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Cyanogen’s next step: A BLU phone without Google apps

Cyanogen’s next step: A BLU phone without Google apps

After amassing $80 million in funding, even without Microsoft's help, and being valued at close to $1 billion, the tech world is keeping a close eye on Cyanogen, Inc. That, of course, is no reason for outspoken and, dare we say, almost belligerent CEO Kirt McMaster to start treading lightly and mincing words. In fact, he has fighting words: "We're putting a bullet through Google's head", which is no small undertaking. And it's all going to start with a smartphone that won't have any of Google's popular apps installed.

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Google reportedly working on Gmail bill payment system

Google reportedly working on Gmail bill payment system

Google is continuing their email experiments, it seems. The latest isn’t a new way to get through your mail, as ‘Inbox’ is, but a method for making you stay put in your email app. A new report suggests Google is readying an in-email bill paying service named ‘Pony Express’ (hopefully just a code name), wherein Gmail users would be able to pay a bill electronically without ever leaving Gmail itself. If Google gives it the green-light, we’ll reportedly see Pony Express in the last quarter of this year.

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Google Fiber hits SLC, ‘extremely unlikely’ for Portland right now

Google Fiber hits SLC, ‘extremely unlikely’ for Portland right now

Last year, Google announced several potential sites for Fiber, their Gigabit Internet service. Today, Google announces Salt Lake City is the latest to receive Fiber’s ultra-quick Internet, joining Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham in the recent surge of Fiberhoods. Though Google isn’t saying when buildout will begin for SLC, they’ve been busy talking about Fiber elsewhere, namely Portland. With other cities playing ball, Oregon legislators may have just passed a bill that shoots the city’s Fiber efforts square in the foot.

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Samsung tipped to make foldable smartphones in 2016

Samsung tipped to make foldable smartphones in 2016

Wait a second, you might be saying, didn't they already make flip-phones in the early 2000s? Didn't I own a Motorola RAZR back in the day? What's the big deal here, Samsung? And what does LG have to do with any of this? The future, says this Samsung and LG rumor, includes displays that fold - not just hinges. These phones would go one step beyond bending, they'd be able to fold in on themselves without cracking. LG has also been tipped to be coming in to the next level in curved display tech - bent, then folded.

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Google Chairman says Glass ‘fundamental’ for Google

Google Chairman says Glass ‘fundamental’ for Google

Is Google Glass dead, or do we just wish it were? When Google demolished the ‘Explorer program’ for Google Glass, they quickly seated Glass under the watchful eye of Tony Fadell, who heads up Google’s de facto hardware arm, Nest. Over time, various talking heads have said Glass wasn’t gone, just regrouping. The latest to chime in is former Google CEO and current Chairman Eric Schmidt, who calls Glass “fundamental” for Google, and says Fadell and his team are going to “make it ready for users”.

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Google Nexus Player to launch March 26 in UK

Google Nexus Player to launch March 26 in UK

We first laid hands on the Nexus Player back in November of last year when we reviewed the device. It's a round large puck-like device connects to your TV and marks the debut of Android TV. The device is designed to sit atop your TV and stream all sorts of digital content that you know and love to your big screen.

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YouTube Autoplay rolls out, here’s how to turn it off

YouTube Autoplay rolls out, here’s how to turn it off

Websites get more traffic and, in some cases, more money, the longer you stay on their site and the more you get hooked on their content. On YouTube, that equates to watching more and more videos without having to stray away from the page. And what better way to do that than by enticing you video after video after video. That's right, YouTube's once experimental Autoplay feature is now rolling out to all users to keep you from getting bored, or escaping. Fortunately, it's easy to turn it off.

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Android rolling out ‘on-body detection’ smart lock feature

Android rolling out ‘on-body detection’ smart lock feature

Google appears to rolling out a new lock feature to certain Android 5.0 and up devices, a new spin on biometric security dubbed "on-body detection." Imagine that situation where you unlock your phone to read an email, finish and put it back in your pocket, only to take it out again 20 seconds later to check something else. On-body detection's purpose is to free you from repeatedly unlocking your phone as long as it remains in your hand or pocket.

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Google’s Places API for Android, iOS brings better location awareness

Google’s Places API for Android, iOS brings better location awareness

When you tell someone where you are in the world, you rarely give out your longitude and latitude (unless your name is Walter White). That’s because you probably don’t know it, can’t find it, or just plain don’t care. Today, Google figured out longitude and latitude are cool and science-y, but not useful for consumers. With their new Places API for Android and iOS, Google is letting Developers tap into your location signal to actually let people know where you are, not your coordinates.

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FTC report: Google caused ‘real harm to consumers’

FTC report: Google caused ‘real harm to consumers’

A 160 page FTC report from a couple years ago has made the light of day through an open-records request, and in it we see Google held in a harsh, often damning light. The report reveals that it was recommended that the FTC sue Google over three of the Internet giant's practices, something that would have -- had it gone through -- ended up being one of the biggest antitrust cases since the similar suit against Microsoft in the 90s. Among other things, the report says Google both has and will harm consumers and innovation with some of its actions.

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