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3 years ago

Nest announces smart home API, brings third-party integration to connected devices

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Nest has launched a "Works with Nest" certification program and API that allows third-party companies to communicate with Nest's Learning Thermostat and the Nest Protect smoke detector.

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3 years ago

Microsoft unveils an improved X successor, the dual-SIM Nokia X2

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Microsoft today announced the Nokia X2, the successor to the original X released by Nokia, as was previously teased with Nokia Conversations blog post. Priced at just €99, it's an affordable Android smartphone for targeted markets. The 4.3-inch display with Nokia Glance is joined by expandable internal storage, dual-SIM support, as well as apps and services from Microsoft.

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3 years ago

LG to expand G3 availability globally starting June 27

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It's not quite time for the LG G3 to be on sale here in the U.S. just yet, but LG has announced that sales will commence outside of its home market of South Korea starting June 27th. LG's plan is to launch its new 5.5-inch QHD device in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines as the first expansion of availability, followed by the rest of Asia, Europe, Middle East and beyond starting in July.

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3 years ago

NVIDIA jump starts your Shield gaming with $25 Play credit

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After slashing the price of the Shield handheld Android gaming console down to $199 from the recent $249 price cut, NVIDIA is back at it again to kick start your gaming with a $25 credit from the Google Play store. If you're not into spending all that credit in one place on games, you can buy other digital content from the Play store as well, including music, TV shows, movies, magazines, apps, and books.

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3 years ago

Mystery screenshots may show the next version of ... something

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A user at reddit stumbled across something cool earlier today, and it just might give a hint at what's to come in the next version of Android.

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3 years ago

Moto X+1 leak shows device sitting pretty in a case

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A new image of the much rumored Moto X+1 has popped up showing what appears to be the device sitting inside a case made for the phone. At this point, there's not a lot of information about the phone itself though the leak reveals the front and the rear of the device.

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3 years ago

Updating your Nexus — Everything you need to know

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Nexus phones are easy to update by design — here's how to take advantage of that

More people than ever own a Nexus device. From the introduction of the Nexus One in January 2010, and through the subsequent releases to the Nexus 6 in 2014, the numbers keep growing. Plus, we've got the Nexus 7 tablets (one name, two models from 2012 and 2013) that are still popular devices, as well as the new Nexus 9. And we can never forget the Nexus 10

While the idea of what "Nexus" actually means seems to vary from release to release, what hasn't changed is that these remain some of the most "open" and "developer-friendly" devices available. They're great for veteran hackers who want to do some serious customizations, or for the inexperienced folks who want to get their feet wet and learn their way around Android. (Or, they can just be great phones for those who don't care to tinker.)

Nexus devices also generally are the first to receive new Android operating system updates. When a new version of Android is announced, it's safe to say it'll be available on a Nexus device first. And, traditionally, other recent Nexus devices are first in line for updates. That's changed somewhat with the introduction of "Google Play experience" devices, and Motorola's close involvement with Google, and so it's caused a bit of a firestorm. 

Regardless, Nexus devices actually offer several ways of updating to the latest operating system. They are:

This isn't a step-by-step tutorial of how to update your Nexus device. Think of it as a (relatively) basic primer for the options available. Let's discuss the differences between these options, and which is best for you.

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3 years ago

Chromebook Pixel users at odds with Verizon and Google over free LTE data

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It was really cool when Verizon and Google offered 100MB of free LTE data monthly to users of a Chromebook Pixel. On the Google Play page, Google told anyone who bought one that this deal would last for two years, and even though 100MB a month isn't a lot, it makes it handy to check mail or messages when you can't get to proper Wifi. The problem is, that the folks who bought a Pixel under those conditions are seeing their free data disappear after just 12 months.

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3 years ago

Xperia M2 lands in the U.S. at Sony Store

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U.S. customers looking for Sony's entry-level Xperia M2 are now in luck as the handset is now available for pre-order from Sony's web and physical stores. The handset is expected to ship Wednesday, June 25, with a price of $289.99 and can be pre-ordered in either black, purple, or white.

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3 years ago

Google starting its own domain name registration service

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Google is using some of their data center space to start up a service to help you register your own domain name on the Internet. The service, aptly named Google Domains is an invite-only beta for the time being, as we have come to expect whenever Google rolls out a new product or service. Google won't be offering hosting space, but folks like Wix, Squarespace, Shopify, and Weebly have joined as partners so you will have an easy time getting everything online.

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3 years ago

Father of the iPod now leading Google's hardware initiatives

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Tony Fadell, widely considered as the father of the iPod and creator of the Nest, is now joining Google's leadership to head up the company's consumer hardware business. It's still unclear what that means for the future of Google's hardware business as the company doesn't produce that much in-house.

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3 years ago

Square order launches in full for Android, will take your order in SF and NYC

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Square Order the online ordering app from Square, is now out of beta. Originally released last month, Square Order lets you order for pickup or dine in from local shops and restaurants in select cities, specifically New York and San Fransisco (for now)

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3 years ago

The Moto 360 will support Qi wireless charging

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We've yet to see the Moto 360 come across the FCC's testing docket, but its charger? That just scurried across the test bench — with the Moto 360 itself in tow as "Test support equipment." Normally a standard plug-in charger would not find itself under scrutiny from the FCC, after all they're all about things that transmit through the air. Which it would seem this very Qi charger does.

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3 years ago

HiSense's 8-inch Sero 8 lands at Walmart for $129

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HiSense announced that its 8-inch Sero 8 Android tablet had just dropped at Walmart for just $129. The affordable 8-inch tablet is able to keep its price low with some trade-offs while still running Android 4.4 KitKat.

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3 years ago

Top app, device and accessory sales for June 23, 2014

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It's a little easy to get distracted on a week like this, what with the World Cup and all. Oh, and that little thing called Google I/O. But we shall soldier on and bring you the best deals we can find. Here are today's offerings.

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