Mobile & Wireless

OnePlus Unveils its First Smartphone: The (Powerful and Customizable) OnePlus One

OnePlus Unveils its First Smartphone: The (Powerful and Customizable) OnePlus One

OnePlus, the startup founded by former Oppo VP Pete Lau, has unveiled its first smartphone, the OnePlus One. It's a powerful effort, with a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel f/2 camera unit, and bottom-facing stereo speakers designed with assistance from JBL. It runs a ...

How to Disable Facebook Videos from Auto-Playing in Browser, on Mobile

How to Disable Facebook Videos from Auto-Playing in Browser, on Mobile

Facebook recently introduced auto-playing video ads on desktop and mobile, but thankfully there's now a switch to opt out. Here's what you have to do. For Facebook on the desktop, you can turn off auto-play videos in your settings: On Facebook, head to the drop-down menu in the upper right-hand corner and go to Settings ...

Apple Patches Security Flaws for iOS, Mac and AirPort Extreme

Apple Patches Security Flaws for iOS, Mac and AirPort Extreme

Apple has just pushed out software updates that fix security vulnerabilities on the iPhone and iPad and certain versions of Mac OS X Mountain Lion and Mavericks. It has also circulated a second update that patches a vulnerability that exposes the most recent model of AirPort Extreme to the Heartbleed bug. First the ...

Microsoft Adds Remote Desktop App Preview to Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft Adds Remote Desktop App Preview to Windows Phone 8.1

On April 23, Microsoft quietly made available for download a preview of its Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone 8.1. Many Windows Phone users were none too happy that Microsoft delivered Remote Desktop apps for Android phones and iPhones last fall with no word on when it planned to introduce a Windows Phone version. In ...

Instagram Personalizes ‘Explore’ Tab, Adds Top Posts and More

Instagram Personalizes ‘Explore’ Tab, Adds Top Posts and More

Rather than just sunsets from foreign countries and selfies by fashion models, Instagram’s Explore page is now also personalized with top photos and videos Liked by people you follow. Personalization highlights Instagram’s focus on your own social graph and a subjective vision of beauty, to contrast with Vine, which ...

Vonage’s ReachMe Roaming Lets You Send & Receive Calls Abroad for Free

Vonage’s ReachMe Roaming Lets You Send & Receive Calls Abroad for Free

If you've traveled abroad, you know that answering calls can run you a pretty penny -- or, you may be like the fifty percent of global international travelers don’t even use voice services out of fear of high roaming costs. Vonage aims to change all that with ReachMe Roaming, which lets U.S. travelers receive free ...

Sprint Will Unlock All U.S. Phones Made After February 2015

Sprint Will Unlock All U.S. Phones Made After February 2015

The US mobile market is weird in that almost all the phones floating around here are locked to one carrier or another. You can usually request an unlock code from the carrier if you are not under contract or still paying off the device, but Sprint is different. It claims it doesn't have any mechanism to unlock phones for ...

Study: Samsung’s Apps Are Rarely Used by Anyone

Study: Samsung’s Apps Are Rarely Used by Anyone

As Samsung's best-selling smartphones face increasing competition from a horde of Chinese lookalikes, one of the South Korean giant’s key goals has been to translate demand for its devices into interest for Samsung’s homegrown software and services. But a new study shows how far the company still has to go. Strategy ...

Google Street View Lets You Go Back in Time, See Archived Images

Google Street View Lets You Go Back in Time, See Archived Images

Every day, Google’s Street View cars capture massive amounts of data and the company then publishes them on Google Maps at regular intervals. Until now, the only images you could see on Google Maps were the latest images. Starting Wednesday, however, you will also be able to go back in time and see older images. When ...

The Technology of Coachella

The Technology of Coachella

I just spent three days in Indio listening to a whole bunch of my favorite music. From Queens of the Stone Age to Lorde to ZZ Ward, everything about my first festival was memorable. But from a tech perspective, one thing trumps all else: the festival’s wristbands. (If your guess was the two-minute voiceover about ...