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Verizon: Our LTE Footprint Will Completely Cover Current 3G Areas By Year's End

If you're a Verizon customer in an area that has yet to receive its share of the company's expansive LTE network, then every month's "new LTE list" is probably a nail-biter for you. Good news, though – you'll be covered by the end of 2013, according to a new post on Big Red's blog.

In its current state, Verizon's 4G LTE network covers an impressive 473 markets, which reaches roughly 273.5 million users. That's pretty massive – about 89 percent of its 3G network, in fact. And other companies haven't even started building out their LTE network yet. 

The company also said that it will continue to work with rural communication companies to help them set up and build their own 4G LTE networks – a project VZW refers to as "LTE in Rural America." Isn't that sweet?

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[CES 2013] Hands-On With The I'm Watch Color, A $400 Brick Of Failure That Straps To Your Wrist

I love the idea of wearable computers. When I heard I'm Spa was giving away the I'm Watch Color at CES, I ran over to their booth to grab one. The plan was to get it, review it, and maybe even use it after the review, even if it made me look a little geeky. I'm Spa has a new version of the OS, "I'm Droid 2.0," which is just a scaled down version of Android, so it should be very powerful and work well with my phone. It has a tiny app store for watch apps, and a pull down notification panel.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S III Available In Titanium Grey At Best Buy, But For The Love Of God, Don't Buy It Yet

If the rather binary choices of blue and white for the current model of the T-Mobile's variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III don't appeal, there's another option available. A Titanium Grey color has popped up on Best Buy's website, at the same subsidized price as the other T-Mobile models, currently $179.99 with a two-year contract and a whopping $700 outright. Just be aware that if you actually buy a T-Mobile Galaxy S III at any time in the next month, your future self may come back Biff Tannen-style and smack you for being so shortsighted.


That's because T-Mobile is finally ready to start rolling out its LTE network, like the rest of the major American carriers, with a launch coming as soon as this month.

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Editorial: CES 2013 Is A Joke And I Honestly Don't Want To Come Back Next Year


When I went to CES in 2012, I had a pretty good time. I’m having a pretty good time this year, too, but that’s in no way thanks to the gadgets that have been unveiled thus far (well, with one exception).

2012 had stuff. Cool stuff. Samsung did a Smart Window thing. Moto announced the DROID RAZR MAXX. The DROID 4 was unveiled. Sony announced the Xperia S and Ion. We saw Intel Medfield Android tablets and Medfield smartphones. AR.Drone 2.0 made its first appearance. AT&T announced six phones. Toshiba made a bunch of tablets.

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[CES 2013] Hands-On With ZTE's 5" 1080p Flagship - The Grand S (Video)

Fancy a new 5" superphone? ZTE may have something to pique your interest - if you live in China. The company's latest high-end device, the Grand S, was unveiled yesterday prior to CES, and we got some hands-on time earlier today. It hits all the right points: 5" 1080p display, 13MP rear camera, 1.7GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1, LTE connectivity, and is a fairly stunning 6.9mm in profile.

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But, ZTE wasn't shy about discussing market availability: China. It's possible the Grand S will makes its way to Europe, but the only locale ZTE was willing to commit to availability on today was its own.

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[CES 2013] Oh Look, An Oven That Runs Android (Hands-On Video)

I could probably count on one hand the amount of things at CES that are 1, new, and 2, run Android, so we are left with stuff like this.


This is an oven, an oven with an embedded 7-inch touch screen that runs Android. It's called the Dacor Discovery IQ Wall Oven. Here are some specs.

  • Samsung S5PV210 1GHz CPU
  • PowerVR SGX 540 GPU
  • 512 MB DDR2 RAM
  • 16 GB Storge
  • "Hard Drive Expansion: 32GB Max"
  • WiFi

The oven runs Android 4.0.3 (I can't believe I'm typing this) in tablet mode. Dacor has an app that will let you do oven things like adjust the temperature, set a timer, and show the time.

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[CES 2013] Hands-On With Intel's Lexington Platform Reference Phone

If you hadn't heard, Intel actually unveiled a new smartphone chip at CES. It's just not a particularly exciting one. Lexington, as its known, will be marketed primarily in emerging parts of the world - think Southeast Asia and Africa - in handsets that will probably closely mimic the reference design you see below in the hands-on video.

I'll admit - there's not a whole lot to this thing. It has a tiny 3.7" screen, isn't particularly thin (actually, it's pretty thick), and feels cheap. But this is Intel's play in the budget market, and on the whole, I feel like they could do very well with it.

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Redbox Instant Updated To Support The Nexus 10, Still Won't Work On Rooted Devices

We have some good news, and some bad news. First, the good news: Redbox Instant was just updated with support for the Nexus 10! Now you can stream movies to your heart's content on that big, beautiful display. Fantastic.

And the bad news: it still won't work if you're rooted. So, if you were rejoicing that you can finally use it on your N10, you can probably stop now if it's rooted. Sadface.jpg.



Past that, this update "squashes some bugs." So, maybe if your device isn't rooted, it'll suck less now? Can't really say for sure since, you know, I can't actually give it a try.

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T-Mobile Confirms Unlimited Data Plans For Monthly4G Prepaid Service

We reported a few days ago that T-Mobile was rumored to be implementing an unlimited data option for its prepaid phone service. Well, now the carrier is confirming it. Starting on Wednesday January 9th, customers will be able to sign up for unlimited 4G HSPA+ data, voice, and text on prepaid for just $70 per-month.


This plan replaces the $70 unlimited talk/text plan with 5GB of 4G data. T-Mobile's data plans can be a little confusing because the carrier likes to still call them "unlimited" at times. What T-Mobile means is that all its data plans are technically unlimited if you don't mind downloading at a snail's pace.

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[New Game] The Great Fusion Is An Adventure Game That Hates The Future... In A Fun Way

The middle class is disappearing. The national debt is big enough to fill Cowboys Stadium with hundred dollar bills. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo gets 2.5 million viewers an episode. The future of America looks bleak, folks - so let's celebrate it in point-and-click form. The Great Fusion is an old-school point-and-click adventure in the vein of Leisure Suit Larry, Monkey Island et al. It paints a worrisome picture of the year 2022, when the United States has collapsed and hope for the future is lost. Then it draws a mustache on the painting.

You play Max, a talented but under-appreciated programmer, as he scrapes a living from the dregs of society.

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