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Freelance Journalist and Writer — PC World, TechHive
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Weekend news writer @pcworld/@techhive. Writer/editor @macgasm. Bitter Oakland A's fan. Let me write for you! nmediati at gmail dot com.

Microsoft turns to robotic security guards to watch for trouble — OK, so the robot apocalypse probably won't happen any time soon, but the new robot sentries guarding Microsoft's Silicon Valley campus seem like something straight out of a futuristic sci-fi movie. According to ExtremeTech, each of the K5 security guard robots from robotics company Knightscope stands 5 feet tall and weighs 300 pounds, so you probably don't want to mess with one.

Lock to a single app with Lollipop’s screen pinning — Here's the scenario: You hand your phone to your three-year-old to keep them amused in the back seat of the car. When you get your phone back 20 minutes later, though, you realize that your kid has deleted half your apps, texted your ex from college, and wrote the Great American Novel.

How to turn off automatic app updates on Android and install apps manually — As convenient as it is to have your phone automatically install app updates as they become available, there are some good reasons for wanting to install apps manually. You may want to conserve your data plan usage, for example, or you may simply want to keep tighter control over what gets installed on your Android device.

Volvo gives Google Cardboard new life, uses it to preview new cars — Remember Google Cardboard? It's a Google project that uses a small cardboard contraption to effectively turn your smartphone into a basic VR headset. It's been sort of forgotten, but Volvo is putting it to good use to preview its new XC90 SUV.

Google Play Music subscribers will get free access to YouTube Music Key — Here's some good news for Google Play Music All Access subscribers: You will soon be able to get free, unfettered access to YouTube's new Music Key service. According to 9to5Google, users of the Play Music All Access music streaming and download service received an email from on Friday informing them that they would be able to use the beta of YouTube's new music service starting sometime in the coming week.

AT&T kills the 'permacookie,' stops tracking customers' Internet usage (for now) — In recent weeks, Verizon and AT&T have been caught up in a privacy firestorm over their use of so-called "permacookies," a method of tracking what their users do while browsing the Web with the intent of sharing that data with advertisers. Verizon's permacookie program lives on, but AT&T has ceased the practice, ProPublica reported on Friday.

‘Monument Valley’ Makers Dare To Charge $2 For Expansion Pack, Get Flack — The makers of the critically acclaimed iOS game Monument Valley released the Forgotten Shores expansion pack on Wednesday. The expansion costs all of $1.99, and that seems to be $1.99 too much for a lot of people. According to Touch Arcade, customers took to the App Store en masse to post one-star reviews for the game...

Xbox One November System Update brings custom backgrounds, Twitter integration — The November System Update for the Xbox One is here, and it's a doozy. According to Microsoft's Larry Hyrb (AKA Major Nelson), the November System Update adds new customization options, adds TV-watching features, and makes improvements to the Xbox One Store. First off, you can now set your own custom background image for your Xbox Live account.

Some LG G3 phones will get Android Lollipop this week, while Nexus owners wait — Here's some good news for owners of LG's G3 smartphone: Your phone will be among the first to get an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Assuming you live in Poland, anyway. According to the company, it will roll out an update to Lollipop to G3 users in Poland this week, and release the update "[in] other key markets in the near future."

Clear your app caches to clear up Android phone issues — It can be easy to forget that your smartphone is just as much of a computer at the PC sitting on your desk. And like all computers, things sometimes go wrong. Files get corrupted. Apps that worked fine a week ago decide to crap out.
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Nov 22, 2014

@casskhaw I don’t have proper weekends. I just take Monday as my one “weekend” day.

Nov 21, 2014

Yeah, I'm totally going to tweet about your bathroom cleaner and use your hashtag.

Nov 21, 2014

RT @JoyceCarolOates: Worried that entire Internet is going--(or has gone?)-- to the cats.

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