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Switch to AT&T and get $650 per line, second phone free

Posted: 15 Feb 2016 11:42 AM PST

ATT-switch-saveAT&T wants you! So much so that the carrier is currently offering $650 per line when you switch from Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon and bring your number with you. What's more, if you buy one of the latest devices, you'll get a second handset free. Beginning today, if you switch to AT&T and buy a smartphone

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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Qapital, Draw My Story

Posted: 15 Feb 2016 10:41 AM PST

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven't appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1. GTA Liberty City

GTA Liberty City

App info: Get ready to head back to the East Coast as Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories returns to mobile devices. 


2. Adblock Fast

Adblock Fast

App info: Adblock Fast runs an optimized filtering ruleset to accelerate webpages more but consume less disk space, CPU cycles, and memory than other ad blockers do.


3. Laserbreak 2

Laserbreak 2

App info: Laserbreak 2 is the much anticipated sequel to the very popular Laserbreak – the highly addictive and original puzzler that has hooked millions of players worldwide.


4. Qapital


App info: Save more money easily! Simple, automated and fun, Qapital will change how you manage your money. Create an account and start saving for the things you want.


5. Draw My Story

Draw My Story

App info: Draw My Story allows you to create unique animated drawings, presentations, game plan or instructional videos similar in style to Draw My Life videos on YouTube.


Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks.

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Galaxy Note 6 to pack larger ‘Slim RGB’ display, 6GB of RAM

Posted: 15 Feb 2016 10:41 AM PST

The Galaxy Note 6 could be pretty spectacular. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidJust six months after the Galaxy Note 5 made its debut, the rumor mill is already making promises about this year's Galaxy Note 6 — and they sound super exciting. According to one tipster, this year's upgrade will deliver a larger "Slim RGB" display, a whopping 6GB of RAM, up to 128GB of speedy storage,

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Turn your phone into a virtual reality portal [Deals]

Posted: 15 Feb 2016 09:42 AM PST

5fcfe7ea021409feeb1aa895b83b2ea920c23c1d_main_hero_imageVirtual reality is finally here… if you can afford it. Picking up one of those sleek new headsets is going to set you back hundreds of dollars, but why drop so much coin when you've already got most of what you need for immersive VR in your pocket? DSCVR easily turns your mobile device into

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge appears in new photos

Posted: 15 Feb 2016 08:42 AM PST

We're fast approaching the launch dates for this year's hottest flagships, and the rumor mill isn't slowing down one bit. We've seen all sorts of leaks regarding the LG G5, HTC One M10 and Samsung Galaxy S7, and today's leak brings us another look at one of the Galaxy S7′s variants. New pictures posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo give us a look at the upcoming Galaxy S7 edge.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge leak combined

The pictures are blurry, but we can clearly see the curved edges of the display. The display seems to be curved a little more around all of the edges, rather than just the sides, which gives it a more natural look. Samsung also looks to be using a true black color for the device this time around, rather than last year's dark blue color option. Additionally, we can see that the physical home button has changed a little bit, becoming larger and rounder.

All in all, we're looking forward to seeing the official launch of the Galaxy S7 edge. It should be a powerful and interesting partner for the Galaxy S7. It also packs in some extra uses with Samsung's new Edge Screen features for curved display devices, which offer plenty of quick functions utilizing the edge of the display.

February 21 is the announcement date, but stay tuned for more leaks before then.

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AT&T is offering up to $650 for those who want to switch carriers

Posted: 15 Feb 2016 08:14 AM PST

Switching carriers isn't an easy decision for everyone, especially with family lines involved, but AT&T is hoping its latest switcher offer will help alleviate the pain just a bit.

AT&T is stacking up the promotions. Earlier this month the big blue carrier announced a buy one, get one offer for new and existing customers. To help sway potential new subscribers, AT&T is now offering a switcher promotion, which, like other carriers, will offer up to $650 in credits to cover the costs associated with switching to AT&T.

There are some hoops to jump through to get the credits, though. First, you'll need to get your new smartphone on AT&T Next, and you'll need to port your number over from Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile. You will also have to trade in your current smartphone when you get the new one. Finally, you'll need to send in your final bill from the old carrier.

Once all of that is done, you'll get a Visa prepaid card with up to $650 to cover your early termination fee/installment plan, minus the value of your trade-in smartphone.

AT&T is actually the last of the major carriers in the United States to offer a switcher promotion like this, but better late than never, especially for anyone who has been considering moving over to the big blue network.

Do you plan to switch?

