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  • AT&T Pushing Windows Phone 8.1 to Lumia 925, 520

    31 July 2014, 3:06 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    AT&T today said Windows Phone 8.1 is now available to the Nokia Lumia 925 and Lumia 520. The update, which can be downloaded and installed over the air, adds Cortana, Action Center, and more Start screen flexibility, among many other enhancements.
  • French Firm Makes Surprise Bid for T-Mobile

    31 July 2014, 12:41 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Iliad, a telecom business based in France, has made an unsolicited offer to purchase T-Mobile U.S. The company submitted the offer to T-Mobile's board within the last week. It is offering $15 billion in cash for a controlling 56.6% stake in the company.…
  • Verizon Defends Throttling Plan

    31 July 2014, 9:23 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Verizon Wireless today posted a brief response to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler regarding the company's plan to throttle the speeds of unlimited LTE customers. "What we announced last week was a highly targeted and very limited network optimization effort," said…
  • BBM Beta for Windows Phone Now Available

    31 July 2014, 9:11 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    BlackBerry and Microsoft today announced the immediate availability of BBM for the Windows Phone platform. BBM is being offered as a beta, but it includes many of the features available to the Android and iOS versions of the app. BBM for Windows Phone supports…
  • Samsung's Milk Music Service Gains a Premium Version

    31 July 2014, 8:54 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Samsung this week updated its Milk music service, which gives Galaxy device owners the ability to stream music to their handset. The update introduces Milk Premium for $4 per month. The premium service adds unlimited song skips, device-side caching for offline…
  • Verizon Scores the LG G Vista, a Budget Phablet

    31 July 2014, 8:46 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Verizon Wireless today began selling the LG G Vista, an inexpensive Android smartphone that offers a big-screen experience. The G Vista has a 5.7-inch display with qHD (960 x 540) resolution. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The design of the phone…
  • Kyocera Brigadier for Verizon Has Sapphire Screen

    31 July 2014, 8:34 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Verizon Wireless today added the Kyocera Brigadier to its lineup. The Brigadier has the distinction of being one of the first phones to ship in the U.S. with a Sapphire display. Sapphire is more resistant than glass to breakage and scratching. The 4.5-inch HD…
  • Nokia Networks to Buy Panasonic's Base Station Biz

    31 July 2014, 8:12 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Nokia Networks today announced that it has agreed to purchase select portions of Panasonic's wireless business. Specifically, the company will buy Panasonic's mobile phone wireless base station and related wireless equipment system businesses. As part of the…
  • FCC Chairman Not Pleased with Verizon's Plans to Throttle Users

    30 July 2014, 4:50 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Tom Wheeler, head of the FCC, is questioning Verizon Wireless' intent to begin throttling the speeds of its legacy unlimited LTE 4G data customers. Verizon announced the policy change July 25, suggesting it is to help manage its network in congested areas.…
  • Senate Says Wireless Users Bilked By Bogus Charges

    30 July 2014, 12:51 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Cellphone users in the U.S. have been fraudulently charged hundreds of millions of dollars, says a report released today by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. The Senate is scheduled to hold a hearing on cramming and believes small companies that sell…
  • Google Makes More Android APIs Available to Developers

    30 July 2014, 10:06 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google recently released a new tool for developers who are writing apps for the Android platform. Google made the Google Play Developer Publishing API available to all developers, which will allow them to upload APKs to beta testing, staged rollouts, and…
  • T-Mobile Adds Samsung Galaxy Avant to Roster

    30 July 2014, 9:21 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    T-Mobile today announced the Samsung Galaxy Avant, which is a low-cost Android smartphone. The device features a 4.5-inch qHD screen, quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM, 5-megapixel camera, and 16GB of storage with support for microSD cards up to…
  • Virgin Mobile Debuts Custom Plans

    30 July 2014, 8:30 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Virgin Mobile USA today announced a new plan that gives customers more flexibility in managing their account. Virgin Mobile Custom is based on the ItsOn platform, which was used by Zact Mobile, a Sprint-based MVNO. ItsOn is what gives customers the power to…
  • Microsoft Adds Features to Windows Phone 8.1

    30 July 2014, 8:13 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today announced the first update to Windows Phone 8.1, which adds several new features to the smartphone platform. To start, the update will expand Cortana's availability outside the U.S. Microsoft its offering Cortana to China and the U.K. as a…
  • Review: Amazon Fire Phone for AT&T

    29 July 2014, 4:30 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Amazon's Fire Phone is a curious animal. It has a few neat tricks up its sleeves, but the Fire Phone is not for everyone. Phone Scoop's deep dive gives you all the info you need to see if it is the phone for you.
  • Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone Gains Video

    29 July 2014, 4:22 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Facebook rolled out a minor update to Messenger for Windows Phone today. The latest version of the chatting app supports video messages, both capturing and playback. The app also makes several under-the-hood improvements. Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone…
  • Cortana Now Shows Foursquare Recommendations

    29 July 2014, 12:31 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today said it has enabled Foursquare recommendations within Cortana, the virtual personal assistant that's part of Windows Phone 8.1. Cortana will now proactively showcase local recommendations on handsets, though the feature must first be enabled by…
  • BlackBerry to Buy Encryption Company

    29 July 2014, 9:29 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    BlackBerry today indicated it has agreed to buy a small German company called Secusmart. Secusmart specializes in voice and data encryption. BlackBerry plans to use Secusmart's technology to further shore up its own enterprise and government offerings.…
  • Facebook Reminding Users to Download Messenger

    29 July 2014, 8:44 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Facebook has begun reminding mobile users about its upcoming plan to carve the messaging feature out of the main app in favor of the stand-alone Messenger application. Facebook initially announced the change in April. The company believes users will be better…
  • EU Approves Apple's Proposed Beats Acquisition

    28 July 2014, 2:47 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    The European Union has given the green light to Apple's proposed acquisition of Beats Audio. Apple announced its plan to buy the music-focused company earlier this year in a deal valued at about $3 billion. The deal includes Beats' headphones business and…

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