lg-g4-giftcardSo, you are mulling over the very real possibility of actually picking up a LG G4 smartphone when the handset arrives later next month. Well, there are many different mobile carriers to choose from, actually, but if you would like to “gain” $100 in the process, then here is an avenue that you might want to consider exploring – Best Buy is offering the LG G4 from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint – whether on or off contract, and each pre-order will arrive with a $100 gift card, now how about that?

In addition to that $100 gift card which should serve as a very suitable carrot on the stick, the LG G4, should it be picked up from any major carrier or authorized retailer across the US before June 21, will also see you be on the receiving end of a free 32GB microSD memory card, an additional battery, apart from a battery charging cradle, now how about that for customer satisfaction?


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lg-g-stylo-leonIf you are rocking with T-Mobile as your mobile carrier of choice, listen up! Both the LG G Stylo and LG Leon have arrived in the US, and this means you can now get your hands on these highly affordable handsets if you think it is time to change that aging phone of yours. For instance, postpaid customers of T-Mobile who are interested in the LG G Stylo will not have to fork out a single cent at first, but over the course of the next 24 months, you will have to pay a monthly installment of $12.08, resulting in a grand total of $289.92 for the smartphone.

As for the LG Leon, if you are willing to take a similar route, then you will need to agree to 24 equal monthly payments of $6.24, and after wiping off the dust from our calculators, that adds up to a full retail price of $149.76. T-Mobile is also said to be offering the Leon for free after a rebate to its prepaid customers who want to settle for a plan that costs a minimum of $40 each month.


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instagram-layoutsNot too long after rolling out the app for those who are rocking to the iOS platform, the folks over at Instagram has introduced the Layout app where Android is concerned. For those who are not familiar with the situation, this particular app will enable one to snap photos as well as make a collage from those photos, as you can see on the right image over here.

While the app itself is free, Instagram has more than that up their sleeves. They have also introduced a different app known as Structure, which will enable users to highlight details as well as structures in images. This particular app too, will be free, and for once, is out for Android only at the moment, although there is work being done to deliver a version for the iOS platform. Regardless, both apps can now be downloaded from the Play Store – which one do you prefer?


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zenfone2Those who are on a tight budget and yet want a smartphone that is capable of performing would do well to check out the ASUS ZenFone 2, where it has already been announced for a release over in the US, after making pretty decent grounds over in Asia and in Europe. The ZenFone 2 will arrive in two flavors at $199.99 and $299.99, depending on the hardware specifications that you are comfortable with.

For starters, the ZenFone 2 will have Android 5.0 Lollipop with the ZenUI “skin” on top, a 5.5” IPS display at Full HD resolution, a 1.8GHz Intel Atom 3560 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a microSD memory card slot, Dual SIM capability, a 13MP shooter at the back with a front-facing 5MP camera, and a 3,000 mah battery. The more expensive model will have a beefier 2.3GHz Intel Atom 3580 processor, double the amount of RAM and 64GB of internal memory.


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Asus-ZenWatch-02-640x427Better late than never, right? Well, this is not exactly late per se, since Android 5.1.1 Lollipop happens to be served only on the LG Watch Urbane to date where smartwatches are concerned, but thankfully, it looks as though all of that is set to change with word that the ASUS ZenWatch, too, would be on the receiving end of such an update. Chances are, other smartwatches would also be getting this particular update themselves.

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop is a big deal for Android Wear timepieces, since it will boast of support for always-on apps, the capability for one to draw emojis, not to mention taking advantage of new navigation gestures. Too bad the lack of a Wi-Fi radio on the ASUS ZenWatch means that Wi-Fi will not be enabled. Expect the OTA update to take a while before it hits your timepiece since this is a gradual, global rollout.


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The Sony Xperia Z3, at long last, looks set to jump aboard the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop bandwagon, if the video that you see above is to be believed. This would certainly come across as a relief to many people who own the smartphone, taking into consideration how it was updated to Android 5.0.2 earlier this year in March long after a slew of its competitors’ handsets obtained that version of the mobile operating system. A case of better late than never, perhaps?

