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iPhone, iPad make muted return to Costco with big discounts

After Costco had ended its partnership some years ago resulting in the yanking of iPod and iTunes gift card sales from its warehouse store shelves, it looks like the iPad and iPhone are both making a somewhat muted return to Costco. Whereas the old partnership of yore had Costco directly selling Apple products in its stores, the new arrangement seems to be online-only at this time.

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Chromecast 'Backdrop' lets you customize slideshow content for your TV

Google is dramatically expanding the capabilities of the Chromecast, and part of that expansion is a new feature called "Backdrop" that shows beautiful imagery on your TV when it is not actively casting content. Starting this summer with an update of the Chromecast app, you'll be able to open the app and customize what pictures show up on your TV when it is idle.

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Google Chromecast to allow casting without being on same WiFi network

Google today introduced at Google I/O an impressive new feature coming to Chromecast in the future, where you'll be able to cast content without having to worry about being on the same WiFi network. It's all done through the cloud but allows you all the same functionality as if you were connected over WiFi.

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Philips hue tap light switch is powered by your touch

Philips is now selling the hue tap, their light switch for controlling their hue bulbs. Tap, originally announced back in March can control up to four different scenes, letting you control groups of hue lightbulbs without needing to pull out your smartphone. Simply press the buttons on the front of tap in order to select your scene. Tap does this all without batteries, using the kinetic energy provided by your tapping the device in order to power the low-energy ZigBee connection.

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Supreme court rules police need a warrant to search cell phones

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that police must have a warrant to search the content inside a cell phone of a person who has been arrested.

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EU regulators to make decision on Apple's Beats acquisition by July 30

Regulators for the European Union are taking a look at Apple's deal to buy Beats Electronics, and will decide if the deal can go through by the end of July. The European Commission can accept the deal completely, accept it with concessions from Apple, reject it, or open a deeper investigation. If the deal is approved, Apple will acquire Beats for $3 billion.

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Strange notifications from your BBC News app? Don't worry, here's what's going on

The BBC today sent out some weird push notifications to the broadcaster's official apps on both Android and iOS. It's a developer's worst fear when testing some new functionality goes live somehow and this is exactly what happened to the BBC. Push notifications were inadvertently sent out to live apps on both mobile platforms with some sample text. It is what's contained in these push notifications that makes this report rather humorous.

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Google I/O kicks off today, what might it bring the iPhone and iPad?

Just as Apple took over Moscone Center in San Francisco earlier this month for WWDC, Google this week descends upon the very same venue for its annual I/O developer conference. And while the meat of the discussions are related to Google's own platforms – Android, Chrome and all things related – we shouldn't ever forget that the iPhone is one of the absolute best Google phones money can buy.

As such there's a great chance that we'll see some news of interest this week coming out of the event and Mobile Nations will be live on the ground to bring it all to you. Read on to see what you need to know.

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#MobileFit Bonus Contest: Leave a comment and you could win a Fitbit Aria Smart Scale!

There's a week left for the month of June. Which means you've got one week to get your final steps in for our #MobileFit Fitbit challenge. We're giving away a Fitbit Aria to the top three in the group, plus one random prize to a member in the group.

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This summer European roaming charges will be cut in half

The European Commission has announced that charges to roam within Europe will fall by as much as 50 percent this summer. The EC is imposing yet another limit on mobile operators, further reducing the caps from July 1 to pave the way for removing roaming charges altogether by 2016. Currently, calls within the EU are capped at 24 euro cents per minute but will fall to 19 cents per minute. More importantly (particularly in 2014 and beyond), the fee for using data abroad is falling too.

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