Google and Samsung worried about Microsoft-Nokia deal

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Google and Samsung are worried about the consequences of a successful takeover deal between Microsoft and Nokia. According to a new report by Bloomberg, Google and Samsung held a talk with China’s Ministry of Commerce regarding licensing fees, citing two government officials familiar with the matter.

The two companies asked the Ministry of Commerce to ensure that the Microsoft-Nokia deal would not result in higher patent licensing fees, specifically in wireless technologies that will remain under the control of Nokia. In addition, two other companies, Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp., have expressed their concern regarding this matter. The companies have asked the regulators to set conditions on the deal.

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[Deal] Pick up an LG G Pad 8.3 on Newegg for $224.99

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If you’ve been eyeing LG’s 8.3-inch G Pad tablet, Newegg has a deal that you don’t want to pass up. They’re offering the quad-core powerhouse of a tablet for $249.99 with a promo code, plus free shipping.

The G Pad is powered by a Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and has a 1920 x 1200 resolution screen. At just over 200 bucks, this tablet offers a great bang for your buck, especially compared to similar tablets like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab line or even the Nexus 7. » Read the rest

Chromecast now available from Amazon for $30

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If you’ve been thinking about grabbing a Chromecast in the past few days, now may be the time to do it. The device is currently available on Amazon for $30. There doesn’t appear to be any side-deals on this one, like there have been in the past, which include Google Play Credit, rebates, etc.

With Chromecast’s SDK now available to the public, the device is as valuable as it’ll ever be, until of course the next model comes out. If you’re down to dongle, head on over to Amazon and grab one.

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Lenovo CEO says Chinese, emerging markets will return Motorola to profitability

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Lenovo’s CEO Yang Yuanqing is back on the interview circuit, explaining more about how he thinks the company can turn around the financial trajectory of Motorola Mobility once the pending $2.91 billion dollar deal closes. According to Yang, a key part of Lenovo’s strategy will be to reintroduce the Motorola brand to China and emerging markets, which will enable Lenovo to turn a profit with Motorola “in a few quarters.” » Read the rest

[Deal] Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 free on AT&T

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In the market for a tablet and not looking to spend a fortune? AT&T has got you covered. From now through March 31, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is free with a new two-year contract. Normally the tablet would cost $299 with a new contract, so you are getting a great deal. The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 has a dual-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz with 1GB of RAM. Inside is 16GB of memory, but Samsung of course offers a microSD card slot to expand that memory. Interested in this deal? Head on over to AT&T’s site through this link.

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Lenovo chimes in on deal to buy Motorola

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Yesterday Android fans around the world were stunned by news that Google had agreed to sell Motorola to Lenovo in a deal valued at $2.91 Billion dollars. Many have been wondering why Google would agree to such a move after only a couple years of ownership and signs that Motorola was gaining in popularity. On the flip side, the question is out there regarding what Lenovo hopes to gain from the deal. In a new interview with the Wall Street Journal, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing and CFO Wong Wai Ming shared some of the thought process and what Lenovo has planned for the future with Motorola. » Read the rest

THX releases tune-up app for Android to help get TVs just right for the Games

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THX has released the THX tune-up app for Android devices to the Google Play store and is even making it available for free as part of a new promotion. Through February 3, 2014, the app will be free before reverting to the normal price of $1.99 USD worldwide. The THX tune-up app gives users an interactive tool to adjust their TV or projector and their speakers in order to optimize the picture and sound for their specific lighting conditions. » Read the rest

[Deal] Moto X $100 off Monday afternoon, $70 off until Valentine’s Day

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Motorola is back with yet another deal for its flagship Moto X smartphone. On Monday, January 27, Motorola is taking $100 off any Moto X without a contract. Any size, any backing, any carrier will be eligible. There is a catch, however. The deal will be active for just one hour — 3-4PM ET.

If you do miss out, Motorola still has something for you. They will take off $70 from any Moto X until Valentine’s Day, February 14. And yet again, this is without a contract. So missing the one hour window on Monday will only set you back $30. Not bad. For both deals, on-contract devices will seemingly not be included. » Read the rest

[Deal] HSN selling Boost Mobile’s Moto G for $79.95 after rebate

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Android’s new budget-friendly superstar is already making rounds on television. Today only, the Moto G is available from Home Shopping Network, who also sells Nokia’s Lumia 521, for just $79.95 after a $50 mail-in rebate. The channel is offering the deal for today only as part of their Today’s Special, so make sure you take advantage of it quickly. At the time of this writing, HSN says that have already sold 5,200 units. Through this deal, Boost Mobile is the carrier being supplied. In case you were unaware, $50 gets you unlimited talk, text, and data; however, for every six months you remain a customer, your monthly bill drops $5 until you reach $40.

If HSN’s straight-up price is not good enough for you, you can use their FlexPay financing that spreads it into monthly payments across two, three, or four months. The four month FlexPay is $35 per month. Also, having an HSN card gives you an extra option of paying over five months. But I am not quite sure anyone really needs to have the Moto G’s price lingering around for months. The source link below will take you to HSN’s site.

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[Deal] Get the Sony SmartWatch 2 from Best Buy for $159.99

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If you are ready to take the plunge and invest in a smartwatch type wearable device, you may want to check out a special that Best Buy is running right now on the Sony SmartWatch 2. The device is Sony’s successor to their original SmartWatch and normally retails for $199.99. Best Buy is currently listing the device with a nice discount of 20% for only $159.99.

The Sony SmartWatch 2 has a 1.6-inch transreflective LCD display, is IP57 certified for water resistance, and will work with many Android 4.0 or better devices including a full range of Sony smartphones. Along with Bluetooth 3.0 technology, the SmartWatch 2 comes with support for NFC.

If you are interested in the Sony SmartWatch 2 and want to try to grab it during this special offer, hit the source link.

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