Google continues on its quest to expand its Play Store gift cards worldwide availibility

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Google took to its support page earlier today to notify consumers that its Play Store gift cards are now available in an additional six countries in Europe. Denominations of the gift cards vary depending on the country; Norway, Denmark, and Sweden will offer 150, 250, and 500 Krona cards, whilst the standard 15, 25, and 50 Euro cards are being sold in Belgium, Ireland, and Finland.


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HTC Video Chat Enhance Update Brings Drawing To Screen Share

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Have you ever been in a video chat and you’re trying to describe a particular part of a website to someone and they just can’t seem to find what it is you’re looking at? Now, with the latest update to HTC Video Chat Enhance, your life just got a whole lot easier. Just draw on the screen during HTC’s screen share and the person can see it in real-time. Make sketches to highlight business talking points or annoy your friends, the choice is yours.
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Sony’s PS4 Remote Play makes its way to unrooted Android devices

remoteplay_Z3-sonySony introduced Remote Play for their newer Xperia devices, letting users stream PlayStation 4 games to their smartphone. The games work with a Dualshock 4 controller, so you’ll get a near-console quality experience on a portable, smaller screen. This feature was obviously only intended for Sony devices, but thanks to some clever work by developers over at XDA, you can get it working on just about any modern Android device.
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Google+ getting revamped notification system on desktop site

Google_Plus_BannerGoogle+ is getting some improvements on the desktop site to make keeping on top of your notifications a little easier. You’ll be able to check out updates and other alerts in a dedicated page, instead of being confined to the smaller area that we’re used.

In the normal notification tray, you’ll also be able to filter out unread notifications from what you’ve already cleared, which can be useful if you’ve got a ton of alerts popping up.
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Trio of apps added to Chromecast portfolio

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Google has announced three new apps that have added support for Chromecast as of today. The apps include musiXmatch, Lyve and Fitnet. musiXmatch is an app that identifies songs you are playing and will then provide the lyrics in perfect sync with the music. The Chromecast support lets users cast the music and the lyrics, floating over the screen, to your TV via Chromecast. Lyve is an app that creates a central repository of your photos that can then be accessed from any of your devices. Now, those photos can be cast to a Chromecast device. Finally, Fitnet provides fitness videos and can use your smartphone to collect biometric data. The Chromecast support means the videos can now be displayed on your large screen TV.
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T-Mobile talks LTE coverage growth

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Earlier today T-Mobile launched Data Stash at their Un-Carrier 8 event and briefly touched on some of the improvements they have made to their data network during the past year. As a follow-up to that presentation, T-Mobile’s Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray took to the company’s official blog to share some additional details about how the carrier grew during 2014 and what to look forward to in 2015.
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Samsung builds a synchronized dreamscape with phones, tablets, watches, and TVs

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Who would bring together seventy-four devices, ten animators, and sixty hours of building and fabrication with a crew of thirty for a synchronized dreamscape? Probably no one other than Samsung. In Holiday Dreams, Samsung utilizes its devices of various form factors to show how a young girl follows her holiday stocking. The devices used were the Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note 4, Gear S, and Curved UHD TV. It took a total of seventeen hours for Samsung to capture the final piece. And the initial character sketches were completed with the S Pen found in the Galaxy Note 4. It truly is a dreamscape designed from the ground up by Samsung products.

Hit the break to watch Holiday Dreams and the behind the scenes video.


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[Deal] Motorola taking $50 off $350 purchases or $100 off $500 through December 23

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The clock is ticking to bring home awesome gifts for the holidays. As a final ploy to fuel your spending, Motorola is offering discounts on purchases that exceed certain amounts. When an order totals at least $350, the company will shed $50. The same thing applies for $500 orders, but the discount is $100. For example, you can purchase the new Moto X and a screen protector to receive the $100 discount and pay just north of $400.

On Motorola’s site, it says that the Moto E, Nexus 6, and Republic Wireless’ Moto X are excluded. Everything else is fair game. The deal runs through December 23 at 12:00pm EST.

Source: Motorola