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Derek Kessler

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm (the old one), and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

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The T-Mobile Galaxy S6 is comign with a free year of Netflix
One year of free binge watching

The T-Mobile Galaxy S6 is comign with a free year of Netflix

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Samsung's always thrown in a bunch of free apps and subscriptions with their phones, but T-Mobile's throwing in some freebies of their own. If you were planning on getting a Samsung Galaxy S6 or Samsung Galaxy S6 edge from T-Mobile, it'll come with a year's worth of Netflix. At the current subscription rate of $7.99/month, that's right around $100 worth of Netflix once you factor in...

Reserve a spot with OpenTable, pay for dinner with OpenTable
No more flagging down Garconne

Reserve a spot with OpenTable, pay for dinner with OpenTable

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OpenTable's mobile payments feature is now available in their Android app, allowing diners to pay for their meals right from their phone. The "Pay with OpenTable" feature first rolled out to iPhone users in February of this year, and is now hitting the OpenTable Android app (after the service was acquired by Priceline last year). With the mobile payments feature you can now reserve...

Your smartphone can't cause cancer — physics won't allow it
Ionizing radiation and you

Your smartphone can't cause cancer — physics won't allow it

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Repeat after me: your smartphone is not giving you cancer, and neither is your smartwatch. We in the Mobile Nations family tend to be tech-obsessed. We get the newest smartphones with the biggest batteries and most powerful radios, we strap on the latest in fitness bands and smartwatches, and we spend our days interacting with laptops and tablets and all other manner of technology. And...

Microsoft won't be investing in Cyanogen after all
First comes love, then comes a $110 million investment round

Microsoft won't be investing in Cyanogen after all

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Alternative Android OS developer Cyanogen is poised to raise around $110 million in a funding round, but contrary to earlier reports, Microsoft might not be chipping in. Several weeks ago brought the news that Microsoft was considering investing in Cyanogen and their customized Android system CyanogenMod. That OS is installed on a few retail devices, including the OnePlus One and the...

Samsung's Galaxy Win 2 packs a 64-bit processor and LTE
Dual-SIM, LTE, and Snapdragon 410

Samsung's Galaxy Win 2 packs a 64-bit processor and LTE

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Samsung has a new entry-level smartphone for Brazil: the Galaxy Win 2. It's not a barn-burner by any means, but it does at least offer LTE and a 64-bit processor. There was a time not long ago where a 64-bit processor was considered the mark of a high-end phone. But with chips like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 around, 64 bits are the domain of the flagship anymore. In fact, they're...