Hangouts On Air viewers can applaud during a live broadcast

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During a live broadcast of anything, clapping is an indication as to whether something is good or bad. Online, however, it can be tough to show good or bad reactions. Today, Google is introducing Applause to Hangouts On Air. It will allow viewers of a live broadcast to give thumbs up or a thumbs down to the creator. At the bottom, a chart will monitor how the live broadcast is making everyone feel. Green means things are going great and red is a sign that the live broadcast is a little iffy according to viewers.

Source: +Ming Zhang

Filament by WigWag, smart color LED light bulbs, now available for pre-order

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To smarten your home, WigWag is a very good fit. The company’s range of smart devices has now spread to light bulbs. Filament is the name for WigWag’s smart color LED light bulbs that are both affordable and lasting. They operate with the WigWag Relay that analyzes what else is connected to your network and communicates accordingly. Filament light bulbs are then controlled by the user with either the official app or a traditional wall switch.

Each Filament light bulb can produce more than 64 million colors and has a lifespan of 20 years (or 30,000 hours). To match your home’s style, WigWag is offering Filament light bulbs in a base of either white or black. Either base color will emit beautiful colors.

The starting kits range from $199 to $399 depending upon how many bulbs are needed. Each started kit comes with a WigWag Relay and a set of Filament light bulbs. The starting kits come with four ($199), eight ($299), and twelve ($399) Filament light bulbs. If you already have a WigWag Relay, individual Filament light bulbs can be purchased for $25.

Filament by WigWag is now available for pre-order on the company’s website and Amazon with shipping scheduled for this fall.


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Google officially launches Voice integration in Hangouts

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Its been in the rumor mill for a long time, and to some extent has already begun, but now its official, Google have integrated Google Voice into Hangouts, allowing you to access Google Voice messages and voicemail inside Google’s popular messaging app. While the integration is in its earliest stages, it is nice to see Google consolidating the popular services.


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Samsung has fun on Twitter at Apple’s expense

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Unless you hid yourself from the world yesterday, you probably know about the two new iPhone models, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Neither brought anything all that new or exciting into play, but both do sport bigger screens than in the past (4.7-inches for the iPhone 6 and 5.5-inches for the 6 Plus). Now, following HTC and Sony’s lead, Samsung are having their fun with the announcement.


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 9, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Accessories

LG now including extra battery and charging cradle with purchase of new G3

Apps

Amazon finally adds Prime Instant Video to their Android app

Carriers

Sprint promises to match or better competing trade-in offers

Verizon pushing Android 4.4.4 update to Samsung Galaxy S 5


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LG now including extra battery and charging cradle with purchase of new G3

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According to a LG press release, the company will now be including an extra battery and charging cradle with the purchase of a new G3.

The promotional period starts today, but only goes until Sept. 22, so you have some time to decide if you want to go in on the G3.

The free extra battery and charging cradle are valued at a total of $70, so this is a pretty solid offering from LG.

Source: PR Newswire

Trolltastic: Sony, HTC rip into Apple’s advertising campaign on Twitter

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With the big unveil of Apple’s upcoming devices today, Sony and HTC took the opportunity to dig in on Apple’s advertising campaign.

Sony tweeted out an image which resembled the Apple Live event invitation, but with the words, “Better than bigger,” and the hashtag, “#DemandGreat.”

HTC’s tweet read, “Bigger screen. Better performance. Elegant design. Welcome to the party ,” with an image of the One M8 next to a blurred out image of the iPhone 6.

You can check both tweets out after the break.


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Motorola responds to Moto 360 battery discrepancy

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Earlier today iFixit reported on the results of their teardown of the Motorola Moto 360. Achieving a score of only 3 out of 10 for repairability, Motorola was in for more criticism when the iFixit team noted the battery was labeled as 300mAh. This was at odds with Motorola’s stated specs for the device indicating it had a 320mAh battery. That is not a big difference, but given the battery already appears to be a weak point for the device, this discrepancy did not help and set off a mini-firestorm of complaints around the Internet. Motorola has now responded to explain the discrepancy.
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Sprint promises to match or better competing trade-in offers

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Sprint is the next company to offer highly competitive trade-in offers after T-Mobile launched its program on Monday. The carrier will now offer up to $300 to be put towards a new device or account credit when giving up an old one. A total of five devices per line can be used as a trade-in for a single calendar year. And three devices can be used at a single time to really maximize the trade-in value. If a customer has received a better trade-in offer, Sprint will either match it or better it.

Hit the break for download links.


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