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Coming up next: We take a look at Android antivirus apps

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We're knee deep in Nest this week as we've begun taking more focused looks at specific topics. And we're not slowing down. Coming up next we're going to dive into a subject that, to be perfectly honest, we've tried to avoid over the years.

That would be Android and viruses. Or, rather, Android and antivirus apps. This is a real gray area. Viruses are real on Android. Make no mistake about that. These are full-fledged computers in our pockets and on our wrists. They're powerful, and very much within a user's control to do some hackery, both for good and for evil. And so we've generally taken a "Yes, but ..." approach when it comes to the scary stories of the latest Android malware that's wreaking havoc across a number of devices in a faraway land.

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4 days ago

FTC rules that throttled unlimited data doesn't qualify as 'unlimited'

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In a ruling that's resulted in a $40 million fine, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's smacking down TracFone's speed throttling of customers that were paying for unlimited data service. The case in question only applies to TracFone, but it helps to reinforce a precedent that could apply to even the larger carriers in the United States.

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4 days ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Vintage' winners!

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This was a throwback week, of sorts, as we were looking for your best "vintage" photos in order to take home prizes in the latest photo contest. Four full pages in the forums filled up with entries showing all sorts of cool old items, from trains to coffee pots and everything in between. In the end we narrowed it down, and two folks will be getting a prize this week for their entries. Read along and see the winners for yourself.

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4 days ago

The basics of using a Nest Thermostat with Android, iOS and the web

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Nest Apps

The mobile component of this connected thermostat is really what makes it futuristic

OK, so it's just a thermostat.

And while you will always have the option to walk right up to the pretty little dial on the wall and give it a spin when you want to change something, there's quite a bit of functionality baked into the Nest online services that ensures you basically never have to. As with all connected thermostats, the ability to reach only your hand out from under the covers to grab a device capable of increasing the temperature in your house is one of the great miracles of the 21st century. The Nest Thermostat offers you a lot more than just temperature control, however, and regardless of what device you're using to access those features you can enjoy the entire feature set.

And that's where we head today.

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4 days ago

Slack acquisition will see video chat and screen sharing integration

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Slack, the current darling of organizations in need of a flexible individual-and-group messaging service, has bought a small video conferencing company named Screenhero. The acquisition will lead to an eventual integration of Screenhero's voice and video conferencing features and screensharing support to Slack's 365,000-and-growing daily users.

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4 days ago

Sony teams with Spotify for new streaming service to replace Music Unlimited

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Sony is teaming up with Spotify to launch PlayStation Music, a new streaming music service coming in spring 2015. The service will replace Music Unlimited, which will shut down everywhere that it is currently available on March 29, 2015. Beginning Feb. 28, current active Music Unlimited subscribers will get free access to the service until its closure.

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4 days ago

The ZTE Blade S6 will come with Lollipop and an octo-core chip for $249.99

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ZTE has just revealed a new mid-range Android smartphone, the 5-inch ZTE Blade S6, that will use Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. It will also have Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor inside for a price of $249.99.

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4 days ago

How to adjust video auto-play settings in the Facebook app

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Facebook changes a lot of things on us automatically, whether it's on the web or on your phone, and one of the more annoying "features" turned on automatically is auto-play videos. From Facebook's perspective auto-play videos seem great — videos are loaded in the background so they play instantly, and as you scroll through your timeline they catch your eye since they're playing without your interaction.

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4 days ago

Your typical mobile gamer today spends two hours every day face-down in a tablet

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A new survey of mobile gamers conducted by the NPD Group says that they are playing, on average, over two hours a day on their devices. The survey, conducted in late 2014, indicates a 57% increase in the average play time for mobile gamers, compared to just 80 minutes a day in 2012.

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4 days ago

Carphone Warehouse to open pre-orders for the LG G Flex 2 on Feb. 28

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The LG G Flex 2 is just about to launch at Carphone Warehouse. Pre-orders for the smartphone are to open on February 28, and the UK retailer has today rolled out pre-registration form for potential buyers to sign-up for alerts. Sales of the G Flex 2 will commence on March 19.

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4 days ago

HTC One M9: Leaked image offers peek at two new HTC flagships

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HTC One M9 leak

Notorious phone leaker @evleaks has temporarily stepped out of retirement, presenting what might be our first proper look at two unannounced, high-end HTC phones — one of which may be the HTC One M9. Today's tweet, which shows two hitherto unseen handsets alongside leaks of the M8, M7 and the abandoned HTC Edge, strongly suggests these could be HTC's new flagship phones.

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4 days ago

HTC One M8 is now receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop in Europe

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HTC One M8 Lollipop update

Both the developer and unlocked editions of the HTC One M8 have received Lollipop updates, but now it's time for owners in Europe to receive the sweet goodness. Jeff Gordon, Senior Global Online Communications Manager at HTC, has confirmed on Twitter today that the software update is now rolling out for the handset in Europe.

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4 days ago

UK retailer Carphone Warehouse starts selling the Sony Xperia Z3 in purple

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Looking for a more colorful variant of the Xperia Z3? If you're living in the UK, you're in luck, as Carphone Warehouse has announced that it is offering the device in a purple color variant exclusively in the country. The phone is available for sale now for £33 ($50) on a monthly plan (which lasts for 24 months), or £479.95 ($720) for the unlocked SIM-free model.

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4 days ago

Samsung Gear VR is now available for purchase at Best Buy

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Samsung's Gear VR headset is readily available at both AT&T and Samsung, but if you'd rather pick up the accessory from Best Buy, now you're more than able. It's a purchase we'd recommend to those who are fans of Samsung hardware (since you'll need the Galaxy Note 4) and virtual reality. The Gear VR can be yours for $199.

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Samsung to launch Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 in the UK on February 12

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Samsung has announced that it would be bringing its metal-clad Galaxy A series phones — the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5 — to the UK in February. Both devices will go on sale in the country from February 12, and will be available from high street retailers such as Carphone Warehouse, EE and O2, along with Samsung's exclusive stores. Interested customers can pre-order either device from Samsung's website as well as retail stores starting January 28.

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