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OPPO N1 CyanogenMod Edition now available

As we had been expecting, the OPPO N1 CyanogenMod Edition smartphone has arrived. The handset is available from the OPPO Style store and is selling for $599. This one has 16GB of internal storage space, ships with a few CyanogenMod perks and of course, maintains the unique features found on the regular model OPPO N1.

T-Mobile’s GoSmart customers to get Facebook access, even without a data plan

If your Facebook addiction knows no bounds, it might be time to jump on T-Mobile’s bandwagon. The coolest carrier on the planet has announced they will allow Facebook to be accessed offline for those who are on one of their GoSmart Mobile plans. GoSmart, which is essentially T-Mobile’s lower-end prepaid offering, was announced earlier this year. With plans starting at $30/month, it’s aimed at the emerging mid-tier smartphone market.

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.
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