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Logitech's New Harmony API Allows Smart Home Devices To Better Communicate With One Another And Their Owners Alike

With Logitech Harmony, people can control a large number of devices spread throughout their houses from a single remote or Android device. These various electronics, ranging from home entertainment systems to smart light bulbs, all communicate to a single hub.

Now Logitech is launching the Harmony API for third-party developers, so products that communicate with its system can then go on to interact with other ones.

To paint a picture of how this works, imagine the lights dimming automatically when you start a movie, having music start playing when you enter the room, or turning on the TV with a simple command.

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[Deal Alert] EasyAcc 4-Port 4A USB Wall Charger Only $10 After Coupon Code With Free Amazon Prime Shipping

I don't need to ramble on for long to explain how having a wall charger with four USB ports is better than an alternative with only one. It's simple math, really. If you have multiple devices on your desk that all plug into a USB port (phones and tablets, generally), or you and co-workers find yourselves scavenging for free power outlets while traveling, a 4-port USB wall charger can ease your struggle.

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Parallels Access 2.5 Remote Desktop App Adds Finger-Friendly File Browser, Background Audio, And Support For Samsung's S-Pen

Accessing and controlling a full-sized desktop on a handheld machine is no task for the timid, and making a tool to do it isn't easy, either. But virtualization software vendor Parallels knows a trick or two, and they've added one or two more into the Android version of Access. The latest update includes new tools to access remote computer files, better compatibility for the S-Pen stylus on Samsung Galaxy Note phones and tablets, and better audio options. 

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The biggest addition to version 2.5 is the built-in file browser, which makes opening files remotely on a mobile screen much, much easier.

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[Update: Mi Note Pro, Mi Box Mini, And Headphones Too] Xiaomi Announces The Mi Note With A 5.7-Inch 1080p LCD, 3000mAh Battery, Snapdragon 801, And More

Xiaomi has been stepping up its hardware game in recent years to compete with more established OEMs, and the newly announced Mi Note is the latest example of this commitment. This device is basically a higher-end version of 2014's Redmi Note. Not only is the Mi Note significantly more powerful than the Redmi Note, it's lighter and thinner too.

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Adobe's Lightroom Mobile Comes To Android

It's no secret that Adobe hasn't exactly done a stellar job at keeping parity between its collection of apps for iOS and Android. iOS users, for instance, enjoy Adobe Illustrator Line and Draw, Color CC, Premiere Clip, Brush CC, and many more that have yet to see the light of day on the Play Store.

It isn't all bad news, though - today, Adobe is bringing Lightroom Mobile to Android. The app actually has a couple of cool things to offer, but before we take a look, there are a few caveats that should definitely be mentioned.

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[Deal Alert] Sennheiser MM30G Earbuds With Android Controls Are $25 On Amazon ($50 Off) - A Great Upgrade Over Freebie Headphones

Ah, the good old days, when every phone, MP3 player, Walkman, and toaster included a pair of pack-in earbuds. These days you're lucky if you get a damn power adapter (just ask the folks over at Nintendo). If you're still using the ancient headphones that came as a freebie in you Nexus One or a long-forgotten iPod, then take a gander at this Sennheiser set over on Amazon. The MM30G, complete with in-line music controls and a mic, is $50 off of the retail price for a cool $24.99.

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Google Maps Updated To 9.3 With Shareable Directions [APK Download]

Google Maps, for its part this Update Wednesday, has received a bump to version 9.3. The changes aren't immediately apparent to users just opening the app, but there are at least a couple of things worth mentioning in the new update.

First, shareable directions. Once a user looks up directions or navigation to a destination, they can share the directions with any app in the normal share menu or - if Google Glass is connected - to Glass.

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Samsung May Be Looking To Buy BlackBerry For As Much As $7.5 Billion [Update: BlackBerry Responds]

It's no secret that Blackberry has struggled to find its footing in a post-Android/iPhone world, but the end may finally be around the corner. According to a report from Reuters, Samsung has approached the Canadian smartphone maker with an offer to buy the entire company for as much as $7.5 billion. Investors seem keen on the idea--shares of Blackberry jumped more than 30% on the news.

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Verizon Wireless Pushes Out Xperia Z3v OTA Update Enabling HD Playback In Play Movies And More

The Xperia Z3v is the Z3 with Verizon branding. Since the logo alone isn't enough to keep customers happy, the carrier also provides them with the largest network in the US and occasional over-the-air updates. Currently it's pushing out an OTA (version 23.0.E.1.44) that hits the Sony flagship with a number of enhancements.

The standout item on the changelog, if you're into Play Movies, is the ability to stream in HD.

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[Update: APK Download] New Google Translate App Includes Word Lens Image Translation And Smarter Conversation Mode

We had an exclusive preview of upcoming changes to the Google Translate app last month, and Google just announced an update that matches exactly with our information. The new version of Translate is rolling out on Android and iOS with built-in Word Lens translation via the camera and a smarter conversation mode that can listen to both languages at once.

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