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SoftBank tightens Sprint’s fiscal belt

SoftBank tightens Sprint’s fiscal belt

Thousands of jobs are at stake this week as Sprint receives word from parent company SoftBank that they'll be needing to cut costs significantly. Straight from a SoftBank earnings call this week for the quarter ending at the end of September, 2015, it would appear that though Sprint is the "only carrier with growth" in the USA for Postpaid devices - though their charts don't actually have numbers attached. Despite this, Sprint will be needing to cut back on cash spent to keep their business running.

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Review: ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser

Review: ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser

ASUS has introduced a new variant of the ZenFone 2, which we reviewed earlier this year. This new variant is called the ZenFone 2 Laser, and it comes with a modest $199 USD starting price, shaving $30 or more off the ZenFone 2’s price tag. The Laser variant is largely the same as the original ZenFone 2 smartphone, but with some small differences, not the least of which is the laser-assisted auto-focus from which the variant gets its name.

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Google’s ‘Who’s Down’ makes it easier to hang out in person

Google’s ‘Who’s Down’ makes it easier to hang out in person

When you’re not hanging out in Hangouts, Google wants to make it easier to find friends for hanging out in real life via its new “Who’s Down” mobile app. The app, which has been dropped in the Google Play Store, is currently open to those who have an invitation. If it manages to catch on in any significant way, though, it’ll one day be an option for quickly seeing which friends are available for getting together, and which friends aren’t, no typed response necessary.

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Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL arrives at T-Mobile, MetroPCS

Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL arrives at T-Mobile, MetroPCS

Alcatel has a new Android smartphone heading to MetroPCS and T-Mobile, and it’s called the OneTouch Fierce XL. This is an LTE smartphone with a sizable 5.5-inch 720p HD display. The phone has modest but notable specs, and a better price tag to match them at $139 USD off contract. The phone will be available first at MetroPCS stores (November 2), then at T-Mobile sometime later on this winter, specific date not provided.

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Google Play Games app gets record and share feature

Google Play Games app gets record and share feature

Recording games and sharing the footage is easy if you're on one of the newer consoles, but not so much if you're getting your gaming fix using your Android tablet or smartphone. Enter Google's newest announcement: the Google Play Games app has been updated with a record and share feature, allowing players to capture videos of their big wins and then share it with friends, family, and enthusiastic strangers.

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DROID Turbo 2 launches with shatterproof display

DROID Turbo 2 launches with shatterproof display

There are many features that people look for in a new phone. But perhaps one of the most desired is a screen that won't shatter when you inevitably drop it on the ground. Motorola has heard the cries of the masses, and today they've hoped to silence them with the debut of the Moto Shattershield.

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ZTE rolls out device leasing in U.S.

ZTE rolls out device leasing in U.S.

Are you pining for a particular ZTE phone but don't have the funds? The company feels your pain, and has introduced a new leasing program that will let customers pay for it over time -- make all the payments, and then it's yours forever. The program is being launched in the United States, and appears to be an effort to compete with the monthly payment plans that several carriers have introduced.

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Pepsi to launch a smartphone in China

Pepsi to launch a smartphone in China

Yesterday, a report surfaced claiming PepsiCo would be releasing its own smartphone in China. Now, a day later, that news has been confirmed, with PepsiCo announcing that it is working with an unnamed “licensing partner” to produce its own-branded smartphone and related accessories. The phone will only be available in China, which will reportedly have a formal announcement made in Beijing on October 20.

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5 Nexus 6P/5X features Google didn’t tell you about

5 Nexus 6P/5X features Google didn’t tell you about

Yesterday Google showed the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P for the first time - today they've come to the internet to share a few tidbits. While we learned most of the details about the Nexus smartphone lineup for 2015 just about 24 hours ago, today we're finding out the details that hardcore Android addicts will want to know. The Android addict is not just your average consumer - they want to know things like: are the camera arrays in both devices exactly the same?

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HTC’s upcoming One hero phone launches October 20

HTC’s upcoming One hero phone launches October 20

HTC has fired out an invitation for its upcoming One hero phone, which it will be launching on October 20. This will be the maker's first One smartphone running Android 6.0 Marshmallow; the unveiling will be done via a livestream over on HTC's "Launch" site. The invite and website provide precious few details -- just that you'll need to tune in at noon EST to find out for yourself.

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Mobile devices are kids’ preferred gaming tools

Mobile devices are kids’ preferred gaming tools

Modern children prefer to play video games on mobile devices, according to a new report from NPD Group. The survey looked at kids ranging in age from 2 to 17, and discovered the PC has been knocked down from its top slot, no longer being the preferred gaming device. More than half of kids surveyed said they play video games on mobile devices regularly, while less than half of those kids reported playing games on a PC. The latter represents a 22 percent decrease over 2013’s report.

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Hobie turns any smartphone into a time lapse camera

Hobie turns any smartphone into a time lapse camera

Overlab Designs has introduced its time lapse tool for mobile photographers, Hobie. This device holds a smartphone that measures less than 8cm wide, and can be affixed to a tripod. Hobie can be adjusted to aim the phone in different directions, and either rotate or remain stationary while time lapse photos are taken. The device is mechanical, eliminating the need for batteries. The device is being funded in a campaign that ends on September 26.

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