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3 days ago

Love is in the air with Plants vs. Zombies 2's Valenbrainz event

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Plants vs. Zombies fans can celebrate the love in the air this season thanks to the Valenbrainz update for Plants vs. Zombies 2.

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3 days ago

Lollipop is now on 34.1 percent of active Android devices, Marshmallow up to 1.2 percent

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Google has released its latest update to the distribution numbers for each version of Android. In the latest round, Lollipop continues to gain ground, while the latest version, Marshmallow, inched up ever-so-slightly. Lollipop now sits at 34.1 percent, up from the to 32.6 percent in January, while Marshmallow has made the jump to 1.2 percent from 0.7 percent.

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3 days ago

Podcasts could come to Google Play Music later in February

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Update: Simmons has deleted his Tweet. Read into that what you will.

It was announced back in October that Google Play Music would be adding podcasts to its lineup, and now it looks like that launch may be imminent. It now appears that podcasts will launch on Play Music at some point in February. This timeframe comes from sports podcaster Bill Simmons, whose podcast will be available on Google Play at launch.

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3 days ago

Rachio's second-generation smart sprinkler controller arrives with smaller footprint, Amazon Echo integration

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Rachio, a company that makes a smart sprinkler controller, has announced its second-generation model. The new version is smaller and is supposed to be easier to install (not that the first one was that tough), and offers integration with the Alexa assistant on the Amazon Echo, which lets you control the Rachio with only your voice. (The first-gen Rachio also gets to enjoy this, too.) You can, of course, also control the system from your smartphone using the Rachio app.

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3 days ago

Truecaller will enable next-generation dialer on upcoming BLU smartphones

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Truecaller and BLU Products will now partner to bring Truecaller's communication applications to upcoming range of BLU smartphones in 2016.

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3 days ago

ASUS ZenFone Zoom now available at B&H Photo for $399

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Just as promised, the ASUS ZenFone Zoom is now available at B&H Photo for $399. The retailer will be carrying an unlocked version of the 5.5-inch smartphone.

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4 days ago

Google OnHub routers are getting a guest Wifi mode

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Google OnHub

Google's OnHub routers (there are two models as you'll recall from our review) are simple devices that were lacking one pretty major feature at launch — guest networks. That's about to change with a new firmware update on the routers themselves, and the companion apps that go along with them.

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4 days ago

Xiaomi: US Mobile not authorized to sell our phones

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Yesterday, US Mobile announced that it would be selling select phones from Xiaomi and Meizu, making the devices available for the first time in the country. However, Xiaomi has mentioned that the carrier is not authorized to sell its devices, stating that there are no plans to sell any of its phones in the U.S.

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4 days ago

Celebrate Groundhog Day with some sizzling hot HTC deals

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It's Groundhog Day in the U.S., and to celebrate, HTC has unveiled some new deals that will run through today and tomorrow. First up is an offer where you'll be able to pick up a Jabra Move headset for free when you purchase the HTC One A9. This promotion will run for today only, so you'll need to order before the day ends.

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4 days ago

WhatsApp now has 1 billion users

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WhatsApp now has 1 billion users. The communications platform has seen a meteoric rise in its userbase over the last year, adding 500 million new users. More recently, WhatsApp announced that it would be eliminating the annual subscription fee entirely, relying on connecting businesses with customers for monetization.

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4 days ago

Microsoft Band 2 update enables weight tracking on Android

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Microsoft's fitness-focused smartwatch, the Band 2, has picked up an update that brings new functionality when paired with Android smartphones, such as the ability to track weight, sharing your workouts, GPS enhancements, and activity reminders.

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4 days ago

LG G4 receiving Marshmallow update on Canada's Telus and Rogers

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After Europe and the U.S., the LG G4 is now receiving the Marshmallow update in Canada. Telus has commenced the rollout, with Rogers set to offer the update from February 3. No details as of now as to when Bell will start rolling out Android 6.0 to its LG G4.

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4 days ago

Weekly Poll Followup: Tech is mostly prepared in case of bad weather

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Last week we asked if you prep your tech before a storm. There is plenty to worry about when getting ready for a storm, and making sure your technology is properly prepped isn't always a priority. We use our phones like lifelines these days, doing everything from getting the most up to date weather to spending hours playing games when we can't leave the house.

With that in mind we gave you four options in last week's poll: "Yes," "Kind of," "Not really" and "No."

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4 days ago

Motorola spreads the love with Valentine's deals on Moto 360, Moto X and more

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As love begins to fill the air, Motorola is offering up some sweet Valentine's Day deals through its online store.

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4 days ago

Gmail now has over 1 billion monthly active users

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Speaking on Google's Q4 2015 earnings call, CEO Sundar Pichai announced that at the end of 2015, Gmail had over one billion monthly active users. That's an absolutely massive number, but considering that we're talking about the scale of Google, it's actually the seventh product from the company to surpass that milestone.

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