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  • BlackBerry Cutting More Jobs, Including Device Team

    23 May 2015, 9:27 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    BlackBerry announced another round of job cuts on Friday, this time affecting those behind making the company's smartphones and mobile applications. BlackBerry did not say how many employees will lose their jobs, nor in which facilities, but said the cuts will…
  • Sprint to Launch LG G4 On June 5

    22 May 2015, 9:39 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sprint today announced launch details regarding the LG G4 smartphone, which will be available in stores and online beginning June 5. Sprint is offering a wide range of purchasing options for the phone. First, via the Sprint Lease the G4 will be available for…
  • Google Delivering Project Fi Invites Slowly

    22 May 2015, 7:58 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google's Project Fi, its WiFi-and-cellular wireless offering, is moving forward slowly. Google emailed those who signed up for the project and said it won't be able to accommodate everyones' requests for months. "Over the past few weeks, we've been happy to…
  • Review: Microsoft Lumia 640 for Cricket Wireless

    21 May 2015, 5:15 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft packs a lot of power in the potent, pocketable Lumia 640. This Windows Phone handset offers more bang for the buck than most other handsets in Cricket's varied lineup.
  • AT&T Taps East Kentucky Network for 700MHz Licenses

    21 May 2015, 3:14 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    AT&T has filed paperwork with the FCC hoping to gain permission to purchase three Lower 700MHz C Block licenses from East Kentucky Network. The licenses in question cover 20 counties in three Cellular Market Areas across regions of Kentucky, Ohio, and West…
  • HTC Posts Its Email App to the Play Store

    21 May 2015, 2:04 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    HTC recently made the HTC Mail application available as a stand-alone app in the Google Play Store. By separating the app from its Sense user interface, HTC is now able to update the app with new features and resolve bugs more efficiently. Previously, such…
  • RadioShack Finalizes Sale of Name and Customer Data

    21 May 2015, 8:07 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge approved the sale of RadioShack's name and certain customer data to an affiliate of Standard General for $26.2 million. One of the key issues resolved over the last seven days concerned AT&T and Apple customer data. AT&T, Apple, and…
  • Sprint Partners Making Headway in Rural LTE Push

    21 May 2015, 7:56 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sprint says 16 of the 30 companies who've agreed to participate in its Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program have launched their LTE networks. The Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program is similar to Verizon Wireless' LTE in Rural America initiative. Both…
  • Deutsche Telekom Will Consider 'Any Partner' for T-Mobile

    21 May 2015, 7:44 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Deutsche Telekom executives today indicated they are still weighing the best path forward for T-Mobile US, especially when it comes to improving profitability. "It is our duty to go on improving the return on T-Mobile US," said CEO Tim Hoettges. "If we find a…
  • AT&T Hopes to Score Spectrum from Cellular Properties

    20 May 2015, 4:55 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    AT&T recently filed paperwork with the FCC seeking permission to buy some Cellular A Block and microwave point-to-point spectrum from Cellular Properties Inc. The spectrum in question covers 11 counties and parts of two Cellular Market Areas in Illinois.…
  • Cyanogen Introduces Platform SDK

    20 May 2015, 4:30 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Cyanogen today announced the Cyanogen Platform SDK, a new tool meant to make developing for Cyanogen easier. Cyanogen describes the Platform SDK as an open-source tool that lets developers use existing APIs within CyanogenMod's framework or to create their own…
  • T-Mobile Serving Up Variety of Memorial Day Promos

    20 May 2015, 1:34 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    T-Mobile today announced a handful of device and service promotions that will become available over the holiday weekend. To start, T-Mobile is offering a free memory upgrade to buyers of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. From May 23 through May 25, the 64 GB…
  • Spotify Finesses Auto Playlist Generation, Adds Video

    20 May 2015, 11:45 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Spotify today introduced new features to its streaming music service on the desktop and on mobile devices. The biggest change involves how people discover music and create playlists. A feature called Spotify Now purports to know what listeners want to hear at…
  • Some AT&T Partners to Cease Selling Contracts

    19 May 2015, 5:21 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    AT&T today said some of its retailer partners are going to offer only AT&T Next plans beginning June 1. These retailers, like Walmart, may have national footprints, but the change is only being made in some locations that AT&T would not name. AT&T itself will…
  • ZTE Fanfare Lands On Cricket

    19 May 2015, 4:13 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Cricket Wireless recently added the ZTE Fanfare to its lineup of inexpensive handsets. The Fanfare has a 4.5-inch screen with 854 x 480 pixels. It is protected by Dragontail glass. The Fanfare is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor and…
  • Google Brings Tweets Back to Search

    19 May 2015, 2:11 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today announced that it is adding tweets to search results. Tweets will now appear alongside standard results when users search from, from the Google app on Android and iOS devices, or from any mobile browser. Google believes bringing tweets…
  • Instagram's Layout App Reaches Android

    19 May 2015, 1:40 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Instagram today made its Layout application available to the Android platform. Available to the iPhone since March, Layout makes it easier to assemble collages through custom layouts, easy access to photos containing people, and a handful of tools such as…
  • Apple Delivers First Update to the Apple Watch

    19 May 2015, 1:10 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Apple today made available Watch OS 1.0.1, the first system update for the wearable since its release in April. Apple focused on ridding the Watch of bugs and made a number of performance improvements. For example, Siri should function more consistently and…
  • Microsoft Releases New Office Apps for Android Smartphones

    19 May 2015, 12:52 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today released a preview version of Office for Android smartphones. The latest renditions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint closely match those available to the iPhone. Microsoft said it made a lot of improvements to the apps based on feedback for the…
  • MixRadio Expands to Android and iOS

    19 May 2015, 12:40 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    MixRadio today made its customized radio service available to Android and iOS devices for the first time. Microsoft acquired MixRadio when it purchased Nokia's handset business, but later divested it to a messaging company called Line. Due to its relationship…

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