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Oombrella connected umbrella reminds you to take it with you

Oombrella connected umbrella reminds you to take it with you

I think we can all relate to those days when the forecast is bad, but you forget your umbrella at home when you leave for the day. It's annoying to fight the rain when you walked out the door leaving your umbrella behind. A new connected umbrella called the oombrella may eliminate the chance of forgetting to take an umbrella with you.

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Chrome users can now get Facebook notifications on Android

Chrome users can now get Facebook notifications on Android

Facebook has just revealed that it's taken advantage of Google's new feature allowing websites to send push notifications through the Android version of its Chrome browser. This means Facebook users can choose to notifications about updates on the social network directly in the mobile browser, even if the Facebook app isn't installed on their mobile device. This was the result of collaboration between Google and Facebook, with a goal of developing a new standard for web notifications.

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HTC sending One users ads disguised as notifications

HTC sending One users ads disguised as notifications

Advertising on the internet is commonly accepted these days, as is ads in things like magazines. But receiving ads on a smartphone, and one that's been fully paid for? Now that's bound to push a few people's buttons. Unfortunately, it's exactly what HTC has done recently, pushing an advertisement in the form of a notification to its One M9, M8, and M7 model phones. To be clear, HTC has never offered its One handset with a price subsidized by ads, similar to Amazon's cheapest Kindle model, thus users are not happy about it.

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Understanding Apple Watch: Apps, Glances and Notifications

Understanding Apple Watch: Apps, Glances and Notifications

The great thing about a wearable like Apple Watch is that you need never miss anything from your digital life; the terrible thing is that it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed. While it might seem like a fantastic idea to offload every beep, ping, and vibration from the smartphone in your pocket to an easily-checked spot on your wrist, the reality is that not everything needs - or deserves - top tier attention. Luckily Apple’s notification options are reasonably granular, but that doesn’t mean this new flavor of apps can’t be confusing. Here’s what you need to know.

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Pushbullet update lets you reply to messaging apps on your desktop

Pushbullet update lets you reply to messaging apps on your desktop

Pushbullet is great for lots of things, and is especially handy for sending files back and forth between devices. A new update to their Android app might just make Pushbullet much more vital to your daily routine, as the popular cross-platform and browser agnostic service will now support major messaging platforms. Rather than reach for your phone, or have a litany of windows or apps open on the desktop, you can now reply to messages on your desktop, and they’ll scoot away once you send your message.

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Keep Android apps in check, save your battery life

Keep Android apps in check, save your battery life

Last time we shared how you can significantly prolong your iPhone 6's battery life without gimmicks or accessories. It all boils down to corralling your apps and keeping them under your control, never letting them do stuff without your consent, like access data or incessantly trying to grab your attention. You can do the same for your Android smartphone, with almost exactly the same steps, of course in different places. And we're going to show you how, plus some other steps you might have to take on Android.

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I’m getting two-day battery life from my iPhone — Here’s how

I’m getting two-day battery life from my iPhone — Here’s how

If Santa brought you an iPhone for Christmas, you’re likely still in love with your new iDevice. Of all the knocks on any iPhone, battery life is among the most notable, with the small-ish battery of an iPhone tending to need a charge daily. In my experience, though, the iPhone 6 can last quite a bit longer than your work day and commute home. I’ve even been able to take it on weekend jaunts without needing to plug it in. Here’s how.

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MOTA SmartRing will put a smartwatch on your finger

MOTA SmartRing will put a smartwatch on your finger

One ring to rule (almost) all notifications and on your finger bind them. That, in a poetic nutshell, is what MOTA will be bringing to the table when it unveils to the public the MOTA SmartRing at IFA 2014 this week. Stylish and lightweight, this wearable is promised to let you be in control of your digital communications, deciding whether to accept calls, reply to messages, or, pardon the idiom that's just too good to pass, give them the finger.

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blink(1) gives your computer a notification light via USB

blink(1) gives your computer a notification light via USB

For mobile tech, a notification light is one of those handy reminders that something is going on that you need to check out. You don’t need to even be online, or have the app open — your phone checks up on things for you! Why should the phone have all the fun, though? With the blink(1), it doesn’t have to.

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Gmail updated for Jelly Bean – notifications pulldown reply activated

Gmail updated for Jelly Bean – notifications pulldown reply activated

It's time to get minimal with Google's newest update for the Gmail app for your Android 4.1+ Jelly Bean devices - complete with notification pull-down menu buttons for reply and archive! This update shows the message (as you're seeing in the first image here) in extremely short form along with Archive and Reply buttons, this giving you super-quick access to your mail and a way to bust out of viewing every single message as you'd have to otherwise. This update works for devices working with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or newer and there's been no comment as yet on similar features being pushed to iOS.

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BlackBerry 10 Peek finesses notifications

BlackBerry 10 Peek finesses notifications

Today RIM and BlackBerry is showing off their new and improved mobile operating system in BlackBerry 10 -- better known as BB10. Today at BlackBerry Jam (yes that's the name) they've been sharing all sorts of details about a better and faster system, seamless user experiences and more. One feature that was surely worth mentioning was "peek" where you simply slide up from the bottom bezel to get a peek at your entire BlackBerry Hub.

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Twitter for Windows Phone adds push notifications

Twitter for Windows Phone adds push notifications

Windows Phone has had an official Twitter client since launch, but several features have been missing from the app. Chief among them was push notifications, which has been curiously absent from the client even though Microsoft implemented push across the platform via Toast quite some time ago. WPCentral has noticed that the Twitter client has finally received an update to support push notifications.

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