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  • Phone number payments may soon come to the high street

    2 October 2014, 8:01 am by: Matt Brian

    While carrier billing might be changing the way we buy digital products like apps, music and ringtones, it hasn't yet become a mainstream method of payment. That could be set to change, however, after the UK's three largest carriers agreed a new deal that may…
  • Bring thermal vision to your phone with this camera add-on

    2 October 2014, 7:33 am by: Edgar Alvarez

    For the most part, smartphone peripherals can make your mobile devices even more powerful than they already are. A new add-on, dubbed Seek Thermal, aims to do just that by bringing extra imaging features to your handset. The tiny gadget can be attached to an…
  • Dropbox for Android can now move your cloud files to an SD card

    2 October 2014, 7:01 am by: Jon Fingas

    If you're a longtime Dropbox user on Android, you've probably bemoaned the lack of SD card support. What good is having gobs of cloud storage if you can't use all the free space you have on your own phone? At long last, though, Dropbox has released an Android…
  • Tweetbot now does justice to Twitter on your iPhone 6

    2 October 2014, 3:43 am by: Jon Fingas

    Tweetbot 3 for iOS is frequently regarded as one of the better mobile Twitter apps, no matter the platform -- it's full of shortcuts and visual flair that most clients (including Twitter's own) sorely lack. It has been lagging on support for Apple's latest…
  • Apple's new iCloud tool can show if a used iPhone is stolen

    2 October 2014, 3:02 am by: Steve Dent

    The market for used iPhones is fraught with risk, because you may end up paying hundreds of dollars for a locked off device, or worse -- one that appears legit but can't make calls. However, Apple has just revealed an iCloud tool that lets you check a device's…
  • Vertu Aster is a luxury smartphone with 'mid-tier' price, top-tier specs

    2 October 2014, 12:53 am by: Richard Lai

    Since the launch of the Signature Touch, Vertu CEO Max Pogliani promised that "technology will be more a merging factor and not a differentiation point" for his phones. That's literally the case with the new mid-tier Aster launched today: This titanium Android…
  • Next year's Hondas will have Tegra and Android inside

    1 October 2014, 11:32 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Curious as to just which Honda models you'd see Android pop up in first? If you had money on the 2015 Civic, Civic Tourer and CRV it's time to collect your prize from the pool. Google's mobile OS will appear as standard equipment in those vehicles with a…
  • Verizon's new FiOS deal will let you watch Comedy Central away from home

    1 October 2014, 10:41 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Verizon is about to make it much easier to catch The Daily Show when you can't reach your TV on time. As part of a renewed carriage deal, Big Red will let you watch all of Viacom's live channels (including Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon) through the FiOS…
  • New spyware targets Hong Kong protesters' phones

    1 October 2014, 7:23 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters have more to worry about than they thought -- someone is gunning after their phones, too. Lacoon Mobile Security says it has detected new spyware, Xsser, that tries to trick WhatsApp users on Android and iOS by posing as a…
  • Verizon won't be throttling unlimited LTE data plans after all

    1 October 2014, 4:56 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If you were worried that Verizon would start throttling your unlimited data plan because you use it a lot, you can relax -- Big Red just had a last-minute change of heart. The carrier tells Droid-Life that it has decided against pursuing "network optimization"…
  • Sprint and Verizon are doubling data on shared plans too

    1 October 2014, 4:03 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    Not to be outdone by AT&T, Sprint and Verizon have now announced they are also going to double the data for users on shared mobile plans, at no extra cost. What's more, both carriers are bringing the promotion to family and business customers alike, making the…
  • Comcast's cloud DVR starts serving up recordings you can watch anywhere

    1 October 2014, 10:01 am by: Richard Lawler

    In the midst of attempting to gobble up its largest counterpart, battle Netflix on net neutrality and face down customer service scandals, Comcast is still slowly extending its new TV platform. The latest addition to its X1 setup is enhancing the cloud DVR…
  • Microsoft's Sway lets you share ideas on the web without any design skills

