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T-Mobile says it has no plans to offer Sony Xperia Z5

T-Mobile and Sony have been pretty tight in the past, coming together to sell the Xperia Z, Xperia Z1s, and Xperia Z3. So I’m betting that when Sony …

T-Mobile

T-Mobile introduces native video calling to take on Skype and FaceTime

T-Mobile today announced that it will now offer free video calls with its Uncarrier service. Compatible phones at launch include the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+.<p>T-Mobile Video Calling is similar to what Google Hangouts offer – select a contact and just simply press the camera icon to make a …

T-Mobile CEO John Legere turns Verizon's new logo against itself

Today's Verizon logo change might be less of a big deal than Google's was earlier this week, but if there's one person who's going to have reliably strong opinions about minor tweaks to carrier branding, it's T-Mobile boss John Legere. And Legere didn't disappoint. A few hours after Verizon …

Comcast's gigabit internet should be widely available by 2018

Don't despair if you're a Comcast customer jonesing for super-fast gigabit internet access -- it'll come your way eventually. The cable company's network architecture VP explains to <i>FierceCable</i> that the broadband technology needed for this kind of service (the DOCSIS 3.1 standard) should reach …

Michigan Researchers Create Virtual Reality 'Matrix' With Unreal Engine

Infinite space in a 10-foot x 10-foot room<p>One of the key revelations of the seminal 1999 sci-film <i>The Matrix</i> was (spoiler alert) that most of humanity was trapped inside an elaborate virtual world. At the time, the scenario seemed far-fetched, if not wholly outside the realm of possibility. But 16 …

Drone no-fly zone in California will stifle innovation, say industry advocates

If bill is signed by governor, it will be a trespass violation to fly unmanned aircraft or drones over private property below 350ft without consent of owner or tenant<p>California lawmakers have sided with privacy advocates to pass a bill that bans drones from flying lower than 350ft (106m) over …

Drones

Pebble Time Steel: metal body and 150-hour battery life is how all smartwatches should be

Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian<p>A metal case and leather strap sets the Steel apart from the Time, shown here on a female wrist.<p>84<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/6375b4b6434fc2b3944f61b66698e78e30993f92/0_0_2100_1260/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian<p>The magnetic charger attaches …

Zipcar Buys Fleet Management Startup Local Motion

Zipcar looks like it is boosting the enterprise side of its car sharing business after it acquired Local Motion, a five-year old fleet management startup, in an undisclosed deal.<p>Local Motion raised $6 million from Andreessen Horowitz in 2013, and it counts the VC firm’s former Microsoft exec Steven …

Carsharing

Watch Sony’s First Aerosense Drone Take Flight

Sony has given the world the first peek of its upcoming drone project. Cool though it is — the craft takes off vertically in this YouTube video — consumers shouldn’t get too excited as these drones are for enterprise and business usage rather than the gadget-buying public.<p>This is the first …

Sony's next phone is yet another rectangular slab

If you were hoping for a radical change in Sony's Xperia formula, bad news -- it looks like the company is sticking with its blocky "Omnibalance" design for now. A tweet from Sony UK is teasing a new smartphone that will be unveiled on September 2nd, immediately before the IFA trade show. It shows …

WhatsApp (Android) gets custom notifications and new emoji

WhatsApp has updated its messaging app on Android with a bunch of useful new features today, giving users better control over notifications from individual contacts.<p>The ability to toggle the read status of chats showed up in an earlier build last month, but it’s here for all users now. Long-press …

Apps

Tim Cook’s email to Jim Cramer may have violated SEC rules, say lawyers

The email Apple CEO Tim Cook sent to CNBC analyst Jim Cramer, and which was read on the air, may have violated Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, according to lawyers speaking to <i>MarketWatch</i>. The regulations are designed to ensure that information that may impact a company’s share price …

Hortonworks Acquires Onyara, Early Startup With Roots In NSA

Hortonworks, the big data company built on Hadoop, bought early-stage startup Onyara today. The company, which launched at the end of last year, has its roots in the NSA — yes that NSA.<p>The Onyara engineers worked at the NSA for 8 years helping to develop a technology that would later be known as …

Big Data

Best Buy Accelerating Apple Watch Rollout to All 1,050 Stores Amid Strong Demand

Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly today announced that the company plans to accelerate support for the Apple Watch by having the wearable device be sold in every one of its 1,050 retail locations across the United States "by the end of September" (via <i>Fortune</i>).<p>The move follows Best Buy's initial plan to …

Apple Watch

Amazon’s “Prime Now” Expands To Seattle Region, Adds Beer, Wine & Liquor Delivery Option

