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Sprint plans to begin 5G rollout in first half of 2019 with higher unlimited plan prices

The 4G era has not been kind to Sprint. It went from a strong number three in the US wireless market to a distant fourth place behind T-Mobile. The company hopes that the move to 5G will help it regain market share and compete on network quality. CEO Marcelo Claure now says the carrier will begin its 5G rollout in the first half of 2019, putting it ahead of the other national carriers. However, that new network will likely come with higher plan prices.

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Google promoting Home Max on Chrome's New Tab Page

Google's new Home Max speaker is pretty great. It can become deafeningly loud, and includes Google Assistant. The only downside is the price - $400 is quite a lot for a speaker. It looks like Google is trying to sell more of them, because the company has placed a small ad for the Home Max on Chrome's New Tab Page.

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'Limited Gold Edition' of the Razer Phone is now available for purchase with barely any gold

Were you looking to pick up a Razer Phone, but wishing that it came in gold? Your dream has come true... kinda. Razer has just unveiled a 'Limited Gold Edition' of the Razer Phone in celebration of the Lunar New Year, and it's available for purchase right now.

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Endless runner 'Run Sausage Run!' has racked up 10 million installs, and it's showing no signs of slowing down

You may have never heard of TabTale before, but that's probably because they tend to concentrate their efforts on "super casual indie games." The thing is that appears to be working in their favor as they have a breakout hit on their hands with the recent release of Run Sausage Run!, a free-to-play endless runner. Within the last 6 weeks of the game's initial release it has racked up over 10 million installs, and its popularity is showing no signs of slowing down.

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YouTube is rolling out funding notices for more transparency in news reporting

With a platform as huge and open as YouTube, it's difficult to ensure that information distributed on it is honest and transparent. This issue has never been more apparent than it is now, with the spread of fake news and the labeling of real news as fake making it damn near impossible for viewers to know which sources they can trust.

Google, like many other large tech organizations, should do all it can to maintain transparency in news reporting and that's apparently a big goal for the company in 2018. This latest addition to YouTube videos is a good start. From now on, notices will be displayed below news videos if the publisher is in any way government-funded.

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Kick off the weekend with 37 temporarily free and 45 on-sale apps

Hello, and welcome to the final round of app sales for the week. February has just begun, which means that MWC is right around the corner. Before that chaos begins, let's sit back and enjoy the calm. Today's list, in contrast to Wednesday's, has quite a bit going on – there are even a couple of good ones – so have at it.

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Chrome OS 64 hits stable, with tablet mode screenshot shortcut and Android app improvements

At the end of last year, we learned that Chrome OS was about to get some improvements in the way it handles Android apps. The Chrome OS 64 beta allowed you to run them side-by-side just as you can with regular laptop apps. This improvement and more should now be part of the latest stable release, which is up to version number 64.0.3282.134 (Platform version: 10176.65.0).

The most notable addition is a new screenshot shortcut for touchscreen devices. You can now press volume-down and power button buttons simultaneously, just like on Android phones and tablets. This will be useful for convertibles but could also be seen as preparation for Chrome OS devices with no keyboard whatsoever, like this leaked Acer tablet.

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Fujitsu selling majority stake in mobile phone division to investment firm

Japanese IT firm Fujitsu has announced a plan to spin off their mobile device business into a separate company. Under the deal, investment firm Polaris will take over management and assume control of 70% of the company, while Fujitsu will retain a 30% stake. While Sony is the largest Android device manufacturer in Japan, Fujitsu is also a major contender. Fujitsu's Arrows series of smartphones and tablets are available primarily on NTT Docomo, the largest mobile network operator in Japan.

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Google Assistant can now look up TV schedules

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YouTube TV is now live for both Rokus and Apple TVs

YouTube TV looks like a pretty sweet deal for those in supported markets. But, there are a few drawbacks. Most notable among them used to be device support, popular set-top streaming devices like Rokus and Apple TVs didn't have apps to support the service. If that was holding you back from being a YouTube TV subscriber, you should be happy to hear that Google just rolled out apps for each. 

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