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For all intents and purposes the red-colored Nexus 5 seems like a "shoe-in" now. Not only do we have the above leaked pics of the device, we also have a leaked Sprint document indicating it will launch on the Google Play Store on February 4th. More than likely Sprint will offer this new device on contract, but we also have word that T-Mobile could be offering it as well. There's still a slim chance that this is all faked, so we will keep you updated when more info arrives.
To continue reading and see a pic of the red Nexus 5 click HERE
Jan 29, 2014 - 4:33 PM - by dgstorm
Update: This story is now official. Google will be selling Motorola to Lenovo. Here's a link to the official press statement from Google: Lenovo to Acquire Motorola Mobility from Google ? Investor Relations ? Google
This almost sounds like an April Fool's Joke, but we are nowhere near April. According to multiple reports from major news organizations like Reuters, CNBC and others, Lenovo may actually be in final talks with Google to purchase Motorola for $2.91 Billion USD. According to "sources close to the matter" this would be Lenovo's way of buying themselves into the lucrative but difficult to break into U.S. smartphone market. Here's a quote with more of the details,
This came way out of left field and blind-sided us, but in many ways doesn't seem that surprising. From the beginning, Google really only wanted...
Lenovo is in the final stages of talks to buy the Google division that includes smartphones Moto X and Moto G as well as certain patents, and an announcement could come as soon as Wednesday, the people said.
The Chinese firm will use a combination of cash and stock as well as deferred payments to finance the deal with Google, the people said, asking not to be named because the matter is not public.
Lenovo is being advised by Credit Suisse Group while Lazard Ltd advised Google on the transaction, the people said.
Continue Reading @: Lenovo Close to $3 Billion Deal to Buy Motorola from Google
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is not too keen on a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile. According to an unnamed source, a meeting took place between SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, and DOJ regulators. In that meeting, the WSJ's sources indicated the DOJ said,
If this meeting really did take place and this is the perspective of the DOJ.......
“U.S. antitrust authorities regard the current lineup of four national mobile-phone carriers as important to maintaining a competitive market, and department officials indicated at the meeting that a deal combining Sprint and T-Mobile could face regulatory difficulties.”
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For those of you unfamiliar with Microsoft's Bing Rewards program you're in for a little treat. The program is set up to enable you to earn credits by simply searching. By earning these credits you can then redeem them for rewards such as gift cards from top brands such as Amazon, Xbox, Skype, Fandango and Domino's. What's even more cool, and if you're into 'paying it forward', you can donate your hard-earned credits to schools or charities.
Previously, you could only take advantage of Bing Rewards via your browser on your laptop/PC/Ultrabook, but Microsoft has just announced that the program will hit Android and iOS today. Not all of the features will be in place at launch, but you will be able to utilize the 'search and earn', and take advantage of offers right from your phone. The rest of the features will become available over the coming months according to MSFT:
Here's a quick look on how Bing Rewards will work and how to redeem:
Over the next several months we’ll be extending nearly all of the Bing Rewards features our members love on the PC to these mobile experiences.
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Googorola certainly keeps amping up the competitive pressure with great pricing of their Moto X. They are now offering another "Sweet Deal" on the flagship device, and that is literally what they are calling the promotion. It is apparently a pre-Valentine's Day promotion so that the romantic inclined have an easy excuse to splurge on some gear for their loved ones.
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Jan 28, 2014 - 11:42 AM - by dgstorm
Sprint's LTE network rollout seems to be expanding in large spurts. We hear nothing for weeks, then "blammo!"; suddenly there are 40 new cities with the service. Such is the case today. Here's the breakdown of Sprint's new coverage areas:
- Anderson, S.C.
- Camden, N.J.
- Cape Girardeau-Jackson, Mo.-Ill.
- Carson City, Nev.
- Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Concord, N.H.
- Eugene-Springfield, Ore.
- Evansville, Ind.-Ky.
- Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.
- Georgetown, S.C.
