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Mobile device lovers have plenty to look forward to now that Mobile World Congress 2014 is officially underway in Barcelona, Spain. Samsung already jumped the gun Saturday by announcing a pair of new Gear smart watches that actually ditch Android for its own open-source Tizen OS, and is expected to unveil the Galaxy S5 later today. But before you get distracted by that, check out what else went down over the last few days...
Nokia announced a new accessory for its Lumia line of Windows Phone handsets known as the Treasure Tag. Measuring a mere 30 x 30 x 10mm and weighing only 13g, the Treasure Tag connects to a device via NFC or Bluetooth and emits a loud tone when the user leaves the house with one but not the other. Lose a Treasure Tag? No problem, Nokia HERE will help find it again. The tiny colored gadgets will begin selling in April for $29.90, and works with Lumia devices with the recent Black update installed as well as a forthcoming app for iOS and Android smartphones.
T-Mobile US announced Friday that starting Sunday, February 23, a new $15 Stateside International Talk & Text plan adds unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling from the U.S. to more than 30 countries as well as 1,000 mobile-to-mobile minutes to Mexico. The new offering is an upgrade from the previously announced $10 per month, which offered unlimited mobile-to-landline calling in more than 70 countries. While they didn't thump their chests quite as much, the carrier's JUMP! early upgrade plan also received some recent tweaks that now includes tablets as well as unlimited upgrades, with a catch: According to TMoNews, customers will now need to pay off 50 percent of their device cost in order to do a trade-in, rather than being limited to only twice a year.
9to5Mac is reporting that Apple's two-step verification security has packed its bags and made the leap overseas, landing in France, Germany, Japan, Italy and Spain as well as our neighbors to the north in Canada. As you may recall, two-step verification makes an Apple ID more secure by requiring a verification code from a trusted device when making changes to an account or buying anything from iTunes or the App Store from a new device. The security feature was introduced in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Ireland and New Zealand last May.
The Google Official Blog announced that the search giant's super fast Google Fiber is being earmarked for as many as 34 new cities surround nine metro areas. While Google isn't promising the fast internet will be available in places like Portland, San Jose, Phoenix and Atlanta, they're actively exploring the possibility and hope to "provide updates by the end of the year about which cities will be getting Google Fiber." The service is currently available in Kansas City, Austin and Provo, so they've got a lot of work to do rolling it out to the rest of the country.
Adobe announced Friday a new Release Candidate for Camera Raw 8.4 is now available for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC, adding support for 13 additional cameras from Canon, Fujifilm, Hasselblad, Nikon, Olympus, Sony and others. Camera Raw 8.4 RC also drops support for older operating systems Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.6, which will be required to stick with Camera Raw 8.3 for Photoshop CS6. The latest release candidate is now available for download from Adobe Labs ahead of the official release in the weeks to come.
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