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Uber update improves app for hearing-impaired drivers

Uber update improves app for hearing-impaired drivers

Audio alerts are great...unless you're hearing-impaired, in which case they are near-or-totally useless. Visual alerts are the solution, but not many apps are designed to accommodate such needs. Uber has pushed out an update for its app that adds features for drivers who are deaf or have trouble hearing, and included among this are visual alerts rather than audible ones, and some changes on the rider's end to let them know that calling the driver isn't an option, as well as alternative ways to message the driver.

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iKlip Grip smartphone stand includes Bluetooth shutter control

iKlip Grip smartphone stand includes Bluetooth shutter control

IK Multimedia is back with another device, this one targeting smartphone users. It’s called the iKlip Grip, and it is essentially a multi-purpose stand/tripod for one’s smartphone. Using it, the smartphone owner can take selfies or images of other things, as well as prop it up and record video, get a better grip on the phone than otherwise possible, and things of that nature. IK Multimedia is hawking the device at audiophiles, musicians, and anyone who needs a monopod/tripod for their smartphone.

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Verizon tweaks Edge to simplify monthly device payments

Verizon tweaks Edge to simplify monthly device payments

If you want a smartphone nowadays but you don’t want to pay the full amount for it, you’ve got an extra option on top of the traditional contracts (though in some places those contracts are becoming harder to get). They involves making monthly payments for the smartphone over a specific timeframe, such as 24 months, allowing the subscriber to pay off the phone in small chucks monthly. The big-name carriers offer such features, including Verizon which hawks the option as “Verizon Edge”.

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Schools that ban smartphones will (likely) improve test scores

Schools that ban smartphones will (likely) improve test scores

It’s always important to backup the seemingly obvious with an actual study, and such is what the London School of Economics did. The school conducted a study that looked at the test scores of students and the effect smartphones have on them. As it turns out (and no one is surprised), banning the smartphones caused the test scores to improve, lending credence to some schools’ push for anti-smartphone zones. Underachieving students see the most improvement.

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AT&T tipped to be easing away from 2-year contracts

AT&T tipped to be easing away from 2-year contracts

With some carriers nowadays, you can elect to pay for a device in small monthly increments rather than shackling yourself into a long contract. Though the ultimate cost tends to be higher in the long run, many have embraced the option, and now word has it that AT&T will be nudging its subscribers toward that option by default. Starting June 1, says sources, the wireless carrier will be offering its AT&T Next in the place of 2-year contracts, the latter of which will be fizzling away.

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Samsung launches two new colors for Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Samsung launches two new colors for Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Samsung is making their flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge even more appealing by adding fun, new colored handsets into the mix. Now, you can get the S6 in Blue Topaz and the S6 Edge in Green Emerald. These jewel-toned shades arrive, joining the original Black Sapphire, White Pearl, and Gold Platinum versions. It looks like Samsung is taking a cue from color experts, Pantone, who opened their Spring 2015 color trend forecast with four shades of blue and green, similar to Samsung's Blue Topaz and Green Emerald.

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Moto G 3rd gen makes a surprise appearance online

Moto G 3rd gen makes a surprise appearance online

Motorola's little powerhouse budget smartphone, the Moto G (which lies somewhere in the space below the Moto X but above the Moto E) has seen ample success both in its first and second generation iterations. The third-generation of the Moto G is expected but thus far unannounced -- that hasn't stopped it from cropping up on a retailer's website, however, a trend with the product that's starting to become a pattern. The 3rd generation Moto G recently appeared (somewhat) on the retailer website Flipkart, where a few details were included.

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Verizon officially unveils LG Lancet Windows smartphone

Verizon officially unveils LG Lancet Windows smartphone

As expected, a new Windows smartphone called the LG Lancet is coming to Verizon Wireless, something the carrier made official today. The LG Lancet is said to be the first Windows Phone offering on Verizon to feature Advanced Calling 1.0, which gives users HD voice calls when talking to another Verizon user with an Advanced Calling handset. In addition, the phone brings with it Windows Phone 8.1 and a load of modest but notable features, including support for a 128GB micro SD card.

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FreedomPop to launch service in the UK this summer

FreedomPop to launch service in the UK this summer

FreedomPop, the service that offers free and, in some cases, discounted smartphone service has announced an expansion into Europe, with the first steps of that involving a launch in the United Kingdom as its first free mobile phone service. Though the launch was announced today, the service will not be going live in the UK until later on this summer. This follows a relatively long life in the United States, where it has recently boosted what it has to offer.

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AT&T extends rollover data to a couple prepaid plans

AT&T extends rollover data to a couple prepaid plans

We've seen carriers tweaking their data plans a lot lately, and not just the lesser-known prepaid carriers. This time around is AT&T, which had recently made some changes to how it throttled certain plans, and now the wireless carrier is extending rollover data to a couple tiers of its prepaid GoPhone subscription service. As expected, this means that high-speed data that wasn’t used in one month will roll over into the next month, assuming the plan is renewed without lapsing.

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