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  • Police think Waze's traffic app puts officers in danger

    26 January 2015, 4:36 pm by: Jon Fingas

    You may use Google's Waze app primarily to avoid traffic jams and watch out for speed cameras, but some American police see it as threat -- and they want Google to do something about it. Officers speaking to the Associated Press believe that Waze's police…
  • Facebook Lite uses less data for developing areas, low-end phones

    26 January 2015, 2:57 pm by: Billy Steele

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been hard at work connecting the world with not only his social network, but with basic internet access, too. In another step towards doing so in developing areas, the folks in Menlo Park are rolling out Facebook Lite: a…
  • Freewheel is Cablevision's WiFi calling service for thrifty New Yorkers

    26 January 2015, 12:08 pm by: Daniel Cooper

    In large metropolitan areas that are covered with WiFi, you might start to wonder why you pay for a cellular service at all. It's this germ of an idea that has inspired Cablevision to announce Freewheel: a WiFi-based phone service that offers unlimited talk,…
  • The Nexus 6 nearly had a fingerprint sensor in its dimple

    26 January 2015, 4:04 am by: Aaron Souppouris

    Motorola's Nexus 6 almost had a fingerprint sensor, but Apple spoiled the idea. In an interview with UK newspaper The Telegraph, former CEO Dennis Woodside (who now leads Dropbox) reveals that the handset's dimple was supposed to play home to a discreet…
  • Here's what our readers think of the Moto X (2014)

    25 January 2015, 2:16 pm by: Kris Naudus

    In his review of the second-generation Moto X last September, our Senior Mobile Editor Chris Velazco called it "a huge step forward from last year's model." He complimented the seamless feel of the edges and thought its improved OLED screen was "one of the…
  • Apple's home automation tech reportedly won't land until spring

    25 January 2015, 7:05 am by: Jon Fingas

    We hope you weren't in a big rush to outfit your household with devices that use Apple's HomeKit automation technology -- you may be waiting a little while. Recode tipsters claim that Apple started certifying HomeKit gear later than it wanted, pushing the…
  • Google explains why it's not fixing web security in old Android phones

    24 January 2015, 12:04 pm by: Jon Fingas

    You might not be happy that Google isn't fixing a web security flaw in your older Android phone, but the search giant now says that it has some good reasons for holding off. As the company's Adrian Ludwig explains, it's no longer viable to "safely" patch…
  • Your Lumia is probably getting Windows 10

    23 January 2015, 12:03 pm by: Aaron Souppouris

    Microsoft promised Windows Phone users a free upgrade to Windows 10 at its event earlier this week, but it turns out not all phones will be getting the update. Through its Lumia Conversations blog, the company clarifies "not every phone will upgrade or support…
  • Surface RT will only get some of Windows 10's upgrades

    22 January 2015, 9:25 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Well, that was quick: Despite Microsoft saying that Windows 10 was coming to its misfit tablet, the Surface RT, that isn't quite the case. As Thurrott reports, Redmond is working on an update for Surface which will have "some of the functionality" of Windows…
  • Samsung engineers are working on wearable for early stroke detection

    22 January 2015, 2:13 pm by: Billy Steele

    Samsung has quite the diverse family of products, and for the last two years, a team of engineers have been working on yet another. Folks from its smartphone and washing machine teams are building a wearable sensor that monitors brainwaves to detect the early…
  • LG's bendy G Flex 2 hits Korea this month

    22 January 2015, 12:59 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    We liked the LG G Flex 2 enough to both bring it onstage at CES this year and put it in the running for our Best of Show awards. The curved flagship phone didn't go all the way in the end, but hey, if you happen to be in Korea this month a mere 800,000 won…
  • T-Mobile will ignore bad credit if you're loyal and want a new phone

    22 January 2015, 12:18 pm by: Chris Velazco

    And the Un-carrier march continues unabated. This time, T-Mobile CEO John Legere address the consumer masses via YouTube to launch a new initiative that aims to help put a smartphone in the hands of anyone who wants one... and can pay their bills. Starting on…
  • TalkTalk updates its mobile plans ahead of inevitable quad-play competition

