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  • Motorola to Replace Some AT&T Nexus 6 Phones

    21 November 2014, 1:42 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Motorola today said it will replace a few hundred Nexus 6 handsets sent to some AT&T customers. "We delivered a small number of Nexus 6 smartphones with incorrect software to AT&T customers who pre-ordered," said Motorola in a statement. "The incorrect…
  • FCC Auction Tops $31B as FCC Looks to 2016

    21 November 2014, 12:41 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Licenses for AWS-3 spectrum being auctioned off by the FCC are drawing far more interest than the agency hoped. Bids surpassed a total of $31 billion today during the 24th round. The most popular license is a 10x10Mhz slice of J Block spectrum in New York…
  • Square Says It Will Support Apple Pay Next Year

    21 November 2014, 12:08 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Square founder Jack Dorsey said the company will add support for Apple Pay at Square-based terminals at some point in 2015. Square makes a dongle that attaches to smartphones and tablets, as well as a tablet-based register device, in order to help small…
  • AT&T to Sell Sonim's Rugged XP6

    21 November 2014, 9:49 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    AT&T today announced the immediate availability of the Sonim XP6. The XP6 is a highly rugged Android smartphone that includes buttons and controls like a feature phone. It is certified to mil-spec 810G for protection against drops, vibration, temperature…
  • Motorola Updates Camera and Gallery Apps

    21 November 2014, 8:36 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Motorola has made new versions of its camera and gallery applications available to the Moto X, Moto G, and Droid Turbo handsets. The camera app gains new timer functions and Material Design. It also adds a way to switch between the user-facing camera and main…
  • Office for Android Gains Dropbox Integration

    21 November 2014, 8:28 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft recently updated its Office apps for Android smartphones and added compatibility with Dropbox. The company announced Dropbox integration for its Office products earlier this month. Android users can now access Dropbox from Office apps to get to their…
  • Twitter Now Lets Users Share Tweets via Direct Message

    20 November 2014, 3:36 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Twitter today revealed a new feature that allows people to send individual tweets to others through direct messages. The feature is being added to both the Android and iOS applications, as well as to Twitter.com. Before today, the only way to share tweets…
  • Review: HTC Desire Eye for AT&T

    20 November 2014, 1:00 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    HTC's selfie phone is an attractive, well-built Android handset that's easy to use. Thanks to the powerful 13-megapixel selfie cam, the Desire Eye is all about you. Here is Phone Scoop's full report.
  • Google Settles with Rockstar Over Patents

    20 November 2014, 12:32 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google disclosed this week that it has settled a lawsuit filed against it by Rockstar regarding mobile device patents. Rockstar is a patent-holding consortium led by Apple. It outbid Google to acquire thousands of old Nortel patents back in 2011 and filed the…
  • Corning Says Gorilla Glass 4 Its Strongest Glass Yet

    20 November 2014, 8:21 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Corning today announced Gorilla Glass 4 for mobile devices. Corning said its goal with Gorilla Glass 4 was to address consumers' biggest complaint: screens that crack when dropped. The company developed new methods for dropping devices onto rough, hard…
  • AT&T Adds $45 Option to GoPhone Plans

    19 November 2014, 5:17 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    AT&T recently added an option to its selection of prepaid plans. Splitting the difference between the existing $40 and $60 plans is a new $45 plan. It includes unlimited calling in the U.S. and unlimited messaging. As for data, the plan offers 1GB of…
  • Motorola Intros Fob for Finding Lost Keys or Phones

    19 November 2014, 1:46 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Motorola today announced the Keylink, a Bluetooth device meant to help the absent minded find their missing keys or phone. The Keylink can be attached to a key ring and is paired with devices via Motorola's Connect application. Once set up, your keys and phone…
  • T-Mobile Improves International Calling Plans

    19 November 2014, 9:39 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    T-Mobile today made it less expensive for customers to make calls from the U.S. to select countries abroad. T-Mobile's Stateside International Talk plan allows Simple Choice subscribers to make unlimited calls to landlines in 70 countries for $5 per account…
  • Samsung Releases Milk Video

    19 November 2014, 9:27 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Samsung today announced Milk Video, a video content discovery service for Galaxy-branded smartphones. Like Samsung's Milk Music, Milk Video has a refined user interface that makes browsing the best way to find new and interesting videos. According to Samsung,…
  • Starbucks Officially Debuts Wireless Charging in Shops

    19 November 2014, 8:58 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Starbucks has begun to deploy wireless charging stations at select coffee shops in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company said 200 stores now offer wireless charging spots on tables and coffee bars. Customers with compatible handsets can place their devices…
  • Qualcomm's Latest LTE Modem Boasts 450Mbps Downloads

    19 November 2014, 8:31 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Qualcomm today announced a new LTE modem and accompanying envelope tracker for mobile devices that has the potential to deliver blistering download and upload speeds. The Gobi 9x45 modem supports Category 10 LTE and global carrier aggregation for download…
  • Apple Found to Violate Pager Patents

    18 November 2014, 4:10 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Apple was found guilty of violating four patents held by Mobile Telecommunications Technologies. The Texas-based company's heydey was during the 90s, when it operated SkyTel 2-Way pagers. The company sued Apple last year over five patents covering the two-way…
  • Microsoft's Lawsuit Against Samsung May Proceed

    18 November 2014, 4:01 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Samsung has lost its bid to delay a trial with Microsoft, which is seeking interest payments of $6.9 million on patent licenses. Samsung and Microsoft forged an agreement in 2011 in which Samsung agreed to pay royalties for patents Microsoft holds that are…
  • Apple to Developers: Start Making Apps with WatchKit

    18 November 2014, 1:48 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Apple today released WatchKit, the set of tools developers need in order to create apps for the forthcoming Apple Watch. Apple said developers can create notifications for their apps that appear on the Apple Watch, as well as create Glances (Apple parlance for…
  • Google Releases First Android Auto APIs

    18 November 2014, 1:41 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today made available the first APIs for developers to use in creating Android Auto apps. Initially, developers can target two behaviors with their apps: audio and messaging. Developers will be able to extend the functionality of their music, podcasting,…

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