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  • Microsoft Makes Branding Change Official

    24 October 2014, 7:44 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today indicated its branding transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia is progressing as planned. Microsoft has slowly been rebranding apps, services, and web sites from Nokia to Microsoft. The company has now reached the point where its Windows…
  • LG Shows Off Its First Mobile Processor, Dubbed 'Nuclun'

    24 October 2014, 7:29 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    LG today announced the Nuclun, its first application processor for smartphones and tablets. The Nuclun is an eight-core chip with two banks of four cores each. It uses ARM's big.LITTLE configuration with four 1.5GHz Cortex A15s for heavy lifting and four…
  • Facebook Debuts Rooms for Anonymous iPhone Chats

    23 October 2014, 1:30 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Facebook today announced Rooms, a new chatting service that harkens back to the early days of the internet. With Rooms, people can create small chat spaces around any topic that allows them to post comments, photos, and videos anonymously. Room creators pick…
  • Android Wear Update Makes Devices More Independent

    23 October 2014, 12:37 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today pushed out an update to its Android Wear platform that adds two key features and grants wearables even more independence. First, Android Wear devices will now be able to track location via GPS without requiring a nearby smartphone. This means…
  • Review: Sony Xperia Z3v for Verizon Wireless

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

    Verizon Wireless scored one of Sony's finest efforts in the Xperia Z3v. Sony's flagship Android smartphone generally impresses, despite a few flaws. Read Phone Scoop's in-depth review to find out if it is the phone for you.
  • Twitter Touts Digits for Mobile App Login

    23 October 2014, 8:58 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Twitter recently unveiled Digits, a new way for smartphone users to log in to mobile apps. Rather than use an email address and password or social networking credentials to create app logins, Digits allows people to use their phone number. After entering their…
  • Sprint Improves Its Least-Expensive Data Plan

    23 October 2014, 8:48 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sprint recently added a new tier to its range of data plans, this time targeting those who don't need huge buckets of mobile broadband each month. The new offering includes 1GB of shared data -- twice as much as before -- for $20 per month. Customers need…
  • Apple Vindicated in Another Patent Troll Lawsuit

    23 October 2014, 8:23 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Apple beat back a lawsuit brought on by a small Honolulu-based company over mobile device patents. GPNE alleged that nine Apple products, including the iPhone and iPad, violated certain patents it holds regarding pager technology. GPNE is a patent holding and…
  • Samsung Lists Developer Edition of Galaxy Note 4 for Verizon

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

    Samsung recently revealed a forthcoming variant of its Galaxy Note 4 handset for Verizon Wireless. The Note 4 Developer Edition ships with an unlocked boot loader, and is free of Verizon-branded apps and services. Developers can use the device to test their…
  • Yahoo Brings Travel Alerts to Android and iOS Mail App

    22 October 2014, 3:08 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Yahoo today rolled out an update to its email application for both Android and iOS devices that adds support for travel and event notifications. According to Yahoo, the Today section of the email app will now show flight status and directions to the airport,…
  • Google Debuts 'Inbox' As a Gmail Alternative

    22 October 2014, 1:19 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today announced a new service called Inbox. The app, which was developed by Google's Gmail team, offers a new take on email by categorizing emails and highlighting the important details therein. Inbox offers three core features: bundles, highlights, and…
  • T-Mobile to Explore Settlement with FTC Over Cramming

    22 October 2014, 11:06 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    T-Mobile has signaled to the Federal Trade Commission it is interested in reaching a settlement regarding accusations it unfairly profited from bogus charges foisted onto customers' bills. The FTC sued T-Mobile over its cramming practices, despite T-Mobile's…
  • Microsoft Opens the Garage Door, Releases Android Apps

    22 October 2014, 9:38 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today revealed Garage, a collective of Microsoft employees that is encouraged to tinker with apps and services for a wide range of platforms and products. Microsoft describes the Garage as "a community of interns, employees, and teams from everywhere…
  • Congress Warns FBI to Leave Peoples' Cell Phones Alone

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

    Members of Congress have responded to comments made by FBI Director James Comey regarding security measurers Apple and Google have added to their respective mobile operating systems. Both iOS 8 and Android 5.0 use encryption by default to protect user data…
  • Review: Sharp Aquos Crystal for Boost Mobile

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

    Sharp has delivered an interesting handset in the Aquos Crystal, which features a 5-inch screen with practically no surrounding bezel. This futuristic-looking smartphone aims to trounce other mid-range contenders on Sprint's pre-paid Boost Mobile. Does it get…
  • Vine Tackles iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iOS 8 Extensions

    21 October 2014, 12:46 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Twitter today pushed out an update to its Vine application for iOS devices. The app has been optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screens, and adds support for extensions in iOS 8. The new share extension makes it simpler to share Vines with other…
  • Google Updates Play Music with Songza Features

    21 October 2014, 12:37 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today pushed out an update to its Play Music service that adds new, curated play lists. The refreshed service gains its tools from Songza, which Google purchased over the summer. Play Music now offers a playlist- and song-recommendation engine that uses…
  • Microsoft to Drop Nokia Brand from Smartphones

    21 October 2014, 9:27 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft indicated that it is prepared to drop the Nokia brand from its line of Windows Phones. Moving forward, the company will use the Microsoft Lumia name to refer to its phone hardware. Microsoft purchased Nokia's handset division earlier this year, but…
  • Nokia HERE Maps Expands to More Android Handsets

    21 October 2014, 8:54 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Nokia today announced its HERE Maps app is now available to a wider range of smartphones. The company offered HERE Maps only to Samsung handsets earlier this month. Now, most devices running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and up with 1GB of RAM can install and use…
  • Qualcomm Amps Up its Wi-Fi Lineup

    21 October 2014, 8:46 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Qualcomm Atheros, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, today unveiled new Wi-Fi products that promise to boost performance for a range of consumer electronics. The company added the QCA9377 chip to its 802.11ac 2.0 ecosystem, which Qualcomm says brings the benefits of…

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