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4 years ago

Verizon deploying LTE on AWS spectrum in major markets


New spectrum along with carrier aggregation to improve Verizon's LTE offerings soon

Following its nearly $4 billion purchase of AWS spectrum last year, Verizon is ready to start putting it to work for its LTE network in major markets across the U.S. The spectrum, which is also used by T-Mobile for its own network, will give Verizon more real estate to roll out its network to capable handsets. While Verizon isn't disclosing which markets are receiving the upgrades at this time, users have already pegged New York City as one of the markets.

When Verizon does get around to using up its AWS holding in the largest markets, the carrier will be able to offer 20x20MHz LTE — essentially more lanes on a highway for cars to drive on. The number of devices actually capable of using LTE on AWS spectrum is limited, but Verizon says that those with the appropriate hardware will receive software updates to take advantage soon.

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4 years ago

Verizon Moto X soak test invites are happening


Big Red's Moto X may be preparing for the big camera update

Verizon looks to be joining the Moto X update party, if today's soak test invites mean what everyone thinks they mean. T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T have updated their Moto X devices to a newer build that fixes a few bugs, enhances a few things, and most importantly makes the camera about a million times better and we've all been waiting to hear when it would hit Verizon.

With soak tests starting shortly, it shouldn't be too long — provided the testing goes well. Of course, there's always a chance that this is a different update, that may be better or more minor (we hate to call any update "worse") than what the other carriers have, but we seriously doubt it.

If you're a member of the Moto feedback network and are using a Verizon Moto X, be on the look out for an invitation of your own. If you're not a member, but have always wanted to be, click here to get the party started and join.

Thanks, anonymous folks who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Two new Nexus 7 commercials continue 'Made for what matters' campaign


Great commercial spots highlight Google Now, Hangouts and Google Play Books

If there's one thing that Google is great at as of late, it's commercials for its products. Whether its showing off the power of Gmail, Google Search or its Nexus devices, it always knows how to hit your emotions in the right way. The latest two commercials, titled "Study Hall" and "Best Friend" keep up its "Made for what matters" series of commercials, showing what you can actually do with the Nexus 7.

The first commercial, shown above, is a short 15 second spot showing a college kid using Google Now for reminders and search, as well as buying a book through Google Play.

Hit the break for the second commercial spot, and have a box of tissues ready — Google knows how to tug at the heart strings to sell a tablet.

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4 years ago

Humble Bundle with Android 7 now accepting donations


Six new multi-platform games, and more to come

Yet another bundle of games is going up for sale in a "pay what you want" system with the Humble Bundle with Android 7. This time around the games aren't mobile-specific, but they all come with Android versions alongside their Mac, Linux and Windows counterparts. As is always the case with the Humble Bundle, you pay whatever you would like, and receive four great games:

  • Ticket to Ride
  • Greed Corp
  • Incredipede
  • Anodyne

And if you give over the average, you'll receive two more games as well:

  • Worms Reloaded
  • The Bard's Tale

More games are on their way as well, which you'll receive at no extra cost if you donate over the average at the time of purchase — currently $6.81. Proceeds go to benefit charity along with the game developers, and over $70,000 has already been raised. If you want to check out this group of games, hit the source link below.

Source: Humble Bundle

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4 years ago

Yes, you can unlock an HTC One Max with your nipple


You know, if using other body parts on a fingerprint scanner is your thing. And, no, we're not going to show you.

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4 years ago

Sony pushes out maintenance updates for Xperia Z1, Z Ultra


Camera improvements for the Z1, touchscreen tweaks for the Ultra

Sony has announced that it's started pushing out maintenance updates for two of its newest high-end phones, the 5-inch Xperia Z1 and the 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra — and there are some noteworthy fixes for both devices. 

First up, the Xperia Z1 gets camera tweaks — new camera algorithms for "better all round performance." There have also been changes to Sony's smart camera platform, the manufacturer says, allowing built-in mini-apps like sweep panorama and the various AR capabilities to run more smoothly.

