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Turn your face into an emoticon

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Do you love taking selfies and posting them online, but wish there was a way for your face to be seen more often and by more people?

Well with the new mobile app Imoji, you’ll be able to barrage anyone you text with mini-emoticons of your face. Read more »

Samsung Gear VR features and software leak

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Samsung hasn’t done the best job of the keeping the Gear VR under wraps, so it isn’t surprising that images of the Gear VR’s software was leaked.

The leak suggests some initial apps that’ll be launched with the Gear VR, along with the software’s aesthetic. Read more »

Google may buy Twitch for $1 Billion

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Google has been known to snatch up any and every type of business, that’s why it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the internet search giant is interested in purchasing the online game-streaming service, Twitch.

What might come as a surprise is the price that Google is willing to pay: $1 billion. Read more »

Chrome Beta for Android gets Material Design, auto sign-in on Google websites

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Chrome Beta for Android has been updated to version 37 today, and with it come the first hints of Material Design. This new design philosophy was announced last month during Google I/O, and it will be the basis for the Android L release that’s coming this fall.

And now it’s made its way to Chrome, which follows in the footsteps of the Play Store app. The browser sports a more modern look, though it’s not 100% Material just yet. Still, it’s a start, and Google will obviously keep adding more of that Material Design sauce to Chrome up to Android L’s public debut later this year. Read more »

Chromecast turns 1, Google offers free Play Music All Access for 90 days

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Chromecast, Google’s HDMI streaming dongle, has turned one year old today. And to celebrate the occasion, the search giant is giving everyone who owns a Chromecast a free 90-day subscription to Play Music All Access.

There are some caveats, though, chief among which is that the offer is only valid if you’re in the US. Furthermore, it’s not an option for anyone who has previously subscribed to All Access. And that unfortunately includes those who took advantage of the the unlimited music service’s free trial. Read more »

Amazon Fire Phone hands-on

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Recently, we got a chance to spend a tiny bit of quality time with the Amazon Fire Phone at an AT&T press event in New York City. The retail giant’s first ever smartphone is now available in the United States for $199 with a two-year contract or $649 outright.

The Amazon Fire Phone’s specs include Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of non-expandable memory, and 4.7” 720p LCD display. Read more »

Explore Nearby becomes official for Google Maps on Android and iOS

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A few days ago some people spotted a new feature in Google Maps for Android – Explore Nearby. And now the search giant has made it official, though it also works on iOS.

Explore Nearby lets you discover stuff that’s close to you with the tap of one button (which is located in the bottom right corner of the map). Read more »

The OneNote team made a parody ad celebrating Surface 3 integration

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Microsoft’s OneNote team has made its own ad, spoofing LMFAO’s Sexy and I Know It and transforming it into Click it an I Note it.

The video is not professionally made but it’s still fun to watch and does a good job of getting the attention the OneNote app wants. Underneath it all, the ad celebrates the fact that OneNote now has integration with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Read more »

Intel Broadwell and Skylake Android tablets are coming in 2015

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Intel’s Broadwell and Skylake-powered high-end detachable Android devices are said to be coming in 2015, according to a report.

Intel will start offering Bay Trail-T or Bay Trail M processors by the end of 2014 and these gadgets are expected to be priced in the range of $179 to $249 in the market. In 2015, the company will come out with Cherry Trail, the next generation Atom powered tablets. Read more »

Sony will invest $345 million to boost smartphone sensor production

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Sony is the leading supplier of smartphone and tablet camera sensors and it will be expanding production with a 35 billion yen ($345 million) investment. The sensors will be based on Sony’s stacked CMOS design (like Exmor RS).

The increased production will come from two factories (located on the island of Kyushu) and will represent a 13% jump in overall production by August 2015. Read more »

OnePlus One receives an official stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat ROM

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The OnePlus One is getting a tasty treat today, as the company launches an Android 4.4.4 KitKat stock ROM as an alternative to the phone’s custom CyanogenMod 11S ROM.

Thanks to the new piece of software, OnePlus One owners can have a 100% vanilla Android feel on their phones, that’s officially developed by OnePlus. Read more »

Sony to dole out $15 million in free stuff for 2011 data breach

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Back in 2011, Sony had a bit of a security leak when it came to PS3 user data; the celebrity hacker group Anonymous stole the passwords, names, and in some cases, payment information of PS3 users.

As a result, Sony gave out free PSN titles as a “sorry” to its customers. That wasn’t the end of it though. Sony has finally reached a $15 million settlement for the intrusion, and that means swag, as well as monetary compensation, will be given to affected Sony customers. Read more »

Sony announces Blu-Ray 3D support for PS4

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Now did you really think that Sony was going to let Microsoft have all of the Blu-Ray 3D fun?

Fresh off the heels of Xbox One’s Blu-Ray 3D support, Sony has announced that the PS4 will soon support Blu-Ray 3D. Read more »

Foursquare gets re-branded; wants to go against Yelp

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If you’re a foodie or just someone who has difficulty on deciding where to eat, then you’ve probably heard of Yelp.

You’ve probably heard of Foursquare as well, the restaurant application that was primarily used for checking into places to let your friends know where you’ve eaten. However, Foursquare wants to change that. Read more »

Facebook to monetize its Messenger app, but how?

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If you have Facebook installed on your phone, then you’ve been harassed, at least once, to install the Facebook messenger application.

After you’ve caved in and gotten used to the intrusive chat heads feature, prepare for Facebook’s eventual monetizing of its popular app. Read more »