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T-Mobile’s next-gen network map is the first crowdsourced customer-verified network coverage map

Static coverage maps are so 20th century. T-Mobile is moving from that traditional model of static coverage map that can often times depict where coverage “should” be, but in many cases isn’t. Now the Magenta Un-Carrier has launched a new coverage map that is called “Verified Coverage.” This is the first network carrier coverage map […]

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Ares 11 is a 2-in-1 tablet for just $197, features quad-core Intel CPU and Lollipop


E Fun isn’t exactly a top-tier Android OEM, but their tablets are quickly becoming pretty commonplace at big box retailers (such as Walmart) and through various online shopping sites, offering up reasonably spec’d devices at pretty aggressive pricing. The OEM, best known for its Nextbook line, is now upping its game a little by introducing its first 2-in-1 Android tablet.

Convertible tablets that transform into laptops are nothing new in the Android world, with Asus being one of the best-known manufacturers of such hybrid devices. That said, most of these devices aren’t exactly ultra-affordable. The Nextbook Ares 11 aims to deliver a low-cost convertible experience that still has at least some oomph under the hood.

The Ares 11 is powered by an Intel Atom Z3735G Bay Trail processor with 1GB RAM. Other specs include 64GB storage, an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 resolution IPS display, a microSD, a mini HDMI port, a microUSB port, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 2MP front and rear cams, and a detachable keyboard dock with two full USB ports. Even better, it comes preloaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Now we’ll be honest, the specs here won’t blow anyone away, but it should still be enough for those looking for a basic tablet for browsing the web, some light gaming, word processing and checking social networks. The biggest bottlenecks are going to be the piddly amount of RAM and the relatively low-resolution display.

If you’re shaking your head at the specs, you at least might some redemption in the price tag, which is just $197 with the detachable keyboard included. For those that are looking for basically a modern netbook or a Chromebook alternative that can run any and all Android apps — the Netbook Ares 11 might be worth a look.

What do you think, worth considering or are folks better off purchasing a Chromebook or a more expensive Android (or even Windows) tablet convertible?

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New Gmail update for Android brings a unified inbox, conversation view and much more

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Google has just announced a new update to Gmail for Android that will make it easier to manage multiple accounts at one time, especially for folks who use non-Gmail accounts. Also in the update, Google has added improvements to the auto-complete feature when searching for keywords, more fluid animations and better Drive integration.

Most notably, Gmail is getting a unified inbox option witch will allow you to view all of your inboxes in one place – even for Yahoo and Outlook accounts. If you’d like to access the new feature, you’ll need to slide out the navigation drawer and select the “All Inboxes” option. Additionally, the new update brings the popular Conversation View feature to all of your connected Yahoo, Outlook and other IMAP/POP accounts.

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Google has also improved the auto-complete feature when searching for keywords, which will allow you to find the correct email even faster. A few other fixes have made their way to Gmail, including more responsive animations when you open and close a conversation, larger attachment previews and the ability to save emails to Google Drive with just a single tap.

Google didn’t clarify when the update would begin rolling out, so it may be a few days before it makes its way to your device.


Moto X (2014) now available in red leather, via Moto Maker


While the latter part of 2014 saw the release of a number of stunning devices that are still very much worthy of purchasing even now, the reality is that many of these devices have become overshadowed by upcoming 2015 flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9. In order to steal back some of the spotlight, many times OEMs will employ a few different strategies to make their “no longer brand new but still relevant” flagships stand out such as introducing aggressive price cuts or new color configurations. That’s exactly what Motorola is doing.

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Motorola has already employed the former strategy through various sales and promos over the last few months, and now they’re going the latter route by introducing red leather to the Moto Maker. The new red leather option joining existing choices including various wood, leather, and plastic backs. As with other leather backs (and straps, in the case of the Moto 360), Motorola is teaming up with Horween for the new red leather back panel. Upgrading to red leather costs the same $25 charge as other leather/wood options.

Not sure if the Moto X (2014) is right for you? Be sure to check out our full review.


Verizon LG G2 gets Android 5.0 Lollipop, ahead of the G3


While LG G3 owners on Verizon’s network are still rocking KitKat, owners of its predecessor are in for a pretty sweet treat starting today. That’s right, Android 5.0 Lollipop is now rolling out to Big Red’s LG G2.

The new software is dubbed version VS98039A, and with it comes a number of improvements such as an improved notification panel, Lollipop style navigation buttons, searchable settings, and more. Even the aesthetics have been revamped a bit with this update, but it’s not Lollipop’s Material Design changes that we’re seeing. Instead, the LG G2 is being upgraded to a new flatter, minimalist design that is in line with the custom UI found on the LG G3.


