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[Update: Now 4 more nations] YouTube Kids expands to 13 new European countries (including the return of Croatia)

When it comes to watching YouTube Kids you'll need to be in one of the countries officially supported by the app. That's because if you download while in an unsupported nation, the app will disable itself and keep you from watching. Today there's good news for six new countries in Europe who don't have to worry about that anymore, as YouTube Kids has expanded again, bringing the total number of countries covered up to 53.

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Paid apps on the Play Store are available in Georgia and Myanmar, local currency supported in Paraguay and Serbia

We often take a few features of our smartphones for granted. Those of you who live in the US usually get access to all the cool new things first, followed by a few countries like the UK, France, Germany, Canada, and Australia. Living in Lebanon and writing about tech, this feature inequality struggle is part of my everyday life, but there's one privilege I have now that I've started taking for granted too — the basic of all basics: purchasing apps on the Play Store. There are still countries out there where paid apps aren't available, but two of them are moving up.

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Sprint's Initial LTE Rollout Is Officially Go, Covers 15 Markets Throughout Texas, Georgia, Missouri, And Kansas

While some users were able to connect to Sprint's LTE network over the weekend, the official rollout has just begun. The Now Network started with 15 initial markets, including:

  • Atlanta, Ga. 
  • Athens, Ga.
  • Calhoun, Ga.
  • Carrollton, Ga.
  • Newnan, Ga.
  • Rome, Ga.
  • Dallas
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Granbury-Hood County, Texas
  • Houston
  • Huntsville, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Waco, Texas
  • Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.
  • St. Joseph, Mo.

Don't expect the break-neck speeds of Verizon or AT&T's respective LTE networks, however: Sprint is only promising a paltry 6-8Mbps down and 2-3Mbps up with bursts up to 25Mbps. Of course, if you've been stuck using Sprint's 3G network (or even its current "4G"), this is definitely a welcome speed boost, even if it doesn't compare to the competition.

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