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  • TCL Reveals the BlackBerry KEYone Smartphone

    1h By Eric M. Zeman
    TCL today announced the KEYone, a BlackBerry smartphone that combines a large screen, full QWERTY keyboard, and hardened Android software in an aluminum body. TCL first teased the phone at CES last month, but has now shared all the KEYone's details. To start,…
  • Hands On with the BlackBerry KEYone

    1h By Eric M. Zeman
    The BlackBerry KEYone is here, a big smartphone that includes a large display, physical keyboard, and BlackBerry's hardened version of Android. The phone is big and has middling specs, but are importantly, it pulls at the heartstrings of those raised on…
  • Samsung Makes Its Secure Folder A Downloadable App

    Fri 1:54pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Samsung today released its Secure Folder through the Galaxy Apps Store. Secure Folder is a protected space for smartphones that can store files, documents, images, videos, or other content that the owner wishes to lock away. Samsung says the Secure Folder can…
  • ITU Targets 20 Gbps for 5G Specification

    Fri 11:26am By Eric M. Zeman
    The International Telecommunications Union today released a draft report for what might eventually become the 5G specification. IMT-2020 is the working name for the 5G standard and the ITU has laid out a basic framework it wants to see technology companies…
  • More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service

    Fri 7:40am By Eric M. Zeman
    Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the…
  • LG's X Power 2 Packs a 4,500mAh Battery

    Fri 7:26am By Eric M. Zeman
    LG today announced the X power2, a follow up to last year's bountiful, battery-boasting handset. The X power2 features an embedded 4,500mAh battery that LG says delivers 15 hours of video playback, 14 hours of real-time navigations, or 18 hours of web surfing.…
  • LeEco EUI Update Adds App Drawer to Le Pro3 and Le S3

    Thu 3:06pm By Eric M. Zeman
    LeEco today gave its Le Pro3 and Le S3 smartphones an app drawer. The company is pushing the latest build of its Ecosystem User Interface to the Le Pro3 and Le S3, and the update includes a handful of new features. Based on user feedback, LeEco decided to…
  • Commerce Dept. Extends ZTE Sanction Relief Again

    Thu 1:04pm By Eric M. Zeman
    ZTE can continue to export U.S. goods for another month due to an extension offered by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Commerce Department first alleged in March 2016 that ZTE had violated trade sanctions in place against Iran by using shell companies to…
  • Samsung's Exynos 9 Chip Uses 10nm Process, Boasts Gigabit Modem

    Thu 11:59am By Eric M. Zeman
    Samsung today announced the Exynos 9 Series 8895 application processor for premium mobile devices. The chip relies on Samsung's 10nm FinFET process with 3D transistors. This results in a 27% performance boost while chewing through 40% less power when put up…
  • Google's GBoard Keyboard for iPhone Finally Lands Dictation

    Thu 8:08am By Eric M. Zeman
    Google today announced a significant update to GBoard, its advanced keyboard application or the iPhone. Voice dictation is the most significant new feature added to the tool, allowing GBoard users to press a microphone and speak their messages rather than type…
  • Instagram Now Lets You Add Up to 10 Photos to a Single Post

    Wed 2:11pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Instagram today made it possible for users to create posts with up to 10 photos. The idea is to allow people to publish a single event that includes multiple pictures and videos, rather than post a string of single images to their feed. Instagram says users…
  • T-Mobile Rolling Out LTE-U

    Wed 1:57pm By Eric M. Zeman
    T-Mobile today said it is beginning to upgrade its 4G network with LTE-U this spring. LTE-U allows LTE to operate on the unlicensed spectrum in the 5 GHz band, which is typically reserved for WiFi. Devices equipped with LTE-U will take advantage of available 5…
  • Verizon to Test 5G In 11 Cities By Mid-Year

    Wed 9:13am By Eric M. Zeman
    Verizon Wireless today said it plans to trial 5G technology in 11 U.S. markets later this year. This "pre-commercial service" will be offered to a very limited number of customers and not necessarily made available to consumers. The tests will involve the 5GTF…
  • Intel Claims LTE Modem to Deliver 1 Gigabit Speeds

    Tue 12:58pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Intel today announced the XMM 7560 LTE modem, a fifth-generation wireless radio that can produce broadband-like speeds in a variety of mobile devices. The XMM 7560 is manufactured using Intel's 14nm process and supports LTE Advanced Category 16 for downloads…
  • Review: Logitech ZeroTouch Alexa-Powered Car Mount

    Tue 10:15am By Eric M. Zeman
    The Logitech ZeroTouch car phone holder brings the power of Amazon's Alexa to your car. The ZeroTouch combines a car mount, mobile app, and Alexa so you can not only make calls and send texts, but access your smarthome settings safely from behind the wheel.
  • Qualcomm Targets IoT Anew with Snapdragon 210 and SoC

    Tue 9:15am By Eric M. Zeman
    Qualcomm today revealed two new sets of products design with the Internet of Things in mind. First, the company plans to add support for the Android Things operating system to its Snapdragon 210 processors and X5 LTE modems. Android Things is Google's IoT…
  • Qualcomm Fine Tunes RF Antennas for Snapdragon 835

    Tue 8:57am By Eric M. Zeman
    Qualcomm today introduced a new range of RF front-end products that will complement advanced processors such as the Snapdragon 835. The new family of radios are the first gallium arsenide (GaAs) power amplifier modules to come from Qualcomm. The company says…
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 Modem Powers 1.2Gbps Speeds

    Tue 8:43am By Eric M. Zeman
    Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, which it says is the first Category 18 modem capable of download speeds up to 1.2Gbps. The X20 is manufactured using a 10nm FinFET process. It supports up to 5x20 MHz carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO, and up…
  • Verizon to Pay $350M Less for Yahoo After Privacy Breach

    Tue 8:15am By Eric M. Zeman
    Verizon and Yahoo today said they've amended the terms of their acquisition, first announced in July 2016, which will see the sale price drop by $350 million. The deal has been in jeopardy since December when Yahoo disclosed a material security breach that…
  • Apple Pushes Third iOS 10.3 Beta to Developers

    Mon 3:00pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Apple today made iOS 10.3 beta 3 available to developers. The most notable new feature of iOS 10.3 is a tool called Find My AirPods, which helps people locate lost earbuds via an audio alert. iOS 10.3 also makes the jump to the Apple File System (APFS),…