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3 years ago

Google reportedly strikes licensing deal with hotel booking software startup Room 77

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Google and Hotel-booking start-up Room 77 have come together today, and they should be able provide better (and more lucrative) hotel-search results.

Room 77 does hotel search both on the web and on mobile, and their technology should help Google overhaul their search experience to look and feel more like Priceline or TripAdvisor, says the Wall Street Journal.

Users will be able to search out and book a hotel room without ever leaving the Room 77 website or app, rather than depending on links and switching pages to find a place to sleep.

Source: WSJ

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3 years ago

The best Android games without in-app purchases

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Top ten Android games without IAPs

Skip the IAPs with these outstanding Android games

Are you tired of being nickeled-and-dimed by freemium Android games? Had enough of gems and timers and boosts? That's certainly the impression we get when we talk about freemium, so we've rounded up our favorite titles that do away with all of that, and provides the absolute maximum of product up-front. There's a healthy mix here of action, puzzle, strategy, RPG, so go ahead, dive in, and let us know what you think.

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3 years ago

Verizon HTC One Max update to Android 4.4.2 rolling out as scheduled

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The Verizon HTC One Max KitKat update has started rolling out, with users in the Android Central forums downloading it right now.

The One Max already had Sense 5.5, so the user facing changes shouldn't be too noticable, but the update to Android 4.4.2 brings along all of the new APIs from Google, such as immersive mode and the new web views.

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3 years ago

Reminder: Registration for Google I/O 2014 opens tomorrow [updated with delay]

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Google I/O

Update: Google has pushed back registration by a week. Original follows.

Google I/O, the annual conference for all things Google and developers, kicks off registration for the 2014 edition tomorrow, April 8th. If you've been waiting for your opportunity to get in on the two-day event, this year may be your best chance considering Google's new registration policy.

Rather than a mad dash to lock up the very limited number of tickets all at once, Google is leaving open registration from 5am PT on April 8th until 5pm PT on April 10th. This means you can get through and complete registration at your (relative) leisure, ensuring that you're in the running. Google will then randomly select the maximum number of tickets from the pool of registrants and hand out tickets.

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3 years ago

Delta Air Lines now automatically links your bags to your app

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Delta has updated their Fly Delta app to version 2.6, adding automatic bag tracking and removing the need to scan your barcode your self. All you have to do is tap the Track My Bags to watch the progress of all bags in your reservation. This update also contains a number of bug fixes.

You can download the update from Google Play now.

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3 years ago

Sprint shutting down WiMAX by end of 2015

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Sprint's WiMAX network isn't long for this world. The first "4G" network to launch in the United States, WiMAX was hampered by Sprint's available spectrum and shamed by the speeds brought on by the launch of LTE on Verizon and AT&T. Having thrown in the towel on WiMAX and rushed to launch their own LTE network, Sprint is now paving the way to shut down their old WiMAX network by the end of next year.

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3 years ago

Clove drops price of Moto X in UK down to £225

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Two months ago the Moto X launched in the UK with retailer clove pricing it at £380, shortly thereafter giving it a price cut for to £299. Today, Clove cut things even further, offering the Moto X for just £225 (£270 including VAT). Everything else that we know and love about the Moto X remains unchanged. If you haven't grabbed a Moto X in the UK yet, is this latest price drop enough to tempt you?

Source: Clove

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3 years ago

Twitter buys smart lock screen Cover

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Cover is a well-known and popular lock screen replacement app for Android. The app has been in beta for quite some time with public availability going live last December. The app though may have proved to be too popular as Twitter has swooped in and scooped up the fledgling startup.

In a post on the Cover site, the Cover Team has acknowledge the sale to Twitter with a note that users can continue to expect the app to remain on the Play Store.

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3 years ago

How to use Do Not Disturb on the HTC One M8

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HTC One M8 Do Not Disturb

This may be the most important feature on any smartphone

Our phones make a lot of noise. They chirp. Beep. Vibrate. Sing. Howl. And if you're the popular type (or, worse, work with folks across many time zones), your phone can be worse than a newborn at 3 a.m. or a dog in a thunderstorm. Fortunately, smartphone manufacturers are finally baking in "Do Not Disturb" functions.

Here's how to use Do Not Disturb in Sense 6 on the HTC One M8.

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3 years ago

Specs leaked for Samsung's SM-T800 tablet with 10.5-inch AMOLED display

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Rumors have been circulating for some time that Samsung was working on large AMOLED displays for their tablets, and now we might know a bit more about a tablet so-equipped: the SM-T800. No doubt it'll have a more user-friendly Galaxy Something-or-other name if and when it launches, but according to SamMobile, The SM-T800 will come with a 10.5-inch Super ALOMED display packing 2560x1600 pixels in that space.

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3 years ago

BT Sport now streaming on Chromecast

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The BT Sport app for both Android and iOS has been updated with support for Chromecast, just as we were told last week it would be. Apart from that, it's the standard "minor bug fixes" bringing BT Sport app for Android up to version 1.3.15. Of course, you'll need to be a BT customer, which means you'll need to be living in the UK with your Chromecast, but apart from that we're looking at BT Sport on your TV from your phone.

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3 years ago

Samsung Chromebook 2 now available for preorder

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Announced a month ago, the new Samsung Chromebook 2 portables are now available for pre-order from Amazon and Samsung. The upcoming Chromebook 2 is projected to ship on April 28th (that's three weeks from now) in two models: 11.6 inches and 13.3 inches. The smaller one retails for $319.99, while the larger Chromebook 2 is priced at $399.99. Both are powered by Samsung's Exynos 5 octa-core ARM processors, have 4GB of RAM, 16GB for storage, and a projected 8+ hour battery life. And, being Chromebooks, they run Chrome OS

If you're so interested, here are some preorder links from Amazon for the 11.6" Samsung Chromebook 2 and the 13.3" Samsung Chromebook 2.

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3 years ago

NVIDIA Shield April software update released with new features

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The April software update for the NVIDIA Shield has arrived. The update bumps the Shield from Android 4.4 KitKat to 4.4.2. New in the April update are betas for Remote GameStream and laptops, a keyboard and mouse support in console mode, and an updated TegraZone.

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3 years ago

StoreDot's Nanodot bio-organic nanochrystals will charge you phone in 30 seconds flat… in 2016

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We use smartphones nearly every minute of every day, and that can be an issue, specifically for batteries. If there’s one area in tech that we haven’t seen any innovation – not for lack of trying – it’s batteries. Sure they’ve grown in size and chipsets have become more power efficient, but for the most part, charging is still charging in 2014.

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3 years ago

Verizon Wireless buying spectrum and assets from Cincinnati Bell for $210 million

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Cincinnati Bell Wireless has entered into an agreement to sell its spectrum holdings and wireless infrastructure to Verizon Wireless. The deal, valued at $210 million will see Cincinnati Bell's customers transferred to Verizon "or other wireless providers" over the next 8-12 months, during which time the carrier will lease back that spectrum and those towers for "a nominal fee".

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