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Galaxy Note 5 shipping this afternoon

Galaxy Note 5 shipping this afternoon

This morning Samsung Galaxy Note 5 preorders began to ship from multiple carriers. The first confirmation we've got on record here - sent in my a helpful citizen in Brooklyn - suggests that preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with Verizon will be arriving as early as this afternoon. A second delivery was confirmed by a tipster in Chicago this afternoon with an estimated delivery set for 8PM (Central Time). The first shipments appear to have begun two days ago from shipment locations such as Memphis, Tennessee.

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AT&T and NSA were BFFs shocking Snowden files claim

AT&T and NSA were BFFs shocking Snowden files claim

AT&T and the NSA have worked hand in hand to install a vast internet monitoring system, with the telecoms firm aiding spies in wiretapping the United Nations. Although it's been well known for some time that all of the telecommunications firms are obliged to work with the National Security Agency (NSA) on internet monitoring, courtesy of a number of legal requirements, the scale to which AT&T was in bed with the government has not been realized until now.

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The 128GB Galaxy Note 5 Samsung forgot to mention [UPDATE]

The 128GB Galaxy Note 5 Samsung forgot to mention [UPDATE]

The largest of the Galaxy Note 5 models with 128GB of internal storage appeared to be missing from initial release information earlier today. Samsung's listings for each individual model of the device through their pre-order portal tells a different story. What Samsung's pre-order portal suggests is that not only IS there a 128GB model, it's being prepared for all four of the top mobile data carriers in the United States. This should quench some of the thirst heavy-duty users were speaking of earlier today when only the smaller two internal storage sizes were revealed: 32 and 64GB.

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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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