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T-Mobile expands Simple Choice to ten lines, adds tablet data offer

08/26, 11:49am

T-Mobile has announced its second set of price plan changes in as many days. The carrier is extending the line capacity of its Simple Choice plans from five lines to a maximum of ten per account, while a new scheme will provide tablets added to a Simple Choice plan the same amount of LTE data as allocated to smartphones on the same account.

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LA Unified School District halts further use of iPads

08/26, 10:47am

The superintendent of Los Angeles' Unified School District, John Deasy, has formally suspended future implementation of an iPad contract with Apple. "Moving forward, we will no longer utilize our current contract with Apple," he writes in a memo issued to the Board of Education. "Not only will this decision enable us to take advantage of an ever-changing marketplace and technology advances, it will also give us time to take into account concerns raised surrounding the [project]."

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China antitrust investigation focused on Internet Explorer, Windows

08/26, 10:18am

Mirroring similar complaints in the EU and United States from a decade ago, the current antitrust investigation in China has been confirmed to be over the bundling of Internet Explorer and Microsoft's Windows operating system. The investigation, and target of China's antitrust State Administration for Industry and Commerce, was confirmed at a press briefing by the head of the agency Zhang Mao earlier today.

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Verizon rolling out VoLTE service nationally in coming weeks

08/26, 10:02am

Verizon Wireless is gearing up to roll out its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service over its cellular network. Its planned service will be going live over the next few weeks, with the higher-quality HD Voice calling accompanied by a simplified video calling service built directly into the phone dialer, allowing users to seamlessly switch between voice-only and video calls.

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Microsoft reduces price of Surface 2 Windows RT tablet range by $100

08/26, 7:32am

Microsoft has cut the price of its Surface 2 Windows RT tablets by $100. The drop in price across the entire range, putting the 32GB, 64GB, and 64GB LTE versions at $349, $449, and $579 respectively, could be a sign that Microsoft is preparing to launch an updated version of the tablet to go alongside its already-released Surface Pro 3.

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Samsung rumored to add round-faced smartwatch to Gear range

08/26, 6:26am

Samsung may be preparing to join the ranks of LG and Motorola, by developing a round-faced smartwatch. A report claims the company is working on the device, though despite the expected appearance of the Moto 360 and a new round LG G Watch at IFA, it is unclear when or even if Samsung will be bringing the device to market.

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LG targets Samsung's Note line with pre-IFA G3 Stylus launch

08/26, 5:13am

LG is going after Samsung's Galaxy Note line, by launching a stylus-equipped smartphone modeled on the LG G3. Revealed before IFA, the LG G3 Stylus takes after the G3 Beat by offering a large 960x540 5.5-inch display, a similar design, and lower specifications compared to the flagship device, though this time LG adds its Rubberidium stylus to the smartphone.

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Filing shows new information on T1 tablet in the works from HTC

08/25, 3:51pm

More information has come to the surface regarding HTC's rumored T1 tablet. On top of South Korean regulators passing a device with the 0P82100 model number, the Wi-Fi Alliance has also approved a device under the same identifier. The Wi-Fi Alliance shows that the tablet is named Flounder, according to the firmware version on the device.

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TiVo unveils Roamio OTA as antenna-only digital video recorder

08/25, 12:29pm

TiVo has launched a version of its Roamio line of digital video recorders made just for over-the-air broadcasts, something which may be of use to "cord cutters." The Roamio OTA offers a similar experience to the cable-based models of the set-top box, except it employs four tuners for recording via an antenna, and does not require a cable card to function.

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Briefly: T-Mobile Simple Starter LTE changes, Spotify updates iOS app

08/25, 11:03am

T-Mobile is giving customers using its Simple Starter price plan the choice of adding more data. From September 3rd, subscribers can opt to quadruple the LTE data allowance on the single-line plan from 500GB to 2GB, increasing the cost of the plan from $40 to $45, but retaining the same unlimited calls and texts as the original plan. Just as before Simple Starter users will find their data service suspended once they've used their allocation.

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LG starts pre-orders for curved OLED 4K television in South Korea

08/25, 9:46am

Shortly after launching a curved OLED HDTV in the United States, LG has revealed it will be bringing to market similar televisions with a higher Ultra HD resolution. The previously-rumored 4K-capable displays, in 77-inch and 65-inch versions, will have the same OLED technology and curved surface as the earlier release, but this time it will be able to show 4K-resolution video.

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Coin apologizes to backers for delays, updates card testing program

08/25, 7:58am

Digital credit card replacement start-up Coin has changed the requirements for its extended beta trial, as part of an apology for its heavily-delayed release. A message to backers advises it is extending the beta from 10,000 backers to 15,000 backers, and by making it available at no cost, it is also effectively removing the $30 "fee" for taking part in the trial.

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Intel NUC 2.0 with Broadwell, Braswell processors leaks in slides

08/25, 7:07am

The second generation of Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) may offer a considerable speed boost compared to the original, according to leaked slides. NUC 2.0 is said to include at least two variants with high-enough specifications that the compact computers could end up being used for gaming, and potentially as a Steam Machine system.

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Microsoft may include one-click build updates in Windows 9 preview

08/25, 5:47am

Microsoft may make the next version of Windows easier to update, starting with the preview version. A report claims current internal builds of the operating system, also known as Windows Threshold, can be upgraded to a newer build with a single click, which could mean that those using the public preview may be able to use a newer build without uninstalling and reinstalling the software.

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BlackBerry claims no spam, attacks Apple's iMessage service

08/22, 2:26pm

BlackBerry has attacked iMessage in a blog post, as it attempts to try and convert more users to BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). The post, written by head of product and brand marketing for BBM Jeff Gadway, latches on to recent reports about spam messages on iMessage, and lists off ways the service allegedly beats Apple's messaging platform.

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