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  • Android Smartphones Given Remote Access to PCs

    16 April 2014, 2:11 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today announced the availability of Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android, a tool that allows Android devices to remotely access Windows and Mac computers. In order to gain remote PC access, users will need to download and install software on their PC…
  • Google Pulls Camera App Out of Android

    16 April 2014, 2:04 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today released a separate version of the stock camera application that ships with many Android smartphones. The app, which can receive improvements outside of full OS updates, has a slightly revised user interface with larger buttons. Google Camera…
  • Aio Wireless Takes a Page from Sprint's 'Framily' Plans

    16 April 2014, 12:58 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Aio Wireless, which is owned and operated by AT&T, today announced new service plans that offer increasing discounts for adding lines to a single account. The Group Save plans are available today to accounts with two to five lines of service. According to Aio…
  • HTC Releases Dual-Camera SDK Preview

    16 April 2014, 11:49 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    HTC today made available a preview of its dual-camera software developers kit. The SDK will allow developers to tap into the two-camera setup on the HTC One. With these tools, they can create their own apps that take advantage of the perspective information…
  • AT&T Says BlackBerry 10.2.1 Available to Q10, Z10

    16 April 2014, 10:31 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    AT&T today said owners of the BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 smartphones can download and install BlackBerry OS 10.2.1. This update adds a wide range of new features to the Q10 and Z10 handsets. Some include: a customizable pinch gesture for filtering BlackBerry Hub…
  • AT&T Offers Taste of KitKat to Galaxy S4 Active

    16 April 2014, 10:04 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    AT&T today announced the availability of the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system for the Samsung Galaxy S4. The update is being rolled out gradually, but owners can manually download using the system settings. The update is free.
  • NFC Forum Updates 9 Key Specs

    16 April 2014, 9:54 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    The NFC Forum today announced the availability of nine revised technical specifications. According to the NFC Forum, the updated specifications will let hardware makers and developers improve interoperability, generate faster read and write performance,…
  • Samsung Says Tizen Phone to Arrive Before July

    16 April 2014, 8:19 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Samsung has committed to releasing a smartphone based on its Tizen platform by the end of the second quarter. Speaking to Reuters, Yoon Han-kil, SVP of Samsung's product strategy, said two Tizen-based devices will arrive this year. The first will be a high-end…
  • Phone Makers, Carriers to Add Anti-Theft Tools to Phones

    15 April 2014, 4:44 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    The CTIA Wireless Association today said a number of handset makers and wireless network operators have agreed to a basic framework that will eventually provide consumers with better anti-theft tools for their smartphones. The Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary…
  • BlackBerry to Make Smartphone for Health Sector

    15 April 2014, 8:50 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    BlackBerry today indicated it has purchased a minority stake in healthcare IT firm NantHealth. The companies are working together to design a smartphone specifically for the healthcare market, which BlackBerry says has plenty of potential thanks to the need…
  • Gmail Adds Share-From-Phone Photo Feature

    15 April 2014, 8:16 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today added a feature to the desktop browser-based version of Gmail that simplifies the process of sharing photos stored on Android smartphones. The new Insert Photo button is able to tap into images that have been automatically uploaded and/or backed…
  • HTC Says Sense 6 to Hit One (M7) by May

    14 April 2014, 7:36 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC America, today said via his official Twitter account that the company will update the One (M7) smartphone to Sense 6.0 by May. Sense 6.0 is what shipped with the this year's One (M8). It includes an updated version of…
  • LG Updates Pair of Phones for Verizon

    14 April 2014, 12:28 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Verizon Wireless has added two refreshed LG handsets to its lineup of inexpensive phones. The LG Optimus Zone 2 and Extravert 2 are both sequels that improve specs and features. They are limited to Verizon's 3G network, as neither supports LTE 4G.Zone 2: This…
  • Verizon Makes It Easier to Join 'More Everything' Plan

    14 April 2014, 11:39 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Verizon Wireless today said it will allow more customers to switch to its More Everything plans. Beginning April 17, customers who have month-to-month service can switch to a More Everything plan in order to take advantage of the monthly service savings.…
  • T-Mobile Kills Overage Charges, Challenges Others to Follow

    14 April 2014, 9:29 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    T-Mobile today announced that it will abolish the practice of charging overage fees beginning in May. The change will apply to all T-Mobile customers, no matter what plan they subscribe to. Overage fees are generally charged when a customer surpasses their…
  • Review: Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1

    14 April 2014, 8:00 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft delivers a solid update to is smartphone platform with Windows Phone 8.1. The new features are genuinely delightful and bring Windows Phone up to speed with Android and iOS ... almost. Here is Phone Scoop's full review.
  • Microsoft Releases Developer Preview of Windows Phone 8.1

    14 April 2014, 7:56 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today made available a preview version of Windows Phone 8.1. The operating system is in its penultimate form and available to developers for testing purposes ahead of the general release. Members of Microsoft's developer community may download the…
  • Isis Mobile Wallet App Updated with Local Offers

    12 April 2014, 8:40 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Isis recently issued an update to its Android mobile wallet application and added several new features. Isis now works better with location data and can help the owner find offers and stores near them that accept Isis. The app also works more closely with the…
  • PayPal Launches Swipe Payment App Alongside Galaxy S5

    11 April 2014, 12:49 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    PayPal today made a new version of its mobile app available explicitly for the Samsung Galaxy S5. The app, first announced in February, lets GS5 owners make payments across the web by swiping their finger on the GS5's fingerprint sensor. PayPal says the…
  • AU Optronics Intros QHD AMOLED Panel for Phones

    11 April 2014, 12:40 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    AU Optronics recently unveiled a high-resolution screen for smartphones. The AMOLED panel measures 5.7 inches across the diagonal and has QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution. AU says the panel has a pixel density of 513 pixels per inch. To put that in…

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