[Deal] Nexus Player with $20 Google Play credit

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On the fence about purchasing a Nexus Player? Now there is a little incentive that may push you to seal the deal. Customers purchasing a Nexus Player through Google Play will include a $20 credit to the store. An email with the promotional code will be sent as a followup for ordering the Android TV device.

The deal runs through December 31, and the Google Play credit must be redeemed by January 31 of next year.

Source: Google [Play Store Link]

Sprint bringing in steep discounts for Black Friday

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On Black Friday, prices everywhere are slashed and companies are doing their best to be competitive. Carriers in the United States are launching deals to bring in new customers and capture existing ones. Sprint announced what is to come on Black Friday, but the actual promotion starts on Thanksgiving Day.

Here is a list of what Sprint will be doing for Black Friday:

  • Samsung Galaxy S 5 or Galaxy S 5 Sport for 11.66 per month for twenty-four months with Sprint Lease. This saves customers more than $200 as the $20 monthly fee has been reduced by an $8.34 Black Friday service credit.
  • Samsung Galaxy S 5 or Galaxy S 5 Sport for $18 per month for twenty-four months with Sprint Easy Pay. Customers put $0 down and just pay the monthly fee.
  • Sprint Family Share Pack with up to ten lines and 20GB of shared data for $100 per month through 2015. There is also the Sprint Unlimited Plan that has not caps for $60.
  • Buy any JBL or Harman Kardon product to get the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio for $99. Or buy three accessories and get the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio at the $99 price.
  • $140 off JBL Synchros Slate Headphones
  • $100 off Harman Kardon SOHO II NC ear buds

Hit the break for the full press release.


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TED app for Android finally gets Chromecast support

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The TED library is massive. So massive that it has more than 1,700 TEDTalk video and audio clips. The content comes from people including business moguls to musicians to world-renowned educators. The official TED app has something informative for just about everyone. What the Android app has lacked is Chromecast support. That is until today. Version 2.3.1 of the TED app for Android brings Chromecast support. Now users can mirror TED content from their devices to televisions.

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AT&T unveils deals for Black Friday through Cyber Monday

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Business have been unveiling their holiday plans for weeks now. To dissipate an influx of consumers on individual days, deals are live for specified times or span across days. The latest to tell everyone what they have to offer is AT&T. The carrier will allow eligible purchases online and in retail stores.

Hit the break to see what’s going on at AT&T.


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Google giving 1TB of free Drive storage to new Chromebook owners

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We expect Chromebooks to be a very hot item for holiday shoppers this year. The devices running Chrome OS are cheap and the hardware is vastly different than what it once was. The value of a Chromebook just keeps getting and better. And it gets even better now because Google is giving new Chromebook owners free Drive storage. How much? An astounding 1TB for two years. That is nearly $240 that you do not have to spend. It is more than enough space for the average user, that’s for sure.

The offer expires on January 1, 2015. Don’t leave it sitting underneath the Christmas tree for too long!

Source: Google Drive Blog

AT&T returning Nexus 6 inventory for shipping with “incorrect software”

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The Nexus 6 just arrived in AT&T stores across the United States, but initial inventory is being returned due to a software bug. A message being distributed to AT&T stores claims that Motorola shipped the Nexus 6 with incorrect software. According to Droid Life, the software¬†“renders a black screen and fails to connect to service when the device is powered on.” Obviously, this is a problem because it makes the device incapable of doing much. If you are experiencing any difficulties with your Nexus 6 purchased through AT&T, head over to the nearest store and figure out what is going on.

Fortunately, it was only the initial shipments affected. Many Nexus 6 owners are likely experiencing nothing out of the ordinary because of the small window limited to AT&T. Alternate solutions, for people that have yet to purchase the Nexus 6, include going to a Best Buy store or utilizing AT&T’s Direct Fulfillment Process.

Via: Droid Life

PSA: 3rd party apps that bypass the security lock screen (ie Delayed Lock, SkipLock) no longer work in Lollipop

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Android 5.0 Lollipop brought a new feature called Smart Lock, which allows you to set certain locations or Bluetooth devices as trusted so that you don’t have to constantly enter your security PIN, Password, or pattern to unlock your phone or tablet. Third party apps such as Delayed Lock,¬†SkipLock and Secure Settings have already been giving users this ability for a couple of years now. Unfortunately, these apps will not work in Lollipop due to the fact that Google has changed the security in that third party apps can no longer unlock the device.


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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet gets support for Chromecast Mirroring [Update LG G Pad 8.3 GPE too]

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The number of devices that can cast screens via Chromecast continue to grow. We recently saw the Galaxy Note 4 added, and now the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet has been added to the list.

You can cast your screen by opening the Chromecast app, and selecting “Cast Screen” from the menu. If you have a Shield, try it out. It works great with Google Earth.

Update: As one reader pointed out, The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition was also recently added. Thanks Josh.

source: Google Support

New streaming video service may be offered by Amazon

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New reports indicate Amazon is preparing to rollout an ad-supported video streaming service next year that is different from the Prime Video service included with their Prime membership offering. The new service will supposedly be aimed more at competing with Hulu and Netflix in that it will be based on a monthly subscription fee for access. Analysts think Amazon will undercut the monthly prices offered by other services through the use of ads. Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter thinks this would make the new Amazon offering a “Netflix killer.”
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How to stop ‘OK Google’ from displaying over your Android Wear watch face

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You might have noticed that “OK Google” appears every time your watch face lights up on your Android Wear smartwatch. It’s there to remind you that you can say “OK Google” to search for something or start an app. After a week or so, you pretty much get the hint and no longer want it covering your face. How do you get rid of it?


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