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[Deal] Add a second number on your phone from Hushed for $25!

Many people want a second number, but they don’t want a second phone. It’s probably better to avoid using your personal number for work, while dating, and on select public services where you don’t know who you’re communicating with. Your number is a piece of highly sensitive information. So you shouldn’t just hand it out […]

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Amazon gets Prime Exclusive flavors of the Nokia 6, Moto E4, and three Alcatel phones

With the arrival of this batch, Amazon is currently offering ten phones at a lower cost with its own services at the forefront alongside Google’s. Amazon added phones from Nokia, Alcatel, and Lenovo for a simultaneous release date next month. These are the new Prime Exclusive devices: Nokia 6 for $ 179 (21% off) Alcatel Idol […]

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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube Announce Formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

Today, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are announcing the formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which will help us continue to make our hosted consumer services hostile to terrorists and violent extremists.
The spread of terrorism and violent extremism is a pressing global problem and a critical challenge for us all. We take these issues very seriously, and each of our companies have developed policies and removal practices that enable us to take a hard line against terrorist or violent extremist content on our hosted consumer services. We believe that by working together, sharing the best technological and operational elements of our individual efforts, we can have a greater impact on the threat of terrorist content online.

The new forum builds on initiatives including the EU Internet Forum and the Shared Industry Hash Database; discussions with the U.K. and other governments; and the conclusions of the recent G7 and European Council meetings.  It will formalize and structure existing and future areas of collaboration between our companies and foster cooperation with smaller tech companies, civil society groups and academics, governments and supra-national bodies such as the EU and the U.N.

The scope of our work will evolve over time as we will need to be responsive to the ever-evolving terrorist and extremist tactics. Initially, however, our work will focus on:  

  1. Technological solutions: Our companies will work together to refine and improve existing joint technical work, such as the Shared Industry Hash Database; exchange best practices as we develop and implement new content detection and classification techniques using machine learning; and define standard transparency reporting methods for terrorist content removals.
  2. Research: We will commission research to inform our counter-speech efforts and guide future technical and policy decisions around the removal of terrorist content.
  3. Knowledge-sharing: We will work with counter-terrorism experts including governments, civil society groups, academics and other companies to engage in shared learning about terrorism. And through a joint partnership with the U.N. Security Council Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (U.N. CTED) and the ICT4Peace Initiative, we are establishing a broad knowledge-sharing network to:
    1. Engage with smaller companies: We will help them develop the technology and processes necessary to tackle terrorist and extremist content online.
    2. Develop best practices: We already partner with organizations such as the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Anti-Defamation League and Global Network Initiative to identify how best to counter extremism and online hate, while respecting freedom of expression and privacy. We can socialize these best practices, and develop additional shared learnings on topics such as community guideline development, and policy enforcement.
    3. Counterspeech: Each of us already has robust counterspeech initiatives in place (e.g., YouTube’s Creators for Change, Jigsaw’s Redirect Method, Facebook’s P2P and OCCI, Microsoft’s partnership with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue for counter-narratives on Bing, Twitter’s global NGO training program). The forum we have established allows us to learn from and contribute to one another’s counterspeech efforts, and discuss how to further empower and train civil society organizations and individuals who may be engaged in similar work and support ongoing efforts such as the Civil society empowerment project (CSEP).
We will be hosting a series of learning workshops in partnership with U.N. CTED/ICT4Peace in Silicon Valley and around the world to drive these areas of collaboration.

Further information on all of the above initiatives will be shared in due course.

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HTC teases new Edge Sense features for the U11

The biggest selling point of HTC’s U11 is obviously its unique Edge Sense features that allow you to literally squeeze the sides of the phone to do things with it. It’s a cool, albeit weird, design that helps the U11 stand out, and you can bet HTC will try to capitalize on it. HTC USA […]

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[TA Deal] Buy five Powertabs for less than $20!

