AT&T is using a new LTE-Advanced technique called carrier aggregation, which splices two 4G transmissions together to create a fatter mobile broadband pipe. The Galaxy S5 will be one of the first devices to access it. Read more »
Thanks to its camera, Google Glass can see the world around it. And with Emotient’s software, Glass can even read the emotions of people, offering real-time data that could be useful in education, retail and other market segments. Read more »
The German giant has definitely realized that, when it comes to the threat of services running over its data networks, it’s better to join up with them than try to beat them. Read more »
Motorola’s Touchless Control software gained a new trick on the Moto X and Verizon Droid phones: You can now say “OK Google Now, what’s up?” to hear a quick summary of your unread notifications. Read more »
Apple will receive nearly one billion dollars in damages, but failed to win a permanent injunction against a number of Samsung devices. Read more »
HTC took the wraps off of its first Mediatek-powered smartphone, and a new leak of the new HTC One shows off the handset’s dual rear cameras. Read more »
Move over Snapchat or Secret, there’s a new social app that wants to combine ephemeral chat with anonymity. Banter is a new app from the creator of iChat. Read more »
The move brings Opera in line with the other two big WebRTC-supporting browsers, Chrome and Firefox, which both already support the promising protocol in their Android versions. Read more »
Wello slips onto your iPhone and reads a number of your vital signs including blood pressure, heart rate and temperature. Read more »
Mystery mobile payments startup Clinkle lands Twitter’s former Principal Designer Josh Brewer. He joins a growing list of top tier talent joining a startup that has yet to announce a product. Read more »
Industry sources suggest TSMC is already producing Apple’s chips for the next iPhone. It’s possible that this is just a test run but the timing makes sense as Apple has reportedly been looking to move some of its chip-making business away from Samsung. Read more »
Connected devices need to connect to more than just the internet, they need to connect to each other. And while an open API can help, popularity is more likely to result in that next level of connectivity. Read more »
In what came as a little surprise, Dish Network has walked away with every one of the 176 spectrum licenses the Federal Communications Commission auctioned off in the PCS band last month, according to FCC documentation (pdf). And given that every other major carrier declined to participate, Dish walked away with those airwaves at the minimum reserve price of $1.56 billion. Dish now owns 10 MHz nationwide of the same airwaves carriers use in their 2G and 3G networks. It plans to couple those frequencies with the mobile broadband spectrum it owns in the neighboring satellite band to build its LTE network.
After BlackBerry’s CEO expressed outrage over a T-Mobile promotion to get BlackBerry owners on iPhones, the carrier offered a new promo offering more cash to BlackBerry owners. Most took a lesser deal and ditched their BlackBerry. Read more »
Google announced a Gmail for iOS update on Wednesday that should virtually eliminate manually refreshing your Inbox on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The software now supports background refreshing so messages are pre-fetched and synchronized. Users will have to enable the background refresh function after updating the app, which can be found in the iTunes App Store. Apple notes that enabling background refresh for an application can impact battery life, so you’ll need to consider if the constant mail syncing is worth it compared to the manual or scheduled refreshing of your Inbox in Gmail for iOS.
Not much has changed in the pecking order of U.S. mobile networks since last year, according to Root. But there was a lot of network upgrade activity in recent months not necessarily reflected in the results. Read more »
Tests show that Samsung devices running Android 4.4 KitKat no longer run code to boost their benchmark scores. Read more »
More than one out of two people browsing the web in North America on an Android device do so on on a Samsung. The company picked up usage share according to Chitika, while HTC and Motorola declined. Read more »
Capitalizing on the growing angst over privacy in today’s surveillance state, virtual operator FreedomPop has started selling a smartphone that routes all data traffic over a secure VPN and uses 128-bit encryption for VoIP calls and IP messaging. The device, which FreedomPop has dubbed the “Snowden Phone,” is actually a Samsung Galaxy S2 loaded with security software from Private Communications Corporation, which FreedomPop is pairing with a 500 MB, unlimited talk and text plan for $10 a month. Customers can change phone numbers as often as they like and even pay for the phone and service anonymously with Bitcoin.
