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  • Unlike AT&T’s disdain for Leap customers, T-Mobile is taking care of MetroPCS subscribers

    25 July 2014, 6:24 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    AT&T and T-Mobile both claimed they were intent on preserving Cricket and MetroPCS's services when they made their respective acquisitions. But it looks like T-Mobile was the only one serious about it.…
  • Congress passes cellphone unlocking bill, Obama likely to sign it into law

    25 July 2014, 4:02 pm by: Kif Leswing

    The House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday allowing consumers to unlock their phones for the purpose of switching carriers.…
  • AWS in fight of its life as customers like Dropbox ponder hybrid clouds and Google pricing

    25 July 2014, 2:19 pm by: Barb Darrow

    AWS doesn't have the public cloud to itself anymore. It faces two gigantic competitors trying to poach reference customers and growing adoption of hybrid cloud.…
  • Play a Microsoft-made HTML5 version of Settlers of Catan in your browser right now

    25 July 2014, 1:02 pm by: Kif Leswing

    Microsoft's Internet Explorer team released a preview HTML5 version of Settlers of Catan that works on almost every modern device -- from Windows Phone to iPads and desktop computers.…
  • Verizon will start restricting LTE speeds for its heaviest unlimited-plan customers

    25 July 2014, 11:43 am by: Kevin Fitchard

    Verizon's 4G networks soon will start favoring customers who pay for mobile data by the gigabyte over customers who draw deeply from Verizon's unlimited plans. The new policies will only apply when the network gets crowded.…
  • Amazon Fire Phone teardown: You might be sending this one back for repairs

    25 July 2014, 9:34 am by: Kif Leswing

    Hoping to poke around in an Fire Phone? According to a teardown from iFixit, there's a security sticker that'll tip Amazon off that you've voided your warranty.…
  • Sharknado 2 will be terrible. But it will look cool in your house under lighting from Philips

    24 July 2014, 1:32 pm by: Stacey Higginbotham

    Ambient lighting for your television viewing may be a good reason to pick up a few Hue light bulbs. If you want to try out the experience here are two apps to download.…
  • Visa invests in wireless credit card maker LoopPay

    24 July 2014, 12:41 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    LoopPay’s digital credit card has attracted the attention of credit card titan Visa, which may be just be looking for alternatives to plastic. LoopPay said on Thursday that Visa has made a strategic investment in the company of an undisclosed sum. LoopPay…
  • Sponsored post: How to plan, develop, test and launch a modern mobile application

    24 July 2014, 11:55 am by: Gigaom

    The mobile-payment industry is forecasted to account for as much as $1 trillion in global transactions by 2015. Mobile applications are becoming the new website. If you don’t have one available, you are missing a major market. Mobile adoption has accelerated…
  • ZTE’s newest mid-range phone is running the stock Google Now interface

    24 July 2014, 10:24 am by: Kif Leswing

    A sub-$200 device from ZTE comes with the Google Now Launcher pre-installed, although ZTE says it's not abandoning its homegrown Android skin.…
  • Square joins the internet of things, integrating its sales data with IFTTT

    24 July 2014, 10:07 am by: Kevin Fitchard

    Square Register's sales, refund and settlement data can now all be used as triggers for IFTTT recipes. A merchant can generate alerts whenever a sale occurs, or have a little more fun with smart appliances.…
  • AT&T’s Q2: Hello, new smartphone subscribers; Goodbye, Cricket prepaid customers

    23 July 2014, 5:58 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    AT&T set records when it came to attracting new and keeping old smartphone subscribers, but its prepaid business witnessed at mass exodus. After AT&T's acquisition of Leap, Cricket customers are finding new carriers.…
  • Windows Phone users can once again download the Uber app

    23 July 2014, 4:47 pm by: Kif Leswing

    The Windows Phone app store is a lot better than when it launched, but that just makes its app holes more glaring — like Uber, which used to have an app (really a website in an app wrapper) until it pulled it from the platform last April. […]…
  • Report: Apple is preparing several next-gen Mac models for Yosemite’s launch this fall

    23 July 2014, 4:25 pm by: Kif Leswing

    Apple will be introducing new models -- not spec bumps -- for its iMac, Thunderbolt Display, and MacBook lines this fall, according to a new report.…
  • Sprint will start reselling Google apps to businesses

    23 July 2014, 3:54 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    Sprint and Google already have a history of close cooperation on consumer apps — Sprint was the only major U.S. carrier to support Google Wallet — but now it looks like they’re making their partnership more professional. In August, Sprint will start…
  • For $40, CaseCam lets you be in that group picture taken on your iPhone

