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  • Microsoft Bringing Maps to Windows 10 Phones, Too

    17 April 2015, 1:31 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today said the Universal Maps app for the Windows 10 platform is now available to phones running the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Device owners can download the Universal app via the Windows Insider program. As with all Universal apps, Maps works…
  • Microsoft Office for Windows 10 Hits Phones This Month

    17 April 2015, 12:34 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today said Office Universal apps will be available to the Windows 10 platform for phones by the end of the month. The Office Universal apps work across desktop, tablet, and handset form factors. Microsoft only recently expanded the number of handsets…
  • FCC Agrees to Open 3.5GHz for Wireless Service

    17 April 2015, 12:06 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    The FCC today voted unanimously to approve a Report and Order that will free up 150MHz of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band. The idea had been floated by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last month. The federal government uses the 3.5GHz band now, but the FCC's plan to…
  • Alcatel Launches Idol 3 Pre-Sale At Discounted $199 Price

    17 April 2015, 10:52 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Alcatel OneTouch today kicked off a limited pre-sale for the Idol 3 smartphone that drops the price by $50. The pre-sale starts immediately and runs through 11:59pm Pacific Time on April 20. Customers who order the phone during this initial pre-sale window…
  • Amazon Cans App TestDrive Program

    17 April 2015, 10:44 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Amazon recently discontinued the ability test Android applications before purchasing. Launched in March 2011, TestDrive let Android device owners test for-pay apps before actually paying for them. According to Amazon, many apps have since changed to the "free…
  • Walmart Family Mobile Stacks Plans with More Data

    17 April 2015, 9:15 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Walmart Family Mobile, which is run by T-Mobile, today added 500MB of data to its plans. The extra data allotment is being offered free of charge, and is applied automatically for existing customers. The entry-level plan costs $29.88 per month and includes…
  • Google Aims at Cardboard Compatibility with New Program

    16 April 2015, 4:51 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today debuted the Works with Google Cardboard program, which it says should make it possible for any Cardboard viewer to work well with any Cardboard app. Google first revealed Cardboard last year. Cardboard is a foldable viewer that lets people…
  • Chrome for iOS Earns New Gestures and Other Features

    16 April 2015, 3:22 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today updated its Chrome browser for the iOS platform. Three gestures are the chief new feature. According to Google, users can now pull straight down to reload any web site, pull down and to the left to open a new tab, and pull down and right to close…
  • BlackBerry to Kill Off Advertising Business

    16 April 2015, 2:05 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    BlackBerry today said its BlackBerry Advertising Service will reach its end of life on June 16, 2015, after which the servers will be disabled and the APIs will no longer work. BlackBerry launched the service to help developers generate ad-based revenue via…
  • T-Mobile Forced to Halt ZTE Zmax Sales Due to User Errors

    16 April 2015, 1:56 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    T-Mobile has suspended sales of the ZTE Zmax handset because customers are forcibly removing the non-removable battery. The back panel of the Zmax is clipped - but not glued - on. Some owners have taken to removing the back cover and cutting into the device to…
  • AT&T, Verizon Thwart Microsoft's App Deal with Samsung

    16 April 2015, 11:55 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    AT&T and Verizon Wireless are limiting Microsoft's attempt to bulk up use of its mobile applications. Last month, Samsung agreed to preload Microsoft's OneDrive, OneNote, and Skype applications on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Verizon, however, won't pre-load any…
  • Yahoo's Contact Cards Gain LinkedIn and Twitter

    16 April 2015, 11:27 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Yahoo today made it possible for Yahoo Mail users to add LinkedIn and Twitter profile details to their contact cards. Yahoo says contact cards can now show up-to-date work contact information and photos from LinkedIn, as well as recent Tweets from contacts who…
  • Boost Mobile Adds Miami-to-Cuba Calling Plan

    16 April 2015, 11:19 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Boost Mobile today introduced a new calling plan that lets people in Miami call relatives and friends in Cuba. Cuba didn't have cell phones until 2008, and U.S. government sanctions against the country have only recently been relaxed. The Boost Mobile Cuba…
  • LG Outs the G4 On Its Facebook Page

    16 April 2015, 11:08 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    LG today released an official teaser image of the G4, which the company is expected to fully reveal at an event later this month. The image shows a phone with what it described as a "vegetable-tanned leather cover." The device resembles the G3 and G2 in that…
  • Verizon Going After College Sports Fans

    16 April 2015, 11:00 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Verizon Communications, the parent company of Verizon Wireless, is prepared to launch a mobile video service later this year that will focus on college sports. The company is specifically targeting millennials with the offering, who it says prefer to consume…
  • Yahoo and Microsoft Change Up Search Partnership

    16 April 2015, 9:32 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Yahoo and Microsoft today have altered the terms of their search partnership moving forward. According to Yahoo, the agreement gives it more flexibility when it comes to its search business on desktop and mobile platforms, though Yahoo will still place Bing…
  • Google Improves Docs, Drive, Sheets and Slides

    16 April 2015, 9:16 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google recently rolled out updates to its productivity suite of applications. Google Drive for Android now allows users to share files/photos directly from the notification panel once the file is finished uploading. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for Android…
  • Cyanogen to Include Microsoft Apps

    16 April 2015, 9:06 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Cyanogen today said it has partnered with Microsoft to bring the latter's productivity apps to Cyanogen's operating system. Microsoft will create native integrations on Cyanogen OS. Cyanogen expects to include Microsoft's Bing, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote,…
  • Can't Find Your Android? Locate It with A Google Search

    16 April 2015, 8:56 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google recently rolled out a quick new way to locate misplaced Android smartphones. A simple Google search for "Find My Phone" from a PC can find a lost phone, force it to ring at full volume, and even position it on a map. The tool requires device owners to…
  • NFC Forum Approves New Security Specification

    16 April 2015, 8:25 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    The NFC Forum today approved the Signature Record Type Definition (RTD) 2.0 technical specification, which will help authenticate the data stored on NFC tags. According to the NFC Forum, Signature RTD 2.0 lets developers verify the integrity of data within NFC…

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