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  • Verizon to start throttling data on unlimited LTE plans

    25 July 2014, 4:49 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    Out of the many trappings US carriers have in common, throttling speeds for heavy data users is certainly one of them. So, accordingly, it's not surprising for Verizon to confirm reports that it will soon start slowing things down for more customers. According…
  • ​Cellphone unlocking bill passes through the House, heads to the Oval Office

    25 July 2014, 3:34 pm by: Sean Buckley

    Well, it seems like the US cellphone unlocking bill didn't get held up legislation after all: the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act just passed through the House of Representatives with unanimous support. The measure reverses the 2012…
  • The Pirate Bay makes it even easier to torrent on the go

    25 July 2014, 12:14 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    Regardless of what you may be searching for on The Pirate Bay, it wouldn't hurt to be doing so with style and ease of use. In consideration of this, the popular (and controversial) torrent-sharing property has launched a brand new mobile site, featuring a…
  • Cortana won't sound like Cortana on UK Windows Phones

    25 July 2014, 11:42 am by: Matt Brian

    Now that Microsoft is rolling Windows Phone 8.1 out to handsets, users can now start chatting with its new virtual assistant, Cortana. Right now, she's limited to the US, but the Cortana man at Microsoft, Marcus Ash, has tweeted that "barring an unforeseen…
  • The battle for virtual reality: Google, Samsung, Sony and Oculus VR

    25 July 2014, 10:30 am by: Ben Gilbert

    Back in June, Google revealed Cardboard: an open-source attempt at mobile virtual reality. Heck, even the "hardware" is open source --here are instructions to make your own, right now!…
  • Firefox Android beta puts Instagram feeds straight into your browser

    25 July 2014, 9:31 am by: Steve Dent

    Firefox has already shown off an Android launcher and is now trying some spiffy personalization features for its Android browser. The latest beta flaunts a new class of "panel" add-ons with home page feeds like Pocket, Wikipedia, Instagram and more. Firefox…
  • Repairing the Fire Phone's cameras is more difficult than you think

    25 July 2014, 8:42 am by: Daniel Cooper

    The intrepid disassemblers over at iFixit have torn Amazon's Fire phone asunder in order to determine how repairable it is, but what did they find? At first blush, things seemed promising, with standard Torx screws holding the chassis together, but after that…
  • London's Tube to accept contactless payments from September 16th

    25 July 2014, 6:44 am by: Jamie Rigg

    The contactless payment feature on your bank card is ideal for speeding up minor purchases, and soon it'll be able to replace your Oyster, too. London buses have supported contactless payments for some time, and Transport for London (TfL) has today announced…
  • Sense sleep sensor monitors your zzz's and wakes you up at the best time

    25 July 2014, 12:08 am by: Mariella Moon

    You're lucky if you can sleep easily and wake up feeling refreshed all the time -- some people need a bit help to get a good night's rest from apps and gizmos, like this new device called Sense. The gadget, which looks like a crystal ball with rubber bands,…
  • Comixology now offers DRM-free comic backups, but only from select publishers

    24 July 2014, 7:28 pm by: Sean Buckley

    When Amazon purchased Comixology, it was a herald of change: iOS users lost the ability to purchase comics in-app, Android users were gifted with a new purchasing system and, now,the digital book seller is going DRM-free. Sort of. Comixology CEO David…
  • New Apple TV game brings the 'Dance Party' to your living room

    24 July 2014, 4:57 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    Apple's set-top hobby has come a long way since its major refresh in 2010, thanks largely to a variety of services bringing different content to the platform. When it comes to gaming, however, the Apple TV isn't exactly a powerhouse, despite being able to…
  • Instagram's Snapchat competitor Bolt leaks

    24 July 2014, 12:36 pm by: Terrence O'Brien

    Snapchat's meteoric rise made one thing abundantly clear -- the market would soon be flooded with copy cats. The next major player to try and drink Snapchat's milkshake might be Instagram. A banner introducing Bolt, a service for "one tap photo messaging,"…
  • Oppo Find 7 review: A solid phone that faces stiff competition

