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Sprint's Better Choice XXL plan includes a year of Amazon Prime

An Amazon Prime membership will cost you $99 a year, but Sprint is tacking on the two-day shipping subscription for free. Starting today, the carrier is giving new and existing customers who choose its Better Choice XXL plan 12-month access to Prime. Show More Summary

Tinder user kidnapped and beaten by a man she met via the app

A Kansas Tinder user was recently kidnapped, beaten and held against her will for six days by a man she met via the app. Shane Steven Allen faces one charge of kidnapping and four of aggravated battery. He's currently in police custody under $100,000 bond, according to NBC News. Show More Summary

Google makes its most powerful language parser open source

The days of us communicating with our computers by using our fingers are nearing an end. Google announced on Thursday that it is releasing its language parsing neural network framework, SyntaxNet, as an open source system. The released...Show More Summary

Get your hands on 'Monster Hunter Generations' on July 15th

Monster Hunter Generations lands in North America and Europe on July 15th, specifically for the 3DS. Plus, Nintendo is launching two limited edition, Generations-branded 3DS XL handhelds, one for each region. The blue version will go on sale in North America and red is for Europe -- both will be available on July 15th alongside the new game. Source: Monster Hunter Generations

TripIt puts travel on your wrist with Android Wear app

TripIt's already given its mobile app a sleek overhaul for Apple's iOS and now it's Android's turn. The travel app's been updated to give users of Google-powered devices, including Android Wear enthusiasts, a cleaner layout and more helpful planning options. Show More Summary

Google puts search, GIFs and more inside its new iOS keyboard

Although Google has plenty of iOS apps, switching between them to share directions or perform a web search can be time-consuming. The company knows that the iPhone keyboard is where you spend a lot of your time, so it's decided to launch fresh take on Apple's default option. Show More Summary

Vodafone's own-brand handsets are new, not very improved

Vodafone set a new benchmark for own-brand phones with its Smart Ultra 6. The handset is actually a fiver more expensive now than when it launched almost a year ago, and yet it's still one of the best pound-for-pound devices available in the UK. Show More Summary

BT to stream Champions League and Europa League finals on YouTube

BT will broadcast coverage of both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League finals for free on YouTube. The company confirmed today that it will show both matches on BT Sport TV channels across Sky, Virgin, YouView and Freeview, but will also give streamers the opportunity to view the action via the official BT Sport YouTube channel. Source: BT

Barclays offers its own app as an Android Pay alternative

When Barclays confirmed it wasn't planning to support Google's Android Pay service when it launches in the UK, it said it would instead focus on the development of its own platform. Turns out that customers won't have to wait long to...Show More Summary

Some YouTube users now have access to its in-app messenger

YouTube has developed an in-app messenger, and according to Wired, it's now rolling the feature out to small number of users. The video service's director of product management, Shimrit Ben-Yair, said they created the feature, because her team believes it would result to even more sharing. Show More Summary

Google adds commenting capabilities to shared albums in Photos

Google is rolling out two new features for its Photos service: the ability to comment on shared images and albums, and a tool that suggests photos to add to specific albums. The commenting ability allows users to leave messages on albums and pictures that have been shared with them -- without leaving the app. Show More Summary

Sunrise shuts down its calendar app on August 31st

If you guessed that Sunrise's calendar app wasn't long for this world after Microsoft bought the company... well, you guessed correctly. Sunrise has revealed that it's phasing out its fan-favorite software. The app itself will vanish from digital stores over the next few days, and it'll stop working entirely on August 31st. Show More Summary

Republic Wireless gets serious about its phone selection

Republic Wireless' promise of extra-affordable cellular service has usually come with a big catch: the phone selection. Outside of the occasional gem, you've had to settle for browsing a tiny collection of so-so budget devices. That won't be a problem after this summer, though. Show More Summary

Google's Nexus update images save you from wiping your device

Google has long made Nexus and Pixel C factory images available for people who just can't wait to install new Android versions (or want an alternative restore option). However, they've always come with a big gotcha: since it's a complete system image, you have to wipe your phone clean. Show More Summary

Google Translate now works in apps on any Android phone

If you hate having to paste foreign language text into Google Translate just to understand it, your worries are over. Google has updated Translate for Android to introduce Tap to Translate, an expansion of the translation-anywhere feature it introduced on Marshmallow last fall. Show More Summary

Google wants emoji that give working women their due

Take a look at your phone's emoji list. Notice how the only people representing jobs (such as police officers and construction workers) are men, while women are limited to brides and princesses? Some Google developers aren't happy with that one-sided state of affairs. Show More Summary

Instagram gets a new monochrome look to focus on your media

After testing a black and white design with a few users, Instagram officially rolled out the look as part of its major redesign today. The idea, according to Instagram, is that the monochrome interface will put a greater emphasis on your photos and videos. Show More Summary

EE's 'Jay' own-brand tablet is its cheapest to date

It's been almost a year since EE added a new tablet to its own-brand, avian-themed range -- or one aimed squarely at grown-ups, at least -- so you know what that means. With only refurbished Harrier Tabs left in stock, it's time for a new slate to become EE's value offering. Show More Summary

European regulators block Three and O2 merger

We suspected it was coming, but the European Commission has finally come out and said it: Three UK owner Hutchison Whampoa cannot buy UK carrier O2. In a statement, the Commission said that a potential merger between Three and O2 would...Show More Summary

EE disputes Three's 'undisputed' reliability claim, wins

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a billboard advert for Three's mobile network, after a six-month complaint from rival carrier EE was finally upheld. The ad, which features a purple Muppet-like character called Jackson being held aloft in a Rocky-style pose, featured the tagline: "The undisputed. Show More Summary

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