Netflix set to raise prices for new members by a dollar or two in some countries


Don’t worry, this will not be anywhere near as outrageous as Netflix’s infamous price hike in 2011. But yes, Netflix does plan on imposing a one or two dollar price hike in some countries in order to cover the cost of new content and improving technology. For current Netflix members, everything will remain the same for the foreseeable future. However, new members will feel the wrath of the price hike.

Here is the quote from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings:

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Upcoming LG G Watch will offer Champagne Gold and Stealth Black color options


Today on Facebook, LG made it official that Stealth Black will not be the only color option for the upcoming LG G Watch. In addition the the industry standard black option, LG will offer its smartwatch, running Android Wear, in Champagne Gold. The face of the G Watch, however, will remain black.

Information is still scarce about the LG G Watch, but we do know that it will be one of the initial Android Wear smartwatches available.

Source: LG (Facebook)

AT&T offering off-contract, certified like new Galaxy S 4 for $179


If you don’t have to have the latest and greatest smartphones, you may want to take advantage of AT&T’s latest deal on Samsung’s Galaxy S 4. The carrier is offering the device completely off-contract for $179 bucks, which is significantly cheaper than its typical $500 – $600 retail price. The catch is that the device is a certified like-new refurbished model, but at less than $200, it’s a hard deal to pass up.

The Galaxy S 4 sports a 1080p screen, 2 GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 600 processor, so it’s still a pretty competitive phone in 2014. Hit the link below to check out the deal.

Source: AT&T

Motorola Solutions signs licensing agreement with Microsoft


Motorola Solutions has today signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft. It is important to remember that Motorola Solutions is NOT Motorola Mobility, which is the company that has released the Moto X and Moto G. Motorola Solutions is essentially the half of Motorola that Google left behind when they bought the smartphone half of the company.

According to the agreement it seems that Microsoft and Motorola Solutions have set their eyes on the mobile market, including devices both Android and Chrome OS. Hit the break for more info and the press release.

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Google Glass update brings SMS for iPhone and Calendar Glassware


Google announced today that it is now rolling out a new update for the Google Glass that brings two new features,  namely SMS for iPhone and Calendar Glassware.

The SMS feature now allows iOS users to receive text messages on their Google Glass, just like their Android counterparts. To get started, all you have to do is go to the Bluetooth settings of your device and turn on “Show Notifications” for your paired Glass. However, you won’t be able to reply back due to certain limitations with iOS. Read more

Google is working on a stronger encryption level in Gmail


According to a new report by VentureBeat, Google is working to implement strong encryption tools in Gmail in response to mass surveillance leaks by Edward Snowden.

Citing its source close to the matter, the report says that Google admitted that end-to-end encryption is the best defense for message protection, though it comes at considerable cost in functionality.” As part of a move to stronger user privacy, the company is working to improve PGP, which is a strong encryption tool that has been “difficult to break” in the past. Read more

Google updates Hangouts app to version 2.1


Google is now rolling out a new update of its Hangouts app which brings quite a few acceptable changes and performance improvements.

Some of the few notable changes is that the update now combines your SMS and Hangouts conversations into a single conversation and adds the ability to switch between either SMS or Hangouts as well as either merge or unmerge the conversations. In addition, you can add the Hangouts widget to your home screen to gain a faster access to conversations.

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Apple and Google provide promotional offers to developers to get exclusive games first


According to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple and Google have been offering promotional packages to developers in order to be the first to feature various games on their respective platforms. This promotional perk includes placing apps on hot spots on the app store page and features list.

The same report indicates that Apple previously offered Electronic Arts to promote its highly anticipated Plants vs. Zombies 2 on its App Store and in return, EA launched the popular title on the iOS platform 2 months before releasing it for Android. However, Gameloft, developer of Asphalt, refused to accept the deal offered by Apple, instead, it chose to launch the game on both Android and iOS at the same time. Read more

Expert witness claims Apple’s damage calculations wrong


In the Apple v. Samsung trial currently underway, one of the issues Samsung is arguing is that Apple has grossly over-exaggerated their damages claim. Apple is asking for more than $2 billion in damages based on the alleged violation of five patents. New York University professor Tulin Erdem was brought in late last week as an expert witness on Samsung’s behalf to counter Apple’s own expert regarding the amount of damages. Read more

Samsung opens new Innovation Museum


In an apparent effort to prop up its image as an innovator, and possibly get youth exposed to Samsung via school field trips, the company has opened the Samsung Innovation Museum at its Digital City campus in Suwon, South Korea. Samsung recently opened the doors for a quick preview of the new facility that revealed the museum, while perhaps not worthy of a trip in and of itself, is a worthwhile stop for anyone who is in the area. According to Samsung the museum gives the public a chance “to see where we’ve come from.” Read more