- Glasgow, Ky.
- Greenville, Ohio
- Hilton Head Island-Beaufort, S.C.
- Hudson, N.Y.
- Idaho Falls, Idaho
- Jackson, Miss.
- Laconia, N.H.
- Marion, Ohio
- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
- Midland, Mich.
- Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wis. Mobile, Ala.
- Monroe, La.
- New Castle, Pa.
- New Philadelphia-Dover, Ohio
- Olean, N.Y.
- Olympia, Wash.
- Owensboro, Ky.
- Owosso, Mich.
- Paducah, Ky.-Ill.
- Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, W.V.-Ohio
- Point Pleasant, W.V.-Ohio
- Providence, R.I.
- Reno-Sparks, Nev.
- Rockingham County-Strafford County, N.H.
- Salt Lake City
- Spartanburg, S.C.
- Springfield, Ohio
- Tacoma, Wash.
- Yuma, Ariz.
That's a hefty list. Here's the link below to Sprint's full presser.
Jan 24, 2014 - 11:31 AM - by dgstorm
AT&T's LG G Flex is now available for preorder on their website. You can get the device for $299.99 on a new contract. It will ship out to customers on February 4th. Here's a recap of primary specs:
- 6-inch, 720p P-OLED panel
- Snapdragon 800 processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 32GB of storage
- 13MP rear camera
- 3500mAh battery
- Self-healing rear plastic polymer coating (can "repair" itself from minor dings and scratches)
If you want it without a contract it will cost you the steep price of $694.99. Sound off if you are tempted to grab this "next-gen" device...
Jan 24, 2014 - 11:00 AM - by dgstorm
In a move that will likely have every other country on the planet green with envy, the South Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MISP) recently created new guidelines which basically allow smartphone consumers to remove any pre-installed apps on their devices. This is basically a stiff finger in the eye to all the bloatware which is installed by carriers and smartphone manufacturers from the factory.
The Korean Ministry made it clear they believe preinstalled apps are simply an "inconvenience" to users and may cause "unfair competition" between operators and carriers. Carriers won't be forced to...
Continue Reading @: South Korean Government Rules Customers Can Remove Bloatware from Their Androids
We know that most of our members wouldn't fall for one of these tricks, but that doesn't mean sharing the warning is a bad idea. We all have friends and family members who might fall for one of these nasty malware tricks, so we wanted to pass the latest intel along to you guys. There is a new scheme for Android which basically tries to trick users into believing they have a virus on their device. It's a trick that is pretty popular on the desktop, but is fairly unusual/new on Android.
The bad guys have figured out ways of taking over advertising space, but instead of showing ads, they bring up sneaky warnings claiming the users Android is infected. The ads claim they have an antivirus tool that you can download if you click on the ad. Of course, once you do that, you have actually put the malware on your smart-device. Here's a quote with more of the details;
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Jan 23, 2014 - 10:34 AM - by dgstorm
Does this qualify as "out of the box" thinking? We believe so... There's an app available on the Google Play Store which eschews the mundane way of unlocking your phone for something truly novel. Rather than using complex finger-swipe patterns, expensive fingerprint scanners, or non-existent future iris scanners, a company named Descartes Biometrics has developed an app which lets you unlock your smartphone with your ears! Yes... really.
It's called ERGO and you can find it on the Play Store for just $3.99. The app is quite simple. Once it has memorized your "ear patterns," you simply need to touch the screen and hold it up to your ear. If for some reason it doesn't work, it defaults to the typical phone password system (just so you can get it up and running properly without being locked out of your phone permanently). The software can actually be customized to reduce/tweak accuracy just in case it doesn't recognize your ear right away.
We aren't sure how well this software works just yet, but it might be worth investigating. Above is a video demo of the software. Here's a quote from the Play Store and a link below,
Regardless of just how good this software actually is, the concept is fresh and intriguing.
