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’...
Apple has lost its grip on tablet dominance, as Gartner today released numbers that show Android was the top tablet operating system in 2014. While sales of iOS tablets grew in the fourth quarter of 2013, iOS's share declined to 36 percent last year, while Android captured 62 percent of the market.
Verizon Monday rolled out new 3G prepaid plans, starting at $35 for basic phones and $45 for smartphones. The new "AllSet" plans start at $45 for 500 MB and unlimited talk and texts. For a limited time, smartphone customers can double their monthly data to 1 GB by enrolling in Auto Pay.
New York officials are set Monday to support a bill that would require smartphone and tablet OEMs to include technology in their products that would let owners delete data from stolen devices and render them useless to thieves. New York Representative Jose Serrano is set Monday...
Legal marijuana is still an immature market but a pair of companies are already partnering up to focus on a mobile payment solution targeted at the cannabis crowd. SinglePoint announced an agreement with Motivity Labs to “enhance existing and design new mobile payment software applications” for the legal marijuana industry.
Freescale Semiconductor today introduced its new VortiQa SDN solutions, which include VortiQa open network (ON) director and switch software, optimized to run on current and future generation Freescale QorIQ multicore communications processors. The software comes with pre-integrated, commercial-grade OpenFlow-compatible data plane software to help OEMs and ODMs start designing optimized SDN system-level solutions.
Dish Network won all 176 licenses available in the FCC’s H Block auction with a combined winning bid of $1.56 billion. Fully 23 qualified bidders vied for 10 MHz of paired spectrum (1915-1920 /1995-2000 MHz) but in the end Dish walked away with it all. The auction closed Thursday, more than a month after it started.
CarPlay leverage's Apple's virtual assistant Siri to give iPhone users a hands-free way to make calls, view maps, listen to music and access message. Users can control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri.
We're in the beginning of a world in which everything is connected to the Internet and with one another, while powerful yet relatively cheap computers analyze all that data for ways to improve lives. Toothbrushes tell your mirror to remind you to floss. Basketball jerseys detect impending heart failure and call the ambulance for you.
Apple CEO Tim Cook struck a familiar refrain during Apple's annual shareholder meeting at the company's Cupertino, Calif. headquarters. Cook promised that Apple Inc. is working on new gadgets that will expand the company's product line-up beyond smartphones, tablets, music players and personal computers without divulging any details.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Drivers in California can legally read a map on their hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel, a state appeals court ruled Thursday. The 5th District Court of Appeal reversed the case of a Fresno man who was ticketed in January 2012 for looking at a map on his iPhone 4 while stuck in traffic. The driver, Steven Spriggs, challenged the $165 fine.
AT&T today announced plans for network technology trials in parts of Florida and Alabama. The carrier will be testing out all-IP network technology in the areas. The FCC will be monitoring the tests in an effort to determine if legacy copper wire networks can be decommissioned in favor of wireless and IP-based communications, according to a Bloomberg report.
Hampton & Associates, the parent company of the credit card comparison website LowCards.com, has introduced a new website, SaveOnPhone.com, that will help consumers make an informed decision about their cell phone plans. SaveOnPhone.com tracks the major wireless carriers as well as these new discount carriers. The site places them all on one page so consumers can compare all the plans.
This week a Time profile revealed that Google’s modular handset initiative, Project Ara, could yield a $50 smartphone within a year or so. In this recent video update, project head Paul Eremenko and others involved talk about the direction in which Project Ara is heading. We’re still far from owning a modular handset but, considering the success of the Lego Movie, people could be in the mood for building their own smartphones.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — In the early days, you typed in a domain name address to reach a website. Then came the ability to reach websites directly through a search engine. The mobile era brought us phone apps for accessing services without either.
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple stockholders will get a chance to grill CEO Tim Cook about the company's product strategy, acquisition plans and money management at the iPhone maker's annual meeting. Friday's gathering, scheduled to start at 9 a.m. PST, isn't expected to be as dramatic as it was shaping up to be until recently.
My son picked up the my phone the other day and commented that he liked the case I was using. It's not as bulky as some of the other ones, he told me. I agreed with him that the Incipio CashWrap on my iPhone 5 has a nice feel. But beyond being a nice case, it also allows...
The H Block Auction (Auction 96), the FCC’s first major spectrum sale in more than five years, is officially closed. The 10 MHz of paired spectrum in the 1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz bands was broken into 176 licenses, one for each Economic Area (EA). The auction took in a little more than $1.56 billion, the reserve price the FCC set for the auction.
Windows Phone is growing globally faster than the rest of the pack, according to a new Kantar Worldpanel. The report points out that Windows Phone has passed up iOS in Italy, moved into a close second in Germany and slid back into third place in the UK.
Google washed its hands of Motorola and handset hardware in general but Project Ara, the company’s modular phone effort, is still in the works and could produce a $50 smartphone by next year. That entry-level Ara device would feature only Wi-Fi, forgoing a cellular connection to drive down cost, according to TIME. But because of the device’s modular design, upgrades would be available via self-service channels.
A look at some little-known systems at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, this week -- Many of them aren't even available in the U.S., although they may not be replacing an Android or iOS phone, some of these alternative phones have impressive features.
Mavenir Systems today announced that its Session Border Controller (SBC) was selected by T-Mobile Netherlands for IP Voice Interconnect. Mavenir’s next generation SBC is specifically designed for wireless applications and provides the full suite of standards-defined wireless functions needed to launch next generation solutions and services, which T-Mobile plans to commercially launch starting in 2014.
Many people use their smartphones to watch video, play games and wake them up in the morning. Some even use them to generate digital boarding passes to fly. So why not use phones to buy stuff at retail stores as well? A variety of mobile wallet systems store credit or debit card information on phones in encrypted form...
Eurotech, a leading supplier of embedded technologies, products and systems, today announces the ReliaCELL, a rugged, mountable cellular adapter designed to integrate with the Internet of Things (IoT), M2M and enterprise appliances for fast and highly-reliable cellular connectivity.
The company Wednesday launched the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, which seeks to facillitate the creation of mobile consumer and business apps powered by Watson. Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM, made the announcement during a keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.