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LG G Flex2 now rolling out across the globe

LG G Flex2 now rolling out across the globe

LG's curved G Flex2 smartphone is now rolling out across the globe, according to the maker. This roll out comes ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. The Flex2 will be available through big-name carriers in markets across the world, including France, Germany, the UK/US, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Says LG, "key markets" in those aforementioned regions will be revealing availability during Mobile World Congress, during which we'll be getting all the details as they arrive.

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iPhone no longer available from Virgin Mobile

iPhone no longer available from Virgin Mobile

It was probably a long time coming, but Virgin Mobile USA officially no longer offers any model from Apple's iPhone lineup. The Sprint subsidiary stated it had no plans to offer the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus shortly after their release, however they used to offer the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, and iPhone 4S. The carrier also went into the holiday sales period without any iPhone stock, but the online store pages for the earlier devices simply said "out of stock," leading some to expect their return in the near future.

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8 robust chat alternatives to WhatsApp

8 robust chat alternatives to WhatsApp

Texting has become little more than a quick way to fire a simple message off to someone you’ve only a casual acquaintance with, or those few holdouts still using dumb phones. Everyone else is likely connected with you through a chatting app, most of which now offer features like sending audio snippets, files, high-quality emoticons, and more. WhatsApp has been a long-reigning champ when it comes to chatting apps, and there’s a good chance you either use it or have used it in the past…and, like many, you might not be so fond of the app.

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Mobile Photography Primer: Taking Print-Quality Photos

Mobile Photography Primer: Taking Print-Quality Photos

Canon’s earnings report last month confirmed the trend we’ve seen time and again: consumers are gravitating toward mobile cameras as being their only camera, so much so that traditional camera sales are down and camera makers are hurting. We see photos taken with smartphones all over the Internet, and there’s no shortage of love for them. Still, you’ll notice that many of the images aren’t the greatest in terms of image quality, and in many of those cases those issues could have been avoided with some basic preparation and settings.

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AT&T unveils new 7GB mobile share data plan

AT&T unveils new 7GB mobile share data plan

We've seen a few different carriers introduce new data plans in recent times. Cricket, AT&T's prepaid carrier, introduced a new plan recently in addition to boosting the data available on some of its existing plans. Verizon followed soon after with its own data tweaking, and now there's AT&T, which is etching its own spot with a new 7GB data sharing plan. The plan is limited and won't be around for long, but while available it is offering 7GB of data to be shared across three lines.

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Nintendo will be releasing a Mii mobile app

Nintendo will be releasing a Mii mobile app

Nintendo still isn't taking the plunge into mobile games, which is as disappointing as ever. It is, however, looking to dabble with mobile platforms, revealing that it will be creating a Mii app in the relatively near future. The information comes straight from Nintendo's President Satoru Iwata from an interview he recently had with The Nikkei. Amidst talks of the company's financials when asked about plans for smartphone games, he said using Mii characters as social avatars would be "fun".

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CAMpanion mounts GoPro cameras on smartphones

CAMpanion mounts GoPro cameras on smartphones

The GoPro's tiny size is both a plus and a minus, depending on how you're using it in any given moment. The smartphone app and its live viewfinder feature comes in handy, but unless the camera is mounted somewhere, managing both devices at once is tricky. CAMpanion aims to solve this problem by mounting the GoPro camera onto the back of a smartphone, where it can more easily be managed using the smartphone app, and has the added benefit of utilizing the smartphone's light when in dim settings.

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iPin turns your smartphone into a smart laser pointer

iPin turns your smartphone into a smart laser pointer

The newest smart accessory to surface for smartphones is the iPin, a tiny dongle of sorts that plugs into your smartphone and functions as a laser pointer, allowing you to point at things from across the room or drive your pets crazy. In addition to the laser pointer functionality comes presentation control, which makes giving presentations easier by combining the pointer and remote into one device -- your smartphone. Users can swipe through presentation slides using their handset's display, while their laser pointer appears on secondary screens for the audience.

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Flip 10: a tiny (portable) way to charge your phone

Flip 10: a tiny (portable) way to charge your phone

You're out and about and your phone's battery indicator starts flashing. An inconvenience, usually. In less favorable situations, you might be stranded somewhere waiting for the tow truck to call, only for your battery to turn red as its final farewell. Whatever the situation, users will find a portable (external) battery handy when the battery is running low, topping it up enough to last a couple more hours, or, in some cases, completely recharging it for another day or so of use.

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Olympus Air A01 wireless camera leverages your smartphone

Olympus Air A01 wireless camera leverages your smartphone

Olympus has introduced its own lens-shaped wireless camera designed specifically for use with smartphones: the Olympus Air A01. This camera is similar to Sony's own recent lens cameras, offering the quality you get with a dedicated digital camera while leveraging all the features (connectivity, instant sharing, etc.) of a smartphone. This is an open platform camera joined by eight apps, nearly two dozen filter and art effects, and it'll be available starting early next month through the maker's online store.

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Verizon adjusts data plans amidst growing competition

Verizon adjusts data plans amidst growing competition

The world of smartphones is becoming increasingly data hungry, and some carriers (we're looking at you, T-Mobile) are doing their best to serve up the tastiest dishes. Verizon, a long-standing wireless carrier staple, isn't such an attractive option any more, assuming you're more concerned about your data-to-price ratio than widespread coverage, and for those users in particular options like Cricket have been dangling increasingly attractive data-rich plans as incentive to switch.

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Microsoft Picturesque Android lock screen hawks Bing

Microsoft Picturesque Android lock screen hawks Bing

Microsoft wants a place on your Android smartphone, and it seems to figure one of the best ways to get there -- and be seen multiple times every day -- is by targeting the lock screen. Such is the nature of its new Picturesque lock screen app for Android handsets, giving users on Google's mobile platform a free alternative to the default lock screen. Picturesque is the brainchild of Microsoft Garage, the place where Microsoft workers bring their own projects into existence, and it is available now in the Play Store for (just about) anyone to grab.

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