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The iPhone may be losing momentum as carrier subsidies fade

With T-Mobile’s fresh take on how a mobile carrier should operate, it’s you and I that benefit. One of their most enduring changes has been an end to blind subsidies, wherein we can clearly identify what we’re paying monthly for our total device cost. That’s had a ripple effect with other carriers who have offered the same thing, but there is collateral damage afoot — and it’s the iPhone.

Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 LTE review

LG released the G Pad 8.3 in the US back in October of 2013. The initial release was a WiFi only model, and that was followed up by a Google Play edition. The GPe model was also WiFi only in terms of connectivity, however a cellular connected model has since come available through Verizon Wireless. We've been playing with a review unit for the past few weeks, and at risk of offering a spoiler in the beginning, we can say there hasn't been any disappointment.

Apple prods Samsung in Earth Day advertising

In the UK, Apple is taking their fight with Samsung to print. Various publications have cheeky ads paid for by Apple, in which they encourage Samsung to steal at least one of their concepts. Given their recent success in various lawsuits, and the timing of the ads, it’s an interesting challenge to the South Korean tech giant.

Google Glass XE16.1 update arriving now

Kit Kat, the XE16 update, rolled out for Google Glass users back on April 15th. There was lots of promise and hope coming with the update. Google touted goodies such as increased battery life, however it also looks like plenty of users had issues as a result of updating. We are on the lookout for a changelog, but we did want to mention a new update is currently in the process of rolling out.

Duet tracks belongings, alerts when you leave phone behind

Are you the type of smartphone owner that loses track of their device? If so, you’ve likely heard of Tile, the little fob that helps to track your device. A similar device named Duet has become available, aiming to help you do the same thing — and for those of you likely reading this, it has one distinct advantage over the competition.

New Samsung device spotted with QHD screen, Intel LTE

Though an incremental update — and a good one — the Galaxy S5 was met with some consternation on launch. Some wanted more from the device, with a better screen and more RAM topping the list of complaints. The wait may be over, though, as a new device has popped up with a user agent profile showing some updated specs to the current Samsung flagship.  

ES File Explorer tips and tricks for managing your files

You'll never run out of file managers on Android, especially since the platform does not completely hide the filesystem from users, unlike that other mobile OS. The benefits and drawbacks of such freedom is still open to debate, but until that changes, file managers will be a fact of life on Android. It's sometimes hard to paint an app as the cream of the crop, but ES File Explorer comes pretty darn close. It's not going to win any awards for prettiness and new or casual users will probably be a bit confused. But for those who want to squeeze out some every bit of functionality from their device, ES File Explorer aims to please. Here are four "power user" features that you might find useful someday or today.

Google signs 407 megawatt wind energy deal

Google has announced a deal that will use clean wind energy to power their various data centers. MidAmerican Energy, based out of Iowa and owned in part by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway, will provide 407 megawatts of wind power to Google.  
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