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The March security patch is arriving for more Samsung devices in the US — here is the list so far

The March security patch is arriving for more Samsung devices in the US — here is the list so far

Samsung started updating some of its international devices to the March security patch last week, and now distribution is reaching unlocked devices in the US. As well as improvements to security, the update includes One UI 3.1, bringing with it a plethora of new features from the Galaxy S21 series to older phones.

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Samsung's April patch is rolling out to the Galaxy A51 and other US models — here's the complete list

Samsung's April patch is rolling out to the Galaxy A51 and other US models — here's the complete list

The April security patch has already reached a whole bunch of Galaxy devices in the US, but Samsung’s rollout continues to steadily progress as more phones and tablets join the list. Now, the April patch is hitting some mid-range Galaxy A phones and flagship tablets from Verizon and T-Mobile.
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AT&T is making tablet and laptop data plans way cheaper

AT&T is making tablet and laptop data plans way cheaper

Today AT&T announced its refreshed DataConnect plans, now with extra 5G. While that's nice, the big news is that they're considerably less expensive than they used to be. Customers looking to AT&T for a dedicated connection on a mobile-equipped tablet, laptop, or hotspot might want to check them out.

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HBO Max thinks you'll pay $10 a month for an ad-riddled service without the latest movies

HBO Max thinks you'll pay $10 a month for an ad-riddled service without the latest movies

With a backlog of HBO original programming, Time Warner movies and television properties, and a year's worth of Warner Bros. theater releases, HBO Max ain't a bad deal at $15 a month. But if that's outside your budget, the streaming service will get a cheaper option soon. Reports say that starting in June, you'll be able to watch most of its content for $9.99 a month, with frequent interruptions for commercials.

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Sony's Playstation app hits 100 million installs five months after the launch of the PS5

Sony's Playstation app hits 100 million installs five months after the launch of the PS5

Any time an application hits 100 million installs on the Play Store, it's worth taking note. From podcast players to streaming services, it's a sign that an app has truly cemented its legacy on Android. It's not often that three apps reach this milestone all at once, but that's exactly what has happened today. PlayStation, myAT&T, and Moto Photo Editor have all earned their respective places in the Play Store hall of fame.

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T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T have reportedly killed their RCS joint venture

T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T have reportedly killed their RCS joint venture

Long, long ago, in the far-off year 2019, the four (at the time) US carriers came together to announce a single partnership. They would work together on a new Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative, or CCMI, that promised interoperability for an RCS Universal Profile-based messaging standard. Originally set to be launched in 2020, we hadn't heard very much about it for some time. According to a new report, there's a good reason for that: The CCMI is dead.

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Samsung's February security update reaches more US carrier devices

Samsung's February security update reaches more US carrier devices

Samsung kickstarted its February 2021 patch rollout a bit early this time, with the European Galaxy S20 line being the first recipient. Now, these latest Android security updates are spreading to the US, starting with the unlocked Galaxy S20 models and the Note20 Ultra, and more recently followed by a couple of older and budget devices on AT&T and Verizon.

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Ad-supported HBO Max is coming in June

Ad-supported HBO Max is coming in June

HBO Max has made an impressive splash in the extremely competitive streaming video market. But at $15 a month, it's among the most expensive choices that don't include extras like live broadcast TV. Today parent company AT&T announced that as of June, it's going to start offering an ad-supported (and presumably less expensive) version of HBO Max.

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AT&T becomes latest carrier to bring Android 11 to the LG V60

AT&T becomes latest carrier to bring Android 11 to the LG V60

LG has never had the best reputation for software updates, and that situation really hasn't changed any with the release of Android 11 last year. It took until 2021 before we saw Android 11 updates hit any of the company's phones, and even that had been limited to South Korea. Now we're finally starting to see some domestic action, as the V60 on Verizon and T-Mobile upgrades to Android 11.

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Free trials for Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube Premium, and tons of other streaming services

Free trials for Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube Premium, and tons of other streaming services

It's been a year of pandemic living and that's meant hordes of new viewers jumping on the streaming services — so much so that Netflix, Disney+, and HBO Max have all scuttled their first-party free trial offers. But there are still plenty of content hubs to suit your tastes in live TV, animated series, docudramas, and the like. We've got discount or free offers from 22 streaming service options listed below, and they've all got huge libraries. Some are even free entirely.

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