Marriott backtracks under pressure from FCC, Microsoft, Google

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Marriott’s efforts to block its customers’ personal WiFi hotspots have ended, according to a statement from the company.

Last month, Microsoft and Google expressed concern over the issue, and Marriott is finally backtracking.

In an email to Inc., a Marriott spokesperson said, “Marriott International listens to its customers, and we will not block guests from using their personal Wi-Fi devices at any of our managed hotels,

The FCC had also filed a complaint against Marriott, so that was likely part of the decision to stop using cell jammers as well.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

Could a next-gen LG G Pad 8.3 be on the way for Verizon?

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A leaked document from Verizon shows a device codenamed “LG-VK815″ listed next to other Verizon Wireless tablets: LG-VK410 and LGV700.

The 815 seems to be a step up of sorts from the original LG G Pad 8.3′s codename, 810. This could be suggesting the 815 is a new G pad tablet coming from Verizon — of course this is all very speculative, but it’s something to keep an eye out for nonetheless.

Source: MyLGPhones.com

 

 

A true smart home: Logitech’s Harmony API could change the game

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We’ve seen so many “smart gadgets” as part of the Internet of things movement, but most of them have worked as dedicated ecosystems and haven’t been compatible with one another.

But Logitech thinks it has an answer, and it’s in the form of an API.

The Harmony API creates a vision where a consumer is watching a movie on his or her Samsung flatscreen via Apple TV and the Philips Huelights in the living room dim to the appropriate level.

Logitech says the programming tool will give developers access to over 270,000 smart devices, allowing the kind of expansive control we haven’t gotten from other smart home solutions.

We’ll have to wait a bit before products become fully integrated and the API is fully developed, but this is a promising start.

Source: Logitech

T-Mobile makes “Simply Prepaid” program available to prepaid customers at low costs

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T-Mobile has continued to offer competitive deals to prepaid customers, luring them away from other carriers. Today, the company unveiled a “Simply Prepaid” program that is sure to keep the trend going.

The plan offers unlimited talk and text, and as much 4G LTE data as you’re willing to pay for, with plans starting as low as $40/month:

  • $40 / month for unlimited data, talk and text + up to 1GB of 4G LTE
  • $50 / month for unlimited data, talk and text + up to 3GB of 4G LTE
  • $60 / month for unlimited data, talk and text + up to 5GB of 4G LTE

Those on the plan will also be able to take advantage of Wi-Fi calling at no extra charge. Hit the break for the full press release from T-Mobile.


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Is Google Glass’ allure fading away?

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Just months ago, Google opened up the purchase of Glass to the public, but for the insane price of $1,500. Of course, the units are meant for developers only, but one might question when the prototype will hit its final stage and get released to the mass market for an affordable price.

According to a recent report by Reuters, the allure of Glass is starting to wear off — a miserable, miserable sign for Google, especially since the public hasn’t even gotten its hands on a finished product.


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CF-Auto Root updated for Android Lollipop on Nexus devices

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Want a quick way to root your Nexus device?

In the past, one such option has been CF-Auto Root — until now, that option hasn’t been available for Lollipop users.

But with a recent update by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire, Nexus devices running Android 5.0 can join in on the fun. Hit the break for details:


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Nexus 6 now listed on Flipkart, marks its entrance in India

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The Nexus 6 has been posted as a product page on Flipkart, an India-based online retailer, but is not yet for sale, as the device is still listed as “coming soon.”

When the phone was unveiled by Google, it was announced that it would be available in 28 counties, India being one of them — the device still isn’t available in India, but this could mark its entrance into the country.

It hasn’t been listen on Google Play in India, but we would expect it to show up soon.

Source: FoneArena

A phone and tablet in one? It’s not far off, with foldable displays

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The concept of a universal is pretty cool, mostly because you can control many of your home’s devices, lights, heating, etc. with the push of a single button on one controller.

But the common theme here is the combination of multiple functions into one device — so what if you could have one device, with the functionality of both your tablet and smartphone?


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Pictures of Droid Turbo’s retail packaging appear online

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Verizon’s big DROID unveiling is coming up on Tuesday, but it looks like we won’t have to wait until then to see the Droid Turbo in its packaging. The device, which has a 5.2-inch 2560 x 1440 resolution IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 procesor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and a 3900 mAh and either Android 4.4.4 or 5.0 Lollipop. (Conflicting reports on OS version exist.)

Nothing really special or noteworthy to see here, other than the fact that we’re coming closer and closer to the release of a new DROID device. Hit the break for more pictures below.


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