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Now the NPR One app is plugged into Amazon's Alexa

Amazon has been building out its voice-controlled AI system, Alexa, expanding into smart cars and Motorola phones. But part of its necessary growth comes from ingesting more content into its ecosystem. Today, National Public Radio announced that its NPR One app is now available on the fleet of Alexa-enabled devices, including Amazon's own Echo and Dot. Source: NPR

Google now lets developers offer sales on Android apps

During Google's Developer Day at GDC 2017 today, the company introduced a few new features that will benefit both developers and consumers on the Google Play Store. The one customers will notice most starting today is strikethrough pricing, which makes it more obvious when apps are being sold at a reduced rate. Source: Android Developers Blog

Walmart's new app helps you skip store lines

Walmart doesn't just want its mobile app to speed up your checkout -- now, it might help you avoid lines altogether for certain services. An upgrade to the app has introduced "express lane" services for both prescription pickups and money transfers. Show More Summary

The Nokia 3310 stole Samsung's show at MWC 2017

In MWCs past, the event's news has typically been dominated by Samsung showing off its latest Galaxy flagship smartphone for the year. But the company's delayed announcement this time around meant that the scores of tech aficionados at the show needed something else to get hyped about. Show More Summary

Motorola's Alexa mod is just the start of an important AI plan

Motorola might have lured people to its MWC press conference with the promise of new phones, but the real talking point came toward the end of the event. After hyping a pair of mid-range devices and some fun Moto Mod concepts, the company confirmed that it was working with Amazon to bring Alexa to its smartphones. Show More Summary

SoundCloud adds a new tier to its subscription service

SoundCloud Go is now a completely different offering after the company has revamped its music streaming service. The $10-per-month unlimited subscription still offers ad-free and offline access to over 150 million tracks, but it's now called SoundCloud Go+. Show More Summary

Mi 5c is the first smartphone to use Xiaomi's own chipset

After wowing the crowd with the gorgeous Mi MIX last October, Xiaomi is now back with a more humble phone but with a twist. The new Mi 5c is the first smartphone to carry Xiaomi's very own chipset, the octa-core Surge S1, and it's hitting the Chinese mid-range market with a price of 1,499 yuan or about $220 on March 3rd. Show More Summary

Lead an army of cartoon heroes in Epic's latest game

Epic Games announced Battle Breakers, its new free-to-play title for mobile and PC, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The game looks like a Saturday-morning cartoon, complete with larger-than-life characters and a huge, cinematic soundtrack to enhance the gameplay. Source: Epic Games

Here's what you missed from the MWC 2017 press events

All the big press conferences here at MWC 2017 are finally over, and that means it's time to bring you all the news and reports of the quirkiest developments on the show floor. But in case you haven't been closely following the announcements...Show More Summary

Fox tests auto-downloading movies onto your phone

Wouldn't you like it if newish movies trickle-downloaded onto your phone when you weren't looking so you could watch them later? That's the concept behind an experiment being carried out by 20th Century Fox over the next month. The studio...Show More Summary

T-Mobile upgrades its unlimited plan again to one-up AT&T

T-Mobile added HD video streaming and 10GB of LTE hotspot tethering to its unlimited One plan earlier this month, possibly as a response to Verizon's new unlimited data plan. Yes, the mobile carrier wars have been intense lately, and they're getting even hotter. Show More Summary

FCC chairman says his agency won't review AT&T's Time Warner purchase

Last month, AT&T revealed how it might structure its deal to acquire Time Warner without having to go through FCC review. The communications giant noted that it "anticipated that Time Warner will not need to transfer any of its FCC licenses... Show More Summary

MediaTek's revamped 10-core chip will be hitting phones in Q2

MediaTek's first 10-core chips, the Helio X20 and X25, didn't exactly storm the smartphone market last year, but the company isn't ready to give up just yet. Following MediaTek's initial announcement back in September, the new 10-core...Show More Summary

A first look at Gear VR's motion controller

Samsung and Oculus are making sure their mobile VR headset keeps up with Google's DayDream VR. The partnership announced a new version of Gear VR and it has a controller now. In fact, that's the major difference, with the headset itself getting marginally lighter and getting a few cosmetic tweaks. Show More Summary

MWC's best phones head-to-head: It's (mostly) about the display

While flagships may have been scarce at MWC this year, there were still more than a few notable smartphone announcements early in the week. We've put the biggest ones so far in a handy chart so you can compare specs, features and more to decide which one might be your next daily driver. Show More Summary

Watch Sony's Xperia MWC press event in under 5 minutes

Sony invited us to their MWC booth to run down a few announcements in the span of about 30 minutes. Since you might not have a half hour to dedicate to catching the full video, so we've distilled down the most important details to a 5-minute recap. Show More Summary

Akai brings its iMPC music production app to Android devices

Akai's iOS-friendly iMPC app has been giving musicians and producers a much more mobile version of its MPC (Music Production Center) hardware for a while now. During MWC this week, the company is announcing a version for Android devices. Show More Summary

Jolla's Android alternative is coming to Sony Xperia phones

If you're a fan of Jolla (a mobile platform that's part Linux, part Android and loosely based on Nokia's MeeGo project), good news. The company has announced it will be releasing an official version of its Sailfish operating system for a number of Sony Xperia handsets. Show More Summary

Sony's Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra round out its mid-range lineup

With a 4K screen and Snapdragon 835 chip, the new Xperia XZ Premium has plenty of appeal, but there's probably a reason Sony didn't mention the price. Luckily, at MWC 2017 it also unveiled the $700 Xperia XZs, a 5.2-inch, 1080p smartphone with a "mere" Snapdragon 820 chip. Show More Summary

Watch Samsung's MWC 2017 event in under 15 minutes

Samsung's MWC 2017 press conference opened with quality control assurances before moving on to the Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Book and a new Gear VR. We save you the trouble of watching an hour-long video with all the important details in a 15-minute clip. Show More Summary

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