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1 week 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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1 week 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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1 week 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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1 week ago

Google's first Pixel C update is now available

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Google's monthly security patch notes didn't specifically mention an update to the Pixel C, but checking out the Google Developers factory image list revealed a new image for the tablet. This is the first update for the Pixel C, and it's right in line with Google's promise that this tablet would receive updates either every six weeks or within the cadence of Google's Nexus line.

We don't yet have a complete changelog for the Pixel C update, but here's what we've found so far.

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1 week ago

Google announces Q4 and FY 2015 earnings: $74.5 billion in revenue for the year, $21.3 billion for Q4

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Google has released its earnings for Q4 of 2015 and the entirety of the year. The company showed strong growth in revenues compared to last year, with $21.3 billion in revenue for the quarter, with $74.5 billion for all of 2015.

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1 week ago

Galaxy S7: Water resistance would be a natural next step for Samsung

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Some thoughts on what a water-resistant Galaxy S7 could mean for Samsung and its competitors.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 rumor mill is now fully up and running, with leaked images claiming to reveal Samsung's 2016 flagship in all its glory ahead of the Feb. 21 launch event. We're expecting two variants — a smaller flat GS7 and a larger "edge" model, with bigger batteries, improved cameras and speedier performance. However one of the most intriguing features coming to the GS7 is water resistance, according to VentureBeat's Evan Blass. If true, you might be able to dunk your GS7 in the bath or use it in the rain without worrying about water damage.

So what might this mean for the Korean firm's next big thing? Let's take a look.

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1 week ago

Google's February Security patch is live — here's what you need to know!

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Welcome back to another thrilling episode of Google's Monthly Security Update. February has arrived, and that means it is time for Google to outline all of the patches being made to Android and point out who made those patches.

For the uninitiated, Google (and the Android Open Source Project) accepts contributions from external sources as well as the teams inside Google. Every month these contributions are sent to Google's partners so they can update their own devices, and roughly a month later those updates are pushed to the Nexus line. Some partners are really good about updating their products, but this monthly cycle is still a challenge for many companies using Android on their products.

Here's what's being fixed this month.

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1 week ago

Nexus factory images updated with February security patches

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If you own a Nexus phone or tablet, and don't like to wait for the OTA release, you can now download the latest factory image from Google and flash it yourself. The update is still Android 6.0.1, but carries a different version number depending which phone or tablet you are using.

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1 week ago

Google Search will now keep you up to date on the latest election results

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Google is making some tweaks to Search to keep you up-to-date on the 2016 U.S. elections. With these updates, you can easily look up the positions of the different candidates, check in on primary results, and get voting reminders for your own primary.

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1 week ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet Marshmallow update now available to download

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As promised, NVIDIA has begun pushing the Marshmallow update out for its original Shield Tablet. NVIDIA recently update the Shield Tablet K1 to Marshmallow, which brought many of the same fixes to the newer tablet.

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1 week ago

US Mobile is the first carrier to offer Xiaomi and Meizu phones in the United States

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Update: Xiaomi has stated that US Mobile is not an authorized seller of its phones, and that the company has no plans to make any deals to sell phones through any authorized dealers.

Both Xiaomi and Meizu are huge companies outside of the U.S., but neither has really broken into the market in North America yet. Now, US Mobile, a network which runs off of T-Mobile's towers, is offering its customers smartphones from both companies. The carrier is selling the Meizu M2 Note, Xiaomi Redmi 2, Mi 3 and Mi 4i, with prices ranging from $120 to $220.

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1 week ago

Root for your team in Super Bowl 50 with these custom Android themes

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February is here, and that means it's time for the biggest game of the year.

Yep, it's Super Bowl time! You've got the big screen, you've got the snack foods, you've got the booze. But you're still missing something. Sure, you've got the body paint and jerseys ready to wear on game day, but what does your phone have? Well, you can douse it in a winning coat of team spirit to and show your support for your team, be it the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers.

Here's our game plan:

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1 week ago

Leaked renders show off the back side of Samsung's Galaxy S7, S7 edge

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A new render has appeared of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, showing off a rather familiar design. Looking very similar to the previous generation Galaxy S6 line of devices, you have the camera centered at the top, with the flash sitting off to the right of it.

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1 week ago

Samsung is bringing ad blocking support to its Android browser

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Samsung will be adding the ability to have ads blocked in its Android browser by opening a new Content Blocker extension API to developers. An update is rolling out now to devices running Lollipop or higher that enables the new functionality. Developers will be able to use Samsung's new Content Blocker extension API to develop both content and ad blockers for the browser.

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1 week ago

Having issues with Gmail today? You're not alone

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We hate it when services go down, especially ones we rely on for work and/or personal use. Gmail is currently experiencing some problems as we've received reports (and have confirmed ourselves) that the online email platform is having trouble maintaining a connection, resulting in many unable to access their inbox.

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