Flipboard, a leading mobile news-reading and content-sharing app, is acquiring one of its main competitors — an app called Zite — from CNN for a reported $60 million and forming an advertising and content partnership with CNN for all of the media giant’s content Read more »
The Mophie Space Pack isn’t perfect, but it’s the most useful iPhone case I’ve ever tested. Read more »
Twitch’s latest SDK allows users to livestream plays of their favorite mobile games. Read more »
Competition is heating up in the larger Chromebook space. Toshiba’s Chromebook 13 gets reviewed and next month, Samsung’s Chromebook 2 arrives; both have large displays. And Chrome for Android gains a hidden new Chromecast trick: we tell you how to enable it. Read more »
The company, which boasts 20 million active monthly users, now has a mobile app that lets users transfer up to 10GB in pictures and videos. Read more »
More than two years after making its debut on Android and iOS, the Facebook Messenger app is now available for Windows Phone. Although Windows Phone already has built-in support for Facebook messaging, the dedicated app adds features like group chat, location sharing, picture messaging and stickers. It’s still missing some features from its iOS and Android counterparts, though, like voice messaging. Still, it’s another positive step toward closing the app gap between Windows Phone and the competition.
Looking for a 13.3 inch Chromebook? At the moment, you have one and only one option: Toshiba’s Chromebook 13. For $299 or less, you get a solid performer with decent battery life but I hope you like plastic. Read more »
Didn’t get enough of the Samsung Galaxy S5 last week? No worries as Samsung shared a detailed look at the new phone today, showing a refined, simpler experience combined with new, useful features. Read more »
A new app lets you fight parking tickets right from your iPhone. Read more »
A Belgian magistrate has mulled blocking Apple’s websites there, according to local reports on Tuesday, as spotted by Tech.eu. This was as a result of the still-ongoing kerfuffle over Apple and warranties – although EU law says consumer goods should automatically come with a two-year warranty, and although Apple acknowledges as much on a webpage, the firm still advertises its gadgets as being covered by a one-year warranty and tries to upsell customers to a two-year AppleCare plan. The reports suggest the magistrate may have realized blocking Apple’s sites would mess with iTunes and other services, so is still considering his next move.
Everyone is trying to be a platform company these days, but in this weeks podcast we explore the challenges affiliated with building a business around integrating various APIs and the need for a magical user experience. Read more »
CarPlay will be one of many smartphone frameworks running in cars, and it’s not meant to replace the automakers’ infotainment systems, but augment them. The danger is that CarPlay could overshadow everything else in the dash. Read more »
Google officially supports multiple sign-in on most of its products, but it’s not consistent across services. A new feature in the Chrome OS Developer channel aims to fix that. Here’s what it looks like and how to get it. Read more »
Samsung is hoping to entice potential buyers with free subscriptions for everything from Box to the Wall Street Journal. Read more »
Verizon is launching a new prepaid pricing structure called Allset that lets you buy data allotments that carry over into subsequent months. It’s not ideal, but it’s better way to buy data than the monthly bucket. Read more »
It’s a first for Android: In 2013, more tablets running Google’s software were sold than those running Apple iOS. How much does that matter? Likely little in the short term based on the smartphone market where Android also has the market share crown. Read more »
How might Samsung’s Chromebook 2 stand out from the crowd of Chrome OS laptops? A 1920 x 1080 resolution display would help and that’s apparently what the larger 13.3-inch model will have. Read more »
This 12-minute video provides a seemingly legit first look at the new HTC One. Read more »
Microsoft’s Windows Phone personal assistant is sounding much like Siri and Google Now. Cortana is the current name and the intelligent software will be able to scan your email to provide useful, contextual information. Will users accept that or complain about privacy? Read more »
Apple is said to be hiring engineers from rival companies like HTC to develop more products and speed up launches. Read more »