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  • BlackBerry's 'Venice' Android slider is coming to AT&T (update)

    2 July 2015, 9:23 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Rumors of a fully Android-powered BlackBerry device popped up again last month, and today Evan Blass aka evleaks has posted a picture showing a glimpse of the phone. Specs for the alleged "Venice" popped up on N4BB a couple of weeks ago, calling it a slider…
  • SoundCloud iOS update makes it easier to find new music

    2 July 2015, 3:55 pm by: Billy Steele

    SoundCloud has been keen on adding new features regularly to make its version of music streaming more useful for listeners. With an update today, the company's iOS app received a handful of tools that'll make it a bit easier to find new tracks and keep your…
  • Leak hints the next iPhone might record 4K video

    2 July 2015, 3:33 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Tired of recording 'just' 1080p video on your iPhone while your friends produce clips in glorious 4K? You won't have to look on with envy for much longer, if the latest rumors are on the mark. A tipster on China's Sina Weibo has posted what appear to be leaked…
  • Sprint's CEO is tired of T-Mobile's 'Uncarrier bullshit'

    2 July 2015, 9:51 am by: Daniel Cooper

    John Legere is famous for being the sweariest man in the mobile industry, but it looks as if Sprint's Marcelo Claure now wants a run at that title. In response to a snarky tweet by the T-Mobile CEO, Claure responded by saying that he was tired of Legere's…
  • Xiaomi sales hit record high but miss ambitious target

    2 July 2015, 7:55 am by: Mariella Moon

    Xiaomi has announced that it sold 34.7 million smartphones in the first half of 2015. Since it's already July, though, it's safe to say that the company will have to think of something exceptional to reach its target number for the year: CEO Lei Jun proclaimed…
  • Nexus 6 price plummets to £304 in the UK

    2 July 2015, 7:04 am by: Jamie Rigg

    A couple of weeks ago, Motorola slashed the prices of its top handsets in the UK as part of another of its temporary sales. If the opportunity to pick up a heavily discounted Moto X or Nexus 6 passed you by, we've got a couple of reasons you needn't feel too…
  • Sprint turns to a British retailer to reverse its US fortunes

    2 July 2015, 4:25 am by: Matt Brian

    It's been almost a year since UK retailers Dixons and Carphone Warehouse tied the knot. Life as a combined entity, known as Dixons Carphone, is off to a good start: profits are up and the company made efforts to expand its presence, including the launch of its…
  • Facebook is sharing more ad dollars with its video creators

    1 July 2015, 8:46 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Facebook's shiny logo isn't all that's new for the social network today: The outfit's also announced how it plans to split video ad revenue with publishers. Like YouTube, Facebook will give content creators 55 percent of ad revenue and keep the rest, according…
  • Living with the Galaxy S6 Edge: Is that curve worth the cost?

    1 July 2015, 11:00 am by: Jon Fingas

    Samsung launched two Galaxy S6 models this spring, but let's face it: The spotlight was really on the curvy, attention-grabbing S6 Edge. I know I was dead-set on trying that one-of-a-kind smartphone as soon as I could. However, I couldn't help but wonder if it…
  • Aviate's 'Smart Stream' is Yahoo's version of Google Now

    30 June 2015, 11:56 pm by: Mariella Moon

    Yahoo has given Aviate its first major makeover since acquiring it in 2014, completely replacing its contextual panel called "Spaces" with a new feature called "Smart Stream." This "stream" surfaces different cards throughout the day, depending on your…
  • Sprint (almost) fixed the low video cap on its new 'All-in' plan

    30 June 2015, 9:45 pm by: Richard Lawler

    This morning Sprint announced it planned to "end consumer confusion and frustration" with an "All-in" pricing plan that combined unlimited data with a two-year phone lease for $80 total. The only problem? An absurd limit capping video streams at 600Kbps.…
  • The Olympus Air lens camera can be yours for $300

    30 June 2015, 7:33 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    Nearly five months after introducing its Air lens camera in Japan, Olympus is finally ready to bring it to the US. The AIR A01, as it's officially named, is a shooter that attaches to and pairs with your smartphone or tablet -- in similar fashion to Sony's QX…
  • Facebook Messenger's money-sending tool arrives for all US users

