ZTE’s Warp Sync comes to Boost Mobile for only $179.99 off-contract

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Boost Mobile, the off-contract wireless division for Sprint, is now offering the ZTE Warp Sync for $179.99 off-contract.

You can get the device now online — in-store purchases can’t be made until September 1.

The phone is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, has a 5-inch display, and a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. You’ll also get 2GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. There’s an 8MP rear shooter with a 1.6MP front camera. The battery is 2300mAh.

Any Boost customers liking this new offering? Hit the break for the full press release.

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini to be exclusive to only one retailer in India

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It appears that Flipkart, an India-based company, will be the only retailer selling the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini in the country.

The phone (SM-G900) will be on sale in the next few days. This is not Flipkart’s first go-around with device exclusivity — the company was the only retailer to offer the Moto G in India last February.

Via: GSM Arena
Source: FlipKart Facebook

Samsung shows how much their Tizen-powered Gear watches can do with huge infographic

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Samsung is definitely leading the smartwatch pack in terms of how many models they’ve released, and while one of these devices runs the new and exciting Android Wear, three of them run Samsung’s own Tizen OS, which Samsung has no plans to abandon. In fact, Samsung are now boasting that there are over 1,000 apps available for their Tizen-powered watches and have released a handy infographic to help you find what they consider the best of the best.

New ‘Swing Copters’ update makes gameplay easier, less frustrating for users

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Flappy Bird creator Dong Nyugen hasn’t yet added his hit game back to the Play Store, but his new game, Swing Copters, has been getting a ton of popularity in the past few weeks.

However, the game has received reviews asking him to make it easier, as many have said that it’s been too difficult to rack up even one point while playing.

In an update released today (now version 1.1), Swing Copters has been improved so users can better predict the character’s movement, thus making it easier to play the game. There are also unspecified bug fixes.

If you deleted the game on its first go-around, now may be a good time to pick it back up (if you’re into this kind of stuff). Hit the break for the link to the game in the Play Store.

T-Mobile raising family plan lines maximum from 5 to 10 starting tomorrow

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Doubling your data when adding a tablet isn’t the only announcement T-Mobile has made today. The carrier is introducing some positive changes to its family plan. After seeing that Sprint would be raising its capacity of lines on a family plan, T-Mobile is now going to let ten lines be active on a single account without having to share a data bucket. This starts tomorrow on August 27, allowing existing customers to either add additional lines or intriguing other carriers’ customers enough to start a new account with an abundance of lines.

Hit the break for the full press release.

You will soon be able to run any Windows application on a Chromebook

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Google, VMware, and NVIDIA were on hand at VMworld 2014 to show off a collaborative effort utilizing VMware Blast Performance and NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology. The result will be high performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics for Chromebooks.

Imagine getting hardware-accelerated graphics, and at the same time, enjoying the flexibility of a virtual environment. With the flexibility of the Chromebook, manufacturers can design complex 3D models and share them with engineers around the globe. Applications such as Adobe Illustrator CC, Autodesk AutoCAD, Microsoft Office will have no trouble running smoothly in this virtual environment.

Google News & Weather app gets redesigned for first time since Android 2.3 Gingerbread

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The Google News & Weather application has been bundled with stock Android for quite some time. While it can be considered useful, Google has left it relatively the same since the days of Android 2.3 Gingerbread back in 2011. Today, the Google News & Weather app has been completely redesigned to represent the company’s vision for the operating system and its design language.

NPR One and WatchABC add Chromecast support

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Just when I was complaining about not enough Chromecast apps as compared to the Fire TV, along comes a couple of new ones. Google just announced that both NPR One and WatchABC are ready for casting. Both apps give you ability to watch on demand programs around the clock.

With the NPR One app, you can enjoy various programs such as Morning Edition, Snap Judgement, and Wait Wait….Don’t Tell Me!

With WatchABC, you can watch just about any favorite ABC show like Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Dancing with the Stars. However, you will need to sign in with a participating TV provider account which include, AT&T U-verse, BEK TV, Charter, Comcast XFINITY, Cox, DISH, Google Fiber, Midcontinent Communications, Optimum, Yadtel, and Verizon FiOS.

