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Amazon Prime will be just $72 tomorrow

Treat yourself to Amazon Prime this weekend. Photo: Torley/Flickr CC

Treat yourself to Amazon Prime this weekend. Photo: Torley/Flickr CC

At $99 a year, Amazon Prime is a killer deal — especially if you do a lot of online shopping. But it’s going to get even better tomorrow, January 24, when you’ll be able to bag a one-year subscription for just $72 — more than 25% off — to celebrate the Golden Globe Awards.

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Cheeky much? Google places billboard ad right next to Apple Store

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Twitter user Corey B spotted Google’s latest audacious move against Apple. Photo: Corey B

Thermonuclear war may be over between Google and Apple, but that doesn’t mean that the two aren’t willing to score points against one another.

A few months after Tim Cook critiqued Google’s entire business model during his interview with Charlie Rose, and Google’s Eric Schmidt dismissed the bestselling iPhone 6 as a Samsung clone, Google has struck again with its latest act of aggression: a double billboard for Google Play positioned right next to a leading Apple Store.

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Samsung still chasing a BlackBerry buyout despite denials

Is Samsung still chasing BlackBerry? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Is Samsung still chasing BlackBerry? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

BlackBerry may be on its last legs and struggling to attract new customers, but that won’t dissuade Samsung from spending big to buy the company. While both companies have dismissed takeover reports over the past week, a new report claims Samsung really is still interested in acquiring a significant stake in the Canadian smartphone maker.

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Google is about to become its own wireless carrier

Something much more ambitious than Google Voice is coming.

Something much more ambitious than Google Voice is coming.

Pretty soon you’ll be able to buy a Nexus smartphone that works with Google’s own wireless network. The company is close to offering its own mobile phone plans directly to customers, a move that would allow Google to control the entire phone experience from top to bottom.

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Amazon pulls the plug on its first Apple Pay competitor

Amazon has pulled the plug on its Apple Pay rival. Photo: Apple

Amazon has pulled the plug on its Apple Pay rival. Photo: Apple

Amazon jumped into the mobile payments market a few months before Apple Pay launched, but the company is already pulling the plug on its first mobile wallet solution: Amazon Wallet.

Emails were sent out to customers this week from Amazon, alerting them that the service would be shutting down soon. The service was still in beta but it came preinstalled on the Amazon Fire Phone. The move comes just six months after Amazon Wallet made its debut.

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Goodbye Glass: This is your last chance to get your hands on Google’s head-up display

Going, going, gone! Photo: Google

Going, going, gone! Photo: Google

If you’re looking for something to do with today’s public holiday, here’s an idea: why not seize the opportunity to buy a Google Glass headset, knowing that this could be your last chance to ever do so?

That’s right — from tomorrow, Google’s $1,500 Glass Explorer augmented reality goggles will no longer be available through Google’s Play Store. Headsets will continue to work, although users shouldn’t expect any official software updates for them.

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Samsung will fix its glitchy fingerprint sensor by copying Touch ID

Say goodbye to the swipe. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Say goodbye to the swipe. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Samsung’s fingerprint scanners could be some of the worst available in today’s mobile devices; they’re so unreliable that most people don’t even bother with them. But sources familiar with the company’s plans say it is working to change that for the upcoming Galaxy S6.

How? By copying Apple, of course.

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President of Jony Ive’s old company is now in charge of Samsung design

A younger Jony Ive, pre-Apple. One former colleague once told me he looked like "a hairbrush."

A younger Jony Ive, pre-Apple. One former colleague once told me he looked like “a hairbrush.”

It’s not exactly news that Samsung would like be a whole lot more like Apple. And when you compare the sales figures from Samsung’s ailing mobile division to Apple’s thriving iPhone numbers, who can blame it?

But while the South Korea-based tech giant isn’t going to be able to steal away any of the design brains behind Apple’s must-have devices any time soon, it’s trying to do the next best thing: hiring a former boss from the company Jony Ive helped start before he set sale for Apple in the 1990s.

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CloudMagic’s best features now cost $4.99 a month

CloudMagic is no longer completely free. Photo: CloudMagic

CloudMagic is no longer completely free. Photo: CloudMagic

CloudMagic has long been my favorite third-party email client on Android and iOS, thanks mostly to its excellent cross-platform support that makes managing email on different devices incredibly simple. But thanks to its latest update, some of the terrific features we’ve been enjoying for free for over a year are now going to cost $4.99 a month.

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Next Samsung smartwatch may copy Apple’s digital crown

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Samsung is putting its own spin on the digital crown. Photo: Apple

Samsung has released six smartwatches in the past year, but now that Apple is coming out with its first timepiece in 2015, the South Korean smartphone already has plans to copy Apple’s Digital Crown with its own spin.

The first round Samsung smartwatch will hit the market in 2015, according to a report from SamMobile which also claims the company’s Moto 360-styled smartwatch will come with an Apple-like twist.

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