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Cyanogen looks to tech giants to fund non-Google Android plans

Cyanogen looks to tech giants to fund non-Google Android plans

It seems that startup Cyanogen won't just be stopping with Microsoft in building up support for its war against a Google-controlled Android. Rumor is spreading that Cyanogen plans to undergo a Series C funding and has been talking with the big dogs in the industry. One of those unofficially named is Amazon, who has its own custom Android flavor, which adds a bit more spice to the quest to break Google's monopoly over the largest mobile operating system, and sparking discussion on what an Android without Google would be like.

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Moto E 2nd-Gen official with Lollipop

Moto E 2nd-Gen official with Lollipop

The second edition of the Motorola Moto E has been released this week in a prepaid sort of fashion. Like the original, this device is made for the budget-seeking crowd, with low-end specifications and a high-quality build. While we'll reserve full judgement for the review block, for now we're expecting another piece of action not unlike the first. That's basically a Moto G with the absolute basic cut-down specifications to its name - with an E instead of a G, of course.

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Google buys offline photo-sharing app Odysee

Google buys offline photo-sharing app Odysee

Detractors of Google’s social layer, Google+, can agree that its one redeeming quality is photo storage and sharing, where Google has done an incredibly good job of making sure your media looks good, and is easily accessible. To that point, Google has acquired Odysee, an iOS and Android app that has some interesting features for private photo sharing. The team at Odysee, in announcing the acquisition, also say they’re joining the Google+ team.

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Google dropping SPDY for HTTP/2 in Chrome

Google dropping SPDY for HTTP/2 in Chrome

Chrome has become a widely used and popular browser for a variety of reasons, but one of them is speed. Google developed Chrome to be quick and nimble, and developed their own protocol, SPDY, to make that happen. When Chrome was built, SPDY was necessary, as it roundly crushed other browsers who were using an HTTP 1.1 protocol for transferring web content. With HTTP version 2, Google is ready to ditch their SPDY standard, as the latest HTTP has a lot of performance improvements.

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LG G3 Google Cardboard comes for free

LG G3 Google Cardboard comes for free

This week the folks at LG have made clear their intent to jump in on the virtual reality headset world with their own model. This model is based on the Google Cardboard VR headset and will be coming for free to those that purchase the LG G3 in the near future. This unit looks similar to and functions exactly the same as Google Cardboard. This unit goes by the name "VR for G3" and may or may not be available for sale for current owners of the LG G3 as well.

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OnePlus drops invite system, sort of

OnePlus drops invite system, sort of

Though the strategy seems to have worked great for the OnePlus team thus far, they've begun letting their guard down, just a bit. The invite system will be stoppered for just a few Tuesdays, that is to say. Starting on February 10th, the OnePlus One will be offered up for sale in two editions. Two rather specific editions, one with 64GB of internal storage and a Sandstone Black exterior, the other with 16GB of internal storage space and a "Silk White" exterior.

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Your Chromecast may have something special for you today

Your Chromecast may have something special for you today

Google’s Chromecast is a handy little tool for streaming media from your smartphone or tablet, but most rarely use it Chromecast outside of casting Netflix or another app on our phone to the TV. If you weren’t aware, there’s a Chromecast offers page, which provides you with promotional offers from Google, as well as third-party services who want your attention. It doesn’t always supply you with fun stuff, but from time to time, you get something cool — and today might be your day.

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Gear VR demo stations headed to Best Buy

Gear VR demo stations headed to Best Buy

To make the public get a little bit better understanding of what it'll be like to live in a Virtual Reality environment in the near future, Samsung is teaming up with Best Buy. At a number of Best Buy locations across the United States, Samsung will be bringing the Samsung Gear VR to their Samsung Experience Shops. This hands-on opportunity will begin on the 8th of February and will last an unspecified amount of time. There's also a site made by Best Buy to locate the closest participating location near you.

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Google Play device pages now have video chat via Helpouts

Google Play device pages now have video chat via Helpouts

Google Helpouts is meant as a way to connect customers with sage advice from ‘experts’, and has a very strong retail angle that was evident at launch. It sounds so clever and easy, but retailers and others have been slow on the uptake. Google it seems, is ready to show them just how wonderful Helpouts can be, and is working on a service that will get customers interested in Android and Chrome OS devices paired with Google Device Experts so they can ask questions and see devices ahead of purchasing.

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Galaxy S6 Edge details arrive in cases

Galaxy S6 Edge details arrive in cases

Today the Samsung Galaxy S Edge seems to have been re-confirmed alongside the Samsung Galaxy S6. In an image of a selection of cases from little-known brand Verus, both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge (or just S Edge) can be seen. Here you'll notice that the Samsung device's edge is not just all by its lonesome, it's joined by some volume keys as well. This is different from the Galaxy Note Edge which keeps all of its buttons to the top or the opposite side of the device.

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