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Verizon's new unlimited plans throttle video all the time

Verizon's revival of the unlimited data plan was supposed to be a good thing: it was bringing back worry-free service that let you use your smartphone as much as you like. Unfortunately, the carrier is making things complicated again. In the wake of tests that capped streaming video speeds, Verizon …

Mobile

Download some of the Note 4 wallpapers here

Now that the Note 4 received its warm welcome from hordes of eager fans, it’s time for the device to go through the typical phases of product launches in the Android world. One of these ritual phases is the leaking of various software goodies found on the device, including the wallpapers the device …

Gear & Gadgets

Google goes more Apple than ever in ad for rebranded mobile app

Company relaunches the app formerly known as Google Search with an ad that, for all the world, could have been made by Cupertino.<p>For the longest time, warm feelings in gadget ads seemed to belong to Apple.<p>While others peddled irrelevant features, Apple slathered the consumer in a balm of warmth and …

Apps

Meet Samsung’s new smartphone chip that consumes 25% less power

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Samsung<p>Samsung is often called a follower but this time it’s a leader: The company’s new Exynos 5430 smartphone chip …

BBM Now At 85M Monthly Active Users, 113M Registered Users, 500,000 Channels

The BlackBerry that’s in the process of reinventing itself is an increasingly cross-platform creature — retrenching to serving its enterprise core by seeking to help them manage the bring-your-own-device wave that decimated its previous business.<p>Mobile device management — or rather the broader …

Moto G sees largest sales in the history of Motorola

We were pretty impressed when we reviewed the Moto G back in December last year. Although it’s not the best performing handset on the market, in terms of value for money the Moto G can’t be beaten, and it seems that consumers also agree. The Moto G has now become Motorola’s biggest selling …

Mobile Technology

Indonesian Startup Project Shoe Targets The West With Custom Shoes

Everyone knows it isn’t easy for women to buy the perfect shoes that they really love, especially when they have to select from pre-designed ones. Whatever happened to being unique?<p>In response to this, Indonesian investor and entrepreneur Aryo P. Ariotedjo has harnessed the power of the Internet to …

BeHere app uses iBeacons to automatically take attendance as students enter the classroom

A new app called BeHere aimed at teachers uses Apple’s new Bluetooth LE iBeacon technology to recognize students and automatically take attendance as they enter a classroom.<p>With the BeHere app installed, the teacher’s iPad acts as an iBeacon and students entering the classroom with an iPhone, iPad, …

Mailtracker For iOS Brings Read Receipt Functionality To Apple’s Default Mail Application

Want to stalk people via email, so you’ll know the moment they read your message? Or maybe you want to know if they gave your message a <i>good</i> look, instead of only a glance? Mailtracker, a newly launched app for iPhone, allows you to do just that, and more.<p>Email stalking? Oh god, why am I telling you …

Apple v. Samsung: All you need to know about latest patent trial (FAQ)

The rivals will return to the courtroom on Monday. The trial is still all about smartphone and tablet patents, but this time, the accused devices are newer, including the Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4S.<p>Here we go again.<p>Almost two years after Apple and Samsung faced off in a messy patent dispute, the …

Galaxy Note

17 Fixes To Common Internet Problems We All Know And Hate

If you're reading this, it means some part of you enjoys surfing the Internet. Maybe you even enjoy spending an enormous percentage of your day doing it.<p>But are you doing it correctly? Is your web browsing as efficient, productive and fun as it could be? If you're unsure, and you should be, follow …

Apple Patents Smudge-Resistant Sapphire Coating, Suggesting Displays Are On The Way

Apple has filed for a patent (via AppleInsider) that adds further fuel to the fire around the possibility it will use sapphire glass for future device displays. The the new application describes how an oleophobic (oil-repelling) coating might be added to sapphire glass to make it smudge and …

Apple says it wants emoji to be more multicultural

Emoji — the tiny art that can be stuck in texts, emails, and elsewhere to emote thoughts, feelings, and replace entire words — doesn't have a whole lot of diversity when it comes to the humans who are depicted. Very few of those characters, which originated from Japanese phone carriers, are …

Apple working with Unicode Consortium to create more diverse emoji icons

Apple responded to recent inquiries about the lack of diversity among the emoji characters that ship with iOS, saying that the company is working with the Unicode Consortium to remedy that.<p>Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly …

Galaxy S5 Active to hit A&T, Sprint, other carriers -- report

Known leaker @evleaks says the S5 Active is real and is coming but doesn’t say when.<p>Samsung is reportedly aiming a Galaxy S5 Active at AT&T, Sprint, and other carriers.<p>Offering up the purported scoop on Twitter, @evleaks said Monday that a phone with the model number SM-G870x is the Galaxy S5 …

