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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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.

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[Deal] HTC accessories 50% off through today, Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio and Magic Cover included

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What is today? Tuesday! That means HTC is running another one of its Hot Deals. From right now through 11:59pm EST, each and every accessory available directly from HTC is discounted by 50%. Everything from cases and chargers to speakers and batter packs are eligible.

Two items not listed on HTC’s accessory page are the Nexus 9’s Keyboard Folio and Magic Cover. Those items are indeed eligible for the 50% discount. The Keyboard Folio price with the discount is $65 while the Magic Cover (in Coral Amtheyst) is around $20. That is a massive amount saved on the Keyboard Folio.

HTC offers two-day shipping for $4.99; therefore, arriving before the Christmas is still an option. Choosing the free standard shipping may be a bit of a stretch.

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Samsung may be working on an Apple Pay competitor

Samsung_Logo_02_TA_CES_2014It’s pretty typical Samsung behavior to try and create their own versions of popular technology, whether that’s an App Store, instant messaging service, or virtual reality headset. Sometimes Samsung’s version turns out pretty well, but other times it can be a complete disaster that goes mostly unused by customers.

With Apple entering the mobile payment market with Apple Pay, Samsung is, of course, readying their own form of a wireless payment method using Samsung smartphones. Sure, Samsung already has their own Wallet app, and almost all newer Android phones support tap-to-pay functionality with Google Wallet, but Samsung wants their own, uniquely branded version. Read more

The Galaxy Note Edge: Just what does that curved edge display do?

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The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is essentially the same phone as the Galaxy Note 4, but with a curved right edge display. This narrow display is utilized for quickly launching your most used apps, as well as displaying notifications, the weather, and the news. It can even light up on it’s own to let you know what notifications you have, thus saving precious battery life. Need a clock at your nightstand or a ruler? It can take care of both of those too.

The edge display can be customized to suit your needs and there is the hope that developers will also jump on board. It does add a $100 premium over the cost of the Galaxy Note 4, bringing it to a whopping $399 on contract.  Is it worth that extra money? My review is coming up, but I thought I would share how the edge screen works to help you make your decision. Check out my video after the break.

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