    1 October 2014, 9:00 am by: Jon Fingas

    Sharing ideas on the web is tricky. You probably want something more persuasive than a social network update, but it's usually overkill to design a whole web page just to get your point across. Microsoft may have reached a happy balance between the two with…
  • iPad, I choose you: 'Pokémon' officially hits the App Store

    1 October 2014, 2:08 am by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Remember that Pokémon iPad game that was teased not too long ago? Well, if the mere mention of it stoked a fire inside that made you want to abandon Blizzard's Hearthstone forever, Joystiq has spotted that the pocket monster trading card game is available on…
  • Pavlok needs you to shock more people into breaking bad habits

    30 September 2014, 11:37 pm by: Mariella Moon

    There's no way you'd use a shock collar to train your beloved dog, but you wouldn't mind using one on yourself if it means breaking your nastiest habits, eh? If that's the case, then your day has come: Pavlok (a wearable band that can zap you with electricity)…
  • MSN's simpler, mobile-savvy homepage is rolling out to everyone

    30 September 2014, 6:55 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Well, that was quick -- after just a few weeks in preview mode, the revamped MSN homepage is rolling out to everyone. You should see Microsoft's simple, desktop-like web portal in your browser sometime within the next three days. If you're using Windows…
  • Spotify goes live in Canada

    30 September 2014, 1:36 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Canadians: you no longer have to jump through hoops (or hope for an early invitation) to check out Spotify. The streaming music service has finally launched in Canada, complete with an extensive collection of domestically-made tunes. As elsewhere, you can play…
  • Pebble drops prices by $50 and adds continuous fitness tracking

    30 September 2014, 1:00 pm by: Brad Molen

    If you've been thinking about getting a smartwatch but haven't been persuaded to plunk down a lot of cash, Pebble's trying to make the decision a little easier for you. The watch maker is lowering the price of its full lineup by $50, which means you can now…
  • O2 now lets you charge iTunes credit to your phone bill

    30 September 2014, 11:44 am by: Jamie Rigg

    O2 already has a number of deals in place that allow its customers to buy digital wares and charge the cost straight to their phone bill. It now has a new partner in Apple, as the carrier's "Charge to Mobile" program has been expanded to include iTunes…
  • Is this wrist-worn smartphone on Indiegogo a hoax or a fever dream?

    30 September 2014, 9:49 am by: Daniel Cooper

    One downside of Indiegogo's lax attitude to projects is that there's no requirement for a prototype or any proof that the device being pitched could even exist. In fact, the site is so laissez-faire, that a creator could probably promise a hoverboard powered…
  • Premier Inn's new smart hotel lets you book, check in and get cosy with an app

    30 September 2014, 4:40 am by: Matt Brian

    More than four years in the making, Premier Inn has taken the wraps off its first smart hotel rooms. The UK's biggest hotel chain has embraced mobile with both hands, letting you book your stay, check in and play with various room settings using its official…
  • Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus coming to China on October 17th

    30 September 2014, 1:58 am by: Steve Dent

    Apple has finally revealed the date that its new iPhones will be available to eager users in mainland China: Friday, October 17th. The devices had been delayed pending regulatory approval, but Apple was granted a license earlier today by the Chinese government…
  • You can hot-swap nearly all Project Ara modules on the fly

    30 September 2014, 1:04 am by: Mariella Moon

    Back in April, Project Ara's Module Developers Kit revealed that the phone's battery will be hot-swappable; in other words, you can replace it without having to switch the phone off. Nifty trick, right? Well, the feature's apparently not limited to the…
  • Cortana makes sure you don't miss nearby concerts

    29 September 2014, 10:57 pm by: Billy Steele

    Microsoft's virtual assistant comes in handy for lots of things -- especially reminders. Now, thanks to a hand from SeatGeek's ticket engine, Cortana will alert you when bands you listen to on the regular have a tour stop close by. As you might expect, in…
  • Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests spur growth for secure messaging apps

    29 September 2014, 3:12 pm by: Aaron Souppouris

    Social media and civil unrest have long gone hand-in-hand, from coordinating revolution during the Arab Spring to repressing corruption in Turkey. Amid pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, locals have taken to the location-based messaging app FireChat to…

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