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Huawei Celebrates The Year Of The Goat By Offering A Free Bluetooth Speaker Or $30 Discount On A Mate 2, Also Includes A Free Month Of Net10 Service

If you're into huge phones and low costs, the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 might be the phone for you. While it's not the most powerful device on the planet, this 6.1-inch beasty is packing some pretty reasonable hardware under its hood for just $299:

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Display 6.1-inch 1280x720 LCD
CPU 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
RAM 2GB
Cameras 13MP rear, 5MP front
Storage 16GB, microSD card slot
Battery 3,900 mAh
OS Android 4.3 (will be updated to Lollipop)
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[Deal Alert] Audio-Technica ATH-M30x, ATH-M40x, And ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones Are Discounted Heavily On Amazon Right Now [Update: M30x And M40x Deals Are Over]

There's nothing worse than listening to a great song on those crumby earbuds that came with your phone. You've bought a phone with a gorgeous high-res display so you could see flawless video and graphics, why wouldn't you have an audio experience to match? Amazon Deals is offering a great opportunity to pick up a pair of Audio-Technica Professional Studio Monitor Headphones at significantly discounted prices.

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Google Talk For Windows Will Die February 23, But Compatible Third-Party Clients Will Still Work

For Google Talk users, Product Manager Mayur Kamat has some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that the chat service's desktop client for Windows will be deprecated on February 23, 2015 as the team continues to focus on making Hangouts better.

Of course that leaves the question of third-party clients like Pidgin, Trillian, etc. The good news is, as Kamat notes, that compatible apps will still continue to work.

If you’re not ready to make the switch to Hangouts quite yet, you can continue using Google Talk on Windows with a range of compatible third-party chat apps (http://goo.gl/FSbCX5).

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Midnight Blue 64GB Nexus 6 In Stock On Google Play And Motorola Right Now

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Disa, A Messaging Client That Can Merge Conversations Across Services, Is Now Available As A Public Beta

One of the problems with instant messaging since time immemorial has been juggling contacts and conversations across multiple services. It's bothersome on desktops, and it's especially unwieldy on mobile devices, where multitasking isn't as easy and similar sounding chimes can send you searching through the wrong app for the latest reply.

Disa is a new Android messaging client that attempts to tackle this problem. It has been in development for a long time, spending a healthy period in private alpha being tested by over 33,000 people before making its way to the Play Store in the form of a private beta.

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Xposed Framework For Lollipop Is Now Available As An Alpha

The day you've (maybe) been waiting for has finally arrived—Xposed for Android 5.0 is finally available on XDA. Developer rovo89 posted a teaser the other day, and has followed through on his vague promise of "soon." Installation is a bit more complicated than it was on KitKat, but nothing you can't handle, I'm sure.

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[Deal Alert] HTC Hot Deals Is Offering The One M8 For $499 ($150 Off), RE Camera For $149 ($50 Off), And Select M8 Cases For 50% Off, This Weekend Only

It's no mystery HTC is preparing to announce its latest flagship the One M9 in just a couple of weeks. Naturally, it's time to clear out some inventory space to make way for new products, and that means cutting prices. HTC Hot Deals is running a weekend-long sale on the RE Camera, the One M8, and a selection of custom cases.

We've seen some better deals (for $300, and $350) on the One M8 in the last month, but they've been limited to the AT&T model, and only available as refurbs.

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PSA: T-Mobile Is Experiencing A Network Outage In The Northeast US

Reports are flooding in that point to a rather serious T-Mobile network outage in the northeast US. It sounds like most metro areas in that region are affected including New York, Boston, and Washington DC. The carrier is aware of the issue and is working on a fix.

2015-02-13 14_55_49-T-Mobile USA down_ Current outages and problems _ Down Detector

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[Deal Alert] Discounted International Nexus 6 And Other Devices Currently At Expansys USA

A 32GB Nexus 6 will run you $649 in the Play Store, while the larger model will set you back $699. Right now Expansys USA is offering the international variants for $20-30 off. The smaller option is marked down to $619, while the latter is priced at $679. Both sizes are available in Cloud White or Midnight Blue.

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Let me repeat, these are international versions of the Nexus 6, version XT1100.

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Trading RPG 'Merchants Of Kaidan' Costs $5.99, But It Might Just Make You Rich

Merchants of Kaidan is a game of buying and selling. If there's action—say you lose a finger in a bet, or a winged beast is pursuing your ship—it's only part of the inherent risk in bringing goods to market. People out there have money to spend, and you can't be timid if you want your share of it.

That's the sense of purpose that guides players through Merchants of Kaidan, a trading game with RPG elements that may get some players thinking back to Sid Meier's Pirates!, only with merchants and less combat (along with noticeably fewer eye patches).

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