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  • IHG Rolls Out Hotel TVs with AirPlay

    2:32pm By Rich Brome
    IHG has flipped the switch on Apple AirPlay at 60 of its North American hotels. The wireless media-casting feature is now available in hotel rooms via LG TVs with a special implementation designed just for hotels. Guests scan a unique QR code displayed on…
  • Samsung Expands Mid-Range Lineup with Galaxy A35 5G

    11:50am By Rich Brome
    Samsung is bringing more mid-range phones to the US this year with the introduction of the Galaxy A35 5G. Samsung brought the Galaxy A32 5G to the US in late 2021, but the A33 and A34 skipped the US. Samsung launched the A15 and A25 in January. The A35 is very…
  • Comcast Launches "Now" Prepaid Mobile

    8:30am By Rich Brome
    Comcast is launching "Now Mobile", a new prepaid mobile phone service to compliment its existing Xfinity Mobile postpaid service. Like Xfinity Mobile, Now Mobile is only available to customers of Comcast home internet service (either Xfinity Internet or the…
  • Visible First to Offer Annual Payment Plan, with Discount up to 26%

    Wed 7:00am By Rich Brome
    Visible is introducing a new "annual plan" option that gives customers the option of paying for a whole year of service in advance, in exchange for a discount. The premium Visible+ plan is available for $395/year, a savings of $145 (over 26%) compared the…
  • Google Discontinues VPN in Google One

    Fri 11:32am By Rich Brome
    Google will no longer include a VPN service with its Google One subscription service bundle. Google told 9to5Google that the feature is being discontinued because "people simply weren’t using it." Google first introduced the feature for top-end plans in late…
  • Android 15 Beta 1 Out Now

    Apr 11, 2024, 5:01 pm By Rich Brome
    Google has released the first test version of Android 15 available to the public. Following two "developer preview" releases, those with a compatible Pixel phone enrolled in Google's beta program can now update to Android 15 Beta 1. (As a beta version, it may…
  • Apple Expands Repair Program with Support for Used Parts

    Apr 11, 2024, 11:46 am By Rich Brome
    Apple is expanding its third-party and self-repair programs to allow the use of used genuine Apple parts when repairing iPhones. The company will also no longer require a device serial number when ordering parts. A new feature will prevent used parts from…
  • AI Tools Coming to All Google Photos Users

    Apr 11, 2024, 11:34 am By Rich Brome
    Google is bringing some of its newest AI-powered photo-editing tools to nearly all Google Photos users, after first introducing the features as exclusive to its Pixel 8 series of phones. Features like Magic Editor, Photo Unblur, Magic Eraser, and Portrait…
  • Fairphone's New Bluetooth Earbuds are First with Replaceable Batteries

    Apr 10, 2024, 10:51 am By Rich Brome
    Fairphone has launched the Fairbuds, the first Bluetooth true wireless earbuds with easily-replaceable batteries, in both the earbuds and the charging case. The Fairbuds are also designed to be easily repairable and come with a three-year warranty. The buds…
  • Google Launches New "Find My Device" Network

    Apr 8, 2024, 12:44 pm By Rich Brome
    Google has launched its new Find My Device app and service, which mimics the capabilities of Apple's Find My app and service, and works in a similar way. Both systems tap into the Bluetooth functions of billions of smartphones and other devices worldwide to…
  • FCC to Vote on Net Neutrality, Sale of Location Data

    Apr 5, 2024, 11:13 am By Rich Brome
    The FCC is preparing to vote on broad regulations affecting all broadband providers, including all cellular service providers. Many of the specific regulations are not new; the FCC is simply reclassifying mobile data as a "commercial mobile service" instead of…
  • Apple Brings Qi2 Support to iPhone 12

    Apr 3, 2024, 11:34 am By Rich Brome
    The iPhone 12 launched with support for fast 15-watt wireless charging, but only with Apple MagSafe chargers. Macworld reports that iOS 17.4 quietly introduced support for fast wireless charging with third-party chargers using the Qi2 standard.
  • Data Breach Affects 73 Million Current and Former AT&T Customers

    Apr 1, 2024, 10:01 am By Rich Brome
    AT&T has confirmed a large data breach of its customer data. The data includes full name, email address, mailing address, phone number, social security number, date of birth, AT&T account number, and passcode (4-digit PIN). AT&T has proactively reset the…
  • Oregon Right-to-Repair Law Bans Parts Pairing

    Mar 28, 2024, 11:11 am By Rich Brome
    Oregon has officially passed its own "right to repair" law, joining California, Minnesota and New York. Oregon's law goes further than other states', however, by banning "parts pairing", a practice where components are linked to a specific device serial…
  • Google Relents on Odd Pixel 8 AI Limitations

    Mar 28, 2024, 10:52 am By Rich Brome
    When Google first announced the Pixel 8 series, certain AI-powered features were limited to the Pixel 8 Pro, even though both the 8 and 8 Pro are powered by the same Tensor G3 chip. This seemingly arbitrary limitation created some backlash. Google has now…
  • Xfinity Mobile Lowers, Simplifies Pricing

    Mar 27, 2024, 2:06 pm By Rich Brome
    Xfinity Mobile has completely revamped its Unlimited plans, with the replacement plans both offering more and costing less. Two plans replace three. The new base-level plan is simply called "Unlimited" and runs $40/month for one line or as little as…
  • Visible Improves its Premium Plan

    Mar 27, 2024, 7:00 am By Rich Brome
    Visible is enhancing its premium Visible+ plan while keeping the price the same at $45/month. The plan will now include faster mobile hotspot, free smartwatch connectivity, and two international roaming improvements. Unlimited full-speed data in Canada and…
  • Samsung Brings Galaxy AI to More Phones

    Mar 26, 2024, 7:00 pm By Rich Brome
    Later this week, Samsung will roll out One UI 6.1 in the US for the the Galaxy S23 series, S23 FE, Z Fold5, and Z Flip5. New features include Circle to Search with Google, Live Translate, Chat Assist, and Generative Edit.
  • Google and Apple Announce Next Big Keynote Events

    Mar 26, 2024, 6:50 pm By Rich Brome
    Google and Apple both have big annual developer events coming up in the next few months. As usual, each will kick off with a major livestreamed keynote. Major new software is typically revealed at these events, including for smartphones. First up is Google…
  • US Justice Dept. Sues Apple for Monopolistic Behavior in Smartphones

    Mar 21, 2024, 12:19 pm By Rich Brome
    The US Justice Department, joined by 16 other attorneys general, today filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Apple for illegal monopolization of smartphone markets. The move comes after the EU forced Apple to change the way it operates in Europe, for similar…