Justin Gray

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AT&T stumbles in helping customer with $24,000 phone bill

It wasn't what Ron Dorff said. It was how he said it.<p>The 83-year-old Woodland Hills resident wanted to let me know he was having problems with his phone company, AT&T.<p>I get calls like this every day. But Dorff's desperation was clear. I could hear it in his voice.<p>"It's the bill," he explained. "The …

Identity Theft

Verizon continues to feel pressure from wireless rivals

The largest US carrier remained vulnerable to competitors' pitches in the first quarter of 2015, but it did manage to slow the number of customers jumping ship.<p>Verizon may not have added as many new wireless customers as some analysts predicted, but the company slowed the number of customers …

Apple will let you cut the line if you're buying a $10,000 Apple Watch Edition

Customers thinking of buying the Apple Watch Edition will be pampered in Apple's stores and receive free, round-the-clock tech support for two years, according to a report from <i>9to5Mac</i>. Would-be Edition owners — who could be shelling out as much as $17,000 for a 38mm, 18-karat gold case with a …

Smartwatches

4 Ways To Improve Customer Experience Using Data

<i>Sara Vera is a data scientist at</i> <i>Insightly</i><i>, a CRM and project management tool.</i><p>In marketing, data is power. Surveys of marketers across industries suggest that brands of all shapes and sizes have hopped on the big data bandwagon. The Direct Marketing Association found that 84 percent of respondents …

Meet Olio, the high-end smartwatch that's about to take on Apple

Olio is a higher-end smartwatch that launched its first two collections today. The limited-edition pieces feature "top-of-the-line materials and craftsmanship typically found in high-end Swiss watches," the company states in a release.<p>One of Olio's co-founders, Steve Jacobs, has led product …

Jaw-dropping Magic Leap demo shows off our augmented future

Google's multi-million dollar investment in augmented reality startup Magic Leap appears to be paying off if this demo reel is any indication. In it, the fledgling AR firm shows off what a year and half a billion dollars can accomplish. That includes productivity functions like being able to access …

Xbox One March update starts rolling out with screenshot feature, suggested friends, spam reporting, and more

Microsoft began rolling out the Xbox One March update today, which includes one of the most requested features from the community: screenshot support. Other notable improvements include additions to Friends, chat, and sharing.<p>You can now take screenshots while playing a game. Just double-tap the …

The secret your cellphone company doesn't want you to know

Recently, AT&T surprised everyone when it added a new option to its GigaPower fiber Internet service: privacy. Yes, for just $29 more a month, AT&T promises it WON'T sell your search and browsing history to advertisers. How generous.<p>While there's still some doubt about how private your information …

The latest Mac mini is low-priced, but doesn't skimp on power

Mac mini (2014) review<p>Smallest Mac, big power<p>Machined perfection<p>Plenty of ports<p>Upgradeable no more<p>Retina-ready<p>Travel buddy<p>Desktop computers aren’t …

This might be the most gorgeous Google-powered smartwatch yet

The Huawei Watch looks more like a timepiece that a gadget, and Huawei said it worked with watchmakers on the gadget's design. The watch itself is made of more than 130 components and comes in gold, silver, and black.<p>It has a round screen like the Moto 360 and LG G Watch R. Huawei is also calling …

Wearable Tech

Huawei Watch Leaks Ahead Of MWC And It's Kind Of Hot, With Android Wear

Mobile World Congress, in beautiful Barcelona Spain, starts next week and the leaks and early tip offs are now flowing fast and furious. Today, an unlikely horse in the smartwatch race has emerged and its carrying the Android Wear flag to take on the Apple Watch that’s expected to be formally …

Wearable Tech

Design firm wants this round wooden phone to be your family heirloom

See that wooden round thing above? That's a smartphone -- a real, working smartphone with a high-res screen and a camera, and not just a concept that will never come to life. Just imagining how to take calls on it without a headset or how to access websites on it is giving us a headache, but it's …

LG's premium smartwatch now comes with LTE and mobile payments

Believe it or not, LG already has an upgraded version of its luxurious Watch Urbane: meet the Watch Urbane LTE, a souped-up version that focuses on speedy mobile data. The timepiece (which isn't using Android Wear) isn't as substantial a phone replacement as Samsung's Gear S, but it will let you …

Google Buys Softcard Technology to Improve Wallet

Google has announced a deal with Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T to pre-install Google Wallet on all of their Android devices in the US from later this year. As part of the agreement, it’s buying technology from Softcard, the mobile payments app owned by the three carriers.<p>There had been rumors that …

