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Just last week, MetroPCS announced a new offering from LG, along with an ultra-affordable $55 unlimited LTE plan. This week, the pay-as-you-go carrier is announcing an even more affordable 4G LTE handset: the Coolpad Quattro 4G.

This marks Coolpad's first venture into U.S. territory, and with a price of $99 (after $50 mail-in-rebate) sans-contract, the Quattro is priced to move units. Of course, when it comes to smartphones like this, you get what you pay for:

  • 4" display
  • 1GHz processor
  • 3.2MP rear shooter, front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Android 2.3.x

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Notice something oddly familiar about this little handset?

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A rather innocuous OTA update (T989UVLH1) for T-Mobile's Galaxy S II was announced today, with a 2-line changelog that, on the surface, probably won't excite anyone:

Improvements

  • ISIS/NFC update
  • Bug fixes

That's the whole thing. But that little Isis mention is easy to overlook - this is the first phone to officially indicate (if indirectly) support for the carrier-backed mobile payment system. Unfortunately, we don't have a T-Mobile Galaxy S II in order to check if this update actually brings the Isis app itself, or is merely in preparation for support.

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Samsung has been slowly but surely pushing Ice Cream Sandwich to last year's Galaxy Tab series. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi was the most recent Tab in the series to get the update here in the U.S. and, considering the devices are nearly identical, it left owners of the Tab 8.9 wondering where their update was.

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Good news, Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi owners: the wait is over. The 313.96MB update just started rolling out in the U.S.

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We already knew that the Samsung was planning to release a black version of the Galaxy S III, but it's just been announced that the company's flagship phone will also be available in three additional colors soon.

Continuing the "inspired by nature" theme of the Galaxy S III, Samsung's blog says that the new color variants are "derived from man’s relationship with natural materials and perfectly compliment the handset’s organic experience."

The Garnet Red model has already been available exclusively from AT&T for the past month, but consumers will soon have the option to buy the phone in 'Amber Brown', 'Sapphire Black', or 'Titanium Grey'.

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Barnes & Noble announced last week that its Nook Simple Touch e-book readers were coming to the UK, and it's now been confirmed that John Lewis will stock the devices from mid-October.

Although Barnes & Noble is an established name in the US, this will be the first time that the company has made itself known on this side of the pond. With no brand recognition, it will have a tough time competing against the likes of Amazon, who just recently partnered with Waterstones to bring the Kindle to the high street.

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Brightstar, a global wireless services company with a presence in more than 51 countries worldwide, has acquired LetsTalk.com for an undisclosed fee.

Since its founding in 1999, LetsTalk has served as an independent resource for wireless products and services, raising $21.5 million in funding. The San Francisco based company competes with Wirefly and Amazon, selling service plans from US carriers.

"Brightstar can now extend the wireless supply chain to the point of purchase and enable sales of connected products through an integrated omni-channel that includes online, in-store, mobile and social interfaces," said David Stritzinger.

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If you asked someone off the street what Everything Everywhere was, they probably wouldn't have a clue what you were talking about. The company is yet to establish its own brand presence in the UK, but it's certainly busy setting things up behind the scenes.

For those of you who don't know, the company has been around for a while, ever since the merger of T-Mobile and Orange. Just last week, we learnt that the network would be the first to launch 4G in the UK, and now it's partnered with MasterCard to offer NFC payments on its devices in a 5-year deal.

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The LG Optimus G, the tantalizing flagship device for which LG released an teaser video last week, is finally official.

The phone, which we know to be packing a 4.7" 1280x768 display, 2GB RAM, a 1.5GHz quad-core S4 Pro processor, and a 13MP rear camera, is slated to launch in Korea next month, followed by a yet undated global release expected to start with Japan in either October or November.

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Back in July, popular game developer Kairosoft released a new game called Oh! Edo Towns. Much to the surprise of Kairosoft-lovers, however, it was region locked to Japan.

But not anymore. Now, Oh! Edo Towns is available in the Play Store for all users.

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Oh! Edo Towns keeps that familiar (and loved) Kairosoft style, but goes back in time to the Japan's Edo days. Build houses, castles, and all other sorts of old-school architecture, and place building side-by-side to create "combos." It's your town - build it how you see fit!

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Let's see a show of hands: how many of you use your smartphone while driving? It's OK, we won't judge you. Yeah, you do it. We all do from time to time. And we all know it's not safe, too.

The interface of a smartphone is meant to be simple, but not simple enough to use while driving. For that, an app that turns your smartphone into something that your grandmother could be comfortable using would be much better.

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