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  • BlackBerry's BBM messenger app officially arrives on Windows Phone

    31 July 2014, 2:37 pm by: Sarah Silbert

    Have a Windows Phone and crave access to BlackBerry's famed messaging app? Today's your lucky day. Announced in a video posted today, BBM is now exiting beta to become available for download in the Windows Phone store. The company said it spent considerable…
  • French company Iliad reportedly wants to buy T-Mobile too

    31 July 2014, 1:30 pm by: Brad Molen

    Sprint isn't the only company hoping to shell out billions for the privilege of scooping up T-Mobile's US branch; according to the Wall Street Journal, a French company called Iliad wants in on the action as well. Iliad, which owns a mobile operator in France…
  • With Qi wireless charging, you'll soon be able to charge your device from a short distance

    31 July 2014, 12:00 pm by: Brad Molen

    It's becoming more and more common to find mobile devices with wireless charging capability, either as a built-in feature or integrated into third-party cases. Progress has been somewhat hampered, however, by the fact that no universally adopted standard is…
  • The second Oculus Rift headset uses the Samsung Note 3 screen, literally

    31 July 2014, 11:18 am by: Ben Gilbert

    Back when Oculus VR first showed off its second virtual reality development kit, the Facebook subsidiary wasn't saying anything specific about the origins of its new, higher-resolution screen. But now that that second dev kit is shipping to pre-order…
  • HTC Desire 816 review: A mid-range M8 let down by sluggish cameras

    31 July 2014, 11:00 am by: Richard Lai

    HTC may have some problems behind closed doors, but outside, it's still widely regarded as one of the world's top phone makers. We already gave this year's One M8 flagship a rather jolly review, and now it's time to see if the same qualities are preserved in…
  • LG's G Vista looks like the G3 but lacks the power and resolution

    31 July 2014, 10:35 am by: Steve Dent

    What do you get when you cross a 5.7-inch screen with 960x540 resolution and a 3,200mAH battery? Pretty sparse pixel density, that's for sure, but the new LG G Vista for Verizon will keep smartphone-ing through a day and then some. Aimed at the mid-range crowd…
  • Indiegogo has a new iOS app for mobile crowdfunding

    31 July 2014, 10:03 am by: Ben Gilbert

    Like giving money to ambitious projects but hate using your computer? Well, that's pretty weird. We think that's weird. Thankfully for you, though, the folks at Indiegogo think that's totally awesome, and they wanna cater to your whims with a new iOS app (yes,…
  • Distiller builds a social network for whiskey lovers

    31 July 2014, 9:00 am by: Jon Fingas

    If you're a whiskey drinker, finding the perfect bottle can be a daunting quest; just because something is well-rated doesn't mean that it suits your tastes. You're about to get some help from your friends, though, as Distiller has turned its recommendation…
  • Amazon's offering 30 free Android apps to help make you a better person

    31 July 2014, 7:42 am by: Jamie Rigg

    Another month, another batch of 30 free Android apps courtesy of Amazon. Like the bookseller's last Appstore promotion, the "Summer Self-Improvement Bundle" features $100/£100's worth of complimentary apps, as long as you download them within the next two…
  • T-Mobile's UnCarrier plans continue to surge at the expense of rivals

    31 July 2014, 6:44 am by: Steve Dent

    T-Mobile keeps riding its UnCarrier plans to increased post-paid subscribers and added over a million in total for Q2 2014, including 579,000 phone subscribers. That compares to its much larger competitor Verizon, for example, which added only 304,000 net…
  • Samsung sees its lowest profit in two years as smartphone sales languish

    31 July 2014, 4:34 am by: Matt Brian

    When Samsung took the time to update investors ahead of its upcoming quarterly earnings report, it warned 'weak demand' for phones and an increased marketing spend could hit the company hard. That report hit today, and it's as bleak as the company expected. In…
  • Sony makes money on movies and games, but not on smartphones

    31 July 2014, 3:50 am by: Daniel Cooper

    It wasn't long ago that Sony, almost inexplicably for a company of its size and heritage, was losing money everywhere it went. After a few years of pain, however, things have begun to look up, with the company posting a first quarter net profit of around $265…
  • HTC's latest J Butterfly is a supercharged One M8 in a waterproof body

