T-Mobile announces ‘Jump’ program, major 4G LTE expansion, and new four-line family plan

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T-Mobile had a little event this afternoon in New York City. They have billed themselves as the Un-carrier and their latest move might just prove that. If you just can’t handle keeping your phone for a full two years, you might want to sign up with T-Mobile because their new service, called Jump, will let you upgrade up to two times per year. The cost is $10 per month, but when you consider that full device protection (damage, loss, or theft) is included, it’s not a bad deal at all. Before today, if you wanted device protection, it cost you $8 per month, so in a sense, the Jump program is only costing $2 more per month. Up to two times per year, you can walk into a T-Mobile store and trade in your current device for something different. The payments left on your Equipment Installment Program (EIP) will be erased and you will pay the fee for the current device, most likely $99 plus $20 EIP per month.

Jump wasn’t the only thing on the menu as they announced that their 4G LTE network now reaches 157 million people in 116 metropolitan areas. Their original goal was to reach 100 million people by June 30, so they obviously surpassed it by a big margin. They expect to hit 200 million people in 200 metropolitan areas by the end of the year.


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Motorola DROID Mini, Ultra and MAXX in leaked picture

droid_2013We’ve had no shortage of pictures and information of the new upcoming Motorola DROID line. Today, we see a nice summarizing picture of the three devices. Famed leaker @evleaks tweeted a picture of the front of the¬†DROID Mini, DROID Ultra, DROID MAXX, from left to right, which you see above.

The DROID Ultra and DROID MAXX look identical, not surprising considering the MAXX is believed to be just the Ultra but with a larger battery. The DROID Mini looks just like the Ultra and MAXX, except obviously with a smaller 4.3 inch screen size.

Source: @evleaks

[Deal] Grab a 32 GB Nexus 7 for $199 through Newegg

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We’re starting to see more and more retailers discount the Nexus 7 to make room for the inevitable hardware refresh we’re all expecting, and today it’s Newegg’s turn up at bat. As one of their daily deals, you can get a brand new 32 GB Nexus 7 for $199, plus get free shipping. It doesn’t come with any extras, but if you’re looking for a cheap Nexus 7 with bigger storage and don’t care for refurbished devices, this is a great option. Hit the links below to put your order in.

source: Newegg

LG supposedly to launch G2 smartphone in Korea on August 20th… oh and probably plans on bringing the Nexus 5 along later in the year too

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Yes friends, it’s looking like the second half of 2013 is going to be a busy period for LG. In making no effort to hide its excitement for its upcoming G2 smartphone, reports out of Korea confirm that not only will LG will indeed launch the new flagship on August 7th (see— we told you so), but LG plans on following up with an August 20th launch of the smartphone in Korea. The new device will probably launch just ahead of Apple’s (iPhone 5S) and Samsung’s (Galaxy Note III) upcoming offerings.

Oh and that’s not all either— a special variant of the G2 will likely be on the way as well. If you recall, we casually mentioned something about a mysterious Megalodon smartphone earlier in the year which featured roughly the same specs as the G2 which includes, Android 5.0 (Key Lime Pie), a larger display (likely at 5.2-inches this time around), a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM among other things. Well the same report out of Korea confirms that LG is working on what looks to be the Nexus 5 smartphone— roughly based off the Megalodon smartphone. Oh and the wait wouldn’t be too bad either as it’s due for an October arrival.

So yes friends, feel free to go ahead and start salivating at LG plans on showcasing its newest flagships to the world.

source: Ruliweb
via: Phone Arena

Logitech Harmony Ultimate, Smart Hub, and Android app review

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I have been a big fan of the Logitech Harmony line of remote controls for years. No home theater should be without a universal remote, and it just so happens that Logitech does it better than anyone else. If you’re not familiar with Logitech’s remotes, they are the Mother of all remote controls. By programming activities such as Watch TV, Watch a DVD, Listen to Music, and so on, you never have to think about what input your TV or AV receiver needs to be on. You also don’t have to think about what devices need to be turned on or off. Logitech’s Harmony remote controls can do all of that for you and then some. The newest remote, the Harmony Ultimate, brings a whole new set of features including the Harmony Hub, which gives you not only IR and RF connectivity, it also brings WiFi and Bluetooth to the table. Whether your devices are out in the open, behind cabinets, or in another room, the Harmony Ultimate will get the job done.

The Harmony Hub also brings another very cool feature and that is the ability to control your home theater with your smartphone. The Logitech app for both Android and iOS will turn your phone into a full-fledged remote. I’m not just talking about changing the volume or changing the channels. You can start/stop activities, access up to 15 remote controls, and do it from anywhere in your house. Priced at $349, the Harmony Ultimate is higher than most smartphones (on contract), so it’s not cheap. Does it deliver as promised, and is it worth your hard earned dollars? Head on past the break to find out.


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Garmin’s new HUD accessory will project navigation information on your windshield

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Garmin was always the name you thought of when it came to Navigation systems, but Google Maps and smartphones changed the landscape forever. Companies like Garmin need to come up with more creative ideas or innovations to stay competitive. The HUD is the perfect example. It stands for Head-up Display, and appears to be not only innovative, but very cool. It is a portable accessory that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. You rest it on your dash and it will project navigation information to a transparent film on your windshield or an attached reflector lens. The only caveat is that you need to be running the Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON app on your phone.

HUD will display turn arrows, distance to the next turn, current speed, speed limit, and estimated time of arrival. It will even warn you of traffic delays and make sure you are in the right lane for the next turn. You will still get spoken turn-by-turn directions from one of the compatible apps I mentioned above. If you happen to connect your phone to your car’s Bluetooth-enabled stereo, any music you are listening too will fade out with spoken prompts. Also, when you take a phone call, HUD will continue to display the information.

HUD will be available this summer for a price of $129. As I mentioned, you will need to use either the Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON app, which both start at $29.99. Full presser after the break.


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Google Latitude to be discontinued August 9

google_latitudeAlong with the new Google Maps app comes the loss of another app. They announced today that Google Latitude is being retired by the company effective August 9. You’ll no longer be able to share your location via Latitude, and your friends list will be deleted. To prepare, the new Google Maps app of course does not have Latitude as a feature.

Considering you can share your location on Google+’s Android app, Latitude began to seem a little unnecessary. Location sharing is integrated into every social network these days, so an app solely for location sharing is no longer needed.

Source: Google Support