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  • Google Makes Talking to Google Assistant Less Awkward

    11:58am By Eric M. Zeman
    Google today began rolling out Continued Conversation, an update to Google Assistant that should make the tool easier to interact with. With Continued Conversation enabled, people will be able to have more natural, back-and-forth conversations with Assistant…
  • Apple, Samsung Support Digital Key for Unlocking Cars with Phones

    11:49am By Eric M. Zeman
    The Car Connectivity Consortium this week announced release 1.0 of its Digital Key specification, which will let people use their phone to unlock their car. The spec supports the ability to lock, unlock, start, and share access to cars from smartphones and…
  • Motorola Makes the Moto Z3 Play Available for Preorder

    11:38am By Eric M. Zeman
    Motorola today kicked off general preorders for the Moto Z3 Play phone. People can now pre-purchase the Z3 Play from Motorola.com, Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon. The phone adopts a 6-inch 2:1 screen, and is made form a slim metal-and-glass chassis. It is…
  • BlackBerry KEY2 Goes On Sale July 13

    10:02am By Eric M. Zeman
    TCL today said the BlackBerry KEY2 will be available to preorder starting June 29 with an expected retail date of July 13. The phone will be sold unlocked from Amazon and Best Buy for $649. The KEY2, announced earlier this month, has a redesigned chassis,…
  • AT&T's Unlimited Plans Now Include 'Watch TV' Video Service

    8:46am By Eric M. Zeman
    AT&T today added to its top-tier plans in the wake of its recent acquisition of Time Warner. The company's unlimited service plans now offer an optional video service called Watch TV. Watch TV includes more than 30 live channels and is compatible with most…
  • Google Simplifies Account Security and Control

    8:44am By Eric M. Zeman
    Google today improved the design of its Google Account tool in order to make it easier for people to manage their account details, security, and privacy. The revised function provides summaries of personal information, devices with account access, payment…
  • Amazon Adds Moto Z3 Play and G6 Play with Alexa to Prime Exclusive Lineup

    8:12am By Eric M. Zeman
    Amazon today made the Motorola Moto Z3 Play and Moto G6 Play, both with Alexa on board, available through its Prime Exclusives program. Phones sold through the Prime Exclusive program have a single sign-in for all Amazon services, such as Amazon Video and…
  • More Lawmakers Target Google Over Huawei Relationship

    Wed 4:00pm By Eric M. Zeman
    More members of Congress are posing questions about the relationship between Google and Huawei. Republican Senators Tom Cotton and Marco Rubio, Republican Representatives Liz Cheney and Michael Conaway, and Democratic Representative Dutch Ruppersberger all…
  • IGTV Is Instagram's Standalone Video App

    Wed 2:15pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Instagram today announced IGTV, a separate application meant expressly for consuming video content. Instagram insists IGTV is different from its existing app. "First, it’s built for how you actually use your phone, so videos are full screen and vertical.…
  • FreedomPop's Unreal Mobile MVNO Launches with $10 Plan

    Wed 11:33am By Eric M. Zeman
    Unreal Mobile officially launched today after signing up some 50,000 beta users over the last month. Unreal Mobile is a new MVNO from FreedomPop. It is offering unlimited service that includes a VPN, mobile ad blocking, and the ability for customers to use…
  • Google's Flutter Exits Beta and Reaches Release Preview

    Wed 11:16am By Eric M. Zeman
    Google today made the first Release Preview of Flutter available to developers. Flutter is a set of tools that can help developers create user interface designs that work on Android and iOS. Flutter has been in beta testing since February and saw its last…
  • Trump Agrees to Talk to Congress About 'Problematic' ZTE

    Wed 10:57am By Eric M. Zeman
    ZTE will be the topic of discussion at a meeting today between President Trump and members of the Senate and House of Representatives, reports Reuters. Trump wants to talk about the "problematic" amendment made to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)…
  • Samsung Brings the Gold Galaxy S9 and S9+ to the US

    Wed 9:12am By Eric M. Zeman
    Samsung today said its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ phones will be available in gold starting June 24. The company announced the new color last month, but initially said it would be limited to other markets. The gold color joins the red, black, blue, gray, and…
  • Sprint, T-Mobile Agree to Halt Sharing Location with Some Apps

    Tue 6:49pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Following moves made earlier in the day by Verizon and AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have now said they also will cease sharing customer location data with certain third-party apps and services. Sprint said it is "beginning the process of terminating its current…
  • Review: Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

    Tue 4:00pm By Eric M. Zeman
    The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is a phone for those averse to today's mega-slabs. It's a diminutive dynamo that packs a big punch. This Android phone won't take no guff from nobody. With a top-tier processor, capable camera, and features to spare, the Xperia XZ2…
  • AT&T to Also Drop Location-Data Sales to Third Parties

    Tue 2:03pm By Eric M. Zeman
    AT&T today said it, too, will cease the sale of subscriber location information to outside companies. The move follows an identical change made by Verizon earlier today. "Our top priority is to protect our customers’ information, and, to that end, we will be…
  • Apple Releases iOS 12 Beta 2 to Developers

    Tue 1:59pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Apple today made iOS 12 Beta 2 available to developers. This build focuses on resolving bugs and performance problems found in the first beta. Those who write apps for Apple devices can download the update over the air. Apple hasn't said when it will launch…
  • Verizon to Cease Sharing Phone Location with Other Companies

    Tue 12:15pm By Eric M. Zeman
    Verizon Communications today said it will stop making customer location data available to third-party apps and services. The decision follows last month's revelation that third-party companies didn't always properly protect this data. LocationSmart, for…
  • T-Mobile and Sprint Make Big Claims About Merger Benefits

    Tue 11:16am By Eric M. Zeman
    T-Mobile and Sprint today officially petitioned the FCC for permission to merge. The companies filed a Public Interest Statement with the agency that makes lofty claims about why the merger a good idea. To start, the companies promise to "build a world-class…
  • Yahoo Overhauls Yahoo Mail for the Web, Debuts Lightweight Android Go Yahoo Mail App

    Tue 9:00am By Eric M. Zeman
    Yahoo today relaunched its mobile email product for smartphones on several fronts. First, the company has wholly rebuilt its mobile web app. The browser-based Yahoo Mail experience now mirrors that of the Yahoo Mail app for phones. For example, it lets people…