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[CES 2014] Samsung Announces 'New Era Of Smart Home' With Single App, Protocol For Controlling Home Devices

Getting in some early news, Samsung has - as part of CES 2014 - announced its new Samsung Smart Home service, a means by which users will be able to control all their connected home appliances (from refrigerators to air conditioners to smart light bulbs) through a single app on their compatible smartphone, tablet, smart TV, or wearable device.

To start, the service will cover three main areas, which Samsung identifies as Device Control, Home View, and Smart Customer Service.

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CyanogenMod 11 (KitKat) M2 Snapshot Builds Now Available For Dozens Of Devices

It's been almost exactly one month since the CyanogenMod team published its first build of Android 4.4 for Nexus devices, and now the second M or "snapshot" release is rolling out. This time CyanogenMod 11 is going out to a much wider subset of the officially-supported device list, with most of the big players in the Nexus, Galaxy S4, and HTC One lines getting M builds, among many others. You can check to see if your device has a CM11 M2 ROM available at the download page.

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Google Buys Timely Alarm Clock Developer Bitspin, Premium IAP Content Is Now Free

In an odd bit of M&A news, the developers at Bitspin announced that the small company will be joining forces with Google. Whether Google has purchased the company outright or merely hired its Zurich-based development team isn't clear, but in either case, the big G will be benefitting from their impressive user interface experience soon. Google has not commented on the situation, and there is no dollar amount posted on the Bitspin website.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Is $350 On eBay Daily Deals

If you're in the market for a powerful phone that can take a few hits, then eBay's Daily Deals portal should be your first stop today. Well, so long as you need that phone to work on the AT&T network and don't mind a refurbished model. The AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is on sale for just $349.95 with free shipping to the US. You can have it in any color you want, as long as you want teal.

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Pandora Update Brings New Alarm Clock Feature To Android

If you were jealous of iOS users who were able to wake up every morning to the sound of their favorite Pandora stations, then today may just be your lucky day. Today, Pandora announced a new update to its Android app that includes the alarm clock feature which debuted on iOS last month. In addition to waking you up at a set time with the station of your choosing, it also includes a snooze ability and a customizable snooze timer which can be set to 5, 10, 15, or 20 minute intervals.

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Wikipad Announces Gamevice Adjustable Gamepad Attachment And Android 4.2 OTA For The Wikipad Tablet

On-screen and accelerometer controls work great for some mobile games, but other times you just want a real controller. Wikipad, the company behind the gaming-centric Wikipad tablet is introducing a new product called the Gamevice at CES. This is a split controller that expands and contracts to fit on your mobile device.

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The Gamevice has what Wikipad calls a "flex bridge" design. Presumably the middle portion of the controller can be adjusted to snugly fit around your mobile device.

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Power Pillow Kickstarter Project Can Supply Battery Power Wherever You Choose To Lay Your Head

Think back to how annoying it was the last time you sat down on a couch without access to a power outlet. What about that chair situated in the awkward corner of the living room? College kids stuck on the top bunk - you know the feeling I'm talking about. We have these increasingly powerful Android devices without batteries large enough to hold a decent charge, and far too often having access to a power outlet is more important than aesthetics or comfort.

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Friday App And Game Sales: DraStic DS Emulator, Mimpi (Free), Poweramp, And More

We like apps and games around here, but we like a good deal too. Combine the two, and it's like a glorious explosion of awesome in our phones. You want in on that, right? Read on.

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Fuhu Teaming Up With DreamWorks To Release The 'DreamTab' Tablet For Kids

Fuhu is no stranger to partnerships at this point – the company has released the nabi jr. Nick Jr. Edition, nabi 2 Nick Edition, and nabi 2 Disney Edition. And according to the New York Times, it looks like another co-branded device is coming down the pike now, though this one reportedly exits the nabi line and will be released under the moniker DreamTab.

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This upcoming device is a collaboration between Fuhu and DreamWorks, and will come in an eight-inch form factor for roughly $300, though a 12-inch version could also show up down the road.

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AT&T Seeks To Entice T-Mobile Customers By Offering Up To $450 For Switching Carriers

There's quite a bit of tension between AT&T and T-Mobile. America's two largest GSM carriers have gone after each other in ads, on Twitter, and in court. Now AT&T is willing to bribe pay customers who switch to the carrier from T-Mobile up to $450 in credit per line.

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Starting today, customers who take advantage of this limited-time offer can receive a promotional card worth up to $250 by trading in a smartphone.

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