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Verizon's Breaks Taboo with Lucrative Location Play

July 21, 2014 | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Carriers have long been trying to figure out how best to make use of the massive amounts of data out various cellular-connected devices create. Until now, they haven't really done a good job of what many analysts refer to as digital gold.

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Amazon Fire Phone Different but Not in the Right Way

June 19, 2014 10:20 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Users of high-end smartphones are not going to buy the Fire Phone for a number of reasons but the limited access to Google Play is one big reason power users will stay away. Gesture control and 3D are not enough to sway the power user from an LG G3, an HTC One M8, or a Galaxy S5, all of which cost the same but offer full access to the Google Play store.

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Windows Phone Still Chanting, 'Developers, Developers, Developers!'

June 16, 2014 1:25 pm | by Editor | Comments

With its deep integration of Microsoft's Office software, Windows Phone really does have a chance to make it in the smartphone game, but it absolutely must get developers, both big and hyper-local, behind it and not in the half-hearted manner they are now. It might be argued that Steve Ballmer realized this better than anyone. 

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Amazon Should be the One Moving Its Event

June 10, 2014 10:53 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

If priorities were in the right place, though, it would be Amazon working around T-Mobile’s schedule. Amazon’s (probably) phone will show off some cool tricks but after the show, it’s still just another Android smartphone. Amazon is an interesting player with a strong ecosystem but it won’t become a major disruptor in the smartphone space on day one.

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The Tyranny of Apple’s New Headphone Scheme

June 6, 2014 11:03 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

If the leak about the Lightning Connector headphones is true, and you're an iPhone user, get ready to eventually buy more expensive adaptors along with the additional Lightning Connector cords you've bought since the spec was switched from the 30-pin we'd all come to know and...well, know. 

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iOS’s Walled Garden is Cracking, for Better or for Worse

June 5, 2014 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

My developer friend said if Apple keeps this up, he was hopeful that by iOS 9, he won’t even have to jailbreak. If that feeling even partially resonates through the developer and jailbreaker community, then Apple’s made a huge step toward opening its doors to the outside world. But the inverse effect must be considered. If the hurdles for developers are shrinking, the learning curve for the common end-user might be getting steeper.

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A Note on WEA: When Technology Works

June 3, 2014 9:56 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

WEA is one of those rare instances where a number of players - regulators, government, first responders, carriers - got a lot of moving parts to fit together and the results are truly impressive, to the extent that they could actually save lives. 

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Mozilla, Dropbox Appointments Stir Healthy Debate

April 14, 2014 11:03 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

While I'm not sure that name-calling tactics are necessarily helpful, I am at least encouraged that the public is aware of what's happening in big technology and is active in implementing what appears to be a rough set of checks and balances within that realm.  

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A UV Exposure Sensor is a Killer Feature for Me

April 9, 2014 11:04 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Given my medical scare, you can forgive me for being psyched about the talk of a possible UV exposure sensor in the rumored iWatch. For real, put that thing in any smartwatch, smartshirt, smartshoes, smartpants, I don’t care. I want it. This is the killer mHealth feature for me.

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The Fog of a Price War Is Real in AT&T's New Mobile Share Plans

April 4, 2014 4:35 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

AT&T's new Mobile Share plans are misleading in that they are basically a limited promotion on par with how cable companies offer you an introductory rate, which is then increased at a later date. I'll start out by saying AT&T's new 10GB Mobile Share plans are a good deal: four lines, 10GB of data at $160. 

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BlackBerry’s Split with T-Mobile Doesn’t Look Smart

April 2, 2014 10:55 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

April Fools’ Day is over, right? Technically, news of BlackBerry not renewing T-Mobile’s license to sell its phones came yesterday. But we checked and, it’s real. That means BlackBerry, a once-mighty handset maker that is now barely clinging to life, told the hottest U.S. carrier that it can’t sell BlackBerry devices anymore. This move seems counter-intuitive to say the least.

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Video over LTE in March is Madness

March 21, 2014 3:15 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

On Thursday, I tuned in to the Wisconsin Badger's first game in the NCAA basketball tournament on a Nokia Icon from Verizon. The phone was a review unit, so I didn't watch for long, but I have to admit that I was impressed by the quality of the picture. In fact, I had a little bit of an epiphany around video on mobile. 

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What If the Moto 360 Really Does Change the Game?

March 19, 2014 4:44 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

The Moto 360, the newest smartwatch to enter the arena, is Motorola’s first shot at Google’s new Android Wear OS. And the company made it almost all the way through the 360’s two-minute promo video without using the words “game-changer.” But then, right at the end, BAM. Game. Changed.

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New Wireless Plans Could Mean Billing Nightmare for Customers

March 13, 2014 10:09 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

While competition, especially on price, is undoubtedly a good thing for wireless customers, it could mean major problems when it comes to billing, at least initially. Let's be honest, try as they might, the wireless carriers are failing miserably at creating simple, easy-to-understand plans.

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‘Kill Switch’ Has Merit in Theory More Than in Practice

March 3, 2014 4:29 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

In the rush to push back against that required theft deterrent, it’s important to recognize how effective a threat deterrent it could be. Maybe not in practice, but definitely in theory. If a potential cell phone thief knows that the device will be rendered useless after they snatch it, it really throws the whole risk-reward thing out of balance.

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Hasty ‘Kill Switch’ Legislation Has Flaws

March 3, 2014 3:57 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

The "Smartphone Theft Deterrent Act", a bill that would require OEMs to build 'kill switch' technology into tablets and smartphones, seems like an over-reach to me. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), a co-sponsor of the bill, said in a statement that the legislation would "help put consumers in control of their cell phone data" through a kill switch’...

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