T-Mobile makes SCORE! program official, lets you pay $5 per month for smartphone discounts

t-mobile_logo_magentaT-Mobile has made a new program official for customers to take part in, and they’re calling it SCORE! The program simply lets you pay an extra $5 per month on your bill, and then you’ll get discounts on smartphones after a few months.

After 6 months of paying that extra few bucks, T-Mobile will give you a free entry level smartphone. Today, that would be something along the lines of the Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2, which isn’t a bad deal for the equivalent of 30 bucks. However, if you keep paying and don’t cash in, after 12 months you’d be able to pick up a much nicer phone (T-Mobile uses the LG L90 LTE as an example) without paying anything, or you can get a bigger discount on other phones.
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Amazon Music app gets dedicated Prime Music section

Amazon_Prime_Music_logoAmazon has updated their Music application that brings in a dedicated Prime Music section. You’ll be able to quickly add music to your library and manage what songs you own, and you’ll be able to stream music without adding it to your library first. The search results and filtering methods have also been improved, so finding music you want should be easier now.

Aside from the Prime inclusions, Amazon fixed a few bugs and added support for the OnePlus One. If you use Prime Music, this an update you’ll probably want to grab. If you’re on the fence, you can check out our review of the service here.
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Sprint takes a shot at T-Mobile, offers $200 for T-Mobile devices on trade-in

sprint-logoSprint is offering a pretty great deal for potential customers that are willing to switch over from T-Mobile to Sprint’s network. Customers can trade in a T-Mobile device and get at least $200 for it, which should cover the price of a new phone through Sprint.

This trade-in offer can be used with Sprint’s buyout program, so Sprint will pay out up to $350 to cover terminating T-Mobile service. Using both of these offers, it’s possible to get upwards of $550 to jump over to Sprint.
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Sony releases action packed Rockin’ Goat on the Play Store

rockin goatHave you ever wanted to play a game that puts you in the shoes of an escaped farm goat that moonlights in a rock band? You might have an odd taste in video games, but Sony’s Music division has you covered. They’ve released Rockin’ Goat onto the Google Play Store that stars Elwood the goat as he builds a band and put on rock shows in a 2D platforming experience.

The game looks fairly well done and features music from a few different artists under Sony Music’s arm. Between the music and several mini-games, this one might be worth checking out for a few laughs while killing some time.
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Samsung working on a wearable sensor for detecting strokes early

Samsung ESDAPSamsung’s Creativity Lab has been working on a new wearable health sensor for the past two years. This sensor, called the Early Detection Sensor and Algorithm Package (EDSAP), monitors brain waves and give the wearer information to track potential strokes.

EDSAP uses multiple sensors and a complex algorithm that keeps up with brainwave activity. The user can then use a smartphone or tablet to check up on the brainwave activity and predict the probability of a stroke. The sensor won’t do much for treating a stroke, but if the brain waves start to point towards a stroke, you’d know to seek out medical attention before things got serious.
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Google will sell wireless service through Sprint’s network

Google_Cell_Tower_01Just yesterday rumors started swirling about Google finally getting the mobile network market by partnering with either Sprint or T-Mobile. Less than 24 hours later, it looks like Google has closed a deal with Sprint and will soon begin offering a wireless service to compete with the other major carriers.

According to an insider, Masayoshi Son, president of Sprint’s parent company Softbank, was the key player in getting talks going between the two companies. The deal will function like most other MNVO deals, with Google paying Sprint for capacity, then Google will sell the service to customers. 
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You can stream the Super Bowl to your Android tablet, but not your smartphone, through NBC

super bowl XLIXNBC is giving cord cutters an easy way to watch the Super Bowl thanks to an 11 hour live stream of the entire game, plus pre-game coverage and the halftime show. You’ll be able to watch the big game on NBC’s Sports Live Extra app on your tablet, or on a desktop or laptop or computer, which goes live at noon on February 1st.
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Google to bring Android tablets with Google for Education to UK schools

google_apps_for_education_video_screenshotGoogle is hard at work pushing Google for Education, and their next step is to offer Android tablets preloaded with Education services to schools in the UK. These tablets are customized for the curriculum used in the UK school system and offer great ways to manage time and get students more involved.

Schools have an option of which tablets they want to buy, some of which include the Nexus 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4. The tablets seamlessly link together for classrooms and have access to Google’s Education app store and are preloaded with Google’s work apps like Drive, Docs, and Sheets.
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Verizon increases data allowance to 1 GB on $45 prepaid plans

Verizon-Wireless-logo-7893Good news for Verizon prepaid customers: the company has increased the data allowance on their prepaid plans, so now $45 will net you unlimited talk and text, plus 1 GB of data. The plan previously offered 500 MB, so you’re getting the double the data for the same amount.

Considering you can still grab an extra 500 GB for signing up for auto-pay and you’ll get full access to Verizon’s LTE network, their prepaid network is a great option for someone who’s looking to avoid contracts. 
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