GoTenna’s little baton can connect your iPhone or Android smartphone into any other goTenna-enabled smartphone even where there’s no cellular network for miles. Read more »
LG’s new mid-range phone keeps the look and feel of the G3, but swaps in a lower-resolution screen and a slower processor. Read more »
Amid 18,000 job cuts and the elimination of Android-powered handsets, Microsoft is also putting two other Nokia product-lines out to pasture. The Verge received an internal memo written by Microsoft’s Jo Harlow, who leads the new Smart Devices and Mobile Phones group, with the news: Nokia’s Series 40 and Asha handsets will be no more, with both products joining the Nokia X Android phone in an 18-month maintenance mode. That means the low-cost handset market will become more important for Windows Phone as that’s where these products are aimed: $50 or less. The company isn’t out of top-drawer handset ideas though: The memo says to watch for “other high-end products that we will be announcing very soon.”
MyRoll, a photo gallery app which used to be called Flayvr, predicts which photos you’re most likely to find interesting and highlights them. Read more »
Depending on how you define Microsoft’s new “core” areas, employees in Qi Lu’s or Scott Guthrie’s groups are relatively safe. Those working on Windows client stuff? Maybe not. Read more »
Microsoft recognizes the fastest growing smartphone segment is the low-cost market. In a note to employees, Stephen Elop reiterated that with renewed focus on markets where Microsoft is already succeeding. It’s a better play than focusing on the high-end, established markets. Read more »
When Microsoft purchased Nokia it became a Android hardware manufacturer through the Nokia X line. But soon Microsoft will shift those devices to Windows Phone and the Lumia brand. Read more »
Wow. Just wow. The long-reported Microsoft job cuts are here and they are deeper than expected. Microsoft will eliminate 18,000 jobs over the next year and consolidate its phone efforts. Read more »
Self-driving cars could be used as automated getaway drivers in criminal plots, according to the FBI. Sure, driverless cars could be used for crime. But so can Microsoft Excel. Read more »
New details on Google’s emerging market-focused Android One program point to a push in India with a massive advertising budget. Read more »
Has Google’s Android Wear pushed the smartwatch market forward? After using a Gear Live for several weeks, I’d say yes but that doesn’t mean everyone will rush out and buy an Android Wear smartwatch; it’s convenient but not a necessity. Read more »
iPhone and iPad users can now cast directly from the Chrome browser on their mobile devices — if they can find a website supporting it, that is. Read more »
Sprint and T-Mobile may be forced to bid independently in next year’s spectrum incentive auction only to find themselves part of the same combined carrier shortly thereafter. A bidding joint venture might solve that problem. Read more »
Samsung’s newest headphone line is meant to go up against Beats in the growing premium audio market. Read more »
Wilocity has dominated the still tiny WiGig chip market so far, but Nitero is bringing its first radio silicon to market, and it’s targeted directly at the smartphone. Read more »
BlackBerry hasn’t given up any chance of a mobile device comeback: It will soon offer the square-screened Passport phone along with a BlackBerry Assistant app similar to other voice-activated digital assistant apps on competing platforms. Read more »
Google Play accounted for 60% more app downloads last quarter than iOS, according to a new report. Read more »
Apple devices are flooding the enterprise anyway. Now businesses — IBM accounts anyway — can get help making sure they work well with others once inside. Read more »
That Dell Chromebook 11 for education is pretty popular, and not just in schools. That sounds good, right? But there’s a problem for you (and Microsoft) if you want this Chromebook, which is one of my current favorites. Read more »
Are the U.S. handset price wars about to start now that subsidies and contracts are on the way out? Take the Luma 635, for example: AT&T will start selling it to customers on August 8 for $139.99 or $29 less than T-Mobile’s full retail price. Read more »
Deutsche Telekom has its own German cloud storage service, TelekomCloud, so it’s no surprise to see its big Dropbox partnership exclude the carrier’s home turf. Read more »
FiftyThree, the U.S. startup that produces the designer-friendly drawing app Paper, has now brought out the accompanying Pencil stylus in Europe, 8 months after it was released in North America. Pencil connects with the user’s iPad via Bluetooth to enable features like palm rejection, finger blending and switching to the erase function without needing to change tools in the app. Variable surface pressure will be added with the upcoming release of iOS 8. In the U.K., the graphite version of Pencil is priced at £49.99 ($85.64) and the walnut version at £64.99 ($111.34).
