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  • Tiny sensor tells you when your favorite places are crowded

    1 August 2015, 11:45 pm by: Jon Fingas

    You probably aren't a fan of showing up at the coffee shop right when there's a large line, or at the gym when there are no free machines. Wouldn't it be nice if you could find out how busy a place is at any given moment, without resorting to estimates? The…
  • Frontback's selfie app is back thanks to an anonymous rescuer

    1 August 2015, 10:20 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Tech startups rarely get a second chance if they fail, since they can't usually draw on the help of either a huge following or a pile of cash. However, the recently defunct Frontback is getting that rare reprieve. The selfie-oriented social service has…
  • You can delete Samsung's phone bloatware in China

    31 July 2015, 7:11 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Samsung isn't waiting around for the verdict of a Chinese lawsuit over bloatware to take action. The company will offer patches in August that let local Android phone owners delete unwanted pre-installed apps on both the Galaxy Note 3, the example cited in the…
  • App maker Nextbit wants to build smartphones that 'stand out'

    31 July 2015, 1:28 pm by: Richard Lai

    Earlier this week, mobile software startup Nextbit revealed that it's about to launch its first smartphone. The move comes as no surprise -- it'd be silly for a company to hire Scott Croyle, HTC's former head of design, just to work on some cool continuity…
  • YotaPhone 2's US launch canceled after crowdfunding success

    31 July 2015, 11:59 am by: Chris Velazco

    We sort of loved the dual-screened YotaPhone 2, and we weren't alone -- nearly 450 people ordered devices from the company's Indiegogo campaign earlier this month, and a few of them are going to be very disappointed. In an email (obtained by The Verge) fired…
  • Nvidia recalls Shield Android tablets over battery fire fears

    31 July 2015, 8:20 am by: Aaron Souppouris

    Nvidia has issued a recall for the Shield Android tablet after determining that its battery "can overheat, posing a fire hazard." Although the recall is voluntary, Nvidia is asking users to back up their data and fill in the relevant online form to receive a…
  • Google makes it even easier to test Android apps

    31 July 2015, 8:05 am by: Matt Brian

    For developers, allowing the public to evaluate apps before general release is paramount -- it helps weed out the bugs that could derail an otherwise successful launch. Both Apple and Google offer the capability, but TestFlight features have only been baked…
  • Vodafone turns to QR codes for 'simpler' pay-as-you-go top-ups

    31 July 2015, 6:15 am by: Jamie Rigg

    QR codes look like they're really starting to catch on, and Vodafone's not one to turn down a reserved seat on the bandwagon. As part of a new trial, the UK carrier has teamed up with mobile payments renegade PowaTag so pay-as-you-go customers can top up their…
  • Huawei passes Microsoft as third-largest mobile phone maker

    31 July 2015, 6:06 am by: Steve Dent

    When Microsoft bought Nokia, it inherited a pretty large feature phone business. But that business has shrunk a lot since the purchase, according to Strategy Analytics, and Microsoft hasn't set the smartphone world on fire either. As a result, Huawei just…
  • FireChat gets offline private messaging

    30 July 2015, 11:30 pm by: Mariella Moon

    FireChat, that offline messenger that Hong Kong locals used during the height of their pro-democracy protests, now has off-the-grid private messaging capability. If you recall, you could only use its public "Nearby" tab if you want to talk to people in your…
  • Razer's Android gamepad is now on Google Play for $80

    30 July 2015, 2:29 am by: Andrew Tarantola

    If you're tired of having to pause games on your Android mobile device just to wipe finger grease off the screen, you are in luck. For $80, the Bluetooth-connected Razer Serval gamepad will ensure that you never touch that screen again (at least until playtime…
  • AT&T rejects $100 million fine, claims it followed the rules

    30 July 2015, 1:52 am by: Mariella Moon

    AT&T refuses to pay the FCC the $100 million fine it got slapped with, claiming that it didn't keep data throttling a secret from its subscribers at all. Ma Bell was given with such a hefty penalty, because the agency determined that it slowed down…
  • Samsung will discount Galaxy S6 phones after launch sales disappoint