    30 June 2015, 4:41 pm by: Billy Steele

    When it first announced plans to let you send money to your pals in its Messenger app, Facebook said the feature would roll out in the States in the coming months. Well, the time has come. After flipping the switch for folks in New York City and the…
  • A closer look at Apple Music: feature-packed, but a bit disjointed

    30 June 2015, 3:15 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Apple Music is here. Finally. Now that the company steered the streaming service to a successful launch, it now has to prove to the world that it's actually something worth paying for - after all, there are like 80 other streaming-music services (maybe not,…
  • Sprint's 'all-in' plan gives you a phone and service for $80 (update)

    30 June 2015, 1:20 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Sprint has been experimenting with including phone leases in your plan for a while, and it's clearly enraptured with the idea -- enough so that it's making the lease a part of its everyday service. The carrier's new All-In plan gives you a phone and the usual…
  • How to avoid being charged by Apple Music after the free trial

    30 June 2015, 1:00 pm by: Devindra Hardawar

    Apple Music is finally here, along with a free three month trial to let anyone give it a listen. But what if you don't want to be on the hook for a $10 a month subscription fee on September 30? Or, what if you opted into Apple Music by mistake (which is…
  • Pushbullet's share-everything app gets true messaging

    30 June 2015, 12:25 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Pushbullet is already a secret weapon for getting content from one device (or one person) to another -- you can relay your links, notifications, photos and SMS messages with a common app. Today, though, it's getting considerably more powerful. As part of a…
  • Apple Music is now available on iOS and the desktop

    30 June 2015, 11:00 am by: Billy Steele

    Apple's entry into the music streaming fray has arrived. Apple Music is now available for download via the iOS 8.4 update for mobile devices, and you'll be able use it on the desktop on both Mac and Windows machines, too. In addition to iTunes' library of over…
  • The 'father of SMS,' Matti Makkonen, dies at 63

    30 June 2015, 10:06 am by: Jon Fingas

    It's a sad day in the cellphone world. Matti Makkonen, widely considered the "father of SMS," has died from illness at the age of 63. The Finnish creator pitched the concept of text messaging over cellular networks in 1984 and helped get the ball rolling on…
  • Apple Music in the UK: what you need to know

    30 June 2015, 8:15 am by: Matt Brian

    After months of waiting, Apple Music is finally upon us. The company is now ready to take the wraps off its new streaming service, which will deliver millions of tracks on demand, host a free 24-hour radio station with slots from some of the world's biggest…
  • Amazon brings one-hour Prime deliveries to London

    30 June 2015, 4:35 am by: Matt Brian

    When it comes to new services, Amazon is a predictable beast: it'll launch something in the US first and then bring it over to the UK once it's ironed out all of the creases. That's exactly what's happening with Prime Now, the company's one-hour delivery…
  • Shazam shows you the music artists are discovering

    29 June 2015, 11:59 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    The ability to follow your favorite music artists on Shazam isn't new, but that feature is now getting a huge boost. Starting today, the service will let you see how entertainers are using Shazam to discover tunes, too. Because famous people -- they're just…
  • Samsung is launching 'several' more Tizen smartphones this year

    29 June 2015, 7:59 pm by: Jon Fingas

    It's tempting to think of Tizen as an also-ran in the smartphone world next to powerhouses like Android and iOS, but that's not entirely true when Samsung has sold 1 million Z1 phones in India since January. In fact, there are now signs that the Korean firm…
  • Google Hangouts for iOS gets a redesign, better performance

    29 June 2015, 5:46 pm by: Billy Steele

    Frustrated with the Google Hangouts app on iOS from time to time? Us too. Mountain View updated the mobile software today with a refreshed UI and more. First, you'll likely notice the new coat of Material Design paint that tidies things up a bit. Heck, even…
  • Sprint's latest family plan offers two unlimited lines for $100

    29 June 2015, 4:20 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    Sprint is trying to do everything it can to compete with T-Mobile's audacious, budget-friendly plans. As such, the carrier's introducing a new plan called Best Buy One Family, featuring two lines with unlimited data, talk and text for $100 per month -- each…

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