Verizon Prepaid to get 4G LTE on July 17

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It looks as though Verizon Prepaid will finally be able take advantage of the carriers 4G LTE network, starting on July 17. This is good news for Verizon users, who may have been frustrated that the company has been lagging behind in prepaid data speeds.

Verizon’s ALLSET plan, which includes 500MB of data, will get 4G LTE access and users can add what the company calls BRIDGE DATA to the plan, at 500MB for $5, or 3GB for $20. We are not sure yet whether or not the 4G LTE access will be full or throttled, or if BRIDGE data pricing will change.

Source: Droid-Life

Clear Notification button created for Android L by Koush

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Android L is now available to Nexus owners to download in beta, however, because of the fact that it’s still in beta, it is a little buggy. There are a number of issues with the software in its current form. Luckily Koush has developed a solution to one of those problems.

The new notification system in Android L is nice, but it lacks a way to clear all notifications, and instead users have to clear them one by one. That solution has now been fixed. But not by Google.

Developer Koush has created the fix, an app that adds a Clear Notification button. It looks great, is simple, and works perfectly!

Source: +Koushik Dutta

Rochester Optical to design fashionable lenses, frames for Google Glass

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In order to succeed on the mainstream market, Google Glass will certainly have to seem “cool” enough for consumers to wear around as an everyday accessory.

To do this, Google has enlisted many different sunglasses manufacturers to design lenses, frames and more for Google Glass.

The newest designer is Rochester Optical (although not partnered with Google), which just announced new fashion sunglasses for the platform, which will be available internationally.

T-Mobile to “double down” to refund customers charged for premium SMS

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T-Mobile has been the center of attention all week after the company was accused of “cramming,” or charging customers for premium content, hiding the charges, and making a profit.

Back in November, T-Mobile actually committed to never charging customers for premium SMS features again, and in June, launched a program for customers to get their money back. Despite this, in a blog post, John Legere has accused the FTC of “sensationalizing their story and their news at the expense of T-Mobile’s reputation.” Not only that, but the blog post shows that the company will be making an extra effort to refund customers.

Source: T-Mobile

Sprint to release LG G3 on July 18

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The LG G3 is making its way around the world, and being released in the US is a top priority. Today it was announced that the device would be available from Sprint starting on July 18th, or for pre-order starting in July 11th.

We don’t yet know how much the device will cost on Sprint, but we do know that users will be able to get it for a $0 down payment, and $25 monthly payments for two years. Not only that, but if you purchase the G3 between July 11 and July 24, you’ll get a $150 cash reward card. Or, if you purchase is between July 24 and August 14, you’ll get a $100 reward card.

Source: Sprint

Android L Developer Preview walkthrough

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For the first time, Google released a new version of Android as a developer preview. Android L (or whatever they will call it) probably won’t get a final release until October, but if you own a Nexus 5 or a Nexus 7 (2013), you can give it a try now. As I am sure you have read elsewhere, it’s pretty buggy. The biggest problem is that so many apps won’t work with it so my advice is to stay away for now. Still, I know there are a lot of you that can’t handle not having the latest and greatest, so go for it if you insist.

Since the preview is only available to a couple of devices, the majority of you won’t be able to actually test it out so we put together this walkthrough showing you many of the new features. There’s still a lot more to come, but for now, you can check out Material Design as part of the new Dialer app, settings, battery saver, ripple effects, the lock screen notifications, Heads Up, the recent apps UI, and more. Hit the break for our hands on.

Don’t expect a version of CyangenMod based on the Android L Developer Preview

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Now that the Android L Developer Preview has hit AOSP, a lot of people are thinking ROMs. If you’re thinking that CyanogenMod 12 will be out soon, think again. The “L” is for “Later” as they see it, and I agree 100%. It’s a wonderful thing that Google released a preview version of L for us to play with and for developers to get accustomed to, but it makes no sense for a team like Cyanogen to spend much time with something that is full of bugs.

So expect CM 11 M8 (Android 4.4.4) to be released right after the 4th of July weekend, and their main focus will continue to be CM11 until Android L becomes a final release.

source: CyanogenMod

Samsung pokes fun at iPhone owners again with new ‘Wall Huggers’ commercial

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Samsung is back at it again. They just released another commercial making jabs at iPhone owners, this time regarding the battery. “Wall Huggers” refers to those that have to spend their time at their airport close to a wall outlet in order to charge their phone, or shall I say iPhone. It’s not that Samsung is saying their phone will last longer, it’s more that they offer two things that iPhones don’t offer. The first is the ability to swap out the battery, and the second is Ultra Power Saving Mode. The latter will allow your phone to last a long time, but at the expense of not doing much else on your phone other than texting and phone calls.

It’s yet another effective and funny commercial, but I doubt there will be too many iPhone owners that will run out tomorrow to buy a Galaxy S 5. Hit the break for the 60 second spot.

ASUS has high hopes for their upcoming smartwatch

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It’s no secret that ASUS has a smartwatch in development, as we’ve heard several promising rumors about the device. ASUS chairman really believes the smartwatch will be great, too, judging from his comments about it earlier today.

Chairman Jonney Shih discussed the trade offs that have to be made in a smartwatch, including form factor, size, and price and how focusing on different aspects of a device can make or break its success. He says the ASUS design team has learned a lot about smartwatches in their design process, and if the early rumors about how thin and affordable the device is pan out, there’s a good chance ASUS will have a hit product on their hands.