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Alcatel OneTouch Watch goes up for pre-order, yours for $149.99

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Today Alcatel has officially started US pre-orders for its first smartwatch, the aptly named OneTouch Watch. The wearable was announced earlier this year, and it’s very affordably priced at $149.99.

That’s a far cry from the Apple Watch, for example, but don’t forget that this doesn’t run Android Wear, Google’s platform for smartwatches. Instead, Alcatel chose to develop its own solution, one that is thankfully compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones. Read more »

Microsoft intros Surface 3 tablet starting at $499, running ‘full’ Windows 8.1

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The Surface Pro 3 has been out for a while now, but it’s quite expensive for the mass-market. So Microsoft decided to unveil the Surface 3 tablet today (sans the “Pro”). This is basically the successor to the Windows RT-powered original Surface and Surface 2, but it no longer runs that little-used iteration of the OS – and it no longer sports an ARM processor.

This time, Microsoft is pairing an Intel Atom x7 with ‘full’ Windows 8.1 (upgradeable for free to Windows 10 when that launches), so the Surface 3 will run any Windows app you throw at it – including the full version of Office, of course. That rectifies what were probably the biggest downsides to the RT-powered Surface tablets of the past. Read more »

Your Google+ photos now show up in Google Drive

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While not relaunched as a separate service (or at least not yet), as has been rumored for a long time now, Google+ Photos has received some neat integration with Google Drive today. In short, your Google+ Photos will now show up in a dedicated place in Google Drive.

A new menu for Photos should show up in Google Drive on iOS, Android, and the Web, as seen in the image above. Read more »

Gmail for Android update enables unified “All inboxes” view, smarter search

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Today Google has announced a new update for its Gmail app for Android. This is supposedly already rolling out, so watch out for the new version (but keep in mind it might be a few days before it reaches you). The new Gmail for Android comes with a few new features, the most important of which is the addition of an “All inboxes” view.

As its moniker implies, this will show you all the email from all your accounts, in a unified view. This will clearly benefit those who have and routinely use multiple email accounts in the Gmail app. Just to clarify, the app did have multiple account support before today, but it did not boast the unified inbox view. Read more »

Windows Phone already has an unofficial Periscope app

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Just yesterday Twitter launched its entrant into the rapidly growing live video streaming app space. It’s called Periscope, and for now it’s only available for iOS. Twitter did promise an Android version, but remained absolutely mum when it comes to Windows Phone.

Not to worry, though, for there is already an unofficial alternative for Microsoft’s mobile platform. Telescope for Periscope has been created by a developer who was eager to use Twitter’s new service on Windows Phone. Read more »

HTC’s first TV ad for the One M9 in the UK reveals that you only have one life

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Now that the One M9 is up for order in the US, HTC decided it would be fit for it to start its marketing campaign for the handset in the UK. Hence, the Taiwanese smartphone maker has released its first TV ad for the One M9 in the UK.

You can see it in its entirety after the break, but let’s just say it focuses on a pretty easy play on the phone’s name. You only have “One” life, get it? Read more »

Vine ups video quality to 720p HD

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Better late than never, as they say – Twitter’s Vine has finally entered the HD age. The service, which lets you create six-second videos that run in a loop, has just announced plans to upgrade the quality of its recordings. Believe it or not, Vine videos have so far been 480p.

Not anymore, though. Expect to see 720p HD videos on Vine (both through the service’s mobile apps for iOS and Android, as well as embeds on websites) “over the coming days”. Above you can see an image that should apparently give you an idea about the quality differences, since it shows the same Vine in 480p on the left and 720p on the right. Read more »

Pebble Time crosses $20 million raised with just a few hours left

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Pebble’s Kickstarter campaign for its Time smartwatch with color e-paper screen quickly became the most funded in history at the beginning of this month. And now, the company has already crossed the $20 million mark of raised funds, with just a few hours to go.

At the time of writing, exactly $20,235,088 has been pledged for the Pebble Time by more than 78,000 eager backers on the crowdfunding site. This comes after the $14 million mark was reached in only one week. Read more »

Twitter launches Periscope live video streaming app for iOS

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Today Twitter has officially outed its competitor for media darling Meerkat, a live video streaming app that’s gotten a lot of coverage recently. Twitter’s version of this is called Periscope, and is now available for iOS. An Android app is reportedly in the works, but no launch timeline has been given.

Like Meerkat, Periscope is a live video streaming app that’s easy to use. When you start broadcasting, your followers will immediately be notified, and they can comment and send you ‘hearts’ in real-time (these seem to be Periscope’s version of Facebook’s Likes). Read more »

Amazon Cloud Drive now offers unlimited storage for $59.99 per year

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Amazon just became the first big cloud storage provider to offer an unlimited plan. It will cost you $59.99 per year, which is basically $5 per month, and it lets you “store an infinite number of new and existing photos, videos, files, documents, movies, and music”, according to Amazon’s press release.

There’s another option too, which can come in handy if all you need is some space to store photos. The aptly named Unlimited Photos plan gives you the ability to “store an infinite number of photos”, along with 5GB of other files, all for just $11.99 per year. That can be translated into $1 per month. Something like this was already available for subscribers to Amazon Prime and Fire device owners, but now it’s open for all. Read more »

Buy a Galaxy S6 or S6 edge from T-Mobile, get free Netflix for one year

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If you want to get a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 edge but haven’t settled on a carrier to sign a contract with, this might help. T-Mobile will give you a one year subscription to Netflix for free if you buy either Galaxy S6 device from it.

Like the carrier says, this is a value of more than $100, so if you are also a fan of Netflix, it basically means you’ll be paying a lot less for the smartphone as you would at other carriers. Read more »

Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 demoed on video, Oppo is unimpressed

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Qualcomm seems to be pretty proud of its Quick Charge 2.0 technology, that is an integral part of some high-end smartphones which use its top of the line chipsets. The Motorola Nexus 6 is in this situation, and Qualcomm has used this particular device in a new promotional video for Quick Charge 2.0.

Three of them, to be precise. They’re said to be identical, except each uses a different charger. The leftmost unit has a 5V 1A charger, the center one gets a 5V 2A charger, while the Nexus 6 on the right works with a Quick Charge 2.0 enabled charger. Read more »

Original Moto G 4G is now $159.99 for one day only

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The original 4G-capable Moto G from last year is now being offered by Motorola with a pretty neat price reduction. Normally retailing for $199.99, the phone can be yours for just $159.99 – but you have to act fast.

The deal is only valid until 10:59 AM CT on March 25, which is tomorrow. So you have under 24 hours to do the deed, if you’re so inclined of course. Read more »

Facebook launches On This Day, showing you content from the past

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Facebook has introduced a new feature, called On This Day. As its name implies, it’s all about giving you reminders of stuff you’ve shared on Facebook on that particular date in the past.

On This Day is supposed to make it easier for people to look back at old photos and memories they’ve added to the social network. On This Day works both with the content you posted, as well as things you’re tagged in. Only you can see your On This Day page, but you can choose to share the stuff in there with your friends. Read more »

Reddit now allows embedding of comment threads

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Reddit says it “isn’t just a source for news or adorable cat pictures”, but also home to “some of the most vibrant discussions happening on the Internet”. And that’s why it’s launching the ability to embed comment threads.

Embeds are obviously nothing new on the Web, as you can already do that with videos, images, and even tweets. From today, though, you can add a new thing to this list – Reddit comments. Read more »