Get your fill of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi with the official NBC Olympics app

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With the 2014 Winter Olympics nearly upon us, fans and spectators will be pleased to know that they’ll be able to keep up on standings and medal winners while on the go. The official NBC Olympics app is now available in the Play Store for your downloading convenience. The highlight and results app will allow you to watch video, read news, and check out pictures of the events going on. It will also include real-time results and schedules, medal counts, as well as TV and online listings. During the nightly Primetime Show, the app will act as a second screen to accompany the broadcast.

It’s only available for those in the US or US Territories. It requires a data connection obviously. We have a gallery, QR code, and download link for you after the break. Enjoy!

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NBC launches official app, features full-length episodes for free and TV schedule

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NBC finally launched an official Android app for their network, and it’s just as polished and well-done as their competitors’ applications. The app features full episodes that you can watch whenever you want for free, closed captioning support, an NBC schedule, and a “favorites” section to easily access the shows you want to watch.

Check out some screenshots below. You can download the app via the link after the break.

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Google TV gets free access to Hulu, ABC, NBC, CBS, and more via PlayOn for a limited time

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One annoyance of Google TV has always been the lack of video streaming apps for the platform. PlayOn has arrived for Google TV to help, allowing users to stream Hulu, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, and more than 50 other channels to the set-top box.

For a long time PlayOn has offered a way to stream content from your computer to devices that didn’t support it, including Netflix before it was officially available for Android. PlayOn streams video content though a home network, so a server application needs to be installed on your PC in addition to the PlayOn app on the device being streamed to.

Normally, PlayOn costs $25 per year or $50 for a lifetime license, but for a limited time, PlayOn is free for Google TV, so go and get it now. More information on PlayOn and the official press release can be found after the break. » Read the rest

Sprint, Clearwire moving closer to deal according to CNBC

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Reporting on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street, show host David Farber indicated negotiations between Sprint and Clearwire have been heating up in the last few days. Sprint, which already owns a majority interest in Clearwire, has been rumored to be working on a deal to buy out the remaining shareholders. Discussions with some of the other major parties, like Bright House, Intel, and Comcast, have been held in an effort to work through some of the complexities of a potential buyout. According to Farber’s sources, Sprint is trying to gain complete control over Clearwire in order to have access to Clearwire’s spectrum.

Sprint is poised to become a subsidiary of Softbank, probably in March or April 2013. Individuals familiar with the negotiations think the closing of the Softbank deal and the Sprint/Clearwire deal should occur at the same time. In order to provide appropriate notice, Sprint will likely need to issue a statement before the end of the year. Clearwire’s debt holders noted the company did not call First Lien Notes yesterday, adding to the speculation that Clearwire does not anticipate being an independent company for much longer.

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Amazon adds hundreds of award-winning TV episodes to Amazon Prime Instant Video through NBC agreement

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With the Nexus 7 hot on its heels, the Kindle Fire will need every advantage it can get. Amazon announced today that they will add hundreds of popular TV episodes for Kindle Fire owners through an expanded Prime Instant Video agreement with NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution. Included in the expanded video content are episodes from shows like Friday Night Lights (YES!), Parks and Recreation, Heroes, and Battlestar Galactica. This could prove to be a nice shot in the arm for the Kindle Fire. Hit the break for the full press release from Amazon: » Read the rest

NBC Releases Its Own Android App, Full Episodes Coming Soon

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The National Broadcasting Company or NBC for short has recently launched its own Android app that allows personalization and customization for regular viewers. The app will feature a whole slew of features that include video galleries, reviews, previews, and trivia games among other features. It even offers local listing support in its schedule line up so you won’t miss that episode of The Office you’ve been dying to see.

The NBC app will offer more personalized experiences for subscribed users as they can tailor make their NBC feeds and TV episodes. If you haven’t subscribed there is a handy feature built in that will allow you to do so in the app. As of right now, you cannot watch full episodes but NBC promises that you will be able to soon.

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With the Announcement of NFC, Lookout Warns to be Extra Careful About Security – Will Appear on CNBC Tonight

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With Google’s introduction of a Near-Field Communication payment system, our friends over at Lookout Mobile Security are reminding us and our readers of the added potential for risk. While Google is taking great care to make sure your information is safe during the transmission of data via NFC and protected while on the phone itself, this is a good time to review the usual safety measures to make sure you don’t have any malicious apps on your phone and develop good safety habits before more and more valuable information is stored on your phone.
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Google working with Disney, NBC, CBS, FOX to gain content on Google TV

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According to an article at Reuters, Google TV is working actively to get their users all the content possible. This means that for the three broadcaster who have blocked access to their sites through Google TV – Disney, NBC, and CBS – there are heavy talks in the works with Google to get them on board. News Corp’s Fox is also weighing their options in blocking out content from GTV.

According to Gartner analyst Van Baker:

“Everybody knows the lock that Google has on Internet traffic in terms of advertising. If you take that model and you extend it to television, suddenly Google’s power becomes enormous in the advertising space and the broadcasters don’t like that idea.”

In a statement from Google, they said the Google TV “enables access to all the Web content you already get today on your phone and PC, but it is ultimately the content owner’s choice to restrict users from accessing their content on the platform.”

What do you think of these broadcasters blocking their content from Google? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

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Sprint could disappear after merging with T-Mobile, pay $2 billion if deal falls through

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The merger between Sprint and T-Mobile could leave us with only one of the two brands existing. Who will it be? According to CNBC’s David Faber, T-Mobile and its name will be left standing. The Sprint brand, however, would disappear with John Legere’s beast leading the way. In fact, Faber confirmed a that John Legere would remain in charge of the merged company. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has already made it clear he has no problem fading away. The rising success of T-Mobile would be the reason for sticking around. Within the last few years, Sprint has gained negative press for its poor network and high costs. T-Mobile, as we all know, is all about calling out competitors and serving consumers with great deals. » Read the rest