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Google Hangouts gets a huge update, including Google Voice integration

By Ron Amadeo

The new Android version of Hangouts is very green.
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Google Hangouts, Google’s IM client and the replacement for Google Talk, has gotten a massive set of updates, which are slowly trickling out to users. The biggest news of the bunch is Google Voice integration, which lets Google Voice users send and receive text and phone calls through the Hangouts app. There’s also a new Android app with a very green redesign and the ability to make VoIP calls from the app.

The Android app is significantly easier to understand than the old one. Contacts are in one tab, conversations are in another, and the last tab hosts the VoIP dialer. There’s a normal navigation drawer that lets you jump to the settings and other lesser-used parts of the app. There’s also a new Hangouts Dialer app in the Play Store, which gives users an easy way to add a direct link to the VoIP dialer to their home screen. The bad news is that there are now two dialers apps for Android.

The updated app is very green, but it doesn’t yet follow Google’s Material Design guidelines. This means that while it just got a redesign, it will have to be redesigned again sometime this year to match Android L.

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U2’s new album is showing up on your iPhone whether you want it or not

By Andrew Cunningham

U2’s new Songs of Innocence.
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I’m not here to tell you what music you should be listening to, but I can tell you I haven’t really liked an album that U2 has put out since 1991’s Achtung Baby. That’s why I wasn’t really excited when Tim Cook and Bono told me I could download the band’s new album, Songs of Innocence, for free on iTunes as part of Apple’s big product event yesterday. Thanks but no thanks, fellas.

I forgot that the album release even happened within an hour of leaving the Flint Center yesterday, which is why I was surprised to see it show up in my iTunes library all by itself today. I had assumed the album would be something you’d need to opt into by default, but apparently in its quest to be part of the “biggest album release in history,” Apple went ahead and attached it to iTunes accounts by default. It has begun to show up in iTunes libraries automatically, and if you have automatic music downloads enabled on your iPhone it may have even downloaded without you realizing it.

People don’t tend to like it when their digital media libraries are altered without their consent. Just look at the time when Disney pulled purchased movies from customers’ libraries this past holiday season, or the time Amazon deleted copies of George Orwell’s 1984 from customers’ Kindles. This U2 thing, while adding to your media library rather than subtracting from it, has already caused a minor rash of Twitter complaints nonetheless (just search “iPhone U2“).

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The New Moto G Offers A Bigger Screen And Removable Storage At $179.99 Unlocked

By Darrell Etherington

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Along with a new flagship Moto X, Motorola is taking the wraps off its new Moto G today, and the new version of its affordable smartphone continues to be one of the best values in modern mobile devices. Motorola’s new mid-range phone offers a larger 5-inch display with 1280×720 resolution for 294 ppi pixel density, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz,… Read More

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Microsoft Will Mass-Produce Its Big-Ass Touchscreens

By Alex Wilhelm

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Remember the Big-Ass Table? Microsoft isn’t done making huge slabs of touch-capable screen, it turns out. The company’s Stephen Elop announced this week that Microsoft intends to “mass-produce” its Perceptive Pixel (PPI) displays, which are touch-enabled and can stretch to up to 82 inches in size. Read More

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Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 4 and new Galaxy Note Edge

By Ron Amadeo

The Galaxy Note 4.
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NEW YORK CITY—We’re live in New York, where Samsung has taken the wraps off of its newest “phablet,” the Galaxy Note 4. It has also introduced a brand-new type of phone, the “Galaxy Note Edge,” which has a curved screen.

The Note 4

The highlight the Note 4 is, of course, the giant screen. This year Samsung has packed in a 5.7-inch, 2560×1440 AMOLED. That works out to a ridiculously high 515 PPI. The back of the phone keeps the faux-leather, soft-touch back introduced with the Note 3, though the fake stitching appears to have disappeared. A nice improvement for people who don’t care for Samsung’s usual plastic can rejoice—the sides of the device are now chamfered metal, not entirely unlike the recently announced Galaxy Alpha. Like other recent Samsung devices, the capacitive buttons on the front of the screen ditch the Menu button in favor of the standard Recent button. The device will launch with Android 4.4.

The Note 4 looks like it doesn’t change the standard Note formula as defined by the Galaxy Note 3. The company has gone with a 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, up from a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 in the Note 3. The Note 4 has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which, while hopefully faster, matches the Note 3’s spec sheet. The rear camera has been upgraded from 13MP to 16MP, while the front camera has been boosted from 2.1MP to 3.7MP. A microSD card slot can boost storage by up to 64GB. The battery capacity increases a little (from 3200 mAh to 3220 mAh), but we’ll be relying on efficiency improvements in the SoC and other components for any significant battery life improvements.

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