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Google I/O 2016 Site Is Live, Registration Starts March 8th

Google's annual developer conference is now less than 77 days away; at least that's what the new Google I/O 2016 website says. The website also says that registration begins 9AM on March 8th and goes through March 10th. As always, tickets will be in very short supply.

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[Deal Alert] Alcatel Idol 3 5.5-Inch Drops To $179.99 From $250, Idol 3 4.7-Inch Down $30 To $169.99

The Alcatel Onetouch Idol 4 and 4s were announced at Mobile World Congress last week, making the Idol 3 yesterday's news. That means a steep discount is in order. The 5.5-inch Idol 3 has dropped $70 on Amazon from the original $250 price to $179.99 and the smaller 4.7-inch Idol 3 is down $30 to $169.99.

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Samsung's New Galaxy S7 Commercials Are Funny, Smart, And Star-Studded

Samsung's commercials are often a mixed bag. Sometimes they stumble on a smart idea and execute it well, other times they get stuck repeating themselves and seeming rather petty about it. Luckily, this latest set of commercials for the Galaxy S7 is in the former category. Because if you're going to suffer through these ads for the next few months, they better be good ones, right?

The first commercial, Why? debuted at the Oscars on Sunday and shows a number of celebrities and people asking why can't their phones have a specific feature. Among them is Wesley Snipes who wants to store all of his movies, Lil' Wayne who'd rather seem reckless pouring champagne on his phone but know it'll survive, James Harden who's grumpy for his late cameo appearance in the video, Doc Rivers who only cares about pick and roll defense, and finally William H.

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[Update: South Korea, Japan] Chromecast 2015 And Chromecast Audio Launch In Australia And New Zealand For $59 AUD And $69 NZD Respectively

We all love the Chromecast thanks to its cheap price and almost endless potential to turn any TV into a smart streaming machine. Last year, Google released an update to the original Chromecast with a few minor improvements as well as a Chromecast Audio that works with all Aux speakers. Now these new gadgets are available for purchase in the southern part of our planet: Australia and New Zealand.

In Australia, the Chromecast 2015 and Chromecast Audio will be priced at $59 AUD (approx.

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[Exclusive] An Early Look At Android N's Redesigned Notification Shade And Quick Settings Panel

Google changed the style of Android's notification shade and quick settings with the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and based on an early version of Android N we've seen, it's changing things up again. The look of Android N's notification shade is being altered, but it's more than cosmetic. Notifications will include more info, and quick settings are finally creeping in. The full quick settings UI is getting a new paginated style, and editing tiles will be easier.

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[Update: Rolling Out March 1st, For Real This Time] Verizon Is Rolling Out Marshmallow To The Droid Turbo 2

Verizon's Droid phones have traditionally been slow on updates, which isn't surprising for Verizon. Still, you have to wonder what's up when the hardware is sometimes very similar to the current gen Moto X. At any rate, Verizon has finally started rolling out Marshmallow to the Droid Turbo 2 (a few months after the Moto X Pure). That means lots of new features to play with.

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Google Adds VR Section To Google Store, Starts Selling View-Master And C1-Glass Cardboard Viewers

Virtual reality is suddenly a big deal again. It's like the early 90s, but with devices you might actually want to buy. Google is ramping up its Cardboard VR promotion with a dedicated VR area of the Google Store. Featured for sale are the View-Master and C1-Glass VR viewers.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge Pre-Orders Are Shipping, Could Hit Doorsteps In The Coming Days

The official launch date for Samsung's new Galaxy S7 (and Edge variant) is supposed to be March 11th, but T-Mobile cares not for launch dates. The Uncarrier has started shipping devices to those who pre-ordered, and they should arrive in the next few days.

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The Official NBC Android App Now Supports Chromecast Video Streaming

The adoption of Chromecast as a de facto streaming standard was rapid, helped in no small part by the fact that it was the cheapest streaming gadget on the market which was immediately compatible with both major mobile phone systems. But not everyone leaps to support new tech, and old media giants like the National Broadcasting Company have never been accused of being nimble. So it took NBC the better part of three years to support Google's streaming standard, so what - it's not like they're a multi-million dollar entertainment company backed by an international supercorp.

Oh wait, they are.

The Chromecast support in NBC's official network app doesn't come with any other notable changes, though video streaming appears to work with all of the live and pre-recorded video within.

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[Weekend Poll] Are You Going To Buy A Galaxy S7 Or S7 Edge?

As has been a foregone conclusion for at least the last the four generations of Galaxy S phones, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will likely be the most popular Android phones in the world by sales in 2016. Why this will be the case is best left to Samsung fanboys and haters (frankly, does it matter?), because this week's poll isn't about that. Rather, it's about your intention to buy one.

The S7 and S7 edge hit on the major pain points of the previous-generation phones. Waterproofing? It's back. Better battery life? You got it. MicroSD card (albeit without adoptable storage)?

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