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  • OnePlus will reveal its 'OxygenOS' February 12th

    29 January 2015, 10:02 pm by: Richard Lawler

    As Cyanogen moves along a new path (apparently with help from Microsoft) phone maker OnePlus is working on its own flavor of Android, and now it has a name: OxygenOS. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much else beyond promises of going back to the drawing board…
  • RunKeeper powers training sessions with Spotify playlists

    29 January 2015, 4:03 pm by: Billy Steele

    Most of us like to blast a collection of inspirational tunes during a workout, and with its latest iOS update, RunKeeper is making that a bit easier. Runners who also have a Spotify premium subscription can now access saved playlists inside the fitness app.…
  • Dixons Carphone just made a deal that should avert a Phones4U-style disaster

    29 January 2015, 9:21 am by: Matt Brian

    Although there were a multitude of reasons behind Phones4U's demise, one of the key factors was the overwhelming lack of support from the UK's major carriers. Three and O2 severed ties with the company way in advance of its closure, but it was a shake of the…
  • Sky confirms launch of its own O2-powered mobile network

    29 January 2015, 6:35 am by: Matt Brian

    Talks between Three owner Hutchison Whampoa and O2 haven't yet reached a conclusion, but already some of the UK's biggest companies are keen to take advantage of a future merger. After briefly flirting with Vodafone in a recent trial, Sky has confirmed it will…
  • Microsoft's OneDrive gets better at showing and sharing your photos

    29 January 2015, 4:12 am by: Jon Fingas

    Microsoft has long wanted you to use OneDrive to store your photos, but actually viewing those photos isn't ideal -- you're ultimately using a file browser that just happens to have some photo-related features. That's going to change in the next couple of…
  • Microsoft's new Outlook apps for iOS and Android promise higher productivity

    29 January 2015, 3:00 am by: Mariella Moon

    Microsoft has released new Outlook apps for iOS and Android, and they might just be light-years better than those web apps the company has unleashed in the past. See, these are the result of Redmond's Accompli acquisition in December, and seeing as we liked…
  • Leak hints that HTC's next flagship phone comes in two sizes

    29 January 2015, 2:19 am by: Jon Fingas

    You'd be forgiven for not knowing what to expect from HTC's next flagship smartphone. The images that have emerged are frequently dodgy, and there are even claims that the company is seeding decoys to throw people off the scent. However, you might finally be…
  • LG's phone sales are way up, but killing plasma TVs had a cost

    29 January 2015, 1:22 am by: Richard Lawler

    LG is still trailing Samsung and Apple in total smartphone sales (and profits from them), but the company just revealed its financial data for the last year and has plenty to be happy about. It sold 59.1 million smartphones last year, up nearly a quarter from…
  • Samsung looks for a boost as its smartphone sales keep slipping

    28 January 2015, 11:28 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Samsung's profits have been on an upward swing driven by several popular versions of its Galaxy smartphones, but 2014 is going into the books as an off year. It still posted a $4.88 billion profit in Q4, but for the year it was down 32 percent from 2013 and…
  • Delaware wants to put your driver's license on your phone

    28 January 2015, 9:08 pm by: Jon Fingas

    For all the recent talk of moving to digital wallets, you can't really ditch the old-school kind yet -- you still need to carry physical copies of your driver's license and other forms of ID. If you live in Delaware, though, you may eventually have one less…
  • Qualcomm confirms loss of a 'large customer', probably Samsung

    28 January 2015, 7:28 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Qualcomm's presence inside many of the world's most popular mobile devices over the last few years has kept the money coming in (creating the need for the picture shown above), but today there was some bad news. In its Q4 earnings release, the company revealed…
  • AT&T taps YouTube 'talent' for Snapchat 'shows'

    28 January 2015, 5:33 pm by: Billy Steele

    Snapchat's already working on a library of original content, and thanks to AT&T, there will soon be shows for viewing inside the app as well. Re/code reports that a "scripted series" with 12 episodes will feature YouTube personalities like Freddie Wong and…
  • FTC says Straight Talk's promises of unlimited data were crooked

    28 January 2015, 5:12 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If you were seduced by offers of "unlimited" phone data on prepaid carriers like Straight Talk or Simple Mobile only to find your service unbearably slow after a certain point, the Federal Trade Commission has your back. The carriers' owner, TracFone, has…
  • The phone designed to protect your information had a big hole