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Samsung pushing Android 6.0 update for Galaxy S6, S6 edge

Posted: 15 Feb 2016 07:46 AM PST

Android has always had an issue with providing timely updates, though things have improved marginally over the years. Nonetheless, many smartphone owners are left waiting for an update well after the new software is released. Today brings in a case of that with two of last year's biggest phones, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, just now receiving their update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which was released in November.

The update is rolling out to unlocked models of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge now, with further announcements regarding specific carrier updates coming soon. Samsung has also said that other Galaxy series devices will begin to receive their Marshmallow updates in the near future.

While the updates include the usual Marshmallow features, such as Doze to improve battery life, Samsung has also packed in impressive new features for Galaxy S6 edge owners. Samsung has added new Edge Screen features to the update that include things like popular contacts, most-used apps, quick task shortcuts and a set of Quick Tools, such as a compass and ruler. These are all accessible by simply swiping in from the edge of the screen with the Edge handle, a fixed tab that users can place where it's most convenient. The Edge tab will remain on the side of the display, regardless of what app you're using, so you can always swipe in to open it up.

Additionally, the Edge tab will have a growing list of features, as Samsung has opened it up to developers to create widgets that make it even more useful.

Even though the update has taken its time to arrive, it will at least bring in some solid features for Galaxy S6 edge users. Let us know what you think of it when you receive the update!

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LG teases the X screen and X cam with individually unique features

Posted: 15 Feb 2016 07:46 AM PST

The Life's Good crew has aspirations of making waves in the smartphone market with its upcoming announcement of the G5 later this month. Before that, though, the company wants to launch a brand new phone series with a mid-range price point in mind.

Each phone in the X series has a unique feature to make it stand out and give it a boost from its high-end devices while avoiding the high-end price tag. The X series joins a growing letter-based lineage, with the G, V, and K series coming before it. LG calls the X series "specialist" devices, with that one feature that will hopefully make it stand out in the crowded market.

First up is the X screen. Like the V10, the X screen has a pair of screens on the front, with the larger of the pair measuring in at 4.93 inches. The second, meanwhile, measures in at 1.76 inches. That second display will let users control their music, answer calls, and access their favorite apps. It can also let you manage notifications without activating the main display. Under the hood there's a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a battery that comes in at 2300mAh. There's a 13-megapixel camera on the back, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera on the other side. It'll boast 16GB of built-in storage, and LG says it's running Android 6.0 right out of the box.

The other device is the X camera. As the name suggests, this one's all about the cameras. Specifically on the back, as LG has equipped the handset with 13 and 5-megapixel sensors. These cameras offer the "most advanced camera experience in a mass-tier smartphone," according to LG. There's also an 8-megapixel camera on the front. Other features include a octa-core processor, with a 5.2-inch 1080p HD display, and 2GB of RAM. It's running Android 6.0, and has a battery measured in at 2520mAh, and 16GB of built-in storage.

LG says the X series will launch first in "key markets" in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Unfortunately, the company hasn't divulged just yet how much they devices will cost.

What do you think of the new devices?

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$300 3D printer lets kids design and print their own toys

Posted: 15 Feb 2016 05:39 AM PST

qqmwtusmlhd5ahuoe2vuIt's easy to assume that traditional kid's toys are taking a beating due to the sky-high popularity of tablets and smartphones among the younger generation. But toy-maker Mattel is attempting to strike back with a concept that, honestly, sounds amazing: an affordable $300 3D printer designed to let your sprogs (or, let's be honest, immature

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Samsung’s Marshmallow upgrade for Galaxy S6, S6 edge goes global

Posted: 15 Feb 2016 04:05 AM PST

Marshmallow is on its way to your Galaxy S6. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidSamsung's latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge is now rolling out globally, just two weeks after making its debut in South Korea. The release brings big improvements to TouchWiz and new features. Marshmallow is by far the biggest upgrade the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge have received since

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Press Render Leaked

Posted: 14 Feb 2016 06:36 PM PST


The Galaxy S6 Edge was Samsung's first dual-edged smartphone for the mass market and the S7 Edge will be no exception.

Evan Blass has just shared alleged press renders of both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in their full glory. Judging from the pictures, it looks like the S7 Edge's Super AMOLED display now stretches all the way across the device, virtually eliminating any bezel that was left over, as compared to the S6 Edge.

Colour options also set this generation of Galaxy's apart with silver, black and gold. Overall, I really like the refined look, with the actual improvements done under the hood with either the Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 SoC's, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage with microSD card expansion and a massive 3,600mAh non-removable battery.

The phones are expected to be unveiled a week from today.


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