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5 days ago

Facebook's testing a 'Lite' app for emerging markets

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Facebook has quietly launched a new and small version of its app called, appropriately enough, Facebook Lite. However, the app has been made and is currently only available, for a few emerging markets and is targeting low-end Android devices that are stuck on slower 2G networks where bandwidth conservation is a priority.

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5 days ago

How to add your Cree Connected bulb to a Hue hub

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Cree Connected

The folks at Cree dropped the first bulb in their new Connected line this week at Home Depot, and as we said in our hands on if you're looking for cheap bulbs to add to your connected home these are the way to go. Rather than bind themselves to a single kind of connecte hub, Cree Connected bulbs work with any ZigBee hub. You wouldn't know that by looking at the box, however, since the only instructions included are to connect to the Wink hub. While Wink is a decent way to go if you've already decided to go that route, those of us with the Philips Hue hub running multiple rooms of bulbs are probably going to want to keep using the Hue apps to control those bulbs. The Cree Connected bulbs won't automatically connect to the Hue hub out of the box, but through the manual add feature in the Hue app you can add the Cree bulbs with no problem.

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5 days ago

Official NFL video and more coming to Google and YouTube

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The NFL has entered a content agreement with Google that will see official highlight clips and more appear both on Google as well as YouTube. Highlight clips will be available on YouTube and in Google's search results. Meanwhile, searching for a team will get you detailed information about upcoming games and more.

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5 days ago

YotaPhone 2 review

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YotaPhone 2 Review

Meet YotaPhone's second attempt to make a dual-screen smartphone. YotaPhone 2 is AMOLED in the front, ePaper in the back, and has just enough software to make both sides completely unique without crossing the line into what we all too commonly refer to as bloatware. It's a worthy successor to the original YotaPhone in every way, but more than that it makes a compelling case for having and using two screens on one phone. YotaPhone made the overall experience with this phone special with their ePaper software and some clear efforts to make their apps play nicely with Google's existing services on the phone, and more than anything it makes us all want to see more Android ePaper hardware.

Read more in our YotaPhone 2 review!

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5 days ago

AT&T to acquire Nextel Mexico for $1.875 billion

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AT&T plans to acquire Nextel Mexico for $1.875 billion in an effort to create a massive North American Mobile Service area that will be able to offer wireless access to 400 million people. The news comes a few months after AT&T announced plans to buy another Mexico-based wireless carrier, Iusacell, for $2.5 billion.

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6 days ago

Tesco sells its Blinkbox music streaming service, closing books platform in February

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Tesco has already sold its Blinkbox Movies and broadband services to UK operator TalkTalk, and now the supermarket chain has finally washed its hands of both the book and music streaming services. An official announcement was made on the Blinkbox website today, confirming that Guvera has made the purchase for the music streaming platform, swooping in to save current subscribers in a bid to keep Blinkbox music afloat.

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6 days ago

The Nexus 6 would have featured a fingerprint sensor if not for Apple

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The Nexus 6 was originally scheduled to feature a fingerprint sensor where the dimple is located at the back, but the idea was ultimately foiled by Apple. Motorola was working on fingerprint recognition with a company called AuthenTec, with devices from as far back as 2011 featuring the technology. However, Apple acquired AuthenTec in 2012 for $356 million to use the technology in the Touch ID sensor, which meant that Motorola had to look elsewhere.

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6 days ago

Galaxy Note Edge heading to Bell and Rogers in Canada, Best Buy starts pre-orders [Update: Launching on Feb 18]

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Update: Samsung has now confirmed the pricing and availability of the device in Canada. The Galaxy Note Edge will be available in the country from February 18, with Bell and Rogers offering the device for $400 on-contract and $900 outright.

Canada is the latest country to receive the Galaxy Note Edge, with carriers Bell and Rogers set to carry the device. Best Buy has started taking pre-orders for the device at its retail stores and mall outlets throughout the country.

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6 days ago

Motorola returns to China with the Moto X 2014, Moto X Pro and the Moto G 2014 LTE

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Motorola is making its re-entry in China with the launch of the Moto X 2014, Moto X Pro and the Moto G in the country. China will be the first market to receive an LTE-enabled version of Moto G 2014, and the first country in Asia to have access to Motorola's Moto Maker customization utility, which will be debuting in the country in a few months' time.

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6 days ago

T-Mobile's new Score! upgrade program could save you up to $140 on a new phone every year

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T-Mobile's today rolling out yet another program for customers that aims to make upgrading even easier. It's called Score! (yes, with the exclamation point) and at $5-a-month for both postpaid and prepaid T-Mobile customers it offers a free upgrade to an entry-level smartphone after just six months, or a steep discount on a mid-range-to-premium phone after 12 months.

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6 days ago

Weekly poll results: Is Android your alarm clock?

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Earlier in the week we asked how many of us use their Android as their alarm clock. Over 9000 people answered, and just about everyone said "Yes."

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6 days ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Android Device Manager, StarWatch Watch Face, SyFy Sync and more

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Apps of the week

More great applications to install and try

Happy app-day Sunday, everyone. We're back with another list of applications we want to tell you about, because we think they're pretty darn great and think you will like them, too. We do this because we know how hard it can be to find the best apps when you have well over 1,000,000 of them to dig through.

And as always, we want you to join in the fun. This isn't just for us to talk about the apps we like, it's a place where you can share your favorites with everyone, too. Check out our picks, then dive into the comments and share yours. We're all reading, and always looking out for the best of the best to install on our phones and tablets.

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6 days ago

Nexus Player now available from Best Buy and Newegg

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The Nexus Player is now available outside of the Google Play Store, notably at Best Buy, as well as online retailer Newegg. The device is available from both outlets for $99.99, with the game controller also available from both at a price of $39.99.

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6 days ago

From the Editor's Desk: Narrowing our focus

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Let's keep things a little light for this week's column, shall we? Probably the biggest news of note is that we're going to start doing more series work. That is, we'll take a specific topic and do more cohesive coverage of it, instead of shotgunning stories here and there throughout the year. It's the right way to do it, and so that's how we're going to do things going forward, especially when it comes to non-device content.

That said, we're starting with a device this week, though not in the traditional phone-or-tablet sense. Any guesses as to what it might be?

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. It's great to see that folks are enjoying Shen Ye's Futurology series. (Check out Part 1 on batteries and Part 2 on displays.) We're hoping to have Part 3 ready later this week. (Anyone still want to complain that we only focus on the folks new to Android?) We've got some more cool series on the way as well. Stay tuned.

And, of course, we're going to get way in deep on all the new phones that are about to hit. Nothing's going to get in the way of that.

So with that, a few other thoughts on the week that was.

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1 week ago

Ask AC: What's that star in my notification area?

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Android Lollipop priority star

Welcome to the wonderful, confusing world of Android 5.0 notifications

This question still hits our inbox from time to time, and it's worth a quick reminder. Android 5.0 Lollipop — at least in its current, unadulterated form — changes the way notifications work. Or, more specifically, there are now three ways they'll be presented to you. The firehose is simply called "All." That is, you'll see every notification there is to see in your notification area. You'll get a buzz, or hear the notification tone.

Then there's "Priority," which brings us back to the question at hand. You can designate specific apps as being "Priority," and then you'll get only "Priority" notifications.

So what's a "Priority" notification? And what's it have to do with that star up there? Glad you asked.

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