Online statuses now appear in Hangouts on Gmail

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Something that’s annoyed a lot of users since Google Talk became Google Hangouts is the scattered contacts list. Google’s fixed that, by having friends who are online shown first, followed by those who aren’t. You can also pin your favorite contacts to the top so you can easily communicate with them. Still, you can message offline contacts of course, and they’ll get the message the next time they check Hangouts. 

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Google checking out former Los Angeles airplane hangar for new office

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Google seems to be looking in to the possibilities of creating a new office space in a former airplane hangar in Los Angeles. The hangar was owned by Howard Hughes in the 1940s and has been a filming location for movies such as Michael Bay’s recent Transformers and Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day. The building is one of many in the area, but most have already been leased by various companies as office spaces, including YouTube. 

Source: WSJ

Leaked Xperia Z3 photos show the device dismantled

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With the Xperia Z3 set to be announced next week, all the leaks are coming in. Xperia Blog has gotten their hands on some of the clearest pics we’ve seen thus far, of the device in all different angles and even disassembled. Looking at the picture, we can now see the the device will come with a hefty 3100maH battery. You can check out all of the photos of the device via the source link.

Source: XperiaBlog

Archos announces new phones and tablets just days before IFA

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With a strategy that seems to be the opposite of Huawei’s, Archos have unveiled some upcoming devices less than two weeks before the hotly anticipated IFA 2014 event. In a press release sent out today, Archos revealed the 50b Platinum phone, complete with an unnamed quad-core processor, and an IPS display with “HD video encoding capability”. No word on RAM or internal storage but the 50b Platinum will come with three back covers in blue, black and pink and an 8GB microSD card.


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ZTE’s Warp Sync comes to Boost Mobile for only $179.99 off-contract

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Boost Mobile, the off-contract wireless division for Sprint, is now offering the ZTE Warp Sync for $179.99 off-contract.

You can get the device now online — in-store purchases can’t be made until September 1.

The phone is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, has a 5-inch display, and a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. You’ll also get 2GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. There’s an 8MP rear shooter with a 1.6MP front camera. The battery is 2300mAh.

Any Boost customers liking this new offering? Hit the break for the full press release.
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Samsung Galaxy S5 mini to be exclusive to only one retailer in India

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It appears that Flipkart, an India-based company, will be the only retailer selling the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini in the country.

The phone (SM-G900) will be on sale in the next few days. This is not Flipkart’s first go-around with device exclusivity — the company was the only retailer to offer the Moto G in India last February.

Via: GSM Arena
Source: FlipKart Facebook

Samsung shows how much their Tizen-powered Gear watches can do with huge infographic

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Samsung is definitely leading the smartwatch pack in terms of how many models they’ve released, and while one of these devices runs the new and exciting Android Wear, three of them run Samsung’s own Tizen OS, which Samsung has no plans to abandon. In fact, Samsung are now boasting that there are over 1,000 apps available for their Tizen-powered watches and have released a handy infographic to help you find what they consider the best of the best.


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New ‘Swing Copters’ update makes gameplay easier, less frustrating for users

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Flappy Bird creator Dong Nyugen hasn’t yet added his hit game back to the Play Store, but his new game, Swing Copters, has been getting a ton of popularity in the past few weeks.

However, the game has received reviews asking him to make it easier, as many have said that it’s been too difficult to rack up even one point while playing.

In an update released today (now version 1.1), Swing Copters has been improved so users can better predict the character’s movement, thus making it easier to play the game. There are also unspecified bug fixes.

If you deleted the game on its first go-around, now may be a good time to pick it back up (if you’re into this kind of stuff). Hit the break for the link to the game in the Play Store.


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T-Mobile raising family plan lines maximum from 5 to 10 starting tomorrow

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Doubling your data when adding a tablet isn’t the only announcement T-Mobile has made today. The carrier is introducing some positive changes to its family plan. After seeing that Sprint would be raising its capacity of lines on a family plan, T-Mobile is now going to let ten lines be active on a single account without having to share a data bucket. This starts tomorrow on August 27, allowing existing customers to either add additional lines or intriguing other carriers’ customers enough to start a new account with an abundance of lines.

Hit the break for the full press release.


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You will soon be able to run any Windows application on a Chromebook

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Google, VMware, and NVIDIA were on hand at VMworld 2014 to show off a collaborative effort utilizing VMware Blast Performance and NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology. The result will be high performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics for Chromebooks.

Imagine getting hardware-accelerated graphics, and at the same time, enjoying the flexibility of a virtual environment. With the flexibility of the Chromebook, manufacturers can design complex 3D models and share them with engineers around the globe. Applications such as Adobe Illustrator CC, Autodesk AutoCAD, Microsoft Office will have no trouble running smoothly in this virtual environment.


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