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1 week ago

T-Mobile reorganizes executives, Mike Sievert named COO

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T-Mobile has a new Chief Operating Officer. As part of a corporate reshuffling, CEO John Legere announced that Mike Sievert will be the Un-carrier's first COO. Sievert has until now served as the company's Chief Marketing Officer, and in his new role will be responsible for a number of consumer-facing initiatives, according to TmoNews:

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1 week ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Smooth

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There are times for rough edges, but other times we want everything to go smoothly — and this week we're looking for photos that follow the idea of "smooth." There are more than a couple ways to illustrate the idea of smooth, and we're looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

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1 week ago

Pandora will soon let your favorite artists talk to you

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Pandora will soon let musicians get in touch with their fans directly. Artist Audio Messaging will let artists send "personalized" audio messages to their fans through the Pandora app, and will roll out to users later this week. Only a small number of artists are participating in the program while it's in the pilot stage.

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1 week ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Sweet' winners!

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Our latest weekly photo contest was for the prompt "sweet," and we're happy to say there were dozens of very sweet pictures entered. Our forums post for the contest filled up with tons of great pictures of all kinds. In the end we had to bring it down to just two winners, but we think they're quite worthy of receiving prizes. Read along and see the winners this week.

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1 week ago

Samsung acquires mobile payments company LoopPay

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It looks like Samsung is ready to take Apple head-on in the mobile payments arena. The company announced today that it will acquire LoopPay, an Apple Pay competitor that works with existing magnetic strip readers.

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1 week ago

Google Play store: How to keep your kids from buying everything in sight

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Purchasing protection

Requiring a password for purchases will let you control who can buy what.

There are a lot of things to spend money on inside the Google Play store app on your Android. Some apps cost a few bucks, some have in-app purchases (some have too many) and others have subscriptions for monthly or yearly fees. Like everything else that can cost money, it's always a good idea to keep tabs on where and how the money is being spent — especially if you have kids using your Google account.

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1 week ago

Galaxy S5 owners: How's the Lollipop update treating you?

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Galaxy S5 Lollipop

Even more GS5s are getting Android 5.0, but is it a net positive for everyone?

After Lollipop started slowly rolling out to Galaxy S5 owners in Europe, Verizon put us back on alert with the big update to its own Galaxy S5. Sprint followed suit the next day and T-Mobile pushed a couple weeks later. As is the case with every major operating system update, some people are likely to hit a few snags when jumping between Android versions. There are some features and designs of Lollipop that are disliked, but there are also issues with the update process itself.

We've received a few emails to our tips inbox and read a few comments in the forums indicating there are issues, but that's also combined with plenty of folks who seem to be happy with the update. So, for those of you who have installed Lollipop on your Galaxy S5, how is the update working on your device?

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1 week ago

Motorola boss fights back against Apple designer's criticism of Moto Maker

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Motorola President Rick Osterloh disagrees with Apple designer Jony Ive's criticism of the Moto Maker phone customization program. In a recent profile of Ive, the designer sharply criticized an unnamed competitor that allowed customers to "make it whatever you want," saying that that "I believe that's abdicating your responsibility as a designer." Osterloh wasn't about to take that sitting down.

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1 week ago

We're answering your LG G Flex 2 questions on the Android Central forums!

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We're hard at work putting together our full review of the LG G Flex 2, LG's second-generation curved, flexible phone boasting Qualcomm's latest 64-bit processor. That means we've got the device in-hand, and we're ready to answer any burning questions over on the Android Central LG G Flex 2 forums.

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1 week ago

Lollipop rolls out to Samsung Galaxy S5 owners on T-Mobile

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Samsung Galaxy S5 owners are now reporting that Lollipop has hit their smartphone on T-Mobile. We've covered the Android update fairly extensively, but you should look to expect various improvements to the overall experience. The update will be rolling out OTA so fret not if you've yet to receive a notification.

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1 week ago

A quick look at three quick-charging car chargers that charge quickly

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Car Quick Chargers

Maybe having a quick-charging car charger won't change your life. But it makes plugging in during a 20-minute commute so much more useful.

I'm used to maybe getting 10 or 15 percentage points on my way to or from the office while using my old, standard charger. It's not a long commute really, about average, according to the US Census bureau. But after taking a look at a few Quick Charge 2.0 for the car, I'm that much more excited about this tech that's finally hitting the mainstream in 2015. The short version: The charger and your phone work together to safely allow more juice to flow, then slow down the charge after that initial burst. So you'll go from dead to, say, 60 percent much faster, then slow the rate to finish the job.

And in the car, when you might just have a quick drive and a short amount of time to juice up, that makes a big difference. So let's take a quick look at two car chargers from a couple of respected accessory manufacturers.

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1 week ago

Buy an NVIDIA Shield Tablet, get a $30 gift card

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For a limited time, if you buy an NVIDIA Shield Tablet from one of several retailers, they'll be throwing in a $30 gift card for that store with your purchase. The Shield Tablet is one of our favorite tablets, and getting as much as 10 percent back (if you opt for the Wi-Fi-only 16GB version) isn't a bad deal.

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1 week ago

Dropbox will soon let you open shared links right into its app

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Dropbox is now in the process of rolling out a new feature for mobile users that will let you open shared Dropbox links an email or in a browser right in the mobile app for Android and iOS. Opening a link directly in the Dropbox app allows you to get rich previews of documents and images and easily save files.

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1 week ago

Verizon Wireless swaps CEOs, John Stratton now in charge

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Big Red has a new chief, with John Stratton replacing Dan Mead as CEO of Verizon Wireless. Stratton comes from within Verizon, having previously served as the company's President of Global Enterprise and Consumer Wireline. Mead will stay with Verizon to oversee the sale of the company's wireline assets, and then plans to retire. Verizon Wireless is still a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, so Stratton will report to the parent company's CEO Lowell McAdam.

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1 week ago

Keep an eye out for visitors with the DoorBird Video Doorbell

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Bird Home Automation has announced the DoorBird Video Doorbell, a new smart doorbell for connected homes. This doorbell includes a video camera and connects to your Android device, letting you see and communicate with people outside your home no matter where you are using either Wi-Fi or a cellular connection. The DoorBird will be compatible with a number of smart home devices, possibly including the Nest as well as a number of standards, such as Apple's HomeKit. Bird Home Automation expects the DoorBird to be available to consumers at some point in the spring of 2015.

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