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Uber and Live Nation strike partnership for concert goers

Uber and Live Nation strike partnership for concert goers

Live Nation is a familiar company to those who like to get their concert fix, and thanks to a new partnership with Uber, those fans can get to where the shows are with less hassle -- at least, that's the promise. As of now, Live Nation app users can request an Uber ride straight from within the LN app, which will show all the pertinent details like estimated ride cost and when the ride will arrive. This is available for both iOS and Android users.

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Us2Games breaks down Monument Valley by the numbers

Us2Games breaks down Monument Valley by the numbers

Monument Valley stole the hearts and minds of many in 2014, and with good reason. the fluid gameplay and solid graphics lent way to a delightful storyline that made you want to play. Though the game has little replay value, it’s been valuable. The development team behind Monument Valley, Us2Games, have released a breakdown of their year. As you can see below, it was a monumental year for Us2Games. It’s also a good look at how much manpower and time go into great apps and games.

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Google Glass’ victory lap: a brief history gallery for Explorers

Google Glass’ victory lap: a brief history gallery for Explorers

Today Google Glass Explorers were given a digital book thanking them for taking part in the first big leg of the Glass journey. This book goes by the name GLASS VOL 1, emphasizing - again - that this is not the end of the road for the smart headset, it's just a chapter marker. This book begins with an inspirational quote: "To discover new places, sometimes we need to leave the map behind." This document acts as an extensive Thank You card to users as well as a victory lap for Google Glass creators.

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Project Ara has a lot to prove

Project Ara has a lot to prove

The geek within me loves Project Ara. Interchangeable modules that snick into a brushed aluminum frame and turn your smartphone into a pseudo-DSLR or a Tricorder: what's not to like? Google's ATAP team demonstrated the latest prototype - and detailed its flaws and future improvements - at Ara's second developer event yesterday, inviting module-minded partners on stage to discuss exactly what the flexible phone could become with a little imagination. Ambitious, certainly, but while many (myself included) left the event impressed by Regina Dugan and her intriguing handset, that enthusiasm was tempered with concern over whether the real-world would be so welcoming.

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Email app CloudMagic adds security features, paid tier

Email app CloudMagic adds security features, paid tier

Email is seen in many different lights, but one thing is certain: we all have and address, and use it. In that respect, it’s important to have an email app you can trust. Google recently made a splash with Inbox, but that’s a rethinking of email that some aren’t fond of. We shared our picks for best email app that was more true to form, with CloudMagic taking the reigns. Now the service has been updated, and brings in more features, as well as a paid model.

Google Glass now under Tony Fadell, exits Google X

Google Glass now under Tony Fadell, exits Google X

The Google Glass Explorer Program has officially been tapped by Google to shut down. That doesn't mean that there won't be any more Google Glass - in fact the opposite, more than likely - it's just part of the transition process. When a group exits inside Google X, Google's experimentation lab, it generally has more of a "not quite ready for the real world" vibe to it - now Google Glass is being brought into that real world. The real working world - not necessarily as a consumer product.

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Micromax revealed to be remotely installing bloatware

Micromax revealed to be remotely installing bloatware

Smartphone users are no strangers to bloatware, unwanted software installed by manufacturers or carriers on devices, be they laptops, tablets, or, most especially, smartphones. While some have resigned themselves to these as a fact of life, it seems that in other places, they have become more than just a simple nuisance. Indian OEM Micromax has been reported to not only install bloatware, it also installs these remotely without the user's knowledge nor consent, making this particular implementation border on being malware.

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Xiaomi Mi Note crams all the buzzwords inside a phablet

Xiaomi Mi Note crams all the buzzwords inside a phablet

Xiaomi has indeed come out today with its Redmi Note successor and, quite surprisingly, it's not the Redmi Note 2. Going with a different naming scheme this time around, the Mi Note has the same message as the Redmi Note and Xiaomi's other flagships: you don't have to sell an arm or a leg or both just to get a high-quality smartphone. And with all the high-end features and details that Xiaomi is revealing about the Mi Note, that is very well a proposal that many will be willing to swallow.

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Google Maps for Android and iOS updated

Google Maps for Android and iOS updated

Google Maps has been updated for both Android and iOS, bringing users both new features and improvements. This takes iOS users up to version 4.2.0 (the version varies for Android users), and while there are a couple similarities between the two updates, both give users different new features on their respective platforms. The most notable new feature for iOS users is the ability to see weather for cities around the globe; Android users, meanwhile, can see their contacts when they're searching for addresses in Maps.

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Faux-3D and stool samples: Ara’s modules get freaky

Faux-3D and stool samples: Ara’s modules get freaky

Much has been made of Project Ara's modularity, but what modules exactly could be snapped into the customizable phone? Google's developer event saw several early partners give some teasers as to what blocks might come to the market, spanning everything from task-specific cameras for 3D, optical zoom, and more, through to medical testing, and even alternative displays like e-paper, all in the name of doing much more than a regular smartphone could.

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