Phones

BucketListly For iPhone Helps You Track Your Goals, Swap Travel Stories With Fellow Dreamers

What things do you want to accomplish before you die? What’s on your “bucket list?” Me, I just want to take one solid, multi-hour nap, but I know there are people out there with slightly larger goals in mind. For them, a new mobile application called, heh, BucketListly, works to serve as both a …

Hole In WhatsApp For Android Lets Hackers Steal Your Conversations

As part of what is predominantly an Android security issue, a CTO and consultant has discovered a vulnerability in WhatsApp encryption that could allow another app to access and read all of a user’s chat conversations within it.<p>Bas Bosschert, the CTO at DoubleThink, has posted his own method for …

Apple drops its 30 day return policy on iPhones down to 14 days

In the recent past, customers who purchased an iPhone directly from the Apple Online Store and in Apple Retail Stores have had 30 days to return the device for any reason. The only stipulation was that it had to be undamaged and include all of the original accessories. According to an internal …

Rover, a doggy Airbnb, raises $12M round led by Menlo Ventures

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Hulu Pet Channel<p>If you still needed evidence that the collaborative consumption model is spreading to all sectors of …

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FORTUNE — Every year, the South by Southwest Interactive festival comes along, and every year, like clockwork, someone must self-righteously bemoan how the festival is so over. SXSW has jumped the shark; it’s too big, too noisy, no longer relevant, the worst event in the history of humankind. It …

Leaked ad reveals new HTC One, details dual camera functionality

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: GSMArena<p>The new HTC One has leaked yet again – but this one leak is a little more informative than most. GSMArena got …

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 KitKat update goes live today

Continuing with the stream of KitKat updates that have been heading out to various carrier branded Galaxy S4 handsets over the past few weeks, T-Mobile is now also pushing out its Android 4.4.2 Kitkat update to the popular Samsung smartphone.<p>The update is available over-the-air starting from today, …

Android News

How Sonos Completely Changed My Music Listening Habits

Almost everyone uses some form of music streaming service these days and there’s a never-ending list of options: Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, Rdio, Google Play Music and 8tracks are just a few among the ton of services out there. However, you probably have little time to actually listen to all the …

Samsung Devices Get Exclusive 'Milk Music' Streaming App

Users of Samsung's popular Galaxy series of phones got a nice perk Friday: a new streaming music app exclusive to phones of that make. Called "Milk Music," it's free, and better still, there are no ads.<p>Although the service is billed as new, it actually is more of a shiny coat of paint on the …

Samsung

T-Mobile's tweaked Simple Choice plans come with more data, unlimited international texting

T-Mobile's customer-friendly "Uncarrier" schtick seems to be changing people's minds about the country's 4th largest wireless provider, and it's not done fiddling with that formula just yet. The folks in magenta just announced a slew of tweaks to its Simple Choice plans that make them worth yet</i> …

How Lego Become The World's Hottest Toy Company

They will add to the already gigantic heap of Lego bits: 86 for every person on the planet. The toymaker has enjoyed ten years of spectacular growth, almost quadrupling its revenue.<p>In 2012 it overtook Hasbro to become the world's second-largest toymaker. The number one, Mattel, is now seeking to …

Lego

Samsung’s New Chromebook Apparently Getting The Leather Look Of Galaxy Devices

Samsung’s next Chromebook has broken cover, courtesy of pro device leaker @evleaks, and the Chrome OS-powered notebook has a familiar design trait that’s becoming a Samsung trademark: faux leather. Like the back of its new NotePRO and TabPRO Android tablets, the back of the lid of this new …

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 5S vs. LG G Pro 2

We take a look at how the Samsung Galaxy S5 stacks up against the other top smartphones.<p>The Samsung Galaxy S5 is, without a doubt, one of the most popular phones of 2014. The follow up to the Galaxy S4 packs a refreshed design, tons of new sensors, and an updated operating system.<p>It's also …

Phones

BlackBerry hits back at T-Mobile’s ‘Switch to iPhone’ offer, despite CEO’s tweeted apology

You wouldn’t think an offer to let you get your hands on an iPhone 5s with no up-front payment could cause quite so much fuss, but a T-Mobile offer aimed specifically at BlackBerry customers seems to have caused quite the controversy.<p>While many BlackBerry owners may have been welcomed the offer, …

T-Mobile will soon require half your phone to be paid off before upgrading with Jump

T-Mobile is modifying its Jump early upgrade plan later this month, and all of the changes aren't for the better. Come February 23rd, Jump customers will no longer be limited to two upgrades per year. Instead, you'll be able to upgrade whenever you want and as often as you want. But there's a …