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LinkedIn Debuts Elevate, An App To Help Businesses Get Employees To Also Become Unpaid Marketers

Have you, active LinkedIn user, ever wished there was a more efficient way to rebroadcast the stuff your employer posts? If so, then you will be very happy to hear about Elevate, a new service that aims to help you do just that. Marketed primarily to our corporate overlords, Elevate is a specialized interface for LinkedIn that gives regular users a feed of highly-curated content that is geared toward their employer's needs along with some nifty analytics tools.

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[Deal Alert] Lexar UHS-II SD And UHS-I MicroSD Memory Cards In 32GB, 64GB, And 128GB Sizes At Deep Discounts For Amazon Gold Box Deal Of The Day

Today's Amazon Gold Box daily deal is all about Lexar memory, and in not-so-modest sizes and speeds. Nope, these are not your bottom of the barrel memory cards and flash drives on offer. Those most relevant to your phone needs, the microSD cards, boast UHS-I/U3 speeds, meaning they meet the second-most rigorous speed specification in the industry. The deals are good too, matching the lowest price Amazon has ever offered for them.

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Get $100 Off The Moto 360 At Best Buy When You Buy It With Any Android Phone

If the Moto 360 price drops from two days ago aren't sweet enough for you, it looks like Best Buy is offering an in-store deal that could be even better if executed correctly.

Until April 18th, Best Buy will give in-store customers $100 off the Moto 360 when purchased with any Android phone. The key word here of course is "any." According to one tipster, this even works with inexpensive prepaid devices.

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Google Apparently Testing Tweaks For Maps Web Interface

YouTube isn't the only Google web property getting some A/B testing right now. Apparently Maps is under the microscope as well, with Google testing a new nav drawer menu and refreshed biking and traffic elements.

The nav drawer icon, as you might expect, is embedded in the search bar, a pattern introduced with the new nav drawer icon and material design.

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There's also a "road sign" navigation icon embedded in the same bar.

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YouTube's Experimental Web Player Interface Can Be Activated Using A Chrome Extension

By now you may have seen YouTube's experimental new web player UI. The new interface has been popping up for some users for a while now, but if you haven't used the new player yet and you're feeling left out - good news. Today we've learned there's a way to enable the UI for yourself using a simple Chrome extension.

You can see a full video tutorial from Saurav Sinha here, but the gist is this:

  1. Download EditThisCookie from the Chrome web store
  2. Go to YouTube
  3. Open EditThisCookie and click "VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE"
  4. Change the value to Q06SngRDTGA
  5. Celebrate

Presumably Firefox users can achieve the same effect using their favorite cookie editing addon.

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Functional 'Trusted Voice' Smart Lock Option Rolling Out To Some Users

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[Weekend Discussion] Leather, Kevlar, Glass, Metal - Do You Really Care What Your Phone Is Made Of?

Exotic or uncommon materials seem to be all the rage in smartphones right now. Motorola started offering wood backs, then later leather, for its Moto X 2013 and 2014 handsets, respectively. But this wasn't even the first time a phone was offered with some integrated exotic or unorthodox materials. When Apple released the iPhone 4 with a glass rear cover, people flipped - wouldn't it break (yes, it would!), or get scratches (not that much) on it?

But people went for it, and there were more glass-backed phones. And then, there were things like Kevlar, football (?), leather, plastic that looks like leather, and so on and so forth.

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Material Design Music Player Gramophone Now Available In Public Beta On The Play Store

Are you looking for a local music player that fits in with your oh-so Material Android 5.1 custom ROM? Then let you fingers do the walking to Gramophone, now available on the Play Store. This stand-alone music app has been in private beta for some time, but now you can grab it without even messing with that awkward Google+ community invitation system. It's a free download for Android 4.1 or later.

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Gramophone is fairly standard as far as music players go: album/artist/genre/playlist views, slide-out hamburger menu, search function. The only part of the interface that isn't immediately obvious is the "now playing" button that brings you to the main playback screen.

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LG Design Patent D726,140 Dreams Up A Bendable Phone-Watch Hybrid Device

The nice thing about a United States design patent, as opposed to a more common utility patent, is that it doesn't actually have to work. Hell, it doesn't even have to make sense - it just has to be a mostly-new idea that's concrete enough to put into a technical doodle. So it is with Design Patent D726,140, awarded to LG by the US Patent and Trademark Office last week. If you could turn one of those slap-bracelets from the 90s into a phone-watch hybrid, it would look a lot like this.

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"FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a mobile phone showing our new design in which the display part has been bent and wound around the band"

The design patent covers a fairly standard (if impossibly thin) slate smartphone that curves backwards on the top and bottom.

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LG Shows Off The Leather-Clad G4 And Most Features In A Huge Web Leak

Thanks to the fanatical culture that's grown up around mobile technology, we haven't been truly surprised by a new device in years. Even LG knows this: the company has been slowly revealing its upcoming G4 flagship, piece by pedantic piece, in the weeks leading up to the April 28th launch event. Last night an LG "micro site" was briefly published and removed, and it leaves very little of the G4 to the imagination.

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