You can stream the Super Bowl to your Android tablet, but not your smartphone, through NBC

super bowl XLIXNBC is giving cord cutters an easy way to watch the Super Bowl thanks to an 11 hour live stream of the entire game, plus pre-game coverage and the halftime show. You’ll be able to watch the big game on NBC’s Sports Live Extra app on your tablet, or on a desktop or laptop or computer, which goes live at noon on February 1st.
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Google to bring Android tablets with Google for Education to UK schools

google_apps_for_education_video_screenshotGoogle is hard at work pushing Google for Education, and their next step is to offer Android tablets preloaded with Education services to schools in the UK. These tablets are customized for the curriculum used in the UK school system and offer great ways to manage time and get students more involved.

Schools have an option of which tablets they want to buy, some of which include the Nexus 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4. The tablets seamlessly link together for classrooms and have access to Google’s Education app store and are preloaded with Google’s work apps like Drive, Docs, and Sheets.
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Acer introduces two new Chromebooks targeting education market

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The success of the Chromebook platform in the education sector is well documented and manufacturers of Chromebooks definitely look to that market for sales success. To further that end, Acer announced today the launch of two new Chromebooks for education users, including the first 15.6-inch Chromebook. The Acer C910 comes with a 15.6-inch display running at a full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution or at a 1366 x 768 resolution for more budget constrained buyers. The Acer C740 is an 11.6-inch tablet. Both devices can be equipped with either an Intel Core i3 processor or an Intel Celeron processor. Acer says both models have been mildly ruggedized to withstand a school environment and in particular, the C740 has features incorporated to make it suitable for checking out to students who may toss it in a backpack or pick it up at weird angles. The C910, with its larger screen, is considered more suitable for classroom or lab use where several students may be using the device as a group.

The Acer C910 will sell for $299.99 with 16 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM with a 32 GB version available. The Acer C740 pricing starts at $259.99 for 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM. Both units will be available starting in February.

After the break, you can check out some images of the devices and read the full press release.
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Verizon increases data allowance to 1 GB on $45 prepaid plans

Verizon-Wireless-logo-7893Good news for Verizon prepaid customers: the company has increased the data allowance on their prepaid plans, so now $45 will net you unlimited talk and text, plus 1 GB of data. The plan previously offered 500 MB, so you’re getting the double the data for the same amount.

Considering you can still grab an extra 500 GB for signing up for auto-pay and you’ll get full access to Verizon’s LTE network, their prepaid network is a great option for someone who’s looking to avoid contracts. 
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The Galaxy S 6 probably won’t stop Samsung’s profits from sliding for two consecutive years

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Samsung has already reported a profit drop for 2014, and many are hopeful things will pick up in 2015. Unfortunately, analysts believe that profits will continue to slide in 2015.

Although final numbers aren’t in for 2014, it’s expected that Samsung’s net profits will have dipped 27.3 percent this year to 22.1 trillion won ($2.03 billion). 2015 will also show a drop, but the good news is that it won’t be as much. Analysts are predicting only about a 6 percent drop to 20.8 trillion won ($1.91 billion) for 2015.


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Google and Fidelity invest in SpaceX to spread the internet globally

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It has been confirmed that Google and Fidelity are investing a total of $1 billion into Elon Musk’s space transportation company, SpaceX. This investment gives both Google and Fidelity just under 10% ownership of SpaceX, which is valued at over $10 billion.

Google wants to use SpaceX satellites to send internet to those areas that have either no or poor access. This could cover as much as 3 billion people. These satellites will not only provide internet access, but also at much faster speeds.


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Bloomberg: Samsung to drop Snapdragon 810 in favor of the Exynos chip for the Galaxy S 6

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Samsung has been making their own Exynos-branded chips for a while now, and it was only a matter of time until they utilized them on most of their devices. Whether it was production issues or the ability to play nice with LTE, Samsung has always to utilized both the Exynos and the Qualcomm Snapdragon for specific markets, but that might change with the Galaxy S 6.

We have heard a number of rumblings that Qualcomm’s latest and greatest chip, the Snapdragon 810, has overheating issues. Qualcomm wants you to believe there isn’t an issue because the LG G Flex 2 and the Xiaomi Mi Note were both announced using the said chip, but those manufacturers might have made modifications. It was already rumored that Samsung might tone down the use of the 810 in the Galaxy S 6, but Bloomberg is now reporting that Samsung plans on using the Exynos exclusively. According to them, Samsung will go with just the Exynos for all markets.


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WhatsApp+ to close down, receives cease and desist from official WhatApp

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Last night we reported that WhatsApp is putting the kibosh on 3rd party apps. WhatsApp+, which is the most popular of those 3rd party apps was hoping to rectify the situation, but the bad news came a few hours ago.

WhatsApp has sent the developers of WhatsApp+ a cease and desist letter, which will basically put an end to the app. We can only assume other cease and desist letters were sent out to other such apps.


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Galaxy S 6 tipped for unveiling on March 2 at Mobile World Congress

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Last year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S 5 on the very first day of Mobile World Congress (Feb 24), so it’s no surprise that the rumor has Samsung unveiling the Galaxy S 6 on the very same day, which would be March 2nd this year. This is according to a Korean publication called Chosun.

Whether we will see two versions of the Galaxy S 6 is still unclear, but don’t be surprised if a dual curved edge version makes an appearance. And don’t forget about Samsung’s upcoming circular smartwatch.


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WhatsApp is banning 3rd party apps and blocking users for 24 hours

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The most popular messaging app is banning the use of 3rd party apps today. WhatsApp already has an official app that most people use, but there are some notable 3rd party apps such as WhatsApp+. Users of these apps are finding a message that states they are temporarily banned from using the service because they might have violated the terms of service. This temporary ban is exactly 24 hours and there is no way around it.


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