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Buy a Galaxy S5 from Rogers, get a Gear 2 Neo for $49

Save $ 170 over buying the phone and watch separately

We already knew that the Samsung Galaxy S5 would be coming to Rogers, but the carrier is sweetening the deal today by offering a steep discount on the Gear 2 Neo if you purchase the phone and wearable at the same time. If you agree to buy the Galaxy S5 on a two-year contract, you’ll be able to pick up the Gear 2 Neo for just  [Read More…]

Nexus 5 now available from Odin Mobile, speciality carrier serving the visually impaired

Odin Mobile sells wireless devices and service for the visually impaired, and just started carrying the Nexus 5. For $ 399, subscribers get the handset and a month of usability support over the phone, though you can skip the service and save $ 40. Devices are preloaded with a smattering of accessibility apps set up, which is a nice touch. One of them is Talkback, which is actually baked into Android, and allows users to get  [Read More…]

Sony Xperia Z2 available from Carphone Warehouse next week

UK retailer Carphone Warehouse sends news that it’ll begin stocking Sony’s new Xperia Z2 in limited quantities from next week, ahead of the handset’s general availability on May 1. The 5.2-inch Z2 sells for £549.99 outright, and is also available on 24-month contracts through EE, T-Mobile, Orange, O2, Vodafone and Talkmobile from between £38 and £53 per month. For a “free” Z2, you’re looking at £42 per month — a 3GB deal on Vodafone with £100  [Read More…]

Launch apps from anywhere with Bar Launcher [App of the Day]

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Need quick access to certain apps from anywhere on your phone? You may want to take a look at Bar Launcher. 

Task switching is already pretty good on Android devices, but only for recently used apps. Bar Launcher is a simple app that puts a row of your favorite applications in your notification shade. The quick access to these applications can cut down on  [Read More…]

Verizon Wireless buying spectrum and assets from Cincinnati Bell for $210 million

Cincinnati Bell Wireless has entered into an agreement to sell its spectrum holdings and wireless infrastructure to Verizon Wireless. The deal, valued at $ 210 million will see Cincinnati Bell’s customers transferred to Verizon “or other wireless providers” over the next 8-12 months, during which time the carrier will lease back that spectrum and those towers for “a nominal fee”.

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North Korean Arirang AS1201 and Chinese Uniscope U1202 turn out to be twin phones from different zones!

While North Korea originally trumpeted the indigenous technology of their Arirang AS1201 Android phone, turns out it’s actually the spitting image of China’s Uniscope U1201.

    

From the Editor’s Desk: Department of Redundancy Department

Wherein our editor resigns himself to needing too many HDMI inputs to cover his streaming bases

I don’t want that much, really. Just to be able to stream All The Things to my living room receiver. Google content. Amazon content. Netflix. YouTube. Satellite radio, perhaps.

I’m not cutting the cable cord. Life without quick and proper DVR access is not something I want to consider, given the current capacity for patience (or lack thereof) displayed by  [Read More…]

Lenovo buys 3G and LTE patents from NEC

Lenovo has purchased a group of several mobile technology patents from Japanese company NEC. Totaling 3,800 patents, the portfolio covers standards-essential 3G and LTE technologies, along with features found in most smartphones today. Lenovo states that this purchase will give the company the intellectual property they need as they continue to expand. Lenovo recently agreed to acquire Motorola from Google, though that deal does not include the patents that Motorola brought when they were purchased by  [Read More…]

Sony Xperia Z1 LTE now available to buy from Sony U.S.

Sony has made the SIM-unlocked LTE version of the Xperia Z1 available in the US. Sold through the Sony web store in black, purple and white, the soon-to-be-outdated Android device (remember, the Z2 is launching this month in some countries) is going for $ 619.99. Previously, the Japanese manufacturer only had the HSPA+ version available for consumers to purchase.

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QuizUp puts your geography skills to the test with Google Maps ‘Earth from Above’ topic

So let’s say you love geography, and you also love trivia. Well Google has just made your day by introducing Google Maps-powered “Earth From Above” challenge category to the game QuizUp. The topic is pretty self-explanatory — each round is a satellite image of some place on earth, and you’ll be given options to choose from of where you think the location is.

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