Sprint’s new Unlimited plan is a strong response to T-Mobile

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Sprint has just launched a new plan for single line users to get a precious unlimited data package. $60 will get you unlimited talk, text, and data for a month, which is a full $20 cheaper a month than T-Mobile. AT&T and Verizon will give you 1 GB for $80/ mo, so they are hardly comparable to this new version of Sprint we’ve been seeing lately. In order to be eligible for this discount, however, you must have a device that’s compatible with the network, purchase one at full price prior to starting the plan, or use Sprint’s monthly payment and upgrade plan.

Cyanogen poaches executives from Electronic Arts, Facebook

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Cyanogen has added two key executives to its ranks — Vivian Lee is a senior director of mobile product marketing at Electronics Arts. She will now serve as VP of marketing at Cyanogen. Sid Murlidhar, hired away from Facebook, will be heading third-party integrations into Cyanogen’s platform.

Murlidhar is best known for developing the Facebook Zero program as well as Facebook Home. Now, he’ll work to incorporate other software into the Cyanogen OS.

It’ll be interesting to see how these changes affect the company, but it’s interesting to note the hire of a female into company leadership shortly after Cyanogen’s partner, OnePlus, ran a contest that was deemed to be sexist by many.

Source: Re/Code

Pebble officially gets ESPN app for live scores

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ESPN has announced that they are officially bringing their application to the Pebble Smartwatch. The app will cover scores from many major professional games, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL, plus college football and basketball. It’s just in time for football season to kick back up.

The app will be available in the Pebble store and will let you keep up with your favorite teams and sports without having to take your phone out of your pocket. Definitely a must-have for sports fans.

source: ESPN

 

Judge Lucy Koh sides with Samsung, says Apple won’t be reimbursed for $16 million in legal fees

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The latest news from Apple and Samsung’s never-ending court battles has to do with Apple’s hefty legal fees. Apple wanted Samsung to pay for the $16 million in attorney fees that Apple spent during four trade dress claims against Samsung relating to the iPhone, iPad, and iPad 2.

Legally, Apple would have only been reimbursed if the court found the case “exceptional.” Since Judge Lucy Koh decided that some of Samsung’s patent infringement was based on function, it wasn’t an “exceptional” case, and refused to make Samsung pay for Apple’s fees. She did, however, release Apple’s $2.6 million bond that was pending from a sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

New App: WeTransfer hits the Play Store, allows file transfers of up to 10GB at once

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It’s pretty annoying to find that a email to a friend with a bunch of photos didn’t end up sending because of your email’s attachment size limit.

But with new app WeTransfer, you won’t have to worry about exceeding that limit.

The app lets you send up to 10GB of data at once to another email address. The receiving address will get a download link — from there, they’ll be able to download all the photos on their device.

It’s pretty simple, and that’s pretty much all you can ask from an app — that it works, and that it’s easy. Hit the break for a list of the app’s features, a gallery of screenshots and a link to the app in the Play Store.

Verizon isn’t actually planning its own app store

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Just yesterday we heard rumors that Verizon was planning on launching a new app store for Android devices with the help of other wireless carriers and manufacturers. This wasn’t actually the first time that Verizon tried to make its own app store work (remember Vcast Apps, anyone?), but their last attempt was unsuccessful, to say the least. Despite that rumor, it looks like Verizon can see the writing on the wall, and they’re claiming they have no intention of creating any more app stores.

A Verizon spokesperson said they don’t want to bother creating another app store, saying the carrier has “been there, done that.” It’s very clear that consumers don’t want or need a carrier app store, so good on Verizon if they’re being truthful about this.

Hello Moto X+1

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In 2 weeks we will see the Moto X-1 in real life, but this just might be the next best thing. Thanks to a little retirement gift from @evleaks, we have the press images of the wooden and leather versions of the phone.

The first thing you might have noticed is the Verizon logo signifying their version. Other than the logo, we don’t expect there to be any differences between the carrier versions. As far as hardware goes, the front of the device shows what could be front-facing stereo speakers. However, since the top one appears to be bigger, I am not convinced just yet. The power and volume rocker appears to be lower on the right side, probably because of the larger footprint.

Pac-Man Friends comes to the Play Store with a unique twist on classic gameplay

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Namco has released Pac-Man Friends onto the Play Store, which is a brand new Pac-Man games with new, fast-paced gameplay. It keeps all of the original cast of characters, including Pac-Man and the group of ghosts from the arcade games.

