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  • AT&T Picks up Rugged Kyocera DuraForce Pro 2

    Fri 11:47am By Rich Brome
    AT&T today launched sales of the Kyocera DuraForce Pro 2, an extra-rugged Android phone with waterproof body and a non-incendive rating. The 5-inch, full-HD display works through gloves and when wet. It has a 13-megapixel main camera plus wide-angle camera,…
  • Opera Browser Adds Free VPN

    Wed 11:57am By Rich Brome
    The Opera web browser for Android now includes a free VPN service, for securing data over untrusted networks such as public Wi-Fi. Opera for Android version 51 includes the feature, which is activated with a simple toggle, requiring no sign-in nor account.…
  • Apple Updates AirPods and Adds Wireless Charging Case Option

    Wed 11:16am By Rich Brome
    The new Apple AirPods have 50% battery life (talk time) and support "Hey Siri" voice commands to let users quickly change songs, make a call, adjust the volume or get directions. Apple also introduced an optional charging case that can be charged on any…
  • Stadia is Google's Game-Streaming Service

    Tue 2:56pm By Rich Brome
    Google today announced a new, cloud-based service called Stadia that lets people play high-quality games on any device without downloading them. It also caters to people who like to watch others play games, in a way that's integrated with YouTube and competes…
  • Google Killing Off Inbox Email App

    Tue 2:17pm By Rich Brome
    Google's alternative email app Inbox will stop working on April 2nd. Many — but not all — of Inbox's hallmark features have recently been introduced in Google's Gmail app.
  • Plantronics Rebrands As "Poly"

    Mon 11:54am By Rich Brome
    Following its merger with Polycom, Plantronics is rebranding the combined company as "Poly". The new entity will focus on solutions for businesses and office workers. Plantronics has made Bluetooth headsets with a professional bent for many years. Polycom is a…
  • Twitter Revamps Camera Interface

    Mon 11:41am By Rich Brome
    Twitter's new camera function offers an all-new visual interface that makes it faster and easier to share visual content, including photos, videos, and live streaming. The updated app has been rolling out in recent days. A new shortcut takes users directly to…
  • FCC Moves Forward with 911 Vertical Location Rules

    Mar 15, 2019, 4:10 pm By Rich Brome
    The FCC has issued a proposed rule that would require US carriers to provide vertical location data to emergency dispatchers when mobile users dial 911. The rule would take effect starting in April 2021, requiring that at least 80% of 911 calls provide…
  • Sprint Launches Rugged Flip Phone from Sonim

    Mar 15, 2019, 12:13 pm By Rich Brome
    The Sonim XP3 is a new rugged clamshell-style phone for Sprint. The two companies announced the phone today, and it's available now. The phone is rugged to military specs, and waterproof with an IP68 rating. Its large buttons are designed to be glove-friendly.…
  • Apple Responds to Spotify on App Store Commissions

    Mar 15, 2019, 9:47 am By Rich Brome
    Apple issued a statement today responding to Spotify's claims of unfair competition because Apple takes 30% of in-app purchase revenue, affecting products like a Spotify Premium subscription. In fact, Apple takes only a 15% cut after the first year of each…
  • Apple WWDC 2019 Set for June 3

    Mar 14, 2019, 12:27 pm By Rich Brome
    Apple today announced that its next annual developer conference will take place June 3-7, 2019 in San Jose. The company usually reveals details of a new version of its iOS software during the keynote presentation on the first day of the event.
  • First Beta of Android Q Available to Developers

    Mar 13, 2019, 3:43 pm By Rich Brome
    Google has released the first beta version of Android Q for Pixel phones. It's intended for developers to start working on app compatibility, and doesn't necessarily include all of the eventual consumer-facing features of the OS. Android Q will bring privacy,…
  • Google Lookout Describes What it Sees to the Visually Impaired

    Mar 13, 2019, 1:00 pm By Rich Brome
    Google Lookout is a free app that uses AI to identify things it sees through the phone's camera and describe it to a visually-impaired user. The company announced this week that the app is available now for English speakers in the US with a Google Pixel phone.…
  • Spotify Asks EU to Rule Apple Competes Unfairly

    Mar 13, 2019, 12:30 pm By Rich Brome
    Apple takes a 30% cut of all iOS in-app purchases for digital products and services (but not physical ones). This includes products like a Spotify Premium subscription. Spotify argues that it cannot offer pricing competitive with Apple Music when they have to…
  • Verizon Launching 5G on April 11 in Chicago, Minneapolis

    Mar 13, 2019, 11:47 am By Rich Brome
    Verizon's first standards-compliant mobile 5G network will launch in select areas of Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11th. 5G service will cost an extra $10/month. The country's first 5G smartphone solution will be the 5G Moto Mod for the Moto z3, which…
  • Red Revamps Hydrogen Camera Strategy

    Mar 12, 2019, 1:35 pm By Rich Brome
    In the wake of Red pulling all mention of the 2D Pro Camera module for the Hydrogen One phone from its web site, CEO Jim Jannard issued a statement to clarify that a "pro camera for Hydrogen" project is proceeding, but has been re-assigned from the Hydrogen…
  • Red Scrubs Modules From Hydrogen One Marketing

    Mar 11, 2019, 1:45 pm By Rich Brome
    Red has removed all mentions of add-on modules for the Hydrogen One phone from its web site. When the phone was announced, add-on modules — including a high-end camera — were one of the key selling points. It was also supposed to integrate with other Red…
  • Sony Brings PS4 Remote Play to iOS

    Mar 8, 2019, 1:37 pm By Rich Brome
    The Sony PlayStation 4 Remote Play app is now available for iOS, accompanied by a corresponding update to the software for the PS4 itself. The app allows users to stream games from their PS4 console to an iOS mobile device over Wi-Fi. The graphics for…
  • Galaxy S10 Comes With Spotify Premium Free for Six Months

    Mar 8, 2019, 10:15 am By Rich Brome
    Spotify comes pre-installed as the default music-streaming app on all Samsung Galaxy S10 series phones globally, and US models come with six free months of Spotify Premium. Phones eligible for the free-six-months offer will also include the Galaxy Fold and…
  • Google Makes it Easier for Free Games to Monetize Video Ads

    Mar 7, 2019, 1:02 pm By Rich Brome
    Google is making it easier for game developers to add video ads that reward players with in-game currency (coins, points, etc.) or other benefits. The feature is called Rewarded Products and launches today in beta as a new API within Google Play, Google's…