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The Best Straight Talk Phones

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We’re assembling the absolute best phones available on Straight Talk so you can figure out which you want to grab as quickly as possible. You’ll find everything from high-end to affordable prepaid phones here.

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1 week ago

The Price of Fame is a new Android game from Lindsay Lohan

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Lindsay Lohan has released a game for Android called The Price of Fame. The game focuses on elevating the star you create to the top of Hollywood.

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1 week ago

HTC Desire Eye reviewed

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Selfie. The first time I heard the word I paused. Do we really need a term for taking a photo of yourself at arm's length with a crappy front-facing camera? (I may have used stronger language). That was a few years ago. Today the term has exploded in use, and smartphone cameras aren't quite so little and crappy anymore, but I still hate even reading the word, much less using it. It's spawned dedicated social networks, a horrible (and blessedly short-lived) ABC sitcom, and now the HTC Desire Eye smartphone. There's more than the front-facing 13-megapixel camera at play here, but it's the defining feature on the face of this device.

It's a sign of the times that a manufacturer like HTC would feel compelled to release a phone with what should be a high-quality, high-resolution a camera dedicated to taking pictures of the user. But that commentary on the state of our society is probably for another day. Seeing somebody taking a selfie today isn't a surprising thing. Walking through Times Square or the Champ de Mars you'll see selfie-taker after selfie-taker. It might prompt an eye roll or two, but it's not a crazy, narcissistic thing anymore.

The HTC Desire Eye, however, is a surprising and kind-of crazy phone. The big center-mounted circular lens at the top dominates the face of the phone, like the eye of a cyclops. It's so dominant that you don't even notice that the phone's ringed in red, or how the the speakers are artfully hidden, or that there's a dual-LED flash up with that front-facing camera. For better or worse, the HTC Desire Eye is the selfie phone, and this is our review.

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1 week ago

Photo of a Samsung Galaxy S6 prototype has reportedly leaked

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1 week ago

YouTube quietly starts rolling out a built-in GIF creator

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YouTube has quietly started rolling out their own GIF generator. It's not available for all channels yet, with only certain creators having the option available on some of their videos, found under the sharing options next to email.

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1 week ago

Nexus 9 now available from T-Mobile with LTE!

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NExus 9

T-Mobile this morning announced that the Nexus 9 is available for $24.99 a month, or $599.76 outright, making the LTE version of the 8.9-inch tablet finally available. (Google is still only selling the Wifi-capable model directly.)

For the most part this is the same Nexus 9 we crawled all over in our review, only with LTE data tucked in there. But that itself raises some technical questions, as the Tegra K1-powered tablet is using an off-die modem. That's not to say there's anything inherently evil about that, but it's different than what we're used to, and previous generations of devices (and to be fair we're talking several generations of hardware ago) that used that scheme suffered from less-than-stellar battery life. And throw in the fact that Nexus 9 battery life tends to vary quite a bit already depending on what you're doing with the tablet, and we're actually quite curious as to how this will shake out.

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1 week ago

EE to scrap Orange Wednesday 2-for-1 cinema ticket deal after a decade

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EE will be scrapping the Orange Wednesday 2-for-1 cinema ticket deal after being available for a decade. Customers of Orange (and subsequently EE) have enjoyed a weekly deal that allowed them to head down to their local cinema to check out the latest blockbusters at a reduced price. This offer will no longer be available after February 2015, but the carrier stresses they are working on a worthy successor. According to Marketing Magazine:

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hits Vodafone UK

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The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is now available from Vodafone UK. The carrier is offering the Note Edge starting at £49 on contract. You can also grab the phone for £795 if you want to go SIM-free.

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1 week ago

Galaxy Note 4 available in red for Christmas, but is limited to South Korea

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Those who reside in South Korea and wish to pick up the Galaxy Note 4 will be able to grab the smartphone in velvet red for Christmas. According to the SamMobile report, this colored variant of the Galaxy Note 4 appears to be limited to South Korean carrier SK Telecom. Put simply, don't get your hopes up on purchasing one if you do not live in the region.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi investigates sales ban in India over patent infringements

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Xiaomi has been forced to suspend sales altogether in India due to infringing on patents held by Ericsson, which we already covered yesterday, but the company today released a short statement explaining the situation to customers and potential buyers. The injunction, issued by the Delhi High Court, prohibits Xiaomi from selling, manufacturing or importing devices in the country. The ban is set to be in effect until February 5, 2015 at the very least.

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1 week ago

Hangouts Chrome app update brings proper desktop notifications, new phone tab

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The Hangouts app for Chrome OS and Windows recently grabbed an update, and while the change log doesn't list anything particularly groundbreaking, the app has seen the addition of a new phone tab and desktop notifications.

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1 week ago

Google Translate adds support for ten more languages

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Google has added support for 10 more languages to Google Translate, allowing an additional 200 million people to translate text to and from their native languages. Support for the 10 new languages is now live on the Google Translate web portal, and Google says that support will reach mobile apps shortly.

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1 week ago

Pick up a refurbished Moto X (2013) for just $158

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Update: Well, looks like that sold out quickly. The only other available deal on the Moto X (2013) is for $229 in either white or black. Not as great of a deal.

Original story: We're well into the life cycle of the new Moto X, but that doesn't mean the old one isn't still worth having if you can get it for a good deal. NoMoreRack has the original Moto X (unlocked GSM, of course) available in a refurbished condition for just $158 right now, and that's a pretty darn good price. Last year's Moto X for less than the price of the new Moto G is nothing to shake a stick at — and we're sure more than a few people will snatch this one up.

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1 week ago

Google Fit update brings support for over 100 new activities, improved step detection

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The Google Fit app snatched an update today, and it brings a couple of new, nifty features. Along with the usual helping of bug fixes, the update also contains support for manual entry of over 100 new activities and experimental step detection when your Android Wear watch is disconnected from a paired phone.

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1 week ago

VoLTE arrives on Droid Turbo in Advanced Calling update

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Verizon has announced today that it has begun rolling out an update for the Droid Turbo. If you had your heart set on Lollipop, it doesn't appear that it's coming with this update. Rather, it will bring Verizon's Advanced Calling 1.0, which enables VoLTE and simultaneous voice and data.

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