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Dish Network looking into purchasing T-Mobile

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 21, 2013 1:30 am

Dish Network is reportedly considering beginning talks to acquire T-Mobile, a deal that would land Dish the #3 spot for US mobile carriers. Reuters is reporting that three sources close to the matter all say that the satellite TV company is in works now preparing a bid for big purple.

 

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On the other hand, some sources are reporting that Sprint is looking at buying T-Mobile, which would land the company some much needed spectrum, as well as a much larger customer base. Unfortunately, Sprint would face a tough battle to purchase T-Mobile after AT&T failed to do so earlier this year after it was faced with strong FCC opposition.

HP begins shipping Chromebook 11 again, new charger included

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 21, 2013 12:30 am

About a month after Google and HP suspended Chromebook 11 sales over faulty charging adapters, the Chromebook 11 has returned to retail sales and now includes an all new charging adapter. Sales were previously suspended due to the original charger overheating and causing a fire risk.

 

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Google and HP have redesigned the charging adapter, and say that the Chromebook ll's now on sale are good to go. If you have an existing HP Chromebook 11, you can sent the charger back to HP for an exchange, and those who purchase a new Chromebook 11 should check to see if the charger they received is the newer model. The new charger looks much like the one used on the Chromebook Pixel but features a micro-USB tip instead.

Pyle rolls out the Bluetooth fitness scale

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 11:45 pm

Pyle Audio recently introduced the Bluetooth Fitness Scale (PHLSCBT4), a custom designed scale including a smartphone app so owners can better track their health and fitness.

 

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Scale owners are able to track data with the free Pyle Health Fitness Tracker app, and everything can be sent wirelessly via Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet. Designed for Apple and Google Android products, and all data can be shared on Twitter or Facebook - or in an online password-protected workout log. Collected data includes: weight, body fat, hydration levels, muscle level and bone level percentages - and provides a great baseline of overall health.

 

The scale is available immediately with a $59.99 USD retail price. Pyle is best known as an audio company often specializing in consumer electronics, sports products, and professional audio - so this is a rather interesting product offering.

Motorola's Moto G getting Android KitKat earlier than expected

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 11:13 pm

Motorola has announced that it has begun rolling out Android 4.4 updates to its Motorola G smartphones that were purchased through Motorola.com or Amazon.com. This is weeks earlier than previously announced, and I am sure that a lot of Motorola Moto G owners are happy campers this morning.

 

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"Starting today, we are rolling out Android 4.4.2 to Moto G phones bought on Motorola.com or Amazon.com in the US," wrote Punit Soni, head of product management in an official blog post. "KitKat will come to other Moto G carriers and regions soon as well." Additionally the Droid Maxx will begin receiving the KitKat update today as well.

Google fined $1.2 million for violating Spanish privacy laws

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 10:51 pm

Spain takes its privacy laws pretty serious, and Google has just found out just how serious they consider violations. Today Reuters is reporting that Google has been issued a fine of $1.23 million after it was found guilt of breaking Spain's data protection laws.

 

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The fine of $1.23 million is the maximum possible under Spanish law, and this is not the first time that Google has had to pay for a breach of privacy this year. Last month Dutch lawmakers accused Google of breaking the same law in their country.

 

"Inspections have shown that Google compiles personal information through close to one hundred services and products it offers in Spain, without providing in many cases the adequate information about the data that is being gathered, why it is gathered and without obtaining the consent of the owners," said the Spanish Agency for Data Protection.

Spotify mobile streaming use skyrockets

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 10:41 pm

Online music service Spotify's decision to open up its service to Apple iPhone and Google Android users for free has paid off, with the company drastically growing its customer base.

 

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After announcing its free app, Spotify app downloads increased by four times during the past week, though Spotify wouldn't release official download figures after its announcement. Instead of allowing music listeners to select what artists and songs play, Spotify relies on a 'shuffle mode' that gives listeners the chance to shuffle through personal - and random - playlists.

 

The music service now includes an ad-supported version of its service for mobile users - and should continue to pick up users at a rapid pace. Services such as Pandora offer a great service for mobile users, but the ad-supported version isn't as functional as the paid membership, with Spotify trying to fill the void. Expect a continued battle among music providers trying to attract casual users as the number of smartphone and tablet owners increases due to product availability and price.

500px finally makes its way to Windows Phone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 10:30 pm

Shutterbugs who are fond of both 500px and Windows Phone will be happy to hear that the two have merged in the form of a new app. The official 500px app for Windows Phone was released this morning, and allows you to check out friends snapshots using the Flow feature.

 

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Additional features include the ability to search for interesting images, and import 500px images to live tiles and the phones lock screen. Unfortunately direct uploading of images to 500px is not supported at this time, and no mention was made of when this feature may be integrated.

Free calls and Channels are coming soon to BBM for iOS and Android

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 10:10 pm

A struggling BlackBerry is attempting to turn its BlackBerry Messenger Service into something that can help keep it afloat, and lately has been pushing it pretty hard. Today BlackBerry announced that it has entered into a deal with LG that will see BBM installed on all of the company's smartphones.

 

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Along with this announcement comes several new features that are sure to make BBM users on iOS and Android quite happy. Heading up the list of new features is BBM Voice, a free calling feature that lets users voice chat instead of using cellular voice service. BBM also now features chat room with a handful of channels that vary based on interest, hobbies, and consumer brands.

ROCKI completes its Kickstarter with $222,197

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 10:09 pm

We've been all over ROCKI for quite sometime now, but its Kickstarter has come to an end with an impressive tally: $222,197 raised. Considering the original funding goal was just $50,000, this Kickstarter is yet another success story.

 

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If you haven't heard of ROCKI, it will "free your music - from every phone, to all speakers, for everyone." This is what makes ROCKI such a great product, especially considering it will be made available for under $50. It was only a few days ago that we heard that Spotify and Deezer support would be added, only adding to the awesomeness that is ROCKI. We should be getting a hands-on at CES, which is only a couple of weeks away!

Apple updates Final Cut Pro to utilize new Mac Pro power

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 20, 2013 9:50 pm

On the heels of the release of the new Mac Pro, Apple has began pushing out an update to its Final Cut Pro software. The update brings the software up to date with current trends in professional video editing. The update also optimizes Final Cut Pro to fully utilize the power that Apple has packed into the Mac Pro.

 

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Final Cut Pro 10.1 adds support for 4K video, and features monitoring across Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI displays. Auto fade handlers have been added for each channel, and improvements have been made to workflow organisation via the addition of Libraries. A new API has also been added that allows users to build custom share options. Finally, the entire program has been optimized to take advantage of the dual GPU setup featured in the new Mac Pro. Head to the source link below to read the full change log.

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