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Samsung’s new Galaxy Gear ad is creepy and scary

It seems that Samsung couldn’t remember the greatest commercial in the world, so they made a tribute to it. Their latest ad for the Galaxy Gear shows two young men on a ski lift, attempting to woo a nice young lady (Amy) riding with them. One has a Galaxy Gear, while the other is in a member of the 99% club of those who wisely skipped on Samsung’s first-run wearable.

T-Mobile Uncarrier 4.0 expected to tackle ETF fees

T-Mobile CEO John Legere began teasing Uncarrier 4.0 last week. He hasn't gone into specifics, but did take to Twitter to once again poke at AT&T. Legere touched on how the next phase will be about eliminating "another customer pain point." That leaves quite a bit of room for interpretation, however it looks like some details may have recently been leaked.

Verizon to publish report on Government requests for data early next year

Suddenly, everyone’s a hero. In the wake of the public uproar over the NSA’s intelligence gathering, and Edward Snowden’s own data gathering efforts, many tech companies erupted in a backlash. Between petitions circulating for change and admissions that they had turned info over to the US government or other law enforcement agencies, many tech companies were caught up in a PR nightmare. In the ongoing quest for greater transparency, one carrier — Verizon — has announced they’ll be publishing requests regarding government inquiries, and updating that list twice a year.

OPPO N1 CyanogenMod edition gains Google certification

There had been talk of the OPPO N1 CyanogenMod edition shipping internationally from late-December. And well, it looks like a specific release date has been announced. Coming by way the official @OPPO Twitter account, we now know the handset will be available for purchase beginning on December 24th. Along with the release news, there was also a sneak peak given at the packaging and a bit about the Google certification.

Chrome for Android inspires Chrome OS to bring web pages to life as apps

With Chrome Beta for Android, we have the ability to turn any webpage into an app. By selecting “add to homescreen” from the menu, we get a quick-launching app right from our device. It was a feature that we find incredibly useful, and one that we’d like to see make a wider impact. An update to Chrome OS is giving users that functionality, and we hope it goes far beyond that platform.

Dish may be considering a bid for T-Mobile

Dish network, the satellite cable provider, is said to be in talks to acquire T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom. Reuters is citing “people close to the matter” in noting that their bid may come sometime next year. It would be Dish’s second attempt at acquiring a mobile carrier outright, and their third at getting into the mobile carrier business.

T-Mobile CEO prods AT&T chief, hints at more Uncarrier goodness in tweet

Easily one of the more interesting — and quite honestly, cool — stories of 2013 has been T-Mobile’s Uncarrier approach. Their rage-quitting of the status quo makes for good theater, but also really happy customers. Their CEO has a brashness we love, and they have inspired change throughout the industry. Prior to them, there were no “early opt-out” plans, and now each major US carrier has one.

Themer updated, makes browsing and previewing themes easier

Themer, which set the launcher craze into overdrive, has seen its first major update since launch. With the refresh, Themer promises easier navigation via a new translucent app drawer, and themes that peek through to give you a preview or what you’ll get. In our review, we noted Themer was easy to use, and this update will only add to the experience.
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