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5 days ago

What you need to know about installing your Nest Thermostat

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Nest Thermostat

If you can do some basic wiring, you can hook up a Nest — but there still are some important instructions to follow

One of the first things you will read when checking out user reviews of Nest Thermostat — something that is also repeated to some degree in professional commentary on the product — is what a pleasure the hardware is to install. Nest worked hard to make its thermostat something that could be installed by as many people as possible, and when compared to the other thermostats I've had to install over the years (most notably the other connected thermostat I installed last year, which shall remain nameless to save from embarrassment) it seems like the company was successful. You'd be hard pressed to find many people saying anything bad about the way this device is installed, which is an impressive accomplishment when you consider this was the very first product Nest Labs had ever made as a company.

That having been said, before you bust out your tool belt and rip your existing hardware off the wall, there are a few things you should know about installing the Nest Thermostat.

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5 days ago

The Best Virgin Mobile Phones of 2015

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If you’re a prepaid phone user in the U.S. and looking for the best Virgin Mobile phone — we’ve got you covered. Virgin Mobile is perhaps one of the biggest names for prepaid service, and they’ve come a long way since inception.

No longer are you limited to low-cost, low-power phones — now you can get in on the prepaid action with newer devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 or iPhone 5s.

There are actually quite a few devices to choose from — which may make finding the right phone for you a tough task. We’ve done the hard work and come up with a list of some of the best Virgin Mobile phones you can buy right now. No matter if you are a Windows Phone, iOS, or Android user — there’s a great Virgin Mobile phone for you.

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5 days ago

Hotel Tonight introduces Bonus Rate and Rate Drop to get you the best possible last-minute deals

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Hotel Tonight, the app and service that offer up last-minute hotel deals near you at steep discounts, is announcing two new features today called Bonus Rate and Rate Drop. The two new offerings give Hotel Tonight hotel partners the opportunity to target users in specific locations to offer even steeper discounts — up to 40 percent off the normal rate — for booking close to the date you'll be staying.

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5 days ago

Snapchat Discover is like Snapchat Stories, but for publications

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Snapchat is launching a new Discover feature that is, in essence, Snapchat Stories but for online video and photo publications. Snapchat Discover brings together photos and videos from a variety of external sources, as well as Snapchat's own internal content.

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5 days ago

'BADASS' surveillance program let British, Canadian governments spy on smartphones

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More information about government surveillance has come to light, and this time, it's not about the NSA, but the British and Canadian governments, which apparently used special software filters to acquire sensitive smartphone user data from the servers of a number of advertising and analytics companies. The program, called BADASS, gathered unencrypted data sent to the companies from mobile devices. The data collected by these companies can apparently give whoever is looking at it a lot of information about individual users.

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5 days ago

Chrome OS stable channel update brings synced custom wallpapers and more

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Google today announced an update for the stable branch of Chrome OS, which will bump consumers up to version 40.0.2214.93. The release will be rolled out over the next few weeks and contains numerous bug fixes, security patches and feature improvements.

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5 days ago

Sonos Controller beta update makes it even faster to move music around your home

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Wireless speaker company Sonos is launching a beta version of their Sonos Controller Android app with a number of new features, including a faster rooms menu and an improved tablet app. The beta app also includes some changes and improvements based on user feedback from previous versions of the Sonos Controller app.

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5 days ago

Twitter is rolling out an update to introduce group messaging and video support

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Twitter has today announced two new features coming to the micro-blogging service. Group messaging and video upload support will be rolling out in an update for official apps on both iOS and Android.

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5 days ago

Huawei posts record-breaking revenue, 75 million smartphones sold in 2014

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Huawei may not be as well-known as other Chinese manufacturers like Lenovo and Xiaomi, but the vendor is doing remarkably well in the smartphone segment. The brand witnessed an increase in revenue by 30 percent to $12.2 billion, making 2014 the first year for Huawei with revenues of over $10 billion.

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5 days ago

T-Mobile picks Kim Kardashian to lead its Super Bowl commercial

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Breaking from its new modus operandi of "uncarrier," T-Mobile apparently has gone the somewhat predictable route for its 2015 Super Bowl commercial, tapping former sex-tape participant and current model, host, and reality-show narcissist Kim Kardashian to talk about selfies for 30 seconds of your life you'll never get back.

#Uncarrier.

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5 days ago

Xiaomi sells out of first batch of Mi Note in three minutes, targets 100 million sales in 2015

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Xiaomi is set to continue its meteoric rise with the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro. The first batch of Mi Note devices went on sale in China earlier today, and was sold out in under three minutes. The exact number of devices sold wasn't disclosed, but a Xiaomi VP revealed that the sale received over 220 million reservations. The next batch of Mi Note devices will be available on February 3, with the Mi Note Pro set to go on sale in the month of March.

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5 days ago

Google to announce Fiber rollout in four new US cities

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Google Fiber is coming to four new metro areas in the US. That's according to a new report over on the Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the situation. It's reported that Google will soon announce coverage in Atlanta, Charlotte (N.C), Raleigh-Durham (N.C), and Nashville (Tenn.) in the coming days.

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5 days ago

Facebook and Instagram experience denial of service attack, outage [Update: Restored!]

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Update: Both social networks are now functional again. If you can't access them in your region just yet, hold tight. Services are being restored.

Facebook and Instagram, the popular social network and it's photo-centric sub-division, are currently experiencing a denial of service attack that's affecting access for some users. If you've been trying to check your feeds and you've been getting errors, don't worry — it's them, not you.

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5 days ago

Saygus announces V2 pre-orders open Jan 29, price will be under $600

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Once expected to be just vaporware, the Saygus V2 is actually going to go on sale starting with official pre-orders this Thursday, January 29. After making a debut at CES 2015 with actual hardware that we could see and use for ourselves, Saygus has been running "pre-registrations" for those interested, but hasn't actually taken orders just yet — now we know (some of) the details.

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5 days ago

Plex update brings refreshed UI, new purchase model, casting from camera roll

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Media streaming service Plex dropped an update for its Android app today that brings a revamped UI along with the ability to cast from your camera roll to Plex clients and cast-enabled devices. Additionally, Plex has switched to offering in-app purchases to unlock features for new users in its app.

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