Android News

Apple Releases Photos for OS X Beta for Apple Developers

Apple has let loose details of its brand new Photos app — the expected replacement for both iPhoto and Aperture.<p>Today, the new app was bundled into a beta version of OS X 10.10.3, which Apple made available to its developers. Overall, the look is simple and uncluttered, borrowing from the iOS …

OS X

Tesla knocks on Apple's door when it wants new employees

From strong leadership to disruptive products, there's a lot of corporate DNA shared by Apple and Tesla. It turns out, however, there's also a lot of <i>actual</i> DNA shared as well. A <i>Bloomberg</i> report on Tesla's hiring practices says the carmaker poaches more employees from Apple than it does from any …

Apple 'planning Beats-powered streaming service'

Apple is actively working on a new streaming service designed to rival Spotify, according to reports<p>Apple is working on a Beats-powered streaming service to rival Spotify, according to new reports.<p>The as yet-unnamed service will be integrated into iOS, iTunes and Apple TV, including an overhaul of …

Apple Just Had The Most Profitable Quarter Of Any Company Ever

Apple had a pretty good quarter.<p>And by “pretty good,” I mean it was the biggest quarter in history. And not just for Apple. For any company. Ever.<p>This page charts the past record holders. Until today, Russia’s Gazprom (the largest natural gas extractor in the world) held the record at $16.2 billion …

Third-Party Tesla App Provides Look at Opportunities and Limitations of Apple Watch Development [Updated]

Apple made its WatchKit SDK available alongside the release of iOS 8.2 and Xcode 6.2 beta in November, enabling developers to begin creating apps and software for the wrist-worn device. Looking beyond mockups and conceptual apps, however, a new third-party Tesla app designed by ELEKS offers insight …

Smartwatches

Verizon will allow customers to opt out of insidious tracking tool

Verizon will allow users to opt out of what's called a "unique identifier header" or UIDH, a digital ID that's used to track its customers' browsing …

Here comes the Apple Watch: Apple announces ship date

When Apple reported a record profit of $18 billion on Tuesday it also disclosed the timing of one the most anticipated products this year, the Apple Watch.<p>“Development for Apple Watch is right on schedule and we expect to begin shipping in April,” CEO Tim Cook said in the conference call after the …

Joel McHale: Burning Calories With Fitbit Can Help Feed the Hungry

When I wear my Fitbit (I have a tendency to—unconsciously—take off wearable tech while I snooze, which is a bummer, because sleep is one of those things I definitely want to track), I love analyzing the data it provides. (There was one day, apparently, when I logged more than <i>three miles</i> just going …

KGI: Apple Watch to Begin Shipping in March, 12-inch MacBook Air in Q1 2015

According to a new report by Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo, Apple will reportedly begin shipping the Apple Watch in March and the 12-inch MacBook …

Here's How to Pick the Best Tablet For You

Five years ago, no one knew quite what to make of the tablet. Was it the future of the laptop? Was it made for creation or consumption? And in the …

New Galaxy S6 Leak Confirms Radical Samsung Plans

Few smartphones generate as much interest as iPhones, but the Samsung Galaxy S range is easily next in line. Unfortunately for Samsung it also suffers the same Swiss cheese security as Apple and following major leak after major leak its plans to step in a brave new direction have now been spoilt by …

Phones

Samsung's smartphone woes continue with Q4 profit drop

The maker of Galaxy phones has been struggling to compete with Apple, Xiaomi and others, and 2015 isn't likely to be any easier.<p>It's tough to be Samsung right now.<p>The South Korean electronics giant on Wednesday reported a 36 percent drop in companywide operating profit from a year earlier, to 5.3 …

Profit

Apple’s quarterly profit set new world record for any company, says Standard & Poor’s

Apple didn’t just set a new record for the company when it beat every forecast in the Q1 results announced yesterday, it set a new world record for the most profitable quarter of any company in history, says credit ratings giant Standard & Poor’s. Its net profit of $18B far exceeded the previous …

Profit

iOS 8.1.3 Fixes Exploits Used by TaiG Jailbreak

It appears that today's iOS 8.1.3 update fixes many of the exploits that were used for the iOS 8 TaiG jailbreak, which worked up until iOS 8.1.2. The earlier Pangu jailbreak was disabled with the iOS 8.1.1 update that was released on November 17.<p>TaiG has not yet confirmed whether iOS 8.1.3 breaks …

iOS

Apple Pay coming to 200,000 vending machines, kiosks, paid parking & other self-serve locations

While individual retailers have been announcing support for Apple Pay as more NFC terminals enable the service, it’s still hit and miss on vending machines and other self-serve, unattended hardware. USA Technologies today announced it’s bringing support to around 200,000 of these self-serve payment …

Apple Pay