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DROID DNA Gets Android 4.2.2 With Sense 5 OTA Update Four Months After Verizon Spilled The Beans

Verizon posted details surround an incoming update for the DROID DNA several months ago that would bring the device up to Android 4.2.2 and dress it up with Sense 5, but an OTA never came. Now that's changing, as Verizon has officially announced it and provided a detailed overview of changes owners can expect. The update will provide an experience similar to that on the HTC One, with features such as BlinkFeed, quick settings, and improved Sense apps making their way over to what was 2012's best DROID.

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Verizon Adds 16 New Channels To Mobile FiOS, Options Include Showtime, Starz, The Cooking Channel, And More

Verizon is upping the number of channels FiOS subscribers can watch when they're away from home. With 16 additional options - reaching a total of 25 - there's a better chance mobile TV watchers will be able to find something on that they actually want to watch. Naturally, the number of options isn't exhaustive, but the new crop contains heavy hitters including Showtime and Starz.

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New channels:

  • AXS.tv
  • beIN SPORT
  • beIN SPORT Espanol
  • Bloomberg TV
  • Cine Sony Television
  • Cooking Channel
  • Encore
  • FEARnet
  • NFL RedZone (tablet only)
  • SHOWTIME
  • SHOWTIME EXTREME
  • Sony Movie Channel
  • STARZ
  • Trinity Broadcast
  • Universal Sports
  • TVGN (TV Guide Network)

FiOS customers can stream far more channels in the comfort of their own home, with everyone having access to 91 channels.

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[Deal Alert] White Verizon LG G2 Now Available, Free With Two-Year Contract For Cyber Monday

Depending on where you live, there's a decent chance you're not going to get that white Christmas no matter how often you make the wish. Thankfully, it's much easier to get your hands on a white phone. Verizon Wireless is now offering the LG G2 in white, and to sweeten the deal, they're giving it away for free on Cyber Monday. Well, sort of. You will still have to sign away your mobile soul for two years, but for many customers, that's just par for the course.

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Motorola Goes Frosty: Verizon DROID Ultra And DROID Mini Now Available In White

Maybe the black slabs of glass and Kevlar that are Verizon's 2013 DROID lineup aren't doing it for you. If that's the case (and you haven't already bought a customized Moto X), you can now pick up either the svelte DROID Ultra or the pint-sized DROID Mini in shades of white. The capacious DROID Maxx, surprisingly, is still only offered in black.

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Unlike some of the early leaks of the white Ultra model, this one seems to be white all over, as opposed to white on the glass panel with a black body.

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Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Deals: Wirefly Discounts The Phone To $199.99 ($100 Off), Amazon Beats Them By $30

If you've been hankering for a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the high price for Verizon's contract phone may be off-putting. Wirefly is offering the Verizon Note 3 for $199.99 with a new contract, but Amazon has one-upped them - they've got the same phone-contract combo for just $169.99. The price for both is $249.99 ($50 off Verizon's price) for returning customers.

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You could take the view that Wirefly has a better deal here, at least if you're willing to wait.

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Verizon Kyocera Hydro Elite Receives First OTA Update To Software Version 2.006VZ

The Kyocera Hydro Elite may not be a top-of-the-line device, but it comes with something most phones don't - water resistance. It also packs 4.3-inch display and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, making it an admirable midrange handset. Now Verizon is distributing the first OTA for the phone, and while the Android version number remains the same, this update impacts many areas of the device.

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The touch screen's sensitivity has been adjusted, including the virtual keyboard, and the call screen now stays lit for over 15 seconds when active.

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Mistakes Were Made: Costco Has A Moto X Made By Both Samsung And Motorola, Amazon's Nexus 7 Listing Still Pines For Honeycomb, And More

Everyone makes mistakes, but most of us aren't producing marketing material for giant retail chains that sell technology to the general public. That's the kind of mistake we all get to laugh about. So let's have a chuckle at today's mistaken parties.

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Having trouble choosing between a Samsung phone and a Motorola one? Well, now you don't have to choose with the new Verizon Samsung Moto X by Motorola at Costco.

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Verizon Pushing Android 4.1.2 To Both Droid Xyboards Right Now

Hey! Remember they Droid Xyboards? No? Well, surprisingly, Verizon does. In fact, both the 8.2- and 10.1-inch versions are getting an OTA update that brings Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2) right now. Fantastic.

So what does this mean for Xyboard owners? Some new stuff, pretty much. Like Google Now! And Chrome. And Movie Studio, according to Verizon's changelog.

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See? Look at all that new stuff. Really, there aren't a lot of tangible differences between 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3 aside from just knowing that you're a few versions behind.

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CTIA And Carriers Blocked Samsung's Cellphone Kill Switch... Probably So They Can Sell You One

Smartphone theft is a growing problem. With more and more people carrying around a $500 gadget in their pockets, muggers and pickpockets are targeting smartphone owners for a quick and easy buck on the aftermarket. Municipalities all over the country have noted the rise in cell phone theft, and so have the manufacturers. But as CBS News reports, when Samsung built in a user-accessible kill switch to deter thieves, the CTIA and the five largest carriers in the country wanted nothing to do with it.

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[Hell Freezes Over] The Moto X On Verizon Gets The First KitKat Update, And It's Starting Today

There are a number of themes in Android news so common that we can almost pre-write the posts. One of the near certainties has always been that Verizon is going to take forever to update its phones. Well, that's why this news is so surprising. KitKat is coming to the Moto X on Verizon first, and it's happening today.

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