AT&T is merging Aio Wireless with Cricket Wireless, Cricket is the name that stays

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After waiting on the acquisition of Leap Wireless to go through, AT&T has announced Aio Wireless will be merging with Cricket Wireless. Aio, which will be no more, is going to have its name evaporate and identify under the new Cricket brand. For customers of both Aio and Cricket, nothing will change at all. Their plans will remain the same and once Cricket stores start popping up across the country, shopping and customer service can be done there instead of online. As is with any large financial transaction, this one is going to take a little bit of time to complete.

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OnePlus One design sketch leak shows what the device may look like

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OnePlus has been extremely transparent with their upcoming smartphone, the OnePlus One. We know that it will have a 5.5-inch display while keeping the body smaller than Sony’s 5-inch Xperia Z1. Also, that 1080p display will feature some very strong technology to be more resistant to shattering. But something that has been missing from OnePlus is what the device will actually look like. OnePlus has only said it will have a very premium feel. Read more

Black Edition Samsung Galaxy S 4 now available in UK

SamsungGalaxyS4BlackEditionThe Samsung Galaxy S 4 Black Edition was unveiled two months ago, and we got our first glance of it at the MWC. Today the public can get their hands on it, provided you live in the UK. Phones4U has the phone listed at £499.89 off contract, which is the same price as any other S4. The internals of the device are exactly the same as what you would expect from any S4.

Source: Phones4U

 

Google URL Shortener undergoes simplifying name change

url shortenerYesterday, Thomas Devaux, the developer of Google URL Shortener, announced that he would be changing the name of his app to simply URL Shortener. Today’s Google Play update proves that is true. This is probably a move to prevent any legal action being taken against Google, considering how popular the service is becoming.

The app is pretty self explanatory – once installed, the application connects to your Google account and once you copy a link on your device, a button will appear asking if you want to shorten the URL. From there you can share the link to various social networks. If you haven’t already received the update, you can find a Play Store Link after the break. Read more

Samsung’s S Band returns in new leak that fully exposes the Activity Tracker

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Remember the Samsung Activity Tracker that passed through the FCC and Bluetooth SIG last week? It has returned due to a massive leak from SamMobile and the Activity Tracker carries the S Band name. The original S Band never made it to consumers after being announced initially as a Galaxy S 4 accessory. But now it seems that Samsung is moving closer to releasing the S Band to be compatible with their smartphones and poising the device as a competitor to Fitbit’s offerings or the Jawbone UP. The S Band differs from the Gear Fit in that this device is much more focused on fitness and lacks a display. All of the actual data is compiled and displayed on a smartphone. Read more

Pre-orders for the Nokia X have reached one million in just four days in China

nokia-x-chinaRegardless of the fact that the Nokia X isn’t even for sale yet, that’s not stopping it from being a successful and popular device. Well, at least in China. The device has reached one million pre-orders in just four days. With an expected launch of March 25, the same day the all new HTC One comes out, that number is only going to increase.

Even if we won’t see the device stateside, sometimes it’s easy to forget that we’re not the only market out there. With China holding the biggest smartphone owning pool of people in the world, it would make sense that companies are targeting that neck of the woods. Given its low-end specs, and accompanying price tag, it would also make sense as to why this device is selling quickly.

source: Nokia on Weibo
via: G for Games

Amazon’s set-top box controller leaks

amazon-bluetooth-controller1Add this to yet another leak of the possibly forthcoming set-top box from Amazon. Today we see a leak involving the proposed gaming controller that will come with the box. Reminiscent of an old Xbox controller, the controller looks like it will handle more than just the gaming aspect of things.

From what we can see, the back, home and menu buttons add weight to the rumor that the device will come with Amazon’s flavor of Android on-board. Also,it looks like you’ll be able to play, pause, rewind and fast-forward right from the controller.

We have a few more images for you after the break. Enjoy!

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DrawCast updated with multi-device support

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Remember that fun new Chromecast app I mentioned the other day called, DrawCast? Well it looks like Hillman Works is serious about this app because they already gave it a pretty significant update. It now include multi-device support so you can have more than one device connected to your Chromecast at the same time. This means that whatever is drawn on one device will be shown on all devices in real time. Pretty cool.

If you haven’t already tried DrawCast, give it a try. It’s free to try giving you 3 colors, with an in-app purchase of $2.00 to remove ads and gain 27 additional colors.

Download links after the break.

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HTC UK teases launch of the All New HTC One on Twitter

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We’re less than two weeks away from an announcement for the all new HTC One. As such, HTC is teasing the hell out of us on its UK Twitter account. With t-minus 11 days in counting we can expect that this teasing will continue to ramp up prior to the announcement of the M8. With a Verizon branded All New One making its way to eBay, and a leak involving a sales guide for the device, there’s not much left to know about the device.

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Will there or will there not be a premium Galaxy S 5?

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For several months, we have heard that Samsung will offer a premium version of the Galaxy S 5. Rumors have flipflopped between it being called a “Prime” version to being part of the “F Series,” but the fact that it was in the pipeline was always consistent.

Now the report is that Samsung’s mobile chief, J.K. Shin, denies the existence of a premium Galaxy S 5……

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