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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.

Report: Microsoft is about to jump into the smartwatch fray — Apple's got a smartwatch. A number of Google's Android hardware partners have smartwatches too. Now Microsoft wants a piece of the action, if a new report is any indication. According to Forbes, Microsoft plans to release a smartwatch of its own "within weeks."

Snapchat begins serving up in-app ads — It was bound to happen sooner or later: Snapchat has begun serving up ads in its app, according to a post published to the company's blog Friday. The reasoning, of course? To make money. According to Snapchat, its goal is to make ads that don't get in the way.

Tor-based anonymizing router gets pulled from Kickstarter for rules violations — Anonabox, a piece of home networking equipment designed to allow you to connect to the Internet anonymously, had raised nearly $600,000 in pledges on Kickstarter-blowing its $7500 goal out of the water. But on Friday, Kickstarter suspended the project, according to Ars Technica.

Worth Reading: ‘Why I Swapped The HTC One M8 For The iPhone 6′ — TechRadar's Kevin Lee looks back on his switch from iPhone to Android-and back: "'Don't like what comes stock with Android? Just replace it,' a fellow Android-using friend once told me; this seems to be the mindset behind Android, which makes it so amazingly customizable. Yet, at the same time it's an admission that Android on its...

How to take a screenshot on your Android phone — Once upon a time, in order to take a screenshot on an Android phone, you had to install the Android developer tools. These days, you can take screenshots on phones running Android 4.0 or later with the press of a couple buttons.

Macworld Expo Ends Its Run, Goes ‘On Hiatus’ — It looks like it's the end of the road for the annual Macworld/iWorld show. IDG World Expo announced Tuesday that it was putting the tradeshow formerly known as Macworld Expo "on hiatus," and that the show would not take place in 2015. A statement posted to the Macworld iWorld website reads: "Macworld/iWorld will not take place in 2015...

How to stop your Android phone's screen from rotating — As great as they are, smartphones come with a whole host of annoyances. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I'm in the middle of something and I tilt the phone too far to one side, and everything onscreen switches orientation. Argh!

100,000 Snapchat photos get leaked, but Snapchat isn't to blame — If you used a certain third-party Snapchat client, photos you received may be among the over 100,000 photos allegedly taken in a major privacy breach, according to Business Insider. Anonymous users of the 4chan message boards say the leaked photos come via a Web-based third-party Snapchat client called SnapSaved.

How to change your Android phone's wallpaper — Modern Android smartphones come with big, beautiful displays with high pixel density. Why not show it off with some fresh wallpaper? To start, navigate to your Settings app. Tap Display under the Device heading, then tap Wallpaper. You'll get a list of folders of images to browse; tap one to view your options.

Verizon and Redbox shut down Redbox Instant streaming service — In late 2012, Verizon and Redbox rolled out Redbox Instant, a streaming service for Verizon customers that was " targeted squarely at movie lovers." Apparently, Redbox Instant just hasn't panned out, and the two companies have decided to shut the service down, Re/code reports, due to a lack of interest from users.
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Oct 21, 2014

*checks World Series score* *turns phone off* *quietly stares off into space*

Oct 21, 2014

@susie_c can I climb in there and put the lid on so I don't have to hear about The Controversy That Will Not Be Named ever again?

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