AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint plan to stop charging customers for spam texts

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Today, 3 out of the 4 top US wireless carriers (T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint) have announced that they will stop charging users for receiving spam texts. While the announcement was made today, it actually won’t fully take into effect for at least a couple of days from now, or as much as a couple of weeks. It’s no secret that getting random spam texts can be quite the nuisance and could potentially cost you money. This move creates very good PR for these 3 companies.

As to why Verizon has yet to jump on board with this, here’s an official statement from a Verizon representative regarding this issue:


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FlightTrack 5 hits the Google Play Store

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FlightTrack 5 has been released into the Google Play Store and aims to make your traveling life easier. FlightTrack isn’t new to the game as this new version is a complete UI overhaul of its previous counterpart. This app does what the name says as it tracks flights and offers real time alerts if anything were to change within the flight schedules. Not only can you keep tabs of your own flights, but other travelers as well.

FlightTrack 5 is compatible with 3,000 airports and 1,400 airlines worldwide providing a map of the terminal that you are in so that you can easily navigate to your desired gate. For more information, check out the QR code and link after the break! Also, check out the gallery of screenshots as to what the app looks like. You can your copy of FlightTrack 5 right now for $2.99 as the price will hike up to $4.99 once this month ends.


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Google opens up Glass Explorer sign up page to the US public

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Still itching to get your hands on Google Glass? Google has launched a sign up page for the Glass Explorer program although sadly it’s only for US residents. There is also no timetable given as to when you’ll be contacted back if you’ve been chosen. Keep in mind that Google mainly wants these devices to go to developers, thus it’ll probably still cost you around $1500 if chosen.

Either way, Google Glass still seems to be something Google has very high hopes for. Let us know if you’ve signed up!

source: Glass Explorer Program

Video shows off LG Flex’s “self-healing” back plate

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Now this is certainly a first for me. LG released a video showcasing the “healing” properties of their new LG Flex device. Shown in the video are two backplates being continuously scratched, the left one being a normal back plate and the right one featuring LG’s new technology. You can see that even after scratching it, it heals itself moments later. LG has yet to explain exactly as to how this technology works, but they did say that this only works on regular “wear and tear” scratches, not big gashes that one would get by huge drops and such.

What do you guys think about it? Personally, I think it’s great as it’s the little scratches that tend to magically appear on my phone that mostly bugs me. Either way, I’m looking forward learning more about this new technology. Check out the video after the break!


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NVIDIA compares its DirectStylus against Samsungs S-Pen in video

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NVIDIA released a short video comparing how a stylus performs on their Tegra Note, Google’s Nexus 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8. While the Tegra Note and Nexus 7 are considered the budget friendly tablets out of the three, NVIDIA shows how stylus’ perform much better on their Tegra Note than the Nexus 7 and how it can equal and possibly surpass the Galaxy Note 8 in some areas at the fraction of the price. Check out the video after the break and see for yourselves!


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CyanogenMod Installer becomes official as it hits the Google Play Store

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ROM flashing has just become that much easier for all of us. Today, Cyanogen and his team have officially released their much anticipated CM Installer into the Google Play Store. While flashing ROM’s may be easy and 2nd nature to some, it can be scary and difficult to venture into for others. Now with the CM Installer, having CyanogenMod on your Android device is just “a click” away, so to speak. Just make sure your device is part of the “supported device list” and you can give it a shot. QR code and Play Store link will be after the break along with the full press release.


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How connected are you with your smartphone?

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With smartphones being as popular as ever, it begs the question as to how much we truly use them in our daily life tasks. LG took it upon themselves and took a relatively small survey to determine our smartphone usage in several different situations that most of us would find ourselves in on a weekly basis. The survey contained 1,100 participants ages 18 and over, which is a small pittance as compared to the 170 million smartphone users in America, but it still gives us a fairly good sample size. The survey determined how we use our smartphones during several weekly activities as well as several social situations that we commonly find ourselves in. Hit the break for the results that you may or may not find surprising:


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Android 4.4 KitKat makes its way to Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus via custom ROM ‘SlimKat’

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While Google has abandoned the Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.4 KitKat, that never stops the resilient devs over at XDA. A dev team by the name of “SlimRoms” has built KitKat straight from source and made it available for most variants of the Galaxy Nexus, and all was left was the Sprint Galaxy Nexus (toroplus). If you wish to flash this, you will need your bootloader to be unlocked and have a custom recovery installed. Considering this is still in alpha stages, so bugs may be prevalent.

Head over to the source link for the XDA thread and for download links.

source: XDA