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5 days ago

Sprint quickly removes 600 kbps streaming video limit from new 'All-in' plan

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With videos of David Beckham clouding everyone's vision, Sprint quietly introduced a rather odd limitation on its new $80 "All-in" plan — a 600 kbps streaming video speed limit at all times. Well it took less than a day for Sprint to back off on that clearly poor decision, and tonight put up a blog post explaining that it had chosen to remove the limitation based on "customer feedback."

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5 days ago

360-degree sci-fi thriller from the folks behind Star Trek coming to Android on August 3

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Roddenberry Entertainment, the media group started by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, is gearing up to release a new 360-degree interactive film on mobile devices. Called "White Room: 02B3," the film will be released as an app and targeted specifically for use with VR headsets like Google Cardboard.

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5 days ago

Android 5.1 available for the Moto X (2014) on AT&T and U.S. Cellular, Moto E on Cricket

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Motorola's David Schuster has basically become the defacto news source for Motorola update information lately. Sticking to that tradition, Schuster has taken to Google Plus once again with a slew of information on different updates, including the availability of Android 5.1 Lollipop for the Moto X (2014) on U.S. Cellular and AT&T, along with some updates on other devices.

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5 days ago

Buy a Moto X (2014) and snag a red leather back for free through July 7

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Fancy a new Moto X (2014) with a red leather back? You're in luck, as Motorola is currently offering an upgrade to the red leather option for free.

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5 days ago

Google Apps for Work customers can snag a Yubico security key for $9

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If you're a Google Apps for Work customer and you haven't yet picked up a security key for two-factor authentication on your account, now may be the time to do so. Google has announced that it has teamed up with Yubico to offer a 50 percent discount on security keys for Google Apps for Work customers purchasing through Yubico's store.

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5 days ago

Emirates installs Qi wireless charging trays in its Dubai lounges

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Emirates Airlines announced that it has starting rolling out QI wireless charging trays in its First Class and Business Class lounges. The initial rollout will see 30 wireless charging trays installed in the airline's lounges in Dubai.

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5 days ago

Where do I shop for unlocked phones?

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I like the idea of buying an unlocked phone, but where can I find them?

That's a pretty common question we hear anytime we talk about unlocked phones. It's understandable, considering the carrier phone dominated model we use here in the United States. While some of us — the people who spend time reading about smartphones on the Internet — know where to look when we want to buy a phone without involving AT&T or Verizon or any other service provider, most people go to their carrier's store (or a third party vendor for their carrier like Best Buy) when they want to purchase their new phone.

That works for a lot of people. I'm always talking about the reasons you would want to buy an unlocked phone, but a lot of us aren't planning on switching carriers any time soon, and want the convenience of walking into a retail shop with money, and walking out with a new phone. That's cool — do what works best for you. But if you're wanting to go unlocked, and need some pointers about where to find your next, we're here to help.

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5 days ago

This week's sidebar poll: Do you have Galaxy S6 active regret?

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 Do you have Galaxy S6 active regret?

We've had over two months with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge readily available from just about any carrier or retailer you could've wanted to buy it from, and that means it was the perfect time for another GS6 variant to be announced. The Galaxy S6 active came onto the scene after a brief period of being rumored, and the big stat that stuck out was the battery. 3500 mAh in the Galaxy S6 active put the original GS6's 2550 mAh to shame, and in our time with it the battery made a world of difference in usability.

Add to that the Galaxy S6 active's water, dust and shock resistance, all while not losing the internals or camera that made the GS6 great, and you end up getting a great overall package. That is, if you hadn't already bought a Galaxy S6 in the first place.

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5 days ago

Android 5.1 Lollipop preview now available for the Huawei Ascend Mate 2

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If you own a Huawei Ascend Mate 2, your wait for Lollipop is over — so long as your willing to flash it yourself. Following it's release to beta testers earlier this month, the first release preview is now available to download and flash for anyone who is interested.

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5 days ago

Verizon to finally begin pushing the Lollipop update to the Droid Turbo on July 1

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Droid Turbo owners will be thrilled to know that Verizon is going to be pushing Android 5.1 update to the device beginning on July 1. The update, which will roll out to devices in phases, is scheduled to begin its push during the afternoon hours of Wednesday, July 1.

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5 days ago

Hero 2+ gets scrapped by Alcatel OneTouch and Cyanogen

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Alcatel OneTouch and Cyanogen have released a statement regarding the release of the Hero 2+, in which both companies reveal that they will not be releasing the device. In a mutual agreement, the companies have decided to forgo the release of the device as it 'does not have a clear Android 5.1 upgrade path.'

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5 days ago

Marvel's Ant-Man will shrink down to be a part of Zen Pinball HD in July

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Zen Studios continues to release new and cool tables for its Zen Pinball HD game on Android. The week of July 14, it will do so again with the launch of a table based on the forthcoming movie adaptation of Marvel's super-small super hero Ant-Man.

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5 days ago

Google adds hundreds of new themes and new emoji to Gmail's web interface

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Gmail's web interface can now be customized even further, as Google has added hundreds of new themes for users to pick from, along with some new emoji as well. There will be tons of new images to select from as the background, some of them captured by Googlers themselves, and once you find the right one you can use Google's editing tools to make it look even better with your messages.

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5 days ago

Facebook Messenger's direct payments feature now available to everyone in the U.S.

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Back in March, Facebook announced that it would start rolling out a direct payment feature in Messenger. After first rolling out to users in New York City in May, the company has announced that direct payments are now available to everyone in the U.S..

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5 days ago

New Site Feature: Follow the Android Central content you care about and get notified of it instantly!

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We are very excited to introduce Follow - a way to personalize your Android Central experience and get notified when new content is added. In addition to Android Central, the Follow feature is also available across our family of Mobile Nations properties, including iMore, Windows Central, CrackBerry and Connectedly.

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