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    Out of the box Android wear can do a lot of amazing things (although, as we mentioned in our review, it's still somewhat buggy and inconsistent). We've all seen the commercials showing you how Android Wear can set a reminder or even hail a cab. While those are certainly noteworthy, there are some even cooler things that your Android-powered wristwatch can do today. There are a few ways you can add features and functionality to your Android Wear smartwatch, regardless of who makes it. Both methods start with grabbing some apps from the Play Store, and one is super-charged through an ...

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    The evolution of wearable devices is still very much in its early years, and upcoming milestones like the release of the first Android Wear models or the long-rumored iWatch could go a long way to changing how we look at the technology. While this maturity promises to bring us better user experiences and more refined ways to interact with these devices, what about the downsides? As wearables become a larger and larger market, they're bound to attract the attention of advertisers, and a recently published Google document reveals that the company has already been thinking about how it might ...

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    When we think “Google Play Store Devices,” the first thing that pops into our head is the Nexus series. But Google's been slowly adding hardware to its selection over the years, and now you'll also find Google Play edition Androids, the Chromecast, an assortment of Chrome OS laptops, and a bunch of accessories. Today Google opens up a new chapter in hardware sales, offering the Nest Learning Thermostat. As you may recall, Google announced back in January that it was acquiring Nest. While it wasn't obvious at the time what all this would mean for Google's long term home automation ...

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    Google initially introduced us to Android @Home at Google I/O in 2011. Up to that point, Android was powering smartphones, tablets, and some set top boxes, but that was about it. With Android @Home, it seemed that Google wanted to make Android the one-stop-shop for home automation. Various home appliances and fixtures could tie into an open ecosystem, all of which would play nicely with products powered by Android. It was a marvelous vision of what the future could hold -- and then it fizzled out. However, thanks to a recent acquisition, all hope may not be lost. Thought it may not be ...

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    [vamp] [vamp] [vamp] [vamp] That's the text that leads us in to each episode of the Pocketnow Weekly: a column of virtual prompts on the rough rundown reminding us that, after our loosely scripted intro block, there's a gulf of pure off-topic nonsense between the opening music and the rundown's news section. It's a handful of minutes devoted to office banter, good-natured ribbing, and, in today's case, an EQ experiment by our own Taylor Martin that results in him literally reading the "vamp" cues out loud like the delightful troll he is. That's the kind of stuff you're missing if you skip ...

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    Our apologies for the late upload due to technical difficulties. Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's acquisition of Nest, and what this means for the rumored EnergySense project. Motorola also makes the news with its update to the Motorola Assist that's famous on the Moto X. We then come across more leaked photos of the Nokia Normandy, which is a possible Android phone. Ubuntu Touch is next as the OS has surprisingly dropped support for most Nexus devices. We end today's show talking about how HTC has just confirmed that it won't update legacy 2012 flagships to Android ...

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    About a month ago, we first heard of Google EnergySense, an Android app that was the software side of an effort to create smart homes by connecting HVAC systems to our smartphones. At the time, we made a comparison to Nest, which delivers its own hardware and software solutions to effect similar control over your home climate, but back then Nest and EnergySense seemed like they might very well end up as competitors. Well, you can forget about any clash there, as today Google announces plans to acquire Nest. Google's paying some $3.2B for Nest, which has expanded beyond mere thermostats to ...

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