FBI director continues push against Google & Apple on smartphone encryption (Video)

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FBI Director James Comey isn’t backing down from his position that Google and Apple are wrong to encrypt customer smartphone data preventing law enforcement agencies the possibility of access if requested. After last month sharing that the FBI was in talks with the two companies to discuss concerns with marketing devices as being inaccessible to third-parties including the government, the FBI Director spoke with CBS News in an interview where he continued to make the case against such encryption… Read more

Google trialling free video chats with doctors when you search for symptoms

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Google has confirmed to Engadget that it is trialling a feature which detects when someone is searching for symptoms of an illness, and proactively offers a video chat with a doctor.

The message states that “all costs are covered by Google during this limited trial,” suggesting that the service will be a paid one if and when it launches …  Read more

$1600 Kickstarter campaign aims to turn Chromecast into multiplayer games console

In what must be one of the smallest Kickstarter campaigns ever, a team of British developers called Concept96 is seeking just £1000 ($1600) to turn Chromecast into a multiplayer games platform. The first planned app is a quiz game, described in the rather charmingly amateurish video above: Buzzb.

The target market is ‘casual gaming’ for those who wouldn’t spend the money to buy a conventional games console but would enjoy occasional games on a device they already own …  Read more

Google will reportedly unveil its HTC-made Nexus 9 on October 15th

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Google’s rumored Nexus 9 tablet could be announced as soon as next week. According to Bright Side of News, the reigning internet search champ will unveil its new HTC-made slate on Wednesday, October 15th, along with its $400 asking price. While the tablet is expected to be announced this month, it reportedly won’t go on sale until November 3rd.

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New “Bump!” software tool makes custom ROMs a cinch for LG G3 owners

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One of Android’s biggest selling points is the ability to customize your device as you see fit, but sadly several wireless carriers engage in the practice of shipping handsets with locked bootloaders. For example, the LG G3 is a fine device out of the box, but one of its disadvantages is that most carriers sell it locked down. Aware of this and the device’s popularity, the folks at Team Codefire have created “Bump!,” an easy to use software tool that lets you boot into a custom recovery setup.

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Sharp AQUOS Crystal now available from Boost Mobile, coming to Sprint postpaid on October 17th

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Sprint formally announced plans to carry the Sharp AQUOS Crystal back in August and today the carrier has released the edge-to-edge display-toting handset on its in-house prepaid service, as well as Boost Mobile. Priced at $150, the AQUOS Crystal can be purchased at select retailers or directly from Boost’s website. In addition to an off contract option, Sprint will add the device to its postpaid roster on Friday, October 17th for no money down on a two year Easy Pay payment plan of $10 a month.

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DROID Turbo leaked yet again, this time from Verizon’s official teaser account

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Earlier this week, a user guide for the upcoming DROID Turbo was leaked for all to see. The guide revealed pretty much everything we needed to know about Motorola and Verizon’s latest flagship. Today, however, the official Verizon @DroidLanding account, which has been teasing the DROID Turbo for a few months now, published the above image of the device.

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Lenovo’s new Yoga Tablet 2 Pro commercial shows you what its like to be Ashton Kutcher (video)

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Almost a year ago, Lenovo announced that Ashton Kutcher was one of its newest product engineers. At first, the move felt like another bogus celebrity title with a major company (remember when BlackBerry named Alicia Keys its creative director?), but the Dude, Where’s My Car? star actually has some tech cred. Invested in a large number of successful startups, Kutcher also studied biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa.

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Google Play Store app updated with Material Design interface, clearer What’s New section

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Google has updated its Play Store app with a more comprehensive Material Design makeover, and a What’s New section that is both clearer and easier to use.

Version 5.0.31 sees a new, flat Play Store logo, together with flatter icons in the sidebar, and the categories now use the bright colors of the Material Design palette …  Read more

Google’s updated ‘right to be forgotten’ stats: 497k links evaluated, 42% removed

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Google has updated its transparency report for the controversial ‘right to be forgotten‘ ruling, requiring it to remove links to sensitive information about individuals when it is considered out-dated or irrelevant.

The company revealed that it has now received 144,907 requests to evaluate almost half a billion links, and that it has so far removed 41.8% of those. Links to facebook topped the list, with 3,331 URLs removed from search results …  Read more