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  • FCC's Net Neutrality Proposal a Win For Broadband Cos

    23 April 2014, 4:31 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    The Federal Communications Commission is prepared to release a revised set of rules concerning the governance of web traffic. The proposal, which is expected to make an official appearance Thursday, would prevent broadband providers from discriminating against…
  • Microsoft Lets Windows Phone 8.1 Access PCs Remotely

    23 April 2014, 1:52 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today released a beta application that will let Windows Phone 8.1 devices remotely access and control Windows computers. Windows Phone 8.1 itself has not been widely distributed to new and existing hardware, but it is available for free to registered…
  • FCC Eyes 3.5GHz Band for Various Uses

    23 April 2014, 1:00 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    The Federal Communications Commission today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that could result in yet more spectrum put to use for mobile broadband and other purposes. The FCC is looking at a slice of airwaves between 3550MHz and 3650MHz, and hopes to…
  • Samsung Reveals the Entry-Level T199 for T-Mobile

    23 April 2014, 12:16 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Samsung recently published details about the SGH-T199, a simple feature phone bound for T-Mobile. The T199 is a traditional candybar-style device with a small, 2-inch display and numerical keypad on the front. Other than basic calling, SMS/MMS, and browsing,…
  • CTIA Names Meredith Baker as President and CEO

    23 April 2014, 10:43 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    The CTIA Wireless Association today announced Meredith Attwell Baker will become the president and CEO of the organization beginning June 2. Baker succeeds Steve Largent, who held the post for more than a decade. Baker is a former commissioner of the Federal…
  • Sprint to Make Most Devices Unlockable By Feb 2015

    23 April 2014, 10:35 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sprint recently indicated via its support site that it will devise a way to unlock its phones by February 2015. According to Sprint, none of the SIM-equipped phones it has sold during the past three years - including Apple's iPhones - can be unlocked for use…
  • AT&T to Relaunch Cricket By End of Second Quarter

    23 April 2014, 8:56 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    AT&T plans to relaunch Cricket Wireless, the prepaid provider it acquired earlier this year, at the end of the second quarter. AT&T CFO John Stephens said new customers will be given devices that run on AT&T's LTE network, rather than Cricket's, as the company…
  • OnePlus One Aims to Steal Sales from Flagships

    23 April 2014, 8:27 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    OnePlus, a company based in China, today announced the One, a low-cost smartphone that goes toe-to-toe with the world's best devices. The OnePlus One runs CyanogenMod, which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat but includes stronger security and some features not…
  • Apple Releases iOS 7.1.1 to Squash Bugs

    22 April 2014, 1:08 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Apple today made iOS 7.1.1 available for download. The minor system update, which applies to the iPhone and iPad, resolves a handful of ongoing issues. It further improves performance of the TouchID function of the iPhone 5s, tweaks keyboard responsiveness,…
  • T-Mobile and MetroPCS Score LG's L Series III Phones

    22 April 2014, 10:11 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    T-Mobile and MetroPCS today announced the availability of the LG L90 and L70 (pictured), devices that fall into LG's L Series III lineup. Both phones were revealed by LG earlier this year. The L90 and L70 run Android 4.4 KitKat with LG's user interface…
  • Mailbox for iOS Gains Tighter Dropbox Integration

    22 April 2014, 8:57 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Dropbox recently pushed out an update to its iOS Mailbox email app that brings the two services closer together. Mailbox now takes advantage of Dropbox to store and sync preferences between different devices. Mailbox also gains an auto-swipe feature that will…
  • Microsoft Joins Power Matters Alliance

    22 April 2014, 8:42 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    The Power Matters Alliance today welcomed Microsoft as its newest member. Microsoft will join the PMA in its goal of developing interoperable wireless charging products. By joining the PMA, Microsoft also now has access to its specifications for wireless…
  • Apple Will Recycle Any of Its Products at Apple Stores

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

    Beginning today, consumers can bring any aging Apple product to an Apple Store for free recycling. The company explained its renewed commitment to sustainability in a post on its web site, which also includes other initiatives. Before today, Apple required…
  • HTC Offers Peek at Sense 6.0 Progress for One (M7)

    21 April 2014, 5:10 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    HTC today published a dashboard that should help consumers understand where the Sense 6.0 software update is for their One (M7) and when it might it arrive. For example, HTC has already completed updating most versions of the One (M7) to Android 4.4 KitKat,…
  • Hangouts for Android to Merge SMS/IM Convo Threads

    21 April 2014, 4:16 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today announced the pending availability of Hangouts for Android version 2.1. This update to Google's messaging application will resolve a long-standing complaint with the app, which until now has kept two separate conversation threads (one for SMS, one…
  • Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 for Verizon Wireless

    21 April 2014, 3:30 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is fractionally different from the AT&T model in one key metric. Here is Phone Scoop's full report about this new Android smartphone.
  • Motorola Solutions Agrees to License Microsoft Patents

    21 April 2014, 12:36 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Motorola Solutions has signed a patent-licensing agreement with Microsoft that will allow it to use Microsoft's intellectual property in its Android and Chrome devices. Neither Microsoft nor Motorola Solutions identified the patents at issue, nor the cost of…
  • Verizon to Scoop Up Two Small Carriers

    21 April 2014, 11:40 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Verizon Wireless recently filed paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission seeking permission to buy the assets of Golden State Cellular in California and Mobi PCS in Hawaii. Verizon confirmed with Fierce Wireless its plans to acquire Golden State…
  • Microsoft's Acquisition of Nokia to Close April 25

    21 April 2014, 10:42 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Nokia will finalize the sale of its handset business to Microsoft on April 25, the company said today. The deal, first proposed last September, has Microsoft acquiring the Devices & Services business from Nokia, which will retain its network business and HERE…
  • Dominos Now Accepting Google Wallet to Pay for Pizza

    21 April 2014, 8:33 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Dominos Pizza today announced that customers can pay for their pies using Google Wallet. Dominos added support for Google Wallet to its own mobile ordering application. Android device owners can use the app to order a pizza as well as pay for it with Google…

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