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Seattle PD pushes for transparency by hiring a coder/critic — Remember Tim Clemans, the formerly anonymous programmer who requested all of the city police department's for basically all of its bodycam footage and emails? His data petitioning ultimately led to the launch of a YouTube channel that puts that on-the-go police video front and center, and now he's getting ready to actually start working for the fuzz.

Google eyes the bigger picture while missing Wall Street's expectations — It's earnings time once more, and Google's gone and done it again. Despite taking in $17.3 million in revenue over the past three months (that's a 12 percent lift over how much it made this time last year), the search giant still managed to whiff slightly when it came to pleasing Wall Street's persnickety analysts.

A cheat sheet to Project Fi, Google's mobile phone service — Rumors of Google breaking into the wireless carrier game have been fodder for scoops, breathless reports and thinkpieces for years now, and for the longest time it looked like the search giant just couldn't make it happen. Yesterday the search giant put all that to rest.

Acer's Liquid X2 smartphone is another globetrotter's dream — Sure, you probably don't need a smartphone with a massive 4,000mAh battery and a trio of SIM card slots, but thanks to Acer, your author can't stop thinking about one. Acer's so-called Liquid X2 is clearly well-equipped to play globetrotter, but (just like the Predator tablet) the company's spokespeople were awfully light on the details.

Acer's building an Android gaming tablet to go with its Predator PCs — It's safe to say that Acer's gone a little batty this morning - the company crammed announcement after announcement into a press conference overlooking the New York City skyline, but some of the most interesting stuff didn't get much detail.

Google's Project Fi service turns multiple phone networks into one — Got a Nexus 6? Itching to dump your traditional wireless service provider for something a bit more ambitious? Google's got you covered. After months of speculation and a not-so-subtle nod from Sundar Pichai at Mobile World Congress, the search giant's new mobile phone service -- Project Fi -- is finally official.

Cuba inches toward a more connected future while the world watches — It's been less than four months since President Barack Obama renewed diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba, and the slow invasion of American companies is already underway. Netflix swooped in and started offering its catalog of streaming content for $8 USD per month to the country's financially fortunate.

Alcatel OneTouch Watch review: No beginner's luck here — The Alcatel OneTouch name doesn't exactly conjure up images of premium, fashion-forward devices, but that hasn't stopped the company from dreaming big with its first smartwatch. To add steam to the Alcatel OneTouch Watch hype train, the company's design brass went as far as telling our own Richard Lai that the company's gunning to be the Zara of the wearable world.

Sprint rolls out free (and slow) international data and messaging — We're not entirely sure how it's already April, but Sprint's clearly eager to make a name for itself before everyone starts popping off on holidays. To wit: The carrier just rolled out a new international roaming plan that'll net your Sprint phone free unlimited texting and 2G data abroad...

Here's how much you'll pay to protect that Apple Watch — Scores of you - an obscene number, maybe - have already pre-ordered your Apple Watch. Perhaps you even sauntered into a well-appointed Apple Store-within-a-store for some valuable shopping advice before you took the plunge.
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Apr 20, 2015

Me and @richardlai have successfully conquered the Onion Gauntlet. Life is amazing.

Apr 20, 2015

RT @Trushar: For those who missed the news at the w/end, @WhatsApp now has 800m ACTIVE users. Consistently adding 100m users each quarter. #chatapps

Apr 20, 2015

That moment when Edmund's cheddar cheese scalp treatment goes horribly awry.

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