Three UK announce plans to block ‘excessive and irrelevant’ mobile ads on its network

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Talking about advertisements often results in polarizing opinions. While many of us like using free services such as Google’s services, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, or even technology blogs such as TalkAndroid ,without being subjected to a pay wall, the ads that pay for such services and websites are often intrusive and annoying. The UK carrier, Three, has decided to tackle the issue by implementing a network-based block on “excessive and irrelevant mobile ads”

Sprint launches new Better Choice Plans

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Sprint announced today a bit of an overhaul of their data plans as part of an effort to lure consumers to their network by simplifying things. Building on their Simple Choice branding efforts, Sprint has dubbed their new offerings “Better Choice Plans.” The big selling point that Sprint is trying to make with the new offerings is that they offer double the data available from Verizon for the same price.

Ted Stryker dropped the DROID Turbo 2 at the Grammys because he was paid to

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On Monday night, radio personality Ted Stryker was the lead for CBS’ livestream coverage of the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. The phone carried around by Stryker was Motorola’s DROID Turbo 2, which was clearly present because the company paid for its Verizon-exclusive to be placed on the red carpet and everywhere during the ceremony.

Things just went a little too far when Stryker overdid showcasing the shatterproof screen.

Marshmallow is live for Verizon’s LG G4, G3, and HTC One M9

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This morning, Verizon began rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to three phones on its network — the LG G4, LG G3, and HTC One M9 from Big Red are getting that boost to the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. With it comes everything we know and love about Marshmallow while, ranging from Now on Tap to better handling of app permissions.

Immersion is back, this time with a lawsuit targeting Apple devices

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Immersion, a company that owns several patents related to haptic technology, has filed several actions directed at Apple alleging patent infringement related to Apple’s implementation of 3D Touch and Force Touch technology. The complaints allege violations of Immersion patents in the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S Plus and in various versions of the Apple Watch. In particular, Immersion says Apple’s features involving vibration feedback for different touches and the feature that uses light touches to display previews of actions infringe on their intellectual property.

T-Mobile will roll out Marshmallow for the HTC One M9 on February 16 [Update: Verizon too!]

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Earlier today, HTC’s Vice President of Product Management, Mo Versi, took to his official Twitter profile to reveal that the Taiwanese company has at last received approval of the long-awaited Marshmallow update for the HTC One M9 from T-Mobile. The carrier will, begin pushing out the over-the-air upgrade to all carrier-branded variants of the handset starting Tuesday, February 16.

[Deal] AT&T hosting BOGO promotion with Samsung’s high-end phones

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Samsung’s next two flagships are on the way, and that means carriers and retailers want to burn through existing inventory of last year’s devices. First up to start dumping Samsung phones is AT&T with a new promotion that includes the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6 Active, and even the Galaxy Note 5.

Verizon wants the NFL to hand over more content, TNF on the table

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In 2016, the biggest companies in the world of technology became fiercely competitive in picking up streaming rights to games from the National Football League. Both Google and Apple engaged in discussions with the league at the start of the year regarding streaming rights for just the international games, but many other companies joined in when the NFL started shopping streaming rights for the entire Thursday Night Football package. The group of companies interested in streaming Thursday Night Football for at least the next year or two includes Google, Apple, Amazon, and Verizon. Bloomberg reports that AT&T, Facebook, and Yahoo were also interested in placing a bid at some point but might have moved on, likely due to the NFL’s high price tag.

Verizon is considered a frontrunner because of its existing deal with the NFL, one that allows the carrier stream each and every game exclusively to customers using a phone on its network. The existing deal, which is valued at $1 billion, expires after next year’s Super Bowl and so Verizon will need to work to negotiate a renewal while deepening the strength of the partnership with more content. Big Red wants to go beyond streaming Sunday, Monday, and Thursday games to phones.