Google Now Lets You Make Free One Minute International Calls

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gone in 60 Need to make an international phone call, but don’t want to deal with the mystery connection fees and huge minute-by-minute charges?
Google has just quietly launched a rather nifty new feature: free international calling to 25 different countries through Hangouts/Gmail/Google+.
The catch, if you want to call it that: only the first 60 seconds are free. Read More

Google Fit App Now Available For Android Devices

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google-fit Google has released its Fit app, which acts as a central storehouse for activity recorded via your Android device, and via apps that use the Google Fit SDK introduced at the I/O developer conference back in June. The dedicated Android app is pretty spare, but it provides a way for users to see an overview of their collected health and fitness data in one central location.
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You can order Taco Bell from a smartphone starting today

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Get ready to order FourthMeal with your smartphone. Taco Bell will today announce a new app that lets customers nationwide order food ahead of time and pick up their meal via drive-thru or by walking into the fast food chain. After several months of planning, the company has become the first big fast food player to offer mobile ordering at this scale and with two pickup options. Other huge chains including McDonald’s have conducted pilot tests for smartphone orders and are likely to follow suit before long. Taco Bell is emphasizing that mobile customers will have access to every single ingredient on its menu, and the company even plans to offer some food items exclusively via the app. Special offers will also be integrated, and Taco Bell…

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The Droid Turbo is a souped-up Moto X for Verizon

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After months of speculation and a nearly endless stream of leaks, Motorola and Verizon today announced the latest smartphone in the Droid family, the Droid Turbo. The Turbo takes the place of the Droid Ultra from last year — the Droid Maxx and Droid Mini remain in the lineup at lower price points — and is a geniuinely unique device in Motorola’s portfolio. It will be available starting on October 30th for $199.99 on contract for a 32GB model or $249.99 on contract for a 64GB version.

The Turbo has the same size display as Motorola’s flagship Moto X, which is also offered by Verizon and other US carriers, but the 5.2-inch panel on the Turbo has a much higher, quad HD resolution (the Moto X makes do with a 1080p screen). The Turbo also…

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The Fireside SmartFrame Surfaces Family Memories From The Cloud

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Fireside SmartFrame The Fireside SmartFrame is the startup’s solution for dragging memories out of the cloud and into our homes. It’s a 15-inch, 1080p IPS display driven by the same system-on-a-chip as a low- to mid-range Android phone. Once plugged in and connected to the cloud using Fireside’s upcoming iOS app, the frame downloads photos and videos uploaded to Fireside to 64 GB of onboard… Read More

DigitalOcean Partners With Mesosphere To Allow Developers To Focus On Apps, Not Servers

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Mesosphere-Blog DigitalOcean, the fast-growing cloud hosting provider, today announced that it has partnered with Mesosphere to allow its users to quickly deploy a Mesosphere cluster on its platform. The idea behind Mesosphere is to allow developers to treat a cluster on DigitalOcean, Google Compute Engine, AWS and similar platforms as a single pool or resources for their applications. The service is based… Read More

Reserve, From Startup Studio Expa, Makes Restaurant Reservations Easier Than Ever

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reserve A startup called Reserve is launching a beta version of its “digital concierge” app today, promising to help users snag reservations at top-tier restaurants and improve the dining experience overall. This is the first launch out of Expa, the “startup studio” created by StumbleUpon and Uber co-founder Garrett Camp. (Expa recently raised $50 million and announced the… Read More

Verizon Announces The Motorola Droid Turbo With Battery Super Powers

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droid-48hour Today Motorola and Verizon are announcing the Droid Turbo, a new Droid-branded smartphone with a focus on super fast charging capabilities. Verizon claims the phone can get eight hours of battery life in 15 just minutes by using a special turbo charger sold with the phone. And beyond that, a fully charged Droid Turbo promises 48 hours of battery life. Obviously, this is going to differ based… Read More

Deepwater Horizon spill left an oil ring the size of Rhode Island at the bottom of the sea, study says

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There’s an oil ring the size of Rhode Island at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico and researchers say it belongs to oil company BP. According to a study published yesterday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, about 10 million gallons of coagulated oil now coats the sea floor, following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that resulted in 172 million gallons of oil being spilled into the Gulf in 2010. The rest of the oil, however, is still largely unaccounted for.

10 million gallons of coagulated oil coats the sea floor

“Based on the evidence, our findings suggest that these deposits are from Macondo oil that was first suspended in the deep ocean, then settled to the sea floor without ever reaching the ocean surface,” David…

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