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Nexus 6 will have AT&T apps – sort of

Nexus 6 will have AT&T apps – sort of

The AT&T release of the Nexus 6 will have AT&T apps - but not right out of the box. Instead, according to an AT&T representative, the Nexus 6 as carried by AT&T will download AT&T apps the first time you connect to the Google Play app store. Every single one of these apps will be able to be un-installed if you wish. This is a new feature with Android 5.0 Lollipop - the ability to push carrier downloads to your device through the Google Play app store.

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Chromecast opens to more games, Showtime, Starz

Chromecast opens to more games, Showtime, Starz

The tiniest of Google devices, Chromecast, has opened its doors to a number of new apps for official connectivity this holiday season. Starting with games like Connect Four Quads, Simon Swipe, and Scrabble Blitz, Chromecast is growing incrementally with big names like Hasbro. Hasbro's Monopoly Dash is another of the new games coming to Chromecast, alongside Wheel of Fortune, Just Dance Now, and Big Web Quiz. And if that wasn't enough in the quiz department, there's also the Emoji Party for questions like Google's suggestion: "how many goats tall is Taylor Swift?"

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Nexus 6 release for AT&T detailed

Nexus 6 release for AT&T detailed

This week the folks at AT&T have detailed their release of the Motorola-made Google-carried Nexus 6. This device will be essentially the same as the version sold direct by Google, with Android 5.0 Lollipop right out of the box. Pre-orders for this device will be beginning on the 12th of November, 2014, while in-store availability has not yet been mentioned in a solid manner. According to Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Mobile Devices, AT&T, "the Nexus 6 with Android 5.0 Lollipop is the first Nexus device to join AT&T’s leading device portfolio."

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Google takes over NASA’s Moffett Field for aviation, robotics

Google takes over NASA’s Moffett Field for aviation, robotics

In an interesting agreement, Google will take control of NASA’s Moffett Field. the 60-year agreement will see Google invest up to $200 million in the property. Though they’re operating and investing in the air strip, which previously used by Google as a private airstrip, NASA will ultimately retain ownership. According to NASA, Google’s Planetary Ventures LLC branch, a shell company for investment purposes, will dole out $1.16 billion over the contract, and reduce NASA’s operating cost by $6.3 million annually.

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Google Voice, Hangouts get SMS/MMS, Verizon support

Google Voice, Hangouts get SMS/MMS, Verizon support

Still using google Voice? There’s good news today, especially if you are on Verizon, or regularly chat with someone who is. An update to Voice adds native MMS support on Verizon, bringing MMS to all four major carriers in the US. Additionally, Voice is also getting native MMS support for photo messaging, so you can send and receive messages from anywhere, via any carrier. Though we’re not out of the multiple-platform woods yet, an update to Voice does have some cross-app functionality.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 joins LG G Watch R on Google Play

Sony SmartWatch 3 joins LG G Watch R on Google Play

Joining a whole collection of Android Wear devices in the Google Play market this week is the Sony SmartWatch 3, the first Sony SmartWatch to be offered direct by Google. This is also only the second time Google Play has sold a Sony device from their online store, the first being the massive Sony X Ultra Google Play Edition. Sony comes with their third-generation smartwatch with Android Wear while previous editions used a unique version of a slightly less wearables-aimed Android, before Google jumped in.

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Facebook Messenger’s Inevitable Takeover

Facebook Messenger’s Inevitable Takeover

Back in August, Facebook messenger became obligatory. I ran a column called Yes, you DO want Facebook Messenger that many Facebook users were shockingly opposed to. But it's been barely 3 months and Facebook has already announced it: they've reached a tipping point. They already have 500 million users using - not just having downloaded - using Messenger each month. They're aiming to prove that because you do not pay money to use Facebook, you are the product - you don't have a choice in the matter. You need to download that app.

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Google Ebola campaign doubles citizen donations

Google Ebola campaign doubles citizen donations

Google has announced that they're bringing more than $10 million in donations to foundations in Africa set to fight Ebola. Google's will give the first $10 million to a variety of nonprofit organizations fighting Ebola and taking care of affected citizens, followed by whatever amount of cash adds up in their donation campaign. For every one dollar donated by the public, Google will donate two. In addition to this donation campaign, Google will be giving $15 million through their family foundation. This comes not long after a similar campaign run by Facebook last week (on into this week, as well.)

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Keep your Nexus 6, I’ll stick with DROID Turbo

Keep your Nexus 6, I’ll stick with DROID Turbo

Back at the start of October, it was pretty clear - even before the Nexus 6 was released - that the Moto X was going to be my smartphone of choice. Between the two, that is. That was until I got a handle on the DROID Turbo. Motorola created three devices, one better than the next - depending on what you were looking for - but with the DROID Turbo it's become a very simple choice: do I want this display on a larger phone, or on a phone that'll fit in my pocket?

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Galaxy S6 Rebirth: details are the devil for Samsung

Galaxy S6 Rebirth: details are the devil for Samsung

With the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge in Germany comes proof that Samsung needs to do something BRAND NEW with their Galaxy S lineup. Earlier this year - soon after the Galaxy Note Edge was announced - Samsung announced they'd be bringing the Note Edge to Germany. On one condition: they'd have to vote on it. More than 120,000 votes later and Samsung seems pleased - the device will indeed be heading for Deutschland in a single, full release this Autumn. But what's this got to do with the Galaxy S6?

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