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3 weeks ago

MetroPCS takes aim at Sprint customers, will slash bills in half for those who switch

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T-Mobile is aiming at Sprint customers again, this time with a promotion for those who make the jump to its prepaid subsidiary, MetroPCS. Not only is MetroPCS looking to save you some cash on your monthly bill, but the carrier will also give you a free phone, up to a $50 value, when you bring your line over to its network. The promotion begins on January 21, and to take part all you have to do is visit your local MetroPCS location to get started.

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3 weeks ago

Panasonic announces the Android-powered DMC-CM10 camera, headed to Japan

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Panasonic is back again with another Android-powered camera, this time the DMC-CM10 which is destined for Japan. The design here may look rather familiar, as it is actually the same as Panasonic's CM1, which was both a camera and a phone in one. This time around, however, Panasonic has not included a phone inside.

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3 weeks ago

ASUS ZenFone Zoom to be exclusively available at B&H Photo in February for $399

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ASUS has announced that the ZenFone Zoom will finally be available for purchase in February, more than a year after it was first unveiled. The phone will be exclusively sold at B&H Photo with an unlocked price of $399. The ZenFone Zoom features a 5.5-inch Full HD display covered by Corning's Gorilla Glass 4. Inside, you'll find Intel's Atom Quad Core Z3580 paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

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3 weeks ago

OnePlus teams up with Henchman to deliver phones in London in under 60 minutes

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If you're in London and wish to purchase the OnePlus 2 or OnePlus X smartphones, you'll be able to take advantage of free concierge delivery by Henchman for one day only tomorrow. What's more is if your order isn't delivered within 60 minutes, you'll get the phone for free.

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3 weeks ago

LeTV rebrands as LeEco in India, debuts Le 1s and Le Max superphone

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China's LeTV has made its foray into the Indian market, rebranding as LeEco. The vendor has launched the Le 1s and Le Max "superphone" in the country, with the former set to go on sale starting February 2 and the latter from February 16. The company had previously showcased some of its lifestyle products at a press event hosted in New Delhi a couple of weeks ago.

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3 weeks ago

Vodafone's Tab speed 6 Android-powered tablet is now available

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Vodafone has announced that the company's newest Android-powered tablet, the Tab speed 6, is now available for purchase. This affordable tablet offers a 4G experience at a low price point, enabling you to pick one up for free on a £16 a month plan with 2GB of data, or just £125 on Pay As You Go if you do not wish to be locked into a contract.

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3 weeks ago

Weekly Poll: What kind of fitness tracking do you want in your life?

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Technology has given us the ability to keep better track of our workouts and daily fitness — even if it's just tracking the number of steps you take daily. So this week our question for you, is what kind of fitness tracking do you want in your life? Whether you have your eye on the new Fitbit Blaze, or the UA HealthBox or whether you've been using Google Fit on your smartphone for months, we want to know.

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3 weeks ago

Project Fi app now lets you record and manage voicemail greetings with a tap

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The Project Fi app has received a small, but nonetheless useful update, bringing the ability for users to easily record and manage multiple voicemail greetings right from the app.

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3 weeks ago

How to use custom icon packs in your launcher

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Every app has an icon, but thanks to icon packs you don't have to stick with the one it came with.

There are plenty of reasons to use a custom icon pack. Maybe you want your icons to match your totally awesome theme. Maybe you want all your icons to look consistent. Maybe you just want the apps on your new phone to look like they did on your old phone. Maybe you want to disguise your apps so your co-workers won't get into anything you don't want them to.

Whatever your needs, there are icon packs out there for you. Here's how to use them.

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3 weeks ago

Pingpad's latest update makes managing tasks easier

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Pingpad is a social productivity app that's an amalgamation of Google Docs, Evernote, and Slack. With the its latest update, the app is taking on Trello as well by adding task management features through which you can assign, track, and organize tasks within a group.

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3 weeks ago

App installs from search results aren't 'bypassing' Google Play, but you might miss some details

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Much hay is being made about Google testing out app installations direction from search results. All it's doing, however, is speeding up the process.

Mobile apps are funny things. We're quick to install them. And quick to blame them should something go wrong. Stolen data. Unclear permissions. Too much data being collected. Apps being hijacked by nefarious actors, repackaged and distributed through alternative means. It's very much still the Wild West out there.

But Google over the past year or so has gotten serious about getting more apps in front of more users, particularly in search results — which remains Google's bread and butter. App indexing — wherein Google actually sorts through the content of an app so it can present it back to users in any number of ways — is the key to all this. You can open a traditional web search result directly into an app. And later Google would show a button that take you to the Play Store to install the app.

And now Google has cut out the middleman — for some of us, at least — by skipping the step of opening the Google Play Store app before installing. Technically speaking, that's probably not a huge leap. And, frankly, it's not as big a deal as headlines are making it seem.

Let's take a closer look.

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3 weeks ago

Starbucks and Spotify team up to let you save your favorite coffee house tracks

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Starbucks customers will soon be able to get a better music experience from the Starbucks app, thanks to a new partnership with the Spotify streaming music service. The new deal will let Starbucks app users save songs they hear while in their local Starbucks coffee shop. They will also be able to create a Spotify playlist of Starbucks-curated songs.

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3 weeks ago

Facebook adds Tor support through Orbot on Android

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Facebook, the social network that loves to collect information, is making it a bit easier for Android users to keep some details private. The company has added support for Tor through the Orbot proxy app on Android devices, allowing you to keep your location and more private.

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3 weeks ago

Honor preparing Marshmallow beta test for select phones in the UK

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Honor, the sub-brand of Huawei, has opened up signups for its Marshmallow beta test for select phones in the UK. Customers who own an Honor 4X, 6, or 6+ can sign up right now to test Android 6.0 on their phone.

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3 weeks ago

Alphabet among tech giants sponsoring Super Bowl 50

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Alphabet, Google's new parent company, will be among the Silicon Valley tech giants sponsoring the Super Bowl 50 this year. The company joins a lineup that includes Intel, Yahoo, and Apple in sponsoring the Super Bowl Host Committee, the group that works with both the National Football League and the community of the Super Bowl hosting city. Alphabet and the other sponsors have contributed about $50 million to the Host Committee, meaning that the group doesn't need funds from the state of California.

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