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Essential Phone Preorders Finally Get A Shipping Date

August 17, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Essential Phone Preorders Finally Get A Shipping Date

That new Essential Phone that consumers have been anxiously awaiting? Essential has promised preorders will start shipping within a week. The announcement, sent via email to customers who’ve pre-ordered the device, promises the device will ship within seven days after payment is received. It’s been a rocky road for the Essential PH-1, as it’s officially known, with the company missing its original shipping target. Essential announced on May 30 it would ship within 30 days, but... 

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Verizon, Others Push For Greater Cell Phone Records Privacy

August 16, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Verizon, Others Push For Greater Cell Phone Records Privacy

More than a dozen high technology giants and the biggest wireless carrier in the United States, Verizon Communications Inc, have called on the U.S. Supreme Court to make it harder for government officials to access individuals’ sensitive cell phone data. The companies filed a 44-page brief with the court on Monday night in a high-profile dispute over whether police should have to get a warrant before obtaining data that could reveal a cell phone user’s whereabouts. Signed by some of Silicon... 

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Researchers Create Battery-Free Mobile Phone

August 16, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Researchers Create Battery-Free Mobile Phone

Researchers have emerged from their smoke-filled labs with a prototype of a battery-free mobile phone. The phone is the work of a group of researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle and works by harvesting tiny amounts of power from radio signals, known as radio frequency or ‘RF’ waves. Team member Vamsi Talla told Reuters that ambient RF waves are all around us so, as an example, your FM station broadcasts radio waves,TV stations, mobile phone towers. They all are transmitting... 

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T-Mobile Launching Its Own Branded Smartphone

August 10, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Launching Its Own Branded Smartphone

In a jump back in time when carriers differentiated themselves by branding and selling exclusive phones, T-Mobile confirmed Wednesday that it’s launching its very own budget Android phone called the Revvl. The Revvl, which runs on Android Nougat, offers pretty basic specs: a 5.5 inch HD display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. But it also throws in a fingerprint sensor and will cost T-Mobile customers just $5 a month with no... 

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T-Mobile Touts Phone Plan For Senior Citizens

August 8, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Touts Phone Plan For Senior Citizens

Over the last several years, T-Mobile has transformed itself into the rebel “un-carrier” attempting to woo a younger, hipper crowd. Now, it’s going after their parents and grandparents. The nation’s third-largest carrier on Monday introduced a new rate plan specifically designed for consumers who are 55 and older. The plan, which includes unlimited data, voice and text messages, costs $50 a month for an individual line and $60 for a couple. Like other T-Mobile One plans,... 

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Apple Watch Cellular Edition Coming This Year

August 7, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Apple Watch Cellular Edition Coming This Year

Like most smartwatches, the Apple Watch must be connected to a mobile phone to use most apps. But according to a new Bloomberg report, that could change by the end of the year. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that Apple is planning a new version of the Apple Watch, one with its own LTE cellular data connection, by the end of 2017. Gurman has a solid track record for Apple leaks. The report isn’t completely clear about which cellular carriers would offer the Watch, though Apple... 

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LG’s New Smartphone To Debut OLED Display

August 4, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
LG’s New Smartphone To Debut OLED Display

LG’s next flagship smartphone, rumored to be the V30, will mark the electronic’s giant first OLED phone since 2015. Announced August 3 in Seoul, South Korea, the phone will come with a 6-inch screen, but unlike the company’s previous OLED phone, the LG G Flex 2, it will not be flexible. “Expertise in OLED has long been a core competency of LG, and the technology has always been seen as a potential value-add for smartphones,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics... 

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Amazon Halts Sales Of Blu Phones Over Privacy Concerns

August 3, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Amazon Halts Sales Of Blu Phones Over Privacy Concerns

Amazon has halted sales of budget phone maker Blu devices. The online retailing giant told CNET that it was suspending sales of phones from Blu, known for making ultra-cheap Android handsets, due to a “potential security issue.” The move comes after security firm Kryptowire demonstrated last week how software in Blu’s phones collected data and sent it to servers in China without alerting people. Blu defended the software, created by a Chinese company called Shanghai Adups Technology,... 

