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  • HTC Says Lollipop Rollout Going Slower Than Hoped

    30 January 2015, 6:07 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    HTC today warned owners of its handsets that it likely won't meet its self-imposed 90-day deadline to deliver Lollipop to existing handsets. Several years ago, HTC promised customers it would update its handsets to the latest version of Android within 90 days…
  • AT&T to Use Auction Winnings to Boost Downlink Performance

    30 January 2015, 4:23 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    AT&T today said its winnings from the recently concluded FCC AWS-3 spectrum auction give it a near contiguous 10x10MHz block of spectrum across much of the country. The J Block spectrum covers 306 million people, or 96% of the U.S. population and 96 of the top…
  • Google Opens 'Now' to Third-Party Apps

    30 January 2015, 2:54 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google Now will soon show cards from third-party apps. Google is prepared to update its learning search tool and allow about 30 select apps to deliver information and other results to Android devices. Some of those with early access include Airbnb, eBay, and…
  • AT&T, Verizon Dominate AWS-3 Auction

    30 January 2015, 1:07 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    The FCC today published a list of companies that placed winning bids for the AWS-3 spectrum auction. The FCC auctioned off 1,600 licenses, for which 70 companies were competing. The 10X10MHz J Block was the most coveted section of airwaves. The G, H, and I…
  • Vine Releases Kid-Friendly Version of Its App

    30 January 2015, 12:47 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Vine today revealed a new version of its video-sharing service aimed at kids. The app, called Vine Kids, is separate from the main Vine app, but pulls curated, kid-friendly content from the main service. Kids can swipe left or right to see the next Vine video…
  • Verizon Wireless Does About Face On Supercookies

    30 January 2015, 12:20 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Verizon Wireless today reversed its stance regarding ad-targeting programs and will allow customers to opt out of its "supercookie" tracking tool. The company was under fire from privacy advocates, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Consumer…
  • Chicago to Install LTE 4G Throughout Subway System

    30 January 2015, 10:32 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced an initiative along with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless that will see the city's subway system upgraded with LTE 4G. The City of Chicago and Chicago Transit Authority have agreed to fund the project with…
  • Cricket Adds More Data to Low-Cost Plans

    30 January 2015, 9:55 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Cricket Wireless today added more data to its bottom two prepaid service plans in a bid to keep up with similar offers from Boost Mobile and MetroPCS. With Cricket's auto-pay discount, the Basic plan costs $35 per month and now includes unlimited talk, text,…
  • Nokia's Z Launcher for Android Earns First Major Upgrade

    30 January 2015, 8:40 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Nokia recently updated its Z Launcher for Android devices. The application replaces the home screen on smartphones and adjusts what it displays throughout the day based on the user's behavior. The update adds preliminary support for icon packs, which will…
  • Microsoft to Back Cyanogen's Android Efforts

    29 January 2015, 2:10 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft has agreed to invest an unknown dollar figure in Cyanogen, which offers a version of Android devoid of Google's strictures. Cyanogen recently raised $70 million in funding, of which Microsoft is playing a minority role say sources cited by the Wall…
  • FCC Fines AT&T $640,000 Over License Infractions

    29 January 2015, 1:58 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    The FCC today said it plans to fine AT&T $640,000 for operating microwave stations outside the parameters of its licenses to do so. Microwave stations are generally set up in point-to-point configurations to beam signals across terrain where it is uneconomical…
  • Yahoo Updates iOS App with More Digital Mag Content

    29 January 2015, 1:45 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Yahoo today announced a refresh to its iOS application that adds more imagery and content from across its properties. Yahoo says the app is more visually engaging and makes it easier to access articles, polls, and blogs from its digital magazines, such as…
  • Facebook Adding Tips About Nearby Places to Newsfeed

    29 January 2015, 1:37 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Facebook today announced a new feature for its iOS application called Places. Using location data, Facebook will begin to post information about nearby places -- restaurants, museums, etc. --- to the top of users' newsfeeds. The tips will appear as cards,…
  • FCC Sets New E911 Location Rules for Carriers

    29 January 2015, 12:25 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    The FCC today adopted rules it first proposed last year that will eventually help first responders to locate people who call 911 from their cell phones faster. Specifically, the FCC wants first responders to be able to better locate people within buildings.…
  • AWS-3 Spectrum Auction Over, Bids Total $44.89 Billion

    29 January 2015, 11:22 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    The FCC today said Auction 97, which covered blocks of spectrum in the AWS-3 band, is now over. It received a final bid today for the 1695-1710MHz unpaired spectrum band just a day after it closed bids for the G, H, I, and J paired spectrum blocks. The AWS-3…
  • Delaware Exploring Digital Driver's Licenses for Phones

    29 January 2015, 8:39 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Following in Iowa's footsteps, Delaware is considering whether or not to provide digital driver's licenses to its citizens. The state's assembly recently passed a resolution requesting that the Division of Motor Vehicles study and consider issuing optional…
  • Microsoft Offers Outlook Email App to Android and iOS

    29 January 2015, 8:13 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today released an Outlook email application for Android and iOS devices, including smartphones and tablets. The app is based on the code from Acompli, a company Microsoft acquired last year. With Outlook for Android and iOS, users can manage their…
  • OneDrive 5.0 for iOS Supports Personal and Biz Accounts

    28 January 2015, 4:59 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today pushed out a relatively big update to its OneDrive application for iOS devices. Most significantly, OneDrive for iOS allows people to sign into both their personal and business OneDrive accounts, open/organize their business files, and save new…
  • Bank of America to Drop Windows Phone Support, Too

    28 January 2015, 3:27 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Following Chase, Bank of America today indicated that it will cease to support the Windows Phone platform come March. According to the Windows Store listing for Bank of America's Windows Phone app, the app will cease to work in early March. Bank of America…
  • Sony Bags Music Unlimited In Favor of Spotify

    28 January 2015, 12:48 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sony today said it will replace its Music Unlimited service on Xperia phones and tablets, and the PlayStations 3 and 4 gaming consoles with Spotify. Sony said Music Unlimited will go offline March 29 in all 19 countries in which it is currently offered,…

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