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  • Verizon Bags Plan to Throttle Heaviest Users

    1 October 2014, 4:37 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Verizon Wireless today said it will not move forward with a "network optimization" plan that would have throttled the mobile data speeds of its heaviest users. Verizon announced its intent to slow down the speeds of grandfathered-in unlimited data customers…
  • Verizon Intros Monster Data Promo, Too

    1 October 2014, 2:57 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Verizon Wireless today followed AT&T and Sprint with its own limited big data offering. Beginning October 2, Verizon customers with shared lines can increase their data allotments significantly. Shared lines with 12GB of data can jump to 15GB of data for the…
  • Consumer Cellular Adds Huawei Mate 2 and Vision 2

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

    Consumer Cellular today announced the immediate availability of the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 and Vision 2. The Mate 2 has been available to U.S. consumers unlocked directly from Huawei for several months. It features a 6.1-inch 720p HD screen. The Vision 2…
  • Sprint Responds to AT&T's 'Double Data' Promo with Its Own

    1 October 2014, 9:25 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sprint today moved to counter a mobile data promotion recently launched by AT&T by debuting its own. Beginning today, subscribers to Sprint's Family Share Pack plans will be able to double their data allotments. Families with the 32, 40, and 80GB plans will…
  • FreedomPop Trots Out $89 Liberty Tablet

    1 October 2014, 9:00 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    FreedomPop today announced a new direction for the company, as it plans to sell more low-cost hardware using its own brand. The first device to bear the FreedomPop name is the Liberty, a tablet that has a 6.7-inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution. The Liberty…
  • LG Debuts the F60, A Budget LTE Smartphone

    1 October 2014, 8:09 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    LG today announced the F60, what it calls an affordable handset with LTE 4G on board. The F60 features a 4.5-inch WVGA display and 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM and either 4 or 8GB of internal storage. The device has a 5-megapixel main…
  • Microsoft Announces Windows 10 for Varied Devices

    30 September 2014, 2:02 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today announced the next version of Windows will be called Windows 10. According to Microsoft, Windows 10 will encompass "one product family, one platform, one store." Windows 10 will run on desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones. Microsoft says the…
  • Pebble Adds Health and Fitness Powers, Drops Prices

    30 September 2014, 1:00 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Pebble today announced a software update for its devices and lowered the prices of its hardware. The software update targets health and fitness apps, and allows Pebble smart watches to track activity in the background. For starters, Misfit, Jawbone, and…
  • U.S. Cellular Scores LG's G3, to Go On Sale in October

    30 September 2014, 12:22 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    U.S. Cellular today said it will soon offer the LG G3. The flagship device, which boasts a 5.5-inch quad HD display and 13-megapixel camera, will go on sale in October, though U.S. Cellular didn't say exactly when. U.S. Cellular said the phone will be…
  • Microsoft Launches MSN Anew

    30 September 2014, 8:21 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today re-launched its MSN web portal. The site has been redesigned from the ground up and provides one-click access to many tools, such as OneDrive, Outlook email, OneNote, and Skype. Microsoft says the new MSN will look and behave the same across…
  • eBay to Spin Off PayPal Next Year

    30 September 2014, 8:07 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    eBay today announced plans to separate its online auction business from its online payments business. eBay will spin off PayPal into its own company, a move it expects to complete during the second half of 2015. eBay and PayPal have long worked hand-in-hand to…
  • Hands-On: Alcatel OneTouch Pop Mega and Pop Star

    29 September 2014, 8:10 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Alcatel revealed two new Android smartphones headed to Tracfone later this year, the Pop Mega and the Pop Star. Here are a few thoughts on these low-cost cell phones.
  • Hands-On: BlackBerry Passport

    29 September 2014, 7:38 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    BlackBerry says "We're back!" with the Passport, a smartphone that breaks new ground in some respects. Here are our first thoughts.
  • T-Mobile Going After Yet More 700MHz Spectrum

    29 September 2014, 1:50 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    T-Mobile continues to chase 700MHz A Block spectrum across the country. According to recent filings with the FCC, T-Mobile's newest target is a batch of licenses held by Triad 700 LLC. Triad holds four licenses covering Anchorage, Alaska; Salisbury, Md.; Reno,…
  • OneDrive for Android Gains New Photo Viewer

    29 September 2014, 1:38 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today released a new version of OneDrive for Android smartphones and tablets. The updated cloud storage app includes what Microsoft calls the All Photos View, which makes it easier to browse and see photos across OneDrive. OneDrive also adds new…
  • AT&T Offering Double Data on Select Mobile Share Value Plans

    28 September 2014, 9:33 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    AT&T today launched a limited promotion that doubles the amount of monthly data available to certain plans for no extra charge. Customers who subscribe to one of AT&T's Mobile Share Value plans with 15, 20, 30, 40, or 50GB of data can upgrade their data to 30,…
  • RadioShack May Gain Second Life Thanks to Shareholders

    26 September 2014, 4:13 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    A major RadioShack shareholder plans to invest more cash in the business in order to improve its liquidity. RadioShack is facing a cash crisis. As of last month it had just $30.5 million in the cash and owed creditors $658 million. Standard General is still…
  • Vine for Android Updated with Camera Roll Support

    26 September 2014, 4:03 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Vine today updated its Android application and brought it closer to parity with the iOS version thereof. The chief new feature in Vine for Android is support for the camera roll, which allows Vine users to import video they've already shot (rather than record…
  • Yahoo to Shutter Qwiki App

    26 September 2014, 12:09 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Yahoo today announced another round of product closures as its narrows its focus on core business units. One of the closures is a mobile app called Qwiki. Qwiki was able to take the photos stored on smartphones' camera rolls and convert them to short videos.…
  • Pantech Puts Itself Up for Sale

    26 September 2014, 11:00 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Pantech, based in Korea, has staked a For Sale sign in its front lawn. The company, which declared the equivalent of bankruptcy last month, is seeking a buyer to scoop up the entire business. Pantech has been facing trouble all year long. It twice sought…

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