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3 years ago

AT&T launching or expanding LTE network in nine new markets

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New network equipment going live in new markets across the U.S.

As it regularly does, AT&T is keeping us up to date on the rollout status of its LTE network. This week, the carrier is lighting up or expanding its network in 9 different markets, listed below:

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3 years ago

Unlocked HTC One getting OTA tonight, still Android 4.1.2

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HTC Sense update brings "System Enhancements"

The unlocked HTC One is in the midst of getting a small (17.55MB) OTA update this evening, bringing the version number to 1.29.xxxx.17. The device has hit our developer edition HTC One, and is tagged only with the obscure but ever-present "System Enhancement" bullet point in the update prompt.

HTC hasn't posted any change log at this hour, but we know you Android junkies needed to know about any OTA, no matter the time. If you want to grab this one -- rooted users consider any consequences -- grab it through your system settings.

No word on when we'll see anything similar for carrier branded devices, we'll reach out tomorrow when our HTC folks get out of bed.

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3 years ago

Dish Network bails on Sprint deal

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Dish gives up their plans to buyout Sprint, but will still focus on their offer for Clearwire

Dish Network has declined to submit a new bid in their on-again, off-again plan to acquire Sprint, and will miss the June 18 deadline. This opens the way for SoftBank to carry out their original plans to buy a significant portion of the U.S. carrier, pending regulatory approval of course.

In a statement released today, Dish says they are unable to submit a bid by the deadline because Sprint has "made it impracticable for Dish to submit a revised offer by the June 18th deadline". The company will consider their other options to strike some sort of a deal with Sprint, and will continue to focus on a separate offer for Clearwire.

Source: All Things D

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3 years ago

Verizon is at it again, reveals game as part of new 'Droid' campaign

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Augmented reality robots give hints of Verizon's intentions for its upcoming Droid release

Update: What looks to be the same D:Com game is showing up on Google Play, but doesn't seem to be compatible with any devices. We may be catching Verizon in the middle of a Play Store update.

Original: Verizon somewhat-mysteriously started using its @DroidLanding Twitter account once again to tease a new Droid device, and now the account is giving up more details on its campaign. The latest tweet states: "Incoming ::: Nationwide sightings of 50-ft mechanized wARriors under the command of civilians." and includes a link that takes you to a promotional Youtube video that reveals even more info.

The video, seen above, shows off some fancy Droid-like animations and sounds, but focuses on large AR (augmented reality) robots being placed in locations all around the country. At the end of the video, some branding information reveals the names "D:Com - Mission Alpha" and "Droid Combat". Some quick sleuthing shows that D:Com - Mission Alpha is currently an iOS-only AR game made by developer MunkyFun, which previously partnered with Verizon to make the "Droid Bionic ARena" game in 2011. Looking at the current iOS game reveals extremely similar robots as those seen in the Verizon promo video.

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3 years ago

NVIDIA to license Kepler GPU, visual computing patents to mobile manufacturers

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Licensing its technology will help the company expand its reach to even more devices and markets

NVIDIA announced in a blog post today that it will be breaking away from simply making its own GPUs and SoCs to now licensing its technology out to other manufacturers. The chip maker will kick things off by offering up its latest "Kepler" GPU architecture, which it says is the world's most advanced and efficient GPU and the reference design for its next-generation Tegra processors. Licensees will receive designs, collateral and support to integrate the Kepler GPU into their devices. Above and beyond hardware design, NVIDIA also plans to license its vast visual computing portfolio, which will open up to licensees the intellectual property necessary to make their own GPUs.

From its blog post, Executive Vice President David Shannon made a clear statement about NVIDIA's plans:

"But it’s not practical to build silicon or systems to address every part of the expanding market. Adopting a new business approach will allow us to address the universe of devices."

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3 years ago

Quick look: Hootie for Twitter

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A clean and well-designed new client with a shortage of features but lots of potential

Twitter has been not-so-subtly placing restrictions on developers of third-party Twitter clients in recent months, drastically cutting down on the number of new options out there. But they haven't scared everyone away quite yet -- Hootie is a new client from developer Two Toasters that's a little rough around the edges but has a lot going for it. While it isn't likely to replace your main client of choice if you're a junkie for tweaks and settings, there's a lot here to love that will have us keeping our eye on it going forward.

Hang around after the break and learn a little more about Hootie, a new Twitter client that just hit Google Play.

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3 years ago

Verizon reactivates 'DroidLanding' Twitter account, drops cryptic hint

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Ready the hype machine, another Droid will make its way to Verizon

Inactive since the launch of the Droid RAZR in November of 2011, the @DroidLanding Twitter account sent out a tweet today indicating that we may be greeted by another "Droid" device from Verizon. In typical macho-robot-ridiculous fashion, the tweet reads:

"Reactivation protocols initiated ::: Systems nearing operational status ::: Stand by for further instructions...".

A little cryptic, to say the least, but it certainly sounds like Verizon is ready to get the ball rolling on a campaign to release another Droid device to its network.