Quick juice for your devices? Sounds like a plus. On Talk Android Deals, we’re selling multi-packs of the Powrtab. It’s a one-use battery pack that connects to a micro-USB port for charging. Rated to 1000mAh to give your phone a quick boost wherever you are Gain up to 4 hours of extra mobile use Made […]

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Report: Facebook to pay Hollywood millions for original shows

Facebook is very serious about its original programming ambitions — $ 3 million per episode serious. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the tech giant is courting Hollywood agencies for original scripted TV shows, in some cases offering up to…
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YouTube hits 1.5 billion viewers per month, introduces new share and dynamic adapt features

New features for YouTube were introduced alongside the announcement of a major milestone. Every month there are 1.5 billion logged in viewers on YouTube, which Google says is about 20% of the world’s population. These viewers are watching an hour per day on mobile devices alone. That should mean the 1 billion hours of video […]

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A 3D-printed bridge is being built using reinforced concrete

3D printing is a massive category that covers everything from small, DIY, plastic projects to metal meant to be used in Boeing's 787 airplane. Yet another usage has come to light, courtesy of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands….
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 pegged for late September release with $900 price tag

We’re halfway through the year and it’s time for new Galaxy Note 8 rumors to take over the blogosphere. We’ve already heard dates on when Samsung will announce the device, but the newest rumor slates the actual release date of the phone for late September. An announcement in August with a release in September is […]

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It’s now easier to get Purism’s security-focused laptops

Purism is nowhere near as well-known as other PC makers, but you may want to keep it on your radar if you're becoming increasingly concerned about security and privacy. The company, which only used to sell made-to-order machines, has just announced t…
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The world as you see it with VR180

Virtual reality helps creators bring their audiences to new, amazing, and even impossible-to-visit places. As a viewer, you get a whole new angle on shows, sports, and concerts you care about. You can walk around the Eiffel Tower, dive to the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef, or get a new perspective by meeting people face-to-face in a way that isn’t possible with a flat view of the world.

We know that virtual reality videos can be really powerful, which is why we invested in supporting 360 and VR formats for over two years. And today, VR video is the most popular way to experience VR. But, we’ve heard from creators and viewers that you want to make and see even more immersive videos on YouTube. So, we’ve been working with Google’s Daydream team on a brand new video format, called VR180, that we believe will make VR content even easier to create.

VR180 video focuses on what’s in front of you, are high resolution, and look great on desktop and on mobile. They transition seamlessly to a VR experience when viewed with Cardboard, Daydream, and PSVR, which allow you to view the images stereoscopically in 3-D, where near things look near, and far things appear far. VR180 also supports livestreaming videos so creators and fans can be together in real time.

For creators, you’ll be able to set up and film your videos the way you normally would with any other camera. And, soon, you’ll be able to edit using familiar tools like Adobe Premiere Pro. From vlogs, to makeup tutorials to music videos – your videos will work great in VR.

But supporting the format is just the beginning. We want to make cameras that are easy to work with too. The Daydream team is working with several manufacturers to build cameras from the ground up for VR180. These cameras are not only great for creators looking to easily make VR content, but also anyone who wants to capture life’s highlights in VR. They will be as easy to use as point-and-shoot cameras, for around the same price. Videos and livestreams will be easy to upload to YouTube. Cameras from YI, Lenovo, and LG are on the way, and the first ones will hit shelves this winter. For other manufacturers, we’re opening up a VR180 certification program and Z CAM will be one of our first partners. Learn more and sign up for updates at If you can’t wait to try these out, eligible creators can apply to loan a VR180-enabled camera from one of our YouTube Spaces around the globe.

VR180 will unlock opportunities for anyone looking to easily make VR memories. We’re just starting to scratch the surface of what is possible and look forward to seeing your new videos!

