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  • Qualcomm Must Pay BlackBerry $940M to Settle Royalty Spat

    Fri 3:36pm By Eric M. Zeman
    BlackBerry today announced the final award in an arbitration case between it and Qualcomm that was tentatively settled in April. Qualcomm must repay BlackBerry of a total amount of $940 million, including interest and attorneys' fees -- a number that's $125…
  • Review: LG K20 V for Verizon Wireless

    Fri 3:15pm By Eric M. Zeman
    The LG K20 V is one of the least expensive Android smartphones available from Verizon Wireless. This low-cost handset features basics such as a 5.3-inch 720p screen and entry-level Snapdragon 435 processor from Qualcomm. Things that set it apart include a good…
  • T-Mobile Last Major US Carrier to Offer Kyocera DuraForce Pro

    Fri 9:13am By Eric M. Zeman
    T-Mobile today added the Kyocera DuraForce Pro to its roster of Android handsets. The phone has been available to AT&T and Sprint customers since last year, and to Verizon customers since January. The DuraForce Pro includes a 5-inch full HD screen,…
  • Facebook to Make Its Instant Articles Compatible with Google, Apple Formats

    Fri 8:44am By Eric M. Zeman
    Facebook wants content to be more readable across the web and took steps this week toward that goal by tweaking the SDK for its Instant Articles. Facebook's Instant Articles give publishers a way to streamline content for consumption on mobile devices, but…
  • Kodak Ektra Improves Camera and Lowers Price As It Makes US Debut

    Fri 8:20am By Eric M. Zeman
    Eastman Kodak and Bullitt Group this week launched the Ektra smartphone in the U.S. The handset was first announced in October 2016. Bullitt Group, which manufactures the Ektra, is the company behind other brand-name handsets, such as CAT. The Kodak Ektra is a…
  • OnePlus Signals 'Last Call' for 3T Ahead of OnePlus 5 Debut

    Thu 4:57pm By Eric M. Zeman
    OnePlus today took to its blog to say the OnePlus 3T has reached the end of its production run. The phone is still on sale, but will only be available until current stock runs dry. After that, the phone will no longer be sold by OnePlus or its partners. The…
  • Instagram's Direct Messages Now Support Landscape Video

    Thu 12:13pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Instagram today updated its private messaging tool, making it easier to share certain types of videos. Moving forward, people sending permanent pictures or movies to friends won't have to crop them before sending. Instagram's Direct messaging function supports…
  • T-Mobile Digits Lets You Call or Text from a Phone, Tablet, PC

    Thu 8:39am By Eric M. Zeman
    T-Mobile said it Digits service, first announced last year, will go live May 31. Digits allows customers to use the same phone number across multiple devices, or multiple numbers on a single device. The service operates over LTE and works with most connected…
  • Google Photos Adds Archiving Tool to Hide Sensitive Pix

    Wed 4:32pm By Eric M. Zeman
    The latest version of Google Photos makes it possible to archive photos for safe, out-of-sight keeping. The tool was added to Google Photos 2.15 for Android devices, though it is not yet available to iOS devices or on the web. The archiving tool now appears…
  • Consumer Cellular Picks Up the ZTE Avid 916 and Moto G5 Plus

    Wed 4:15pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Consumer Cellular recently added the ZTE Avid 916 and Motorola Moto G5 Plus to its roster of Android-based smartphones. The Avid 916 (pictured), a variant of the ZTE Grand / Champ, includes a 5.5-inch 720p display, 1.3 GHz Snapdragon 210 processor, and 8 GB of…
  • Facebook Tweaks Trending News and Expands Fundraising

    Wed 3:55pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Facebook updated several of its offerings today, including how it handles trending news and supports fundraising campaigns. Facebook says it has redesigned its trending news function with the goal of surfacing higher-quality content in the news box. Moving…
  • Review: VRS Design Cases for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

    Wed 2:30pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Smartphone cases must outnumber smartphones 10 or 20 to 1. Finding the right combination of style, usability, protection, and price takes more than just a few moments thought. If you're exploring less expensive alternatives to what's available in most carrier…
  • Republicans Want 'Ringless Voicemail' to Fill Your Inbox with Ads

    Wed 12:56pm By Eric M. Zeman
    The Republican National Committee hopes the FCC will approve a request from a marketing firm that would allow companies and organizations to silently send messages straight to consumers' cellphone voicemail inboxes. Such voicemails could be prerecorded…
  • T-Mobile Ups Throttling Threshold to 32 GB

    Wed 8:45am By Eric M. Zeman
    T-Mobile today said it will allow customers to use more LTE data before potentially throttling them. Previously, T-Mobile would slow the mobile internet speeds of the heaviest users after they surpassed 30 GB of mobile data in a single billing period. T-Mobile…
  • T-Mobile Goes After Verizon Customers with Latest Promo

    Wed 8:40am By Eric M. Zeman
    T-Mobile hopes its new "Get Out of the Red" deal will tempt Verizon customers to switch to T-Mobile. T-Mobile is offering to pay the remaining balance on Verizon subscribers' handsets and allow them to use those same handsets on T-Mobile's network. Lots of…
  • Google Improves Family Sharing In Calendar, Keep, and Photos

    Tue 3:38pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Google today detailed how families can use their Google account to stay connected and in sync with one another. Google already allows people to share media via Google Play Music, Google Play Movies & TV, and Google Play Books. Moving forward, families can take…
  • Ailing LeEco Will Layoff 325 U.S. Employees

    Tue 2:17pm By Eric M. Zeman
    LeEco today said it will largely erase its corporate presence in the U.S. as it refocuses its efforts here. The company, which exists as the YouTube/Netflix of China, first announced plans enter the U.S. market at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2016.…
  • Facebook Adds Social Functions to Live Video

    Tue 12:43pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Facebook today announced two new features for live video that should make it more interactive and social. First, there's Live Chat With Friends. This allows people to invite their friends to a private chat thread that accompanies a public live broadcast. For…
  • Instagram Bows Location and Hashtag Search

    Tue 10:18am By Eric M. Zeman
    Instagram today made it easier to find story content in its mobile app based on location or interests/topics. A new story ring now appears at the top of the explore section. Stories that have location stickers applied to them will be added to the ring so…
  • Snapchat Debuts Story Collaboration Tool

    Tue 9:25am By Eric M. Zeman
    Snapchat today unveiled a new feature that makes it possible for many people to contribute to the same story. Snapchat calls the new tool custom stories. One person creates the story and then invites others to add their own snaps. The creator can limit the…