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Freelance Journalist and Writer — PC World
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Weekend news writer @pcworld. Tips writer @agreenbot. Editor @macgasm. Bitter Oakland A's fan. Not a cat. #CatChat. Contact: nmediati at gmail dot com

Amazon Echo update lets you control iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify with your voice — The Amazon Echo has learned a new trick or two with its latest software update. According to ZDNet, the newly released update for Amazon's speaker and virtual assistant gadget gives it new abilities to control playback for Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora.

HTC is running behind schedule with its M7 and M8 Lollipop update — Last Summer, HTC set a goal to deliver an Android Lollipop update to M7 and M8 owners in the US within 90 days of the operating system's release. Unfortunately, as Android Police points out, HTC will fall short of meeting that goal.

How to find Android's hidden Flappy Bird easter egg — Flappy Bird Mania may be so last year, but that shouldn't stop you from wasting perfectly good time on it! If you own a phone running Android Lollipop, you don't need to download anything-you already have a Flappy Bird clone tucked away on your device. Here's how to get to it.

Let’s Try This Again: Apple Releases OS X 10.10.2, Fixes More Wi-Fi Bugs — OS X Yosemite's WI-Fi tenacious connectivity issues have been well publicized: Apple issued a fix with the 10.10.1 update, but apparently, issues persisted for many. But Apple's giving it another go with the newly released 10.10.2 update. In addition to the Wi-Fi fixes, this update also corrects bugs and improves performance in Safari, Mail, VoiceOver,...

Walmart's $25 Vudu Spark streaming stick is now available to the masses — Media streaming sticks like the Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV have some more company. GigaOm reports that Walmart is now selling its Vudu Spark media streaming dongle through its online store and "select Walmart locations." The Vudu Spark, like other, similar dongles from Google and Amazon, is a $25 Wi-Fi-equipped USB device you plug into your HDTV.

California DMV changes course, reverses registration policy change for rideshare drivers — Earlier this month, some UberX drivers in Calfornia found themselves between a rock and a hard place: The state started requiring ridesharing service drivers to register their cars as commercial vehicles, but Uber in turn suspended some drivers who did just that.

How to change text message quick responses on Android Lollipop — Android provides a handy feature that lets you respond to unanswered phone calls with a text message-useful if you want to let someone know that you got their call but can't pick up right now. Android provides a handful of canned "quick responses" that you can use as a reply with just a couple taps, but did you know that you can change these?

Turkish government threatens to cut off Twitter access-again — Turkey's citizens may once again find themselves without access to Twitter: According to the New York Times, that nation's government has threatened to block access to the microblogging service within the country unless Twitter blocked an account belonging to a newspaper that published details of a secret government investigation.

Report: Google may purchase Softcard to boost its mobile payment efforts — It's safe to say that competition in the mobile payment space is heating up, and it appears as though Google is looking to bolster its offerings. TechCrunch reports that the Mountain View-based company is reportedly considering buying mobile payments firm Softcard.

The UHD Alliance wants to make 4K TV more than just a curiosity — 4K televisions look great in demos, but seeing as we currently live in a 1080p world, there isn't yet much on TV that takes advantage of all those pixels. The UHD Alliance seeks to change that. As reported by The Verge, the UHD Alliance is a working group made up of some of the biggest HDTV manufacturers and content producers.
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Jan 31, 2015

@KiddoYoung they need to trade an unremarkable player for a superstar along the way.

Jan 31, 2015

RT @DrewTumaABC7: 165 years of records, never had a COMPLETELY dry January, until 2015. San Francisco we're in unprecedented territory.

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