Sprint officially announces the Sharp Aquos Crystal for Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA

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As expected, Sprint went ahead and announced the Sharp Aquos Crystal, which is the first device to come out of the Sprint and Softbank merger. It will of course be available with Softbank in Japan, but it will also be available exclusively at Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA.

The Sharp Aquos Crystal features a 5-inch edge-to-edge 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera, 2,040 mAh battery, Sprint Spark network, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 18, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Reviews

Amazon Fire Phone review: The smartphone that shouldn’t exist

Apps

Ignore No More lets parents lock a child’s device if they refuse to respond to calls and texts

YouTube Music Key is on the way, will bundle Google Play Music Key with it

Newest Mozilla Firefox nightly adds experimental Chromecast support


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You can now add up to 10 lines to T-Mobile’s family plans

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T-Mobile has updated their family plans to allow customers to add up to 10 lines to a single account. These plans are an improvement over the carrier’s recently introduced family plans, so they unfortunately carry some of the same restrictions.

With the new additions, the first line costs $50, the second line costs $30, and lines 3 – 6 cost $10 each. After line 6, each line costs $20 up until you’re capped at 10 lines. So, with these new plans, 6 lines would cost just $120 each month, but 7 lines would jump up to $140 and 10 lines would be $200. It’s still pretty competitive and would cost less than the same plan on other carriers, however.
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Take a look at Swing Copters, Dong Nguyen’s first project since Flappy Bird

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While Flappy Bird still hasn’t made its way back to the Play Store, but creator Dong Nguyen has been hard at work on his next game. The new project is called Swing Copters, and it while it shares many of the same elements of Flappy Bird, it actually looks like it’s going to be more challenging, believe it or not.

The game puts you in control of a little man with a helicopter helmet. When the game starts, he begins flying either up and to the right, or up and to the left, and tapping the screen changes direction from left to right and vice versa. The objective is to float up through horizontal gates (similar to the vertical pipes in Flappy Bird) all while avoiding the swinging hammers attached to the bottoms of the gates. So instead of having only one obstacle to avoid, there are actually two pieces that will cause a game over.
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YouTube Music Key is on the way, will bundle Google Play Music Key with it

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There has been no doubt that YouTube is working on a music streaming service. In fact, it is expected by the end of this summer. It has faced a ton of speedbumps do to design faults and trouble with negotiations between record labels. Today, Android Police has uncovered YouTube Music Key. The launch of this new service would also include a rebranding of Google Play Music All Access to Google Play Music Key.


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Newest Mozilla Firefox nightly adds experimental Chromecast support

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Users of the Mozilla’s Firefox for Android should head over to Firefox’s nightly page and grab the newest update which brings Chromecast support to the popular third-party browser. With the update users can navigate to tools > mirror screen in the browser’s settings to cast tabs and videos to Google’s handy streaming stick. As previously mentioned, this is a nightly build and therefore an experimental feature. Head over to Firefox’s download page to grab the update and let us know in the comments how it works.

Source: +Lucas Rocha

Image analysis app Jetpac purchased by Google

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In Google‘s quest to purchase everything, the tech giant acquired image recognition startup Jetpac for an undisclosed sum. Jetpac’s claim to fame is their advanced image analysis which scans publicly available Instagram photos to compile information about over 6,000 cities worldwide. Employees at Jetpac will join the Google Knowledge team, whose goal is to build a more relevant search engine.


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Google exploring paths to tap into the kids market

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A new report from The Information says Google is working to expand some of their services so that they can tap into the market of children under the age of 13. Currently Google’s terms of services forbid users under the age of 13. However, Google apparently wants to allow some access to their services for children in that demographic, subject to appropriate restrictions and in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Similar to other online services that allow young users to setup accounts, Google’s new offerings would require parental authorization.
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The Moto G2 display assembly shows up online

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The Moto G2 will probably be unveiled in a couple of weeks on September 4 alongside the Moto X+1 and the Moto 360. It’s expected to sport a 5-inch display, which is a huge upgrade from the 4.5-incher that was on the original.

Speaking of the display, it has appeared on a Chinese site called Taobao. In fact, you can even buy is for ¥350.00 or about $57.00, not that you would really want to, but if you’re someone who has to have it all, then you might.


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