    28 January 2015, 1:14 pm by: Steve Dent

    Folks buy the highly secure Blackphone handset for the warm and fuzzy feeling that nobody can see their stuff, but that trust was misplaced until recently, according to security expert Mark Dowd. He found a vulnerability in the text message application of the…
  • First 'Threes', now 'Monument Valley': knockoff developer strikes again

    28 January 2015, 11:19 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Did you play Monument Valley (above left), the gorgeous perspective-based puzzler from last year? It costs $4 on Google Play / iTunes, and is one of 2014's best games. And now you can get it for free. Sort of. You see, Ketchapp, the studio behind Threes!…
  • 'Harry Potter' comes to Oyster's all-you-can-read book service

    28 January 2015, 10:41 am by: Jon Fingas

    If you're the sort of Harry Potter fan who can't help but read the series again and again, Oyster has a treat in store. The all-you-can-read subscription service has teamed up with Pottermore to carry all of the Harry Potter books, including the Hogwarts…
  • Sony closing Music Unlimited in favor of Spotify-powered service (update)

    28 January 2015, 10:41 am by: Ben Gilbert

    Sony today revealed PlayStation Music, a new Spotify-powered music service coming to PlayStation 3, 4 and "Xperia smartphones and tablets" this spring. The service will outright replace Music Unlimited, the service that Sony previously implemented across…
  • Amazon slashes the cost of its Fire Phone to £99

    28 January 2015, 4:28 am by: Nick Summers

    Amazon's Fire Phone has been a huge flop, and it seems like the company is just about ready to throw in the towel. Following multiple fire sales in the US, Amazon has dropped the price of its first smartphone by up to 75 percent in the UK. That puts the 32GB…
  • Basis' Peak fitness watch now gets notifications from your phone

    28 January 2015, 4:05 am by: Jon Fingas

    A little later than promised, Basis' Peak fitness tracker behaves more like the smartwatch it arguably should have been all along. Grab a newly released update for the wearable and it'll give you a heads-up on calls, meetings and messages from your Android…
  • Samsung's Gear VR headset arrives at Best Buy (but not at retail)

    28 January 2015, 12:25 am by: Jon Fingas

    If you've been curious enough about virtual reality to buy Samsung's Gear VR headset, you've had to visit either AT&T's website or Samsung's to pick one up. Not very convenient, is it? Your VR shopping just got a little bit easier, though, as Best Buy has…
  • Sony is reportedly cutting 1,000 jobs in its smartphone group

    27 January 2015, 10:28 pm by: Jon Fingas

    There's no doubt that Sony's smartphone division is struggling, and it sounds like that's about to exact a big toll on the company's workforce. Nikkei reports that Sony expects to cut 1,000 jobs in its mobile group, adding to the 1,000 layoffs it announced…
  • Tim Cook expects to ship the Apple Watch in April

    27 January 2015, 5:16 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Of all the mysteries still surrounding the Apple Watch, its long-awaited launch window was easily the most debated. Well, not any more. Apple CEO Tim Cook just confirmed during the company's quarterly earnings call that the company's oft-hyped Watch should…
  • Apple's revenues soar thanks to iPhones and China

    27 January 2015, 4:40 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Well, it's that time again. Apple has just released its latest batch of quarterly earnings, and wouldn't you know it -- the folks in Cupertino once again sold more iPhones than it has in any other quarter. We're talking 74.5 million phones changing hands since…
  • Thousands of laundry machines, parking kiosks and more get Apple Pay

    27 January 2015, 3:54 pm by: Billy Steele

    Checking out at the super market with your phone is old hat. But topping off the parking meter, now that's kind of interesting. USA Technologies, a company that handles cashless payments, announced that about 200,000 of its points of purchase will accept Apple…
  • Moment's camera case gives your iPhone a two-stage shutter key

    27 January 2015, 12:00 pm by: Philip Palermo

    If there's one thing (and there is) I miss about carrying around my Lumia 1020, it's that phone's dedicated, two-stage camera button. Designed to mimic "real" camera shutter releases, it's a feature I've missed dearly on my current daily driver, Apple's iPhone…

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