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LG Lucid 3 now available from Verizon

LG Lucid 3 now available from Verizon

Verizon’s introducing an entry-level handset today called the LG Lucid 3. For $299.99 off-contract (free if you sign up for one), you get a 4.7-inch 960 x 540 display, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The last Lucid handset left us impressed with the bang-for-buck value,...
FarmVille 2: Country Escape is made for mobile, requires no friends

FarmVille 2: Country Escape is made for mobile, requires no friends

Following a fairly successful soft launch in Canada, Zynga’s FarmVille 2: Country Escape launches globally today on iOS and Android. The Facebook version has been out since 2012, though the new mobile version won’t require a social plug-in to bug your friends for resources. You can also play...
Flickr for Android

Flickr app for Android updated with new interface and fresh editing tools

Flickr for Android just got a complete overhaul, bumping the app to version 3.0 and bring a host of new and welcome features. First thing you'll notice upon opening the new Flickr is the completely redesigned interface, bringing it up to modern Android standards. It also just looks plain better...
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Galaxy S5

Same $660 up-front price or $27.50 monthly financing applies for later pre-orders

T-Mobile is pushing back the date you can pre-order a Galaxy S5 and still have it by launch day, giving everyone an extra week to get their orders in. When T-Mobile first gave details on its Galaxy S5 launch it had pre-orders available from March 24th to the 31st, and ordering in that week guaranteed delivery of the phone by April 11th. You'll now have all the way until April 6th to get that order in.

The phone will still set you back a full $660 if you want to buy it straight up, or $0 down and $27.50 per month with Simple Choice device financing. T-Mobile isn't making any indication of why it is expanding pre-orders, but we have a feeling that fewer than the purported 300,000 'pre-registrations' have turned into sales at this point.

Source: TmoNews

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It's only been a couple of weeks since the Chromecast made its way to the UK, and the content offerings for the little streaming stick have been increasing with rapid pace. The latest on the way is sports programming — yup, meaning all of your favorite football teams — from BT, which joins BBC iPlayer for UK-based content on the device.

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TYLT Energi (left to right) 10K, 5K, 3K, 2K

Four batteries to fit your needs, each with solid design and performance — just be ready to pay for them.

TYLT has made name for itself as a manufacturer that puts out high-quality mobile accessories that are both functional and completely unique in their design. You can usually spot a TYLT case or battery by its sharp lines, soft-touch materials and striking palette of amazingly bright and lively colors. Its lineup of Energi external batteries are no exception, bringing some sleek style along with great functionality and performance as well.

The Energi lineup of external batteries come in a variety of sizes and are simply named to (roughly) indicate their capacity. You have an Energi 10K that is 10,400mAh capacity, followed by a 5K (5,200mAh), 3K (3,000mAh) and 2K (2,000mAh). Each has its benefits and downsides as you go through the range, but you'll hardly be disappointed with any one you pick up — read along and see the merits of the whole range of TYLT Energi battery packs.

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Another wonderful round of Android games are being offered by the Humble Bundle today. Humble Bundle 9 offers Broken Sword 2, Bridge Constructor, Type:Rider, and Ravensword: Shadowlands for however much you’re willing to pay. Beat the average donation, and you’ll get Kingdom Rush and Knights of Pen and Paper too.

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Leaked documents are showing that the upcoming LG L90 will be hitting T-Mobile on April 29. No information on pricing was revealed in the leak from TMoNews, but the L90's a lower-end device, so set your expectations accordingly.

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Nexus 5 camera

To be updated independently of Android, gaining custom filter support

The Android camera app will soon be split off into the Google Play Store and is looking to get an update with a refreshed UI and new effects. Manufacturers have put a lot of effort into expanding the capabilities of their camera apps in recent years — just see the Duo Camera and its crazy effects in the HTC One M8 — and Google understandably wants to make sure that their offering is able to keep up. According to Engadget, Google plans to do just that by splitting the camera app itself out of Android and updating it through Google Play.

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Canadian carrier Telus today announced that it's now putting up for preorder the Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2 smartwatch, and Gear Fit fitness tracker. Telus also has changed up the pricing for its GS5, lowing it by $20 to $229 on a two-year contract. Outright price remains $730.