For full update notes, you’ll want to head over to Verizon’s website. Keep in mind that the update is just starting to roll out, so it may be hours, days or even weeks before it reaches your device. Anyone receive the update yet? If so, what do you think so far?


Deal: Grab 15 games for $.15 each on Google Play


To celebrate its 15th anniversary, long-time mobile game developer HandyGames is offering 15 of its most popular titles for just $.15 each today. The developer usually offers the majority of its games in both premium and free versions, so if you’ve been interested in any of the games listed below, you can now play them without ads for next to nothing.

A few games of note that are on sale include the premium versions of Ninja Hero Cats, Townsmen, 1941 Frozen Front and Devils & Demons. Most games on the list are on a different gaming category, so fans of action, simulation, strategy and RPGs will hopefully all find something they like on the list. Here’s are all 15 games you can grab for just $.15 each:

The games listed above may not be the most popular titles in the Play Store, but it’s hard denying that picking up 15 different games for just over $2 in all is one heck of a deal. The sale prices won’t last long, so you might want to take advantage of this deal pretty soon if you see anything that interests you. Head to the link below to see the full list of discounted games.

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Google will now integrate all of your photos and videos from Google+ into Drive


If you use Google+ and Google Drive, you’d know that the two are oddly disconnected when it comes to photo and video sharing. But starting today, that experience is about to get much more refined. Google has just announced that the photos and videos you have uploaded to your Google+ account will soon begin to show up in Google Drive. As long as you have auto backup turned on in your Google+ settings, you’ll immediately begin to see new photos appear in your Drive account. Existing photos and videos will start to show up in your account over the next few weeks.


All of your photos will still be stored in your Google+ Photos, but you’ll now be able to manage them from Drive without having to upload them a second time. Google explains:

To get started, just look for the new Photos menu in Drive for Android, iOS and the web. From there you’ll be able to manage your photos and videos alongside other types of files. For example, you can now add pictures of wedding venues and cakes to the same Drive folder as your guest list and budget.

Are you excited to see Google+ integration come to Drive?


A Google Now-style facelift is making its way to Chrome OS beta

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If you’re currently running a Chromebook on the Chrome OS beta channel, a revamped interface is making its way to your device soon. The new update, which brings Chrome Launcher 2.0, aims to make it easier to perform tasks like launching applications and performing Google searches.

In past beta releases and in the current stable build of Chrome OS, the interface sort of resembled a Windows-like UI, allowing users to select which apps to launch from the app drawer in the bottom-left corner of the screen. But in Chrome Launcher 2.0, pressing that button will now pull up a big card complete with a Google Search bar, Google Now cards and recently used applications. As you can see from the images below, the new launcher will show you apps that you use most often right under the Search bar. Of course, you can still access the full list of apps if you’d like.

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User interface tweaks aren’t the only changes Chrome OS beta is getting, though. Google has made unzipping password-protected ZIP files much easier. If you’ve ever tried to do this on a Chromebook in the past, you’d know it’s pretty difficult. Also, your Chromebook will now automatically detect timezone changes, a simple feature that has somehow just made its way to Chrome OS. Google is working to bring its Material Design guidelines to the platform, though the only app that’s getting it in the new update is the Files App.

If you’re running Chrome OS stable right now, you can easily switch to the beta channel to test out the new features. Just be aware that switching back from beta to stable will delete all of your local data on your Chromebook. Be on the lookout for the update sometime this week.



T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge ship out, with 177MB OTA update on arrival

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T-Mobile has already begun shipping out pre-orders for its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones, according to an email sent out to earlier buyers. Smartphones could arrive in consumer hands as early as today and should arrive throughout the week, well ahead of the official April 10th retail launch date in the US.

Both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will also arrive with a day one 177MB over the air update ready to download. The change-log for update UVU1AOCG suggests a range of bug fixes, performance improvements and a few minor feature enhancements, but doesn’t appear to make any major changes to the software, from a user’s point of view, or to the interface.

Usually we wouldn’t expect carriers to be so quick with the updates, so it’s nice to see T-Mobile and Samsung teaming up to squash bugs before users even have a chance to complain about them. T-Mobile seems determined to nail this launch, as the carrier has also thrown in a one year free subscription to Netflix when customers order the S6 or S6 Edge before April 12th.

If you haven’t pre-ordered yours yet, T-Mobile is offering the Galaxy S6 starting at $679.92 and has contracts ranging from $0 to $199.99 down with 24 monthly payments of around $27.50. The Galaxy S6 Edge is a little more expensive, starting at $779.76 for the 32GB model or upping the contract price to around £32 per month.


Worldwide Android Lollipop rollout announced for Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet

Sony is on a push to update their flagship line across the globe. The company made an announcement this morning that a number of devices worldwide would be seeing Android Lollipop updates today. According to the tweet the Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet will be seeing Lollipop updates appearing today […]

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