Good to know then that Sony does not seem as though they are wasting time where Android 5.1.1 Lollipop is concerned, as it has been seen running the D6603 version of Sony’s existing flagship handset in a video. Expect Android 5.1.1 to deliver new animations as well as a feature that will enable the user to locate a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection straight away from the Quick Settings menu, among others.


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galaxy-s6If you happen to have a flagship device in the market – or in the case of Samsung and their smartphones, a couple of them, then you would do well to make sure that these devices are updated with the latest firmware or software in order to maintain that premium feel. We are pleased to bring you word that over in Europe and Asia, there is a banging new update making its way around, which will see the XXU1AOE3 build number being paraded, where the entire shebang would be 159MB in size.

It does offer improvements to the performance of the touch-based fingerprint scanner, not to mention a new and undisclosed feature to the integrated Photo editor – which would be nothing but good tidings, we believe. Not only that, the overall compatibility with accessories has also been improved, so you should be able to enjoy a wider range of accessories from now on.


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the-new-ipadApple and IBM have teamed up, and the reason behind this particular partnership is this – they intend to deliver customized iPads to the elderly in Japan. Japanese insurance and bank holding company Japan Post have worked alongside a partnership in order to improve the lives of elderly people in the world’s third largest economy. All of the companies involved claim that they do have hope for other countries to follow suit, as many countries start to have a higher number of aged population due to increased life expectancy.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Japan Post CEO Taizo Nishimuro did announce the deal in New York on Thursday, where this particular program will offer iPads with apps that have been specially designed in order to help out Japan’s seniors manage their daily lives, and at the same time, allow them to keep in touch with family members.

The special iPad software will allow Japan’s national Post Office Watch service to better monitor elderly clients, and IBM will also be the one behind the cloud services provided, with the collaboration between Apple and IBM resulting in the creation of 22 apps to date.


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sprint_Both Boingo Wireless as well as Sprint has just announced a multi-year Wi-Fi agreement. In other words, this particular agreement will deliver access to seamless and secure Boingo Wi-Fi networks across 35 major airports ver in the U.S. This will make use of Boingo’s industry-leading network technology, where connecting to Wi-Fi will soon be a snap, and is as safe as cellular.

Basically, all Sprint devices that are within proximity of a Boingo hotspot can connect automatically to the Wi-Fi network without missing a beat, offering service at the fastest speeds available, regardless of whether that cellular is from Sprint or Wi-Fi from Boingo. Thanks to the auto-authenticating Wi-Fi connections, they are available at no extra charge to all Sprint customers who happen to have capable devices, while usage when connected to Wi-Fi will not eventually count towards a customer’s monthly service plan.

Sprint and Boingo has already conducted successful market trials through millions of Sprint handsets, and it has clearly shown the consumer benefits of effortless authentication onto Boingo’s network. [Press Release]


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LG-Watch-Urbane-LTE-07-640x359If you have been hankering after the LG Watch Urbane for the longest time, while being an AT&T subscriber, then here is good news for you. This particular timepiece can be picked up for $349 a pop from AT&T, where it will arrive in a shade of silver to boot. This timepiece will run on Android Wear and is compatible with any smartphone that has Android 4.3 or higher as the mobile operating system of choice.

It is best to use the LG Watch Urbane within the confines of a Wi-Fi network all the time, along with your smartphone, so that you can keep track of notifications, send messages and make use of your Android Wear compatible apps at all times. Sporting a 1.3” circle P-OLED display, the Watch Urbane comes with replaceable 22mm stitched leather straps for more flexible fashion choices, while the integrated PPG Sensor (average pace, speed, heart rate, and distance) ought to keep fitness buffs happy, with a 410 mAh (non-removable) battery that has an all-day battery life. [Press Release]


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