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Sony is losing its grip on the indie market

Here we go again. In 2011, Microsoft was the indie king. The industry was just blossoming thanks to services like Steam and Xbox Live Arcade, which introduced independent games to huge, hungry audiences. Indie Game: The Movie was about to debut, giv…
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Google bringing YouTube TV to 10 new markets

YouTube TV was Google’s answer to cable-less television services like Sling, DirecTV Now, and Playstation Vue. It’s been a very slow rollout, however, which shouldn’t surprise anyone that keeps up with how Google likes to trickle out new updates and services, but overall the reception has been pretty positive compared to the competition. Well, the […]

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Wallet-busting Galaxy Note 8 expected to launch in September

VentureBeat reported today that the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 will be Samsung's most expensive model yet. The phone is expected to retail for €999 — which should put it somewhere around $ 900 — and will likely launch in late September. The informa…
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‘Overwatch’ loot boxes will have fewer duplicates

Players of Overwatch and Hearthstone should pay attention to Blizzard. The company has made two separate announcements that will significantly affect the loot systems in both games.
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YouTube’s 2017 lineup of Red Originals includes six new shows

Other than its innovated VR180 format and YouTube TV expansion, Google's video streaming site found time to mention its subscription package during Vidcon 2017. For 2017 the YouTube Red Originals lineup has a mix of new series on the way including an…
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Updates from VidCon: more users, more products, more shows and much more

I just got off stage after a great conversation with Rhett and Link at VidCon, where we announced a number of exciting new updates. We spoke about VR, YouTube TV, new original series and a number of improvements to the core YouTube experience. Let’s talk about that!

  • An update on our viewers: A question I get all the time is “How many people actually watch YouTube?” Today, I’m pleased to announce that we crossed a big threshold: 1.5 billion logged in viewers visit YouTube every single month. That’s the equivalent of one in every five people around the world! And how much do those people watch? On average, our viewers spend over an hour a day watching YouTube on mobile devices alone.
  • Making VR for everyone: I also spoke about how we want to make VR more accessible and more affordable for viewers and creators. The reality is, filming 360-degree VR videos isn’t easy for most creators and some VR cameras are expensive. That’s why I’m thrilled that YouTube and Daydream have worked together on a new format, VR180, and new cameras, which make it easy and affordable for anyone to make VR videos. This format delivers 3-D video while capturing 180-degrees around you. Creators only have to worry about recording what’s in front of them while viewers get an awesome, immersive experience with a VR headset, or a video that looks just as great on a phone as any other video. Best of all, we’re working with camera manufacturers like LG, Yi and Lenovo to build new VR180 cameras for as little as a couple hundred dollars—comparable to what you’d pay for a point-and-shoot.

  • A new look for our app and desktop site: We want to make sure YouTube gives you the best experience when it comes to creating and watching videos. Perhaps our most important job is to show off your videos in the best possible way, no matter what format you choose to shoot them in. Who cares if they’re vertical or horizontal? Shot on a mobile phone or DSLR? Square, 4:3 or 16:9?
    In the coming weeks, the YouTube mobile app will dynamically adapt to whatever size you choose to watch it in. That means if you’re watching a vertical, square or horizontal video, the YouTube player will seamlessly adapt itself, filling the screen exactly the way they should.
    We want things to look just as good on your desktop, too. Last month, we opened up a preview of a new desktop experience. The new design is clean and fresh, and it has new features, such as a super cool Dark Theme that gives videos more of a cinematic look.
  • Sharing is caring: We’re making it a whole lot easier for you to share your favorite YouTube videos with friends. Last year, we announced a new sharing feature that lets you share videos right from the YouTube app. In a couple weeks, it’ll be available in Latin America and then throughout the U.S. soon after that.

  • More markets for YouTube TV: We are really excited about YouTube TV and pleased that it will be expanding to ten more markets in just a couple of weeks, including: Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne and Charlotte. YouTube TV was built for the YouTube generation that loves live TV but wants it delivered in a way that suits their mobile and flexible lifestyles. In fact, we see more Millennials using YouTube TV than any other generational group. Now – with this expansion – millions more people will be able to stream their favorite live sports and must-see shows from top broadcast and cable networks. Sign up to find out when we launch in your market.
  • New slate of YouTube Red Originals: To date, we’ve launched 37 original series and movies on YouTube Red, and they’ve generated nearly a quarter billion views. We are excited about working with our partners to help them create incredible content that delights their fans. Today, we shared details on 12 new projects coming to YouTube Red—here’s the preview: Watch the latest shows from YouTube’s biggest stars

I always have an incredible time at VidCon and this year is no different. I met amazing fans and inspirational creators and I experienced, first-hand, the wonderful sense of community and belonging between them. I hope some of these features and announcements will make their YouTube experience—and yours—better than ever.

