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2 weeks ago

Android 6.0.1 update headed to Sprint HTC One A9

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Just over a month after its unlocked counterpart, the HTC One A9 on Sprint is all set to receive its update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

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2 weeks ago

Google Calendar adds smart suggestions for more languages, 54 new holiday calendars

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Google is rolling out an update to its Calendar app that brings support for 30 new languages with smart suggestions when setting up events.

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2 weeks ago

LG's 'White Card' universal payments card reportedly set for March unveiling

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LG is said to be jumping into the universal payments card game with their new "White Card". The idea, as with startups Coin and Plastc, is to put all store your various magnetic strip cards on just one card, equipped with a small display, controls to switch cards, and a reprogrammable magnetic strip on the back — all packed into a credit card-sized package that's barely heavier or thicker than a single plastic card.

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2 weeks ago

The New York Times' latest VR film takes you on the campaign trail

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The New York Times has published a brand new virtual reality film about the current U.S. presidential campaign. Now available in the NYT VR app, you can grab your Google Cardboard headset and hit the campaign trail.

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2 weeks ago

Fewer than 700 Jolla Tablets will ever ship; 21,000 backers will eventually maybe get a refund

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Just 540 additional Jolla Tablets will be shipped out to backers of the original Indiegogo crowdsourced campaign, according to the Finnish manufacturer. All of the other backers will be offered refunds, but those users may not see their entire amount paid out for a year.

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2 weeks ago

U.S. Cellular introduces new pre-paid smartphone plans starting at $35 a month

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U.S. Cellular has introduced a new set of pre-paid Simple Connect plans. The carrier is also offering a limited-time bill credit promotion for customers who spend $50 or more on their pre-paid plan.

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2 weeks ago

Mobile Nations Community Update, January 2016

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Mobile Nations Community Update

Hope you had a very happy new year, and things are going great for you in 2016. Time again for our Community Update - where we take a quick look at some of the best stuff happening around Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central.

2 weeks ago

Exploring the ASUS ZenFone Zoom's camera

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With a camera this big, it needs to take nice pictures.

It couldn't be more clear that ASUS has positioned the ZenFone Zoom to be all about the camera. This 3X optical zoom sits like a small hockey puck in the body of a ZenFone 2, with a special camera grip on the back and shutter buttons for both photo and video on the side of the phone. This was clearly designed to bring out the professional phonetographer in all of us, but you need more than a camera-themed outer shell to make a phone into a decent camera.

Here's a look at the software that drives this hardware, and some camera samples to give you an idea of what this phone is capable of.

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2 weeks ago

Get the ZTE Grand X 3 from Cricket Wireless for $129

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The ZTE Grand X 3, announced earlier this month at CES 2016, is now available at Cricket. Exisiting Cricket customers can purchase the Grand X 3 both in stores and online for $129.99, while customers switching to Cricket can get the special price of $79.99.

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2 weeks ago

Moto X Play's Marshmallow update makes it a phone worth considering

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Moto X Play Marshmallow

An update to Android 6.0 has given the Moto X Play — the global version of the Droid Maxx 2 — a much-needed performance boost.

The Moto X Play was kind of a mess at launch. And our original review, published in late August, wasn't entirely positive. The Play — the international version of Verizon's Droid Maxx 2 — had an enormous battery, correspondingly impressive longevity, and a surprisingly good camera for the price. But it was absolutely mired in performance issues, at least on its out-of-box firmware. (And in the first few months following release, the Play didn't receive a single over-the-air update.)

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2 weeks ago

The Affordable Wileyfox Swift is now available in white from Amazon UK

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Affordable smartphones of today are a vast improvement compared to what was available years back. The Wileyfox Swift is a highly-rated option for those who don't wish to break their bank on a new mobile device. This particular smartphone is now available in white from Amazon UK.

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2 weeks ago

BT completes its acquisition of EE

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BT has successfully escaped the gauntlet of regulatory approvals and is now able to complete the company's purchase of EE. Picking up and absorbing the largest UK mobile operator, the £12.5 billion deal is a victory for BT, which has plans to enter the competitive mobile industry once more. 31 million EE customers will be included in the deal, which will put BT in a strong position against the competition.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Gear S2 Classic available for pre-order at Mobile Fun in the UK

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Samsung has finally started to make the Gear S2 Classic available worldwide, kicking things off in China. Now, UK retailer Mobile Fun has made it possible to pre-order the new wearable for £399.99. It's essentially the Galaxy S2 but wrapped inside a more luxurious exterior.

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2 weeks ago

Sony posts $1 billion profit, but mobile sales take a tumble

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Sony has posted its Q3 2015 earnings, and while the manufacturer has done significantly better from Q2 2015 on account of strong PlayStation sales, mobile sales have fallen 14.7 percent. Overall, Sony made ¥2.58 trillion ($21.5 billion) in revenue, with an operating profit of ¥202.1 billion ($1.69 billion). Net profit was at ¥120.1 billion ($1 billion), 33 percent higher than Q2 2015.

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2 weeks ago

Facebook is shutting down its Parse developer platform

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Facebook is shutting down Parse, a mobile development platform that it acquired in 2013 for $85 million.

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