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  • T-Mobile Needs Band 12 Phones to Also Support VoLTE, E911

    28 August 2015, 4:52 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    T-Mobile has clarified its stance on Band 12 support in handsets that operate on its network. "We require phones using Band 12 on T-Mobile to support E911 and VoLTE in order to be certified on our network," said T-Mobile in a statement provided to Fierce…
  • Motorola Updates Camera, Gallery Apps

    28 August 2015, 4:39 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Motorola has in recent days updated its camera and gallery applications. The camera app brings QR and barcode scanning to some of Motorola's older handsets, such as the Moto X (2nd Gen.), Moto X Pro, DROID Turbo, and Moto Maxx/Turbo. The gallery app's primary…
  • BlackBerry CEO Says Smartphone Biz Is On a Timer

    28 August 2015, 1:03 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    John S. Chen, CEO of BlackBerry, admitted that its recent handsets have not sold as well as he hoped. "By any definition it is not a runaway success," said Chen to Re/Code of BlackBerry's smartphone business. Chen put some of the blame on the lack of apps. The…
  • Nokia Forges China Joint Venture to Win Alca-Lu Approval

    28 August 2015, 8:53 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Nokia has signed a memorandum of understanding with a China government-backed investment company called Huaxin in order to encourage approval of its proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. The acquisition has already been approved by U.S. and E.U. antitrust…
  • FCC Gives KanOkla Permission to Sell Spectrum to AT&T

    28 August 2015, 8:43 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    The FCC has approved AT&T's proposed acquisition of several spectrum licenses from KanOkla Telephone Association. The transfer includes one Lower 700 MHz C Block license and the partial assignment of a second Lower 700 MHz C Block license, for a total of 12…
  • Moto G 3rd Gen. Reaches U.S. Cellular

    28 August 2015, 8:19 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    U.S. Cellular recently made the third-generation Moto G smartphone available from its web site. The carrier is charging $0 for those who sign a contract, $129 for those who prefer prepaid service, or will finance it for $8.99 per month under an installment…
  • Vine Adds Music to Video Loops

    28 August 2015, 8:07 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Vine has updated its Android and iOS apps with a new feature allowing users to easily attach music to their videos. A function called Snap to Beat makes it easy to create what Vine refers to as perfect loops, or soundtracks that loop seamlessly with no breaks.…
  • Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 for Verizon Wireless

    27 August 2015, 6:30 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Samsung's top-of-the-line smartphone impresses with its classy design and blistering performance. The Galaxy Note 5 is a compelling Android device with its big screen, fast processor, and capable camera. Here is Phone Scoop's full report.
  • Turing Phone to Ship December 18

    27 August 2015, 5:49 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Turing Robotic Industries today said its Turing Phone will ship to customers starting Dec. 18, more than four months later than the original Aug. 10 ship date. The company began accepting preorders on July 31 and expects people to pay for the phone in full…
  • Sprint Offering DirecTV Customers a Free Year of Service

    27 August 2015, 2:40 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sprint rolled out a promotion today that takes direct aim at rival AT&T. The company is offering DirecTV customers who switch to Sprint 12 months of free service. The offer includes unlimited talk and text and up to 2GB of LTE 4G data. Sprint said it will pay…
  • Apple Strikes Deal with PayAnywhere to Expand Apple Pay

    27 August 2015, 1:37 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Apple today announced that Apple Pay is now compatible with PayAnywhere, a type of credit card reader that's in use at about 300,000 locations around the U.S. Apple will sell the newest version of the PayAnywhere terminal to merchants through its own stores.…
  • Instagram Permitting Landscape and Portrait Photos

    27 August 2015, 1:23 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Instagram marked a major change today by adding support for portrait and landscape photos to its Android and iOS apps. Since its launch, Instagram has required all photos to be square. Some users circumvented the requirement by using third-party apps to make…
  • T-Mobile Opens Up LTE Roaming to CCA Data Hub

    27 August 2015, 1:12 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    T-Mobile today added its network to the Competitive Carriers Association's LTE data roaming hub. The move gives CCA members and their customers access to T-Mobile's LTE 4G network for data roaming purposes. The Hub, which launched several years ago, is a…
  • Samsung Kicks Off Beta Testing for Samsung Pay

    27 August 2015, 11:50 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Samsung is inviting a select number of people to beta test Samsung Pay in the U.S. In order to trial the mobile payment platform, consumers need to have a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, or Note 5 smartphone. AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular are…
  • Arro Aims to Connect New Yorkers with Taxis

    27 August 2015, 11:20 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    New York City taxicabs are testing an app called Arro that will allow people to hail taxis from their smartphone. Arro will provide people with the taxi driver's name and the number of the cab so it can be identified when it arrives. Similarly, the taxi driver…
  • FCC Approves AT&T Spectrum Purchase from Kaplan

    27 August 2015, 8:34 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    The FCC has given Kaplan Telephone Inc. permission to sell several spectrum licenses to AT&T. The two Lower 700 MHz C Block licenses and a Cellular B Block license cover parts of two local market areas in Louisiana. The transaction will give AT&T control of…
  • Amazon Scales Back Fire Phone Hardware Team

    27 August 2015, 8:26 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Amazon has reduced the headcount at its Labs126 hardware division, according to the Wall Street Journal. The hardware division is responsible for products such as the Fire Phone and Kindle line of tablets. The unit employs about 3,000 people and the number of…
  • Facebook Testing Messenger-Based Personal Assistant

    26 August 2015, 2:16 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Facebook is trialling a smart personal assistant that will live inside its Messenger application and complete various tasks for users. For now, the assistant is called Facebook M and Facebook claims it will be superior to competing products. "Unlike other…
  • Amazon Underground Heralds 'Actually Free Apps'

    26 August 2015, 2:10 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Amazon today made available a new app that gives Android device owners access to totally free apps worth tens of thousands of dollars. Amazon Underground, which must be side-loaded directly from Amazon's web site, provides users with free versions of games and…
  • YouTube Gaming Hits the Start Button

    26 August 2015, 1:57 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today fully launched its stand-alone YouTube Gaming site. The site features dedicated search algorithms so results focus on games. It includes landing pages for individual game franchises, and allows users to upload their gameplay, similar to Twitch.…

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