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[Deal Alert] Wirefly Undercuts Amazon, Offering Sprint HTC One For $49.99 On New Lines

The smartphone price wars are continuing after Amazon temporarily dropped the Sprint HTC One to $79.99 yesterday. Now Wirefly has taken the device down to only $49.99 with a new two-year contract.

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Keep in mind this price is only available on new lines of service. That can mean a completely new account, or a new line on an existing account in this case. Upgrades on existing lines are $129.99. That's still a deal when you consider the $639.99 price tag on an unsubsidized Sprint HTC One.

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Moonshot 'Project Loon' Official – Google Will Set The Internet Adrift 'On The Stratospheric Winds' Using Balloons

"Many people don't realize … the majority of the world is not connected to the internet. How do we get cost-effective, inexpensive, and reliable connectivity to the remaining 5 or 6 billion people who don't have it?"

Chief Technical Architect Rich DeVaul poses this question in introducing the technology behind Project Loon – the newly (officially) announced project from Google X that aims to bring internet connectivity to "rural, remote, and underserviced areas," as well as those affected by natural disasters.

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Imgur Beta App Updated To 0.1.11 With Not-Really-Holo User Interface, Still Has A Long Way To Go [Update]

Imgur has become one of the standard Internet destinations for quick and dirty photo sharing, but its official Android app leaves a lot to be desired - though to be fair, it's still in beta. The latest update adds a much-needed Holo interface... sort of. The UI has definitely been improved over previous versions, and according to the changelog, it's Holo. While it's clear that the designers were trying for a more standardized app, the guidelines have been followed in some places and not others.

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Google Play Carrier Billing Rolling Out For 3 In Hong Kong, Sweden, Ireland, And Wind Italy

Google has updated the Play Support accepted payment methods page with a few new carrier billing options, including billing for subscribers of 3 in Hong Kong, Ireland, and Sweden. Wind Italy has apparently received carrier billing as an option, as well.

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Oddly, Telenor of Sweden has been removed from the list as well, though we've not been able to confirm that the feature has actually been disabled. Depending on your provider, you may need to manually enable carrier billing as an option on your account page, as some 3 users are reporting.

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[New App] CPU-Z Beta Arrives On Android, Already Knows Your Device Inside And Out

CPU-Z has long been a popular tool on the desktop for identifying hardware components quickly and easily. Now that same power has come to Android with the first beta release of CPU-Z in the Play Store.

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There aren't a lot of bells and whistles in CPU-Z, but it knows absolutely everything about your hardware. It'll ID your ARM chip down to the revision number, find software and kernel versions, track RAM and processor load, and list all of your internal sensors.

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Google Introduces Purchase Status API, Developers Can Now Check In-App Purchases On Their Own Servers

Google debuted its brand new Purchase Status API today, pitching the product to developers looking for a way to remotely verify their app's in-app purchases through Google Play. It's a backend product that enables the remote query of the status of a specific in-app product or subscription, and it supports cancelling said subscription, if desired. It should also be noted that a unique purchase token is required to make the call, and that token is only given to the device.

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Friday App And Game Sales: Yesterday, Flowpaper, Mighty Dungeons, And More [Updated]

The weekend is upon us again, and that means it's time to unwind and forget your troubles. You can pick up some apps and games to help with that process if you like, and we even have some deals for you.

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[Deal Alert] AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 Drops To $129.99 For New Accounts And $139.99 For Upgrades On Amazon

The Samsung Galaxy S4 might be a new phone, but there are already some great deals to be had online. Amazon previously lowered the price to $168, but now it's down to just $129.99 for new lines, and $139.99 for upgrades on existing ones.

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[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 65: My Leg Is My Heat Sink

Welcome to the Android Police Podcast, Episode 65.

Don't forget - the Android Police Podcast's live broadcast is every Thursday at 5PM PST (www.androidpolice.com/podcast). The unedited video version of the podcast can be found here - and will likely include various verbal expletives, technical snafus, tangents, and probably a good 5-10 minutes of pre-podcast banter as we prepare. Watch at your own risk!

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European Union To End Roaming Fees In Summer 2014 For EU Carriers

Starting in July 2014, Europeans will be free of burdensome roaming charges as they travel across the European Union's 27 member states. This comes after officials voted to terminate such fees for voice calls, text messages, and internet access as part of a move to create a single European telecoms market. This is great news for French citizens hopping across the border to Germany, but it will have no impact on tourists from outside of the continent.

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