Ashton Kutcher shares his favourite Motorola smartphone features

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Ashton Kutcher has been a Product Engineer for Lenovo for over two-years and during that time he’s helped develop the Yoga family of Android-powered tablets. Now, however, he’s focusing his attention on smartphones. Earlier today, Kutcher published a post on Motorola’s official blog in which he explained that the company has been at the forefront of emerging handheld technology for the past 3o-years, and that he will be spending most of 2016 in the Moto Labs, listening to consumer feedback, to aid future handset enhancement.

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Ted Stryker dropped the DROID Turbo 2 at the Grammys because he was paid to

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On Monday night, radio personality Ted Stryker was the lead for CBS’ livestream coverage of the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. The phone carried around by Stryker was Motorola’s DROID Turbo 2, which was clearly present because the company paid for its Verizon-exclusive to be placed on the red carpet and everywhere during the ceremony.

Things just went a little too far when Stryker overdid showcasing the shatterproof screen.

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Marshmallow is live for Verizon’s LG G4, G3, and HTC One M9

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This morning, Verizon began rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to three phones on its network — the LG G4, LG G3, and HTC One M9 from Big Red are getting that boost to the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. With it comes everything we know and love about Marshmallow while, ranging from Now on Tap to better handling of app permissions.

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T-Mobile will roll out Marshmallow for the HTC One M9 on February 16 [Update: Verizon too!]

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Earlier today, HTC’s Vice President of Product Management, Mo Versi, took to his official Twitter profile to reveal that the Taiwanese company has at last received approval of the long-awaited Marshmallow update for the HTC One M9 from T-Mobile. The carrier will, begin pushing out the over-the-air upgrade to all carrier-branded variants of the handset starting Tuesday, February 16.

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Verizon wants the NFL to hand over more content, TNF on the table

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In 2016, the biggest companies in the world of technology became fiercely competitive in picking up streaming rights to games from the National Football League. Both Google and Apple engaged in discussions with the league at the start of the year regarding streaming rights for just the international games, but many other companies joined in when the NFL started shopping streaming rights for the entire Thursday Night Football package. The group of companies interested in streaming Thursday Night Football for at least the next year or two includes Google, Apple, Amazon, and Verizon. Bloomberg reports that AT&T, Facebook, and Yahoo were also interested in placing a bid at some point but might have moved on, likely due to the NFL’s high price tag.

Verizon is considered a frontrunner because of its existing deal with the NFL, one that allows the carrier stream each and every game exclusively to customers using a phone on its network. The existing deal, which is valued at $1 billion, expires after next year’s Super Bowl and so Verizon will need to work to negotiate a renewal while deepening the strength of the partnership with more content. Big Red wants to go beyond streaming Sunday, Monday, and Thursday games to phones.

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Verizon offering special half season deal for NBA League Pass

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Through their Go90 platform, Verizon is making available a special deal for the NBA League Pass for the second half of the season. To help entice potential NBA fans to sign up for the Go90 service, Verizon is also making some free NBA previews available to Go90 subscribers. You may recall that last fall Verizon inked a deal with the NBA to become the exclusive service provider for the NBA and several related properties like the WNBA. Making games available via the Go90 service was big part of the new partnership. Read more

Verizon may scoop up Yahoo to join AOL in content portfolio

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Last week Verizon chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam appeared on CNBC and revealed the wireless carrier is interested in acquiring at least some assets from Yahoo. The revelation comes as Yahoo edges closer to the brink of failure. Last week Yahoo’s earnings report included language indicating the company was considering alternatives that many believe include selling assets or some type of merger deal. Verizon’s interest in Yahoo could be coming at a good time for Yahoo. Read more

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 4 update brings bugfixes, latest security patches and optimized performance

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If you are rocking a Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910V) courtesy of Verizon, you’ll be glad to find out that the U.S. carrier is in the process of rolling out an update to your handset. While the new firmware, that bumps the Note 4 up to software version LMY47X.N910VVRU2BPA1, is still based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (boo-hoo!), the update is said to include performance tweaks, the latest security patches, as well as some bug fixes. We have the changelog after the break. Read more

Verizon’s Go90 no longer counts against data caps

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Verizon rolled out an update to Go90 mobile content streaming app on Jan. 29. If you’re like most folks, you didn’t read much about the update. But one thing stands out.

Near the top of the description of what’s new about the app is this little nugget:

“Search for content you love and find exclusives only available on Go90. Verizon Wireless customers stream any video over LTE without it counting against your data plan.”

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