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ZAGG acquires Mophie to make one accessories giant

ZAGG acquires Mophie to make one accessories giant

This afternoon ZAGG announced that they'd be acquiring Mophie, bringing the battery giant into the accessories giant thusly. ZAGG will be holding a conference call for investors this evening at 6:30 PM Eastern Time, at which point ZAGG will explain the terms of this merger. ZAGG suggests that this combination of companies will create one which had a combined net sales of "approximately $470 million" in the year 2015.

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Some Android phones can be hijacked via WiFi, Google releases fix

Some Android phones can be hijacked via WiFi, Google releases fix

Generally, if you stay away from malicious sites, and don't click any strange links that are sent to you, you're going to keep your computer or phone pretty safe. After all, for an attacker to actually accomplish anything on your device, they need a way in. Well, on some Android phones, just being on the same WiFi network as your attacker can give them everything they need.

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Google rolls out February security update for Nexus devices

Google rolls out February security update for Nexus devices

Still holding on to its promise, Google has released updates for its most recent Nexus devices that carry within it the latest security patches for Android. Although no high profile security exploit has been reported for the past month, Google isn't letting its guard down. Factory images are already available on the Nexus developer web page and OTA links will soon follow. Users, on the other hand, are expected to wait for the update to land on their devices. Unless, of course, they intend to start fresh and flash the factory image themselves.

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Google wants tighter control over Nexus just like Apple

Google wants tighter control over Nexus just like Apple

From the beginning, the Nexus line of devices were intended to showcase Google's vision for Android, not just with the software but how software and hardware work in harmony. That vision, however, has always been dependent on others', specifically device manufacturers, vision as well, which may or may not always completely align with what Google has in mind. Soon, however, Google might be taking matters into its own hands, somewhat. The latest insider tip is that Google wants to exert even more control over the design and manufacturing of Nexus devices, almost like how Apple does things.

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Gmail boasts 1 billion monthly users

Gmail boasts 1 billion monthly users

Google has a big milestone announcement for today, too: it has a billion monthly Gmail users. The announcement was made by Google’s Sundar Pichai during an earnings call, and again announced on the Gmail Twitter account alongside a festive, celebratory video. This is in comparison to the 900 million monthly users Gmail boasted back in May of last year.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 release date, price, specs, features to boost software stronghold

Samsung Galaxy S7 release date, price, specs, features to boost software stronghold

Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge models suggest that the company will stick with model sizes that developers need not change for. After years of changing the innards and outsides of the Samsung Galaxy hero smartphone lineup, Samsung appears to have stuck with what works - and, in the process, they're about to create an environment that's strong enough for developers to invest time and effort into the platform. As it is with Apple's iPhones and their rarely-changing display densities, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will follow the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Plus' leads.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet (OG) Marshmallow update incoming [UPDATE]

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet (OG) Marshmallow update incoming [UPDATE]

The original NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet - not the K1, that is - will be receiving an update to the latest version of Android OS imminently. This comes after the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 received the same update last month, bringing on Android 4.0 Marshmallow to the slightly different release. This upgrade for the original NVIDIA SHIELD update goes by the name Upgrade 1.1, bringing "important system enhancements and bug fixes," as well as "optimized behavior of legacy apps that lead to instances of increased power consumption."

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Samsung Galaxy S7 release tipped with Gear 360 spherical cam

Samsung Galaxy S7 release tipped with Gear 360 spherical cam

Samsung is reported to be revealing not only their Samsung Galaxy S7 hero phone, but a spherical, VR-friendly camera called Gear 360. This device, the Samsung Gear 360, has been teased as quite akin to what we've reported under a different name late last year: DUO PIXEL. That device, we'd gathered, would work somewhat like the Ricoh Theta camera, capturing two photos or two videos at once, combining them to create one spherical piece of media.

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Chrome is finally getting some Material Design love

Chrome is finally getting some Material Design love

Material Design, the rather striking design language that Google introduced in Android 5.0 Lollipop, wasn't meant to be limited to Android only. It was created to permeate all of Google's digital presence, from mobile to the Web. While we have indeed seen that happen in most cases, one app that has been left in the old age is Google's very portal to the Web, the Chrome web browser. That is finally tstarting to change. Two years in the making, Google is finally on the fast track to make give Chrome some more Material.

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Google fiber tipped to gain voice services

Google fiber tipped to gain voice services

Google has been rolling out its Google Fiber internet service around the country slowly and much to the chagrin of internet providers already in place in the cities Google has chosen. Reports indicate that Google is now set to add a new voice service that some people in Google Fiber cities can opt for.

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Google’s Project SkyBender solar-powered drones to bring 5G Internet

Google’s Project SkyBender solar-powered drones to bring 5G Internet

Companies that rely heavily on the existence of Internet connections are creating ways to bring the Internet everywhere possible. Facebook has its laser satellite dream and Google has its balloon army. That said, the search giant isn't settling for just one kind of technology. Using the knowledge and assets it acquired from Titan Aerospace, Google also envisions using solar-powered drones. But that's only half the interesting story. The other half involves the use of millimeter waves to deliver Internet 40 times faster than 4G. In other words, 5G.

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