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6 days ago

A Galaxy S6 from T-Mobile will come with a free year of Netflix

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Samsung's always thrown in a bunch of free apps and subscriptions with their phones, but T-Mobile's throwing in some freebies of their own.

If you were planning on getting a Samsung Galaxy S6 or Samsung Galaxy S6 edge from T-Mobile, it'll come with a year's worth of Netflix.

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6 days ago

Kyocera to fund long-distance phone calls for military with new 'Take Back' recycling program

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Kyocera's new phone recycling program, 'Take Back', will take old phones and turn them into long-distance calling time for deployed soldiers.

A new partnership between Kyocera and SecondWave Recycling will turn your old cellphone into paid calling time for deployed soldiers. Kyocera's 'Take Back' recycling program will accept phones in any condition, working or not. For every four phones recycled, Kycoera will donate $1 to Cell Phones for Soldiers, who provides free long-distance calling cards for soldiers.

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6 days ago

UltraTuner brings precision musical tuning to your Android phone

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The popular UltraTune app has arrived for Android, bringing ultra-precise musical tuning right to your phone.

UltraTune will allow precision tuning for your musical instruments right from your Android device. After having some great success with it's app on iOS, IK Multimedia is now bringing easy tuning to Android device. Knowing that accuracy is the most important part of tuning, UltraTuner boasts that they are able to deliver accuracy of +/- 1/100 of a cent, which is 10 times more accurate than a conventional mechanical strobe tuner.

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6 days ago

BT returns to the mobile phone market with new 4G LTE plans

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After a decade has passed since the company was involved in the mobile phone market, BT today announced new 4G LTE plans for the UK.

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6 days ago

Best Buy 4-day sale cuts Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pricing by at least $100

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The latest four-day sale from Best Buy includes the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, dropping the price by at least $100 depending on carrier.

Best Buy is offering a sale on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 through March 29, which brings a cost savings of at least $100 to the device on contract. AT&T and Sprint models are discounted by $100, dropping the price to $199 on contract. The Verizon model is discounted by $200, making it only $99 on contract.

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6 days ago

HTC sends out April invites for 'More than One' event in Beijing

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Rumors of a more powerful variant of the HTC One M9, dubbed the HTC One M9+ for China have today been backed up by an official press invitation to a Beijing event in April.

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6 days ago

TomTom re-launches its mobile navigation experience for Android

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TomTom today announced the re-launch of its mobile experience for Android hardware. TomTom GO Mobile offers the company's premium navigation functionality.

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6 days ago

Join us at the Big Android Meat & Greet!

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Developers and enthusiasts alike will soon descend upon Alexandra, Va for a day of Android and delicious food, so naturally we'll be there.

The folks behind the Big Android BBQ have been working hard to expand their unique combination of social event and technical conference to the left and right coasts of the US. These events, dubbed Big Android Meat & Greets, exist as a small sample of the huge event that happens in Texas every year, but are significantly easier for some folks to get to. This year is the first East Coast event, and since it's happening in Jerry and Russell's backyard you can rest assured we'll be there to experience both the educational and entertainment aspects of the celebration.

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6 days ago

Leaked image of alleged HTC One E9 reveals glossy back

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HTC is once again set to offer a flagship-level smartphone with a plastic chassis.

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6 days ago

Xiaomi may launch its smartwatch along with a new mid-range phone on March 31

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The Chinese handset manufacturer has announced that it will launch new products on March 31 to commemorate its five-year anniversary.

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6 days ago

YouTube to reportedly take on Twitch with game streaming push later this year

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Google is reportedly planning a reinvigorated push for its live streaming platform that will go live later this year and focus on game streaming and esports.

Called YouTube Live, the service would go up against popular streaming service Twitch, which has already amassed the lion's share of the game streaming market.

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6 days ago

When to use HDR for photos on your Android

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HDR camera interface

Shooting in HDR isn't a cure-all solution, but it can definitely make up for shortcomings in your camera.

It's clear to see smartphone cameras have come a long way in just a couple of years, but what you may not realize is that a lot of the advancement can be attributed to software. When dealing with small camera sensors and lenses, like those on your Android, it takes finely-tuned processing to get a great-looking image from the data collected. It's true for casual snapshots in auto mode, but it's particularly true for HDR photography.

While HDR can't fix every problem with taking photos on your Android phone, it can certainly help your little camera produce appealing images that you'll really want to show off. HDR isn't a silver bullet, though — it really needs to be used in moderation for the best results. Let us show you when to flip the switch to HDR and when to go natural.

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6 days ago

This week's sidebar poll: Which eBook app do you use most?

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Reading is for more than beaches and parks now; you can read anywhere you bring your Android.

Reading, as they say, is fundamental, and reading has never been easier to do.

Thanks to eBook readers, apps, and scores of eBook collections — free or paid — you can have a whole library in your pocket anywhere in the world. And while you could be spending your time on your smartphone or tablet buying and playing your way through another conquest on Clash of Clans or zipping around reddit or Twitter looking for funny cat pictures, reading books on your smartphone is often overlooked endeavor that you may want to consider picking back up. And as we dive into Reading on Android this week, we want to see what reading app our readers are using to read their ebooks electronically.

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6 days ago

Google's reportedly working on a way to pay bills from inside Gmail

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Google may be working on a new service, code-named "Pony Express", that could allow Gmail users in the future to both receive and pay online bills directly from the email service.

The report comes from leaked documents that were first reported by Re/code. They show how Gmail "Pony Express" users will first have to provide personal information to a third party that then confirms their identity.

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6 days ago

The joys of reading on Android

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books on Android

Smartphones and tablets have become the default browsing and quick-read device for many people, but diving into entire books is often another matter entirely.

Much in the same way the best camera is the one you have with you at all times, if you're a constant reader the thing you're most likely to do all of your reading on is whatever you have with you at all times. This isn't universally true, which is why Kindles are still crazy popular and bookstores still exist, but it's quite common to find someone on their lunch break at work or in a car waiting to pick up kids reading entire books on a smartphone. It shouldn't be too surprising nowadays, especially with the incredibly high resolution displays and wealth of bookstores and reading apps in the Google Play Store today.

In fact, with so many options out there it may not be all that easy to choose a service that best suits your needs, let alone even be aware of what options are out there for you to take advantage of. With that in mind, we're going to take a look at all of the reading options for Android and take a quick tour through the features that make these apps and services special.

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