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T-Mobile quietly paused Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update on April 3

T-Mobile quietly paused Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update on April 3

On April 1, T-Mobile started rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to its Galaxy Note 8 customers. However, the carrier silently stopped that rollout, according to a support page on the company's website. Based on that page, T-Mobile put the update "temporarily on hold" just two days after it launched. Anyone who didn't get the update by April 3 will continue waiting.

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AT&T and Verizon collusion probe tipped at Justice Department

AT&T and Verizon collusion probe tipped at Justice Department

A newly published report claims Verizon and AT&T are the subject of a Department of Justice investigation. According to the sources cited, officials are looking into whether the two carriers, as well as telecom standards organization GSMA, colluded to make it harder for customers to switch providers. The Justice Department hasn't confirmed the allegations at this time.

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AT&T prepaid plans get more data and bigger discounts

AT&T prepaid plans get more data and bigger discounts

AT&T has tweaked its prepaid plans, making them slightly more attractive than before. Of note, users now have the option of an 8GB prepaid plan that costs $50/month, double or more the high-speed data you'll get from similarly priced plans elsewhere. As is common with prepaid plans, the carrier is making it attractive to set up auto pay by reducing the monthly fee in return.

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This is the (new) Apple robot that recycles your iPhone

This is the (new) Apple robot that recycles your iPhone

Apple just revealed their new robot made for taking your iPhone apart, piece by piece. This is a new version of the robot introduced in 2011 that had a very similar task. That 2016 robot was called Liam, and this new robot is called Daisy. This version of the iPhone-take-apart robot isn't just a recycler, it's made of recycled parts - actually cannibalized parts from Liam.

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T-Mobile ONE Military plan cuts family lines cost in half, plus S9 promo

T-Mobile ONE Military plan cuts family lines cost in half, plus S9 promo

T-Mobile is targeting military families with its new T-Mobile ONE Military option. The plan is available exclusively to military families, offering them wireless service at half the cost of typical family lines. According to the Uncarrier, this makes T-Mobile home to the largest military discount available among wireless providers, something joined by a new hiring pledge and more.

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Samsung phone design patent shows iPhone X-esque notch

Samsung phone design patent shows iPhone X-esque notch

Samsung has patented a smartphone design that features a "notch" similar to the one popularized by the iPhone X. The controversial design element has appeared in a growing number of smartphones, and the patent hints that a Samsung model may one day be featured among them. The patent was filed with China's SIPO patent office late last month.

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Samsung hit with patent lawsuit over Galaxy S biometrics tech

Samsung hit with patent lawsuit over Galaxy S biometrics tech

Encryption technology research firm PACid Technologies has filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics for allegedly infringing upon its biometric patents. The complaint was filed in the Texas Eastern District Court on April 6. In it, PACid claims Samsung has violated three of its patent, two of them filed in the United States and the third in South Korea. All three relate to data encryption.

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Huawei OLED folding smartphone tipped for November launch

Huawei OLED folding smartphone tipped for November launch

Huawei will take the wraps off a folding smartphone in November, according to sources, making it the first manufacturer to bring a truly foldable phone to market. The company is said to be working with the goal of getting that "world's first" title, beating Samsung, LG, and other competitors. The folding phone project is being run by Huawei's Shanghai R&D CTO directly, the sources claim.

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LG Software Upgrade division promises faster Android updates

LG Software Upgrade division promises faster Android updates

LG Electronics has announced the launch of its new South Korea-based Software Upgrade Center, a division that aims to increase the rate of software updates for the company's smartphone customers. This is the company's first facility designed to improve the worldwide rollouts of smartphone OS and software updates. The division's team will also be tasked with testing the software and its compatibility with LG's hardware.

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Thuraya X5-Touch is the world’s first Android satellite smartphone

Thuraya X5-Touch is the world’s first Android satellite smartphone

Thuraya Telecommunications has launched what it says is the first ever Android-based satellite smartphone. Called the Thuraya X5-Touch, this phone sports a 5.2" FHD display and, most importantly for those in the market for such a handset, support for satellite communications. The model is targeted at buyers who frequent remote destinations, including individuals on energy projects and government missions.

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Samsung Theme Store tipped to sell custom smartphone cases

Samsung Theme Store tipped to sell custom smartphone cases

Samsung's Theme Store may soon offer customers the option to buy custom phone cases. The cases will be based on the wallpapers and themes offered in the store, giving handset owners a way to match their protective shell with whichever theme they're running on their phone. The custom cases will only be available for certain Samsung smartphone models according to the tipster, however.

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Project Fi Moto X4 deal: $150 discount and BOGO option

Project Fi Moto X4 deal: $150 discount and BOGO option

Google's Project Fi is hoping to earn itself new converts by offering a huge new deal on the Moto X4 smartphone. There are two parts to the deal, one where customers get $249 in Fi credit when they buy two Android One Moto X4 smartphones for a group plan. The other deal offers $150 off an Android One Moto X4 phone when it's activated on the service. Best of all, though, is getting the two deals together.

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