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    They say holiday shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. They don’t? Well, they should, and we do. Especially nowadays, with many an electronics merchant hell-bent on taking your money before Thanksgiving, as soon as you wrap up your Turkey Day feast, days after, and then on and around Christmas. Forget the biggest shopping day of the year, as stores, chiefly online, are taken by storm practically throughout November and December. Still, December 1, 2014 was responsible all by its lonesome for a record-breaking $2.68 billion worth of e-sales in the US, and there’s no reason to expect any ...

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    If you're treating yourself or your family to a Christmas-time upgrade and you're on Big Red, you might be in luck if you have LG on the table. It's not exactly the deal T-Mobile came up with — a $100 off-the-top discount for several phones including the LG G4 and V10 — and Verizon's prices for those two phones are higher than on T-Mobile. Heck, LG has made some better promotional offers on its own! But it's something if you decide to purchase either device, be it for initiation or upgrade on Verizon by the end of Christmas day. Head over to LG's promo website before January 8 (or ...

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    How does a start-up streaming video service compete with original series like "Top Gear" and "Orange is the New Black"? We don't know, we're just on YouTube and have more than a million subscribers (thank you so much, by the way). But will a comedy series be the end of Verizon's go90 service? It might not really end up as a "Fatal Decision" on Verizon's part, but CollegeHumor production team Big Breakfast are hoping to gain some mainstream prominence with a new 52-episode comedy series scheduled releases happening every Wednesday. It's go90's first original series. The plot revolves ...

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    Purchasing mobile gear of any kind around Turkey Day is always wise. Waiting until the last minute to score the best possible Black Friday deals is the complete opposite. Granted, the temptation may feel irresistible, but unless you want to risk getting body slammed by a fellow desperate bargain hunter for that coveted final discounted Apple Watch, it’s good to know beforehand what to expect from every retailer and how to avoid the holiday shopping frenzy. Luckily, many electronics merchants, actual device manufacturers and carriers included, have either already kicked off early Black ...

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    Well, that escalated quickly. Just minutes ago we were poking around the Google Store listing for the new LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, thinking about what Google might be planning in terms of its own sales, and wondering why despite mentioning availability at both AT&T and Verizon, the page made no effort to link to anywhere a shopper could actually order the smartwatch. To our surprise, an LG representative has just confirmed that the company is outright canceling its plans for the smartwatch due to an unspecified hardware issue. We've heard of manufacturers changing their mind ...

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    Back in March, Google split device sales off from Google Play, and brought them instead to the newly launched Google Store. The website offers visitors a convenient place to buy Nexus hardware, Chromecast-series devices, Chromebook laptops, Android Wear smartwatches, and all manner of accessories. At least, most of what it does is selling things, but a new product listing suggests that the Google Store may also start filling a promotional role for certain devices, even when Google's not selling them at all. We recently saw US carriers start sales of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. ...

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    T-Mobile has been chasing tails from the beginning of this spectrum auction process. It's been fortunate so far to have had a fairly clear berth from its smaller counterparts. It also claims to have up to $10 billion in its arsenal ready to bid — with more cash ready to go as the carrier sells some of its cell towers. Now, it's once again going after the nation's most popular network to put a cap on its quest for the 600MHz band. Specifically, we're talking about the reserve band of the 600MHz: approximately 40MHz of spectrum  reserved for carriers that own less than one-third of a ...

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    Brett Dennen isn't the only one that loves a comeback. John McCain isn't the only Comeback Kid. And it took a comeback for Apple to be in the elephant position it's been in for several years now. BlackBerry CEO John Chen believes the company can pull a Justin Timberlake and bring sexy back. Now we know that T-Mobile CEO John Legere believes so, too. How? Like in this lede, through word association. Seriously, a word association game. Who knew those things could be so telling? For example, when a CNET reporter mentioned "5G," COO Mike Sievert responded with "2020." It might be as early as ...

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    AT&T kicked off a flurry of carrier interest in WiFi-based voice calls last month when it petitioned the FCC for regulatory approval to work around existing voice-call rules for hearing-impaired users and implement its own WiFi-friendly system. The FCC was quick to give AT&T the go-ahead, and just days later we saw the carrier formally launch WiFi calling with iPhone support. Verizon execs sure seemed to have taken notice of AT&T's actions, and later in October we learned that the carrier had petitioned the FCC for its own WiFi-call-enabling waiver. Today we get word that the ...

