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  • Samsung Gear S Goes On Sale Nov. 7

    30 October 2014, 9:57 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Samsung and its carrier partners announced availability and pricing details for the Gear S smartwatch today. AT&T and Sprint will offer the device starting November 7, but T-Mobile won't sell it until November 9. Pricing for the wearable varies by carrier. The…
  • Google Drive for Android Given Material Design

    30 October 2014, 9:42 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google recently updated the Google Drive application for Android devices. The revised app improves search tools by adding autocomplete as users type in the search box. Drive now allows users to attach email messages to shared files. The app has a brand new PDF…
  • Skype for iPhone Updated with Usability Tweaks

    30 October 2014, 9:37 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Skype today updated its iPhone application to version 5.7. The refreshed app mostly addresses user complaints in order to improve performance and ease-of-use. Skype 5.7 lets iPhone users press-and-hold photos within chats to save to their camera roll; reduces…
  • Microsoft Debuts Health Platform and Wearable

    30 October 2014, 9:30 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today announced Microsoft Health, a new platform that's similar in basic approach to Apple's HealthKit and Google's Google Fit programs. Microsoft Health relies on a cloud-based service where consumers and the industry both store health and fitness…
  • Samsung Says It Will Refocus on Low-Cost Devices

    30 October 2014, 9:06 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Samsung today indicated it plans to tackle anew the entry-level and mid-range smartphone segments after reporting a 60% drop in profits for its most recent financial quarter. The weakened profits reflects sluggish sales of its high-end smartphones, such as the…
  • Sony Swaps Out Mobile Executives

    30 October 2014, 8:30 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sony today said it will replace Kunimasa Suzuki, who leads the company's smartphone business. Effective November 16, Hiroki Totoki will be the new president of Sony Mobile Communications. Totoki already serves as Sony's corporate planning director and is a…
  • LG Slices Display Bezel to 0.7mm

    30 October 2014, 8:24 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    LG Display today announced a new LCD panel that practically eliminates the bezel. The panel measures 5.3 inches across the diagonal with full HD resolution. The bezels along the side edges of the screen measure just 0.7mm thick. LG said it accomplished this…
  • Lenovo Completes Acquisition of Motorola

    30 October 2014, 8:04 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google has completed its sale of Motorola to Lenovo. Google first announced plans to sell Motorola in January. The deal was valued at about $2.9 billion. Google purchased Motorola in 2012 for more than $12 billion, in part for its treasure trove of 17,000…
  • Consumer Cellular Selling Moto G for $150

    29 October 2014, 4:10 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Consumer Cellular today announced the availability of the Moto G. The G has a 5-inch 720p HD screen, 8-megapixel camera, and quad-core processor. Consumer Cellular is selling the device for $150. The company does not require contracts.
  • Hands-On: Google Nexus 6

    29 October 2014, 3:02 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    The Google Nexus 6 is essentially a Moto X on steroids. It's huge, well-made, and has an appealing design. This full-sized phablet may impress, but it's not for everyone. Here are our initial impressions about Google's newest Nexus.
  • MCX Goes On the Defensive, Offers New Details

    29 October 2014, 2:23 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    MCX took to its company blog today to "set the record straight" on what its forthcoming CurrentC product will and won't entail. First and foremost, MCX said participation in its payment service is voluntary. "MCX merchants make their own decisions about what…
  • Google Shows Off New Play Movies App with Info Cards

    29 October 2014, 2:07 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today announced a new version of the Play Movies app for Android devices. The most significant new feature is support for info cards that appear on the user's smartphone or tablet when watching content via Chromecast or Android TV. The info cards will…
  • Google Opens Nexus 6 Preorders, But Phone Already Backordered

    29 October 2014, 1:29 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today began accepting preorders for the Nexus 6 smartphone via the Google Play Store. However, Google almost immediately sold through its initial supply of the phone. Google says it is "out of inventory" and interested consumers should "check back…
  • WhatsApp Pushes Voice Calling Launch to 2015

    29 October 2014, 8:07 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    WhatsApp has been forced to delay its planned mid-2014 launch of voice calling until next year. The company said it is still working to overcome some technical hurdles, such as functionality over 2G networks and gaining access to select smartphones'…
  • Sprint Lights Up 17 More Spark Markets

    28 October 2014, 4:08 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sprint today launched its Spark service in 17 new markets scattered around the country. Spark uses three different spectrum bands to ensure the best possible LTE connection and speed. The new markets include Sacramento, Calif.; Denver, Colo.; Bay City, Flint,…
  • Google Releases Fit App for Tracking Fitness

    28 October 2014, 2:04 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today made available Google Fit, a new app for Android devices that takes advantage of the sensors found within smartphones to track activity and exercise. The app can automatically sense walking, running, hiking, and cycling. It syncs with a handful of…
  • FTC Sues AT&T Over Throttling Practices

    28 October 2014, 1:52 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today filed a lawsuit against AT&T alleging the company has deceived consumers by throttling the speeds of subscribers to its unlimited plan. AT&T has throttled wireless speeds since 2011, but the FTC says it hasn't properly…
  • Hands-On: Motorola Droid Turbo for Verizon Wireless

    28 October 2014, 12:23 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Motorola showed off the Droid Turbo today, a high-end handset headed to Verizon Wireless. Motorola says the phone is tough, powerful, and smart. Here are our initial impressions of the latest Droid.
  • Google Highlights Android 5.0's Security Improvements

    28 October 2014, 12:21 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today offered some insight into the steps it has taken to protect users through changes made to Android 5.0 Lollipop. For starters, Lollipop uses encryption by default. All the key communications tools (calls, messages) are encrypted and can't be…
  • Motorola Droid Turbo Boasts 48-Hour Battery Life

    28 October 2014, 12:00 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Motorola and Verizon Wireless today announced the Droid Turbo, a high-end handset that claims to offer two days of battery life. The Droid Turbo's design is in keeping with Droids past and comes in several finishes, including metallic fiber and ballistic…

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