HTC puts the Sense keyboard in the Play Store for easier updates

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Before we share any details, that is the actual sizing and resolution for an icon HTC put together with an application in the Play Store. It is for an app titled HTC Sense Input which is essentially the Sense keyboard as a standalone app. This is being done so that the company can easily push updates to its devices as quickly as possible without having to do an entire system software update. Compatibility is seemingly limited to HTC’s more recent line of handsets.

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Google redesigns the Chromecast site with improved usefulness

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Google has given the dedicated site for Chromecast a redesign. It was previously difficult to actually use the site as a tool for exploring what Chromecast has to offer in terms of applications. Now, though, Google is giving breakdowns for featured, new, and other apps to help users get the most out of the $35 dongle. A filter is included to see which platforms for Chromecast are supported. And there is even a search button to see if Chromecast has exactly what you are looking for.

Let us know if you find the redesign useful.

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More details surface about ZTE Olympia headed to T-Mobile

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ZTE has been creating some buzz over the last few days including a rumor that T-Mobile was testing a large smartphone from ZTE codenamed Olympia. Sources are now indicating the Olympia is the ZTE Z970, a smartphone sporting a 6-inch display. The previously leaked picture of the device revealed some larger bezels and one person has said the Samsung Galaxy S 5 will almost fit within just the screen real estate of the Olympia. Thus, the device has been described as feeling “huge”. » Read the rest

OnePlus One bamboo cover coming in August

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The OnePlus One has been widely applauded for its premium design. Right now, the back panel options include Silk White and Sandstone Black. That is all going to change with the introduction of StyleSwap covers. OnePlus wants to give owners more choice and freedom with their handsets.

These allow OnePlus One owners to remove the current back panel and replace it with something completely new. The inaugural StyleSwap cover is bamboo and will arrive at the end of August. Special StyleSwap covers, which includes the bamboo one, will cost $49. OnePlus will also put the original Silk White and Sandstone Black covers into the company’s online store with a $29 price tag.

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Twitch for Android sees 3.0 update, bringing new interface and more features

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Even though Twitch might still be considering selling to Google, that’s not stopping them from keeping their Android application updated. The new update brings the app to version 3.0, and with it comes a greatly enhanced user interface, an easier way to search and subscribe to broadcasters and channels right from the home screen, and the ability to chat with other users and streamers.

If you regularly use Twitch on your device, you’re definitely going to want to get your hands on this update. Hit the link below for the download. » Read the rest

OnePlus giving out 5000 invites in a “Blizzard of Invites”

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OnePlus has officially announced their bamboo style cover, and to celebrate, they’re running a “Blizzard of Invites” contest to give away 5,000 invites for people to get their hands on a OnePlus One. In addition to the 5,000 invites, 10 winners are also going to be getting a free bamboo style cover for their new device. For the rest of us, the new style cover will be begin shipping at the end of August.

To enter, you simply need to head over to the OnePlus forum page, follow a registration link with either an email address or your Facebook account, and sign up. Pretty simple. The contest will run for 24 hours, and winners will be announced within three days of the end of the contest. If you’re interested, hit the link below.

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Kyocera Hydro Life coming to T-Mobile’s network later this year

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Later this year, T-Mobile will be adding the Kyocera Hydro Life to its phone lineup. No exact word on specs, but since it’s in the Kyocera Hydro line, it’s probably going to have some type of waterproofing or water resistance. Typically, Kyocera doesn’t launch many high-end phones on US carriers, but there’s always a chance this one could surprise us.

If you’ve been looking for a durable device on T-Mobile’s network but don’t want to shell out the big bucks for a Galaxy S 5, keep an eye out for the Hydro Life. We’ll keep you updated as we find out more.

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Sprint not alone in wanting T-Mobile, Carlos Slim expressing interest

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If Sprint wants to acquire T-Mobile, Dan Hesse & Co. better act fast. Waiting much longer means that additional players can get involved, and that would be great for T-Mobile but not so for Sprint. A new report notes that one of the world’s richest people are preparing to make a move for T-Mobile.

Mexico’s Carlos Slim, with a net worth nearing $80 billion, recently dumped shares of América Móvil and could be using that cash (and more from his wallet) to make a major acquisition. Despite moving some shares, Slim is still involved with wireless in the United States. He owns shares in the prepaid service TracFone. As of late, the billionaire has been eyeing interest in United States businesses and T-Mobile would be quite the get. While Carlos Slim does indeed have a ton of telecommunications experience under his belt, the clock is ticking as Sprint and T-Mobile should be finishing up rather soon.

Source: GeekWire

NVIDIA announces the Shield Tablet and Shield Wireless Controller, pre-orders start now

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As expected, NVIDIA took the wraps off of the Shield Tablet and Shield Wireless Controller. Let’s start with the tablet. It sports an 8-inch Full HD (1920 x 1200) IPS display, a Tegra K1 processor (with 192 GPU cores), 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to an additional 128 GB of storage, 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera, front-facing stereo speakers, HDMI 1.4a out, Bluetooth 4.0, and LTE / HSPA+ (compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile). What’s also interesting is that the tablet supports 4K out to your TV, but in order to keep the pricing competitive, they opted for a 1080p display on the actual tablet.

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Verizon launches “Smart Rewards” program nationwide to reward customers for doing mundane Verizon tasks

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Yesterday, Verizon announced a nationwide launch of its new initiative called “Verizon Smart Rewards” in order to keep customers latched on to the service happy.

The program, which had been previously available in just a few states, will offer customers rewards in exchange for points that customers earn for their everyday interactions with Verizon Wireless. (Basically you’ll be getting rewarded for sticking with Verizon over any other carrier.)

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