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iPhone 5 sees faster data speeds on T-Mobile after hacked carrier update

Are you using an iPhone 5 on T-Mobile? Are you in an area with re-farmed 1900MHz HSPA+ spectrum? Well rejoice! Some enterprising folks over at <i>TmoNews</i> have hacked Apple's carrier update for T-Mobile to boost data speeds on the 1900MHz (PCS) HSPA+ band. Better yet, this tweak applies to both …

Here's Why Facebook Wants To Spend $1 Billion On Waze, According To Industry Sources Who Are Smarter Than We Are

Waze makes a "social" mapping app for smartphones. It was founded in 2009, and it has been backed by investors that include Horizons Ventures Hong Kong and Kleiner Perkins.<p>Last July, when Waze hit 20 million users, this is how BI's Alyson Shontell described the service:<p>Waze relies on the community …

Waze

Suspected ID thief exposed by food porn on Instagram

Those who steal your identity digitally are not nice people.<p>On the other hand, they are still people. Which often means that -- somewhere -- they have online enthusiasms which still take them over and reveal their own identities to the outside world.<p>IRS investigators say that a predilection for …

Crime

How Much Better Will The Camera On The iPhone 5S Be?

There have been six iPhone models from Apple in as many years, and each one has made fairly significant improvements to its camera. Apple now claims (in a recent TV ad) that, “Every day, more photos are taken with the iPhone than any other camera.” If you look on Flickr, indeed you will see that …

Nokia Teases New Lumia’s Camera In Prime Time TV Ad, Ahead Of “See What’s Next” London Event On Tuesday

Nokia has run a TV advert teasing a new Lumia device it’s widely expected to unveil at an event in London on Tuesday. The advert ran during a prime time evening slot on Channel 4, during a screening of The Inbetweeners movie. The teaser advert focused on the camera of an unnamed new Lumia …

The Future of Wireless Power

We live in a wireless world. Cell phones, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2G, 3G, 4G — the always on, always connected world of digital devices is driven by the magic of wireless. But all our devices, from smart phones to laptops, still rely on cords and plugs for charging. Everyone’s had their cell phone become …

Amid Standards Battle, Wireless Power Consortium Gets a New Ally

The battle over wireless charging is heating up.<p>With at least three different standards groups offering different ways to cut the cord, the early …

Sony Xperia ZR announced, allows underwater photography down to five feet of depth (video)

Sony's ratcheted up its water-resistant device tech a notch with the launch of the Xperia ZR, a new 4.6-inch, 720p Android smartphone that's waterproof to 1.5 meters (5 feet). Sony boasts that its new device will let you film your snorkeling adventures in full HD quality, with HDR in both video or …

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Sony shrinks the Xperia Z to 4.6 inches with new Xperia ZR

Sony has unveiled a new variant of its flagship Android smartphone, launching the LTE-enabled Xperia ZR with enhanced waterproofing for use at depths of up to 1.5 meters. The Xperia ZR is a mid-range smartphone and ships with a slightly smaller 4.6-inch display than the Xperia Z. While the device …

This is the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini [leak]

A set of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini pictures have supposedly surfaced online, and, while they’re not official, they are pretty consistent with how the device looked in previously leaked images.<p>Namely, the new pictures of the Galaxy S4 Mini show a device that looks like a smaller Samsung Galaxy S4, …

Samsung next gen 5G wireless service hits 1 Gbps in testing

Samsung Electronics has announced that it has been testing next-generation 5G wireless service in one of its in-house testing centers. Samsung …

Five Android sensations coming in 2013

We’ve seen a plethora of a great devices released in 2013 already. HTC managed to make a comeback with its immaculate and beautifully crafted device, the HTC One. Samsung? They launched the Galaxy S4, and though some may not like it, it’s still one of the most anticipated and biggest releases of …

Mobile Devices

Groupon Squares Up To Rivals With Groupon POS, An iPad App And Dashboard For On-Site, Mobile Payments

Groupon is once again expanding its portfolio of mobile payment services, putting it in closer competition with the likes of Square and PayPal’s here targeting local merchants: today it has released Groupon POS, which appears to be an iPad-specific version of its mobile payments service aimed at …

Dell’s Special Committee Asks Carl Icahn to Get Specific on Buyout Plans

The board committee running Dell’s attempt to go private has asked the activist investor Carl Icahn to get specific about his plans to buy out the …

Nokia video teases next Lumia with eye on camera

Nokia is shining a light on the camera and flash of a new Lumia smartphone.<p>A video posted on YouTube today takes us on a tour of the phone from the camera to the lens to the flash, promising "more than your eyes can see" and telling us that "the new Nokia Lumia is coming."<p>So, just which model Lumia …

Mobile Technology

Android chief working on smoother updates, fine with Facebook Home

Android head Sundar Pichai might be new to the job of leading Google's mobile operating system, but he's already working at improving the update process for that software.<p>In a Wired interview published Monday, Pichai acknowledged that update paths to new versions of Android can be difficult, but …

Sundar Pichai

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active makes appearance in Bluetooth SIG document

Samsung Galaxy S4<p>The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, rumored for a while now as a rugged version of the Korean company’s flagship device, now has some new clues pointing towards it.<p>A device bearing the model name GT-I9295, which Sam Mobile has recently said that it belongs to the Samsung Galaxy S4 …

The World's Most Powerful Computer Network Is Being Wasted on Bitcoin

Bitcoin mining machines are insane powerhouses, and they're only getting crazier. How much power is getting sunk into the digital cryptocurrency? …

Bitcoin

Motorola's hotly-rumored 'XFON' may have cleared FCC with AT&T support

Since March, rumors have been swirling of a Motorola phone said to have considerably more influence from its corporate parent, and now we're seeing the biggest evidence that this phone will be coming soon. A new FCC filing has revealed a Motorola phone (model XT1058), and an image of the phone's …

Nokia Lumia 925 leaks a day early

Nokia’s big surprise for Tuesday has apparently been revealed early, with the Nokia Lumia 925 being supposedly pictured in advance of its official …

Leaked Images Reveal Lumia 925, Nokia's 'Catwalk' Smartphone

Rumors about a new flagship smartphone from Nokia, codenamed ‘Catwalk’, have been circulating on the Internet for some time. Less than 24 hours before the company holds a dedicated Lumia event in London, a photograph has been published by evleaks on Twitter showing what could easily be the new …

The truth about driving under the influence of Google Glass

I drove from Los Angeles to San Francisco while wearing Google Glass, and I did not get into an accident.<p>That's the first thing you should know about using Glass while driving. The second thing you should know is this: It's absolutely safer driving with Glass than picking up your phone and looking …

Your Gmail, Drive, and Google+ Storage Is Now One Big 15 GB Chunk

It used to be that you'd have 10 GB of storage for your Gmail account, and 5 GB to share between your Google Drive and your Google+ pictures. Not …

Google Drive

ABC will reportedly launch TV streaming app this week

Television network ABC will reportedly launch an app this week that will allow residents of New York and Philadelphia to watch local programming live on their iPhones and iPads.<p>The new app will deliver live broadcasts from the local ABC stations at the touch of a "Live" button, making ABC the first …

Mobile Devices

Facebook Home flagship phone, HTC First, may be discontinued

Facebook Home has suffered since launch.<p>Facebook’s HTC First, the smartphone herald of Facebook Home, will be discontinued by carrier partner AT&T, …