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  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Samsung's phone market share takes a bruising as Chinese rivals surge

    29 July 2014, 10:56 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Samsung warned that its smartphone sales weren't that great this spring, and now we have the numbers to show just what the company meant. IDC estimates that Samsung's smartphone shipments saw a rare year-over-year drop in the second quarter, taking it from a…
  • Google now shows what you can do near your hotel

    29 July 2014, 9:34 pm by: Jon Fingas

    When you land in a strange new city, your first instinct may be to see what there is to do near your hotel. However, searching Google for nearby attractions can be a hassle if you don't remember your hotel's name or address by heart. That memorization is no…
  • Instagram quietly (and slowly) launches Snapchat rival, Bolt

    29 July 2014, 5:00 pm by: Billy Steele

    We knew Instagram's effort to nab a bit of Snapchat's thunder was imminent thanks to leaked promo banners, and now, the app has officially arrived... for some. Bolt, the filter-driven photo app's own ephemeral messenger has hit iTunes and Google Play for folks…
  • Twitter's active user growth continued to improve this quarter

    29 July 2014, 4:45 pm by: Brad Molen

    One of Twitter's primary concerns is that the number of active users -- those who use the network at least once a month -- continues to grow at a healthy pace, and its latest quarterly earnings confirm that the social network has been eating its vegetables.…
  • Here's what the phone unlocking bill means, and how it affects our future

    29 July 2014, 4:00 pm by: Brad Molen

    Getting Democrats and Republicans to pass an act of Congress is the exception more than the rule. But if there's one thing both sides of the aisle can agree on, it's that the US policy for unlocking phones is backwards. Early last year, it became illegal to…
  • LG Heart Rate Monitor Earphone review: good fitness gadget, poor earphones

    29 July 2014, 2:45 pm by: Mat Smith

    Heart rate monitors are no longer the exclusive domain of fitness gadgets. The last 12 months have seen sensors make their way into smartphones and wearables, replacing for many of us the need for a standalone pulse monitor. The problem is a lot of these…
  • Beats Music adds new options for enhanced personalization

    29 July 2014, 12:54 pm by: Billy Steele

    Some of the main items that Beats Music claims set it apart from the competition are its personalization and curated content. Looking to boost both of those areas, Apple's pending purchase has tossed in a few tweaks. First, if you're familiar with the service,…
  • Spotify's iOS app gets equalizer feature with custom settings and 22 presets

    29 July 2014, 6:00 am by: Mat Smith

    Spotify's latest iOS app update rolls out today and adds a new equalizer to playback functionality. "A lot of our users have been asking for a built-in equalizer for a while now and it's currently one of our most requested features on iOS," says Sten Garmark,…
  • Cortana now taps into Foursquare to give you recommendations for lunch

    29 July 2014, 2:35 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    It turns out that Microsoft had bigger plans for Foursquare than just search and maps for Bing. The check-in service is now accessible by Redmond's digital assistant, Cortana, as spotted on Reddit by Neowin. The addition apparently makes for customizable,…
  • The game controller that trains your pelvic floor muscles

    29 July 2014, 1:19 am by: Mariella Moon

    The high-tech pelvic floor trainer space just became more competitive. Remember kGoal? Well, a Kickstarter campaign's looking to fund the production of a similar device called Skea (short for Smart Kegel Exercise Aid), which boasts something kGoal doesn't…
  • Rhapsody bets on carrier partnerships to grow its music service

    29 July 2014, 12:01 am by: Edgar Alvarez

    Rhapsody International, the parent company of music-streaming services Rhapsody and Napster, has just announced it is now home to two million paid subscribers. That sum may not seem like a lot at first glance, especially when compared to the 10 million figure…
  • HTC's next Windows Phone is coming to Verizon with an awkward name

    28 July 2014, 7:21 pm by: Jon Fingas

    More than a few eyebrows were raised when talk surfaced of an HTC One for Windows Phone. How close would it be to the Android original? Would it bring anything new to the table? And what's the name, for that matter? Thankfully, sources for Engadget are happy…
  • Facebook is about to make everyone use the standalone Messenger app

    28 July 2014, 6:18 pm by: Richard Lawler

    It's been coming coming, but Facebook told TechCrunch today that the time is just about here -- starting "over the next few days" everyone will need Messenger to chat directly with their Facebook friends on mobile devices (iOS, Android and Windows Phone). Some…
  • Fitbit's activity tracking app comes to Windows Phone

    28 July 2014, 2:50 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If you've wanted to use activity-tracking wearables that pair with your phone, you've typically had to use Android or iOS. Windows Phone has some third-party apps that can fill in, but they're imperfect at best. As of today, though, an official solution is at…

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