    24 July 2014, 12:00 pm by: Chris Velazco

    The Galaxy S5. The One M8. The G3. Every notable player in the overcrowded smartphone space has a flagship, one heroic device that the company pins its hopes on... for a year or so, anyway. For Oppo, a Chinese phone maker whose profile has swelled thanks to a…
  • Vodafone's first own-brand 4G phones could struggle to compete

    24 July 2014, 10:55 am by: Jamie Rigg

    Last year we would've bet our lunch money on Vodafone being the first UK carrier to release an own-brand LTE smartphone. After all, we spotted a "Vodafone Smart 4G" picking up its roaming permit from the US communications regulator, and only a few weeks after…
  • IBM gives Watson a new job: reintroducing soldiers to civilian life

    24 July 2014, 9:27 am by: Mariella Moon

    Watson supercomputer has a new and very important job, one that's a lot different from beating Jeopardy champions or whipping up BBQ sauce recipes: helping vets return to normal life. IBM has recently formed a partnership with the USAA (the financial services…
  • IFTTT's recipe-powered automation now works with Square mobile payments

    24 July 2014, 9:00 am by: Steve Dent

    Consumers have been automating apps with IFTTT (If This Then That) for awhile by, say, backing up Instagram photos to Dropbox whenever they snap a photo. Now, businesses will be able to take advantage of IFTTT directly from the Square mobile payment app. For…
  • Future phones could house a terabyte of memory

    24 July 2014, 3:15 am by: Jon Fingas

    You may think that the 3GB of memory in your new smartphone is hot stuff, but that pales in comparison with what Rice University has in store. Its scientists have detailed a form of resistive RAM (RRAM) that can be made using regular equipment at room…
  • LG sells a record 14.5 million smartphones as profits nearly triple

    24 July 2014, 1:50 am by: Steve Dent

    LG has just reported a record quarter for mobile phone sales, showing that it's taking advantage of a slump from arch-rival Samsung. LG sold 14.5 million handsets over the last quarter, its highest total ever and 20 percent more than last year -- with more…
  • Samsung's leaked Galaxy Alpha looks like a smaller, prettier S5

    24 July 2014, 1:12 am by: Jon Fingas

    Many have assumed that Samsung's fabled metal smartphone would be a very high-end device, but some new leaks hint that it could be considerably more modest. Both SamMobile and Tinhte have posted photos of the Galaxy Alpha (shown on the right), a mid-range…
  • Google Maps' new, context-savvy local guide reaches Android

    23 July 2014, 10:54 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Google quietly slipped out a big upgrade to Maps' local discovery features on iOS a couple of weeks ago, and today it's Android's turn. Once your device gets the refresh, you should see a new Explore guide that offers suggestions for things to do based on…
  • Uber's back on Windows Phone minus some key features

    23 July 2014, 4:07 pm by: Billy Steele

    If you've hailed an Uber ride on a Windows Phone handset, you're aware that the you were beamed to the service's mobile site rather via a full-fledged app. That changed today, as the taxi outfit returns to Microsoft's mobile OS with proper software. This means…
  • LG wants you to play games through your phone case

    23 July 2014, 2:38 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Are you an impulsive gamer? So impulsive that you can't even wait to unlock your phone before you start playing? If so, LG is entirely willing to cater to that (frankly disconcerting) behavior. The company has just launched Puppy Pop, the first game…
  • Marvel's giving you the key to over 13,000 comics for 99 cents

    23 July 2014, 1:36 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    To celebrate the start of Comic-Con tomorrow in San Diego, Marvel is kicking off a promotion that provides an all-you-can-have pass to its entire digital library for less than a dollar. There are a few caveats, as expected, but not enough to make the offer…
  • The top 12 tablets you can buy right now

    23 July 2014, 12:35 pm by: Jon Turi

    Whether you're looking to replace your laptop or just find something to keep you entertained, there's a tablet out there to suit you. But with an ever-increasing array of slates crowding the market, narrowing down the list can be a chore. So we've sorted…
  • Foursquare shows off its new look for local searches

    23 July 2014, 12:03 pm by: Billy Steele

    The Foursquare faithful have had some time to get used social venue tracker's Swarm option for sorting check-ins, as the outfit jettisoned the activity to a second app. Folks who didn't want to give up the OG method were still able to tally stops, but now the…

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