    23 July 2014, 3:46 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Need a combination tripod and timed or remote shutter for your iPhone? Consider the CaseCam, which uses a mirror that doubles as a stand, along with special software that can snap a pic from another iPhone or after a certain amount of time.…
  • The FCC reminds ISPs they can’t mess with broadband without telling the consumer

    23 July 2014, 2:06 pm by: Stacey Higginbotham

    Attention, ISPs who have vague terms of service or promise one thing and then fail to deliver: The FCC is keeping an eye on you.…
  • Duolingo launches a test to certify foreign language fluency on a smartphone

    23 July 2014, 12:00 pm by: Kif Leswing

    Soon you'll be able to take a foreign language standardized tests on an Android smartphone as Duolingo opens up its certified, proctored Test Center. But will institutions accept the credential?…
  • Why slowing iPad sales didn’t surprise Apple and shouldn’t surprise you

    23 July 2014, 11:38 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Apple's slowing iPad sales met Apple's own expectations but nobody else's apparently. Sure, slowing growth rates aren't necessarily a good thing but there are several reasons to explain why iPad sales have slowed.…
  • Microsoft updates its low-end Lumia Windows Phone sales champ

    23 July 2014, 9:18 am by: Kif Leswing

    The Lumia 530 is a Windows Phone smartphone retailing unlocked for under 100 euros. Microsoft updates its low-end Lumia Windows Phone sales champ originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
  • Yosemite will be available as a public beta, Apple’s first since OS X launched

    23 July 2014, 9:00 am by: Kif Leswing

    The latest version of OS X will be available as a public beta ahead of its expected official launch later this fall.…
  • Chrome Show: Acer overtakes Samsung’s Chromebook sales lead

    23 July 2014, 8:42 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Long the king of Chromebook sales, Samsung is facing a challenge from Acer, which offers many more choices to consumers. The company accounted for nearly 1 in every 3 Chromebook purchases in the second quarter of this year according to one report.…
  • PlaceMe’s creator Alohar has a new app that tracks everything your family does

    23 July 2014, 8:00 am by: Kevin Fitchard

    PlaceMe uses every sensor in the phone to track your activity. Now PlaceUs is doing the same except it's tracking the combined activity of a family or small group of friends.…
  • Amazon Fire Phone review: It’s not for me, but Amazon Prime or Kindle Fire users will like it

    22 July 2014, 9:00 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Amazon's first smartphone is essentially a smaller version of its Kindle Fire HDX tablet but makes phone calls and fits in a pocket. It hides the complexity of Android with Amazon's simple software and rich ecosystem while boosting Amazon's potential sales.…
  • Here’s a temporary tattoo that can unlock your Moto X

    22 July 2014, 7:46 pm by: Kif Leswing

    The latest accessory for the Moto X is a set of NFC-enabled stickers meant to be worn on a semi-permanent basis on skin. These e-tattoos are used to unlock the device.…
  • Here comes the 2nd Wave of Wi-Fi: Asus’s new hopped-up 802.11ac routers start shipping

    22 July 2014, 7:23 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    Asus promised to deliver the first next-generation 802.11ac router in January but nothing appeared -- until now. The new device, sporting multi-user MIMO technology, is now at Best Buy. But at $280, it ain’t cheap.…
  • Sponsored post: Nearly 90 percent surveyed stop using apps due to poor performance

    22 July 2014, 4:55 pm by: Gigaom

    When applications fail to perform, consumers are frequently feeling disappointment and frustration. The App Attention span examines how increased mobile device usage and performance expectations are impacting consumer behavior and what implications this has on…
  • Apple Q3 earnings: 35 million iPhones sold, but iPad sales continue to dip

    22 July 2014, 4:35 pm by: Kif Leswing

    Apple announced its fiscal third-quarter earnings on Tuesday, which saw iPhone sales grow nearly 13 percent year-over-year. However, iPad sales saw a drop from the same quarter a year ago.…
  • Report: The U.S. joins 6 other countries in achieving 100% wireless data penetration

    22 July 2014, 1:32 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    The OECD's definition of broadband may be loose, but according to its figures the U.S. now has as many high-speed wireless links as it has people.…
  • Apple patent filing reveals ideas for a smartwatch labeled ‘iTime’

    22 July 2014, 1:21 pm by: Kif Leswing

    A new Apple patent, applied for in 2011 and approved on Tuedsay, includes several drawings and descriptions of an Apple smartwatch idea labeled "iTime."…

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