Samsung is in talks to buy smart home hub startup SmartThings in a deal valued at $200 million. If so, this is a win for both companies. Read more »
As expected, Verizon added LTE service for its Allset prepaid plans on Tuesday. Previously, Verizon’s prepaid customers were stuck with sluggish data from its CDMA network. Prices are staying the same as before: the base plan, which includes unlimited calls, texts, and 500MB of mobile data, costs $45 and you get the option to add 1GB and 3GB blocks of rollover data. LTE speeds will require an LTE-capable device, and you can either bring your own or purchase one from Verizon. If you’ve got an XLTE-capable device, you can take advantage of the added speeds from Verizon’s new LTE network as well.
The CEO who turned around Ford can only help Google as it dives deeper into the automotive industry with its driverless vehicle and Android Automotive projects. Read more »
Data is the gold that’s luring businesses to the internet of things and connected home. Consumers benefit, but absent a conversation about rights and appropriate uses of data we may give up more than we realize. Read more »
Instead of buying a double-capacity battery for your Galaxy S5, why not make use of the existing battery by stacking another one on top of it? That’s exactly what the Unity Battery Case from Unu does. Read more »
Given the usual strategy for OTT communications apps is to grow big and then sell out to an internet giant, Line’s plan to go independent runs counter to the market. Read more »
Google’s Chromecast website is now listing more than 400 apps and counting that are capable of casting content to the TV screen. Read more »
Looking to get your hands on a Project Ara prototype? Google has opened up applications for its Ara developer’s program — but be warned, it won’t be easy to get one of the first modular phone prototypes available outside of Mountain View. According to an email sent on Monday to Ara developers informing them of the application page, Google will “prioritize requests based on technical experience and the strength of your module concept.” The first batch of dev boards, with three board options, will ship in late July. If you’d like to be in that group, you’ll need to get your application in by Wednesday. For non-developers, Google is aiming for a early 2015 commercial release.
Half of the world’s mobile carriers are exempting at least one app from data charges, according to Allot. More often than not, that app is Facebook. The subsidized mobile internet is becoming a key carrier draw. Read more »
The wait for Windows Phone 8.1 and all of its improvements is over now that Microsoft has started to roll the software out around the world. Also included is the Lumia Cyan update with Nokia-specific features. Read more »
Google will deactivate links on smartphone searches that go to flash-heavy websites. Read more »
Iron Man couldn’t save smartphone sales and he couldn’t save the jobs of two key HTC executives, either. The company’s CMO and Engineering head are both out of the picture, leaving the company with some big gaps to fill. Read more »
Hit an Apple Store in Japan and you can digitally purchase in-store credits for all things Apple. The new program, called iTunes Pass, could hint at Apples larger mobile payment ambitions. Read more »
Mediatek makes a lot of chips for inexpensive Android smartphones, but its latest system on a chip has features commonly associated with more cutting-edge mobile chips. Read more »
Kosta Grammatis, who believes broadband is a fundamental human right that should be available to everyone, has a new startup and business model. The startup, Oluvus, buys bandwidth from an undisclosed telco and then offers free mobile phone service to the U.S. The hope is that people will shell out for extra services and fund broadband services for other parts of the world. The model reminds me of Toms Shoes, where each purchased pair of shoes pays for a pair for a needy child. Whether or not Grammatis succeeds, the Wired article detailing his efforts and failures is worth a read.
The agreement will make it easier for companies using Thinfilm’s NFC barcodes and sensor-equipped labels on their products to manage the data flowing from those items, through Evrythng’s identity management platform. Read more »
This week we are all about internet of things standards and certifications as we welcome the head of the AllSeen Alliance to the show and discuss a new radio certification introduced by Samsung, Nest, ARM and others. Read more »
That didn’t take too long: Star Trek fans with Android Wear smartwatches can already download and install a free watchface based on the fictional LCARS computer interface of the U.S.S. Enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Daniele Bonaldo created and uploaded the “Starwatch” app to Google Play on Monday night, announcing the custom design on his Google+ page. The watch face displays the time, date and — just for kicks — the Unix Epoch, which is the total number of seconds (not counting leap seconds, of course!) since 0:00:00 Coordinated Universal Time on January 1, 1970.