Amazon’s one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, is finally making its way to the company’s hometown with today’s launch in Seattle and surrounding regions. Included in the expansion are Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland areas, the company says. The move comes shortly after the service’s …

eCommerce

Google is doubling down on biotech

The company is turning the team that develops smart contact lenses and other healthcare initiatives into a full-fledged, standalone company rather than a lab project.<p>The life sciences group will "graduate" from the Google X labs and become its own separate company under the new Alphabet corporate …

Emerging Technology

Peak Android? YoY Growth Lowest Ever In Q2, Says Gartner

It’s no wonder Google is expanding its efforts to broaden Android’s reach by working with OEMs in emerging markets, via its Android One smartphone affordability program; the latest global smartphone market data from analyst Gartner shows growth slowing, and Android specifically recording its …

Yahoo Weather warns you about rain in time to find an umbrella

Weather apps are quite handy, and now Yahoo's mobile software is even more helpful. The app will send you an alert 15 minutes before rain or snow is expected to start so you have enough time to prepare. The new feature offers warnings similar to Dark Sky's weather info. That app takes readings from …

James Cameron on virtual reality: 'Yawn' (Tomorrow Daily 229)

Alphabet spins the life sciences division of Google X into standalone company

Google’s Life Sciences team has graduated into a standalone entity. Previously part of Google X, it will now be a wholly owned subsidiary of Alphabet.<p>Via a Google+ post, Alphabet President Sergey Brin said Andy Conrad would act as Life Sciences CEO. Day to day, nothing will change:<p>While the …

Standalone

Qualcomm Looks to Enter Drone Market Before It Takes Off

With smartphone market growth slowing, Qualcomm is looking for new places to sell its processors. Enter the drones.<p>With growth in the smartphone market leveling off, chipmaker Qualcomm is looking for other buyers for its processors.<p>One area the company is targeting in the short term is the growing …

Comcast releases its livestreaming app to all subscribers

Comcast says its livestreaming app did very well during its limited release, so the company's now making it available to <i>all</i> Xfinity customers. The app, called Xfinity Share, gives you a way to broadcast video streams, photos and even previously recorded videos not just on your own TVs, but on other …

International ZUK Z1 will be powered by Cyanogen OS, features USB-C and USB 3.1

Earlier this month we reported on the ZUK Z1, a new smartphone from a Lenovo-backed company that is attempting to challenge established players in the “affordable yet powerful” smartphone space. At the time, all we knew for sure was that the phone would debut in China. As it turns out, an …

Mobile Technology

Uber And Ola Add Free In-Car WiFi To Their Taxi On-Demand Services In India

There’s good news if you’re a ride-sharing app regular in India and sick of struggling with the country’s sometimes (/often) patchy mobile internet coverage. Both Uber and Indian rival Ola have revealed that they will begin offering in-car connectivity to customers for free.<p>Uber just made its …

India

Amazon's Echo will soon control SmartThings devices

Just in time for the release of SmartThings new home automation hub next month, it looks like the Samsung-owned smart home platform is getting Amazon Echo integration soon, according to a (now unpublished) blog post. Echo can already control other smart home platforms with your voice, like WeMo and …

Google Chrome spellchecks multiple languages at once

Google is adding a new feature for Chrome that will help bilingual folks and ex-pats a lot. Developer François Beaufort revealed that you can now spellcheck in multiple languages, even in the same document, without getting the dreaded squiggly red lines. That's a feature that the Android SwiftKey …

Firefox is about to work a lot more like Chrome

Mozilla is beginning to make a series of changes to Firefox that'll make certain aspects of the browser operate a lot more like Chrome. The changes are broadly designed to make Firefox more secure and stable, but they also have the downside of making it less customizable and potentially more of a …

Samsung's next big thing is a free trial program for iPhone owners

You know Samsung isn't afraid to taunt Apple with ads. But now, in the name of marketing, the South Korean company is introducing a program that aims to lure users away from the iPhone. With Ultimate Test Drive, Samsung's giving owners of Apple's smartphone the chance to try its new Galaxy Note 5 …

Four Lightning Strikes in Belgium Erase Google Customer Data

Google says four successive lightning strikes on one of its cloud infrastructure facilities in Europe last week permanently wiped out some customers' data stored on disks. Google called the incident "exceptional" and apologized to those affected.<p>In an online statement Wednesday, Google said the …

iPods may soon be harder to find in Apple stores

Apple is yet again tweaking its retail stores to be cleaner and ritzier.<p>It's getting rid of Smart Signs — informational iPads that sit beside demo …