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4 days ago

Verizon to give discounts to customers with off-contract phones

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Verizon is finally going to give you a discount for off-contract phones. Starting April 17th, customers of Big Red are going to be able to bring their own off-contract devices onto shared MORE Everything plans at a discount. No longer will they have to pay a subsidy fee for a subsidy they're not using. Plans at or under 8GB will see a smartphone add-on reduction of $10 (bringing the fee to $30/month), while those with data allotments of 10GB or higher will see their fee sliced from $40 down to $25 per smartphone.

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4 days ago

How to set up your Samsung Galaxy S5

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So you just picked up a Samsung Galaxy S5. You lucky devil. It’s so shiny and pristine, wrapper still intact. But what to do with it first?

If you're new to Android, the Galaxy S5 or to smartphones in general, we've got your covered. (For everyone else, move along. We'll post something super nerdy in a few minutes. We promise.)

Let’s plow through the initial Galaxy S5 set-up process once you get the phone and other materials out of the box and have installed the battery, SIM card, and microSD memory card. If you’re looking for a short and sweet start-up guide, be sure to read about the first five things to do with your new Samsung Galaxy S5. This guide is going to be a bit more of a deep dive.

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4 days ago

LG G3 rumored to have eye-popping 2K display

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The LG G2 might not be that old at all, but that doesn't mean that it's not time to be looking at the next iteration and what might very well be an insane display. It's been rumored for a while that the next iteration of smartphones would up the ante from a pretty well pixel dense 1080p displays to super pixel dense 2K displays, and now it's looking like the LG G3 might be one of the first such phones. According to Ubergizmo, the upcoming G2 successor has a screen somewhere in the neighborhood of 5.2-to-5.5-inches with an eye-popping 2560x1440 resolution.

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4 days ago

Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR M expected to get Android 4.4 KitKat in a few weeks

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Users of the Motorola Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR M won't have to wait much longer to update to KitKat. Motorola has been making progress on the 4.4 update for both devices, originally released in September 2012. The update should be available in a few weeks, according to Motorola Mobility's Senior Director of Software Product Management David Schuster.

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4 days ago

Sphero 2.0 robot ball is $30 off to celebrate National Robotics Week

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Today is the last day of Sphero's National Robotics Week sale, where you can get a Sphero 2.0 for $30 off. Normally $129.99, the discount brings the robotic ball that you can control with your iPhone or Android device down to $99.99. That's still a little pricey for what is essentially a toy, but it's a fancy robotic one. In addition being able to roll around at speeds of up to 7 feet per second, the Sphero 2.0 also contains a set of multi-color LEDs that you can light up and control. And by including inductive charging, Sphero is even waterproof.

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4 days ago

How to customize and use the Lock screen in Sense 6

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If you're using HTC Sense 6, there are lots of ways for you to interact with your Lock screen. Not sure what all the unlock options are? Want to add widgets to your Lock screen or change the wallpaper to one of your own photos? Follow along and we'll show you how to do all of it!

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4 days ago

T-Mobile putting an end to overages on all consumer plans

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After introducing a $40 base plan and then doing away with extra charges for cellular tablets and giving them a free gigabyte of data, T-Mobile is at it again by doing with overage fees. The elimination of domestic overage fees hits all T-Mobile plans. T-Mobile CEO John Legere called out his competition, pointing out that overage fees amount to $1 billion in extra payments from consumers every year.

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4 days ago

Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: The voice assistant showdown!

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Cortana v Siri

There's a new voice assistant in town, and it's called Cortana. With the release of the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview today, Cortana is in public hands for the first time. It's new to the Windows Phone kids, but Cortana arrives to competition from not only Siri but also Google Now. So what's the best way to check it out? Why, with a head to head, of course!

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4 days ago

Sprint: New Nexus 5 update rolling out today

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Nexus 5

Android 4.4.3 landing imminently?

Sprint says a new firmware update will begin rolling out for the Nexus 5 from today. The carrier says this update will enable Sprint Spark on Bands 26 and 41, along with providing "miscellaneous Android updates." The Android build number to watch out for is KTU48F, and since Sprint's SKU is identical to the U.S. unlocked model, all Nexus 5 models could be seeing an OTA today.

It's likely this is the previously mentioned KitKat maintenance release, which will fix camera bugs and other issues — and presumably this will warrant a bump in version number up to Android 4.4.3. That means we could be seeing this new Android version across other Nexus devices before too long.

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4 days ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 camera tip: Turn off picture stabilization unless you really need it

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Picture Stabilizer on the Galaxy S5

If your camera is slow to take pictures this might be the reason why

Here's a quick pro tip for making the best of your new Samsung Galaxy S5 camera. We've seen a few threads appear in the Android Central Galaxy S5 forums claiming frustration that the camera is really, really slow to focus and take pictures. That's not always the case. If it is, you've probably got Picture Stabilization turned on as outlined by forums member atg284 and are shooting in lower light situations.

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