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  • Alcatel to Sell Hero 2+ with Cyanogen In US

    2 March 2015, 11:15 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Alcatel OneTouch today announced the Hero 2+, a phablet running Cyanogen, which is a modified version of Android. The Hero 2+ is a refreshed version of last year's Hero 2. The The Cyanogen 11 operating system is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. It includes…
  • MediaTek Circuit Supports A4WP, PMA, and WPC Charging

    2 March 2015, 9:05 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    MediaTek today announced the MT3188, a multi-mode wireless charging circuit for mobile devices. With the MT3188, handset makers and other OEMs can design devices that support resonant wireless charging and inductive wireless charging thanks to this single,…
  • Intel Shows Off New Atom Processors and LTE Modem

    2 March 2015, 9:00 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Intel today revealed its roadmap for 2015, which includes three new Atom mobile processors called the x3, x5, and x7, in addition to a new LTE modem. The Atom x3 is a system-on-a-chip complete with a modem and is meant for volume devices. There will be…
  • Hands On with Qualcomm's Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner

    2 March 2015, 8:47 am by: Rich Brome

    Qualcomm has invented an entirely new fingerprint-scanning technology to secure your phone, and it's really quite interesting. Now that your phone is your wallet, this is a crucial technology. We met with them to discuss the details, and tried a demo. Read on…
  • Google to Work with Samsung On Mobile Payments

    2 March 2015, 7:56 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google's Sundar Pichai today said that it doesn't see Android Pay and Google Wallet competing with Samsung's recently announced Samsung Pay. Android Pay is an API that will be used by developers across the entire Android ecosystem. Samsung Pay is a complete…
  • Google Says Google-Branded Network to Launch in Months

    2 March 2015, 7:51 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google today said the company will announce Google-branded wireless service at some point in the coming months. The comments were made by Google's Sundar Pichai, who was speaking at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona. Pichai says Google hopes…
  • Jolla's Sailfish OS Gains a Second Edition

    2 March 2015, 5:24 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Jolla today announced Sailfish OS 2.0, which brings a handful of improvements to the smartphone platform. To start, the OS is more compatible with Android applications thanks to a stronger technical core. Further, the platform now supports Intel processors,…
  • Sony Surfaces the Waterproof Xperia M4 Aqua

    2 March 2015, 4:58 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sony today announced the M4 Aqua, a mid-range handset for the active users. The M4 uses Sony's OmniBalance design language and mixes metals, plastics, and tempered glass. The phone is waterproof despite having an open headset jack and microUSB port. Some…
  • Silent Circle Shows Off Blackphone 2, Blackphone Tablet

    2 March 2015, 4:31 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Silent Circle today introduced two new "workhorses of the future." The Blackphone 2 smartphone improves the hardware significantly compared to the first generation Blackphone. It has a 5.5-inch full HD screen protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The device has a…
  • Hands-On: Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640 XL

    2 March 2015, 4:11 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft debuted another pair of mid-range handsets in the long buildup to Windows 10. The Lumia 640 and 640 XL are worthy update to the 635 and 1320, but they leaving us aching for a new flagship from Microsoft.
  • Qualcomm Debuts Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanning Tech

    2 March 2015, 3:27 am by: Rich Brome

    Qualcomm today announced Snapdragon Sense ID, a new fingerprint scanning technology that makes a 3D map of a fingerprint using ultrasonic technology. It's designed to integrate into phone bezels. It works through multiple materials, such as metal or glass.…
  • Lumia 640 XL Offers More for Phablet Lovers

    2 March 2015, 2:55 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today announced the Lumia 640 XL, a larger version of the Lumia 640. The screen is stretched to 5.7 inches, the camera is improved to 13 megapixels, and the battery is slightly bigger, as well. It includes Microsoft's standard set of productivity…
  • Microsoft Demonstrates More Windows 10 Features

    2 March 2015, 2:49 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today revealed more features specific to the smartphone version of Windows 10. For example, Skype integration will return to the native messaging application. The device will expand the number of tools available in the action center from four to 12,…
  • Microsoft Commits to Windows 10 Flagship Later This Year

    2 March 2015, 2:40 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today said it has a range of new Windows 10 handsets prepared for debut later this year, including a new flagship device scheduled for mid-year. Microsoft hasn't released a flagship Lumia phone in over a year.
  • Microsoft Announces the Lumia 640

    2 March 2015, 2:38 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today announced the Lumia 640, a new Windows Phone. It has colorful and interchangeable rear shells. It includes Microsoft's standard set of productivity apps and supports LTE 4G. The 2,500mAh will last all day, says Microsoft. The phone has a 5-inch…
  • Microsoft Pairs with AT&T to Launch Mobile Office Suite

    2 March 2015, 2:35 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today announced the AT&T Mobile Office Suite, a new partnership between the two to help small- and medium-sized businesses manage their devices, data, and productivity. It will be available later this year.
  • Photos to Be Separated from Google+ Under New Boss

    2 March 2015, 2:29 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google has appointed Bradley Horowitz as head of Google’s Photos and Streams products. Google is splitting the Photos product from the main Google+ social network, which is being recognized by Google under the new "Streams" name. The news follows a recent…
  • New Standard Lets Devices Share Hardware Components Over Wi-Fi

    1 March 2015, 7:01 pm by: Rich Brome

    MediaTek today announced CrossMount, a new standard that lets devices such as phones, tablets, PCs, and TVs make specific hardware and/or software components available to other nearby devices via Wi-Fi. One example is your smartphone making its sound output…
  • ZTE Debuts Retina-Scanning Phone Security

    1 March 2015, 6:00 pm by: Rich Brome

    ZTE today announced the Grand S 3, their new flagship phone for China. The most innovative feature of the phone is new technology that uses the front camera to actually scan your retina for security a step above fingerprints, according to the company. It gets…
  • Samsung's Knox Platform Adds More BlackBerry Tools

    1 March 2015, 5:54 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Samsung and BlackBerry today announced that Samsung's Knox enterprise security service will adopt BlackBerry's WorkLife and SecuSUITE services. The WorkLife tool will let Samsung device owners keep their work and personal data separate on the device.…

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