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8 free wallpapers to zap your phone into the holiday spirit

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You’ve decked out your home with festive lights, decorations and a dead tree — now it’s time to get your phone into the holiday spirit.

As a gesture from Mashable, we’re giving you a collection of eight festive, X-ray vision mobile wallpapers from our graphic designer, Christopher Mineses.

So, from our family to yours, Internet, have a safe and happy holidays with a stylish new background on your phone

Click your device or screen resolution, then download:

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Image: Mashable, Christopher Mineses

iPhone:
iPhone 4/4S
iPhone 5/5C/5S
iPhone 6
iPhone 6 Plus Read more…

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4K video recording comes to Microsoft Lumia devices with Denim update

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Microsoft has started rolling out its ‘Denim’ software update for Lumia devices, bringing an improved camera and more abilities for Cortana, the voice assistant on Windows Phone.

The update, detailed back in September, is a big one, bringing a solid list of new features

The highlights of the update mostly have to do with the camera, including 4K video recording, fast camera start (from sleep mode to taking a photo in a little more than one second), Rich Capture mode (which automatically applies features like HDR, Dynamic Flash and Dynamic Exposure) Read more…

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Google Play would be the perfect host for ‘The Interview’

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It’s not looking good for The Interview.

The film, which saw its release canceled in the wake of the epic Sony Pictures hack and subsequent terror threats from the hackers, may not appear on the screen of any theater for a very long time.

President Barack Obama weighed in on the matter Friday, saying it was a “mistake” for Sony to pull the release of the film. Sony CEO Michael Lynton responded, saying the company was still committed to some kind of release, and blamed the halted release on theater owners, who refused to screen the film after threats of physical attacks.

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Carnival’s Mobile Marketing Platform Gets More Automated

carnival trigger messaging When someone tells me that they’re introducing “trigger messaging” to their product, well, it’s not the most thrilling start to a conversation. But hey, mention automated FaceTime calls from One Direction, and suddenly I’m onboard.
(Not that I’m a huge One Direction fan or anything. It’s not weird that I think this sounds cool, right? Please tell me… Read More

Facebook Messenger add-on lets you cover photos in emoji

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Facebook Messenger, the social network’s message app, is getting some Christmas-themed updates on Android on Friday.

The biggest one is Stickered, a lightweight add-on app that allows Facebook users to add stickers to photos and send them through Messenger

That means you can finally put huge smiley faces with heart-shaped eyes over your friends’ faces, like so:

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In addition to Stickered, the updated Messenger will include holiday features like “festive frames” for New Year’s Eve selfies along with holiday-themed sticker packs and snow globe chat heads. (Chat heads are the circular icons that float in the Facebook app when a conversation is active.) Read more…

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Facebook Messenger add-on lets you cover photos in emoji

Messenger-holiday

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Facebook Messenger, the social network’s message app, is getting some Christmas-themed updates on Android on Friday.

The biggest one is Stickered, a lightweight add-on app that allows Facebook users to add stickers to photos and send them through Messenger

That means you can finally put huge smiley faces with heart-shaped eyes over your friends’ faces, like so:

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Image: Facebook

In addition to Stickered, the updated Messenger will include holiday features like “festive frames” for New Year’s Eve selfies along with holiday-themed sticker packs and snow globe chat heads. (Chat heads are the circular icons that float in the Facebook app when a conversation is active.) Read more…

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Facebook Has So Much To Announce, Its f8 Conference Expands To 2 Days In SF March 25-26 2015

Facebook F8 2015 Facebook has more news to share at f8 than can fit in a single day, so it’s adding a second for its developer conference now slated for March 25th and 26th, 2015 at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center. Registration for the first two-day f8 will open in early 2015, but developers hoping to attend can sign up for a reminder of when they can vy for tickets.
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T-Mobile will refund up to $90 million for mistakenly billing customers

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WASHINGTON — T-Mobile will issue up to $90 million in refunds for billing customers for cellphone text services they didn’t order, under a settlement with federal regulators.

The Federal Trade Commission announced the agreement Friday with T-Mobile over billing for unauthorized charges, a practice known as “cramming.” T-Mobile, the fourth-largest U.S. cellphone company, is also paying $18 million in fines to the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and $4.5 million in fines to the Federal Communications Commission.

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ICANN was hacked, but critical data was protected

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Hackers breached the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that coordinates unique web addresses all across the world, but luckily didn’t hit the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, an important leg that keeps the Internet running smoothly.

Attackers used “spear fishing” to break into the system in late November, according to a post on ICANN’s website this week. Staffers received email messages that appeared to be coming from ICANN’s own domain; several ICANN staffers’ emails were compromised.

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Uber is trying to patent surge pricing

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When Uber Technologies Inc. jacked up prices in Sydney this week to meet the demand of people fleeing a hostage crisis, critics accused the ride-sharing service of price gouging.

The company, though, makes no apologies for what it calls “surge pricing” — and in fact is seeking to patent it.

Uber applied for a U.S. patent last year for “dynamically adjusting prices for service” using mobile devices. The system measures supply (Uber drivers) and demand (passengers hailing rides with smartphones), and prices fares accordingly.

It’s one of at least 13 U.S. patent applications filed by Uber or its founders to give it an edge over potential rivals ahead of a potential initial public offering. So far, Uber hasn’t had any luck. Ten applications were initially rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for “obviousness” or for covering something not eligible for protection. Read more…

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