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    LG's latest smartwatch is about to have its retail debut, and it's making a lot of noise in doing so as it brings cellular connectivity to Android Wear. Maybe we shouldn't be at all surprised, but the presence of that cellular radio in the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE brings carriers very much into the retail equation of this wearable, and that means what's turning out to be some incredibly confusing pricing. Overnight we told you about Verizon's plans for the smartwatch, and no matter whether you go on-contract or off, it's not coming cheap: Verizon wants nearly $450 for the smartwatch on ...

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    Maybe far more than the smartphone space, the world of tablet sales is dominated by a few key brands: you've got Apple and Samsung leading the pack, and while if we include PC-based tablets our options start improving, there really aren't a lot of strong contenders among other Android OEMs. Maybe picking up on that vacuum, carriers have started offering their own tablets, like Verizon has with its Ellipsis models – if you're going to buy a second-tier tablet already, why not at least buy one with strong carrier support, right? Last month we checked out a leak outing the upcoming Ellipsis ...

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    LG launched the V10 smartphone along with its cell-connected second-generation Android Wear smartwatch called the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition last month. But, in order for sales to happen, we had to wait on an Android Wear update to support LTE connectivity before sales could start. Wait no more. The Android Official Blog has announced that support for cellular connections. And with that, it seems that Verizon is getting a leg up on the competition by offering pre-orders for the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition starting tomorrow for $499.99 off-contract or $449.99 with a two-year, $5/month plan ...

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    "It is obvious that this contest cannot be decided by our knowledge of the Force... but by our skills with a lightsaber." –Count Dooku One of the best things Verizon Wireless ever did was acquiring the rights to use the word “DROID” to differentiate its Androids from phones from its competitors, and one of the latest phones to carry the DROID name is the DROID Maxx 2, made by Motorola. In our Verizon Motorola DROID Maxx 2 review, we're taking a close look at this brand new device on Big Red. Motorola made some compromises on this device, but did it keep the DROID Maxx 2 worthy of ...

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    The BlackBerry Priv is officially on its way, with the first orders of the Android-powered smartphone headed out now. Order the phone direct from BlackBerry and you'll receive an unlocked handset ready to be used on US carriers like AT&T or T-Mobile, but BlackBerry goes out of its way to remind shoppers that the Priv's not going to do them much good on CDMA-based networks like Verizon and Sprint. At least, that may be the case for now, but subscribers at one of those carriers will soon have the opportunity to join in on the Priv fun for themselves, as Verizon confirms plans to sell the ...

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    As painfully unattractive and rudimentary last year’s Verizon-exclusive LG GizmoPal looked and felt, you have to assume the colorful wearable appealed to a few hip parents, spawning not one but two sequels. Let’s call them spin-offs rather than direct descendants however, since both the GizmoPal 2 and especially the GizmoGadget greatly improve the cringe worthy 2014 design. It’s going to be much easier this time around to convince your pre-school and even pre-adolescent children to wear the connected devices, as they look less like cheap ‘90s imitations of grown-up watches, and ...

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    One of the best things Verizon wireless ever did was acquiring the rights to use the word "Droid" to differentiate its phones powered by the Android operating system from those available from other carriers. Not every Android-powered phone offered by Verizon has carried the Droid moniker. Some of us think this is because the Droid name implies higher-end devices. In the case of the Droid Maxx 2, that's absolutely the case, and from what we've seen, it's worthy of the name. When asked about the naming of the Droid Maxx 2, Rick Osterloh, Motorola's CEO said, it stands for "maxx battery, ...

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    "Hello parents! We see that you've bought your pre-teen child a smartphone and tablet. Would you like a smartwatch with all that other mobile technology?" Somehow, Verizon and LG have come together to reach a new frontier in tethering juveniles to the digital ether. As opposed to drowning prepubescent boys and girls with animated pixels, though, it's primarily a child surveillance tool — depending on how you view it, a good or bad thing. Evan Blass went to work with a leak of the LG GizmoPal 2 and GizmoGadget today. LG GizmoPal 2 (blue) and LG GizmoGadget (red) for VZW. ...

