)

The more things change, the more they ... do other things.

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2 weeks ago

Sundar Pichai now CEO of Google

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Sundar Pichai

It's not a huge surprise if you stop for a second to think about it. But Sundar Pichai, who rose from the ranks of the Chrome team to lead both it and Android as senior vice president of Products, will be CEO of Google — now a technical subsidiary of the umbrella "Alphabet" corporation. (Or, rather, it will be once the moves are finalized later this year.)

"It is clear to us and our board that it is time for Sundar to be CEO of Google," Alphabet co-CEO Larry Page wrote in the letter announcing the creation of Alphabet. And to be sure, Pichai has very much been the public face of Google the past few years at the Google I/O developer conference, as well as other events throughout the year.

And it's not just about keeping the ship upright, Page said. Pichai will very much be growing Google's portfolio.

"Google itself is also making all sorts of new products," Page said in the letter, "and I know Sundar will always be focused on innovation—continuing to stretch boundaries. I know he deeply cares that we can continue to make big strides on our core mission to organize the world's information."

And Google will still be Google, Page wrote. One Alphabet company may well be vastly different from the next.

"The whole point is that Alphabet companies should have independence and develop their own brands."

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2 weeks ago

Huge inside shakeup as Google creates 'Alphabet' umbrella company

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Let it never be said that Google is boring. Co-founder Larry Page today announced the creation of "Alphabet," a new corporation that will comprise Google and other previously Google-held properties to better allow them to act and grow independently. The change was announced across Google's collection of blog sites, as well as at the new (and cleverly domained) site abc.xyz.

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2 weeks ago

How far Motorola's mid-range has come

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From a 3G-only phone in late 2013 to a fully functional high-speed (and low-cost) alternative in 2015, the new Moto G carves a niche in the mid-range.

What a difference a couple of years can make. OK, call it 21 months. But the journey from the original Moto G (announced in November 2013) to today's model (available now) shows just how far the mid-range smartphone has come. And it's definitely a flourishing segment of the Android ecosystem, with similarly spec'd phones from the likes of ASUS (with the ZenFone 2), Alcaltel OneTouch (the Idol 3), Huawei (the good-but-running-KitKat P8 Lite) and others in the very affordable price range.

But let's take a look back at what Motorola's done. How far we've come from that original Moto G, to what we have today.

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2 weeks ago

Hands-on the PLAYBULB LED Bluetooth Candle

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Forget traditional candles. Now you can control colors and effects on just one, or an entire group of these LED Bluetooth candles.

I don't use candles often unless the power goes out or I'm enjoying some Frasier Fir scents during the holidays. The PLAYBULB LED Bluetooth Candle has me considering different setups around my house where these mini lights would look best, and I'm certain that 1 just isn't enough for the full effect I'm after.

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2 weeks ago

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge receiving Stagefright fix [Update: Galaxy S5, too]

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T-Mobile has begun pushing out an update to both the the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge, bringing along a patch for the so-called Stagefright messaging exploit.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Experience Stores not affected by Carphone data breach

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UK retailer Carphone Warehouse notified customers of a major data breach this weekend, resulting in the personal information of up to 2.4 million customers being obtained by hackers. In the wake of this news, there's been some speculation as to whether Samsung's UK-based Experience Stores were affected by this hack, as these are operated by Carphone Warehouse, with orders being processed by the mobile retail giant.

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2 weeks ago

Google Voice users will get group SMS support thanks to Hangouts 4.0

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Along with its new design, and speed improvements, Hangouts 4.0 will bring along with it the ability for Google Voice users to participate in group SMS (sometimes referred to as group MMS) conversations. While there are a few catches, this is a huge step in the right direction for Google Voice users.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus 2 shipments to the US and Canada to be delayed by two to three weeks

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The upcoming OnePlus 2 smartphone won't be coming to US and Canadian buyers as quickly as first announced. OnePlus revealed today that shipments of their latest phone will be pushed back by two to three weeks after shipments are sent out to its European buyers, "due to production schedules".

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2 weeks ago

Flir One update adds panorama and time lapse support

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Flir has been making great strides in the world of small and relatively inexpensive thermal cameras, and a big part of that experience has been software. An update to the Flir One Android app rolling out today improves that experience with new camera and video modes, as well as a new OTA update mechanism that lets the Flir One app update the firmware on the camera directly.

The plug and plan Flir One camera is a lot of fun if you've got the $250 to spend, especially if you've got a handful of phones nearby and you want to see which one gets hotter, but it's also got some serious industrial and service applications. Today's update adds a new Panorama Mode to the Flir One camera mode, an a new Time Lapse Mode to the Flir One video mode. These new camera modes are in line with the other camera modes, and plays nice with all of the thermal filter color modes you have access to when capturing. The only problem you run into with a thermal panorama is capturing something with extremes. Something well over 300 degrees for example makes everything around it seem much cooler in a thermal image, and if you're stitching a large image that can cause some color distortion.

The update should be rolling out to everyone today, though when you connect your Flir One again there will be an additional prompt to install a new firmware update to the camera. It should only take a minute, after which you'll be ready to enjoy the new features.

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2 weeks ago

Final Fantasy Record Keeper gets enemy HP bars and more in second major update

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The second major update to Final Fantasy Record Keeper tweaks characters, adds enemy HP bars, and much more.

If you're into the Final Fantasy role-playing game series, you can't do much better for mobile-original games than Final Fantasy Record Keeper. The free-to-play game from DeNA and Square Enix is basically a "Final Fantasy All-Stars," which characters from nearly every numbered Final Fantasy teaming up to battle against enemies and bosses from all across the series – complete with authentic sprites and music from the various games. It's seriously great!

After publishing Record Keeper's first major update in June, DeNA has just released the game's second big update. This one includes welcome character balance improvements, plus some extremely handy tweaks like enemy health bars, a "Remove all" equipment option, and more. Read on for full impressions of Final Fantasy Record Keeper's latest update!

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2 weeks ago

Galaxy Note Edge, Note 4, and S5 are the first Verizon phones to receive the Stagefright fix

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Verizon is pushing out an update to the Galaxy Note Edge, which contains the patch for the Stagefright exploit. We have already seen Sprint and AT&T push out updates for a few phones, as well as Google roll out new factory images for the Nexus line.

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