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  • Blu Teases Vivo XI+ Flagship

    Mon 6:29pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Blu Products today said it plans to announce a new flagship phone at the end of the month. The Vivo XI+ will feature 128 GB of storage and 6 GB of RAM. Blu didn't say what other features the phone might have. The new device arrives in the midst of a revised…
  • ‘Undo’ Sent Email Feature Comes to Gmail for Android

    Mon 4:19pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Gmail users on Android now have a few seconds to reconsider the email they may have just sent. Version 8.7 of the Gmail app for Android has added a new “undo” feature, similar to the one that appears on the desktop version of Gmail. For several seconds…
  • iOS 12 Developer Beta 9 Now Available to App Writers

    Mon 1:22pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Apple has made a new beta of iOS 12 available to its developer community. iOS 12 developer beta 9 was released today to registered developers. Apple didn't spell out any specific changes in this build other than bug fixes and improvements. iOS 12 includes a…
  • Microsoft Asks Developers to Sunset their Windows Phone 8 Apps

    Mon 12:17pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Microsoft today said that it will soon cease accepting new apps for Windows Phone 8.x or 8/8.1. Microsoft will stop taking in new Windows Phone 8.x and 8/8.1 apps on October 31 of this year. Microsoft will stop pushing updates to apps for Windows Phone 8.x…
  • FitBit Charge 3 Targets More Activities and Offers More Smartphone Integration

    Mon 9:23am By Eric M. Zeman
    FitBit today announced the Charge 3, a fitness tracker that ups the ante thanks to a larger screen and smartwatch-like features. The Charge 3 has a heart rate monitor and tracks the rate 24/7. The software can show owners their heart rate zones in real time as…
  • Google Retracts Dark Mode from Android Messages

    Mon 8:37am By Eric M. Zeman
    Google has quickly pulled a change from its recently updated Android Messages app. Last week, Google pushed an update to the app that refreshed the design with new fonts and background colors, including a dark mode. Without explaining why, Google has reverted…
  • Update from Samsung Tweaks Note9's Slow-Motion Settings

    Mon 8:31am By Eric M. Zeman
    Samsung is pushing a small update to the Galaxy Note9 that introduces new options in the camera application. Before the update, the Note9 was limited to taking 0.2 seconds of 960fps slow-motion footage in manual mode. After the update, owners can alternately…
  • Review: Soundcore Motion Q Bluetooth Speaker

    Fri 3:00pm By Eric M. Zeman
    The Motion Q from Soundcore is a small, portable Bluetooth speaker that’s rugged, waterproof, and inexpensive. If you’re looking for a cheap beach companion to enhance the last few days of summer, this could be it.
  • BlackBerry Updates Core Android Apps for Key2 and Others

    Fri 1:24pm By Eric M. Zeman
    BlackBerry today announced updates to many of its productivity apps for Android devices. For example, the BlackBerry calendar now offers a month view with a refined picker for selecting times/dates when creating appointments. The contacts app is streamlined…
  • HTC Offering Red Version of U12+ to US Consumers

    Fri 10:37am By Eric M. Zeman
    HTC today made its flagship phone available in a third color option. Consumers interested in a red phone can now pick that instead of black or blue. The red U12+ carries the same $799 retail price as the others. Other than the color, the specs of the phone are…
  • Verizon and Nokia Complete Mobile 5G Call Handoff

    Fri 9:16am By Eric M. Zeman
    Verizon Wireless today said that together with partner Nokia it has completed a mobile 5G call with the receiving device moving from one cell to another. This is an important step in the development of 5G, as it will eventually allow people to use 5G devices…
  • OnePlus Scores Carrier Deal with T-Mobile for 6T Flagship

    Fri 8:19am By Eric M. Zeman
    T-Mobile will sell OnePlus' next flagship phone, the OnePlus 6T, in October according to CNET. OnePlus has said twice this year already that it is working with U.S. carriers. This would mark the first time OnePlus has scored a carrier distribution deal in the…
  • Gmail's Confidential Mode Reaches Mobile Phones

    Thu 1:50pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Google today said that confidential mode, which can help protect sensitive information from unauthorized access, is available via the mobile Gmail app. Users will need to enable confidential mode when composing an email. Emails sent via confidential mode can…
  • Google Tweaks Search Results to Provide More Useful Details

    Thu 1:42pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Google today updated the way it displays search results in order to surface a more complete picture of search subjects. Rather than simply supply a list of links, Google is introducing new panels with a set of relevant subtopics for additional information. In…
  • Google Intros Spec for Streaming Audio from Android Phones to Hearing Aids

    Thu 1:25pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Google today said that it partnered with GN Hearing to create an open specification meant to stream audio to hearing aids. The published spec is called Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) on Bluetooth Low Energy Connection-Oriented Channels. Google says…
  • Latest Version of Android Messages Adopts a Dark Theme

    Thu 1:04pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Google is rolling out a new version of its Android Messages application and given the app a fresh coat of paint. To start, the "+" button has been removed in favor of a "start chat" button, making it clearer for people to use. The app also adopts Google's…
  • Sony Details Which Phones Will Receive Android 9 Pie

    Thu 11:27am By Eric M. Zeman
    Sony plans to begin updating a number of its mobile phones to Android 9 Pie beginning in November. The devices first on deck for the refreshed operating system from Google are Sony's flagships, the Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Premium, XZ2 Compact, Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1,…
  • Google Taking Steps to Improve Quality of Android Wear OS Apps

    Thu 8:31am By Eric M. Zeman
    Google is prepared to begin screening all apps submitted to the Android Wear OS Play Store in a bid to bolster quality. For the moment, submitting Wear OS apps for review is optional. Beginning later this year it will be mandatory. Google says all new Wear OS…
  • Project Fi to Nix Text Forwarding Feature In September

    Thu 8:22am By Eric M. Zeman
    Google has begun alerting subscribers to its Project Fi service that the text forwarding feature will be turned off on September 12. As it works now, texts sent to Project Fi can be automatically forwarded to most any other number. Google didn't say why the…
  • Best Buy to Aquire Maker of Jitterbug Phones for $800 Million

    Thu 8:08am By Eric M. Zeman
    Best Buy has agreed to acquire GreatCall, the parent company of Jitterbug, for $800 million. Best Buy says the two companies have had a retail relationship for a decade, with Jitterbug phones available at many Best Buy locations. Jitterbug phones are targeted…