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  • First Net Neutrality Case to Reach Court in Early December

    3 August 2015, 4:42 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    USTelecom and other opponents to the FCC's net neutrality rules will have their first day in court come December. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear initial oral arguments regarding the FCC's internet regulation rules on…
  • LG and Verizon Offering $100 Gift to G4 Buyers

    3 August 2015, 4:18 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    LG and Verizon Wireless today announced a short promotion that will reward buyers of the LG G4 with a $100 Visa Gift card. Verizon customers must buy the G4 between Aug. 1 and Aug. 12, and register for the gift card by Aug. 31.
  • Nokia Makes HERE Sale to Audi, BMW, Daimler Official

    3 August 2015, 8:27 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Nokia today formally announced the sale of its HERE Maps business unit to a consortium of three German auto makers. Audi, BMW, and Daimler have agreed to buy HERE Maps for $3 billion. Nokia has been shopping the business unit since April, soon after it…
  • AT&T Debuts Wireless/DirecTV Bundles

    3 August 2015, 8:12 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    AT&T today rolled out combined wireless and television packages that rely on its recent acquisition of DirecTV. The basic package includes four wireless lines with unlimited talk and text with 10 GB of shared data and HD television service with up to four…
  • U.S. Cellular Scores First LTE Roaming Deal

    1 August 2015, 10:23 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    U.S. Cellular recently revealed that it has forged its first LTE roaming partnership, and customers will reap the benefits in two to three months. U.S. Cellular did not name its roaming partner, and said the deal is still in the engineering phase, but in all…
  • Sony to Shutter Online Store August 28

    1 August 2015, 10:13 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sony is telling visitors to its online web store that the site will cease taking orders and shut down on August 28. Sony's web store is one of just a handful of places to purchase its Xperia-branded smartphones in the U.S. Sony did not say why it is closing…
  • YotaPhone Scraps Plans to Bring Handset to U.S.

    31 July 2015, 11:12 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    YotaPhone today said it has cancelled plans to bring the YotaPhone 2 to the U.S. even though it raised the necessary funding through an Indiegogo campaign. The company blamed the change in plans on logistical problems with its manufacturing partner. "We…
  • Qualcomm Exonerated In ParkerVision Case

    31 July 2015, 10:46 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    ParkerVision today said it lost an appeal of allegations that Qualcomm was infringing on some of its patents. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a district court ruling maintaining that ParkerVision did not prove infringement of its…
  • Cricket Adds Calling and Messaging From Canada and Mexico

    31 July 2015, 9:39 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Cricket Wireless today improved its international offering by adding the ability to make calls and send text messages from Canada and Mexico to the U.S. The change means Cricket customers who travel to Canada and Mexico will be able to stay in touch with…
  • Samsung and MasterCard to Bring Samsung Pay to Europe

    31 July 2015, 8:33 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Samsung won't launch Samsung Pay in the U.S. until later this summer, but the company is already looking to expand the service to other markets. Samsung today said it has partnered with MasterCard and the two will together offer the service to financial…
  • Motorola Owes Microsoft $14.5 Million Over Patent Spat

    31 July 2015, 8:19 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    An appeals court has sided with Microsoft and upheld a 2013 verdict that says Motorola has to pay Microsoft for refusing to license standard-essential patents at fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory rates. This particular case began in 2010, when Microsoft…
  • Review: Microsoft Lumia 640 XL for AT&T

    30 July 2015, 5:30 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft's latest Windows handset for AT&T is the powerful 640 XL, a massive device best suited to phablet lovers. It features a 5.7-inch screen, 13-megapixel camera, quad-core processor, and an assortment of AT&T and Microsoft apps and services. Here is…
  • Google Offers App Developers More Beta Options

    30 July 2015, 12:00 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today expanded the number of ways developers can test their apps ahead of general release. At the moment, developers are limited to testing through closed betas that require people to join dedicated Google+ communities or Google Groups. Moving forward,…
  • More Phone Makers, Carriers Support Android for Work

    30 July 2015, 9:54 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today said support for its Android for Work program has swelled to 40 companies thanks to the addition of new carriers, phone makers, app developers, and management providers. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint in the U.S., and Rogers, Bell Canada, and…
  • Facebook Improves Security Tools

    30 July 2015, 9:09 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Facebook today made a new tool called Security Checkup available to users online. The tool provides Facebook account holders with a broad array of controls over access to their account. For example, Security Checkup lets people log out of Facebook on old…
  • Samsung to Adjust Price of Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

    30 July 2015, 8:02 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Samsung reported its second quarter earnings today and signaled some changes in its handset strategy. Despite the release of its flagship handsets during the quarter, Samsung's mobile phone business saw a 38% decline in profits when compared to the year-ago…
  • AT&T to Mandate Working FM Radios In Android Handsets

    29 July 2015, 2:44 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    AT&T has requested that all its handset manufacturer partners include functional FM radios in their Android smartphones by 2016. Further, the company is asking its OEM partners to enable any FM radios that may be dormant inside existing handsets. FM radios are…
  • Boost Mobile Adding Alcatel OneTouch Conquest and Elevate to Roster

    29 July 2015, 12:18 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Boost Mobile today announced the Alcatel OneTouch Conquest and Elevate, two low-cost Android handsets. Shared features between the two handsets include support for LTE, 5-megapixel rear cameras, 2-megapixel front cameras, and the Google Now launcher.Conquest:…
  • Yahoo's New Messaging App Adds Live Video To Your Texts

    29 July 2015, 12:11 pm by: Rich Brome

    Yahoo! today launched Livetext, its new messaging app to compete with services like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Snapchat. The app lets you have a text conversation with one other person at a time, accompanied by a silent, 2-way live video stream. The app…
  • Sprint Offering 10GB to 4-Line Family Plans for $100

    29 July 2015, 12:00 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sprint today introduced the Sprint Family Share Pack, a plan that includes unlimited talk and text and 10 GB of shared data for four lines for $100 per month. Sprint Family Share Pack subscribers can quadruple their shared data to 40 GB for $20 more (total of…

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