HTC has mysterious smartphone compatible with Sprint working its way through the FCC

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A new FCC filing has been discovered that describes an HTC phone that would be compatible with Sprint or any of the carriers that use the Sprint network, like Virgin Mobile or Boost Mobile. The model number for the device is 0PCV100. Besides working on LTE bands 25, 26, and 41 and having a removable back cover and replaceable battery, not much else can be gleaned from the FCC filing. We really cannot even tell if it will be an Android-based device. Sources have noted that HTC tends to seal up their high-end devices which could suggest this is a mid-range or lower-tier device.

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T-Mobile takes aim at Sprint customers with latest offer to help

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T-Mobile is launching a new campaign starting next week that aims squarely at Sprint customers. Taking some jabs at Sprint by pointing out how their customers have “suffered” and had to put up with both “the Framily” and the “slowest nationwide LTE network.” T-Mobile is offering a free upgrade to unlimited data for one year when existing T-Mobile customers refer someone to the Uncarrier. Although focused on Sprint, the offer applies to both AT&T and Verizon customers as well. The free upgrade will apply to both the new T-Mobile customer that ports their number over and the existing T-Mobile customer that served as the referral source. If a T-Mobile customer already has an unlimited Simple Choice plan, T-Mobile will give them a $10 per month credit for one year.
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Acer Chromebox CXI to hit stores in late September

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Today Acer announced a new Acer Chromebox CXI line for the U.S. and Canadian markets. The new Chromebox CXI is a small unit that can stand on its own or be mounted in an out of the way place, like the stand for a monitor. The devices are designed for computer users that don’t need mobility for their device and may be especially suitable for education, small business and budget-conscious users. According to Simon Hwang, president of Acer Stationary Computing and Display Business Group, “The Acer Chromebook CXI is an excellent fit for schools and any other institution or business where conserving costs and space are high priorities.”
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Sony Xperia C3 to go on sale in Russia in early September

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Last month Sony introduced their “selfie-centric” Sony Xperia C3 smartphone. The Xperia C3 is a mid-range device with an upgraded front-facing camera and some other features for making it more suitable for grabbing selfies. The front-facing camera is a 5MP shooter, but it does come with an 80-degree field of view. Sony also built-in an LED flash for it for low-light situations. On the software side, the Xperia C3 can detect a double tap on the rear panel or a smile to trigger the camera.

Although it appeared at the time of the announcement that China would be the first market to see the device, it looks like Russia managed to slide in there to grab the honor. The device is slated to sell for 13,990 Ruble ($386 USD) starting in early September.


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Verizon considers opening another Android app store, this time with help

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Despite shuttering its previous attempt at providing an app store for Android and Blackberry users, Verizon appears to be eyeing the possibility of opening a new one to challenge Google’s dominance for Android users. This time though, sources indicate Verizon is talking with other players and carriers in an effort to put together an “industry coalition.” With Android installed on over a billion devices around the world and the operating system continuing to grow in dominating the market, it should be no surprise that a company wants to get in on the action of selling apps to users.
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PushBullet hopes to copy messaging success to copy/paste function

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PushBullet is no stranger to the concept of synchronizing information across different platforms as they produce an app that does this for calls and messaging between a phone and a computer. Other companies provide similar synchronization for various functions, like Google’s Chrome browser that will save and share your browsing history between devices and keep it all synced up. PushBullet goes a little bit further with their app as they have features that make it easier to share information between devices going a step beyond synchronization. For instance, you can send an address from your computer to your smartphone so it can be opened in the Google Maps app without having to type it in again. Now PushBullet is looking to expand synchronization and information sharing between devices to copy and paste functions.
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Facebook adds internal browser to app on Android

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Users are reporting that their Facebook app on Android is now loading links to web sites in an internal browser rather than launching one of the external browsers a user may have installed on their device. There is no indication in the Play store entry for the Facebook app that an internal browser has been added as an update which suggests this may be a beta feature that only a subset of users are receiving. Rolling out changes to only some users for beta testing is a standard practice for Facebook on the normal web interface and seems to be used more frequently with their Android app.
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New Samsung patent for flexible display spotted at USPTO

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Samsung is no stranger to filing patent applications for smartphone devices taking a variety of form factors including those with flexible displays. The latest patent filing spotted at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office shows a smartphone device that could be folded in half like a wallet or a tent card. The ability to hold a position once bent is one of the key details that Samsung describes in their application. This could make it easier for the device to double as something like an alarm clock.


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ASUS starts teasing new smartwatch to be released at IFA 2014

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Earlier this summer, shortly after the first Android Wear smartwatches were released during Google I/O, ASUS was quick to let it be known that they were working on something to be released later in the year. Since then, ASUS has shared some information about some of the design factors they worked through as they appeared to be working toward releasing the smartwatch at IFA 2014. The release date rumors appear to be panning out as ASUS took to Twitter today to tease the release of their smartwatch. They promise something “Incredible” so it will be interesting to see what they produce.

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HTC Butterfly 2 released to Asian markets

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HTC has announced the release of their latest device in the Butterfly line of devices. Going by the long name HTC J butterfly HTL23 in Japan through KDDI, the device is really the HTC Butterfly 2. That easier name is how it will be marketed through Chunghwa Telecom in Taiwan, CSL in Hong Kong, and other carriers in South Asian markets. Regardless of what it is called, it is probably a device that many people outside those markets wish HTC would make available on a wider scale as it combines some of the best features of the HTC One (M8) and the HTC One (E8) with a sprinkling of upgrades.
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