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2 weeks ago

Hangouts update brings notification quick replies, design tweaks and more

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Hangouts has received a pretty nifty update that introduces some interface tweaks along with a long-requested feature: quick replies from notifications.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung to reportedly launch phone upgrade program alongside Galaxy S7

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According to a new report, Samsung may be planning to launch a phone upgrade program starting with the launch of the upcoming Galaxy S7 flagship.

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2 weeks ago

Weekly Poll: Do you prep your tech before a bad storm?

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When a bad snowstorm is on the horizon, your thoughts might immediately turn to a grocery store run to pick up the essentials before the shelves are picked bare, or making sure that you have salt and a shovel to handle the snow after it's hit the ground. What you probably didn't immediately think about is whether your tech is properly prepped to get through a bad storm unscathed. You can't check to see if the grocery store is open on Google Maps or grab that perfect snowy weather shot to share on Google Photos if you can't charge your phone.

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2 weeks ago

Snapchat update brings video rewind filter to Android

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Ephemeral messaging favorite Snapchat has received an update that brings the addition of the long-awaited Rewind filter to Android users.

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2 weeks ago

Get $50 off the Nexus 5X and 6P from the Google Store

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The Google Store is currently offering a decent discount on both the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, offering both devices for $50 off. This brings the starting price of the Nexus 5X down to $299, while the Nexus 6P now starts at $449.

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2 weeks ago

AT&T reports Q4 2015 earnings: $42.1 billion in revenue, adds 2.8 million wireless customers

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AT&T has reported its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2015, noting a pretty sizable bump in consolidated revenues due to its DirecTV acquisition, along with respectable wireless subscriber growth.

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2 weeks ago

Our ZenFone Zoom review unit included a parody version of Cards Against Humanity

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We're no strangers to promo material showing up with review units, but this one was too strange to not share. Our review box from ASUS with the ZenFone Zoom came with a little owl figurine named Zenny and a card game called Zencredible Cards. The game is simple — place a white card with a black card with Zenny in front of whatever you are taking a picture of, and take that picture with the ZenFone Zoom.

It's also a totally shameless clone/parody of Cards Against Humanity.

For the uninitiated, Cards Against Humanity is a game that pairs black situation cards with white context cards in an effort to be the most offensive or hilarious in the round. Obviously ASUS isn't going to the same end goal here, but the layout couldn't be more clearly borrowed from this popular game.

Check out our quick unboxing on Facebook for more!

ASUS ZenFone Zoom

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2 weeks ago

Galaxy S7 prep — when is the best time to sell your current phone?

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If you're the type to sell one phone to help pay for another, you've got some research to do.

We know there's something big right around the corner from Samsung. In fact, there's a good bet we're actually going to see three somethings. Chances are more than a few of you are waiting to see if the Samsung Galaxy S7 is going to be your next phone, and a big part of that wait is deciding the best time to sell your current phone to help offset the cost. Choosing when and how to sell your phone is a big deal, especially when you consider you're not the only person having that idea.

To get a better idea of how well big brand phones have sold in the past as a new phone neared release, we sat down with folks from Swappa and eBay to get an idea of what to expect as we get closer to the announcement of Samsung's next phones.

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2 weeks ago

Waze partners with Lyft for driver directions, unveils new Transport SDK

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Waze has announced a new Transport SDK that will allow partners to build-in features from Waze directly into their own apps. With the SDK, partners have access to Waze's crowd-sourced traffic data for more optimized routes, users of things like ride-sharing services, for instance, should see shorter wait times for rides.

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2 weeks ago

Verizon spent $70 million to triple Bay Area LTE capacity ahead of the Super Bowl

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Verizon wants to make sure that all of its customers who are headed to the Super Bowl have full coverage, so the carrier has more than tripled its 4G LTE network capacity in the Bay Area. The carrier spent $70 million in what it calls a "long-term investment" to boost network performance from San Francisco to Santa Clara. With the additional capacity, Verizon will be able to deliver a more reliable connection, even when the area is overly saturated with users.

These upgrades have been in the works for two years: Verizon has built 16 new area cell sites improving network performance at more than 10 major area venues, three major airports, and several hotels.

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2 weeks ago

Honor 5X versus OnePlus X: Upstart mid-ranger head-to-head

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Honor 5X and OnePlus X

Both Chinese companies offer great value, but also come up short in certain respects.

Honor finally has made its way to the U.S. with the recently announced (and available Jan. 31) Honor 5X, a solid $199 phone that shows us why people elsewhere around the world are excited by the devices sold under this Huawei sub-brand. But this inexpensive unlocked phone market is getting crowded, as evidenced by OnePlus getting into the game late last year with the OnePlus X.

Both phones offer exceptional hardware for the price, and a few higher-end features that you wouldn't expect — but of course they each have their drawbacks as well. Let's put the Honor 5X and OnePlus X head-to-head and see how they compare.

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2 weeks ago

Inbox by Gmail now lets you find the information you need even faster

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The latest Inbox by Gmail update brings some big improvements to the way search within the app works, allowing you to find the information you need even faster. Often times, the information we need is buried within a chain of emails, and finding it can be difficult, but Google is looking to change that. Now, when searching for a membership number or tracking information for a package, you'll be presented quick answer cards that show you the applicable information, not just the chain of emails.

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2 weeks ago

Boost Mobile introduces new family plan, international calling to Mexico and more

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Prepaid carrier Boost Mobile has announced new plans, offers, and options for both new and old customers. These include a new family plan system, enhancements to international calling, and up to $5 in credit every month with a new rewards plan.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung's Galaxy S7 could ship with a lower-resolution camera — but that might be a good thing

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Galaxy S6 camera

Why 12 megapixels for the Galaxy S7 camera might be better than 16.

The camera is one of the most important features of a smartphone, particularly at the high end. As we see other areas of mobile hardware are starting to plateau, there's still a lot of space for the already great cameras of today to improve. In years past we've seen a push towards higher resolution sensors alongside new-fangled technologies like three-axis OIS, phase detection autofocus and laser-assisted autofocus. But this year, Samsung, one of the strongest phone makers in the area of digital imaging, might stop chasing megapixels and focus on other areas.

The rumor mill suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will include a main camera with "only" a 12-megapixel sensor, the lowest resolution in a Samsung flagship since 2012's Galaxy S3. But to focus on resolution alone is to miss the big picture. There are some good reasons for Samsung to go with fewer pixels — here's why and how they might do it in 2016.

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2 weeks ago

Sprint comes close to profit in Q3 2015, continues to attract more customers

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Sprint has published the company's financial earnings report for Q3 2015. The major U.S. carrier made an operating loss of $197 million, which is a substantial improvement over Q2's $585 million in the red. The company also added the highest number of porting postpaid phone customers in three years. Net additions for this most recent quarter totalled 501,000, which is an improvement of 471,000 year-over-year.

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