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ESA throws its weight behind satellite-based 5G internet

The European Space Agency has joined forces with 16 European space companies to demonstrate and champion satellite-based 5G internet. They're calling their new initiative "Satellite for 5G," and they signed their agreement at the Paris Air and Space…
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Get your zen on for International Yoga Day with Google Assistant

Be one with Google Assistant. Let Google Assistant be one with you. A bunch of abilities were added to Google’s digital assistant for International Yoga Day. The following commands are possible: “Add yoga mat to my shopping list” “What’s a downward-facing dog pose?” “Dim the lights” “How did yoga start?” “Find yoga classes near me” […]

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Classic RPG ‘Pillars of Eternity’ is headed to consoles in August

Fans of classic role-playing games have had a lot to be happy about these past few years. The isometric genre has seen somewhat of a resurgence lately thanks to high-profile crowdfunded games like Wasteland 2 and the Divinity series — both of which…
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Android Market to shut down on June 30th

Google and Android fans who have watched the company and used their products over the years know that some platforms seem to get cut down despite being popular. In some cases though, Google products hang on long after you may have thought about them. In an announcement today, Google notified the world that they would […]

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Former Epix exec pleads guilty over $7 million fraud

In 2009, Viacom, Lionsgate and MGM joined forces to launch a premium movie channel called Epix, with Emil Rensing as its Chief Digital Officer. Turns out hiring Rensing was a bad move: according to the Justice Department, he has just pleaded guilty t…
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At YouTube, our mission is to give everyone a voice and show them the world — particularly those who are underrepresented and whose voices and experiences are not always heard.

That’s why for World Refugee Day, YouTube Creators for Change – a global initiative supporting creators who tackle social issues and promote awareness, tolerance and empathy – has teamed up with the International Rescue Committee to create a new video series highlighting refugee voices from around the world. The IRC, which provides vital on-the-ground support to refugees in more than 40 countries and 28 U.S. cities, helped seven YouTube creators meet refugees in five different countries to help shine a light on their stories and to collaborate with them on videos depicting their unique experiences.

Over the past few weeks, Mama Bee from Eh Bee Family, Tyler Oakley, Jouelzy, Fly with Haifa, Francis Maxwell of The Young Turks, Suli Breaks, and Greg and Mitch from AsapSCIENCE traveled to Jordan, Serbia, Uganda, Greece and to cities in the U.S. to meet scientists, artists, mothers, and students who also happen to be refugees.

The stories they share go beyond the crisis coverage you see on the news and offer a look at the people behind the label–beautiful, courageous and fascinating people, each of whom is #MoreThanARefugee.

Each creator found they had much in common with the remarkable people they got to spend time with: Don and Suli are both artists; Mama Bee and Amira are both mothers who love their children fiercely; Catherine and Francis have always loved to play football to escape from everyday life; Haifa and Maryam are both dreamers who believe in the beauty of life. Our circumstances may be different, but our shared humanity is much greater than anything that sets us apart.

This humanitarian crisis has displaced tens of millions of people, and we hope these videos can help those of us who are not directly affected empathize with people experiencing life as a refugee. Parents and children, athletes and foodies, students and professors, businesspeople, artists and everything in between, these incredibly brave people have all been forced to flee their homes and endure tremendous challenges in search of safety.

If you want to stand with refugees, we stand with you. You’ll see donation cards for the IRC enabled on these videos, and over the next week, YouTube and will match your donation up to $ 500,000. The IRC provides humanitarian aid for people fleeing crisis and disaster, and more than 90 percent of all money donated to the IRC goes to programs and services that directly benefit refugees and displaced people.

Danielle Tiedt, Chief Marketing Officer, YouTube, recently watched the full series of #MoreThanARefugee stories.

