[TA Deals] Get yourself hosted on the web with A2 Hosting and a Radix “.tech” domain

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If you’re looking to get your website up on the web, today’s Talk Android Deals might just be able to help you out. A2 Hosting is offering a wonderful and discounted web hosting plan, giving your website a spot on the web for the next year. They’re also throwing in a free domain. Additionally, Radix is calling all tech enthusiasts to get a .tech domain for their website without spending a big chunk of change.

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Chromecast devices hit 30 million shipped mark

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During a recent earnings call for Google, CEO Sundar Pichai revealed the company has now recorded shipments of over 30 million Chromecast units. The accomplishment comes three years after Google launched the streaming dongle that changed the market for connecting televisions with our mobile devices and streaming services. During that time, Google updated the Chromecast lineup to introduce the second generation Chromecast and added a Chromecast Audio device meant to emulate the original’s success, but for audiophiles interested in streaming content to their speaker systems. Read more

SwiftKey users have been seeing predictions from other people’s personal data

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SwiftKey is one of the oldest and most popular third-party keyboards on Android. It has almost unmatched text predictions that sync with various apps and services (such as SMS, Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter) allowing the user to quickly type up a message, often using the prediction bar alone. Combine that with the ability to sync your predictions in the cloud so your data is available across all devices your signed into and you have a pretty powerful service. However, in the last several days some users are reporting that the predictions they are seeing are not their own, and appear to be from other people.

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Sony posts surprise profit, mobile unit turnaround

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For a while it looked like Sony may be dropping out of the smartphone market. The belief was so strong that last year there were several instances when industry watchers believed an announcement was imminent that Sony would shut down their mobile communications division. After some waffling, Sony executives committed to turning the unit around. Those efforts may be paying off for Sony as their latest financial results for the recently completed quarter show their Mobile Communications Segment actually generated a small profit, part of a larger positive and surprising result for the company. Read more

Best multiplayer games

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The ultimate goal in the creation of smartphones and tablets was one thing: connection. They’ve paved the way to make connecting with others a cinch, but app developers have taken it even a step further by creating content and games that people from all over the world can play together. Sure, this introduces us to great people we might not have met otherwise, but it’s also helped bridge the gap between friends who are geographically too far away to hang out on a Friday night.

The apps in this list vary—some are designed for friends to be sitting right next to you, and others are meant for connecting you with new people, while some have features for both. But either way, they’re all perfect for the age-old tradition of bringing people together!

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