Meanwhile, the Xperia Z Ultra gets "optimized touchscreen sensitivity" for fingers, pens and styluses. And both the Z1 and the Ultra will receive battery life enhancements, display recalibration tweaks and faster email sync over MS Exchange. Both new sets of firmware are still based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, so we're not dealing with a major update here. Nevertheless, it looks like there's some good stuff for Xperia Z1 and Ultra owners to get stuck into.

Source: Sony Mobile Blog

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4 years ago

Report: Amazon partnering with HTC to release multiple phones in 2014


Long-standing rumors of an 'Amazon phone' could finally come true

Amazon is gearing up to release multiple smart phones manufactured by HTC, according to people familiar with the company's plans. Sources of the Financial Times claim that a range of phones are in the works, with at least one that is in advanced stages. The phone is said to be released as early as the end of this year, but launch plans have changed before and may be pushed back again until 2014.

Amazon has traditionally used white label manufacturers for its Kindle devices, holding all branding to itself. The move to partnering with HTC for manufacturing is something that HTC is well-accustomed to, but it's unclear what Amazon has to gain from having the HTC logo on its devices.

Presumably the partnership could be mutually beneficial if Amazon targets the product correctly. Amazon could potentially leverage HTC's brand recognition and history of dealing with wireless carriers, and an Amazon-driven phone that sells extremely well would be a boon for HTC's currently struggling financial situation.

Source: FT

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4 years ago

Candy Crush Saga coming to the Amazon Appstore and new Kindle Fire HDX


Hitting select countries today, worldwide launch on October 17

One of the world's most popular time-wasters, Candy Crush Saga, has made its way to the Amazon Appstore. Releasing today (October 15) for select countries, the title will be available everywhere starting October 17.

Besides the myriad of Android phone and tablets with the Amazon Appstore installed — which will all have access to Candy Crush Saga — the game will also be made available for all Kindle Fire tablets including the new Kindle Fire HDX line. 

The game is free, and should be identical to it's Google Play and iOS counterparts. If you're looking to get a little tasty with your Kindle Fire, look for it in the Appstore. The full press release is after the break.

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4 years ago

O2 and HTC partner to give away 18ct gold HTC One


O2 HTC One customers who buy between Oct. 17 and 20 will be eligible to win

Remember that 18 carat gold-plated HTC One produced to celebrate the 18th MOBO awards — of which there are just five in existence? Well, HTC UK has partnered with British carrier O2 to give the £2,750-value handset away to one lucky customer. In a post on its official promotional site, HTC reveals that the blinged-out smartphone will be given away to one lucky customer who buys the HTC One from O2 between Oct. 17 and Oct. 20. One of the remaining four will be given away to the winner of the MOBO for best newcomer on Oct. 19.

As we saw during our time with the gold HTC One at a recent event in London, this is a really, really gold HTC One. But we suppose at least the winner will have their other HTC One for situations that demand a less lustrous smartphone.

More: Hands-on with the real gold HTC One

Source: HTC

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4 years ago

Take the Talk Mobile Carriers survey for a chance to win a $100 Best Buy Gift Card!


With Mobile You, the final week of Talk Mobile 2013 done, it's time for another survey, because we just love quantifiable data here. These surveys have helped us learn more about you and how you use your devices, as well as giving us the data to build awesome infographics for gaming and keyboards. Bringing together everything we from across all of Talk Mobile, Mobile You week was just full of awesome - from how to pick your device, what's best for you, what they can do for you, and how we truly make these devices our own.

So here is the Mobile You week survey - it's only a few dozen questions so it shouldn't take too long. Plus they're all multiple choice questions, and being a survey there's no "right" answer (so we better not catch you cheating off your neighbor). And because we love you, completing the survey will enter you for a chance to win a $100 Best Buy gift card. Bribery, incentive, cash-for-data, call it what you want, it's potentially gadget money you didn't have before, so that's cool, right?

Click here to take the Talk Mobile - Mobile You Survey!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile to replace grandfathered plans with new Simple Choice plans at comparable prices


Grandfathered plan holders can cancel service with no penalty until February 2014

Following a long line of sweeping changes related to Simple Choice plans, T-Mobile is ready to start reducing the number of legacy plans it has on its network. According to reports from users and now an official statement from T-Mobile, we know that the carrier is ready to start replacing grandfathered plans that are no longer offered with more modern Simple Choice plans very soon. All T-Mobile customers, no matter how old their plan is, will be "forced" onto a new Simple Choice offering in the coming months.