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[TA Deals] Get Hotspot Shield Elite Plus VPN for $70! (65% off)

You need a reliable service to protect your personal information, and we’ve got that service. The featured deal of the day on Talk Android Deals is for Hotspot Shield Elite Plus VPN. With it, you’ll be able to connect to the web on up to ten different devices simultaneously while all data remains private. Browse […]

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The HTC U11 in Solar Red is now available in the U.S.

There isn’t a better time for HTC to introduce a new color option. HTC just released the U11 in the United States a few weeks ago, and now the company is adding a new color option. Starting today you can buy the 2017 flagship in Solar Red if you go through HTC directly for the […]

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AT&T offers state governments its emergency LTE network

FirstNet's priority LTE network for first responders is a long time coming. Now that its deal with AT&T means the project is finally moving forward, some states' firemen and EMTs might have a dedicated network for communication very, very soon. T…
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Giveaway: Win a Mophie Juice Pack for the Google Pixel (XL)!

Google achieved excellence in 2016 with the release of its first phone in which both hardware and software were created equally. The Pixel is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. It’s fast, it’s smart, and it’s attractive. Maybe, if anything, battery life could be better. Fortunately there’s Mophie to the rescue. It’s time for a […]

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Google Play’s new feature for Samsung phones isn’t so exclusive

Google Play Music and Samsung have a history of exclusives, and now they may have debuted their best one yet. Android Authority reports that Google Play Music's playlist New Release Radio, which is a personalized playlist of new release music with da…
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[TA Deals] Save big on lifetime access to uTalk Language Education (90% off)

It’s never easy learning a new language later in life, but you should familiarize yourself with the languages of the places you go. Mingling with locals in their native language is quite the experience; therefore, we’re encouraging you to take a look at uTalk Language Education. Right now there’s a sweet deal on Talk Android […]

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EU proposes banning encryption backdoors

The European Union might want it to be easier for police to obtain data, but that doesn't mean it'll be easy for officers to read that data. The European Parliament has proposed amended regulation that would not only require end-to-end encryption wh…
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[Deal] Caseology knocks 25% off everything for Father’s Day

This weekend Caseology is hosting a Father’s Day Sale in which you can take 25% off absolutely everything. Before we tell you about the promotion, let’s get something out of the way. Those cheap cases you’re buying on Amazon aren’t working. They’re cheap, and it shows. You have pay more than a couple of dollars […]

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Twitter preparing to roll out new look, features on most platforms

All of Twitter’s platforms will be getting an update over the next few days and weeks, although iOS users may see the most change as the iOS client incorporates more of an Android look. Headlining the changes and the leading example of how Twitter is bringing the Android experience to iOS is a new side […]

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Playing witness to an android riot in ‘Detroit: Become Human’

I don't know when I'll get to play Detroit: Become Human again. The latest game from David Cage's Quantic Dream studio (Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls) conspicuously didn't have a release date, or, hell, even a release year when Sony showed off a bran…
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New OxygenOS Beta brings a host of bugfixes for OnePlus 3/3T

While we wait with bated breath for the official unveiling of the OnePlus 5 on June 20th, the OnePlus 3 and 3T are getting some love in the form of a new OxygenOS Open Beta build that dropped early this morning. This latest Open Beta includes a bunch of bugfixes as well as a new […]

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[Deal] T-Mobile launches BOGO involving the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6

You’re probably going shopping this weekend, so consider swinging by a T-Mobile for an incredible deal of two of the year’s hottest phones. We’ve been told by T-Mobile that, starting today, the 2017 flagships from Samsung and LG are eligible for a buy-one-get-one offer. If you purchase the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, you can […]

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Google brings Android Apps support to 16 more Chromebooks

It’s more than a year since Google announced that Chromebooks would get the Play Store and the ability to run Android apps, with the Acer Chromebook R11, Asus Chromebook Flip, and Google’s Chromebook Pixel being the first to gain support. Thankfully, it seems that Google is picking up the pace somewhat with the addition of […]

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Airbnb is buying a scam-fighting background check technology

Airbnb is getting more serious when it comes to keeping fraudulent listings and shady renters off the website. According to Bloomberg, the short-term rental platform is buying Trooly Inc., a startup specializing in background checks to fight off scam…
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[TA Deals] Relieve stress and start relaxing with Aura Premium (82% off)

