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While we’ve said a lot of critical things about Verizon over the years, every once in a while they do us a solid. Case in point: today the carrier announced a big speed boost to their entire network based off of LTE Advanced which will see up to 50% faster speeds. Specifically, the upgraded LTE will see speeds top 300 Mbps (depending on a number of factors, though) ultimately providing you at the very least, more than you have now. The new speeds come compliments of carrier aggregation which is basically a a shorter way to describe the combining of spectrum…

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Last week I touched on the joke that was T-Mobile One, the company’s supposedly awesome new unlimited-for-everyone plans. “Uncarrier 12” as it was labeled was anything but “un”carrier. I suspected there would be changes. And today, that hunch turned out to be true. Today, T-Mobile announced that they are making some tweaks to T-Mobile One, and it’s actually a very good follow-up. For starters, the unlimited 2G tethering (capped to 128 Kbps) has now been upgraded to unlimited 3G tethering (up to 512 Kbps). Furthermore, on the updated One plans customers will be able to purchase one day (24 hours)…

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Proving once again that most other carriers are garbage (at least in the pro-consumer’s eye), T-Mobile has announced a new summer deal that should make globe trotters heading to Europe pretty damn happy: The ability to use their own, unlimited data plans along with full speed bandwidth. Specifically, the offering applies only to Simple Choice Unlimited subscribers and allows for unfettered access to your unlimited data at speeds as fast as the local European carrier can provide. As always, T-Mobile notes, SMS is free globally, and calls are just $0.20/minute. Previously, users of unlimited plans were not able to actually…

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Video, and more importantly live video, is all the rage in 2016. A number of services have pushed out some form of video support and/or specifically focused on “live” offerings. While the one that kind-a-sorta got the momentum started (Meerkat) is now a distant memory, we’ve still got a lot of stakes in the fire between YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, and more. Today, two of the leading social media companies (Facebook and Twitter) announced specific changes to their service’s video streaming offerings that overall will make the timelines richer and in theory, more enjoyable. Twitter – For Twitter, their existence has…

Every few months it seems, Yahoo releases a re-branded or “refocused” version of one of their apps or services. Sometimes, they simply release all-new things. And to be fair, most of the time at least on the design front, the end product isn’t half bad. The stigma attached to Yahoo though, that they’re a dying company, is hard to get beyond. They’re simply less of a force than in the early .com days. But alas, today is another shot at their former glory with “Radar” (iOS only). On the surface, Radar is a new recommendation app that provides both intelligently…

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If you’re a Fifth Third customer and a newer Samsung hardware owner, chances are you’ve been waiting for official Samsung Pay support, put down your pitchforks and raise your phones, the day is finally here. (I did in fact confirm it is working by adding a Fifth Third card.) @thegadgeteur We’re excited to tell you Samsung Pay is now available for our customers. Thank you for your patience!— Fifth Third Bank (@FifthThird) June 7, 2016 It’s been a long time coming. Rejoice, Fifth Third users. We can finally join the rest of the crowd.

Developer Sam Ruston ring a bell? If you’re Android user you may have heard of his weather app, Weather Timeline before. (It’s a great app) Today, we stumbled onto (ht: 9to5 Google) another app of his that’s still in its infancy – Flamingo, a new Twitter client. We know, we know. Another Twitter app? Put that attitude aside and give it a shot, because once you do, you’ll find a great 1.0 app (currently sitting at 1.0.0.3 at the moment) that is well worth the $0.99 Sam is asking for it. For starters, the small but subtle animations are…

Xiaomi is a Chinese based smartphone (and wearable) manufacturer that has so far managed to pump out some awesome high end (on paper) phones for relatively mid-range prices. Thus far however, the U.S. market hasn’t gotten a taste of these devices. But that could change soon…finally. Xiaomi has snapped up ~1500 of Microsoft’s smartphone patents. In exchange, Microsoft gets cash (of course) and the perk of having their Android Office apps pre-installed on Xiaomi hardware going forward. Financials regarding the cost of said patents were not revealed.

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Google I/O 2016 kicked off today. And while the company spilled the beans with “Android N” a couple months back, there is a lot of new stuff unveiled today that leaves plenty to be desired for. To kick things off, there are a number of new services and apps including Google Assistant, Allo and Duo. Google Assistant is like a smart chat “app” (with Google) that operates a lot like Google Now but with the aforementioned chatting feature so it doesn’t feel so machine-like. Basically, Google Assistant is a chat bot. The new Googley assistant can be found within Allo, a…

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It seems that emoji, gifs, and memes are increasingly used as ways to communicate. Love it or hate it (we love it), it’s here to stay. Today, two notable products dropped in the emoji world from two very different sources. First, SwiftKey is testing a new keyboard called “Swiftmoji” that brings quick emoji search without the need to jump to a separate keyboard. For now, the app is in beta and as such requires that you join the beta group right over here. Separately…In the emoji world there’s been a lack of any real bearded representation. It’s a grave travesty.…

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