Google customers can now use their Play Store balance to purchase subscriptions for Play Music All Access and Play Newsstand. According to Google’s Support page, the ability to use credit to purchase memberships is being restricted to just those two platforms for now, but compatibility will be added for other services in the not-too-distant future.
In addition to expanding its enhanced 4G LTE service today, Sprint has also started rolling out a rather hefty over-the-air update to all its carrier-branded variants of HTC’s flagship smartphone, the One (M8), currently located in the United States.
Weighing in at 250MB, the upgrade transports the Taiwanese company’s recently-announced Eye Experience camera software, together with a bunch of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
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Sprint has today expanded its Spark LTE service to include 17 new locations, which now makes a total of 46 markets across the US where the enhanced coverage is currently available. Spark is an optimized version of the operator’s LTE network, which is designed to deliver peak wireless speeds of between 50-60 Mbps on a number of capable device, including the HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z3, and many more.
Samsung’s Galaxy A5 is the first of its kind: a mid-level device with high-level metal design. However, due to a mistake from Technodom, a retailer in Kazakhstan, the Galaxy A5 will be landing without some of the splash it could have had had certain information been kept secret. Read more
Microsoft’s next big Office update has been talked about much as we inch closer to the fabled release date, but until now, we’ve known nothing concrete. Read more
Across the world, there are people who want thinner wallets and more secure payment options. This kind of desire is so strong that Plastc Card, which stores everything digitally into one card, has generated $5.2 million in pre-orders after just one week. Top markets for pre-orders were the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Malaysia. Simple math shows that roughly 33,000 people pre-ordered Plastc Card. Clearly, there is a real demand. It is now up to the company to actually deliver.
Plastc Card is scheduled to ship in Summer 2015.
Nothing seems to come easy for OnePlus. There have been software issues and hardware issues with the One. However, the biggest problem is its availability. The invite system was a total mess as no one could get a hold of an invite. And there was really no reason for it. So OnePlus scrapped it in favor of a pre-order system. The company would allow prospective buyers to purchase the device at select times. Unfortunately, the pre-order system is not all that much better. The servers used experienced issues trying to handle a large influx of people.
Remember the StyleSwap covers that were discontinued last month? They are back… sort of. Apparently, the demand for them was so high that OnePlus feels the need to give away the hundreds of units that did maintain good quality. Putting them up for sale would be unfair and a bidding war is not necessary; therefore, OnePlus’ only option is a giveaway.
OnePlus asks that you complete a form to be entered for a chance to win a bamboo StyleSwap cover. The form is available today and entries will be denied on November 4. Winners will then be notified by OnePlus within the next day of the contest’s end.
Source: OnePlus [Giveaway Form Link]
The folks at Taco Bell know exactly who their audience is. The fast-food company has launched mobile ordering for customers wanting to speed-up the process. From within its app available in the Play Store, you can place an order and pick it up. That way, the food is waiting for you instead of it being the other way around. Taco Bell did not stop with straightforward ordering, though. The revamped app lets customers select exactly what the want in the way they want it. Once an order is complete, it can be saved for a later date. Taco Bell also bundled a rewards program for frequent customers.
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