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  • Microsoft, Kyocera Expand Patent-Licensing Deal

    2 July 2015, 5:09 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today said that it has expanded the scale of a patent cross-licensing agreement with Kyocera. Microsoft and Kyocera are now able to use a broader range of one another's technologies in a variety of products. The licensing agreement also resolves a…
  • Review: Microsoft Lumia 735 for Verizon Wireless

    2 July 2015, 4:30 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    This mid-range Windows Phone is a solid addition to Verizon's smartphone lineup. It boasts a 4.7-inch screen, 6.7-megapixel camera, and quad-core Snapdragon processor. Toss in Microsoft's productivity apps and good battery life, and the Lumia 735 is a balanced…
  • Turing Phone Available for Preorder Starting July 31

    2 July 2015, 9:53 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Turing Robotic Industries today said it will begin accepting preorders for the Turing Phone on July 31, which is about three weeks later than originally planned. The company will make 10,000 units available initially. The phone, sold unlocked, will cost $610…
  • Sprint CEO Derides T-Mobile's 'Misleading' and 'Fake' Moves

    2 July 2015, 9:42 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has had enough of T-Mobile CEO John Legere's brash attitude. Claure had harsh words for Legere after Legere poked fun at Sprint's latest promotion, the All-In calling plan. "I give credit to @sprint for swinging the bat when they do…
  • Sprint to Test New Stores with Dixons Carphone

    2 July 2015, 8:25 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sprint today announced a new partnership with Europe's Dixons Carphone that will see the companies test 20 new retail stores in various markets around the U.S. Dixons Carphone is a renowned electronics retailer. Under the terms of the agreement, Sprint will…
  • TracFone Settles with FCC Over Locked Phones

    1 July 2015, 2:03 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    TracFone has reached an agreement with the FCC concerning its policies for unlocking handsets. In February of this year it became mandatory for all carriers to unlock customer handsets and to properly disclose their unlocking policies to customers. TracFone…
  • CTIA Says Smartphones Better Protected Against Theft

    1 July 2015, 9:59 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Beginning today, most smartphones sold in the U.S. will include anti-theft security tools. July 1 marks the day by which phone makers and network operators agreed to implement free theft deterrents on smartphones. According to the CTIA, most of the industry…
  • Yahoo's Aviate Launcher Gains 'Google Now' Feature

    1 July 2015, 8:55 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Yahoo updated its Aviate Android launcher with a new feature called Smart Stream. As described by Yahoo, Smart Stream "assembles relevant information" and adjusts it throughout the day based on where the user is and what they're doing. The information is…
  • Sprint Allowed to Settle Cramming Charges for $50M

    1 July 2015, 8:44 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sprint has settled accusations with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that it over-billed customers for unwanted services. In May, the FCC fined Sprint $68 million for adding third-party services to customer bills without customer permission -- a…
  • YouTube Mobile App Supports 60fps Playback

    1 July 2015, 8:35 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google has updated the Android and iOS YouTube apps with support for 60 frame-per-second video playback. The higher frame rate is already supported via desktop browsers. YouTube is free to download from the Play Store and iTunes App Store.
  • NSA Given Permission to Spy On Calls Again

    1 July 2015, 8:30 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court this week gave the NSA permission to resume spying on Americans' phone calls for a period of 180 days. In June, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act, which put an end to the bulk phone data collection. However, there…
  • Sprint Forced to Backtrack On Throttling After Outcry

    1 July 2015, 8:11 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sprint was forced to remove a speed limit on its new All-In plans after customers were quick to complain. On Tuesday, Sprint revealed a service plan called All-In that offers monthly service and phone payments bundled together for $80 per month. In the fine…
  • Sprint Found In Violation of Prism Patents

    30 June 2015, 4:17 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sprint was found culpable of infringing on two patents held by Prism Technologies. The patents in question pertain to accessing protected computer resources and were used by Sprint in its "Simply Everything" and "Everything Data" plans, according to Prism.…
  • Facebook's Messenger Payment Service Now Widely Available

    30 June 2015, 3:47 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Facebook today said its Messenger-based, peer-to-peer mobile payment service is now available to everyone across the U.S. It was initially tested in New York City earlier this year. Messenger users need only add their MasterCard- or Visa-backed debit card to…
  • Verizon Says Droid Turbo Lollipop 5.1 Update Pushing Wednesday

    30 June 2015, 3:05 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Verizon Wireless said the Motorola Droid Turbo will be updated to Android 5.1 Lollipop beginning the afternoon of Wednesday, July 1. The update will be delivered in phases over a few weeks. Customers will be able to manually update their phones over the air if…
  • Court Says Apple Conspired to Raise E-Book Prices

    30 June 2015, 1:19 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    A U.S. court of appeals today upheld a ruling from a lower court that found Apple guilty of conspiring with book publishers to raise the prices of e-books. Books were generally priced at $9.99 by companies such as Amazon. Following the launch of Apple's iBook…
  • ZTE's Axon Phone Swings By the FCC for Approval

    30 June 2015, 11:13 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Documents spotted on the FCC site reveal more information about ZTE's forthcoming Axon phone. The company has been teasing the device on the web for several weeks and plans to reveal it in full at a July 14 event in New York City. The FCC details the Axon…
  • Apple Releases iOS 8.4 with Apple Music

    30 June 2015, 10:55 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Apple today made available iOS 8.4, a system update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch that installs Apple Music. Apple Music is Apple's new streaming music service and is part of an all-new Music app for iOS devices. The service is being offered for free on…
  • Sprint's All-In Plan Includes Phone and Service for $80

    30 June 2015, 9:48 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sprint today introduced a new plan that combines the cost of a service plan with the cost of a handset in one monthly payment. The Sprint All-In plan costs $80 per month and includes unlimited talk, text, and data, and a Sprint Lease on handsets such as the…
  • European Union to Ban Roaming Charges

    30 June 2015, 8:47 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    The European Commission today agreed to make cellphone roaming charges illegal beginning in 2017. The change in law means European wireless network operators will not be allowed to charge roaming fees for customers who travel across the 28-country continent.…

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