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2 weeks ago

Sprint reports a loss for Q4 2014, struggles amid competition and departing customers

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Sprint shared its earnings report for the final quarter of 2014. The company continues to struggle with departing postpaid phone customers and dwindling funds.

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2 weeks ago

Darkside features have come to the Orbotix Ollie app

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An update to the Ollie controller app applies a fresh coat of paint and new features if you're running the Darkside variant.

While most of the rolling robots made by Orbotix have a cute, harmless look to them, the Darkside version of their Ollie robot is all about attitude. The murdered-out design extends from the two sets of tires and glossy shell all the way out to the packaging, including a little card with glossy red letters letting you know just how serious this little toy is about being hardcore.

When we first tried out the Darkside Ollie, the one place you didn't get this goth teen vibe was the app. Since both versions of Ollie use the one app, and the theme for that app was designed to compliment the friendly blue and white Ollie, it was to be expected. An update to the Ollie app last night has changed things, and now when you pair a Darkside Ollie to the app you get a darker, redder experience to match the angry little robot you just removed from the box.

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2 weeks ago

T-Mobile hands out free phones to existing Verizon customers to test-drive its network

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T-Mobile is going on the offensive against Verizon by launching a "Never Settle" campaign that allows existing Verizon customers to try out T-Mobile's services for free.

The carrier is giving Verizon customers the ability to port their numbers to a new T-Mobile smartphone (while retaining their existing Verizon phone), which they can use free of charge for up to 14 days. After the trial, if the customers wish to stay with T-Mobile, the carrier will cover Verizon's Early Termination Fees:

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2 weeks ago

Inside Opera and Opera Mini

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Whether it's more important that your browser get you where you're going as fast as possible or using as little data as possible, Opera has you covered.

Most people have used a version of the Opera browser without even realizing it. The company has been responsible for embedded, white-label browsers in hundreds of devices, and Opera has had that business sewn up for years because they are so good at building products that run on next to nothing when compared to the powerhouse smartphones and tablets so many of us rely on nowadays. With that in mind, there's a reasonable chance a company that can squeeze every drop of performance from a Nintendo DSi could make an amazing browser for the average Android device.

In point of fact, they make two. Opera and Opera Mini look and work similarly, but the underlying software targets two very different types of users.

Let's take a look.

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2 weeks ago

Pebble talks day one features of the Pebble Time as it begins mass production

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As the Pebble Time gears up for mass production, Pebble has provided an update on what features the device will ship with, as well as those that are planned for a later update.

In its update, Pebble provides some videos of the Pebble Time in action and notes that users will enjoy a new timeline interface, expanded app storage, a new sports app, and more when the device launches later this month.

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2 weeks ago

Amzer Pudding TPU case for the Galaxy Note Edge

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Protecting the curves of a Note Edge isn't easy, but the Pudding TPU case is a simple way to do it.

Just like its Pudding cases for other devices of any size, Amzer's offering for the Galaxy Note Edge is a simple way to add some basic protection to this big phone with a funky curve. There aren't any fancy features, but when you just need some durable rubber and plastic to protect your Note Edge from occasional bumps and small drops, this one will do.

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2 weeks ago

Motorola to offer up the Moto X (2014) at up to $225 off on May 5

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Motorola has announced that it will be offering the Moto X for up to $225 off tomorrow, May 5.

According to an email sent out by Motorola, you'll be able to snag a 32GB 2014 Moto X off contract at $349.99, or upgrade to the 64GB version for $374.99.

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2 weeks ago

Lollipop closes in on 10 percent of active Android installs, KitKat and Jelly Bean each fall under 40 percent

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Google has just released its May report on Android platform versions, showing growth in Lollipop.

The monthly report, which shows how many active Android devices are running on each version of the software, shows that Lollipop has grown significantly to 9.7 percent of installs, up from 5.4 percent last month. KitKat dropped subtly to 39.8 percent from 41.4 percent, while Jelly Bean moved to 39.2 percent from 40.7.

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2 weeks ago

U.S. Cellular announces the $100 LG Logos for Simply Connect prepaid customers

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U.S. Cellular has announced that it is offering up the budget-friendly LG Logos for $99.99 starting today.

The budget-friendly LG Logos is a 4.7-inch device that, while a tad on the low-end side of things, offers a pretty decent deal for U.S. Cellular's prepaid crowd.

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2 weeks ago

Microsoft's latest slam of Android forgets one little thing ...

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From Microsoft's "Windows Update for Business" blog post, lauding all the security features it's put in place for Windows 10:

This level of commitment and support is far different than Android, for example, where Google refuses to take responsibility for updating their customers' devices, leaving end-users and business increasingly exposed every day they use the device.

Some things have changed at Microsoft. And some things, apparently, haven't.

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2 weeks ago

Humble Mobile Bundle 12 offers Monument Valley and more

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Humble Mobile Bundle 12 has just launched and this time the "pay what you want" Android game bundle includes the acclaimed puzzle title Monument Valley.

Yes, the fantasy-themed game from developer ustwo can be yours, along with five other games, for a very cheap price.

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2 weeks ago

Camera showdown: LG G4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6

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Which has the better camera? The LG G4, the Samsung Galaxy S6, or the iPhone 6?

It's time to really compare: just how good is the LG G4's camera?

LG's talking a big game about the quality of the LG G4's camera, and in the time we've been playing with it, it's certainly produced some impressive images. But it's also up against some impressive competition — smartphone cameras have never been better than they are today, and today they're really good. So we're pitting the LG G4 against the competition, namely the iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6.

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2 weeks ago

WeMo app update will bring IFTTT recipe support for connected LED bulbs

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Belkin has announced an update to its WeMo app that brings IFTTT recipe support to its connected LED lightbulbs.

In the coming update, WeMo LED lightbulb users will be able to create IFTTT recipes for a wide variety of situations, such as turning the lights on when a user pulls into their driveway, or flashing the lights when you receive a tweet (yes, that's a thing).

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2 weeks ago

Google to make Inbox, Calendar, and more smarter with the recent purchase of Timeful

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Some Google apps may soon see the addition of intelligent scheduling thanks to Google's purchase of the Timeful team.

Several Google apps might be getting a whole lot smarter in the coming months thanks to Google's acquisition of Timeful, Inc. Currently, Google's apps offer a great deal of productivity improvements already, like adding calendar appointments from Gmail, or getting started on your to-do list from Inbox, but it all has room for improvement.

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2 weeks ago

MyFitnessPal adds premium subscription option for $9.99 per month

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Popular calorie-tracking app MyFitnessPal has launched a premium version of its service that brings an ad-free experience along with some added features.

MyFitnessPal Premium runs $9.99 per month, or $49.99 a year, and removes advertisements, adds premium content such as original recipes and meal plans, and lets subscribers jump ahead in line for customer support.

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