Google started testing free passes through the Field Trip app back in May, and now the program is expanding to more locations. Throughout the month of July, venturing near a participating location will produce a free single-admittance pass. The list of attractions is much larger than last time.
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It's not much of a surprise at this point, but the Federal Communications Commission has approved the tri-company merger deal involving Japanese carrier SoftBank, Sprint, and Clearwire. The FCC ruling follows Justice Department approval several weeks ago, and some delicious drama that ended with Dish Network being shut out of the deal.
SoftBank is throwing $21.6 billion at Sprint to acquire a 78% stake in the company. Sprint is now also free to buy the remaining 49% of Clearwire it doesn't already own, giving it a big juicy slice of wireless spectrum.
Look, we all love skeuomorphism. Without reservation, I will admit to drooling over digital interfaces made entirely of green felt and leather stitching. That's why this Android launcher is just so darn good. 3D Home turns your home screen into a room. Everything you use on your phone becomes an object in this room – a digital recreation of a real world item. Clearly, you must have this immediately. Lucky you, it's free.
Facebook is apparently hard at work this 4th of July having just released a new update to its beta Android app. In case you missed it last week, Facebook started using the Play Store beta program to test new versions of the app prior to wide release. If you want in, follow the instructions we posted last time. If you're already in, get ready for a bug-squashing update.
Looking to pick up a Nexus 4 in the UK? Well, you have one less option today. Carphone Warehouse, one of the largest online mobile retailers in the UK, has removed the Nexus 4 from the site. There isn't even an 'out of stock' notice – it's just gone.
The Nexus 4 is getting on on toward late middle age now, and the limited edition white N4 was just discontinued yesterday.
After a few months of testing, Sony has announced its my Xperia service will be hitting all regions in the next few weeks. This system will provide remote management of 2012 and 2013 Xperia devices. Smartphones are expensive – it's nice of Sony to help you keep track of it.
Once it is deployed in your country, my Xperia will come in the form of a new app that can be enabled in settings.
Feeling apprehensive about cloud storage with recent goings on? Well, MEGA might be the cloud for you with 50GB of free encrypted space. There's now an easier way to access your cloud storage with the official MEGA Android app. This isn't new per se – MEGA has acquired the top third-party client and made it official.
Do you ever feel like you're a little too productive? If the tiny glowing screen of unlimited entertainment in your pocket hasn't already robbed you of all motivation, there are the PureGear Retro Game Cases. These neat wrap-around cases have just been released for the GS4, and they look fun.
Each of these cases does the normal case-type stuff. You know, protects the phone and such. However, each one has a small maze game with beads embedded in the back.