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1 week ago

Republic Wireless axing unlimited data roaming offer

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Citing expensive roaming costs, Republic Wireless has announced that starting September 25th, it is reducing its off-network data roaming allotment to just 25 MB and throttling speeds while roaming. The carrier says that this will help to accommodate users who may need to roam off the network occasionally where Republic may not have data service while still maintain low pricing for everyone.

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1 week ago

Despite Apple's professed love of music, it's Google that owns my share of ear

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I Heart Google Play Music + Songza!

I've watched every Apple keynote since the original iPhone was announced. Almost every time Apple execs take to the big stage, at some point during the presentation they profess the company's love for music.

Apple's iPhone 6 event was no exception. After announcing the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay and the Apple Watch, CEO Tim Cook got back on stage to talk music. No, he didn't announce an update to iTunes, which I'm sure almost everybody would agree — including Apple fans — is in desperate need of an overhaul. Instead, he once again professed Apple's love for music and talked about their ongoing deep collaboration with U2, at which point he brought the band up on stage to play a new single. Following that, Tim and Bono quipped back and forth in highly-rehearsed, poor-acting form, where they decided to give away U2's new album Songs of Innocence free of charge until mid-October to the over half a billion iTunes customers around the world. It was definitely a nice gesture that I'm sure many people will appreciate (though personally, following Apple's Beats acquisition, I'd rather have been given a new free album from Dre & friends.)

While watching this post-keynote entertainment go down over Apple's live stream, a realization hit me as I looked at the Sonos app that was also open on the desktop of one my other monitors. The realization? That despite Apple's professed love of music, it's actually Google that now owns market share over my music listening habits, or rather, share of ear as I like to call it. The second realization? Google magically pulled this off on me a time when I wasn't even using an Android phone!

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1 week ago

Leak of millions of Gmail usernames and passwords underscores the need for better security

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A list of nearly five million Gmail usernames and passwords have reportedly been published on a Russian online forum, but many of those accounts on the list have already been suspended or have old passwords. Still, millions of account credentials are out there, potentially posing a significant security risk for many.

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1 week ago

Google Hangouts getting free voice calls and voicemail

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Google Hangouts with Voicemail

It's been a long loooong time coming, but Google Voice is finally getting more-or-less fully integrated into Hangouts. Earlier today we saw Google migrating Voice messaging into Hangouts, and now with an update to the Hangouts app for both Android (version 2.3, which will be rolling out over the next few days) and iOS you'll be able to make phone calls with ease.

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1 week ago

Android KitKat 4.4.4 rolling out to T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 owners

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T-Mobile owners of the Samsung Galaxy S4 can look forward to getting an over-the-air update beginning today that will bring their smartphone up to Android KitKat 4.4.4.

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1 week ago

Cricket raises data allotments for new and existing customers — get 10GB for just $55

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U.S. prepaid carrier Cricket is, for a limited time, raising the roof on their data allotments. New customers that sign up between September 13 and an as-yet undetermined cut-off date will get anywhere from 500MB to 5GB more LTE data on their plan for the same amount. Existing customers will also get more data on their plans automatically, and they won't have to pay anything more for it.

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1 week ago

Stream audiophile grade music with Deezer Elite, now available on Sonos

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Deezer is marking its US debut by announcing a premium streaming service in the country called Deezer Elite, which will work exclusively on Sonos systems. Through the service, you'll be able to stream over 30 million songs from Deezer's catalog in the lossless FLAC format with a quality of 16-bit/44.1kHz (or around 1,411 kbps), which is is a significant improvement over what other streaming music services like Spotify offer at 320 kbps.

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1 week ago

Mobile Nations Community Update, September 2014

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Mobile Nations Community Update

It's time again to wrap up the goodness going on around Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Phone Central... The September edition of the Mobile Nations Community Update is a GO.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile LG G3 picks up an incremental update, no sight of Android 4.4.4 KitKat

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T-Mobile's version of the LG G3 picked up a 154 MB update today, but it's probably not the one you've been waiting for. The build number has seen an incremental change from KVT49L.D85110c to KVT49L.D85110m, with the Android version still at 4.4.2.

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1 week ago

SimCity BuildIt could occupy your life when it comes to Android

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Electronic Arts will bring the highly addictive SimCity game franchise to mobile devices when it releases SimCity BuildIt for Android and iOS sometime "soon".

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1 week ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for September 10

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Looking for deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets? We've found a bunch of limited-time offers of which you may want to take advantage.

Give us a shout in the comments if you find any other sales floating around the web and we'll be sure to share 'em!

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1 week ago

Galaxy S5 Mini is now available in India, will set you back to the tune of $435

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Samsung has commenced sales of the Galaxy S5 Mini in India, with retailer Flipkart getting exclusive rights to sell the handset in the country for Rs. 26,499 ($435).

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1 week ago

Give live broadcasts a thumbs up on Google Hangouts with Applause

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Google has announced Applause for its Hangouts suite. This latest feature for the broadcasting and collaboration service enables views of a live broadcast to provide feedback without having to deal with Q&A comments. All that's required is a simple, quick click on the thumbs up or thumbs down buttons, which is then registered on the system as feedback for said broadcaster.

As viewers give provide the old thumbs up, data is accumulated and published under the video to inform everyone (including the broadcaster) as to how viewers are reacting to what's being streamed. It's a neat addition we're sure broadcasters and viewers alike will welcome. This announcement comes off the heels of Google Hangouts and Voice becoming one.

Source: Google+

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1 week ago

Qualcomm targets entry-level segment with LTE-enabled Snapdragon 210

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While Qualcomm has focused its attention on the mid-tier and the high-end segments, MediaTek has managed to grab a significant chunk of the market share in the entry-level market. With the introduction of the LTE-enabled Snapdragon 210, Qualcomm is looking to remedy that and take the fight to MediaTek in the budget smartphone segment.

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1 week ago

Google Hangouts and Google Voice are finally playing nice

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Google Hangouts and Google Voice

Well, here's a pleasant late-night surprise. Looks like Google Hangouts finally has the long-overdue integration with Google Voice, meaning that your messages from Google Voice (and not traditional SMS messages from the actual phone number assigned to your SIM card — it's a bit of a mess to explain, we know) can finally show up in Google Hangouts.

That means a couple things. First is that you'll only need one app — Hangouts — to receive text messages and Hangouts messages. (Not sure yet what that means for voicemails through Google Voice.) It also means that you'll be able to get traditional text messages through the Hangouts extension in Chrome, which is nice.

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