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Belkin updates WeMo app with new WeMo Light Switch features

Belkin updates WeMo app with new WeMo Light Switch features

Belkin has updated their WeMo home automation apps for iOS and Android with a few new features. Chief among them is a long-press option for their Light Switch, which is recognizable through the popular IFTTT service. There are also new controls to recognize sunrise and sunset, an away mode which...
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Verizon and AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 to be available from Staples starting Sunday

If you're in the market for a Samsung Galaxy S5 and just couldn't decide where to get it, or you happen to need to pick up some toner at the same time, might we suggest Staples? Starting next week, you'll be able to purchase the latest and greatest from Samsung from the office supplies and more...
Google Glass XE16 factory image now available

Google Glass XE16 factory image now available

The Google Glass XE16 update that started rolling out earlier this week is now available as a factory image, for those interested in tinkering with the software on their Glass (or had been tinkering and broke it back enough that you need to start fresh). Photo replies in Hangouts and Bluetooth 4....
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Good news, folks! If you like to use the Internet as some sort of popularity contest, Google+ has you covered, as it now shows the total number of views your profile, posts and pictures have received. If you've got it but don't want to flaunt it, you can hide the number in your settings. (Same as you can the number of circles you're in.) Try not to let this go to your head, m'kay? [+Eddie Kessler]

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According to habitual leaker and knower of things unknown @evleaks, the LG G2 Mini will be headed to Sprint as the LG LS885.

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Android users looking to stay healthy might want to check out this wireless blood pressure monitor from Withings. This is a new version of a previous award-winning blood pressure monitor made by the company. Android support is probably the biggest change for you. You’ll be able using the Withings Health Mate app from Google Play to connect to the wireless blood pressure monitor. That app for Android is also used to connect to various other Withings products like weight scales, baby monitors, activity trackers and more. [Withings]

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A quick heads up, folks, that you can now buy the original Pebble smartwatch at Target for $149. This is the classic plastic model, and it's available in red, black or white. (In fact, white's a Target exclusive for now.) [Target]

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Google is celebrating Gmail's birthday and April Fool's today. They've announced "Shelfies" as a way to share your selfies (SHare sELFIES — get it?) through the Gmail interface. Billed as a replacement theme that will be rolling out in the next few hours, Google also tells us that self-portraits are much more popular than pirate themes. They even have a chart to prove it. [Gmail blog]

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Although it's easy to think that the Samsung Galaxy S5 simply has the same AMOLED display as the S4 with a slightly larger footprint, it turns out Samsung has cranked up the quality of the display in the last year as well. According to tests from the folks at DisplayMate, the Galaxy S5's display outperformed it in many regards, even setting records in some categories, and ended up being the best-performing display that they had ever tested. [DisplayMate]

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Google Maps aren't the only ones playing a little early April Fool's Day shenanigans. Sir Richard Branson, Virgin founder and Tony Fadell, iPod designer and head honcho at Nest, have teamed up to deliver a not-so-believeable skit for Total Tempetature Control.

Sadly, not every seat will really have it's own thermostat, and we can't really select an exotic location and bask in the tropical glow.

Yet.

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Enclosure Album

John Frusciante has a new album, titled Enclosure, which will be available April 8 worldwide. But if you have an Android or iOS device, you can get a sneak peak via an ingenious app and a satellite.

Frusciante has loaded a recording of Enclosure into a self-launched satellite, and with the new app you’ll be able to preview the tunes when the satellite is over your location.

You’re not actually streaming from the satellite, of course, but it’s a novel way to use location data.

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Vodafone UK has announced that current pre-orders of the Sony Xperia Z2 will be shipping on April 14. Rival carriers seem to be experiencing delays in getting the device into the hands of customers, with delivery times slated for late April or early May. A Vodafone UK representative confirmed the date in a post on the official Vodafone forum.

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HTC One M8 lockscreen

App shortcuts are easy to switch out on the new HTC One, with one caveat

HTC was one of the first Android manufacturers to allow for app shortcuts in its lock screen, giving quick access to some of your most frequently used applications without actually having to unlock the phone first. That feature returns on the HTC One M8.

By default, you've got four app shortcuts on the lock screen: Phone, Messages (texting), Internet and Camera.