    29 July 2015, 11:36 pm by: Mariella Moon

    Samsung's earlier prediction for the second quarter of 2015 was spot on: the company has failed to hit its goals when it comes to the sales of its flagship devices. Its operating profits fell four percent to 6.9 trillion won ($5.9 billion), and the mobile…
  • Most 2016 Volkswagen cars can avoid crashes and talk to your phone

    29 July 2015, 9:55 pm by: Jon Fingas

    You normally have to spring for higher-end cars to get semi-autonomous features that could save your hide, but Volkswagen is aiming to make them relatively commonplace. The automaker has started shipping its 2016 model line, and most of it will at least make…
  • Some of the cars on Uber's maps don't really exist

    29 July 2015, 8:25 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If you've ever wondered why Uber will show you a horde of available cars but still quote you an oddly long wait time for a ride, you now have an explanation: some of those cars don't exist. Motherboard has learned through a study that the app's map activity…
  • Android security flaw puts your phone into a near-coma

    29 July 2015, 7:41 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Android has more than one video-related security hole on its hands at the moment. Trend Micro has found a flaw that uses a malformed Matroska (MKV) video in apps or websites to crash Android's "mediaserver" service, effectively turning the target device into a…
  • Sprint counters T-Mobile with 10GB of shared family data

    29 July 2015, 3:44 pm by: Andrew Tarantola

    The battle between Sprint and T-Mobile for the hearts and phone lines of America's families is heating up. T-Mobile recently updated its Simple Choice family plan to give a family of four unlimited calling and text, as well as 10GB of data to each of them for…
  • Samsung adds some power to its latest Android flip phone

    29 July 2015, 2:43 pm by: Steve Dent

    With the tactile buttons, nostalgic looks and snappy foldability, flip phones have a certain je ne sais quoi. But nobody wants to use a feature phone like a caveman, so Samsung has just revealed its latest model, the Galaxy Folder. It's arriving right after…
  • AT&T will require working FM radios in its Android phones (update: just a request)

    29 July 2015, 2:09 pm by: Jon Fingas

    You might think that conventional radio is becoming less relevant as time marches on, but AT&T begs to differ. It's requiring that Android phone makers not only include active FM radio chips in their devices from 2016 onwards, but that they switch on chips in…
  • StubHub lets eventgoers call an Uber from its app

    29 July 2015, 1:50 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    People love it when companies make things easier for them, and that's exactly what StubHub is doing today. If you use the service to buy tickets to events, like a live concert or sports game, you'll now be able to book an Uber directly from its iOS and Android…
  • Yahoo's Livetext is a messaging app for the Snapchat generation

    29 July 2015, 12:45 pm by: Billy Steele

    Yahoo's Livetext video-messaging app popped up in Hong Kong's iTunes store a few days ago, and now it's rolling out to more locales. The app is the company's effort to provide software similar to its popular Messenger app that's appropriate for how people are…
  • Samsung sensor puts 16-megapixel cameras into slim phones

    29 July 2015, 11:49 am by: Jon Fingas

    Wondering how Samsung manages to cram a 16-megapixel camera into seemingly wafer-thin phones like the Galaxy A8? By developing a brand-spanking new sensor that fits, that's how. The Korean company has built an ISOCELL-based CMOS imager that uses extremely…
  • Cyanogen users are getting a new stock calendar

    29 July 2015, 9:38 am by: Mariella Moon

    Cyanogen's certainly set on loading its Android version with Google app replacements. Earlier this year, it announced that it will make Boxer's Gmail-like email app the stock option for Cyanogen OS 12. Now it has revealed that the new calendar made by the same…
  • This Netherlands bank lets you use your voice as your password

    29 July 2015, 1:29 am by: Sean Buckley

    Online banking is usually an exercise in remembering complicated pin numbers or passwords -- but what if there was an easier way? In the Netherlands, there is: banking customers who use the ING Netherlands app can now long into their bank account, check…
  • Qualcomm's wireless charging tech now works on metal phones

    28 July 2015, 10:06 pm by: Sean Buckley

    Until now, you've had a choice: a smartphone with a sleek metal chassis, or one that played nice with wireless charging standards. Those days may be over. Qualcomm just announced that its WiPower charging technology can now power smartphones, tablets and other…

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