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Verizon Picks Up The Galaxy Note Edge Priced At $399 With A Two-Year Contract Or $799 Without

Three of America's five largest carriers all started selling Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge back in early November for a price just short of physically painful. For whatever reason, Verizon Wireless (along with US Cellular) needed an extra two months to add the device to its lineup.

Fortunately, there's a bright side. While the Big Red still wants the same $399.99 with a two-year contract, it's only asking for $799.99 to sell the phone outright. That's essentially $150 less than what AT&T charges for the Note Edge off-contract, and it also undercut's Sprint's price of $840.

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Is the Note Edge worth its high price tag?

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Reddit Sync Facing Suspension From Play Store For 'Impersonation' Even Though Google Did This 2 Years Ago And Reversed Its Decision

The totally awesome Play Store review process strikes again. The developer of popular (and /r/AndroidCircleJerk approved) app Reddit Sync has gotten the dreaded automated support email indicating the app is on track to be pulled. The reason? Impersonating or leveraging another product or service. No, you're not having déjà vu—this has, in fact, happened before.

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[CES 2015] Hands-On: Energous Wants To Charge Your Gadgets Completely Over The Air - No Pads, No Wires, Some Magic

Do you know what RF pocket forming is? Neither do I! But if I told you it was potentially the way your future gadgets would be able to charge themselves over the air sans any wires or pads or other surfaces, would you be interested? I know I was, and that's what a relatively little-known company called Energous is hoping will get your attention.

Energous, despite not being particularly recognized outside its respective industry, is doing something with charging that seems legitimately revolutionary, and I had a chance to sit down and observe the technology in action. The thought of ditching your various docks, pads, cables, and wall warts in exchange for a box you stick on a wall or a table that charges your various stuff directly over the air, I admit, seems almost magical.

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Gunbrick Offers A Unique Combination Of Platforming And Puzzles (Also Guns And Bricks)

There are only so many ways you can make a game that features side-scrolling and shooting, but developer Nitrome seems to have found another one. In Gunbrick, you play a duck (or a chicken, or possibly just a blonde guy with jaundice, it's never really made clear) who buys and operates a Gunbrick. It's a brick with a gun in it, in case that wasn't obvious.

There are just two controls in Gunbrick: swipe to rotate one Gunbrick-length left or right, or tap to fire the gun mounted on the bottom. This allows you to move, float, destroy enemies, or smash through obstacles.

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Fitbit Starts Shipping The Charge HR And Surge Fitness Bands, Introduces A Few New Features For Existing Users

Towards the end of March, Fitbit announced the Charge HR and Surge, new additions to its activity-tracking family. The Charge HR is an enhanced version of the Charge, just with a heart rate monitor added on (clever). The Surge is the Cadillac version that comes with a giant, black and white touch screen. The former goes for $149.99, while the latter goes for a hundred bucks more. Both are now shipping in North America, which a global release soon to follow.

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Fitbit is also adding a few enhancements to its fitness platform. Soon owners will be able to link up to five trackers to a single account.

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MHL Consortium Announces SuperMHL Standard With New Cable Design And 8K Video Support

In recent years the Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) standard hasn't been nearly as ubiquitous as it once was - some manufacturers have switched to other hardware solutions like MicroHDMI ports, some have abandoned hardware video output altogether, and plenty of users have moved on to wireless streaming of one sort or another. But the MHL consortium is hoping to reinvigorate the standard with new hardware and new capabilities. Meet SuperMHL: it's over 8000.

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8000 lines of resolution, that is. Anandtech reports that the new SuperMHL standard and cable can handle a maximum resolution of 8K (somewhere between 7680 × 4320 and 10080 × 4320, depending on your screen) at 120 frames per second in its 6-lane cable configuration.

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WordPress Android App Gets The Material Design Treatment In Version 3.5

Folks editing their WordPress blogs from an Android device running Lollipop are in for a treat. The latest version of the app applies a fresh taste of material design. At the end of the day, the experience doesn't look fundamentally different, but you get a full hamburger menu, a floating action button, and a sidebar that slides out on top of everything else.

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Fliktu Aims To Be A Smarter Sharing Menu For Android

Android's system-level sharing menu has always been a great asset, making it easy to get content into different apps quickly. Fliktu is a new app created by the lead Android developer of Pocket that adds some more features to sharing and opening links. All you need to do is give your device a little flick.

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Update: Now $350! [Deal Alert] eBay Has A Refurbished And Unlocked AT&T HTC One M8 For Just $370

Update, January 7th: the eBay vendor for this listing has added new stock and lowered the price to $349.99. That's a steal for one of last year's best devices. Grab it while you can.

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If you want a high-end phone for a GSM network, this deal will probably beat anything you're likely to find on Black Friday. Right now one eBay seller is unloading a refurbished AT&T version of the HTC One M8 for just $379.99, almost $300 off of the retail off-contract price and a solid eighty bucks cheaper than our previous best One M8 deal.

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WhatsApp Passes 700 Million Monthly Users, Owners At Facebook Do A Little Dance

Seven hundred million is a big number. 700 million of almost anything is a lot, but when you're talking about users, it's the kind of number that makes investors and analysts start to drool. It's also the amount of monthly users that popular alternative messaging app WhatsApp now has, at least according to an announcement by CEO Jan Koum. For context, Facebook initialized a purchase of WhatsApp last February (finalized in October) for approximately 22 billion dollars, when the service reportedly had "only" 450 million users.

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WhatsApp still hasn't caught on in North America, at least not to the extent that it has in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

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