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Reminder: Cast the Super Bowl to your TV using Chromecast

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Alright cable cutters, it’s Super Bowl Sunday. That means either you are heading to a friends house or staying put and searching for a way to watch the big game. Luckily for you, FOX is streaming the game online  free for everyone through FOX Sports Go. Normally, the service is limited to around six television providers. But for today only, that restriction is gone.

While the FOX Sports Go app has yet to make its way to the Play Store, you won’t be limited to watching on your laptop. Thanks to Google’s little $35 dongle Chromecast, you can cast the game straight to your television. Magical, right?

Let us know in the comments who you are picking to raise the Lombardi Trophy. Good luck with your picks!

Source: FOX Sports (livestream link)

AT&T revamps its family plans, offering 10GB for $100 plus $15 per line

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Today AT&T has announced “best-ever prices on AT&T’s best-in-class network” for its family plans. For all of them, you get a family-size amount 10GB of data per month. It then gets split between however many people are sharing the plan. The minimum two lines will cost $130 per month and goes up to $175 for five lines. If more lines are needed, it is just $15 extra per line.

The only catch is that you will need to either join the AT&T Next program or BYOP (bring your own phone). These new family plans will become available starting tomorrow. Hit the break for AT&T’s chart showing how the plan breaks down as well as the introductory video. Read more

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for January 27 – February 2, 2014

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We were expecting an ordinary week in the land of Android, but let’s just say that things were very interesting. It all started with rumors that the Nexus line will end soon. Then Google dropped a pretty big surprise bomb by announcing they have sold Motorola to Lenovo. Throw in the news that Google and Samsung now have a cross-licensing patent agreement, and you really have to wonder what exactly is going on? The Nexus 5 in red seems to be ready for a release this week, and we continue to get a leaks regarding the upcoming Galaxy S 5 and HTC One successor (M8). We also got a little more information on the Nokia X, but is anyone excited for it? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Editorials

Why did the Google-Motorola marriage end so quickly?

Reviews

Combat Creatures Stealth Stryder App-Attacknid review

Apps – New

THX releases tune-up app for Android to help get TVs just right for the Games

Microsoft brings Bing Rewards to Android and iOS with support for Windows Phone devices in the works

Apps – Updates

Twitter updates app with better photo editing, news feed features

Waze isn’t going anywhere, starts a new beta program to test new features

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Pebble Appstore to launch on February 3, will make its way to Android shortly after

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To go along with your brand new Pebble Steel smartwatch, the company is readying the release of its official appstore. This Monday, February 3, the store will go live at 10am PST for iOS first. As for the Android version, Pebble says it will be launching very soon. For now, Pebble is limiting the amount of installed apps to eight since anything more is considered to cluttered for navigation. In the tweet above, you can see exactly what the appstore will look like.

Have the original Pebble smartwatch? Don’t fret. The Pebble Appstore is compatible with the original, too. Read more

Nokia wins fourth German patent lawsuit against HTC

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It seems the patent fight between Nokia and HTC hasn’t ended yet. Nokia once again won another German patent lawsuit filed against HTC. A German court ruled that HTC violated Nokia’s patent EP 1578613 B1 related to a “method and apparatus for enabling a mobile station to adapt its revision level based on network protocol revision level.” The patent relates to how newer devices are compatible with older technology networks. HTC has already licensed Nokia’s Standard-Essential Patents (SEPs) but this patent is not a Standard-Essential Patent.

The court found HTC infringing on this Nokia patent and ordered an injunction to prevent the import and sale of all HTC devices in Germany that violate the patent. HTC will also have to pay for damages, which will be determined in a separate proceeding.

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Lenovo announces two Chromebooks to join the ThinkPad brand, targeted at schools

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Lenovo isn’t stopping with a major purchase this week. The company has announced two new laptops to join the ThinkPad brand. And guess what, they are Chromebooks. The official series is known as 11e and it breaks down into four laptops, two of which are Chromebooks and two of which are Windows laptops.

Being that schools are the target, Lenovo has fortified them with “rubber bumpers, reinforced ports, and stronger hinges are included to protect the system from the hustle and bustle of the classroom.” The ThinkPad 11e Chromebook is just your average Chromebook; however, the ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook has four modes to position it in: laptop, tablet, tent and stand. Depending on what you are doing, adjusting is easy with the different modes. The non-Yoga model will have an 11.6-inch HD LED display while its flexible partner will feature a touchscreen with wider viewing angles.

Hit the break for the full press release. Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo gets priced in Germany

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Just yesterday, Samsung Poland announced two new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo models. Within 24 hours, a German online retailer posted the price for the Galaxy Note 3 Neo LTE+ and Galaxy Note 3 Neo 3G and listed both models as available for pre-order but their shipping date is unknown.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo LTE+ is priced at € 529.90 ($713.5) while the 3G model which is a little cheaper, is priced at € 499.00 ($673). Both the devices are unlocked and free from any carrier branding.

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HTC One 2 and One 2 Dual Sim listed on a French government website

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HTC released the One model last year in February and this year, the company is expected to announce the HTC One successor at a press event in Barcelona. The phone is named HTC M8, but it appears that the company might announce it as HTC One 2 as it’s the successor of last year’s HTC One.

The HTC One 2 name was mentioned in a listing found on New Caledonia’s Office of Posts and Telecommunications website, OPT.nc. The site lists an HTC One 2 along with an HTC One 2 Dual Sim, and both of them show 3G connectivity (900 / 2100 MHz).

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Android KitKat now available for Sprint’s HTC One [Updated]

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Earlier this week, Jason Mackenzie, President of HTC America, announced that the Android KitKat version for the US Carrier-branded models of HTC One would be available within a week or two. Just yesterday, we saw HTC One updated to Android 4.4 KitKat on select Canadian carriers. However things may have changed as Sprint rolled out a notice on their community website that Android 4.4 KitKat is now available for Sprint’s HTC One via “customer initiated request”.

This means that everyone who wants to update their Sprint HTC One device to Android KitKat version can do so by manually updating from the Settings menu. To manually check for an update, just go to Settings/System Updates/HTC Software Update/Update Over Wi-Fi Only.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for January 31, 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!!

Apps

Microsoft brings Bing Rewards to Android and iOS with support for Windows Phone devices in the works

Yahoo Mail hacked: You should probably change your password

Carriers

HTC One now updated to Android 4.4 KitKat on select Candaian carriers

Soak test invitations being sent out to T-Mobile Moto X users

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