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Sprint HTC One Max Android 4.4 KitKat update commences
By Andrew Kameka on Thursday March 27, 2014

Sprint has begun updating the HTC One Max to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. While it's not the same version of the software seen on the recently announced HTC One M8, this version of KitKat does provide some subtle improvements to Sense 5, performance enhancements for multitasking and loading content, security patches, new Bluetooth profiles, and the Cloud Print service to access wireless printers from the phone. The update measures 344 MB is rolling out in stages starting today. Be sure to charge your battery at least 75 percent before installing the update. Check for the update in Settings > About Phone > Software update > Check now.

Watch the HTC One livestream event at 11 AM ET/8 AM PDT
By Andrew Kameka on Tuesday March 25, 2014

In a short time, HTC will take the wraps off its flagship phone for 2014. The All New HTC One, or M8 as it has been known in the never-ending parade of leaks, is a device critical to HTC's future. You probably already know all the specs about the device, but if you want to see the finer details shared, this is your chance. HTC will host a livestream event at a special event page viewable online. Visit the page when the show starts to see those details as they are revealed.

Google Now notifications now appearing on PC/Mac computers
By Andrew Kameka on Monday March 24, 2014

It was revealed in January that Google was testing the ability to see Google Now notifications in the Chrome beta desktop apps, and the feature has now been added to the main version of the app as well. Google has announced that PC and Mac users will shortly be able to receive reminders about pending appointments, news updates, schedules and sports stars for favorite teams, and other information previously seen only on mobile applications. The update is rolling out now, so within the next few days, users who sign-in to their Google account in a Chrome desktop browser will see a small bell icon in the bottom right corner (PC) or top left corner (Mac) when they have pending notifications.

LG Optimus F3 launches on Boost Mobile
By Andrew Kameka on Monday March 24, 2014

Boost Mobile today announced the release of another low-cost Android phone designed to be paired with its $55 Monthly Unlimited plans. The latest smartphone added to the device portfolio is the LG Optimus F3, a sans-QWERTY version of a device we saw earlier this year. The Optimus F3 ships with a 4-inch display, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB ROM, a 2,460 mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with LG's software add-ons like QuickMemo. The retail price for the phone is $129 without contract and is on sale now.

T-Mobile Galaxy S5 launching April 11
By Andrew Kameka on Thursday March 20, 2014

T-Mobile today became the third carrier to clarify its launch plans for the Samsung Galaxy S5. The fourth-place carrier confirmed that it will launch the Galaxy S5 on April 11 and begin taking pre-orders online or in-store beginning March 24. The phone will cost $660 when purchased in full, but customers also have the option of getting a $0 down phone that splits the cost into 24 payments of $27.50 per month.

Qik closing down April 30 and pushing users to Skype
By Andrew Kameka on Thursday March 20, 2014

Qik, the video calling and messaging service that Skype acquired in 2011, is shutting down next month. Having already replicated the Qik feature set in Skype, there's no longer a need to maintain the app. Users can continue using Qik until April 30, 2014, but the apps will cease working that day. Videos recorded on Qik will also be deleted, so members must use the dashboard to download their content from the dashboard to save their videos or upload them to YouTube. Videos sent by VideoMail will not be able to be downloaded. Qik says that Premium users will be refunded for service after the cancellation date, and more information can be found at the source link below.

Google Drive now offers 100GB of storage for $1.99 or 1TB for $9.99
By Andrew Kameka on Thursday March 13, 2014

Google today released a major drop in prices for its cloud storage service Google Drive. Anyone looking to backup documents, photos, and other files continues to have 15GB of free storage. Consumers looking to increase that storage can now enjoy 100GB for $1.99 per month or 1TB for $9.99 per month. The 60 percent and 80 percent reductions in pricing take effect immediately, and existing customers do not need to make any changes to their plans in order to see their monthly costs drop. There are Android and iOS clients available to download, browse, or upload to Drive.

EE reaches 4G roaming agreements in France and Spain
By Andrew Kameka on Thursday March 13, 2014

Customers of British carrier EE will be able to access faster 4G data when traveling abroad. EE today announced it has new roaming rates in France and Spain that include 3 GBP for 100MB of data. Though France and Spain are so far the only markets to offer 4G roaming for EE customers, similar offers will soon be made in the United States, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, with all of those countries expected to have 4G roaming options no later than the beginning of the summer.

NSA blocked from destroying surveillance records
By Andrew Kameka on Tuesday March 11, 2014

A federal judge has blocked the National Security Agency from destroying records on the controversial phone surveillance practice unearthed by The Guardian in 2013. The NSA planned to destroy records of metadata collected from telecom companies, but US District Judge Jeffrey White prevented the agency from destroying the records until he is able to hear arguments about the case. The Electronic Frontier Foundation successfully petitioned Judge White to issue the temporary restraining order because the records may be useful for lawsuits filed against NSA for its tactics. The judge will hear arguments from both sides on March 19. More information on the case can be read at Bloomberg.

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 4 gets Android 4.4 KitKat update
By Andrew Kameka on Monday March 10, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 on T-Mobile is becoming the Galaxy S 4 with Android 4.4 thanks to an update going out in stages right now. T-Mobile has confirmed that the Galaxy S 4 is receiving a 388 MB update delivered through an over-the-air update or the Samsung Kies software for PC or Mac OS. The phone has the improved stability and slight performance gains that comes with Android 4.4, as well as new messaging options, camera settings, and wireless printing.

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