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Sprint plans to make their Android smartphones SIM unlockable in February 2015

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American carriers are making progress in being more open and customer-friendly — particularly T-Mobile — but Sprint is preparing to take a significant step forward by ensuring that the devices they sell to customers are able to be SIM unlocked. Eventually. In 2015. In an FAQ on Sprint's unlocking policy, the company states that they are "working to ensure that all devices developed and launched on or after February 11, 2015 are capable of being unlocked domestically."

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2 days ago

Smart Remote on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Samsung Galaxy S5 remote

The Samsung Galaxy S5 features an infrared emitter at the top of the phone which can control your TV and other home electronics. The app, Smart Remote, requires a little bit of setup but is ultimately very useful in reducing the number of controllers you need to keep around in your living room, not to mention keeping track of what’s on at any given time.

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2 days ago

Republic Wireless' Moto X getting KitKat today

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A quick heads up for you folks running the Moto X on Republic Wireless — it looks like your Android 4.4.2 update is available as of today. Folks on Republics' forums are noting the update, which includes a new dialer and updated Google Hangouts (to say nothing of the latest update to Hangouts, we suppose). Head into your system settings and take a look.

Source: Republic Wireless; Thanks, Winston!

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2 days ago

Amazon's smartphone reportedly full of tilt features

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Because swiping is too simple and gestures have already come and gone, Amazon's upcoming (but still unannounced) smartphone will rely heavily on tilt features to interact with its user interface, according to BGR. No new images of the UI were shown, but BGR references a number of use cases — and that traditional menu buttons aren't even a part of apps. This ... should be interesting.

Source: BGR

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2 days ago

Here's how you'll charge the LG G Watch

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One more little nugget out LG's new G Watch promo page, from which we got our first look at the champagne gold and white version.

It looks like you'll be charging it through some sort of dock, judging by the connector we see on the back of the watch. LG also reiterates that it'll be water-resistant (no surprise there) and that the face will be "always on," never mind that you don't actually see anything on the face in most of LG's pictures. (Hey, Android Wear's still not final or anything.)

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2 days ago

Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit case for Galaxy S5

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Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case for Samsung Galaxy S5

How can you not love the Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5? Take one part simple TPU case — great for taking the brunt of the occasional bump and fall, as well as standing between your phone and anything that's trying to scratch it — and one part awesome Bugdroid graphics, and that's what you've got here. Just simple, easy protection for your Galaxy S5.

There's not much more to it than that. There are cutouts for all the places you need access to — the camera and heart-rate sensor, speaker, buttons, microphones and the like. You get a little bit of extra grip thanks to the fit and finish of the case. It's easy to put on, but not so easy that you have to worry about it falling off or anything.

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2 days ago

Intel LTE and QHD display rumored to debut with Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime

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Rumors have been swirling for some time now that Samsung would release a high-powered version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 with a super-dense screen and presumably high-powered processor to power it — and now we're getting our first form of confirmation (albeit not official from Samsung) on the device. The "Galaxy S5 Prime", we called it. These rumors began surfacing long before the Galaxy S5 announced, primarily that we would see a phone with an absurd 1440x2560 "QHD". Today we've got some new details care of SamMobile about where Samsung's going with this mythical device.

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2 days ago

Sony Smartwatch 2 update brings custom watch faces, wallpapers and more

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One of the biggest gripes with the Sony Smartwatch 2 was that there was no way to customize watch faces at all. Today a new update has arrived that not only adds custom watch faces to the mix, but also provides a built-in editor right within the app. You can still choose from the base set of faces that include the standard digital and analog faces in a variety of styles, but now have the option to create and edit your own faces as well.

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2 days ago

Xiaomi gets a new homepage that's easier to spell

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Xiaomi, the new home of Hugo Barra – remember him? – is relaunching its official home on the web today with a new url that's much easier to spell. From this day forth Mi.com will be where you'll be headed for all your Xiaomi needs. The new name takes cues from it's popular MIUI software.

And that's all there is to it. The site is still in Chinese by default, so you'll have to run everything through a translator first or add /en to the URL. But at least you'll not have to keep trying to remember how to spell it.

Source: +Hugo Barra

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2 days ago

Transport for London looking to introduce smartphone based fare payments

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With NFC on your smartphone, using it to pay for your morning commute across London may be getting closer to reality. According to a report in the Financial Times, carriers EE and Vodafone have already begun talks with Transport for London over extending their mobile wallet solutions to pay for your travel.

The initial trial is expected to be a “pay as you go” scheme using apps owned by the mobile operators that can be preloaded with money. Operators could also consider payment for tickets on a weekly or monthly basis, according to a person familiar with the plans.

The barriers at London Underground stations will work with smartphones for NFC payments, though that facility would need to be activated first. With the successful Oyster card scheme costly for TfL to run, they're opening up to other methods of contactless payments for travellers.

Source: Financial Times

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