Verizon bringing back some promotional More Everything plans

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Although Verizon CFO Francis Shammo just recently indicated the carrier was not planning to chase after price-sensitive consumers in response to pressure from T-Mobile and Sprint, the company is still making moves to entice new subscribers with some special promotions. The company is bringing back a couple promotions for their More Everything shared data plans. Read more

Nokia smartphones to rise from the ashes in 2016 with Android

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In years past, Nokia was one of the biggest players in the cell phone market. As the world started to move away from regular cell phones to smartphones, Nokia got left behind, but started to claw back with the mobile Windows platform and some dabbling with Android-powered devices. All of that came to a grinding halt though when Microsoft bought out Nokia’s mobile device division. In a speech concerning a new R&D center for Nokia, Nokia China president Mike Wang appears to have confirmed that Nokia will return to the smartphone market in 2016 with Android-powered devices. Read more

LG Watch Urbane launches in Korea for slightly more than LG G Watch R

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LG is poised to launch the LG Watch Urbane next week in 13 countries through the Google Play Store, but buyers in Korea get a little hometown advantage as LG has started selling the device in that country through the major carriers starting today. One of the big questions about the device is what the selling price would be given that it is a slight step up from the LG G Watch R. In Korea at least, the answer is about $30 more, which is not quite a ten percent increase. When launched, the LG G Watch R sold for $332 in Korea and the new LG Watch Urbane is listing at $365 today. Read more

Samsung Galaxy S7 could sport dual rear cameras

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It’s earnings season, and that means that future plans of various companies are sometimes divulged during conference calls or reports. Samsung Electro-Mechanics recently had an earnings report in which they stated that they have a dual-camera prototype that features two sensors and lenses. A prototype doesn’t necessarily mean it will come to market, but they said that it would be ready for the first half of 2016. That implies that it will come to market, and the first half could mean that we will see it on the Galaxy S7.

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Google admits that Nexus devices aren’t selling so well, but that’s not what they said 3 months ago

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Well how things can change in 3 months time. In an earnings conference call back in January, Google CFO Patrick Pichette stated that they couldn’t keep up with Nexus 6 demand. That implied that the demand was so unbelievably high, but as we have learned with supply and demand, even if demand is low, supply could still be an issue. When I reported that story, I titled the post….They have to be kidding: Google admits they can’t keep up with Nexus 6 demand….because it was obvious that the Nexus 6 couldn’t be selling that well.

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Google Easter Egg or hoax? There’s an Android pissing on the Apple logo in Google Maps

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Google has been know for some pretty clever Easter Eggs, but if what I am about to tell you is yet another one, Google may have crossed the line. If you open Google Maps and go to an area near Rawalpindi, Pakistan (link below), you will find our lovable bugdroid pissing on the Apple logo.

Would Google do this? I highly doubt it as it’s probably some manipulation using Map Maker. Whomever it is, has to be happy with themselves because they definitely made some noise this morning. Speaking of noise…….Is that Larry Page’s phone ringing? “Hello Larry, this is Tim Cook……” You can finish the rest.

source: Google Maps
via: Team Android

NVIDIA won’t be offering a 500 GB Shield TV after all

NVIDIA_SHIELD_TV_500_GB_VersionIf you got your hopes up for NVIDIA’s 500 GB Shield TV earlier today, bad news. Turns out that particular model was just a development kit, and it won’t actually be available to the general public. Your choices are going to be limited to the 16 GB version, which at least has expandable storage.

It’s hard to imagine how NVIDIA would cram a massive hard drive like that into this console, considering they would either have to use a standard spinning hard drive (which would be loud and not so energy efficient) or it’d spike the price far higher than $299 if they used a solid state drive. Read more

Qualcomm lowers expectations for the rest of 2015

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This year has not started off pleasantly for Qualcomm and its second quarter report shows that the company is prepared for further struggles. Whether from losing Samsung as a customer or being slammed with regulatory fines (or both), Qualcomm has been damaged in 2015. Despite seeing increased revenue over last quarter and the same time last year, the company’s net income nosedived by nearly 50%.

With its struggles being quite evident, Qualcomm has lowered its expectations going into the second half of 2015. The expected revenue for the year has gone down by about $1 billion to $25-$27 billion. That amount of revenue still seems quite large but consider how much will translate to net income.

Source: Qualcomm (PDF)