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How wireless carriers are trying to get into your car

How wireless carriers are trying to get into your car

The car business is changing at a rapid rate, due in no small part to more technology integration. Companies like Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are all vying for control over the car business, reasoning that people are in cars, desiring of services, and with their networks, they can provide it. For years, T-Mobile and AT&T have made their play for the car industry by partnering with carmakers and delivering in-car Wi-Fi. T-Mobile, for instance, provides in-car Wi-Fi for Audi, allowing users who want to pay each month the ability to have a built-in Wi-Fi experience from within their vehicle. AT&T offers similar options with its own contracts with carmakers.

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Verizon makes it easier to bring your own smartphone

Verizon makes it easier to bring your own smartphone

If you already own a smartphone that you want to activate on the Verizon Wireless network, in the past it hasn't been that easy to get activated. AT&T and T-Mobile make it easy to bring your own device. Verizon has worked hard to make it simpler to bring your own device and if you have a compatible phone, you can now activate on Verizon in a streamlined manner.

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Verizon Vehicle renamed to Hum, makes any car smarter

Verizon Vehicle renamed to Hum, makes any car smarter

You might be ready to make the jump to the Connected Age, but your car might not be. Unless you are one of the still elite few that have a GM OnStar-enabled car or any of those new models that have their Internet-connected systems, chances are you are simply left dreaming for the future. Just your luck, Verizon Hub has just launched and its goal is to turn that old, incompatible metal carriage of yours into the car of the future. Or at least connect it to the Internet and your smartphone.

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DROID MAXX 2 details leaked in photos

DROID MAXX 2 details leaked in photos

This morning the DROID MAXX 2, also known as the Moto X Play internationally, has appeared in a few leaked photos. This device is also known as the Motorola XT1565, the code for the base of the device that'll be released with different names in different regions. This DROID MAXX 2 for Verizon Wireless will be the only Moto X Play we'll see here in the United States, while the Moto X Style will be released separately, and with more than one carrier.

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Moto X Play as DROID Maxx 2, Moto X Style as DROID Turbo 2

Moto X Play as DROID Maxx 2, Moto X Style as DROID Turbo 2

"A rose by any other name" or so the quote goes. It seems that when Motorola says a device is exclusive to one country or isn't coming to another country, it shouldn't be taken too literally. Or in this case, nominally. While the Moto X Play was noted to be unavailable in the US, it might actually just go by another name, the DROID Maxx 2. The Moto X Style, on the other hand, which will be the unlocked Moto X Pure Edition in the US, will take on the DROID Turbo 2 name under Verizon.

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Galaxy Note 5 shipping this afternoon

Galaxy Note 5 shipping this afternoon

This morning Samsung Galaxy Note 5 preorders began to ship from multiple carriers. The first confirmation we've got on record here - sent in my a helpful citizen in Brooklyn - suggests that preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with Verizon will be arriving as early as this afternoon. A second delivery was confirmed by a tipster in Chicago this afternoon with an estimated delivery set for 8PM (Central Time). The first shipments appear to have begun two days ago from shipment locations such as Memphis, Tennessee.

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AT&T and NSA were BFFs shocking Snowden files claim

AT&T and NSA were BFFs shocking Snowden files claim

AT&T and the NSA have worked hand in hand to install a vast internet monitoring system, with the telecoms firm aiding spies in wiretapping the United Nations. Although it's been well known for some time that all of the telecommunications firms are obliged to work with the National Security Agency (NSA) on internet monitoring, courtesy of a number of legal requirements, the scale to which AT&T was in bed with the government has not been realized until now.

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The 128GB Galaxy Note 5 Samsung forgot to mention [UPDATE]

The 128GB Galaxy Note 5 Samsung forgot to mention [UPDATE]

The largest of the Galaxy Note 5 models with 128GB of internal storage appeared to be missing from initial release information earlier today. Samsung's listings for each individual model of the device through their pre-order portal tells a different story. What Samsung's pre-order portal suggests is that not only IS there a 128GB model, it's being prepared for all four of the top mobile data carriers in the United States. This should quench some of the thirst heavy-duty users were speaking of earlier today when only the smaller two internal storage sizes were revealed: 32 and 64GB.

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Galaxy Note 5 release dates and pricing hit US carriers

Galaxy Note 5 release dates and pricing hit US carriers

Today the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has been revealed with a launch date of August 21st, 2015. Preorders for this device will begin this afternoon, starting at 3PM EDT (here on August 13th, 2015). This device will be released at the same time as the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (or Edge+ if you prefer) to retailers worldwide. Inside the USA, the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Note 5 will both be available in "Black Sapphire", while the Edge Plus will come in Gold Platinum and the Note 5 will come in White Pearl.

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Stagefright patches hitting Galaxy S5, Note 4, Note Edge on T-Mobile & Verizon

Stagefright patches hitting Galaxy S5, Note 4, Note Edge on T-Mobile & Verizon

While Google's Nexus devices have already been confirmed to be some of the first phones to get patched for the recent Android vulnerability Stagefright, other major devices, especially Samsung's flagships, are still at risk. While there's still no word on when the company's newest models, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will get updated, a number of their older phones are getting fixes today from carriers Verizon and T-Mobile, including the Galaxy S5, Note 4, and Note Edge.

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Verizon kills its contracts with simpler data buckets

Verizon kills its contracts with simpler data buckets

Verizon is attempting to make picking a mobile package more straightforward, killing off the contract but ousting phone subsidies in the process. As of August 13, Verizon will retire its individual line and family plans, shifting to four options - small, medium, large, and x-large - that all include unlimited calls and messaging, varying instead by how much data they include.

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Verizon will offer HBO Now through its Go90 streaming service

Verizon will offer HBO Now through its Go90 streaming service

Verizon and HBO announced a new deal today under which the wireless carrier will offer HBO Now (which doesn't require cable credentials, unlike HBO Go) on its own digital platform. Under this agreement, Verizon has been given the thumbs up to distribute HBO Now to its own users, and it’ll be doing so, in part, through its own video streaming service Go90. We’ve previously heard talk about Go90, though the name has only just now been announced. The service will be launching some time this summer if all goes as planned.

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