AT&T GoPhone raises data allowances in plans and adds tethering at no extra cost

AT&T’s contract-free GoPhone service is being upgraded to add a few more perks for customers, and the changes to the plans will not affect price, according to AT&T’s announcement.

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Sony hops on the Google Play app update train

If there’s one trend every Android users should be very happy to see taking hold, it’s the growing popularity of manufacturers putting their apps in Google Play in order to make the update process faster and smoother. Sony is starting to embrace that trend.

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Verizon LG G2 Android 4.4 KitKat update starting now

LG issued its KitKat update for carriers several weeks ago, but Verizon was unsurprisingly absent from the list of supported devices. That’s nothing new because AT&T launched its update this week and Verizon has been late to issue Android firmware updates for several high-profile devices in recent years. Regardless of the delay, the LG G2 tied to the network has finally started its Android 4.4 KitKat update process. It’s not yet ready for over-the-air updates, but if you download the Verizon Software Upgrade Assistant PC software, you can grab the update now. Instructions are available here.
UPDATE: Now available as an OTA update by going to Settings app.

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HTC hires Samsung Galaxy brand builder in bid to improve marketing

Apparently, having Gary Oldman spout gibberish at the beginning of an advertisement isn’t the only strategy that HTC is employing to raise awareness about its products. The company has also hired a former marketing executive from Samsung to advise how to improve its ad efforts.

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HTC working on optical zoom camera for smartphones

HTC has made some big changes in its approach to smartphone photography, and the company is working on even bigger ones to introduce in the next couple of years.

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LG’s Connect is the One Ring to rule Chromecast, Roku, Fire TV, webOS, and Smart TV streaming

My living room currently has three different options for streaming web content to the big screen, and LG today announced that it wants to be able to control all of the major options with a Connect SDK that developers can use to control multiple platforms.

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Jackery Leaf iPhone 5/5s Battery Case Review

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Jackery Leaf Battery Case Review – double your iPhone’s battery life in an instant

Regardless of how good battery life might be for a phone, it’s probably not good enough for people who use their phone often. Apple iPhone 5 or 5s users who need more power might want to get a Jackery Leaf case.

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LG G2 Android 4.4 KitKat update rolling out now to AT&T

Another Android smartphone at AT&T is being upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat today. Following yesterday’s announcement that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active was updated, AT&T today announced that the LG G2 is getting the latest version of Android as well.

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Apple looking to incorporate Shazam into iOS for song identification

In my recent comparison of Cortana to Google Now and Siri, I noted that Apple iOS was the only tool that didn’t have song identification built into its search tool. That may change in the next version of iOS. According to Bloomberg, Apple is partnering with Shazam to let users listen to a song and discover its title and artist. Launching Siri and saying “What song is playing” will identify the song and then use Apple’s music services to purchase the song or create an iTunes Radio station.

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