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[I'm Not A Robot] Google Simplifies reCAPTCHAs For PCs And Mobile Devices

Whether or not you know the name, you've encountered a CAPTCHA before. It's the little window typically found at the bottom of an online registration form that's meant to separate real people from robots or scripts that could potentially flood a site with phony accounts and fraudulent purchases. reCAPTCHA is a Google-owned implementation that you've probably seen across the web, and convincing it that you're a real person usually consists of squinting at a set of funky letters and re-typing them as best as you can.

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Play Store Version Of PayPal Gains Support For Samsung Fingerprint Readers

That fingerprint reader that came with your Samsung Galaxy gadget can secure your lockscreen, but unlocking your device isn't the only task it can help speed up. For heavy PayPal users, it can be an ideal way to make online purchases more quickly. Instead of keying in your PayPal credentials, you can apply your print. Now this ability has come to the Play Store version of the app.

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To take advantage of the functionality, you need a Galaxy phone or tablet with a fingerprint reader such as S5, Note 4, Alpha, or Tab S.

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Google Apps Gain Conversion Support For 15 More Microsoft Office File Types

Google's office suite in the cloud can handle a number of Microsoft's Office formats, a necessity born from the sheer entrenchment of the competition. The search giant isn't bitter though. Rather than shun the task of working with the various file types out there, it has added support for converting 15 more. The list includes less common formats spread across Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Newly supported Microsoft Office formats:

  • Google Docs
    • dot, dotx, dotm, docm
  • Google Sheets
    • xlt, xltx, xltm, xlsm
  • Google Slides
    • pot, potx, potm, pptm, pps, ppsx, ppsm

After converting the documents, you're free to edit them as you would any other.

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Google Changes Language Of Nexus / GPE Device Software Update Policy To Say Waits May Be Longer "Based On Your Carrier"

Google has just updated the language of the support page where software update policies for Nexus and GPE devices are summarized, and the new text is not exactly encouraging on first read. The following clause, regarding carriers, was added:

Based on your carrier, it may take longer than two weeks after release to get an update.

We do not know if this is merely a safety net to avoid the ire of customers in the case of things like the Nexus 7 2013 LTE and the whole Verizon debacle, or if this is actually a forward-looking change in policy that could affect new devices like the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE.

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AT&T Note 4 Getting 233.7MB OTA Update To Build AUCU1BNK3 [Update: Changelog]

Update: Here's Samsung's changelog.

Update summary

On December 2, 2014, AT&T and Samsung released a software update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. This software update bring HD Voice capabilities, as well as additional application preloads, and improvements. The size of the update file is 184MB, and is available for download via Wi-Fi only.

This software update includes

  • HD Voice capability*
  • Service additions:
    • Amazon Shopping App
    • Evernote App
    • Softcard App
  • Miscellaneous improvements

AT&T's version of the Galaxy Note 4 is receiving a substantial over-the-air update to a new build (AUCU1BNK3) today, though we don't know much about what the 233.7MB package does.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 LTE Coming To T-Mobile December 10th For $649.92 Or $27.08 A Month

Half a year after the Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 hit store shelves, T-Mobile is ready to offer its customers an LTE-equipped model for use out of the range or a router. The tablet will go on sale online and in stores on December 10th.

Customers can hand over $27.08 a month for two years or walk out fully owning the gadget for $649.92. Actually using the cellular connection will cost an extra $10 a month, with T-Mobile matching your plan's existing data allotment (a 3GB smartphone plan would result in an additional 3GB of data just for the tablet).

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The Sony Z Ultra Is The Latest Google Play Edition Device To Get A Lollipop OTA Update

The one Nexus-style smartphone that's even bigger than the N6 is getting its Android 5.0 update today. At least a few owners of Sony's Z Ultra (nee Xperia) Google Play Edition are getting over-the-air updates to Lollipop, as evidenced by this XDA thread. Conveniently, one of those fine folks has found the link to OTA ZIP file, so you can download and flash it manually to your own phone if you don't want to wait for the rollout.

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[Yo Dawg] Motorola Updates The OTA Update Services App In Advance Of A Future Lollipop Update For The 2013 Moto G

I hear you like updates. Well, here's an update to your Motorola Update Services app that will eventually enable the Lollipop update, whenever Motorola gets around to finishing it.

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Verizon's Galaxy S4 Gets A Small OTA Update To Fix A Power Cycle Issue

If your Samsung Galaxy S4 on Verizon has been randomly rebooting, you might want to check for a system update. No, it's not getting Lollipop, but Verizon says that this update does fix "the intermittent power cycle issue." Translation: before this update the phone crashed. Now it will not crash. We hope. The only other change for software version KOT49H.I545VRUFNK1 (PDF link) is a VPN connectivity fix.

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Verizon's S4 has gotten a few of these small updates, so you should know how it goes by now: any modification to the system or the recovery will cause a flash error, and if you have root before the update it's possible you might lose it afterward.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Fire TV Down To $69 ($30 Off) For Cyber Monday

Amazon is bringing out the big guns this Cyber Monday. The $99 Fire TV streaming box is already a good deal, but now it's on sale for just $69. To save that $30, you have to place your order today.

2014-12-01 14_56_48-Amazon Fire TV – Streaming Media Player – Shop Now

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