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  • Next RAZR Might be a $1,500 Foldable Smartphone

    2:24pm By Rich Brome
    Motorola will soon revive the RAZR brand for a pricey folding-screen phone for Verizon, the Wall Street Journal reports today. The phone is in testing but could launch as soon as February. The phone would cost roughly $1,500 and be exclusive to Verizon…
  • Major Carriers Cut Off Location Aggregators After Abuse

    2:03pm By Rich Brome
    Sprint this week became the last major US carrier to commit to ending its relationships with location aggregators, companies that resell phone location data, including real-time customer location. AT&T and T-Mobile last week pledged to cut off location…
  • Verizon Bundles Apple Music with Premium Plans

    Tue 6:07pm By Rich Brome
    Verizon's top two unlimited postpaid plans now include an Apple Music subscription. The most affordable plan, GoUnlimited, still includes just a six-month trial of Apple Music, as the other plans did previously.
  • Sprint Launches Deals App

    Tue 11:19am By Rich Brome
    Sprint has a new app offering exclusive deals and cash back rewards up to 20 percent. The company launched My Sprint Rewards today, available for both iOS and Android phones. The app lets Sprint customers access exclusive discounts at Sprint as well as other…
  • Google Fi Adds RCS, 4G Roaming Overseas

    Mon 5:28pm By Rich Brome
    Google's Fi mobile service now supports RCS, the standards-based rich messaging standard. Also today, the company announced that Fi overseas roaming in 33 countries (mostly in Europe) will now take advantage of faster 4G networks. The RCS standard offers rich…
  • New Bluetooth Sticker Tags Powered by Ambient Radio Waves

    Mon 10:15am By Rich Brome
    A new design for Bluetooth LE tags removes the need for a battery and fits into a cheap, thin, stamp-size sticker, or can be embedded directly in consumer product packaging. A tiny ARM processor transmits an ecrypted ID code like other Bluetooth tracking tags,…
  • Best of CES 2019

    Fri 4:13pm By Rich Brome
    CES is the world's consumer tech show. Every year we head out to Vegas to check out everything in person. We honor the standouts with our Best of CES awards. This year, five products really caught our eye.
  • Snapdragon 845 for $400: Hands On with the Nubia Red Magic Mars

    Fri 3:12pm By Rich Brome
    The Red Magic Mars is a gaming phone with a much more affordable price than other gaming phones, without skimping on the key specs. Nubia (a subsidiary of ZTE) revealed at CES that it plans to bring the Mars to the U.S. in the coming weeks. The base model has…
  • T-Mobile Launches Caller ID Verification

    Thu 6:33pm By Rich Brome
    T-Mobile has now launched Caller Verified technology, which uses the STIR and SHAKEN standards to confirm that caller ID information hasn't been spoofed. The anti-robocall service is currently available only on the Galaxy Note9, but is coming to other T-Mobile…
  • Sprint Tests 5G in San Diego

    Thu 5:31pm By Rich Brome
    Sprint this week reached a milestone toward launching 5G when it successfully tested 5G in the real world, on its network in San Diego. The company used a smartphone test device from Qualcomm and network equipment from Nokia. Sprint's 5G network uses massive…
  • CAT S48c Rugged Phone Coming to Verizon

    Thu 11:52am By Rich Brome
    The ultra-rugged CAT S48c will soon be available to Verizon business customers, the two brands announced this morning. The S48c has been available with Sprint since early November. The Verizon version will have 64GB os internal storage and a two-year warranty…
  • Samsung Announces Next Unpacked Event

    Thu 11:50am By Rich Brome
    Samsung's next big launch event for a Galaxy-brand product will be February 20th in San Francisco. The company is teasing the event with a "10" and the Galaxy brand. Last year's flagships were the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note9, so the next version is logically…
  • New Pressure-Sensitive Touch Panel Tech Pairs Well with Flexible Displays

    Thu 11:39am By Rich Brome
    There's a new touch panel technology in town, and it's coming to next year's phones with flexible displays. Sensel makes touch panels that have the precision and multi-touch capability of today's capacitive touch technology, but are better suited to the…
  • Pilot Earbuds Translate Languages Right in Your Ear

    Jan 9, 2019, 8:34 pm By Rich Brome
    Pilot earbuds translate among 15 different languages, listening to the person in front of you and speaking the translation right into your ear. They come in a pair, so you can offer one to the other person and have a full two-way conversation in two different…
  • Hands On with ToughTested's Wireless Charging Pad for your Car

    Jan 9, 2019, 6:59 pm By Rich Brome
    ToughTested has a new Qi wireless charging pad designed primarily for cars. Its grippy all-rubber construction ensures it stays put, and that your phone stays put while charging. It supports wireless fast charging up to 10W, including Apple's 7.5W fast…
  • Mophie Powerstation PD External Battery Charges Phones Faster

    Jan 9, 2019, 6:20 pm By Rich Brome
    Mophie's new Powerstation PD and Powerstation PD XL external batteries include USB-C PD technology up to 18W, allowing them to charge phones at the maximum fast-charging speeds supported by most phones, including the iPhone. The USB-C port is two-way, used for…
  • Iconcase Adds Notification Lights to Your iPhone

    Jan 8, 2019, 10:39 pm By Rich Brome
    Do you ever wish your iPhone had a notification light? Do you use the LED flash to notify you of incoming calls, but wish it weren't blindingly bright? Iconcase is an attractive new case for iPhones that adds a large notification light to the back. The newest…
  • US Carriers Sell Your Real-Time Location Data, and it's Resold to Almost Anyone

    Jan 8, 2019, 7:29 pm By Rich Brome
    Private companies that buy and distribute real-time phone location data from major US phone carriers have been caught rampantly reselling that data to companies and people they aren't supposed to, including private bounty hunters. In a Motherboard…
  • Hands On with the Honor View20

    Jan 8, 2019, 7:09 pm By Rich Brome
    The good news is that the eye-catching Honor View20 seems like a great phone. The bad news is that it's not clear it will come in a version that will work remotely well on US networks. The back has an eye-catching design. The front has a huge 6.4-inch…
  • ROKiT Mobile Launches Phones with Health Services for "Transitionals"

    Jan 8, 2019, 2:05 pm By Rich Brome
    ROKiT is a new line of affordable unlocked phones accompanied by a unique range of health and life services for what it calls "transitionals", which means people between jobs, people struggling socioeconomically, and anyone without adequate health insurance.…