BlackBerry ‘Venice’ allegedly coming to the Big Four U.S. carriers in November

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BlackBerry’s upcoming Android-powered phone, codename Venice, is starting to unofficial make appearances on a frequent basis. Alleged images of the device, including a new one showing the curved display and physical keyboard (seen above), have been appearing online since early July. Between Tuesday night and today, Evan Blass has shared an abundance of information regarding BlackBerry’s product that is tasked with turning around the company’s misfortunes.

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Verizon starts rolling out Android 5.1.1 update with Stagefright fix for the Nexus 7

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Verizon has finally started rolling out the long-awaited Android 5.1.1 update to its carrier-branded variant of the second-generation Nexus 7. In addition to the latest consumer build of the open-source operating system, this upgrade also transports a much-needed patch for the device’s ever-so-scary Stagefright vulnerability.

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Sprint is doing away with two-year contracts

sprint_logoAccording to the Wall Street Journal, Sprint will be following the lead of other carriers by eliminating two-year contracts. Like that of T-Mobile and Verizon subscribers, the carrier will begin enforcing month-to-month payments instead of signing new/return subscribers to a two-year deal. Unfortunately for buyers who like to upgrade their smartphone frequently, smartphones must be paid in full retail price which can be a bit pricey.

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T-Mobile is forgoing pre-orders of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+

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Forget about pre-ordering the Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S6 Edge+ from T-Mobile. Why? Because the carrier is forgoing pre-orders of either Samsung device in favor of shipping units right away. Upon accepting orders on August 18 at 9AM ET, T-Mobile will fulfill them and ship phones as soon as possible. Or you can just wait until August 21 to head into a T-Mobile retail store and leave with a shiny new device.

Source: John Legere (Twitter)

AT&T monopolizes another market: NSA collaboration

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According to new revelations found in another leaked document, AT&T has been working closely with the National Security Agency (NSA) to assist in the government agency’s need to spy on internet use. Billions of messages have been intercepted and hundreds of millions more were spent on programs to provide the agency with the data it needs.

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Sprint now taking pre-orders with special offers on new Samsung Galaxy devices

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Sprint has started accepting pre-orders for the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and plans to start shipping devices starting Friday, August 14th with retail outlets getting the devices on their shelves starting August 21st. To help entice buyers, Sprint says they are offering the most options for consumers and they are sweetening the deal with some special offers. Read more