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    Starting roughly ten days ago, the first ever Android-powered smartphone from BlackBerry was up for grabs in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, and Netherlands. But while everywhere else you could opt to do business with the device manufacturer itself or third-party retailers and carriers like Amazon, Carphone Warehouse or Rogers, the Priv was only available stateside through shop.blackberry.com. That’s no longer the case, although you might be surprised to hear it’s B&H Photo Video that jumps the gun in the US, not Best Buy or Amazon. The New York City-headquartered imaging store ...

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    Why buy a Droid? Six years ago, when Motorola and Verizon Wireless introduced the very first Droid as the alternative to the AT&T-exclusive iPhone, the answer was obvious. With near-stock Google software running on an aggressively angular chassis and backed up by an even more aggressive marketing campaign, the original Droid was a carefully crafted "anti-iPhone." It was positioned as the more-powerful, more-capable answer to Apple's offering, and it sold by the truckload. More than any other device in the US, Motorola's original Droid put the Android platform on the map – ...

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    We were in New York for the Droid Turbo 2 launch where a short 20-minute press conference took place in which the phone was dropped several times. And the screen didn't shatter. We discussed what Motorola's Shatter Shield technique covers in terms of protecting the phone itself during this week's Pocketnow Weekly podcast. The screen element is actually made up of two "lens" elements that are not glass, but a clear polycarbonate and acrylic polymer and therefore cannot be shattered. But the material is an easy exhibitor of scratches, so you'll likely end up with some nasty visuals on your ...

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    Update: Verizon Wireless announced that its LG V10 sales start today. Check out the Verizon source link. LG has all the right boxes in all the right places. They just have to go out. Jumping off the verge of some very poor smartphone numbers at the company, the Korean manufacturer sent off its Nexus baby to Google. Now, it's watching the sales kick-off of the LG V10. At AT&T's site, it's being billed as a "productivity phone," an attempt to play up the secondary display at top. Both T-Mobile and Verizon are giving the camera experience first mentions in their blurbs. Every carrier has ...

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    Buying a new smartphone isn't at all cheap, and depending on the device you purchased, fixing a shattered display can be extremely expensive. Aftermarket solutions don't always work as intended, and getting a factory display replacement doesn't always mean just replacing the shattered glass. Motorola made a solid point on the Droid Turbo 2 announcement for how long the company spent trying to find a solution for this, and today the company explains why. By now you've probably noticed that at least one of your friends is using a device with a shattered display. Most display repairs cost the ...

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    HTC launched the One A9 last week, and here in the US, official carrier support extends to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Of the big four, that leaves Verizon out, and for a company like HTC that's looking to win back lost market share, not having access to the country's largest user base is a big problem. But that news of Verizon disinterest arrived with a promising asterisk next to it: while Verizon's not about to sell the One A9, nor do you any favors in getting the phone set up, the phone should still technically work on Verizon's network … once HTC delivers a software update. Now ...

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    In addition to cooking up a mysterious “Un-carrier X” announcement that will no doubt cause many sleepless nights for top executives of rival wireless service providers, T-Mobile has taken to the sky again to make sure AT&T also got its overage-related message loud and clear. We’re guessing the same exact Magenta-branded airplane that hovered over Verizon’s command post in New York earlier this week visited Dallas next, circling the headquarters of the nation’s second largest operator for enough time to plaster the big blue with a couple of straightforward memos. T-Mo was the ...

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    The iPhone 6s couldn’t hold on to its top ten position in one of the world’s most reliable photo/video-taking performance hierarchy for long, as another 21 megapixel beast from Motorola challenged the overall leaders. Much like the Moto X Style, aka X Pure Edition, the Verizon-exclusive Droid Turbo 2 fell just short of greatness, at 84 points on a 100 scale, though it still managed to comfortably outdo Apple’s newest 4.7-inch flagship, as well as the LG G4, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Sony Xperia Z3+, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, or first-gen Nexus 6. The Turbo 2 is ranked fourth all in all, ...

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