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Google Fit v1.56 Expands On Activities That Can Be Started From Android Wear

One of the worst things about fitness tracking apps is that they often require users to tell them when an activity starts. This can be a pretty big inconvenience, especially for people that keep their phones stowed in closed pockets or an arm band without easy access to the screen. The latest update to Fit might save many people from having to reach for their phone at all. Wear users can now start and stop activity trackers directly from the mini-app.

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The main phone app doesn't seem to have any notable changes, so this update is all about Wear.

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Lenovo/Motorola Explains What Its New Branding Scheme Means For The 'Motorola' Name

It was a big shocker the other day When Motorola's CEO explained the new direction Lenovo is taking the company. Rather than focus on Motorola, Lenovo wants to push Moto and Vibe as Lenovo's main smartphone brands. This statement missed some of the nuance apparently, so Motorola has a blog post up on the matter. Long story short, the Motorola name isn't going away completely.

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T-Mobile Loses A Binge On Partner Over Legere's EFF Blunder

T-Mobile and its outspoken CEO John Legere are taking an uncharacteristically defensive posture after questions arose about how the new Binge On video service throttles data. The fallout from Legere's EFF interaction yesterday is still going on, and it looks like it has cost T-Mobile a Binge On partner. Video commercial streaming service 4stream.tv has notified T-Mobile that it's pulling out of Binge On in protest of Legere's comments about the EFF.

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Tip: Use Micopi To Spice Up Your Blank Contact Photos With Unique Geometric Designs

The generic placeholder image in your contacts app for people lacking a proper photo is pretty boring, isn't it? Ideally, you'd want to add a photo of each person, but maybe you don't have one. A handy alternative is Micopi, which generates cool geometric designs in place of the boring old silhouette.

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Google Play Music Gets Redesigned Search Bar To Match Other Google Apps, No Update Required

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US Cellular Is Offering 6GB Data Plans For $40 A Month, Adding Tablet Lines For $5 (50% Off), And Giving Up To $300 To Customers Who Switch

The country's fifth largest carrier is hoping to start off 2016 by picking up a few more customers. Starting today, US Cellular will let you get 6GB of data for $40 per month, as long as you sign a two-year contract. This offer is available online and in stores. Though, with the competition moving away from two-year contracts, think carefully about whether this will save you money long-term.

To layer on the enticements, folks who open a new line of service get a $150 promotional card. US Cellular will also send a $150 promotional card in the mail to people who port a number and trade in their device.

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[Oh Sweet Deal Alert] 'Elvis 30 #1 Hits' Free On Google Play (Likely US Only)

Truly one of the most iconic singers of all time, Elvis inspired musicians during his time at the top and his music continues to influence the music industry today. Now you can sing along with him while you take your morning shower, for free! Google is giving away the album Elvis 30 #1 hits.

That's right folks, for just 12 easy payments of absolutely nothing you can have the complete collection of Elvis's #1 hits. So what are you waiting for, you big hunk o' love? This isn't too much for anyone to pay! Don't, I say don't, give me excuses on why you don't want this album.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick (2015) Lightning Review: Still Probably The Best Streaming Stick Money Can Buy

It's been about a year since Amazon released the first Fire TV Stick (give or take a couple of months), which was probably the best streaming stick at the time—arguably better than both Chromecast and Roku Streaming Stick. Naturally, the company didn't want to wait too long before updating both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, though I'm not sure that I'd call what the FTV Stick got an actual "upgrade." Really, it's the same stick as last year, but now there's an option to bundle it with the voice remote for just $10 more than the normal price of $40 (making it $50).

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Lenovo Is Working On The First Project Tango Smartphone Aimed At Consumers, Invites Developers To Have Their Apps Featured On The Device

Google announced Project Tango, an effort to detect real-world space on an Android device, nearly two years ago. Since then we've seen tablet development kits become available and eventually go on sale to anyone, invite or no. Nevertheless, these devices were aimed at developers, making them more interesting for people who enjoy playing with code as much (or more) as they do playing with gadgets.

At this year's CES, Lenovo announced the development of the first Project Tango phone intended for consumers.

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Google Is Testing A New Colorful, Gradient-Based, Cartoonish, And Detailed Weather Card

Google's weather card that shows up when you scroll through Google Now or search for the weather in a certain city is adequately functional. It's white with most text in grey, clickable days, an interactive timeline, and some minimalistic icons in grey, yellow, and blue. What you see above and below is definitely not that card. It seems to be a new design that Google is testing with plenty of modifications, both in looks and functionality.

The new card now expands to fill the entire screen and somewhat transform into a full-fledged weather app. Three tabs let you switch between views for Today, Tomorrow, and the next 10Days.

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