Google Hotpot – the new Google Maps features which make it easier for you and your friends to discover and share places – hasn’t been Google’s most exciting offering, but they’re going to be using it to start promoting widespread use of Near Fields Communications technology in America. Trials in Portland, Oregon will begin soon with businesses placing “Recommended on Google” stickers on their doors and windows. Users with NFC-equipped devices – Nexus S owners only, for now – will be able to pull that particular business’s information in by placing their phone near the sticker and will allow you to read more about the place, read and write reviews, and more. Not the most exciting use of NFC yet, but one must crawl before one can walk. To see more about the trials and more about what’ll be included with the “Business Kits” that participants will be receiving, head on over to Google.
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An analytics firm has released a report that shows growth of the Pixel was astounding over the Black Friday weekend, with 112% more activations in this period than the four weeks before it.
A YouTuber by the name of Adam Jakowenko decided to hook up an Amazon Echo (the Dot variant, specifically) and a Google Home next to each other to see if they could talk to each other. Hilarity ensues.
Check Point, the security research team who has uncovered a lot of this stuff as of late, has discovered a new form of malware that they’re calling Gooligan. Everything you need to know is inside.
more_vertFitbit buys Pebble
We typically view acquisitions for small startups as great news, but for Pebble and their supposed buyout from Fitbit it might not be that happy of an ending. The original Kickstarter sensation is being bought out by Fitbit for anywhere between $34 to $40 million.
At $40, the Google Pixel Live Case is asking a lot from those looking to protect their smartphone in style. We’ve been using ours for a few weeks now and finally have a verdict.
more_vertBest Android Phones December 2016
As the year comes to a close, most of the Android phones for 2016 are out and available for folks to buy. The landscape of the current stable of Android phones won’t change much until the calendar turns, so if you are in need of a smartphone then now is the perfect time to buy one.
Want a new phone for the holidays? Verizon is offering several new flagships at $0 down if you bring in your current phone for trade. Check the list for exceptions.
Huawei is planning on launching the Mate 9 in the US, but it will have to deal with lack of brand recognition and accusations of cyber espionage before it becomes a major player in the US market.
more_vertCyber Monday deals
Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the 101 best Cyber Monday deals of 2016! Since there are only 24 hours in the day, we thought we’d save you hours of precious shopping time by compiling a list of the best smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, Chromebook, fitness tracker, smart TV, smart home and smartphone accessory deals …