Amazon now shipping the Chromecast Internationally


Google hasn’t officially offered the Chromecast outside the U.S., but Amazon is now shipping internationally. There has been reports that Amazon will ship to areas such as the UK, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, and Canada. There are probably more areas so give it a shot now.

There is only one caveat: you will need the Chromecast app in order to setup your shiny new Chromecast. Unfortunately, it’s only available in the U.S. Play Store, but you can probably find the APK with a quick Google Search or you can use something like TunnelBear VPN  to give yourself a U.S. IP address when accessing the Play Store.

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Best Buy offering Moto X for $99.99 on-contract for Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T


Were you waiting for the price of the Moto X to drop so that you could get it direct from your carrier? No need to wait any longer, as Best Buy currently has a deal for the phone, offering it for only $99.99 on Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T. It’s obviously still on-contract, but this deal will certainly save you some bucks if you were planning on getting the phone.

Get it now while the deal lasts!

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Samsung could invest in Best Buy


Korea Times is reporting that Samsung is “progressing in its talks with Best Buy”. What exactly those talks are is unknown, but there have been reports that Samsung might invest in Best Buy. Let’s not forget that Samsung is also planning on opening “Experience Shops” in over 1,400 stores. Samsung’s vice chairman Lee Kun-hee didn’t get to specific on what the topic was, “I recently met with senior executives at Best Buy and discussed pending business issues.’’

There is no question that the existence of Best Buy is crucial to Samsung’s success in the U.S. so they could also be exploring other opportunities to help the struggling retailer. “Samsung has been considering increasing subsidies paid to Best Buy in a strategic move to help the retailer and also increase the exposure of its products,’’ said Kim Young-woo, an analyst at HMC Securities.

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T-Mobile kicking off October with no money down on ‘Amazing Devices’


T-Mobile is on a roll with its UNcarrier revolt against Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. Even to the point where they are set to end subsidized contracts altogether. While their likely to host an event for “Phase III” later this month, the nation’s fourth largest carrier is going to start October with a very appealing promotion. TmoNews obtained an email sent out to employees that revives the $0 down sale that ran from the end of July to the beginning of September.

You may be thinking that T-Mobile would restrict high-end devices from this promotion; however, that is not the case. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S 4, and LG G2 will be available for no money down. Hit the break for the email being sent out to T-Mobile employees.
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Leak suggests refreshed partnership between T-Mobile and Target

T-Mobile Target

@Evleaks recently tweeted (you guessed it) another leak!

This time, we have images suggesting that Target will be offering a T-Mobile tie-up later this year, featuring “brightspot.”

This includes a $50 deal with unlimited talk/text, and 1GB of 4G data. The picture also shows a SIM kit, which can activate any unlocked compatible GSM phone, activate compatible Apple iPhone 4 and 4S, and includes both standard and microSIM.

This picture shows the Galaxy S III with the deal, but other devices are expected to come with brightspot, including the LG Optimus F3, LG Optimus F6, and the Lumia 521.

An official announcement has yet to come, but the news may come very soon considering the leaked information.

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Verizon to honor unlimited data upgrades from this weekend, fixes loophole


Over the weekend, a loophole was found on Verizon’s website that allowed customers to upgrade to a new phone and keep their coveted unlimited data plans. If you were among the people to take advantage of Big Red’s folly, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Verizon reached out to Droid-Life, who first reported the news, and said that they would not revert any transactions and would honor those who picked up a new device while keeping their unlimited data plan. Here is the full statement that Verizon provided:

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LTE Nexus 7 shows up on Best Buy’s site as ‘coming soon’


While Verizon’s LTE Nexus 7 is still awaiting certification, AT&T’s may be on its way. Retailer Best Buy has posted a listing on their website for the device and much like the LTE edition on Google Play, the Nexus 7 is priced at $349.99 for 32GB. Where things become interesting is under the device’s description. It reads “Tablet sold inactivated. Activation done in-store. Carriers Offered: AT&T.” As to when this LTE Nexus 7 could become available is unknown, but we’ll be sure to let you know.

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Amazon unveils the new Kindle Fire HD starting at $139


Two years ago, Amazon changed the tablet game by unveiling the Kindle Fire for $199. It has already gone through one refresh and this year it gets refreshed yet again and with an even better price. The new Kindle Fire HD sports a 7-inch 1280×800 216 ppi HD display, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, Fire OS 3.0 (Mojito), and dual speakers with Dolby audio. It will look very similar to the new HDX tablets, but a little heavier and thicker. It comes in at 12.2 ounces and 10.6mm thick.

The Kindle Fire HD starts at $139 for the for the 8GB version. The 16GB version will run you $169. Shipping will commence on October 2. Full press release after the break.

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Amazon introduces the Kindle Fire HDX

Amazon_Kindle_Fire_HDX_Official_01Amazon took the wraps off their new line of Kindle Fire tablets for the fall and Holiday season. The Kindle Fire HDX is the premium version and will come in both 7-inch and 8.9-inch varieties. The 7-incher features a resolution of 1900 x 1200 and the 8.9-incher sports a whopping 2560 x 1600. Both tablets have a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 under the hood along with an Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, stereo speakers, 1MP front-facing camera, 11 hours of battery life (video) and an LTE option. The 8.9-incher also gets an 8MP rear camera.

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Kindle Fire ‘HDX’ could be announced tomorrow by Amazon, improved internals/externals expected

Kindle Fire HDX

Some late night news here, as Amazon will reportedly be unveiling their brand-new Kindle Fire ‘HDX’ as soon as tomorrow. The device is rumored to have a completely new design, both internally and externally. This means we’ll be seeing a faster processor, better graphics performance, and a higher resolution display. The name, ‘HDX,’ is more of a move to make it sound sexier, slapping the ‘X’ at the end of the quite obvious ‘HD.’

The Kindle Fire HDX is also expected to come in the same two sizes that the current model comes in, 7-inches and 8.9-inches. The 7-inch model should be priced at $230, with the 8.9-incher with a $380 price tag.

It’s also expected that the current 7-inch Kindle Fire will remain available and will see a drastic price cut. We should see the new Kindle Fire HDX start shipping sometime between October and November, with the 7-incher coming first.

Improved software will be included as well, as the @evleaks photo suggests above.

Source: 9to5 Google