DirecTV where are you?

source: Google+

Huawei confirms sapphire display Huawei Ascend P7 on the way to market

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Earlier this month Huawei Device Chairman and Consumer BG CEO Yu Chengdong suggested a variant of the Huawei Ascend P7 equipped with a sapphire display could be on the way to market. This is part of the company’s intent to release “shocking products” that will push the boundaries of the market. That suggestions seems to have moved from suggestion to certainty after Yu posted a new image of the Ascend P7 on Chinese social site Weibo and indicated the company is adding a Sapphire line to their portfolio.

Aside from the addition of a Sapphire display to the device, no other information was shared indicating other hardware will change. Yu also did not say anything about pricing or a release date. However, Huawei may want to reveal the new variant at IFA 2014 next week when they can get a jump on other major industry players by being first to market with a sapphire display.

source: Weibo
via: G for Games

New analysis suggest Amazon’s phone not setting the world on fire

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A new analysis of the Amazon Fire Phone, introduced last month, suggests sales of the device have not exactly been lighting things up. This is in contrast to news yesterday showing that Amazon appears to have a hit on their hands with the Amazon Fire TV. However, the device has only been out for a short period of time, so things could still turn around for Amazon.

Because Amazon does not share figures regarding the number of actual devices, analysts have to infer how their devices are doing in the market. In the case of the Amazon Fire Phone, analysts have combined data from Chitika and comScore to estimate Amazon has sold no more than about 35,000 Fire Phones.

Verizon’s VoLTE, HD voice era to start in the ‘coming weeks’

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It looks like Verizon is ready to flip the switch on its VoLTE (voice over LTE) and HD voice services. According to Big Red, the initial rollout will take place in “the coming weeks.”

The good news is that it will be nationwide instead of only a few select areas like their competitors. However, it will be limited to select devices and customers will have to opt-in to use the service. VoLTE will work wherever this is LTE-data coverage.

T-Mobile to double your data when you add a tablet

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Another day, another T-Mobile deal. Starting September 3, you will be able to add a tablet (any tablet) to a postpaid Simple Choice phone plan for only $10 per month, and T-Mobile will match your LTE data plan (up to 5 GB per month) specifically for the tablet. So if you happen to have a 5 GB plan for your phone, you will also get an additional 5 GB for your tablet. It doesn’t matter which plan, whether it be a 1 GB plan, 3 GB plan or whatever else, you will get that same matching data reserved for your tablet. This is on top of the 200 MB that you already get for free, not that it’s a big deal.

Does this offer make you want to switch to T-Mobile? Full presser after the break.

Here’s another look at the Moto G2, specs confirmed as well

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The Moto G has been the hottest selling Motorola phone in history so we are expecting big things with the Moto G2. Speaking of big, it’s going to be bigger in the literal sense. Last year’s Moto G had a 4.5-inch display, but this years G2 will sport a full 5-inches with smaller bezels. It’s also going to get upgraded to 720p (1280 x 720).

The main camera is also getting an upgrade from 5 MP to 8 MP, and a microSD slot should be standard now. Probably the biggest surprise has to be front-facing stereo speakers, something that is never found on budget devices. Throw in a Snapdragon 400, 1 GB of RAM, and a removable back that can be customized, and you have a winner.

LG G3 Stylus edition Dubuting at IFA Berlin

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LG announced the LG G3 Stylus in order to offer choice among low-tier phones for stylus usage. The device will feature LG’s QuickMemo+, Dual Window, Smart Keyboard, Touch & Shoot, Gesture Shot, and Knock Code, much like LG’s other offerings on the market of late. Although not fair competition for the Note 4, the G3 Stylus will house a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, a 5.5-inch qHD screen (960 x 540, not 2K), 8 GB of storage with an SD slot, and 1 GB of RAM. The camera is impressive–much like LG’s other low-end phones–and the entire machine will run on a very capable 3,000 mAh removable battery.