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. Read more
Amazon’s iffy Fire Phone is getting a software update today, bringing it up to version 3.5.1. That incremental bump brings along a few features and fixes to some slight annoyances that the phone launched with, but it’s not a dramatic change.
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. Read more
Since Sprint is seemingly staying put and not merging with T-Mobile, it has to move forward with business. Marcelo Claure, the new chief executive officer of Sprint, previously stated that ambitious changes were coming and today he delivered. It’s a “new day for data,” the carrier says.
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.
LEGO Fusion is the company’s way of bringing its beloved bricks to mobile devices. A LEGO Fusion set is paired with the corresponding application to take the physical creation into a virtual world to complete tasks and mini games. At launch, there are three apps available for Android devices through the Play Store — Create & Race, Town Master, Battle Towers. Each set is available for $34.99 and contains over 200 bricks, so there should be no shortage of possibilities.
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For many parents, it is a challenge to get in touch with a child by contacting their smartphone. In most cases, they ignore their parents’ calls and texts. This is not good for any parent as it leads to worrying. One parent had enough of this and decided to develop Ignore No More. It is an application that gives control to parents. Ignore No More gives parents the lock a child’s device until they get return the call or text. Parents with multiple children can use Ignore No More, but each device installation costs $1.99. If getting in touch is very important, then that price will not be a problem.
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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
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.
Sometime after Amazon launched their first tablets, the rumors started circulating that they were readying a smartphone. However, it took nearly 3 years until something official was introduced. What took so long? Reports indicated that Amazon went back to the drawing board at least once, possibly more. Amazon knew this was a bold move and they wanted to “get it right.” They decided that the world needed something different, and it would take a little longer. By incorporating multiple camera lenses, the Fire Phone features a user interface with a Dynamic Perspective giving you a somewhat 3D experience. Yes it’s a gimmick, but the Amazon Fire Phone is more about selling Amazon products and services. Gimmicks aren’t necessarily a bad thing. Samsung has made a lot of money with gimmicks, so it’s possible Amazon could find that same success. However, this is no Android phone. Yes, it’s built using Android, but it feels like a completely different operating system. It doesn’t even have any of the same Google services that you will find on the majority of other Android (and Apple) phones. Buying the Fire Phone is like buying into something completely different, so it better offer something very compelling. Does the world need an Amazon phone?