Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 shipping this week, company comments on software updates approach

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Customers that pre-ordered the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 will soon begin to see the handset arrive on their doorsteps. The company notified us this evening that orders placed through the Alcatel OneTouch site and Amazon will ship on May 21. The Idol 3 was announced in April with an impressive price of $249 that should capture the attention of people looking to unlock themselves from carrier restrictions.

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MixRadio leaves beta, announces new partnership with HTC

mixradio bannerAfter being purchased by LINE from Microsoft and Nokia, MixRadio has ditched its beta tag and hit Google’s App Store. The music streaming service tries to offer a more personalized approach to your music by learning what you like and playing things it thinks you’ll like. Other apps have tried to do this with mixed success, so it’ll be interesting to see if MixRadio can pull it off.

The app has also announced a partnership with HTC that will curate music news to BlinkFeed on HTC devices. As the service learns what music you like, it will display relevant info and news about artists and genres you like in your news feed. It’s a pretty nifty use of BlinkFeed that hopefully works as well as it sounds. Read more

Instagram launches Layout app onto Google Play

instagram_app_iconInstagram has made their Layout collage app available for Android users today, giving you the ability to set up your¬†pictures in several different layouts. It’s something that many other apps have gotten popular doing, but Instagram’s approach seems incredibly streamlined.

The interface is very touch-friendly, allowing you to easily drag and drop different photos, pinch to zoom in, and drag the borders of your different photo frames to adjust the size. That leaves a ton of room for customization, which is great for Instagram users. Read more

Motorola DROID Turbo seeing limited edition metallic colors on May 28

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The DROID Turbo, an exclusive to Verizon, will see new limited edition metallic colors launch next Thursday. On May 28, Big Red will add metallic blue, orange, and violet accents of the handset to its lineup.

Through Verizon Edge, payments of the DROID Turbo can be broken into $20.83 per month for twenty-four months. The carrier will also throw in $150 or more credit when recycling a smartphone that is in decent shape.

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[Deal] Pick up a Kingston microSD card for cheap through Amazon today

Sony_Xperia_Z3v_Right_Side_MicroSD_Port_Cover_Opened_TAIf you’ve been looking for a new SD card to pop in your phone, Amazon is running a special on Kingston microSD cards today with some pretty heft discounts. The cards start at $5.49 for the 16 GB option and run all the way up to $70 for the 128 GB version, which might be the cheapest we’ve seen that size card go down to.

At these prices, it might be worth it to pick up a few to expand your phone or tablet’s storage room, or just to keep a few in case you get a new device that needs one. Read more

Basis Peak now exports data to Google Fit and has new leather bands to celebrate

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The Basis Peak, developed by a company underneath Intel, finally has support for Google’s health and fitness platform. The Basis Peak now shares data with Google Fit and other similar platforms. The data normally stored in the official app — heart rate, calories, and activities — can be on the move. Meanwhile, the app allows users to import their weight data from outside platforms.

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Google’s new photo sharing and storage service to come next week

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Next week, the split between Google+ and features involving photographs is expected to be complete. Bloomberg reports that Google will likely use I/O 2015 as a launch pad for a photo sharing and storage service. Users will be able to share photos to other services while storing them underneath Google’s name.

The move could be in response to competition, such as Facebook owning Instagram, moving ahead in the mobile photography space.

Are you interested in what Google has coming with photos? Let us know in the comments if you are already locked in with another service for sharing and storing photos.

Source: Bloomberg

Contest: Win one of 25 Phone Buddy smartphone stands! (UK-only) [Updated with Winners]

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We’ve just reviewed the Phone-Buddy, an extremely portable smartphone stand that also serves as an earphone tidy, and came away more than a little impressed by both its versatility and value of just ¬£3.99 ($6.19) that includes free shipping. If you haven’t gotten around to ordering one for yourself just yet, you are in luck as we have 25 Phone Buddy’s to giveaway to our UK readers.

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