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  • AT&T Can't Use 'Common Carrier' Label to Escape FTC Suit

    1 April 2015, 2:10 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    A federal judge squashed AT&T's attempt to dismiss a lawsuit filed against it by the FTC. The FTC sued AT&T in October over throttling policies for "unlimited data" customers. Despite offering limitless data packages, AT&T throttles users who surpass 3GB - 5GB…
  • US Cellular to Boost LTE Footprint with 600 More Sites

    1 April 2015, 1:15 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    U.S. Cellular recently talked about plans to expand the availability of its LTE 4G network from 94% of customers today to 98% of customers by the end of the year. In order to do that, it will deploy about 600 new cell sites and increase coverage across…
  • Verizon Now Letting Customers Opt Out of Supercookie

    1 April 2015, 12:40 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Verizon Wireless has begun allowing subscribers to wipe the supercookie browser-tracking program from their handsets. Verizon has been using the unremovable supercookie for nearly a year, but faced a growing tide of consumer backlash over privacy fears. The…
  • Cricket to Sell SIM Card Kits Via Amazon

    1 April 2015, 9:35 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Cricket Wireless today announced a new option for consumers, who can now buy a Bring Your Own Device Universal SIM Card Activation Kit from Amazon.com for $9.99. The kit includes a nano SIM card with micro and mini tray adaptors so the card can be used with a…
  • Judge Approves Sale of RadioShack Stores

    31 March 2015, 3:59 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    A U.S. judge has given RadioShack permission to sell its 1,740 stores to Standard General, a hedge fund that plans to operate the stores with Sprint. One of RadioShack's creditors, Sulas Capital Partners, had opposed the sale. RadioShack declared bankruptcy in…
  • LG Makes Its VR Headset Available to G3 Buyers

    31 March 2015, 3:27 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    LG today said consumers who purchase a new LG G3 smartphone will also receive its Google Cardboard-based virtual reality headset for free. LG announced the VR for G3 earlier this year. Users slip their handset into the VR for G3, similar to the Google…
  • Google's Inbox Adds Custom Snoozing

    31 March 2015, 2:22 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today updated its Inbox email service with the ability to set custom snooze times. Google said Inbox should figure out when to snooze for most people based on their daily activity, but it also permits people to manually set their own morning, afternoon,…
  • Yahoo's Android App Catches Up to iOS Version

    31 March 2015, 12:20 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Yahoo today pushed out an update to its Android application that brings it inline with the iOS app, which it refreshed in January. The Android Yahoo app is now more visually engaging and makes it easier to access articles, polls, and blogs from Yahoo's digital…
  • Alcatel Opens Preorders for Smartwatch

    31 March 2015, 11:11 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Alcatel OneTouch today made its smartwatch available for preorder through its web site. The watch, announced earlier this year, runs a proprietary operating system and is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. The wearable can track workouts and…
  • Sprint Settles Lawsuit Over Nextel Merger for $131 Million

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

    Sprint today settled a class-action lawsuit regarding its 2005 acquisition of Nextel for $131 million. Investors claim Sprint executives defrauded shareholders by inflating stock and bond prices after Sprint closed its acquisition of Nextel. The merger was…
  • WhatsApp Voice Calling Available to All Users

    31 March 2015, 7:36 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    WhatsApp is rolling out voice calling to its Android application today. The feature, which was delayed from last year, has been in the works for some time. Some users have been testing it since February. Now, it is spreading to all Android smartphone users.…
  • ITC to Investigate Ericsson's Patent Claims Against Apple

    31 March 2015, 7:26 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    The U.S. International Trade Commission agreed to examine Ericsson's claims that Apple is violating its wireless patents. The dispute stems from a licensing agreement between the two companies that expired in January. Since then, the companies haven't been…
  • Google Duplicating Google+ Photos in Google Drive

    30 March 2015, 2:56 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today said it is giving people more options for organizing their photos and videos online. Moving forward, all the photos and videos users have stored in Google+ will be accessible from Google Drive. This change applies to the Android and iOS apps, as…
  • Google Adds Master Inbox View to Gmail for Android

    30 March 2015, 2:42 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today updated its Gmail application for Android devices with the ability to see all emails from various accounts in a single, master inbox. Using the new "All Inboxes" option will lump together emails from Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, and IMAP/POP accounts…
  • Verizon CEO Slams FCC, Wants Congress In Charge

    30 March 2015, 1:58 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam pleaded with Congress to "re-take responsibility for policymaking in the Internet ecosystem" in a letter sent Friday to the House and Senate Commerce committees. Lowell pointed to the FCC's recently proposed net…
  • AT&T Targeting Summer Launch for LTE in WCS Spectrum

    30 March 2015, 1:30 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    AT&T plans to begin deploying LTE service in its 2.3GHz WCS spectrum holdings this summer. AT&T acquired some WCS spectrum from NextWave in 2012 and more from Sprint in 2014. AT&T's Tom Keathley, senior vice president of network and product planning, told…
  • Apple Offering Credit for Some Android, Windows Phones

    30 March 2015, 10:41 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Apple has expanded the scope of its Reuse and Recycling Program to include smartphones, tablets, and PCs not made by Apple. Customers can take their old smartphones directly to Apple Stores and receive credit towards new Apple gear for turning them in.…
  • T-Mobile Updates Coverage Map with Customer Data

    30 March 2015, 9:27 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    T-Mobile today unveiled a new coverage map that it claims is far more accurate than the maps offered by its competitors. T-Mobile is populating the map with data generated by its own customers. The map shows coverage that's been verified by real customers and…
  • LG's Mid-Range Phones On Sale, But US Launch Unknown

    30 March 2015, 8:35 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    LG today said its new mid-range handsets, the Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy, are going on sale in South America. The phones will be made available across Latin America first, but will soon also reach Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and, eventually, North…
  • Sony Music Unlimited Goes Offline, Spotify Takes Its Place

    30 March 2015, 8:21 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sony today followed through on an announcement made in January concerning Sony Music Unlimited and Spotify. Sony Music Unlimited has gone offline in all 19 countries where it was offered. The service, which cost $10 per month, let Xperia device and PlayStation…

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