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FCC requires emergency texting services from carriers, texting apps

Posted August 8, 2014 - 4:35 pm

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted Friday to require U.S. mobile carriers and many text-messaging apps to enable users to text emergency dispatch centers, even after questions about whether the centers will be ready by the deadline.

Win Phone 7 users aghast Microsoft axed Skype for their phones

Posted August 8, 2014 - 3:18 pm

Owners of Windows Phone 7 smartphones are apoplectic that Skype no longer works on their devices.

Apple versus Android: Should Google be afraid of an Apple resurgence?

Posted August 8, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Some in the media think that Apple may be poised to rule the smartphone market again to the detriment of Android. Plus: Will Android Wear make people take wearables seriously? And Google released new Android L images.

Microsoft announces digital TV tuner for Xbox One users in Europe

Posted August 8, 2014 - 6:01 am

Here's why I hope they bring it to North America, too.

No, there isn’t an app for that [CARTOON]

Posted August 8, 2014 - 6:00 am

It seems like there’s an app for everything these days, except when there isn’t

How to get the best deal when you renew your cable or FiOS subscription

Posted August 7, 2014 - 5:59 pm

It isn't a walk in the park, but it might be worth the hassle

T-Mobile could soon be bigger than Sprint

Posted August 7, 2014 - 4:52 pm

The tables could turn by the end of this year in the drama of the U.S. mobile underdogs, with T-Mobile possibly passing Sprint to become the third-largest carrier in the country.

Nadella leaves no doubt about who is in charge in first six months as CEO

Posted August 7, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Say what you will about Satya Nadella's first six months as Microsoft CEO, but no one can deny the man jumped in with both feet from day one and has led the company with decisiveness.

Why small Windows 8 tablets deserve your attention

Posted August 7, 2014 - 3:33 pm

The eight-inch Windows 8.1 tablet market is in flux right now, but the small machines have some big advantages.

Google adds a callback button to Android Device Manager

Posted August 7, 2014 - 3:16 pm

Google updates Android Device Manager and adds a callback button to make it easier to recover lost or stolen phones. Plus: Four open source productivity tools, and the top five Android antivirus utilities.

When astronauts breathe on Mars, they'll thank this MIT professor

Posted August 7, 2014 - 2:07 pm

When astronauts are living and working on Mars, they'll be able to thank MIT's Michael Hecht for their ability to breathe on the Red Planet.

Carriers' remote control software continues to put some mobile devices at risk

Posted August 7, 2014 - 11:38 am

Vulnerabilities found in remote management software that carriers insist be installed on smart phones and other mobile-enabled devices they sell are likely to put many devices at risk of compromise for some time to come.

Big tech firms back Wi-FAR for remote broadband

Posted August 7, 2014 - 11:28 am

Google, Microsoft and Facebook are cranking up an emerging wireless technology known as Wi-FAR to help reduce the digital divide in remote and unconnected regions of the world.

China aims to rein in mobile messaging apps with new regulations

Posted August 7, 2014 - 7:03 am

China is tightening control over mobile messaging services with new rules that limit their role in spreading news.

Attention streamers: You have three weeks to archive your old streams!

Posted August 7, 2014 - 6:13 am

Also if you've been using copyrighted music, expect your archived content to get muted soon.

Marcelo Claure, Softbank's choice to lead Sprint, fits the mold by breaking it

Posted August 6, 2014 - 9:01 pm

Marcelo Claure, Sprint's incoming CEO, knows how to corner a market and make billions doing behind-the-scenes tasks that are pretty unglamorous -- except when he's on stage with J. Lo.

Google acquires Emu texting and virtual assistant app

Posted August 6, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Google has acquired Emu, a text-messaging app with a built-in virtual assistant created by a veteran of Apple's Siri team.

Amazon Fire Phone deep-dive review: Two weeks with a weird device

Posted August 6, 2014 - 3:56 pm

You can now buy almost anything from Amazon -- including a phone made by the retailer itself.

Office for iPad's PDF export feature has a big problem. Here's how fix it with IFTTT

Posted August 6, 2014 - 3:54 pm

You needn't be at the mercy of missing or half-baked features. Some of the gaps left in Word's functionality can be filled in with a little help from IFTTT.

Microsoft discounts Surface for college kids, goes for price edge over Apple's MacBook Air

Posted August 6, 2014 - 3:45 pm

$150 price cut makes the cheapest Surface Pro 3 tablet competitive with 11-in. MacBook Air.

Is Apple on its way to being a mobile enterprise player?

Posted August 6, 2014 - 3:44 pm

Apple's decision to team up with IBM is a watershed moment for enterprise mobility. What that means exactly remains to be seen.

Sapphire displays for iPhone 6 may be hard to come by: report

Posted August 6, 2014 - 3:12 pm

Unspecified "bottlenecks at various levels" of the sapphire production process mean that Apple may limit this year's introduction of sapphire iPhone displays or possibly even scrap the plan.

Public Knowledge readies complaint on mobile traffic throttling

Posted August 6, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Digital rights group Public Knowledge will file net neutrality complaints against each of the four largest mobile carriers in the U.S. over their practice of throttling some traffic, in some cases on so-called unlimited data plans.

Over 1 billion passwords stolen. Where's the actually useful info?

Posted August 6, 2014 - 1:57 pm

There's something shady about the latest big passwords breach

Sprint moves on CEO, T-Mobile bid signal transition

Posted August 6, 2014 - 12:19 pm

Mobile carrier Sprint faces an uncertain future after announcing it is replacing long-time CEO Dan Hesse and reportedly abandoning its bid to by competitor T-Mobile USA.
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