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October 29

Free Money: Snag 10% off $50 Google Play gift card digitally delivered in minutes from Amazon

From 9to5Toys.com:

Amazon has a $50 Google Play Store digital gift card on sale for $45 when you use the coupon code GOOGLE5 at checkout. This is $5 off of the normal price, saving you a few bucks this holiday season.

October 16

[Deal] Throw a 200GB SanDisk MicroSD card in your Android phone for $63, today only

From 9to5Toys:

Amazon is having a big Gold Box on much of its storage but the standout is the SanDisk Ultra 200GB MicroSD with 100MB/second transfer rate for $62.99 shipped. That’s 25% off and the lowest price we’ve seen on this card which gets impressive 4.5/5 star reviews from Amazon customers. Check out the whole sale for more including the 256GB monster

March 17

It seems that recently, practically every company is throwing its hat into the smartwatch ring, from traditional watch companies like Casio and Tag Heuer, to Verizon and ZTE. Montblanc’s recently unveiled Summit features a more luxurious design than your typical smartwatch.

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February 16

Post to the community

I think the title is pretty self-explanatory on this one. Just watch and listen:

Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

Google Express is a great service. Who doesn’t want to have their groceries delivered to their front door? But sometimes, things run amuck. One reddit user says that a squirrel got into his Google Express delivery, and took a snack break on some tasty bagels from Costco.


Google knows that there are sometimes freak accidents like this (so he could definitely get a full refund if he wanted to), but it looks like the person who ordered them doesn’t really mind. “I’m not even mad about it,” they said.

For me in Saint Louis, it’s 2-day delivery (can be anywhere from same day to 3 days). I can order from mostly grocery stores and some other chains (Walgreens, Staples). Not everything is available, but quite a bit. I normally order things from Costco.

By the way, you’ve stumbled upon the newly-open Community section of 9to5Google. If you want to write a post for the Community to read (we’ll promote the best ones on our social feeds!), then head over to 9to5Google Community and submit one!

September 10, 2016

Post to the community

Yes, we know that this is only a partially valid argument. It’s still amusing.


(via Reddit)

August 29, 2016

Google announces 30 games to be exhibited at Indie Games Festival on September 24th in San Francisco

Google today announced the 30 games it would be showcasing at this year’s Indie Games Festival held in San Francisco CA on September 24th 2016.

Emceeing the event will be veteran game designer and professor Richard Lemarchand who was lead designer at Crystal Dynamics and Naughty Dog, and is now Associate Chair and Associate Professor at the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts, Interactive Media and Games Division.

Fans will also have the opportunity to play and to vote for their favorite games at the festival, along with an authoritative panel of judges from Google Play and the game industry. They include:

August 6, 2015

From Electrek:

Chris Evans was until recently the head of Google’s Project Zero, a team of hackers employed full-time by Google to find zero-day vulnerabilities on not only their own products, but any software that could affect Google’s users. Today, Evans announced that he will soon join Tesla Motors to lead its security team. 

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February 24, 2015

It appears that a series of promo videos have leaked which feature HTC’s upcoming M9 smartphone. The videos were originally published by @Upleaks which appear to be legitimate and straight from the marketing department over at HTC…

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January 21, 2015

Microsoft’s upcoming ‘Spartan’ browser to support Chrome extensions

Microsoft has a big day today at its Windows 10 press event, where in part it is expected to unveil a brand new web browser called “Spartan” as part of its latest operating system. ZDNet reports that Spartan will not simply be another Internet Explorer release, but rather a lightweight web browser that looks and functions more like Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

Google notifies publishers that AdSense Direct is closing on February 10th (Update)

Google notified publishers on Wednesday that AdSense Direct will be closing on February 10th, just days after the one-year anniversary of the direct ad sales service. There will no longer be support for any campaigns created with the feature, while access to the Direct Campaigns page will be removed. Outstanding account balances will be settled when the service shuts down.

Google Maps APIs gain improved transit directions for Android developers

Google today released a set of improvements to the Google Maps APIs for developers looking to use transit directions in their Android apps. Specifically, users can now receive fare info where available and make use of the same mode and routing options as the Google Maps app.

January 19, 2015

While rumors that Samsung was in talks to acquire BlackBerry for as much as $7.5 billion ultimately proved to be untrue, the two smartphone makers remain interested in working with one another. “We want to work with BlackBerry and develop this partnership, not acquire the company,” J.K. Shin, head of Samsung’s mobile phone business, told The Wall Street Journal. expand full story

Screenshots show Google’s upcoming Calendar iPhone app w/ Gmail, Photos, & Maps integration

It appears that Google could soon release its promised redesigned Calendar app for iPhone after first making the announcement and releasing the app for Android last November. The Next Web this morning shared a handful of leaked screenshots that provide a first look at Google Calendar for iOS, including info cards that indicate Gmail, Photos and Maps integration will be key features of the app.

Bloomberg on Monday reported that Taiwanese handset maker HTC will unveil its flagship One M9 smartphone and first smartwatch in March. HTC is widely expected to announce the new products at Mobile World Congress as part of its press event scheduled for March 1st. expand full story

January 17, 2015

Phil Schiller on Google Glass: ‘I can’t believe they think anyone normal will ever wear these things’

The Tech Block on Thursday shared an email exchange between Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller and the website’s founder Abdel Ibrahim that pokes fun at Google Glass for its perception of being an unstylish device. The email from 2012 surfaced just days after Google announced that it will be ending its Glass Explorer program on Monday as it works on a new version under the leadership of Tony Faddell.

After being sent a picture of actor Steve Martin wearing obnoxious looking glasses in the film “The Jerk,” mocking Google co-founder Sergey Brin wearing Glass, Schiller responds to Ibrahim saying “that is very funny” and that he “can’t believe they think anyone (normal) will ever wear these things. It reminds me of the push to market video goggles a few years back.”

Following some Nexus 6 users complaining about the smartphone’s back cover coming unglued, The Times of India reports that Motorola is aware of at least a few devices affected by the problem. The handset maker tweeted earlier this week that it has received at least a few complaints about the defect, but fortunately appears to be willing to help affected customers replace their devices. expand full story

Kalt turns your Android device into a precise, non-contact thermometer

Robogaia Industries is using Kickstarter to seek funding for a product called Kalt, an infrared sensor that plugs into a smartphone or tablet’s headphone jack and turns the device into a precise, non-contact thermometer. The Cleveland-based company is looking to raise $10,000 over the next three weeks to cover development and manufacturing costs.

The palm-sized Kalt sensor reads the infrared energy that an object omits and converts it into readable temperatures in Fahrenheit, Celsius or Kelvin. Simply point Kalt towards the object and it will automatically show the temperature on the companion app for Android and iOS. The sensor is powered by the device it is plugged into and requires no batteries.

January 16, 2015

Sprint announced on Friday that it will be expanding its smartphone leasing program to cover the LG G3 and Galaxy Note 4. Beginning today, new and existing individual and business customers can purchase the LG G3 for $15 per month or the Galaxy Note 4 for $25 per month with zero down payments through the Sprint Lease program. expand full story

Fingerprint Scanner Galaxy S5

Citing “highly credible sources,” SamMobile reports that Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy S6 will have a touch-based fingerprint scanner for improved usage. Samsung has equipped several of its devices with fingerprint scanners in the past, dating back to the flagship Galaxy S5, but each has used swipe-based technology that often resulted in identification errors. expand full story

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