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3 years ago

Watch Huawei's promo videos for the new Ascend P6

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Huawei showed the gathered press a number of different videos during todays official unveiling of the new Ascend P6. While we hope you enjoyed the liveblog coverage, we appreciate that describing a video isn't quite the same as seeing it with you own eyes. So, here they are, all the videos that Huawei used to show off the Ascend P6. Enjoy. 

More: Hands on with the Huawei Ascend P6

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3 years ago

Aurora Red Samsung Galaxy S4 now available for AT&T

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Samsung and AT&T have made the Aurora Red version of the Galaxy S4 available today. The 16GB version is identical to the black and white versions, and will have the same 2GB of RAM, 1080p display and Snapdragon 600 under the glass. It's also priced the same, $200 with a new two-year contract or $640 if you buy it outright.

The Galaxy S4 is one of the years best selling phones, and has broken just about every sales record Samsung keeps track of. With 10 Million units sold in black or white, this is your chance to get your hands on one with a little more flair. 

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

Virgin adds Samsung Galaxy Ring to its lineup for $179

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Low-end specs and a familiar design hit a great off-contract price point

Virgin Mobile has quietly announced that it will be carrying a new entry-level device, the Samsung Galaxy Ring, starting today for just $179 without a contract. In both design and specifications, the Galaxy Ring slots right in with other low-end Samsung handsets -- with a 4-inch 480x800 display, 1.4GHz single-core (MSM8655) processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage (with SDcard support), 1750mAh battery and 5MP/1.3MP cameras. On the software side, we're looking at Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Samsung's software enhancements along with it. The Galaxy Ring is a 3G (CDMA)-only device, which you would expect at a price point like this.

Virgin offers the Galaxy Ring on any of its no-contract plans, which are very price competitive at $35, $45 or $55 for 300, 1200 or unlimited minutes, respectively, along with unlimited data. The Galaxy Ring is available starting today, and can be purchased online at the source link below.

More: Virgin Mobile

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3 years ago

Humble Bundle 6 now available, get 7 great games and support some great charities

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Buying the latest Humble Bundle is easy, it's cheap, it's fun, and it helps some important causes.

The Humble Bundle is back, and with version six you're able to get up to seven great games for your Android device at one low price. It's a pay-what-you-like affair, and any amount will get you these five great games:

  • Aquaria
  • Fractal
  • Organ Trail: Director's Cut
  • Stealth Bastard Deluxe
  • Pulse (Android-only)

If you opt to pay more than the average payment, you also will unlock Frozen Synapse and Broken Sword: Director's Cut. Right now, the average payment is just $4.50, but that changes as more people pay (it's the average).

Besides getting a handful of great cross platform games, a portion of the price will be donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child's Play Charity, two very worthy organizations.

Have a look at the video, then head to the source link to grab the latest Humble Bundle. They accept PayPal, Amazon payments, Google Wallet and Bitcoin. 

Source: Humble Bundle

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3 years ago

Spring cleaning: Win an LG Nexus 4

No matter how hard I try, I can't find a way to use three Nexus 4 phones. Maybe a radioactive spider will bite me one day and it will be possible, but for now I have one Nexus 4 too many. That means this little fellow has to find a new home.

Ideally, we're looking for someone who will love him forever and feed him every day (he likes Apples). If this sounds like you, apply by leaving a comment below. At midnight Pacific, I'll kill the comments and pick a winner. Good luck, and #HOLOYOLO.

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3 years ago

Killing apps: The Talk Mobile Hangout!

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One day. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow. But one day, your favorite app may be no more. That's the topic of today's installation of Talk Mobile, and that's what we're talking about in our follow-up hangout.

Come join us!

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3 years ago

How to use the Google Play Wishlist feature

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The Wishlist feature is a part of Google Play that doesn't get much exposure. Added in the fall of 2012 during the first Play Store refresh, it's a handy tool to help you keep track of all the stuff you want from Google Play. Apps, books, movies, TV shows, magazines and music can all be added to your Wishlist, and while there is no way to share your list with friends and family just yet, it does put everything into one easy to manage spot on your phone or tablet.

Adding and removing items is easy, you'll find the Wishlist icon at the top of every item in Google Play. It's like a toggle switch, so if an item isn't on your list tapping will put it there, and if it is on your list a tap will remove it. To manage your list, the Google Play app menu has an entry for its page, and a tap takes you there. From your Wishlist page you can buy, rent, install or delete any item.

The Wishlist hasn't made its way to the web interface yet, so this is something you'll need to do from your phone or tablet. We have a feeling that's going to change when Google releases the new Play Store website, but for now know that you need an Android device to take advantage.

We've got a short tutorial after the break that will help it all make sense if you're not following. Have a watch, then grab your phone and start making that list!

Visit our Google Play mini-site for everything there is to know about Google Play

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3 years ago

Racing to the app grave: the dead, the zombies, and the parasites - Talk Mobile

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Your finger hovers over the download button in your smartphone's app store. Maybe it’s free, maybe it’s not. Even if it costs only 99 cents, you spend four times that much at Starbucks every day. Yet you hesitate, haunted by the memories of that app you downloaded a few years ago, fell in love with, and then watched as the servers shut down and the app was abandoned and left to wither and die on your launcher.

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