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Dec

Don’t buy another smartphone until you check this out (December 2015)


Time to purchase a new smartphone? Is this an upgrade from an existing device? Or, are you brand new to these sort of things? Actually, scratch that, it doesn’t matter. We want to help you out either way.

To save you money, we’ve gathered up all of the promotions we could find from the various wireless providers. Regardless of where you’re thinking of going for service, or what phone you are looking to pick up, you owe it to yourself to check below. Don’t be the guy who says, “I didn’t know I could get more for my money.” Worse, don’t be the one who could have kept some of that money in his wallet.

Hurry, we have no idea how long some of these deal will last. Sure, some are ongoing in a semi-permanent manner, but others could disappear overnight.

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AT&T

T-Mobile

Sprint

US Cellular

Virgin Mobile

Boost Mobile

Cricket Wireless

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7
Dec

Reminders join Google Calendar to further help us stay on top of things


I don’t know about you, but Google’s Reminders system has become a vital feature to helping me function in everyday life. These days, we have so much going on. And with our devices always around, it only makes sense to utilize them to stay on top of things we’ll inevitably forget.

Google has long kept Calendar entries and Reminders separated, still hanging on to the calendar events ideology. But with the increased importance of Reminders in the ecosystem, Google is now adding them as entries in the Calendar app.

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One of Google’s justification for doing this is that “while those entries [calendar events] come and go, Reminders stick with you over time so you can track them until they are actually done.” Reminders will stay on top of your daily list of entries until you dismiss them.

Reminders in Calendar will also 1’up event entries by automatically adding information like phone numbers and addresses (if you make a Reminder to make a call or go somewhere). That’s what great about the Reminder system, it gets incorporated across the ecosystem. Therefore, if you create one via a voice command on Google Now, it will automatically populate in Inbox, Keep, and now Calendar.

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Regarding the roll-out, Google says that incorporation into the mobile Calendar app will come first – an update will show up on the Play Store and iOS App Store this week. The update via Calendar on the web is in the works. Check out Google’s video on the new feature below.

Source: Google Blogspot

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7
Dec

Google rolling out Android 6.0.1 update to Nexus devices


We know that most of you are still waiting patiently for Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to hit your smartphones. And it only hurts more when we hear that some Nexus devices have now jumped the queue to receive the Android 6.0.1 update. Yes, you read it right – Google is pushing the new software update to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player.

As part of the software update, devices running the latest version of Android would receive 200 new and redesigned  emojis. The good news for the world obsessed with texting is, Google has included unicorn, cat, cheese-block, popcorn and taco emojis in the latest update. Just like we informed in our earlier report, many old emojis such as poop and body parts have have been redesigned and recolored. It is noteworthy that the new emojis have already been available on Windows 10 and iOS platform for a few weeks.

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Another small change that users who have tablets running Android 6.0.1 will notice that the ‘Back’ and ‘Home’ navigation buttons are now located on the left hand side of the display’s base instead of their central position. The Android 6.0.1 factory images are also available to download on Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, Nexus 7 (2013).

Via: Mobile Syrup

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7
Dec

Facebook Ends Creative Labs Initiative and Shuts Down Slingshot, Rooms and Riff


Facebook today ended its Creative Labs project, which was designed to allow its engineers to come up with unique and innovative smartphone and tablet apps. With the shuttering of Creative Labs, several of the apps that came out of the program are being shut down and removed from the App Store.

Slingshot, Rooms, and Riff, all apps that were released across 2014 and 2015, are no longer available in the App Store. Slingshot, announced in June of 2014, was an ephemeral messaging app modeled after Snapchat, but with a slight twist. Before viewing a message or a photo, the recipient was required to send a message back.

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Rooms, launched in October of 2014, allowed users to create anonymous invite-only chat rooms based around specific themes, while Riff, announced in April 2015, was designed to let users create collaborative video mashups with their friends.

Despite being backed by Facebook, none of the now-defunct apps managed to catch on with users and thus received a limited number of updates from the company. Riff, for example, was never updated since it was released in April, and Slingshot and Rooms were last updated in March and July of 2015, respectively.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the end of Creative Labs in a statement to CNET, noting none of the apps had been updated for some time and many of the features have been added into the company’s primary apps. “Since their launches, we’ve incorporated elements of Slingshot, Riff and Rooms into the Facebook for iOS and Android apps.”

While none of the apps are available for download, Slingshot continues to be functional for existing users for the time being, while Rooms will be available until it’s closed on December 23.

Paper, the first and most successful app to come out of Facebook’s Creative Labs effort, remains available in the App Store.