    31 July 2014, 1:40 am by: Steve Dent

    Japanese carrier KDDI has just announced a new HTC J Butterfly, a handset which resembles the HTC One in specs, but with features aimed at KDDI's home market. Like a lot of other Japanese devices, the 5-inch, full HD handset is waterproof in case you feel like…
  • Samsung's paid Milk Music Premium service arrives with offline listening

    30 July 2014, 9:12 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Samsung has spent months promising a paid tier for Milk Music that takes the gloves off. Well, it's here at last -- an update to the Android app for its exclusive (if Slacker-based) streaming service offers a $4 per month Premium tier that brings offline…
  • FCC head chastises Verizon for throttling unlimited data plans

    30 July 2014, 8:29 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Not happy that Verizon is going to throttle unlimited LTE data plans? You're not alone. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has just sent a letter to Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead criticizing the carrier for the new policy. He's "deeply troubled" by the move, and…
  • NomadPlus turns your iPhone's wall plug into an external battery

    30 July 2014, 6:41 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If you're tired of lugging around both an external battery pack and a power adapter to keep your iPhone running, today's your lucky day. Nomad (the company behind the ChargeCard) has started taking pre-orders for the NomadPlus, a 1,500mAh external battery that…
  • 1Password log-ins are coming to third-party iOS apps

    30 July 2014, 5:27 pm by: Billy Steele

    The popular log-in repository 1Password is about to get a lot more useful on iOS devices. AgileBits has revealed an extension for using the add-on in third-party iOS apps -- if the developer chooses to build in support. Thanks to the enhanced security measures…
  • Russia wants Apple and SAP to prove that their software isn't used for spying

    30 July 2014, 3:37 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Russia has been extra-sensitive to technological threats to its government as of late, and that's clearer than ever in the wake of a new government proposal. Communication Minister Nikolai Nikiforov has suggested that Apple and SAP should hand over their…
  • Virgin Mobile lets you customize your family's prepaid phone plan

    30 July 2014, 12:32 pm by: Jon Fingas

    In the US, prepaid cellphone service tends to be a like-it-or-leave-it proposition that rarely fits perfectly, especially for families. Virgin Mobile may have a smarter approach in store; it's launching Custom, a prepaid family plan that lets you tailor usage…
  • Square's new chip card reader will make your payments more secure

    30 July 2014, 12:01 pm by: Jon Fingas

    There's a good reason you don't usually see Square readers outside of the US: they're built to read payment cards with magnetic stripes, not the more secure chip-and-PIN cards that are common everywhere else. All that's set to change, however. Square has…
  • Is Snapchat really worth $10 billion?

    30 July 2014, 11:08 am by: Matt Brian

    While competitors are busy cloning Snapchat in an attempt to replicate its success, Evan Spiegel and co. have continued to forge their own path. The company is already experimenting with new features in an attempt to generate revenue, but it's also apparently…
  • Three's smartphone app for calling and texting over WiFi now available

    30 July 2014, 10:20 am by: Jamie Rigg

    Three and EE jostled for attention last month when they announced, on the same day, their customers would soon be able to make calls and send texts over WiFi connections. While EE is working on a fancy system the user will be all but oblivious to, Three's…
  • FreedomPop's free data and voice are now available on tablets

    30 July 2014, 9:00 am by: Jon Fingas

    Many people can't really justify buying a cellular-equipped tablet -- why pay for more data when your phone probably does the trick? FreedomPop is undoubtedly aware of that thriftiness, as it just started offering its namesake free service on tablets. Whether…
  • Movidius wants to change the way your smartphone sees the world

    30 July 2014, 9:00 am by: Steve Dent

    Despite the promise of Google's Movidius-equipped Project Tango, there are still no depth-sensing, SLR-stomping smartphones on the market. But Movidius thinks that could change soon, thanks to its brand new chip: the Myriad 2 vision processor unit (VPU). "The…
  • Microsoft's latest Windows Phone update expands Cortana to more countries

    30 July 2014, 3:30 am by: Brad Molen

    More than three months after the first builds of Windows Phone 8.1 hit the scene, Microsoft is ready to tick more features off the to-do list with the OS's first refresh. Known aptly as Update 1, the download will be available as a developer preview starting…

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