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  • E-Label Act Passage Means Fewer Stickers on Phones

    27 November 2014, 8:22 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    President Obama signed the E-Label Act into law on Wednesday, which will give phone and other device makers the ability to label their hardware electronically rather than with stickers or graphics. By law, devices such as phones require labels from the FCC and…
  • LG's Mobile Business Gets New Chief Amid Restructuring

    27 November 2014, 8:15 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    LG today announced several changes to its business, including the appointment of several new executives. Jong-seok Park, who served as president and CEO of LG Mobile Communications, is being replaced by Juno Cho. Cho was most recently the president of LG Corp,…
  • Twitter Now Tracking Which Apps You've Installed

    26 November 2014, 4:44 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Twitter today revealed that it will soon begin to analyze the apps Twitter users install on their phones. The company claims the data will be used "to help build a more personal Twitter experience ... so we can deliver tailored content that you might be…
  • Motorola Loses Appeal Over LCD Price Fixing

    26 November 2014, 1:54 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Motorola lost its appeal in a court case regarding a price fixing scheme for mobile phone displays. The company wanted to hold foreign firms, including AU Optronics, liable for overcharging Motorola's foreign suppliers. The US court disagreed with Motorola's…
  • C Spire Debuts Rollover Data

    26 November 2014, 1:45 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    C Spire Wireless has introduced new service plans that include rollover data. The trio of plans allows customers to carryover unused data from one month to the next in order to avoid overage charges during months they may need more access. All three plans…
  • Holiday Gift Guide 2014

    26 November 2014, 12:51 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    As shopping for the holidays gets underway this week, retailers will be serving up sales and deals galore. In order to help you on your journey to mobile gifting nirvana, Phone Scoop presents its annual Holiday Gift Guide. You need only peruse the following…
  • Vine Adds Push Notifications for Favorites

    26 November 2014, 8:34 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Vine recently updated its Android and iOS mobile apps with push notifications. Moving forward, users can opt to receive alerts when their favorite Vine accounts post new content. Vine is a short-video sharing service. It lets people upload and share six-second…
  • Skype for Android Gains Picture-in-Picture Feature

    26 November 2014, 8:30 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Skype updated its Android app recently and added several new capabilities. The most significant new feature for Android phones is the ability to multitask and maintain video chats outside of Skype though a picture-in-picture view. Other improvements include…
  • Amazon Slashes Unlocked Fire Phone to $199

    26 November 2014, 8:25 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Amazon today dropped the price of the Fire Phone to $199. The company, sitting on unsold stockpiles of the device, is offering it unlocked and without a contract. Further, Amazon is still including a free year of Amazon Prime, which has a value of $99. The…
  • Verizon to Sell LG GizmoPal Connected Wearable

    25 November 2014, 1:24 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Verizon Wireless today announced the LG GizmoPal, a wearable for children meant to provide parents with peace of mind. The wearable can make and receive phone calls, though only to/from a limited set of numbers. Parents can easily mange the GizmoPal through an…
  • CCA Concerned About FCC's Reserve Spectrum Trigger

    25 November 2014, 1:15 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    The Competitive Carrier's Association has asked the FCC to drop a rule regarding when it will split bidding in the forthcoming 600MHz incentive auction into unreserved and reserved airwaves. The CCA argues the trigger proposed by the FCC will have a negative…
  • Twitter Going After Commerce with Mobile Coupons

    25 November 2014, 1:03 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Twitter today introduced Twitter Offers, a new way for consumers and businesses to take advantage of one another's interactions on Twitter. With Twitter Offers, users can link a credit or debit card to their account and then act on promotions or coupons within…
  • Google's New Dashboard Lets Users Manage Devices

    25 November 2014, 8:29 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google recently made available a new online tool people can use to control which devices have access to their Google Account. The Devices and Activity dashboard shows users all the devices that have accessed their account during the previous 28 days. Users can…
  • Sony to Reign In and Reduce Its Smartphone Business

    25 November 2014, 8:18 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sony today announced its intent to transform its smartphone business with a eye on making it a profitable operation. The company, in effect, admitted its goal of becoming the world's number three smartphone maker behind Samsung and Apple was perhaps too…
  • Milk Studios Sues Samsung for Trademark Violation

    25 November 2014, 8:06 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Milk Studios has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Samsung, which it says "intentionally, willfully, and knowingly" used the Milk name despite a business partnership with Milk Studios. Samsung launched Milk Music, a music-streaming service,…
  • Verizon Pushing Lollipop to Moto X

    24 November 2014, 3:16 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Verizon Wireless has made Android 5.0 Lollipop available to its variant of the Moto X (2nd. gen.). Other carriers made Lollipop available to the Moto X earlier this month. Lollipop is a complete refresh of the OS, including a new design and new features.
  • T-Mobile Agrees to Show Customers Real Speed Test Data

    24 November 2014, 3:12 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    T-Mobile today agreed to offer customers a more accurate reading of their data speeds throughout each billng cycle. Earlier this year, T-Mobile exempted certain speed tests from counting against customers' data limits. In other words, customers aren't charged…
  • T-Mobile Doubles Supported Music Unlimited Services

    24 November 2014, 11:01 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    T-Mobile's Music Unlimited service today doubled the number of music streaming apps available, jumping from 13 to 27 in total. The new services include Google Play Music, Xbox Music, SoundCloud, RadioTunes, Digitally Imported, Fit Radio, Fresco Radio,…
  • Samsung Weighing Management Shuffle

    24 November 2014, 8:08 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Samsung Mobile CEO J.K. Shin may be in danger of losing his job, reports The Wall Street Journal. The company is weighing whether or not it should rearrange its current leadership, and one of the scenarios would see Shin lose oversight of the company's mobile…
  • Review: Sony Xperia Z3 for T-Mobile

    24 November 2014, 7:00 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sony's Xperia Z3 is an excellent addition to T-Mobile's lineup. Anyone invested in Sony's gaming and content services would do well to consider it. Even if you're not a Sony fiend, the Z3 is a tempting, premium Android handset.

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