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  • Google Maps Can Now Speak Aloud Places in Foreign Languages

    Fri 4:54pm By Rich Brome
    Google has updated its Maps app with the ability to speak aloud the name and/or address of your destination in the local language when traveling abroad. The feature is designed to be used when hailing a taxi or asking a local for directions. The feature…
  • Google Launches RCS for Everyone in US

    Thu 12:38pm By Rich Brome
    Google today announced the US rollout of Google-operated RCS for its Messages app for Android, making RCS "broadly" available to Android users in the US by the end of the year. RCS is the new industry standard for messaging designed to replace SMS and MMS. It…
  • The Motorola RAZR is Back with a Folding Screen

    Wed 11:15pm By Rich Brome
    Motorola today unveiled its new razr phone for 2020. In line with a long-running stream of teases and leaks, plus today's FCC approval, the phone matches the design of the original RAZR V3, but with an inner surface that is one continuous 6.2" HD touchscreen…
  • Motorola Foldable RAZR Revealed in FCC Filing

    Wed 11:59am By Rich Brome
    The unannounced new Motorola RAZR with a foldable display has been revealed in public documents for its FCC approval. Photos in the documents match previous leaks, including a very tall, narrow screen that folds in half, inside a body very much like the…
  • Minecraft Earth Launches in US

    Wed 11:22am By Rich Brome
    Minecraft Earth is now available in the US in an "Early Access" version. Users can walk around to explore a Minecraft version of the real-world map, collect virtual resources scattered around the map, and start building with Minecraft blocks on "buildplates",…
  • Border Agents Can't Search Your Phone Without Reason, Judge Rules

    Tue 5:02pm By Rich Brome
    A federal judge today ruled that US border agents can't search travelers devices without "reasonable suspicion". Although they can still search devices without a warrant, they now need a specific reason to do so. Previous searches by CPB and ICE without reason…
  • Sprint Offers Discount to People in Select Fields

    Mon 12:09pm By Rich Brome
    Sprint recently launched Sprint Perks, a collection of plan discounts available to certain groups. The main offer is Sprint's top plan (Unlimited Premium) for the price of its middle plan (Unlimited Plus), a discount of $10/month/line. The discount is…
  • New Alcatel 3V Offers Huge Screen and Battery

    Nov 8, 2019, 8:30 am By Rich Brome
    Alcatel has revealed the 2019 edition of its 3V affordable Android phone for the US market, which will launch soon on Metro by T-Mobile. The phone has a large 6.7-inch HD screen and a large 4,000 mAh battery with fast charging via USB-C. It also has a…
  • AT&T Forces Price Hike on Mobile Share Value Customers

    Nov 7, 2019, 2:52 pm By Rich Brome
    AT&T has raised the price of its Mobile Share Value plans by $10, forcing existing customers to pay the new rate even if they make no changes to their plan. The rate hike comes with an additional 15 GB of "bonus" data.
  • Google Expands Effort to Block Bad Apps

    Nov 7, 2019, 2:48 pm By Rich Brome
    Google this week announced a new program to collaborate with other companies to screen apps for harmful code before they reach the Google Play Store, the app store for Android devices. The App Defense Alliance includes Google, ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium. "As…
  • Visible Launches Two ZTE Blades

    Nov 7, 2019, 2:34 pm By Rich Brome
    Verizon-back Visible has launched two new ZTE phones from the company's affordable Blade series.…
  • T-Mobile Baits State AGs for Merger Approval with Promises of Cheap, Free 5G Service

    Nov 7, 2019, 12:39 pm By Rich Brome
    T-Mobile today announced plans to offer three new programs offering 5G service for free to certain groups, or cheaply for everyone else. The company is promising to launch the programs when and if it is allowed to merge with Sprint. Although the federal…
  • T-Mobile Launching 5G Nationwide on December 6

    Nov 7, 2019, 11:47 am By Rich Brome
    T-Mobile has announced December 6th as the launch date for its low-band 5G network, which will use band 71 (600 MHz). The nationwide network will cover more than 200 million Americans and more than 5,000 cities and towns across the country. Unlike mmWave 5G…
  • Google Play Launches Points Rewards Program in US

    Nov 6, 2019, 11:32 am By Rich Brome
    Google has added a rewards program called Google Play Points to the Android app store. The program is free to join and members earn points for everything they buy through Google Play, and even for downloading "featured" free apps and games. Points can be…
  • Microsoft's New Unified Office App Available in Public Preview

    Nov 4, 2019, 11:50 am By Rich Brome
    Microsoft has released a public preview of its new, completely revamped Office app for Android and iOS. A single Office app replaces the previously separate Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps. It also includes the previously-announced features that let users…
  • Mini Review: OnePlus 7T

    Nov 1, 2019, 11:11 am By Rich Brome
    OnePlus has an unusually confusing array of different "flagship" phones available right now, but the 7T is the newest mainstream model for most people. It's still quite high-end, but for a reasonable price and without some of the crazier features of the new…
  • Google Buys Fitbit

    Nov 1, 2019, 11:09 am By Rich Brome
    Fitbit has agreed to be purchased by Google for $2.1 billion. Fitbit makes activity-tracking wearables, having sold more than 100 million devices, with 28 million current active users. Google has its own Wear OS smartwatch platform, which integrates with its…
  • Visible Reinvents Family Plans with "Party Pay"

    Oct 31, 2019, 5:27 pm By Rich Brome
    Visible, the online-only MVNO backed by Verizon and operating on the Verizon network, just launched Party Pay, a new kind of discount for families and groups that works more like a simple discount, or, for the company, perhaps a referral program. Instead of…
  • AT&T Tweaks Unlimited Plans

    Oct 30, 2019, 3:34 pm By Rich Brome
    AT&T is introducing new unlimited plans that drop the live and on-demand TV package included with the existing Unlimited &More plans. Accounting for that and other minor changes, pricing stays about the same, with unlimited plan choices (and price points)…
  • Razer Intros Gaming Accessories for 3rd-Party Phones

    Oct 30, 2019, 12:38 pm By Rich Brome
    Razer this week launched two new phone accessories focused on the gamer market: Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds and the Junglecat, a dual-sided gaming controller. Both are designed to work with the company's own Razer Phone 2, as well as other phones. The…