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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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Verizon XLTE expands into half a dozen new markets

Verizon XLTE expands into half a dozen new markets

Verizon has announced an expansion of its XLTE market. With XLTE, the wireless carrier says it has essentially doubled “the number of lanes on a freeway … all traffic can move faster but we haven’t change the speed limit”. It brings faster peak speeds and a higher capacity to 4G LTE markets getting service via the AWS spectrum, and XLTE-ready devices can use both the AWS spectrum and the original 700MHz 4G LTE spectrum that spans the nation, among other things.

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Verizon nabs Vice content for its upcoming video service

Verizon nabs Vice content for its upcoming video service

Verizon has struck a deal with Vice Media that will score it some exclusive content for its upcoming video service, it has been announced. Vice produces current events content aimed at younger audiences, and it enjoys a healthy fan base. Verizon will be launching its own video streaming service later on this year, following in the footsteps of several other companies, and under this deal will be making Vice videos available. This is a multi-year deal that spans several content categories.

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ZTE Spro 2 smart projector hits Verizon

ZTE Spro 2 smart projector hits Verizon

Our first glimpse at the ZTE Spro 2 smart projector came at CES 2015 and the first place it landed was AT&T. ZTE has now announced that the projector is available at Verizon, which will make folks that aren't fans of AT&T happy. The projector appears to be exactly the same as the one AT&T offers. The Spro 2 smart projector is the only projector on the market with an integrated 5-inch touchscreen.

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This is Motorola’s new “Kinzie” phone

This is Motorola’s new “Kinzie” phone

Details for the next Motorola flagship device have leaked in two different iterations, one internationally, one domestic. The domestic version goes by codename "Kinzie" and is almost certainly headed for Verizon as a DROID device. Verizon will not release this device until later this year for more than one reason. The first reason is - they've just released new editions of the DROID Turbo right under our noses. The devices aren't all that different - they've just been given new paint jobs, so to speak.

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Verizon’s $4.4B acquisition of AOL is officially complete

Verizon’s $4.4B acquisition of AOL is officially complete

U.S. telecom Verizon has announced that its buyout of AOL for $4.4 billion in cash has now been completed. As a result of the completed deal, AOL shares will no longer be traded on the stock market, as the company is now Verizon's wholly owned subsidiary. All of AOL's outstanding shares were purchased by Verizon at a price of $50 each. As was mentioned when the purchase was first announced last month, AOL's main value to Verizon is as a large ad network.

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Lumia 735 lands on Verizon, bringing selfies and HD voice

Lumia 735 lands on Verizon, bringing selfies and HD voice

This weeks is a Windows Phone and selfie week. Just a while ago, we saw Samsung unveil the selfie-friendly mid-range Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7, both with front LED flash. Also this week, we saw the Microsoft Lumia 640 and the 640 XL appear in Cricket and AT&T, respectively. Bringing those two worlds together for a weekend climax is the Microsoft Lumia 735, which has finally appeared on Verizon's shelves. XLTE-ready, this budget Windows Phone is more than just smiles, with HD Voice Calling tagging along for the ride.

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NYC audits Verizon’s FiOS promise, finds it lacking

NYC audits Verizon’s FiOS promise, finds it lacking

Carriers are being held up to government scrutiny this week. Just days after AT&T was fined by the FCC for throttling data, it's Verizon's turn to be on the hot seat, this time with the New York City government breathing down its neck. The office of Mayor Bill de Blaiso says that Verizon has greatly failed to deliver on its promise back in 2008 to put high-speed fiber-optic connections throughout the city, under its FiOS service. Naturally, Verizon denies the allegation and even hints that this audit might have ulterior motives.

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The LG G4 is now in the US and here’s where to get it

The LG G4 is now in the US and here’s where to get it

LG has just fired the gun, signaling the widespread availability of its flagship in the US. Given the LG G4's rather high profile marketing, especially for its camera, and its admittedly enticing spec sheet, it might not be surprising to see quite a few interested buyers. Luckily for them, all major US carriers and even retailers like Best Buy and Amazon are game. Actually the number of sources and choices might be a bit overwhelming, so here we condense it into a few salient points on where to get your leather-back LG G4 and for how much.

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