Google has seemingly lifted the Play Music deauthorization limit

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Over the summer, many Play Music customers ran into an issue where they could no longer deauthorize an unlimited number of devices. Record labels are to blame for the matter. It has seemingly been fixed because there are reports of the deauthorization limit no longer being present for users that maxed out at four already.

Nothing has been confirmed from Google just yet, so deauthorize as soon as possible if you must.

Via: Android Central

Redbox Instant by Verizon will close on October 7

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On October 7, we will be losing a video streaming service due to fierce competition. Redbox Instant, a joint venture between Redbox and Verizon, will shutdown after launching less than two years ago. The service struggled to gain subscribers when a credit card fraud issue arose. It also did not help that the content found on Redbox Instant was laughable compared to what Netflix and Amazon offer. The kiosks that helped Redbox gain popularity, though, will be sticking around. It is just this joint venture that is being closed.

Here is the notice left on Redbox Instant’s site:

Thank you for being a part of Redbox Instant by Verizon. Please be aware that the service will be shut down on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Information on applicable refunds will be emailed to current customers and posted here on October 10.

In the meantime, you may continue to stream movies and use your Redbox kiosk credits until Tuesday, October 7 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank you for the opportunity to entertain you.

Sincerely, 
The Redbox Instant by Verizon Team

Source: Redbox Instant by Verizon
Via: Gigaom

Facebook gets EU approval for WhatsApp deal

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Earlier today, Facebook announced thats its now received approval from the European Union for its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp Messenger — that’s an eye-watering $16 billion more than Apple paid for Beats Electronics back in May.

The main bone of contention regarding this deal was the fear that it would impair communication in the telecom market, but, according Re/code, the European Commission claims that the Facebook-WhatsApp deal will not thwart competition.


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Motorola Fall boot animation starting to appear on devices

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It’s a new season, which means there has to be a new boot animation for Motorola devices. A few of you emailed us to let us know they are seeing a new Fall themed animation on their original Moto X. So I rebooted mine, and bingo, there it was.

Interestingly enough, Motorola isn’t doing this update through their Motorola Boot Services, so we aren’t sure if this will become the norm. The app is still in the Play Store though. I have yet to see this new animation on the new Moto X, Moto G, or Moto E, but I am sure it will land on those devices soon.

If you have a Moto device, then reboot it and see if you have the new animation. If you don’t, you can always hit the break to see what all the fuss is about.


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Google working on Physical Web for an Internet of Things

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While much of the tech industry seems to be focused on rolling out an array of wearable devices, several companies are looking forward to a world where even more devices are connected to the web and accessed by users. We have already seen bits of this concept in the form of NFC-based wireless payment systems where users can interact with point-of-sale devices using their smartphones. Efforts thus far have tended to be only marginally successful due to attempts by vendors to lock users into their solutions and apps. Google is working on a new project they have dubbed the Physical Web to one day create an open, standards-based method for users to connect to the Internet of Things.
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Evernote introduces Work Chat for communicating with co-workers

EvernoteEvernote has announced that it’s adding a brand new chat feature to its application called Work Chat. The feature will allow multiple people to communicate with each other and will let users see who is viewing a particular note and whether or not they’re viewing it on a mobile device or on a desktop. This real-time communication was designed to help speed up collaboration and projects in the workplace, as Evernote sees business users a large area for growth.

The feature is slated to roll out to Android, iOS, PC and the web app later this year. No word on if this will require a premium subscription to Evernote, but it seems handy regardless.

source: Engadget

Get 500 Amazon Coins for streaming with Prime Instant Video for the first time

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Have yet to stream anything on Prime Instant Video using your Android device? Amazon wants to change that. When streaming something from Prime Instant Video to your Android device for the first time, the company will reward you with 500 of its Amazon Coins. That amount of Amazon Coins equates to $5 that will be transferred over to the Appstore. The promotion is running right now and ends October 16.

Hit the break for directions and download links.


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