Source: Telus

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Canadian carrier Bell has locked down an exclusive on the upcoming Sony Xperia Z2. This bad boy’s waterproof, shoots 4K video, and packs a beefy 3200 mAh battery. We got our filthy mitts all over the Z2 when it was announced back at MWC. The Canadian launch will also include that new Michael Jackson album preloaded.

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Lenovo tablets

Lenovo today announced four new "A series" Android tablets. On tap are the A7-30, A7-50, A8 and A10, with each "A" number denoting the display size. Lenovo puts it thusly:

The new range starts with the A7-30 seven-inch devices, designed for optimal music or multimedia enjoyment through exceptional Dolby®-enhanced dual-front speakers while still packing a performance punch. The A7-50 is the affordable on-the-go reading companion with a 7-inch, wide-view HD display for sharper text and web pages, while the larger screen A8 is the mobile “home entertainment” center that comes in a variety of bold colors to suit different personalities and lifestyles. Rounding up the new A-series is the A10, which is equipped with a superb 10.1" wide HD display and Dolby® enhanced dual front speakers for an amazing movie watching experience on the move.

The tablets will be available this quarter. The A750 runs £99.99. The A8-50 is £139.99, and the A10-70 tablet starts at £169.99

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The Sony Xperia Z2 is easily one of the more anticipated phones of the year — bezels and all — and as such it’s time to tear that sucker down. Mobile China’s done the deed, stripping the phone down from its fully assembled form to something that looks like, well, it looks like a smartphone that’s been taken apart.

Source: Mobile China (translated); via: GSM Arena

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Michael Jackson fans that also purchase certain Sony Xperia smartphones are in for a treat come May 13. The latest album from the King of Pop, Xscape, will be made available for free on launch day through the Sony Xperia Lounge app on devices including the Xperia Z1s and Xperia Z2.

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As expected, the latest version of BBM will begin rolling out today across BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices. BBM 2.1 brings with it BBM Stickers as well as some new features like pictures in multi-person chats and larger file transfers of up to 16MB.

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Nuance Mobile Assistant has been updated with new biometric features that lets you access hands-free features without having to unlock your device. The app can now recognize users based on their "VoicePrint", and continues to offer a bunch of voice-activated controls for messaging, calling, and maps. The workflow is a bit speedier than you might be used to, as you can spout out the wake command and the task command at the same time, as opposed to waiting for your phone to initiate listening before getting on with it. The update also includes a new embedded browser which brings back web search results quicker than ever.

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Previously outed by Samsung no less, the Galaxy Tab 4 range is today official. Coming as with its predecessors in 7-, 8- and 10.1-inch form factors, the Galaxy Tab 4 is the latest lineup of mid-range tablets from Samsung.

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That's it. Uncle. We're done. No more individual April Fools' Day posts. So here is where you can find the best of the worst. There's no such thing as a good April Fools' Day post in this business. But there are some that at least make us smile.

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Google's Chromecast finally made it to European shores in recent weeks and it looks as if the £30 HDMI dongle has seen a pretty strong start. According to Giga OM, the Dixons group – owners of Currys PCWorld – in the UK saw a sale every 4.5 seconds on launch day resulting in a temporary sell out on available stock. [Giga OM]

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UK mobile operator Three has launched a new insurance option for consumers – Three Rescue. Following a report shared by the network detailing how British smartphone owners place a value of over £1,000 on the contents of their handheld devices. The insurance starts from just £2 a month with full cover for stolen, lost or damaged smartphones.

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Just last week we reported that the Gold version of the HTC One M8 would land at Carphone Warehouse in the UK by April 7. Fast forward a few days and that seems to have improved to a new expected delivery date of April 2, with the phone going on sale online and on the phone today. So, if you've already pre-ordered one you might be receiving your shiny new handset a little earlier than you expected.

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Brits looking to pick up a new Samsung Gear Fit or Gear 2 Neo might be pleased to hear that one retailer has just confirmed it has both versions in stock. Unlocked-mobiles sends word that they now have both wearables in stock, in black, and will happily sell you one for £179.98 including VAT.

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It's April Fools Day and we're seeing a lot of fun posts from a lot of different sources. British carrier, O2, is getting in on the act but they're actually including something you might be interested in. For within the post about the "Selfie Filter" there is actually a giveaway for today only that can net you a brand new HTC One M8. O2

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