The game involves you moving Pac-Man through different types of mazes all while avoiding the ghosts. Instead of the traditional square mazes, though, these new mazes comes in different shapes and sizes with tons of obstacles to maneuver around. The flashing power pellets make a return, and they’ll still let you eat up ghosts that get in Pac-Man’s way.

There are a lot of Android devices, seriously

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If I told you there were a lot of Android devices in the wild, that wouldn’t shock you. Just about every day there is a new device launched, but just how many are in existence?

According to OpenSignal, a company that gathers crowdsourced data for mobile phone networks, there are 18,796 distinct Android devices this year, up from 11,868 last year. I would never had guessed that high.

Galaxy Note 4 camera features leaked

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We are just under 2 weeks away from the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 4, and we have some info regarding the camera. First of all, Samsung is finally going to implement optical image stabilization (OIS) as part of a 16 MP Sony IMX240 sensor. This same sensor appeared on the Korean Galaxy S 5 LTE-A, but it did lack OIS. This sensor will also be able to shoot UHD video (3840 x 2160) at 30 FPS. Samsung will also upgrade the front-facing camera to 3.7 MP, which is still lower than many flagships.

HTC has mysterious smartphone compatible with Sprint working its way through the FCC

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A new FCC filing has been discovered that describes an HTC phone that would be compatible with Sprint or any of the carriers that use the Sprint network, like Virgin Mobile or Boost Mobile. The model number for the device is 0PCV100. Besides working on LTE bands 25, 26, and 41 and having a removable back cover and replaceable battery, not much else can be gleaned from the FCC filing. We really cannot even tell if it will be an Android-based device. Sources have noted that HTC tends to seal up their high-end devices which could suggest this is a mid-range or lower-tier device.

Hit the break for an image of the label.

T-Mobile takes aim at Sprint customers with latest offer to help

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T-Mobile is launching a new campaign starting next week that aims squarely at Sprint customers. Taking some jabs at Sprint by pointing out how their customers have “suffered” and had to put up with both “the Framily” and the “slowest nationwide LTE network.” T-Mobile is offering a free upgrade to unlimited data for one year when existing T-Mobile customers refer someone to the Uncarrier. Although focused on Sprint, the offer applies to both AT&T and Verizon customers as well. The free upgrade will apply to both the new T-Mobile customer that ports their number over and the existing T-Mobile customer that served as the referral source. If a T-Mobile customer already has an unlimited Simple Choice plan, T-Mobile will give them a $10 per month credit for one year.

Acer Chromebox CXI to hit stores in late September

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Today Acer announced a new Acer Chromebox CXI line for the U.S. and Canadian markets. The new Chromebox CXI is a small unit that can stand on its own or be mounted in an out of the way place, like the stand for a monitor. The devices are designed for computer users that don’t need mobility for their device and may be especially suitable for education, small business and budget-conscious users. According to Simon Hwang, president of Acer Stationary Computing and Display Business Group, “The Acer Chromebook CXI is an excellent fit for schools and any other institution or business where conserving costs and space are high priorities.”

HTC teases new device, could be the Desire 820

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HTC posted a new image on its official Weibo account teasing a new device. As we can see from the image above 820 is a prominent figure suggesting that the Taiwanese company will be debuting the rumored Desire 820 sometime soon. It’s possible that with IFA in a few short weeks, we could see it then.

At this point, not much is known about the device. What the device has for hardware is anyone’s guess. Of course as we edge closer to IFA we may get a bit more of a glimpse of the rumored device. We’ll keep you updated as this develops.

source: Weibo
via: G for Games

Yahoo app gets updated with access to digital magazines

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YAHOO! continues to kill it in terms of design and content in their apps, and the Yahoo app just got better with the addition of digital magazines. You can now read Yahoo Food, Yahoo Tech, Yahoo Travel, Yahoo Movies,Yahoo Beauty, and Yahoo Health all from within the app.

These digital mags feature elegant design and visual storytelling with distinct editorial voices from Bobbi Brown, Paula Froelich, and David Pogue. The Yahoo app has to be one of the go-to apps for one place stops for the latest news and weather. Are you using it? Hit the break for an animated GIF and download links.