But what if you want different apps there? It's pretty simple to switch out.

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If you happen to be needing to buy Google Play gift cards while out and about in Mexico, you now can. Available in quantities of 200, 300, and 400 pesos (that's US$15.33-US$30.64), they're due to be sold at the physical retail locations of OXXO, Sólo Sanborns, Liverpool, Blockbuster (which is still apparently a thing in Mexico), Office Depot, Chedraui, and OfficeMax.

Fuente: Google Play

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The Sony Xperia E1, the 4-inch Android phone with a 100db speaker, is now on sale throughout Europe. Purchasing through Sony's online store will cost £159 in the UK, though Amazon UK and Handtec are each selling the phone for £119. Prices in the rest of Europe range from €119 in Italy, €139 in Germany and France, and go as high as €199 in Spain.

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Republic Wireless has added Moto Maker customization for the Moto X. Beginning on April 1 at noon EST, customers will be able to customize the look of their phone. Additionally, starting at 11:00 EST, the first 2,000 customers to visit Republic's promotional website will receive a promo code for an upgrade to a wood finish back. Customers can choose from Walnut, Bamboo, Ebony, and Teak wood finishes (or any of the dozen other standard color options), which normally cost an extra $25 to add to the Moto X.

The Moto X is currently available from Republic Wireless for $349 for the 16GB model, and $399 for the 32GB model.

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And so it begins.

Google's always loved April Fools' Day and has used the opportunity for more than a few well-produced jokes. And, just like Black Friday deals and CES announcements, the new April Fools' Day is the day before April Fools' Day. And so Google's kicking things off with the Google Maps Pokémon Challenge. Says the YouTube description announcing the Pokémon challenge:

To catch 'em all, grab your Poké Ball and the newest version of Google Maps for iPhone or Android. Then tap the search bar, "press start," and begin your quest. And, follow Google Maps on Google+, Facebook or Twitter for hints and tips for the most dedicated trainers.

Clearly we're getting an early start on April Fools' Day this year, and if Google's past pranking behavior is anything to show, we've got plenty more coming today and tomorrow.

Source: Google Maps (YouTube)

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Whether it's the streaming music and playlists of Rdio, or Jerry Seinfeld driving vintage cars to get coffee on Crackle, you can now get it on your Chromecast. Both services announced today that they're bringing support for the Chromecast media stream to their services.

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Mobile Nations Newsroom

I’m excited to introduce you to a new initiative we’ll be piloting on Android Central, iMore, Windows Phone Central, CrackBerry, and Smartwatch Fans this April.

Internally we’ve dubbed it Mobile Nations Newsroom and it represents a change to our organizational structure and workflow designed to provide you, our readers, with a better experience. The goal of Newsroom is to get you the latest news faster while doing it better, and while also allowing our talented team of writers to spend more of their day working on the original content that we know you all love.

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Facts is facts: The HTC One M8 camera remains a controversial subject, with its 4-megapixel "Ultrapixel" camera. It's a different sort of shooter, aiming to let in more light and adding some interesting post-processing features, at the expense of total resolution. So how's it stand up to other current top-ranked smartphone cameras? Our sister site iMore put the M8 up against the iPhone 5s to do exactly that. As for the results? Well. ... [iMore]

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Sony fans in the UK have a new option if they want a smaller handset: the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is now available on Three. Launching today both in stores and online, the Xperia Z1 Compact can be had for £29-a-month on a contract plan, or upfront for a relatively affordable £359.99 if you go for the pre-paid option.

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Congratulations, LG G2 owners on Sprint, it's a KitKat. Today Sprint is pushing an update for the G2 smartphone that brings the handset up to Android 4.4. We don't have a changelog yet, but we can expect the update to bring several under-the-hood improvements as well as support for Google Cloud Printing. Or at least that's what happened when KitKat was pushed out earlier this week for the LG G2 in Canada. LG G2 owners, if you're seeing KitKat today, let us know what you think!

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If there's one thing that the OnePlus gang has been good at over the past few months, it's been pushing the hype for their One smartphone (the other one, not the HTC One) with mere words. They can state the specs all they want, but in the end what we really want is something we can grasp. And a pair of leaked screenshots that show how the Android-based CyanogenMod OS that will power the phone is a good start.

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