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April 7, 2016 • News

Facebook Messenger Offering Links and Codes to Make It Simpler to Communicate

If you use Snapchat, you’re probably familiar with the scannable yellow code that lets you quickly connect with another user. According to a Facebook post, a similar code is making its way to Facebook Messenger.

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March 31, 2016 • Deals

Amazon Deal: Philips Wake-Up Light $65

I bought the Philips Wake-Up Light about a month ago for $90. My 16-year-old daughter loves it, and since she has been using the Philips wake up alarm I’ve not once had to reminder her that it’s time to get up for school.

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March 23, 2016 • News

Nest Now Sends a Photo with Your Nest Cam Email Alert

I have a Nest Cam setup in my living room which notifies me every time something moves or makes a sound. I love it and even though at $199 it’s not the least expensive camera you’ll find, I do like that it displays an image within my Nest app alongside my thermostats and Nest Protect.

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March 23, 2016 • News

Google Keep Trick: OK Google, Add Milk To My Shopping List

I’m not sure how new this is however Android users who say “Ok Google” and then “Add xxx to my Shopping List” will find that Google Keep is able to maintain a shopping list for them. 

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March 16, 2016 • Deals

Deal: Anker Qi Charging Pad: $14.39 Shipped

Here’s a nice deal for anyone with a smartphone which supports wireless Qi charging. Amazon Deal Of The Day has this Anker Qi charging pad for $14.39 shipped. No cables or USB interface required. Input: 5V/2A; Output: 5V/1A. LED Indicator Lights: Red means it’s ready to charge, blue is charging, and both together let you …

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March 14, 2016 • News

Google Hangouts for iOS Adds Video Attachment Capability

Version 8 of Google Hangouts for iOS is now available and it adds a long missing video attachment feature. Users on iOS finally have the capability to attach up to a 1 minute video clip.

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March 12, 2016 • Deals

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Cases On Sale: Amazon Deal Of The Day!

Did your Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge just arrive? Even if it hasn’t – think about planning ahead and grabbing a case from Amazon. Currently, two brands (Supcase, i-Blason) are available via Amazon Deal Of The Day. I can’t say for sure these will be the lowest prices you’ll find. But they seem cheaper …

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March 2, 2016 • News

Digg Begins Issuing User Names

What’s Digg? Digg is an online news aggregator with a curated front page featuring unique posts selected for their high-tech audience. In its heyday, Digg attracted some 200+ million monthly viewers. The service became popular because its users could vote up (digg) stories or vote them down (bury them).

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February 13, 2016 • News

Facebook Messenger Groups Introduce Valentine Picture Presents

Everyone loves a present, right?  So how about a nice photo wrapped in a bow and red heart paper? You can send your Facebook friends just a present if you are in a Facebook Messenger Group with them. To send the wrapped image, simply click the heart/arrow icon in the lower right corner of your …

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February 13, 2016 • Rants and Raves

Is Spam Going Through a Bold Renaissance?

Is spam going through a rebirth, led primarily by information you submit to business directories? My inbox for the past year would answer yes based upon the number of email newsletters; semi-official looking emails received to my company’s “honeypot” email address.

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February 13, 2016 • News

Facebook Showing Realtime NHL Scoreboard for Check-ins

I don’t think this is new. But I do think it’s pretty cool. Facebook last night showed a realtime updated score for the Kings/Rangers game that my sister was watching at New York’s Madison Square Garden.  At first I thought it was just a static score – which would have been interesting by itself. Then …

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February 12, 2016 • Deals

Google Play Music Deal – $5/Month, up to 5 years, Valid Through 2/15

Google Play Music is offering gift subscriptions for their service at $4.99 per month. This is a savings of $3/mo for “legacy” users who had been paying $7.99 per month or $5/mo off the regular $9.99 monthly rate.

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February 11, 2016 • News

How to “Brick” Any 64-bit iOS Device in 6 Easy Steps!

The folks on Reddit have uncovered what appears to be a flaw in the iOS code which will render any 64-bit iOS device (32 bit reportedly unaffected) unusable until the battery power is removed. This flaw occurs when the internal clock of the device is manually changed back to 1970 and then the device is …

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February 5, 2016 • News

Amazon Echo Now Ubers!

Beginning today you can now officially hail an Uber ride.  Connect your Uber account to Amazon Echo and you’re off and running. The functionality allows you to hail a specific class of ride , “Alexa, ask Uber to request an Uber X,”.

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January 26, 2016 • News

BlackBerry Priv Now Available on T-Mobile for $719 or $30/mo

T-Mobile is now offering the Android-based BlackBerry Priv for $719 or $30/month for 24 months. Hailed as the (possible) savior of BlackBerry, this qwerty keyboard device has drawn mixed reviews. The keyboard has been welcomed by fat-thumbers. An excess of heat from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and creaking body panels has been mentioned as …

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January 22, 2016 • Deals

T-Mobile Takes $75 off Any Note 5 with Code NOTE5DEAL

Have you been thinking about a Samsung Galaxy Note 5? If so, this could be your lucky day. T-Mobile offers $75 off any model Note 5 with promo code NOTE5DEAL. The Note 5 first appeared in the U.S. in late August. Three months later in November, a gold platinum variant was added.  In other deals, …

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January 7, 2016 • News

Motorola Brand to Fade, Survived by Moto and Vibe

News today from CES that Lenovo plans to phase out the Motorola brand during 2016. We had to know this day was coming ever since Motorola was sold by Google to Lenovo in 2014. Fear not though, the Moto branding will live on for higher-end phones while Lenovo will use the Vibe brand for the …

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December 18, 2015 • News, Reviews

Saying Goodbye To Google Project Fi

I joined Project Fi in August of this year. Project Fi is essentially a prepaid phone service for which Google acts as an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). This is just a fancy term for a company which doesn’t own the cellular towers but merely purchases a bulk block of service from the carrier(s) and …

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December 16, 2015 • Deals

Speck 40% Off Sale Ends Today!

Speck makes some of the most solid and best-fitting cases I’ve used. Today is the last day to save 40% on just about everything they offer – as well as receive free shipping which enables your gift to arrive in time for the December holiday.

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December 14, 2015 • Deals, Travel

Amazon Deal: Rosetta Stone 1-5 (Download) Plus Kindle Fire HD 6 – $ 198.99

Today only, Amazon’s Gold Box deal of the day has the download version of 27 popular language courses by Rosetta Stone for $198.99.

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November 27, 2015 • Gift Guides

Holiday Gift Ideas for Android Addicts

It’s that time of year when you find yourself wracking your brain for gifts for the hard-to-buy-for person in your life. Here’s a quick look at some popular items for that special Android user. Some are cross-platform (battery chargers), and some are specific to Android (smartphones); all of them should put a smile on your …

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