Photowall for iOS turns the Chromecast into a photo frame

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Google today released Photowall, an app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that allows you to display your photos on any TV connected to a Chromecast. In my testing, Photowall is very slick, and makes the Chromecast that much more useful. It’s great to see that its features are being expanded beyond the initial streaming video support. For $35, the Chromecast is quickly becoming the best way to display content on your TV.

[App Store]

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Motorola teases the Moto360 smartwatch

Motorola teases the Moto360 smartwatch

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Motorola today teased the Moto360, the first announced wearable device to make use of Android Wear. Details are light on the device itself, but it looks great from the teaser images. The Moto360 should be available sometime in the summer in a variety of styles.

Oh iWatch, where are you?

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Farhad Manjoo of The NYT: Apple hardware, Google services, Amazon media

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Farhad Manjoo is the latest recruit and editor of The NYT‘s technology section, and his first article is likely to cause something of a stir: Manjoo recommends buying Apple hardware, using Google services, and going through Amazon for your media needs. Ben Thompson agrees, and boils it down to pure economics: (more…)

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Cast your vote: What is the all-around best Android phone?

Cast your vote: What is the all-around best Android phone?

Android KitKat LogoiFans user ThePodofi asks:

What android phone, as of right now, do you consider to be the best? Not just hardware wise but software along with hardware. Give your reasons when you answer! I’m really interested to see what you guys think!

Put me down for the Nexus 5. I would buy one if it had a better camera.

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Woz: Apple should make an Android phone

Woz: Apple should make an Android phone

PICEDITOR-SMH“There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market,” said Wozniak–who, it should be noted, is no longer involved in the day-to-day workings of the company. “We could compete very well. People like the precious looks of stylings and manufacturing that we do in our product compared to the other Android offerings. We could play in two arenas at the same time.”

Fascinating interview with WIRED. I don’t know about any of you, but having stock Android on one of Apple’s upcoming bigger-screen iPhones would be a dream come true. Is Woz crazy?

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Chromecast is now open to developers

Chromecast is now open to developers

cast sdkStarting today, the Google Cast Software Development Kit (SDK) is available for developers who want to build Chromecast support into their apps and websites.

Google’s wireless playback device, the Chromecast, launched in late July. But at that time, developers had no way of making their apps compatible with the device. An announcement made on the Google+ Chrome page this morning says that the device’s SDK, dubbed the “Google Cast Software Development Kit”, is now available.

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Lenovo buys Motorola Mobility from Google

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Lenovo has bought Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion. Google purchased Motorola in 2012 for roughly $12 billion. The only major device to be released from Motorola while under Google was the Moto X, which was well received by most reviewers and customers. It’s unclear what Lenovo’s plans are, though the company is a growing Chinese technology company — it’s likely that they wanted a road into the profitable North American smartphone market.

[Google]

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Documents show the NSA collects personal app data

28mobile-tmagSF-v2Edward Snowden has been leaking various confidential U.S. government documents since last summer, but a new document, reported on by The New York Times and other publications, shows that the NSA has been scouring your iPhone and Android apps for personal data. Many popular apps including Angry Birds, Twitter, Google Maps, and Facebook were all mentioned in the report, so if you’re a user of one or all of these apps (which I can almost guarantee you are), you might want to read on. (more…)

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Google passes Apple as most talked about company

Google passes Apple as most talked about company

2014-01-23 15_03_37-Dow Jones 2013 TOP Media MentionsDuring the year of 2013, Google received more media mentions than Apple. Check out this really cool infographic courtesy of Dow Jones by clicking the link above. Clicking on a company will show you the months they received the most buzz, and clicking a month will show you what the media was talking about.

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Apple, Google, others call for online surveillance reform

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Apple and Google, along with various other technology companies, have launched a campaign calling for internet surveillance reform. These companies have co-authored a letter to the United States government (and specifically the intelligence agencies and their oversight committees), which is available for all to read.

[ReformGovernmentSurveillance.com]

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