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  • Yahoo to Sunset Yet More Products, Intro IMAP Email

    19 December 2014, 3:19 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Yahoo today indicated the company is taking steps to further reduce the number of products and services it offers. Most of the cutbacks announced by Yahoo today affect localized web sites in South America, Europe, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region. Further,…
  • Facebook Adds Holiday Cheer to Messenger

    19 December 2014, 1:45 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Facebook today gave Messenger users access to new holiday-themed stickers and photo tools. A minor update to Messenger for both Android and iOS devices adds new sticker packs, snow globe chat heads, and a New Year's Eve selfie frame. Facebook is also offering…
  • T-Mobile Settles FCC Cramming Charges for $90 Million

    19 December 2014, 12:28 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    T-Mobile today agreed to pay the FTC and FCC a total of $90 million to settle accusations that the company was complicit in allowing third-parties to charge customers for unwanted services. An FTC and FCC investigation found T-Mobile guilty of breaking the law…
  • Verizon Pushing Windows Phone 8.1 to Lumia 928, 822

    19 December 2014, 11:26 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Verizon Wireless today made Windows Phone 8.1 with the Denim update available to the Lumia 928 and Lumia 822. Windows Phone 8.1 adds Cortana, adjustable home screen columns, and other features. The update is free. Microsoft said WP8.1 for the Lumia Icon is on…
  • BlackBerry Finalizes Secusmart Acquisition

    19 December 2014, 8:25 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    BlackBerry today said it has closed its acquisition of Secusmart, a security company based in Germany. Secusmart specializes in voice and data encryption. BlackBerry plans to use Secusmart's technology to further shore up its own enterprise and government…
  • Samsung's ChatON to Send Final Message in March

    19 December 2014, 8:12 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Samsung plans to shutter its ChatON messaging application early next year. The service will go dark in international markets on Feb. 1, and will wind down in the U.S. by the end of March. ChatON is an over-the-top messaging service similar to WhatsApp and…
  • FCC Agrees to Help Better Define Data Roaming Rates

    18 December 2014, 5:31 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    The FCC today granted T-Mobile's petition that the agency "provide guidance on the application of the commercial reasonableness standard" with respect to data roaming rates. T-Mobile filed the petition earlier this year in order to help it and other carriers…
  • Google Fails to Have Lawsuit Dismissed

    18 December 2014, 2:39 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google was unable to convince a San Jose judge to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit filed against the search giant over preinstalled apps. The judge expressed concern over some the the plaintiffs' claims, which allege Android handset makers are forced to use…
  • Microsoft Targeting January for Lumia Denim Update

    18 December 2014, 1:19 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today said that it will begin pushing the Lumia Denim system update to its Windows Phones en masse beginning next month. The update is already trickling out to a few phones in select markets, but all Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1 will…
  • Verizon Allowing Customers to Send Starbucks Gift Cards via Text

    18 December 2014, 11:28 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Verizon Wireless today announced that its customers can send Starbucks eGift cards to one another from within the Verizon Messages application. The application lets users pick a background, amount ($5, $10, or $25), and enter a short message. The eGift card…
  • Microsoft to Sell MixRadio Service to Line

    18 December 2014, 11:22 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today announced it has agreed to sell the Lumia MixRadio service to Line for an undisclosed sum. MixRadio is a music-streaming service available to Lumia smartphones. It offers curated radio stations and also allows users to create their own.…
  • Microsoft Expands Xim's Sharing Abilities to TVs

    18 December 2014, 9:12 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft recently updated its Xim app and added compatibility with a wide range of media streaming devices. Microsoft first released Xim in October. It's a cross-platform app that allows people to easily share photos without requiring them to physically hand…
  • Google Seeks to Dismiss Antitrust Lawsuit Over Android

    18 December 2014, 8:41 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google is hoping to convince a San Jose judge to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. over its app-bundling practices on Android smartphones. Two plaintiffs allege Google restricts the use of competing apps, made by companies such as Microsoft, in favor of…
  • Amazon Delivering Huge Update to Fire Phone

    18 December 2014, 8:29 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Amazon has begun to distribute a significant system update to the Fire Phone. Fire OS 3.6.5 adds a wide range of new features to Amazon's smartphone, as well as the expected series of performance improvements and bug fixes. One of the new features is the…
  • Google Maps and Inbox for Android Improved

    17 December 2014, 5:09 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today provided updates to its Maps and Inbox apps for the Android platform. Inbox works better on tablets, adds compatibility with Android Wear (view messages and notifications, reply via voice), and improves suggestions while users type. Google Maps…
  • Review: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge for Sprint

    17 December 2014, 4:30 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is a unique Android smartphone thanks to its curved display. Samsung puts the extra pixels to good use, but it could have done a lot more. Here is Phone Scoop's full review.
  • Yahoo Updates Android and iOS Weather Apps

    17 December 2014, 2:38 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Yahoo today pushed out updates to its Weather app for both the Android and iOS platforms. According to Yahoo, the revised app brings with it more live weather graphics, such as fog, rain, heat, snow, lightning, and frost, to the Android app. Yahoo says…
  • Hands-On: BlackBerry Classic

    17 December 2014, 2:30 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    BlackBerry's Classic smartphone harkens back to the devices of yesteryear. Its defining feature is a physical QWERTY keyboard, something phone makers have left in the past for good reason. Here are our first impressions of the Classic.
  • Facebook Says Rooms Should Now Be Easier to Find

    17 December 2014, 11:47 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Facebook today said it has updated the Rooms app for iOS devices to version 1.2. The update claims to make it easier for users to discover new Rooms to join. An 'explore' button lets users scan through Rooms and enter those that appeal them. Rooms are confined…
  • AT&T Says It Will Sell the BlackBerry Classic

    17 December 2014, 11:05 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    AT&T today said it will support the BlackBerry Classic, though pricing and availability aren't yet available. BlackBerry is already selling the phone directly to consumers for $449.

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