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Google unveils tools that track and secure your online life

Google unveils tools that track and secure your online life

Used to be identity theft only revolved around cards and social security numbers, but these days our virtual identities are just as important and even more vulnerable. With the enermous power that it wields over our Internet lives, Google is in the prime position to help mitigate the effects or sometimes even prevent incidents from happening in the first place. That is why it is releasing two new security tools that will let users check up on their online activity and, if necessary, batten down the hatches.

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Google Fiber prices for Austin detailed

Google Fiber prices for Austin detailed

In October, Google revealed that Austin, Texas will be getting its Fiber offering next month, and following that up has come a preview of the pricing residents will be paying once it arrives. In the previews we see the expected free basic Internet option, as well as the anticipated Gigabit plan, which will run subscribers $70 per month. The company will also be offering an Internet + TV service option through Fiber, which will be priced a bit higher at $130 monthly.

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Nexus 6 teardown: screwed and glued, but easy to fix

Nexus 6 teardown: screwed and glued, but easy to fix

Now that the Nexus 6 has been out for a bit, it’s time for a teardown. As they almost always do, iFixit is here to gently pry open and disembowel the latest from Google and Motorola. Like a surgical procedure for the technologically macabre, a teardown gives a good look at just what’s going on beneath the screen. The teardown also provides some important details on what components are under the hood, and how best to repair or replace them.

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T-Mobile makes Google Music free to stream with 26 other services

T-Mobile makes Google Music free to stream with 26 other services

This week T-Mobile is bringing the heat with an extension on their Music Freedom service which allows users to stream music without added data costs. That means that the music service you use to stream music - the app that probably uses the MOST data on your device - will no longer be counted against your data costs for the month with T-Mobile. This is a service that no other mobile carrier offers at this time - not on the ground, that is to say.

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Galaxy S6 details: turning Samsung’s mobile fortunes

Galaxy S6 details: turning Samsung’s mobile fortunes

If today's report on the sales of the Galaxy S5 are true, Samsung's next release will need to be a doozy. We previously had a chat on what Samsung was potentially getting into with the Galaxy S6 - how they may be working on a "Project Zero", a reboot of the entire series, a re-imagining of the smartphone monster they've created. Now with the Galaxy S5 said to have been selling 40% less than its predecessor, there's no better time for Samsung to bring the heat.

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Google Shopping to offer more details in search results

Google Shopping to offer more details in search results

Yep, it's that time of the year again. More than just the turkeys and family reunions, a lot of people in the US are looking forward to (or, conversely, dreading) the days that immediately follow as auspicious times to buy those gadgets you've been waiting all year to get your hands on. And at reduced prices even! To help you make more efficient use of your time waiting in line, Google is updating its Shopping experience this week to load more knowledge into your mobile device in preparation for the onslaught of like-minded shoppers.

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Hidden LED found on Nexus 6, but can’t be used with notifications

Hidden LED found on Nexus 6, but can’t be used with notifications

The Nexus 6, Google's new flagship smartphone built by Motorola, has only been on the market for a short time, but users have already found a hidden feature that wasn't promoted as one of the device's capabilities. An embedded LED light, capable of displaying red, blue, or green, can be found right behind the speaker at the top of the phone, which was discovered by Reddit user apogee82 on Friday.

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Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro Review

Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro Review

The Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro is a unique piece of work. Lenovo didn't fall into the same trap many manufacturers make in creating tiny boosts for their devices each year, changing only base configurations. They didn't say, hey, this YOGA Tablet is neat enough, let's just give it a better display for the tail end of 2015. Instead they've made a radical change - they've created a 13.3-inch display-toting tablet that carries its own projector and the world's first tablet-based 5-watt subwoofer. Suddenly this tablet business seems like a whole different ball-game.

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Report: European Parliament wants Google broken up

Report: European Parliament wants Google broken up

Google and the European Union have a rocky relationship. The stranglehold Google has on search and search results is sometimes troubling to critics, with the European Commission charged with keeping a close eye on Google’s goings-on. Several attempts by Google to satiate the demands of complainers has fallen short, while loud critics like the FOTU group continue to make their case that Google is gaming search to meet their own wants and needs. The latest solution might be the wildest yet, as a new report alleges officials in the European Parliament are preparing to ask the EC to have Google separate search from the rest of its services.

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Huawei Ascend Mate2 skipping KitKat, going straight to Lollipop

Huawei Ascend Mate2 skipping KitKat, going straight to Lollipop

Earlier this year we had a bit of rage going on when it was announced that the brand new Huawei Ascend Mate2 would not be getting an upgrade to the newest version of Android. At that time, it was suggested that only the USA-based version of the Mate2 would be getting no update to Android KitKat. Today Huawei has announced that they'll instead be SKIPPING KitKat and going straight to Android 5.0 Lollipop, the now-newest version of Android, instead of moving through KitKat first.

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