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Sprint Hints At Impending Merger

August 3, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Hints At Impending Merger

Sprint Corp shares have been creeping up after its chief executive said an announcement on merger talks should come in the “near future” and the company reported a quarterly profit for the first time in three years. The No. 4 U.S. wireless carrier, majority owned by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp, is exploring options including a merger with rival carrier T-Mobile US Inc  as well as a tie-up with cable provider Charter Communications Inc. It is also in the middle of a turnaround... 

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Sprint Showing Signs Of Life, Subscriber Growth

August 2, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Showing Signs Of Life, Subscriber Growth

Sprint Corp managed to generate a quarterly profit for the first time in three years as the No. 4 U.S. wireless carrier slashed costs and added subscribers. Shares rose 3.3 percent to $8.24 in premarket trading. Sprint said it cut expenses by about $370 million in the quarter and that it expects an additional $1.3 billion to $1.5 billion of year-over-year reductions in fiscal 2017. The company, majority owned by Japan’s SoftBank Corp, said net income was $206 million, or 5 cents per share... 

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Charter Communications Squash Sprint Acquisition Rumors

August 1, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Charter Communications Squash Sprint Acquisition Rumors

U.S. cable operator Charter Communications Inc has denied interest in buying U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Corp, leaving the latter’s majority owner, SoftBank Group Corp, pondering how to orchestrate a merger. A merger of Charter and Sprint would create a telecommunications powerhouse, providing a one-stop shop for customers looking for internet and mobile phone services, and giving the combined company a stronger footing in creating the infrastructure required for so-called 5G wireless technology. SoftBank... 

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Will Apple Drop Samsung

July 31, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Will Apple Drop Samsung

The iPhone 8 is expected to be the iPhone with an OLED display and that will be using Samsung’s finest. But a report mill suggests that the inner circle of the Apple cult is worried about being dependant on Samsung and wants to create its own OLED panels. ET News  -South Korea – reports the company has already acquired some chemical vapour deposition (CVD) machines that’ll play a role in OLED production. Apple will need a major supply of OLED panels and it will have a year to do... 

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PayPal Teams With Baidu On Mobile Wallet Payments Service

July 28, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
PayPal Teams With Baidu On Mobile Wallet Payments Service

There are over 1.3 billion potental new customers in China, and PayPal wants a piece of the market. The king of digital payments has teamed up with Chinese search giant Baidu to bring Chinese online shoppers to PayPal’s 17 million international e-commerce sites. They’ll be able to pay with local mobile payment service Baidu Wallet, the companies said in a statement today. The payoff is big for PayPal’s global merchants, who will tap the lucrative Chinese market and the 100... 

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eBay Developing Shopping By Picture App

July 28, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
eBay Developing Shopping By Picture App

In the near future eBay will allow consumers to shop on its app by snapping pictures. The e-commerce company announced that it is developing two new image recognition tools for its mobile app. They’ll only be available in the US and are set for release this fall, with a desktop version arriving later. The first feature, simply called Image Search, will let you take a photo of a pair of sneakers or a handbag (or an existing photo in your phone’s library) and use it to search eBay to... 

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Verizon Wireless Still Best Performing Network, According to RootMetric

July 27, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Wireless Still Best Performing Network, According to RootMetric

The resurgence of unlimited data plans from the nation’s big four mobile operators hasn’t hurt network performance, according to the latest report from RootMetrics. For the first half of 2017, the testing firm reports that all four major wireless carriers improved their median network speeds in at least 20 markets. AT&T improved in 51 metro markets, while T-Mobile saw improvement in 73 markets. Sprint also continued to see big improvements in performance. The companies all improved... 

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