But these long-standing customers won't just be given the current crop of Simple Choice options, they will instead be given a choice from dozens of new, unadvertised no-contract plans. Indications are that T-Mobile is ready to mix-and-match features in any way possible to keep you happy. Single line unlimited plans will start at just $20 (over the current $50), and T-Mobile expects most people to get the same or better features at a comparable price to their current plan.

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4 years ago

All-new Angry Birds Go! kart racing game coming Dec. 11


Your favorite Angry Birds characters, now on wheels

It's no secret that Rovio has a line of hits on its hands with the Angry Birds franchise, and the latest installment in the series is a downhill racing game. Any Birds Go! is not unlike kart racing games of the past like Mario Kart, with side-by-side racing taking you through difficult obstacles, collecting coins and taking out opponents along the way.

Rovio is also telling us up front that the game will be free-to-play, with several game modes and features included from the start. But we know there will be some kind of catch here, and can expect things such as kart customizations and unlocks to be managed through in-app purchases.

Ready to play? Rovio says that the game will be hitting Android (as well as other platforms) on December 11th.

Source: Rovio

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4 years ago

HTC One Max and HTC Sense 5.5 video walkthrough


The HTC One Max is upon us, with a UK arrival imminent, and Sprint and Verizon launches scheduled for the holidays. We've also published our full review of the Max, with the detailed rundown of what's going on with HTC's 5.9-inch monster phone. Today we're bringing you a video walkthrough of the HTC One Max, showing the phone's hardware in detail, as well as the new software tricks in HTC Sense 5.5. Check it out above, then hit up the rest of our One Max coverage, linked below.

More: HTC One Max review; One Max specs; One Max availability

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4 years ago

Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch torn down, exposing tablet parts within


Amazon's latest and greatest scores pretty poorly for reparability 

While we're well aware by now of what specs lie within the new 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HDX, for the hardware nerds among us actually seeing those parts brings a warm sense of satisfaction. The folks at iFixit have done their thing, taken apart the new tablet and scored it for its repairability. And that's where things go sour for the HDX. 

The Snapdragon 800 chip, the 2GB of RAM and all those other goodies are all there for the world to see, but the problems, at least if you break something, lie within the construction. The battery is well glued in beneath an almost impossible to replace motherboard, which immediately spells disaster for wannabe fixers. 

Positive points are few, but iFixit does note that the volume buttons, microphone and headphone jack are all individual pieces, meaning replacements of these is much easier than on previous models. But, all in all it's a low scoring outing for the Kindle Fire HDX, receiving a 3/10 for reparability. The worst score of any Kindle device to date. 

To see more glorious internal shots and details on the repairing nightmare, be sure to visit the source link below. 

Source: iFixit

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4 years ago

ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T goes on sale in the UK on October 21


ASUS' latest tablet/laptop hybrid comes packing the specs, yours for £429.99

Initially announced back at IFA 2013 in Berlin, UK availability has finally been confirmed for the latest in the ASUS Transformer Pad line of devices. The catchily named TF701T comes with the now traditional keyboard dock included, and will go on sale in the UK via Amazon and eBuyer on October 21 for £429.99. 

While the name may not capture the imagination, this latest Transformer Pad comes packing in the specs department. Some recent tablet offerings from ASUS have been lacking a little in the display department, but all that goes away with the TF701T. It houses a 2560x1600 resolution 10.1-inch IPS display that looks pretty darn nice. Underneath, NVIDIA's latest Tegra 4 chip pushes everything along backed up by 2GB of RAM. On-board storage is a respectible 32GB and the package also has both micro and full size SD card slots. A USB 3.0 port, HDMI out capable of driving a 4K display and a 5MP/1.2MP rear and front camera combination completes most of the important specs. 

Of course, as with previous Transformer devices from ASUS, the dock also houses extra battery power for the ensemble. A 31Wh battery in the tablet and a 16Wh in the dock combines for a claimed 13 hour and 4 hour split on battery life, so around 17 hours claimed when used together. 

More: Hands on with the ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T

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