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Mark Hearn

December 1, 2014

Our friends at 9to5Toys are busy excavating the Internet to find the latest Cyber Monday deals for any and everything and to help make things easier for you guys we’ve singled out some of the best Google deals that you’ll find on the web. Here’s a look at some of our favorite items currently on sale during this web-based holiday.

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November 30, 2014

Android 5.0 Lollipop is now available for the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition

An over-the-air update for Lollipop is now live for the Google Play edition LG G Pad 8.3. The software push appears to be rolling out in stages, so you may not see it right away if you’ve invested in this near-stock Android tablet. The device received Android 4.4.4 this past summer and is now moving on to Mountain View’s latest offering before most of its competitors.

November 28, 2014

Rumored Samsung Galaxy A7 smartphone passes through the FCC

A new Samsung smartphone recently made its way through the FCC with a model number of SM-A700FD. Rumored to be called the Galaxy A7, this unannounced handset is believed to be part of the Korean electronics manufacturer’s A series. The phone’s FCC documents don’t give up a large amount of information, however they confirm support for LTE and NFC connectivity.

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If you own a Nexus 6 and you’re looking for some Google endorsed accessories, your options have just increased by one. The smartphone’s highly anticipated Stand Folio Case is now available from the Play Store for $40 with a warehouse departure time of one to two business days.

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

ICYMI: Get an HTC RE for $100 from now until Cyber Monday

If picking up a new point camera is on your weekend to-do list, the relatively new HTC RE is currently on sale for $100 at several retailers. You can purchase the inhaler-esque point-and-shoot camera from Best Buy, Verizon, AT&T and HTC at this discounted price from now until 9pm PT on Monday, December 1st.

After being partially available for several months by invite only, today OnePlus is selling its “flagship killer” smartphone to anyone willing to pay for it. In addition to making its elusive handset available to the public, the startup is having a sale on most of its accessories, reducing their prices by up to 20 percent. For the next 72 hours or while supplies last, you can purchase a 16GB Silk White OnePlus One for $299 or a 64GB Sandstone Black model for just $349.

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November 26, 2014

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Twitter is about to get very nosey with its mobile subscribers, and if you’re among the millions of people using the company’s app on your smartphone, you’ll definitely want to listen up. The short-form social media outlet’s new app graph feature will soon start tracking which applications you have installed on your devices. This opt-out feature is being introduced to help the firm insert better ads and recommendations into your timeline.

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A European Union panel is trying to get Google to expand the recently passed “right to forgotten” law to the company’s international search engine Google.com. The group is arguing that it’s too easy for people using local versions of Google’s search URL to bypass de-listed links by visiting Mountain View’s primary web search URL which is currently not subject to the controversial ordinance.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop test build leaks for Sprint’s Galaxy S5

A leaked build of Android 5.0 for Sprint’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 recently hit the web and it’s available to those who don’t fear things like a voided warranty and the possibility of a bricked phone. If this sounds like you and you’re looking to breathe new life into your smartphone with a dose of Lollipop, the folks at XDA have a download mirror of the build, but there are a few caveats…

Republic Wireless announced today that it will begin selling the 2014 Moto X on Wednesday, December 10th. As seen with other retail outlets, the “hybrid calling” service will support device customization via the Moto Maker. Republic Wireless will offer the 16GB variant of the second-generation Moto X for $399, which is about $100 under the handset’s regular off-contract price.

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Whether you’re trying to recover from some type of Thanksgiving food coma or you need a steady stream of entertainment to keep you sane while camping out in front of your favorite department store for Black Friday deals — don’t worry, Google has the medicine. The search giant is currently advertising a group of Cyber Week deals for movies, games, music and more. Some of these deals are already live and ready to be consumed and we’d like to take a minute to point out a few standout promotions.

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November 25, 2014

Vine’s new favorites option literally keeps you in the loop

If getting lost in Vine videos is one of your favorite pastimes and you follow a lengthy list of content producers, then you’ll definitely appreciate the platform’s latest update for its mobile apps. Starting today, you’ll be able to favorite a Vine user’s profile simply by tapping a Twitter-esque star.

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The HTC RE is one of the weirdest looking cameras that we’ve seen released this year. At a glance it looks like a tiny periscope or a colorful asthma inhaler. Odd presentation aside, this GoPro alternative has some likable qualities, however its $200 asking price is likely to be a turnoff for frugal photogs. If that last line sounds like you, then you might want to listen up, because HTC is having a sale.

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Sony’s diverse product portfolio is about to lose a little weight. Despite the company’s popularity and historical success the Japanese corporation is going to be cutting down its TV and mobile lineups to cut costs. Over the past few years Sony has steadily lost its wireless momentum to rival companies like Samsung, Apple and Xiaomi. The outfit’s new focus will be for its struggling TV and mobile divisions to simply turn a profit.

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A photography and multimedia company by the name of Milk Studios filed a lawsuit against Samsung earlier this week, claiming the South Korean technology firm had violated its trademark with the name of its music streaming service. Filed in the US District Court of the Southern District of New York, the company says that Samsung “intentionally, willfully and knowingly” used the Milk name for its music service called Milk Music which launched last spring for Galaxy device users.

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Sony Xperia Z3 series root bounty surpasses $2,600

There’s no denying the appeal of the Sony Xperia Z3, however if you’re the type who likes to tinker with your phone, its current lack of root access might be a deal breaker for some folks. If you happen to fall into the aforementioned group of people and you’ve been holding out in hope of a resolution, your ship might soon be coming in thanks to a group of ambitious (and generous) individuals over at the XDA developers forums.

November 24, 2014

Motorola now selling slim silver and gold 18mm Moto 360 starting at $300

 

Earlier this month, Motorola Mobility revealed a pair of new slim metal wristbands for its Moto 360 smartwatch, but absent from the company’s announcement were release dates for these stylish options. Today, however, the firm started listing these alternative bands as available on its website, but they carry a slightly higher asking price.

Android 5.0 Lollipop for Verizon’s version of the 2014 Moto X is now live. The update is rolling out as an over-the-air software push that introduces a bevy of new features to Motorola’s flagship smartphone. For starters, your Moto X will be treated a new Material Design-themed layout loaded with Lollipop’s fluid animations, along with an updated notification setup that “intelligently” ranks alerts by type and who sent them. Software version 22.21.11 also introduces the ability to prioritize and set privacy notifications for each of your handset’s applications.

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Sony’s Backup & Restore Android application that comes pre-installed on its Xperia Z3 smartphone appears to have been compromised. A Google Play entry has been added for the app listing “Nirav Patel Kanudo” as its publisher, along with the software’s description claiming that it’s managed by the “HeArT HaCkEr Group.”

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Google has reached a settlement with former Morgan Stanley banker Daniel Hegglin who sued the tech company behind negative Internet posts that had an impact on his public reputation. The Hong Kong-based businessman took his case to Britain’s High Court to have Google remove web search content falsely identifying him as a murderer, nazi and a pedophile.

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