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FreedomPop adds free monthly calls and texts on top of data

FreedomPop adds free monthly calls and texts on top of data

Back in June, we reported that FreedomPop was planning to add free calls and texts on top of free data, something that would result in a complete phone plan sans price tag. That time has come, with FreedomPop now offering a complete monthly subscription at no charge, giving users a decent number of texts and minutes per month on top of data, as well as a low-cost for-pay option for those who need more.

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FAA reportedly okays use of electronics on planes during takeoff and landing

FAA reportedly okays use of electronics on planes during takeoff and landing

There has been a large push to have regulations loosened on the use of electronic devices during takeoff and landing on flights. In March, word surfaced that the FAA was holding a study on the matter, and that regulations could be changed by the end of this year allowing for wider use of electronics on flights. Now the Associated Press is reporting that an advisory committee for the FAA has recommended in favor of the change.

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Blackberry cancels earnings call scheduled for Friday

Blackberry cancels earnings call scheduled for Friday

Blackberry has announced that it will not be making its financial conference call on Friday, as was previously scheduled. Such a move, says the company, is the result of a bid it has received from Fairfax Financial Holdings, the largest shareholder for Blackberry. In addition to the cancelled call, the written talk about its financial results has been delayed until next week.

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Samsung Galaxy F line of smartphones reportedly in the works

Samsung Galaxy F line of smartphones reportedly in the works

Following closely on the heels of yesterday's curved display smartphone announcement, word has surfaced that Samsung is also busy on another handset project -- a Galaxy F smartphone line akin to the current Galaxy S line. With the rumored new line, Samsung will be offering full metal bodies rather than plastic, as well as some other high-end specifications seen on some competing handsets.

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HTC One Max appears with new camera UI

HTC One Max appears with new camera UI

The HTC One Max has appeared in a smorgasbord of leaks, so much so that there's not much about it that hasn't been covered in some way or the other. In the latest leak, a tester rooted the handset and offered up a couple screenshots showing an updated camera user interface, in doing so confirming a couple of the anticipated photography features.

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AT&T partners with Fon to boost international WiFi hotspot availability

AT&T partners with Fon to boost international WiFi hotspot availability

Soon after finalizing an acquisition that will help boost its 4G LTE coverage, AT&T has partnered with Fon to offer a slew of new international wireless hotspots for it subscribers who are traveling overseas. Says the carrier, this deal gives its users access to "hundreds of thousands" of wireless Internet hotspots, while Fon members in turn will be given access to AT&T's network of WiFi hotspots located in the United States.

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Android Device Manager gains remote locking functionality

Android Device Manager gains remote locking functionality

On August 2, Android Device Manager was introduced, allowing users of Google's mobile operating system to remotely locate their tablet or smartphone, as well as some other handy features like setting off a ringer so it can be found or wiping to keep data safe. Not quite two months later, remote locking has been added into the mix, allowing users to secure their device when it is misplaced.

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