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[Update: Now Live] Google Will Offer Two Free Months Of CBS All Access Streaming To Chromecast Users Starting December 26th

Chromecast users are getting a late Christmas present from Google this year in the form of free streaming video. Starting on December 26th, you'll be able to sign up for CBS All Access and get two free months. The offer ends February 6th, 2016. The catch? There are several, actually.

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NVIDIA Tries To Sue Samsung For Patent Infringement, Ends Up Getting Clobbered By Samsung's Patent Sledgehammer

Patent lawsuits are without a doubt one of the more boring topics in technology. It takes a lot of drama to make it interesting, but the case between Samsung (and Qualcomm) and NVIDIA has hit that bar. See, NVIDIA sued Samsung/Qualcomm in late 2014 for infringing three of its patents, but Samsung sued back with three of its own. Now, NVIDIA has lost its case, and Samsung won on all three counts. Burn.

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HTC Makes The Extremely Leaky One X9 Official In China

HTC doesn't have to worry about the One X9 leaking anymore, because now it's official. It has a lot in common with the One A9, but the unibody metal design veers slightly away from the iPhone clone vibe of that device. The phone was announced in China yesterday, and that's where it's going to stay for the time being.

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LG Says It Has Sold 450,000 V10 Units In 45 Days

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Motorola Releases Android 6.0 Kernel Source For The Moto X Pure 2015

Motorola's Moto X Pure, codenamed Clark, is feeling super this Christmas. The device has begun receiving its Android 6.0 Marshmallow update toward the beginning of the month and now tinkerers and developers can delve into what this update is all about.

The kernel source files for the Marshmallow software have been released on GitHub. If you're a regular user, this has very little impact on you, but if you like to install custom ROMs or, even better, if you like building them, this source code should help everyone get more stable ROMs a little down the line.

This is the first non-Nexus Motorola device to see its 6.0 kernel source released, even though many Moto devices have already gotten their Marshmallowy OTA goodness.

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Samsung Sends Beta Marshmallow Update To UK Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge Owners

At this point, anyone who shelled out the kind of cash it takes to buy a flagship Samsung phone on day one might be wondering when the TouchWiz their Android 6.0 update is coming. If you happen to live in the United Kingdom, the answer is "now," at least if you're willing to beta test some software for free. Samsung sent out tweets inviting UK customers to test the Marshmallow update on its 2015 flagships, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

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Samsung Adds 6-Inch Galaxy A9 To The 2016 Galaxy A Series

Samsung announced new versions of its semi-budget A series phones earlier this month, and now it's dropping one more model into the mix. The Galaxy A9 will be the most premium of the lot with a 6-inch 1080p AMOLED and a 4000mAh battery.

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LG Announces The G Pad II 8.3 LTE With A Stylus And Full-Sized USB Port, But Only For Korea At The Moment

Back in August LG announced new versions of its G Pad tablet in both 8 and 10-inch varieties. Aside from a couple of features like an integrated stylus on the former, they weren't all that interesting, just middling updates of the previous budget-focused models. Even when one of them showed up in the US for a little carrier-branded fun, it was met with a big fat "meh." The sequel to the G Pad 8.3, which was actually quite nice when it launched back in 2013, is likewise underwhelming.

LG announced the G Pad II LTE for its home market of South Korea yesterday.

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Tired Of The OnePlus X Being A Slippery Fingerprint Magnet? dbrand Is Here To Save The Day With OPX Skins [Sponsored Post]

We've all had to deal with slippery phones before, and it's terrible. The fear of dropping your brand new gadget is a constant dark cloud that oftentimes takes away some of the joy one generally feels when they get a new device. No one wants that.

According to many reviews—both professional and personal—that's one of the biggest issues with the newest OnePlus handset, the X. While elegantly designed and aesthetically very pleasing, it's also difficult to keep in the hand. To make matters worse, it's also a fingerprint magnet. Those two things combined can make for a pretty bad experience when it comes to holding the phone.

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Searching "Bubble Level" In Google On Your Phone Gives You An Interactive Bubble Indicator

Of the many cool goodies in Google Search, this must be one of the most interesting and useful ones. Simply open Google Now or Google Search in Chrome and look for "bubble level," and you'll get a, well, bubble level. Quite expectedly.

The level appears as the top search card and is interactive. It adapts to whether you're holding your phone in portrait or landscape, or laying it flat on a table. While you may not use this for some very precise work, it is super cool and could come handy if you want to hang a poster or painting and just need an average way to know it's not completely crooked without installing a third-party app.

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