    22 January 2015, 9:44 am by: Jamie Rigg

    TalkTalk has long been a friend to the price-conscious consumer, offering low-cost TV, broadband and mobile services as alternatives to pricier options from the Skys and EEs of this world. In recent history, however, it's been exploring opportunities beyond…
  • BlackBerry's CEO doesn't understand what net neutrality is

    22 January 2015, 9:29 am by: Steve Dent

    Think that net neutrality means all companies have the same, unfettered access to the internet without throttling or "fast lanes?" BlackBerry's CEO John Chen doesn't agree! In a letter to the Senate, he dismissed the need for tight "Title II" government…
  • Google adds screen reader support to Docs, Sheets and Slides apps

    22 January 2015, 3:57 am by: Mariella Moon

    Google's Docs, Sheets and Slides apps aren't easy to use on a phone's small screen at all, but this set of updates could make things just a bit more convenient for both iOS and Android users. Documents now come with real-time spell check, spreadsheets are now…
  • Hulu's former CEO lets you try his YouTube alternative

    22 January 2015, 2:28 am by: Jon Fingas

    Hulu's ex-CEO Jason Kilar has been extolling the virtues of Vessel, his would-be YouTube rival, for weeks. Today, though, you can finally find out whether or not it's all that it's cracked up to be -- Vessel has launched an invitation-only public beta. You'll…
  • BlackBerry's gold-hued Passport is even more audacious than usual

    22 January 2015, 2:01 am by: Jon Fingas

    BlackBerry's Passport is already a fairly exclusive device by dint of the company's small market share, but the Canadian smartphone maker just kicked things up a notch. It's now selling a very limited edition (just 50 units) Black & Gold Passport that lets you…
  • Lumia Camera will be the stock camera app on Windows 10 devices

    21 January 2015, 10:36 pm by: Dana Wollman

    In case you haven't noticed, team Engadget has spent a lot of time today covering Windows 10, Microsoft's next-gen operating system. Over the course of the company's three-hour keynote, we heard quite a bit more about its so-called universal apps, which will…
  • Here's the biggest news from Microsoft's Windows 10 event

    21 January 2015, 7:06 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Microsoft hinted that its January Windows 10 event would have a lot to offer, and boy was it right. The Redmond crew unveiled not just a ton of software features for desktops and mobile devices, but also new hardware that pushes the limits of what you thought…
  • 'Nova' rumors point to Google launching its own phone service

    21 January 2015, 3:59 pm by: Richard Lawler

    Could your next cell service plan be with Google? According to a report by The Information, the answer is yes, as it's plotting out an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) service that could run on the networks of Sprint or T-Mobile. That's a similar…
  • Twitter is ready to replace your apps' web passwords with phone numbers

    21 January 2015, 3:05 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Ready to ditch old-fashioned passwords on the web? Twitter is, too. It just released a developer kit that lets mobile apps' companion websites use Digits phone number logins. While you still have to create an account on your phone to get things started, you'll…
  • WhatsApp finally comes to the web, but doesn't jibe with iOS

    21 January 2015, 1:50 pm by: Chris Velazco

    Well, those leaks were spot on. WhatsApp founder Jan Koum just announced (via Facebook, naturally) that the hugely popular messaging company has launched a web client that'll let users fire off messages from inside the desktop version of Google Chrome. As Koum…
  • HoloLens is Microsoft's take on augmented reality

    21 January 2015, 1:44 pm by: Timothy J. Seppala

    Microsoft's "dreaming beyond virtual worlds." Meaning, it's looking into holograms for, well, Windows Holographic. It looks an awful lot like an extension of the RoomAlive tech we've seen previously, but it isn't limited to gaming. According to Redmond's Alex…
  • Microsoft reveals the 'Surface Hub,' an 84-inch 4K all-in-one

    21 January 2015, 1:33 pm by: James Trew

    Today might be all about the next chapter in Windows, but there's something for the hardware-heads, too. Specifically the Surface Hub -- which joins Surface tablets, and Lumia smartphones on Redmond's roster of gear offerings. This beast is basically a large…
  • Windows 10's messaging lets you use multiple chat services at once

    21 January 2015, 1:04 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If you're tired of jumping between multiple messaging apps to stay in touch with others, you may want to get Windows 10 when it shows up. Microsoft has revealed that the new Windows messaging client can integrate multiple internet-based services, creating a…

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