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Skype Announces Group Video Calls Are Coming To Mobile Devices

Skype has a new feature to announce today, which conveniently coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the original launch of Skype's free video calling service. You will soon be able to participate in group video calls on mobile devices. Plus, you can jump the line and try it early if you act now.

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LG G4 On US Cellular Receives Android 6.0 OTA Software Update

There are many over-the-air updates out there, but right now, there's only one type that Android lovers are looking for, and that's Marshmallow. If I don't get to walk away with my device running Android 6.0, then I basically just sat around watching an animated arrow for no reason.

US Cellular customers who own an LG G4, you're in for an OTA update, and its one of the good ones. The firmware upgrade currently going out to devices bumps them up to Android 6.0.

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[Update: Motorola Disagrees] Report: All New Moto Phones Will Have 5-Inch Or Larger Screens And Fingerprint Scanners, Moto G And Moto E Lines Will Go To Lenovo

Years after Chinese electronics giant Lenovo purchased Motorola, the lines between the two companies are starting to blur. The status of Motorola as its "Moto" lineup becomes a sub-brand of Lenovo is still somewhat up in the air. According to a post from Digital Trends, the Moto line will be positioned as a more high-end option, as opposed to serving a wide array of market segments as it does now.

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Native, Extension-Less Casting Is Currently In Development For Google Chrome

You can cast webpages from your computer to your Chromecast, but it requires installing a dedicated extension. As it turns out, Chrome's developers are working on cutting out this requirement. In the future, you may be able to cast content without going through any additional setup on your end.

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Google Drops The Nexus 5X Price To $349 For 16GB, $399 For 32GB In The US Google Store

Google's cheaper option for this year's Nexus phone is now a little cheaper. Without any special fanfare, the LG Nexus 5X has dropped its price in the Google Store. The 16GB model is now $349 (down from $379) and the 32GB model is now $399 (down from $429). That places both of them more firmly in the mid-range price bracket, which is pretty nice considering the high-end processor and screen, not to mention quick Android updates from Google.

At the moment the price drop seems to be on the Google Store only. There's no mention of a "sale" or any of the usual indications of a limited-time promotion, so it looks like these price drops are permanent, something that's not unprecedented with Nexus models.

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Moto 360 Sport Hits The Google Store In Canada And The US For $299.99

Motorola started selling the Moto 360 Sport in the US late last week. It launched on Motorola's site, but also at Best Buy and Verizon, and now you've got another source for Motorola's latest wearable. The 360 Sport is now available in the US and Canadian Google Store for $299.99.

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[Deal Alert] Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits Album Is Free On Google Play Music

Dedicated cheapskates have probably built up quite a music collection on Google Play without spending a cent. The latest album to get the free treatment is the Greatest Hits compilation from psychedelic rock icon Janis Joplin, with a couple of songs from her associated band Big Brother and the Holding Company thrown in. The freebie album is available to US customers - as usual, your mileage may vary elsewhere.

Joplin became a sensation during the boom in experimental rock in the 1960s, and remained a pivotal musical figure after her untimely death in 1970 at age 27. Along with Big Brother and the Holding Company, the self-titled album and Cheap Thrills remain essential listening for fans and students of classic American rock music.

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Google I/O 2016 Will Take Place May 18-20th At Shoreline Amphitheatre In Mountain View

Google CEO Sundar Pichai just tweeted the first details on when and where Google I/O 2016 will be happening. Google's annual developer conference will be taking place May 18-20th this year, but it won't be in San Francisco as it has been in recent years. It's going back to the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, which is where the first I/O took place a decade ago.

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Google Experiments With New Options In The Android Search Bar's Dropdown Menu

When you take that metaphorical first step onto your Android homescreen, the Google search bar is the first thing you see. It floats atop the screen like a banner, saying to the world: "Google made this, also tap on me because I do stuff."

As it turns out, Google is experimenting with making the search bar do more such stuff. In addition to search results, some users are seeing extra options in the dropdown that appears when they perform a search.

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LG's Factory Reset Protection Can Be Bypassed In Mere Minutes

Google added factory reset protection to Android in Lollipop 5.1 last year, but not all devices implement Android in exactly the same way. That has led to some potential methods to bypass the account check. "RootJunky" already managed to find a workaround for Samsung phones, and now there's one for LG devices as well. It only takes a few minutes to get around factory reset protection.

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