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Amazon Echo gets new alarm tones from Alec Baldwin and Missy Elliott

Amazon has once again updated its Echo connected speaker with some new features, this time with some new alarm tones and more. To coincide with Amazon’s Super Bowl advertising push featuring Alec Baldwin and Miss Elliott, the Echo now sports two new alarm tones from the actor and performer.

Next up, Amazon has made browsing Alexa’s massive number of skills a tad easier. Not only can users search the list of skills, but they can now easily  [Read More…]

Google Calendar adds smart suggestions for more languages, 54 new holiday calendars

Google is rolling out an update to its Calendar app that brings support for 30 new languages with smart suggestions when setting up events. With event smart suggestions, users can more quickly set up events in their calendar as Google suggests locations and people to add once you start typing the title. All users have to do is tap on a suggestion to have it added to the event.

Also in the latest update is support for  [Read More…]

LG’s “White Card” universal payments card reportedly set for March unveiling

LG is said to be jumping into the universal payments card game with their new “White Card”. The idea, as with startups Coin and Plastc, is to put all store your various magnetic strip cards on just one card, equipped with a small display, controls to switch cards, and a reprogrammable magnetic strip on the back — all packed into a credit card-sized package that’s barely heavier or thicker than a single plastic card.

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Blu Vivo XL review

Blu Products is an American-based (Miami, FL.) smartphone maker who has been around since 2009. With a primary focus on Android and Windows handsets, the company’s bread and butter is unlocked and less expensive alternatives to other, more familiar manufacturers.

As of today, Blu — Bold Like Us –splits its smart phones into three distinct series. The Dash is the most affordable of its models while the Studio is the mid and upper tier stuff. The Vivo line is where you’ll find the  [Read More…]

Rumor: LG will unveil a universal payment card at MWC

As services like Android and Apple Pay have become the standard in payment systems, anyone trying to enter the game now has to have something good to compete. Samsung Pay, for example, doesn’t just rely on NFC for secure payments, it can also use traditional magnetic card readers by generating a magnetic field. If rumors are right, LG will have its own unique feature with LG Pay in the form of a universal payment card.

Much like Coin, LG’s universal  [Read More…]

Fewer than 700 Jolla Tablets will ever ship; 21,000 backers will eventually maybe get a refund

Just 540 additional Jolla Tablets will be shipped out to backers of the original Indiegogo crowdsourced campaign, according to the Finnish manufacturer. All of the other backers will be offered refunds, but those users may not see their entire amount paid out for a year.

The original campaign in November 2014 generated over $ 2.5 million from 21,637 backers. However, Jolla later got his with financial issues that caused delays for the tablet. It uses the  [Read More…]

Mobile Nations Community Update, January 2016

Mobile Nations Community Update

Hope you had a very happy new year, and things are going great for you in 2016. Time again for our Community Update – where we take a quick look at some of the best stuff happening around Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central.

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This deal is for a 6-month Unlimited Subscription to Code4Startup, a set of courses that teaches how to build your own applications. These courses use some of your  [Read More…]

Get the ZTE Grand X 3 from Cricket Wireless for $129

The ZTE Grand X 3, announced earlier this month at CES 2016, is now available at Cricket. Exisiting Cricket customers can purchase the Grand X 3 both in stores and online for $ 129.99, while customers switching to Cricket can get the special price of $ 79.99.

Sporting a 5.5-inch 720p display, the ZTE Grand X 3 is powered by a Snapdragon 210 processor and features 2GB of RAM. The Grand X 3 also features 16GB  [Read More…]

Moto X Play’s Marshmallow update makes it a phone worth considering

An update to Android 6.0 has given the Moto X Play — the global version of the Droid Maxx 2 — a much-needed performance boost.

The Moto X Play was kind of a mess at launch. And our original review, published in late August, wasn’t entirely positive. The Play — the international version of Verizon’s Droid Maxx 2 — had an enormous battery, correspondingly impressive longevity, and a surprisingly good camera for the price. But it  [Read More…]