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  • 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…
  • T-Mobile Pushing Eye Experience to HTC One (M8)

    21 October 2014, 8:29 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    T-Mobile today made a system update available to the HTC One (M8) that adds the Eye Experience software. The Eye Experience includes new camera features, such as split camera, crop me in, and improved face tracking. These features are central to the Desire Eye…
  • Apple Releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay

    20 October 2014, 1:02 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Apple today released iOS version 8.1. The system update, for iPhones and iPads, activates Apple Pay and fixes a number of bugs. Apply Pay is Apple's mobile payment system. It makes use of the NFC radio and Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to…
  • Sprint Trims 452 Jobs at Headquarters

    20 October 2014, 12:06 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sprint recently disclosed another round of job cuts, this time impacting its Kansas City headquarters. The company said it reduced its headcount by 452 people, mostly in the IT and administration aspect of the company. The cuts are in addition to workforce…
  • RadioShack Expands Fix-It-Here Program

    20 October 2014, 11:57 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    RadioShack today said its has increased the footprint of its Fix It Here service to 26 stores in and around Chicago. Consumers with broken or damaged smartphones and tablets can take their device to RadioShack, where select problems can be repaired.…
  • AT&T to Sell Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 on Oct. 24

    20 October 2014, 10:54 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    AT&T today announced the pending launch of the Galaxy Mega 2, a new version of Samsung's low-cost phablet. The Mega 2 features a 6-inch HD screen with a reduced bezel to help keep the footprint as small as possible. The phone adopts the design language of…
  • Skype for Windows Phone Gains Drawing Feature

    20 October 2014, 10:32 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today issued an update to its Skype app for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1. The app has been refreshed with several new features, the foremost of which is the ability to create drawings within messages. Users can create their own pictures with the drawing…
  • Nokia Puts Color Pop Back in Creative Studio

    20 October 2014, 8:25 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Nokia today released an update to its Creative Studio photo editing app and added several features. First and foremost, Nokia returned Color Pop back to Creative Studio. Color Pop allows Lumia owners to turn their photos black and white with only select colors…
  • Spotify Intros Family Plans, $30 for Up to 5 Accounts

    20 October 2014, 8:06 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Spotify today announced family plans, a cheaper way to let family members enjoy the music streaming service on their mobile devices. The Spotify Family Plan allows each member of a family -- up to five people -- to create their own account with their own…
  • BlackBerry Adds a Little SnapChat to BBM

    17 October 2014, 4:48 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    BlackBerry today announced several forthcoming features for BBM that take a page from ephemeral messaging app SnapChat. The first new feature is called Time Messages. With Timed Messages, users can select how long a message is visible to the recipient (between…
  • Microsoft Gives Cortana a Bit More Bing

    17 October 2014, 3:53 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today said it has added several features to Cortana, the voice-activated assistant built into Windows Phone 8.1. One of the new capabilities is called Daily Glance Evening Edition. At the end of each day, Cortana will show users the travel time to…
  • FCC to Explore 5G In the 24GHz Region

    17 October 2014, 3:01 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    The FCC today opened a notice of inquiry that will see the agency begin to explore next-generation wireless networks. The FCC is hoping to use spectrum above 24GHz for new wireless networks. This spectrum, sometimes referred to as millimeter waves, has long…
  • Google Publishes Android 5.0 Preview, Updates SDK

    17 October 2014, 12:58 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today made available several significant tools for developers ahead of the general release of Android 5.0 Lollipop. First, Google released updated developer images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), ADT-1, and the Android emulator. Developers can install…
  • Pantech Files for Bankruptcy In the US

    17 October 2014, 12:09 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Pantech's U.S. operations filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy today, following similar legal moves in the company's home market of Korea. The company has been in receivership since August and put itself up for sale last month. Chapter 15 bankruptcy is reserved for…
  • Kyocera Torque XT Now On Sale at Sprint Stores

    17 October 2014, 10:44 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sprint and Kyocera today announced the Torque XT, a minor update to the original Torque. The two updates include compatibility with Sprint's Direct Connect walkie-talkie service, and the improvement on onboard storage to 20GB. Otherwise, all the features are…
  • Verizon Changes Terms of Edge Plans

    17 October 2014, 8:55 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Verizon Wireless this week altered the terms of its Edge service plans so customers will now have to pay off more of their device before they can upgrade. Verizon Edge is the company's monthly installment option. Under the old system, customers could upgrade…

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