Nest buys home-automation rival Revolvr to shut it down

Nest buys home-automation rival Revolvr to shut it down

Revolv was snapped up by Nest -- although it doesnNest has acquired Revolv, the Colarado-based startup which allowed users to control their smart home devices from a single interface using their smartphone. No price has yet been announced for the purchase, which follows Nest’s $555 million Dropcam purchase back in June, and Nest’s own acquisition by Google for a massive $3.2 billion earlier this year.

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Play your favorite Game Boy Color games on your Android Wear watch

Play your favorite Game Boy Color games on your Android Wear watch

Pokemon on a Samsung Gear Live. Screenshot: Cult of AndroidAndroid Wear watches are essentially just tiny Android devices, which means with a little bit of effort, they’ll run regular Android apps. We’ve already seen how they handle games like Minecraft, and even desktop operating systems like Windows 95. In the video below, we see just how well the Samsung Gear Live plays your favorite Game Boy Color titles.

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Samsung’s already sold 4.5 million Galaxy Note 4 handsets

Samsung’s already sold 4.5 million Galaxy Note 4 handsets

The Galaxy Note 4 is off to a great start. Photo: SamsungSamsung’s new Galaxy Note 4 has been on sale for just under a month now, and the South Korean company has already sold more than 4.5 million units, according to industry sources. That’s a pretty impressive figure for most smartphone makers, but its predecessor was doing ever so slightly better this time last year. The

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Rockstar’s incredible Grand Theft Auto trilogy goes on sale

Rockstar’s incredible Grand Theft Auto trilogy goes on sale

San Andreas is 10 years old today. Photo: RockstarIf you haven’t already picked up Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto series on Android and iOS, you’re missing out on some of the best console games ever brought to mobile. But now’s your chance to get them super cheap, which GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas all reduced to celebrate the latter’s 10th anniversary. Believe it or not, San Andreas first made its

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You can now buy a Nexus 5 from Google Play again

You can now buy a Nexus 5 from Google Play again

The Nexus 5 lives on. Photo: GoogleIf the Nexus 6 is too big for you but you want a pure Android experience with timely updates, then last year’s Nexus 5 could well be your best option. It’s been mostly out of stock on Google Play since Google unveiled its newest Nexus devices, but now it’s back in both 16GB and 32GB

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Samsung Galaxy S5 could get Android 5.0 Lollipop in December

Samsung Galaxy S5 could get Android 5.0 Lollipop in December

Android L running on the Galaxy S5. Video: SamMobileSamsung could be rolling out its first Android 5.0 Lollipop updates by December, say sources familiar with the company’s plans — and the flagship Galaxy S5 will be the first to get one. The release will feature a revamped TouchWiz interface that will better suit Google’s new Material Design guidelines. “We had already said that

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Sony hopes to save Xperia with iPhone-like annual refreshes

Sony hopes to save Xperia with iPhone-like annual refreshes

The Xperia Z3v is essentially a regular Z3 with some Verizon logos. Photo: SonyUnlike every other major smartphone company, Apple launches new flagship iPhones just once a year, meaning that whenever a customer buys a new iPhone around release time they can rest safe in the knowledge that their device is going to remain current for a whole twelve months. Seeing the kind of success Apple has had with

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Amazon’s unsold Fire Phones are costing it $170 million

Amazon’s unsold Fire Phones are costing it $170 million

Photo: AmazonDuring its earnings call yesterday Amazon gave some clues about just how spectacularly its Fire Phone business is tanking — making it seem one of the worst tech ideas since the RMS Titanic shipped without lifeboats. How bad are we talking? At the end of its disappointing third-quarter the company still has a massive $83 million

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Stalk the passengers on your next flight with this creepy app

Stalk the passengers on your next flight with this creepy app

Who will you wind up sitting with? Photo: James Vaughan/Flickr CCHave you ever wished for an app that lets you know exactly who you’ll be sitting next to on a flight — right down to perusing your would-be neighbor’s Facebook profile to see what you have in common? A new social check-in feature for airline app Quicket lets you choose a seat on an airplane,

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