Sprint's no-contract wireless provider brand Boost Mobile has started selling the ZTE Warp Sync Android KitKat smartphone on its website for the price of $179.99, and will begin to sell the device in its retail stores on September 1.
The AT&T version of the original HTC One Mini will be enjoying an upgrade to Sense 6, according to an HTC spokesperson. The newer HTC One Mini 2 shipped with Sense 6, but it's good to see its predecessor get some love.
A new system called Simplicam by Arcsoft promises to be a strong Dropcam competitor thanks to cheaper cloud storage subscriptions and facial recognition alerts. Simplicam has the same simple plug-and-play set-up and mobile app for movement alerts and live monitoring. Facial recognition just lets you know that there's someone in the house, not who they are, but in most cases that's enough.
If you add a tablet to your T-Mobile Simple Choice plan, starting September 3rd T-Mobile will charge you $10-a-month for the privilege and will double your data allotment in the process. The plan creates a duplicate bucket of data reserved for that tablet, up to 5 GB per month. This is in stark contrast to other carriers, where adding a new device, tablet or otherwise, draws from your preexisting bucket of data.
It's worth noting that this is a segregated bucket for the tablet — you've got one bucket for your phone (say, a 3 GB T-Mobile plan) and a separate 3 GB for the tablet.
A new report claims Google decided to end acquisition talks with the game video streaming service Twitch.tv due to concerns that the deal could generate antitrust investigations from government regulators.
Huawei teased its upcoming smartphone, which will most likely be the Ascend Mate 7, in a video today. The 6.0-inch device, which is said to feature a fingerprint scanner and automotive integration of some sort, was spotted undergoing certification a China's TENAA earlier this month, and will be officially announced at Huawei's press conference next week at the IFA.
Verizon Wireless today announced that VoLTE (Voice over LTE) will be available on the network nationwide in the coming weeks. Customers with the US mobile operator will soon be able to make higher quality calls (and video calls) with other subscribers on the same network with compatible 4G smartphones. The plan is to slowly roll out the upgrades across the board to compete alongside AT&T and others, using LTE for not only super-charged data but also higher quality calls.
Samsung has revealed that its Gear line of smartwatches now boast over 1,000 apps. The South Korean manufacturer is intent on gaining more traction with its smartwatches as it looks to flood the market with more offerings, with a smartwatch boasting a circular display rumored for an unveil later this year.
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