Tag: Facebook

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7
Dec

Android 6.0.1 arriving on Nexus devices today, includes new emoji


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We already knew that a ton of new emoji were slated to hit Android devices sometime soon, thanks to a recent tweet from Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior VP of Android, Chrome OS, and Chromecast at Google. As it turns out, the new emoji are arriving on Nexus devices starting today, as part of the update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

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The biggest change in the update to 6.0.1, according to Ars Technica, is the addition of over 200 new and revamped emoji based on Unicode 8. Mainly, the poop emoji has been redesigned, and all of the odd pink body parts that appeared in past emoji packs have now been turned to a yellow skin tone. A full list of the new and revamped emoji can be found at Unicode’s website. Adding new emoji to the Google Keyboard application actually requires a full system update. Although the Google Keyboard app can be updated on its on in the Play Store, fonts are tied to the system itself, hence the need for a full update.


Android 6.0 marshmallow logo DSC_0126See also: Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates roundup – December 4, 201575

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Additionally, Android 6.0.1 brings a change for the nav bar on Android tablets. According to Ars, the buttons are no longer centered. The back and home buttons now sit on the left side, while the overview (recent apps) button sits on the right. This is obviously a move to help tablet users more easily reach the buttons, but it does look quite odd a first glance.

Android 6.0.1 is also being counted as the monthly security update for the month of December, so users can also expect a number of security fixes and performance improvements in this update.

As was the case with Android 6.0, the update should be available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 9. We’ll be sure to update you as we learn more.

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7
Dec

Google Calendar gets reminders to keep track of your tasks


Google’s services have had reminders for a while, but they’ve usually been kept apart from your day-to-day schedule. That’s a bit counterintuitive, isn’t it? However, the company is finally setting things right by incorporating those reminders in Google Calendar. As of this week, mobile users (the web is coming soon) can create and track reminders from within the Calendar app. If you need to remember to get groceries, you’ll know right away if there’s a conflict with your kids’ recital. And importantly, you don’t have to worry about those reminders being lost in the shuffle — if you don’t tackle them one day, they’ll show up in your itinerary for the next. All iOS users should see this overdue upgrade today, while Android users will see it roll out over the course of the week.

Source: Official Gmail Blog

7
Dec

Parts of Beijing shut down in first-ever smog ‘red alert’


Beijing’s smog is legendary, at times blocking out the mid-day sun and enveloping city landmarks, but Monday marked the first time officials have issued an emergency “red alert” concerning the city’s air quality. During a red alert, the government recommends schools close up, while outdoor construction halts and half of the city’s cars are banned from the streets — vehicles with odd and even license plates are barred from driving on alternating days.

Via: Wall Street Journal

Source: BBC

7
Dec

Being a reviewer has made me dread gadget shopping


I, Dana Wollman, reviewer of laptops, have not purchased a laptop for myself since 2008. In the years since, I’ve tested 92 computers for Engadget, and who-knows-how-many for my old employer Laptop Mag. I’ve answered countless emails from readers asking which PC they should buy. I bought my dad a Lenovo ThinkPad, and came to the rescue years later when he botched his Windows 10 install. Helping other people is easy. It’s myself I hate shopping for.

7
Dec

Netflix to double its original programming in 2016


On Monday, Netflix head of content Ted Sarandos announced that the company will double the number of original shows it produces in 2016. Next year, Netflix will deliver 31 original series compared to 16 in 2015. Additionally, the company reportedly plans to release 10 feature films, 12 documentaries, 10 stand-up specials and a whopping 30 children’s programs to enhance its For Kids section. This marks a significant shift in Netflix’s strategy and puts it on equal footing with traditional premium cable heavyweights like HBO and Showtime. Sarandos argues that since original programming grants Netflix full exclusivity and global rights forever, they’re a better investment than haggling for outside content. Such a change in thinking could prove vital to the company’s continued international expansion.

[Image Credit: Getty]

Via: Tech Insider

Source: Broadcasting and Cable

7
Dec

Netflix to double its original programming in 2016


On Monday, Netflix head of content Ted Sarandos announced that the company will double the number of original shows it produces in 2016. Next year, Netflix will deliver 31 original series compared to 16 in 2015. Additionally, the company reportedly plans to release 10 feature films, 12 documentaries, 10 stand-up specials and a whopping 30 children’s programs to enhance its For Kids section. This marks a significant shift in Netflix’s strategy and puts it on equal footing with traditional premium cable heavyweights like HBO and Showtime. Sarandos argues that since original programming grants Netflix full exclusivity and global rights forever, they’re a better investment than haggling for outside content. Such a change in thinking could prove vital to the company’s continued international expansion.

[Image Credit: Getty]

Via: Tech Insider

Source: Broadcasting and Cable

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