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Verizon's Shammo Outlines Risks of EDGE Program

March 10, 2014 11:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Device financing programs are all the rage these days, but they aren't with out their risks. Verizon CFO Fran expects to see more device upgrades this year, especially as users take advantage of the company's new EDGE program, which allows users to upgrade as often as every 30 days. 

Google Exec Promises Wearables SDK for Developers

March 10, 2014 10:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google is hoping a new Software Development Kit (SDK) will help facilitate the development of wearable hardware and applications that can run on that hardware. Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome & apps for Google, made the announcement during a talk Saturday at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

Verizon 'AllSet' with New 3G Prepaid Plans

March 3, 2014 1:03 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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.

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New York Gets Behind 'Kill Switch' Bill

March 3, 2014 10:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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...

Apple Takes Siri to Automobiles with CarPlay

March 3, 2014 9:30 am | News | Comments

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.

MWC Wrap: Connecting Everything

March 3, 2014 9:10 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

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 Teases New Product Categories

February 28, 2014 5:04 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

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.

Review: CashWrap Case No Replacement for iPhone's Lack of NFC

February 27, 2014 3:38 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

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...

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MWC Highlights Innovation Beyond iOS and Android

February 27, 2014 10:27 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

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.

Smartphone Fingerprint Security Convenient, but Not Flawless

February 26, 2014 8:56 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone will be at least the third to have a fingerprint sensor for security but it's alone in letting you use that for general shopping, thanks to a partnership with PayPal. The sensor brings convenience for entering passcodes and could encourage more people to lock their phones. 

MWC: BlackBerry Launches 2 New Phones, Upgrades Services

February 25, 2014 9:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry Tuesday unveiled a pair of new handsets, one of which is in keeping with CEO John Chen's committment to addressing emerging markets. The Canadian OEM unveiled a successor to the Q10, the BlackBerry Q20, which features...

MWC: Phone Makers Look to Emerging Markets for Growth

February 25, 2014 9:22 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Companies from Facebook to Firefox are looking to emerging markets for the next few billion people. They are not only targeting the obvious high-population countries such as India and China, but also see potential in Latin America, Africa and just about everywhere beyond the U.S., Canada, western Europe and a few Asian nations.

MWC: U.S. Wireless Landscape Changes as Carriers Forego Subsidies

February 24, 2014 2:27 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

How's this for gall? Take away hundreds of dollars in subsidies that cellphone customers have enjoyed for years. Then pass it off as an improvement. The major U.S. wireless companies are doing just that. And many of their customers seem to like it.

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MWC: HTC Looks to Crowd Source Android Phones, Solve Problems

February 24, 2014 1:06 pm | Videos | Comments

HTC is launching an inititive that aims to crowd source Android phones in an effort to solve various problems, ranging from the curing of diseases to facilitating the search for Extra Terrestrials.  Check out this video for more on just exactly how HTC would like to use your Android phone for the greater good. 

MWC: Sony Launches Xperia Phone with Ultra-HD Video Recording

February 24, 2014 10:16 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony is borrowing innovations from its audio and camcorder businesses and incorporating its new Xperia Z2 smartphone with noise-cancelling technology and ultra-high-definition video recording. Noise cancellation works with an in-ear headset sold separately for $82, while the Z2's built-in camera can capture...

MWC: Mozilla Courts Developers with New Firefox OS Tools and Devices

February 24, 2014 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Following on a busy Mobile World Congress last year, Mozilla is again showcasing the evolution of its Firefox OS in Barcelona.  The company has announced a 4.5-inch dual-core reference phone, as well as a number of new tools for developers to create and test their designs for the Web-based mobile platform.

WhatsApp Deal Highlights Suite of Similar Apps

February 20, 2014 9:48 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook's announcement it is paying $19 billion in cash and stock to acquire WhatsApp is a milestone in the short history of mobile messaging apps. Hundreds of millions of people have downloaded such apps to their smartphones and tablets to chat and share photos and videos for free, making them potent rivals to Facebook.

Stores Can See Where You Go by Tracking Your Phone

February 20, 2014 9:44 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Retailers are using mobile-based technology to track shoppers' movements at some malls and stores. The companies collecting the information say it's anonymous, can't be traced to a specific person and no one should worry about invasion of privacy. But consumer advocates aren't convinced. 

Review: LoopWallet Bests NFC Alternatives, at Least for Now

February 19, 2014 2:22 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

The introduction of any new technology is almost always fraught with quirks and rough edges. When VHS and BetaMax first came out, snarled tape and long rewind times were to be expected. When CDs were first released, skipping on the new players was par for the course. Such is the case with mobile payments. 

'Candy' Crush Saga' App Maker King Digital Plans IPO

February 18, 2014 9:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of the blockbuster mobile game "Candy Crush Saga" will attempt to raise as much as $500 million in an initial public offering. King Digital Entertainment PLC, which also makes the game "Pet Rescue Saga," did not disclose how many shares are expected to be in the IPO or the projected price range.

Lenovo Profits Rise 30% on Smartphone Growth

February 13, 2014 10:48 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Computer maker Lenovo Group reported Thursday that quarterly profit rose 30 percent to a record high on strong smartphone sales and said its acquisition of the Motorola Mobility smartphone business will accelerate its global expansion. Profit for the three months ended Dec. 31 was $265 million...

2014 Connected Device Production to Hit 6 Billion

February 13, 2014 9:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

More and more devices in production will include internet connectivity, according to a new report from IHS iSuppli. The research firm forecasts the connected device market to surpass 6 billion in 2014. IHS estimates worldwide production of connected equipment will amount to 6.18 billion units this year, up 6 percent from 5.82 billion in 2013.

SanDisk Rolls out Dual USB Drive for Smartphone Storage, Backup

February 11, 2014 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

SanDisk on Tuesday annoucned a new dual-USB drive that it says is designed to transfer and backup content between mobile devices and computers. According to a press release, the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive is designed for Android smartphones and tablets and allows users to move content such as photos and videos from their mobile devices.

Bye Bye Birdie: Flappy Bird Creator Pulls App from App Store

February 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Tran Van Minh, Associated Press | News | Comments

The young Vietnamese creator of hit mobile game Flappy Bird has removed it from the App Store and Google Play saying it ruined his life. The game which was uploaded in 2013 but only surged to the top in downloads earlier this year was removed early Monday.

Review: NBC Successful in Bringing Games to Mobile

February 7, 2014 11:05 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Although NBC has scaled back on a few fronts compared with previous years —and still refuses to show the opening ceremonies live — things have improved considerably since 2000, when online "video" meant still images grabbed from NBC's video feeds.

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