Metro PCS rolls out new tiers for LTE plans

MetroPCS has announced a shift in its pricing plans for LTE customers across the country, effectively bringing more data options to a vast array of subscribers. The three new tiers include the same $60 plan, as well as throttled $50 and $40 plans.

The $60 plan still allows users the full smorgasbord of unlimited options, including talk, text and unthrottled data. For those who’d like to take a step down, the $50 plan allows unlimited talk and text, with unlimited data. However speeds for that particular plan will be dropped to 3G after 2.5 gigabytes of usage. For those interested in a budget option, the $40 plan still offers unlimited talk, text and web, though data speeds will be slowed after the first 500MB.
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Hands on with the Netgear NeoTV Prime with Google TV

Netgear is trying to turn things around at this year’s CES with the introduction of a wide swath of new pieces of technology and smartphone applications. One of the better product announcements was the company’s new NeoTV with Google TV, an all-in-one set-top box for your living room with all the bells and whistles you’d ever need. Take a look after the break as we go hands-on.
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First look at Fulton Innovations Qi wireless charging concepts [Video]

When we heard Fulton Innovations was demoing a tablet that could actually charge your smartphone, we had to take a look. Come to find out, that’s not the only thing the company is showing off at CES 2013. Rather, Fulton Innovations has big plans in store for wireless charging, and especially the Qi standard found on devices like the Droid DNA and LG Nexus 4.

The company envisions a future where manufacturers can release cheap, electron-infused sheets of  paper with things like speakers or buttons that can be powered by your smartphone or tablet. Who would have thought we could utilize the same standard we use to charge our device to actually power other objects. Pretty darn cool.

Check out our official hands-on after the break.
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Hands on with the Alcatel One Touch Tab 7 HD, Tab 8 HD, and EVO 7 HD Tablets [Video]

Alcatel announced an update to its line of tablets yesterday, effectively bringing fresh hardware across the spectrum. The Tab7HD features a 7-inch WXGA 1280 x 800 IPS display powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The larger Tab8HD sports the same specs as the smaller Tab7HD, although with a larger 8-inch display.

The One Touch Evo 7 HD utilizes the same internals as the other devices, though it comes with the option to purchase an additional mobile data module which Alcatel is claiming to be the first of its kind. With the additional HSPA+ module, the device is slated to be available for $249 at launch. There will also be a 4G LTE version in the future for $349.

Check out our official hands-on video after the break.
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Hands on with Alcatel Idol and Idol Ultra smartphones [Video]

Along with its new line of Evo tablets, Alcatel is dipping its toes into the higher-end Android smartphone market with the introduction of its Idol and Idol Ultra handsets.

The company is touting its One Touch Idol Ultra as the thinnest smartphone currently on the market, measuring in at just 6.45mm thick. It also sports a 4.7-inch OLED HD display and an 8-megapixel camera. The One Touch Idol is aimed more towards the lower-end market, featuring a 4.7-inch qHD panel and an 8-megapixel camera. Both devices run atop Mediatek’s 1.2GHz dual-core 6577 processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
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Intel introduces Lexington development platform for smartphones in emerging markets

Intel has no shortage of announcements at this week’s CES, having already brought forth an all-new line of Atom-based processors. While that particular announcement only really applied to tablets, the company has gone further with the introduction of its Lexington platform.

The new development platform is aimed to provide a solid foundation for smartphones in emerging markets. Built from the ground-up with optimization for Android in mind, the new platform can support clock speeds of up to 1.2GHz with the company’s hyper-threading technology. Smartphone manufacturers who utilize this chipset can provide 1080p video encoding and decoding, burst picture taking at 7fps and HSPA+ data speeds all at a relatively low price point. In terms of graphics, the new SoC uses PowerVR’s all-new SGX 540 GPU,which should provide buttery-smooth graphics rendering. Other features like WiDi streaming and an FM radio tuner are also built in.

No release date has been mentioned, though Intel has promised handsets from the likes of Acer, Lava and Safaricom.

For all of our CES 2013 coverage, visit our official CES 2013 Hub.

Source: Engadget

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 headed to Verizon with 4G LTE this month

Just moments ago at its press conference at CES 2013, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Note 10.1 would be making its way to Verizon with 4G LTE in tow. Unsurprisingly, the tablet will ship with Android 4.1, meaning users can expect the same slew of productivity applications as the Wi-Fi model. No specific release date was given, though Samsung says we can expect to see the device hit carrier stores later this month. More information as we get it.

For all of our CES 2013 coverage, head to our official CES 2013 Hub.

Unlocked HTC Butterfly shows up for pre-order on MobiCity for $849

While Verizon customers may be the only ones lucky enough to get a variant of the HTC Butterfly on contract, GSM users can now get in on the 1080p action too. The unlocked international model is now available for pre-order from MobiCity for just $849. That may seem like a hefty price to pay, but keep in mind you’ll be getting the only 5-inch full HD display currently on the market.

No officially supported carriers are mentioned, though the included bands are GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, 3G 850, 3G 2100. You’ll be able to pick out your model in either red or white. If you do pick one up, you can expect shipments to begin on January 18th.

Source: MobiCity

 

Lenovo brings Android applications to Windows 8 computers with Bluestacks

With AMD already being the first major company to team up with Bluestacks in an effort to bring Android applications to the PC, Lenovo has followed suit.  The computer manufacturer has announced a partnership with Bluestacks to bring the Android App Player to all current and future Windows 8 PCs. This means users will have the ability to sync their most-used applications and even swap SMS messages between their computer and smartphone. Unfortunately, there’s no word on when the new software will launch, so it looks like we’ll have to keep our fingers crossed. In the meantime, you can catch the company’s official press release below.

For all of our CES 2013 coverage, head to our CES-2013 hub.
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NETGEAR beefs up the connected smart home with new apps and technology

2013 unquestionably seems to be the year of the connected smart home, and NETGEAR is taking full advantage of that today. At its CES 2013 press conference the company announced a slew of additions to its vision of the modern connected home, including the NETGEAR NeoTV Google TV box.

In addition to the new streaming box, NETGEAR has updated its mobile Genie application for Android, offering a brand new feature called TurboTransfer which can be utilized to share files between several desktop and mobile devices across your home network. The company is also introducing the MyMedia mobile application, allowing users to browse and stream digital media from any connected device on your network. If that’s not enough, NETGEAR is also introducing the Powerline Network MAP, a feature that enables you to see the Powerline devices connected to Wi-Fi and then measure the speed across them, and customize various different settings.
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