Chrome to Mobile and Print to my Phone are both going bye-bye next month

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Google is shutting down both Chrome to Mobile and “Print to my Phone” early next month. Chrome to Mobile was that browser extension that allowed you to easily send whatever web page you were viewing on your desktop, right to your mobile device. I often found it useful, but Google started Tab Sync a couple of year’s ago that might not be as quick, but is a lot more useful.

Tab Sync shows you every Chrome page that is open on every single device that you have so it’s a lot more versatile. All you need to do is tap on any of those open web pages from your mobile device, and it will open. I stopped using Chrome to Mobile ever since Tab Sync was introduced.


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YouTube hosting its own Super Bowl halftime show to rival NBC

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On February 1, people around the world will be watching the events taking place in Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX. While plenty will watch for the game played between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, halftime is where the spike in ratings lie. This year’s Super Bowl halftime show will be led by Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz. It is a continuation in the trend of the Super Bowl halftime show being targeted at a younger demographic. Gone are the years of Bruce Springsteen or Prince performing at halftime. Katy Perry will get the youngsters and Lenny Kravitz will nab the stragglers. Online, YouTube has a plan of its own to compete with NBC during the broadcast for millennials.


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You can now download and install the Android 5.0.2 OTA update on your Nexus 7 2013 WiFi, Here’s how

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Last week Google released factory images for the Android 5.0.2 update for the Nexus 7 2013 WiFi and the Nexus 10. The OTA update is now available for the Nexus 7, so you can manually update your device yourself.

We have the download link below, but if you aren’t sure of what you’re doing or you just need a refresher, be sure to check out our very extensive guide on how to do it. The Nexus 10 OTA is still not available, but I would expect a link to become available within the next day so stay tuned if you’re rocking a Nexus 10.

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Our how to guide on installing Lollipop OTA updates to Nexus devices

Sharp announces the Aquos Mini and a high-end flip phone

sharp aquos miniSharp has taken the wraps off of their first two devices for 2015, one of which is a high-end compact device, and the other is, surprisingly, a flagship flip phone.

The Aquos Mini is one of Sharp’s most impressive devices, featuring the razor thin bezels that their Aquos phones have come to be known for. The phone sports a 4.5-inch, 1080p screen with an extremely narrow body, and the display features Sharp’s IGZO technology which will supposedly let the device last for a full two to three days on its 2120 mAh battery.
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New Verizon video explains their Antenna Chamber

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While T-Mobile and Sprint have been engaged in a heated battle to change the market for cellular service in the U.S., AT&T and Verizon have been slower to adopt any of the changes their smaller rivals are pushing. In particular, Verizon appears to be content for now to rely on a strategy of offering quality for the additional expense and trouble their subscribers deal with to stay with them. To help justify their value, Verizon is back with a new video this month, following up a video released in December showing the Verizon device testing lab at work, that shows a little bit about how they test the connectivity of their devices.
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Xiaomi growth is impressive, but not expected to hit U.S. or Europe for a few years

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When Hugo Barra left Google to join Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, many people saw that as a sign that the company might be the next big thing to sweep the globe in the smartphone industry. To some extent, that has proven to be true. Xiaomi has quickly risen to become the third largest smartphone manufacturer. That achievement has been accomplished on the back of their sales success in China and India. With some impressive devices, many are hoping Xiaomi will expand to other markets sooner rather than later, but in a recent interview with the BBC, Barra says not so fast.
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Motorola updating long list of apps

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Motorola is in the process of updating a long list of apps for their devices. Most of the updated apps have not yet surfaced on Google Play, but APK files are available for download and install. Early feedback suggests users are having the most success installing the updates on Motorola Moto X 2014 devices, though some of them will install on other Motorola smartphones. Details are still sparse regarding the changes to the apps, but it looks like Motorola is prepping them for Android Lollipop including a dose of Material Design. Reports indicate some of these updated apps are included in some Lollipop soak tests that are underway.
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