Let’s end your stress and focus on relaxation. On Talk Android Deals, we’re highlighting Aura Premium. It’s a service created by meditation teachers and therapists who wanted to personalize the process of reducing anxiety and the creation of a peaceful state of mind. Relieve stress & anxiety w/ a free 3-minute guided meditation session every […]

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The Morning After: Friday, June 16th 2017

It might only be Friday morning, but yesterday marked the end of the world's biggest gaming show, E3. Today, we're bringing you even more impressions from the biggest titles you'll be playing in the next 12 months or so, as well as Amazon's new Dash…
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DirecTV Now tempts potential subscribers with free Roku box

AT&T's DirectTV Now over-the-top streaming television service came on strong last fall. Launched against heavy competition from Sling TV and PlayStation Vue, AT&T decided to sweeten the deal for subscribers by giving away a free Apple TV, a y…
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Prep for 5G begins as T-Mobile’s 600MHz network launches this summer

T-Mobile’s 600MHz network will be ready for testing within the next couple of months. After being granted the necessary spectrum licenses by the FCC on Wednesday, T-Mobile says it’ll be ready for “deployment activities” this summer. The carrier spent $ 8 billion on the spectrum to build a network that’ll become what everyone considers a “5G […]

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U.S. unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ receive minor software update, includes June 2017 security patch level

It’s the same software update you heard about recently but without the long wait. With the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, you’re getting one of the best Android phones today. Samsung went all-in on design, performance, and software. Not everyone wants to be chained down by a carrier, though. So, like it did in 2016, […]

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How to get the LGBTQ Pride reaction on Facebook

It’s LGBTQ Pride Month. Celebrate who you are! Cities around the world are observing June as the month where you can be you and love who you love. Participants are hosting celebrations with parties and parades welcoming people of all backgrounds. Facebook, a longtime support of equal rights for the LGBTQ community, is giving its […]

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[Deal] Go buy the Nextbit Robin for $117 on Amazon

Though Nextbit still exists, the Robin is a discontinued product. Razer purchased the company six months ago and restructured it into an independent division. We haven’t seen what either is working on for the mobile industry, but last year’s phone just received its biggest discount yet. All retailers are trying to dump any inventory left […]

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The new Fi Fit Quiz tells you if Project Fi is, well, a fit

You’re not going to choose a wireless plan in the blink of an eye, but you can easily educate yourself on whether or not a particular carrier offers what you want. It’s possible one of the carriers you consider will be Project Fi. To help you know about its sole wireless plan, Google has created […]

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Qualcomm’s new chips will give rise to more smart speakers

The smart speaker trend started with Amazon's Echo, and now includes Google Home and Apple HomePod, but it could get a lot more crowded thanks to Qualcomm. It has just unveiled a reference "smart audio" design, including microphone, speaker and voice…
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1 million installs reached by Google’s Pixel Launcher

The app’s listing on Google Play gives us an idea of how many phones have been sold. It was October 2016 when the Google Pixel was released, and eight months later the phone’s official launcher has eclipsed at least 1 million installs. A tip given to Droid Life by one Pixel owner shows the Play […]

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Watch Sony’s E3 2017 event in under 15 minutes

Between us, I'm nearly heartbroken about Sony not sharing any details about The Last of Us: Part Two at its E3 2017 keynote yesterday. That said, the company did make some interesting reveals at the event, including the PlayStation 4-exclusive Spider…
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New Zelle P2P payment system to provide new safe, fast platform to move money

Hot on the heels of Apple’s announcement of a new iMessage based payment processing framework to help Apple’s customers move money from person-to-person, a new bank-backed solution called Zelle was announced by Early Warning Services. The new Zelle system will be available to approximately 86-million mobile banking customers through their bank specific apps. Zelle promises […]

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Google’s Gboard gets updated with new features

Google’s fancy Gboard keyboard has been updated with some new tricks that should help you type faster and spend less time digging through your emoji drawer. Yep, this update is very focused on helping you find emojis quicker. Instead of looking through all of your emojis, you can now simply draw the emoji you want […]

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