Google adding Google Cast to Google Fiber TV boxes

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Although Google Chromecast devices are immensely helpful to content viewers who have existing hardware that need the support, Google is making the technology, Google Cast, that drives their dongles available outside of those devices. We are seeing more support for Google Cast built directly into televisions. Now Google is adding one of their own, in-house products, by making Google Cast available via their Fiber TV set top boxes. Read more

[Deal] Samsung offering free Gear VR with Galaxy purchase for Father’s Day

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Samsung is launching a special offer for Father’s Day giving buyers of several Samsung Galaxy devices a free Gear VR. The special promotion applies to the new Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and the Galaxy Note 5. The deal will be available for purchases or device leases through participating retailers and if you happen to go through Best Buy, you will be able to walk out the door with your new Gear VR in hand with your new Galaxy smartphone. Read more

Google is building a smart app uninstaller into the Play Store

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If you’ve ever used a device that skimped on internal storage, you probably know the struggle of running out of space for new apps. I’ve even run into the problem with 16 GB Samsung phones that only leave about 10 GB of room left to the user, and it’ll definitely happen if you play multiple games at a time on your phone. Fortunately, Google has a solution. Read more

Xiaomi buys patents, signs cross-licensing deal with Microsoft

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It seems that Xiaomi and Microsoft are cozying up nicely with the news that the Chinese handset maker has purchased around 1,500 patents from the American software giant in what has been called the beginning of a long-term partnership between the two companies. The partnership also means that Xiaomi will pre-install a bunch of Microsoft apps on future Android devices, much like its agreement with SamsungRead more