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Google may start trialling Project Loon in India

Google has tried — and failed — to get regulatory signoff to conduct trials of its Project Loon initiative in India, but it looks like that’s about to change. The government’s communications and IT ministry is said to be in talks with Google over a Loon pilot, which will last for four days.

Citing the proverbial anonymous source, ET Tech writes:

We are trying to test the effectiveness of Loon in the interiors of the country,  [Read More…]

T-Mobile rolls out security update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

T-Mobile is rolling out a security update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. Both phones picked up the May security patch in an update rolled out earlier this month, and the changelog for today’s OTA lists a “Google Security update” as the major addition.

The update weighs in at 43MB, and bumps the firmware version to G930TUVS3APD8 on the S7 and G935TUVU3APD8 on the S7 edge. With Google broadening the focus of its monthly security  [Read More…]

Pebble is counting down to a big reveal on Tuesday, May 24

The Pebble website and Twitter page are counting down to what looks to be a big announcement for the smartwatch company on Tuesday, May 24 at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.

Both the site and Twitter account claim we will be “in for a treat” when the announcement is made:

Tick-tock…https://t.co/5fXTrNGzIs pic.twitter.com/y9QOdNRluk

— Pebble (@Pebble) May 22, 2016

Another Twitter teaser says, “Everything’s better with friends”:

Everything’s better with friends. Invite the crew  [Read More…]

Bell sells MTS deal to Canadians with promises of better service, faster speeds

Bell’s impending acquisition of Manitoba’s regional telecommunications incumbent, MTS, still needs approval by Canada’s various regulators and government bodies, but the company’s biggest test is with the province’s own cellphone customers.

According to an interview with Winnipeg Free Press, Bell CEO Wade Oosterman says that while price changes are not guaranteed, service improvements are:

“I think it’s way too early to speculate on (price changes). What I know with certainty is that quality will go up.”

At  [Read More…]

OnePlus 3 will be unveiled inside a VR space station called The Loop

OnePlus is returning to VR to announce the OnePlus 3. The company previously deployed the technology with free cardboard headsets for fans to enjoy a virtual unveiling of the OnePlus 2, and now OnePlus is looking to send out free headsets again for its fourth smartphone.

Instead of taking those who have access to VR gear to the OnePlus offices again, the company will in fact be announcing the OnePlus 3 in a virtual space station  [Read More…]

Ultimate Ears UE900s in-ear headphone review: Solid universal from a “Pro” brand

Ultimate Ears is probably more recognized by its successful UE Boom line of Bluetooth speakers. But the company actually started out in the niche market of high-end custom in-ear monitors (IEMs). That fortunately still continues today. While the main Ultimate Ears webpage headlines its speaker devices, you’ll be able to find a portal to the manufacturer’s

Galaxy S7 Active rumored to pack 4000 mAh battery, Snapdragon 820 and more

A new report claims to have the hardware specs for the still unannounced Samsung Galaxy S7 Active. And if the report is to be believed, the AT&T-bound smartphone will be a bit bulkier than its predecessor while packing a bigger battery and similar screen size.

According to VentureBeat, the thickness of the Galaxy S7 Active will be 9.9mm, compared to the Galaxy S6 Active’s thickness of 8.6mm. The S7 Active will also be heavier at 185  [Read More…]

Marshmallow now rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S5 on T-Mobile

If you’re using a Samsung Galaxy S5 on T-Mobile, the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is now on its way to your device. According to T-Mobile’s support site, the carrier has begun pushing the update out starting today, May 23.

Alongside a bump up to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, users can look forward to taking advantage of the power savings offered by Doze mode, granular app permissions, Google Now On Tap, and much more.

As the update just began  [Read More…]

Samsung introduces Galaxy S7 accessories partnered with LINE

LINE is a popular chat app in the US, and it’s even more widely used outside of the country. One of the appeals of LINE is its vast collection of stickers, many of which are modeled after LINE’s own characters.

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Samsung has partnered with LINE to create accessories for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge featuring the LINE FRIENDS Brown and Cony. This will include both cases set in space and wireless chargers  [Read More…]

What’s new in Android Auto is a reason to finally consider it

Cars have been pretty dumb for a pretty long time. That’s finally starting to change as Android Auto shifts into a new gear.

Android Auto has come a long way in the past year of so of its public existence. It’s gone from being built in just a handful of cars to dozens and dozens, from major manufacturers in nearly 30 countries. (And counting!) It’s available as an aftermarket option in  [Read More…]