- Designed exclusively for Android smartphones
- Secure biometric authentication - ear impression combined with natural phone gesture
- Ear is as unique as a fingerprint without the associated criminal stigma
- No additional hardware required
- No more PINs/Passwords
- Easy to use, non-invasive, non-distracting
- Robust and reliable with an adjustable match confidence
- User's Profile stored on the device, not on a server or in the cloud.
Source: Google Play Store - ERGO
Jan 22, 2014 - 11:13 AM - by dgstorm
T-Mobile has been on a roll lately. Ever since they got fired up and started rattling off new phases in their Uncarrier initiative, they have been making other carriers sweat from the massive value and changes they offer to consumers. Apparently, shaking up the wireless carrier industry isn't enough for T-Mo though. Now it looks as if the Uncarrier wants to disrupt the banking industry as well!
T-Mobile officially announced their new program called, Mobile Money. It's basically a checking account for T-Mobile wireless subscribers. This isn't just some gimmicky expensive account which only the elite can afford either. In fact, their account structure is ultra-competitive, offering free activation, free monthly maintenance and free ATM withdrawals at any of the carrier’s 42,000 in-network partner ATMs. Furthermore, there is no fee for replacing lost or stolen cards and there are no minimum balances required.
Here's what T-Mobile's boisterous CEO, John Legere had to say regarding this new program...
Continue Reading @: T-Mobile Launches New Attack... Against the Banking Industry?
Jan 20, 2014 - 3:08 PM - by dgstorm
It looks like AT&T believes folks are going to be extra excited about the new LG G Flex curved-display smartphone. They just announced it will be coming to their network for $300 on contract and pre-orders start on January 24th. This obviously means the device will be coming sometime within the next few weeks, although no final launch date has been revealed yet. This price seems a bit on the high side, but it's possible folks might be willing to put up with the higher premium for such a unique device. We will keep you updated when final launch dates are revealed.
In the mean-time, here's the full press release below,
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AT&T Stays Ahead of the Curve With Pre-Orders for LG G Flex on the Nation's Most Reliable 4G LTE Network
AT&T Offers Its First Smartphone with Curved Screen to U.S. Customers
Dallas, Texas, January 20, 2014
AT&T’s1 first smartphone with a curved screen, the LG G Flex, offers an immersive cinematic viewing experience and ergonomic comfort. The company today announced that the LG G Flex will be available in the U.S. for pre-order both online or at an AT&T store beginning Jan. 24.
The LG G Flex is priced at $299.99 with a two-year agreement. Customers also have the option of paying $26.74 per month with AT&T Next 18 or $34.75 per month with AT&T Next 12.2
For a closer look at the LG G Flex, check out this video –
LG G Flex Features and Specs - AT&T Mobile Minute - YouTube
“We’re proud to offer the LG G Flex, our first smartphone with a curved screen, in the U.S. and add the device to the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T. “We offer smartphones and devices to fit every lifestyle. There’s nothing quite like the LG G Flex to enhance viewing video and images. The unique design is great when using your thumbs to type a message and at the same time, delivers a great experience for video enthusiasts. Combined with AT&T’s premium network, the nation’s most reliable wireless service, you have an unbeatable combination of features and value.”
“LG G Flex represents the shape of innovation and LG’s technical design leadership in the mobile market,” said Morris Lee, senior vice president and head of North American sales and marketing, LG Mobile Communications Company. “Its unique curved display and curved battery, plus LG’s innovative rear key and Knock feature, make the LG G Flex an exciting device for AT&T customers.”
The LG G Flex is LTE Advanced enabled. The curved, flexible* design is comfortable in the palm of your hand and against the side of your face. Its design introduces ergonomic benefits, which makes it easy to hold and, because it follows the contour of your face, provides an outstanding voice and sound experience. The LG G Flex boasts an expansive 6-inch HD OLED curved display for an immersive viewing experience that also helps reduce glare. The LG G Flex also features QuickTheater™, which lets you quickly access photos, videos and YouTube from the lock screen with a
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