Mobile & Wireless

Verizon Boosts FiOS Upload Speeds to Match Download Speeds (for Free)

Verizon Boosts FiOS Upload Speeds to Match Download Speeds (for Free)

In a rare show of generosity from an Internet service provider, Verizon plans to boost FiOS upload speeds to match customers' download speeds at no extra charge. ISPs typically offer much slower uploads compared to downloads. Under Verizon's previous plan, for instance, customers with 15 Mbps downloads only received 5 Mbps ...

PlaceUs (iOS) Offers Smart Location-Based Sharing

PlaceUs (iOS) Offers Smart Location-Based Sharing

Alohar Mobile, the location startup led by ex-Google Maps architect Sam Liang, on Wednesday launched a new iPhone app called PlaceUs that tries to add contextual intelligence to location sharing. PlaceUs aims to help people stay connected with a close circle of loved ones. As the app learns your routines, it can do things ...

Wearable Adoption Will Soar When They Can Save Your Life

Wearable Adoption Will Soar When They Can Save Your Life

The problem with wearables is that usually people stop wearing them. According to one recent report, one-third of users of activity-tracking wearables, like the Fitbit and the Jawbone, toss their devices aside after just six months. To overcome this, a small cadre of companies has been furiously working to develop smaller, ...

Reports: There Have Been No Talks of Google Acquiring Spotify

Reports: There Have Been No Talks of Google Acquiring Spotify

Based partly on a previous filing by Google about an unnamed foreign company it tried and failed to buy for $4 billion to $5 billion and a line I had in a story that noted that a top exec at the search giant had expressed interest in buying Spotify — the Journal is reporting that Google tried to buy the music service, but ...

Motorola and VivaLnk Release a Digital Tattoo to Unlock Your Smartphone

Motorola and VivaLnk Release a Digital Tattoo to Unlock Your Smartphone

Hate unlocking your Android smartphone so much that even Face Unlock or Skip feels like too much of a hassle? Motorola just came to your rescue. The company has partnered with VivaLnk to launch the previously teased Digital Tattoo, an NFC-based skin tag that unlocks your phone (currently limited to the Moto X) with a quick ...

Apple Releases Info to Dispute iOS ‘Backdoor’ Claim

Apple Releases Info to Dispute iOS ‘Backdoor’ Claim

Apple has published new information about the diagnostic capabilities of iOS, in what appears to be a response to suggestions that it includes a ‘backdoor’ that could enable governments and other third-parties to access user data. The controversy arose after security consultant Jonathan Zdziarski documented a ...

Xiaomi Unveils a $13 Wearable Fitness Band

Xiaomi Unveils a $13 Wearable Fitness Band

Popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has joined the wearables fray as it unveiled on Tuesday its very first wearable device, a fitness band for only CNY79 ($13). The Mi Band features sensors for tracking various health metrics and can even act as an alarm clock. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun took to the stage on Tuesday to ...

Angie Communications Lays Out Plan for $70 Billion Fiber Network

Angie Communications Lays Out Plan for $70 Billion Fiber Network

A startup has told Los Angeles city officials that it wants to build a citywide fiber-to-the-home broadband network and that it also hopes to build nationwide Wi-Fi and cellular networks. The proposal sounds unlikely to succeed, but it's certainly ambitious. It comes in response to a Los Angeles city government request for ...

IFTTT Launches Nike Channel to Automate Your Workout

IFTTT Launches Nike Channel to Automate Your Workout

IFTTT on Tuesday announced its new Nike+ Channel, which lets fitness fanatics automate tasks tied to their Nike+ Running or Nike+ FuelBand apps. These apps already boast some sharing options, but with IFTTT’s recipes you can automatically log NikeFuel activity in a Google Drive spreadsheet, or have your Philips Hue lights ...

Verizon’s ‘Smart Rewards’ to Offer Discounts and Verizon Deals

Verizon’s ‘Smart Rewards’ to Offer Discounts and Verizon Deals

Verizon already has the most loyal customers in the mobile industry, but it aims to make its service a bit stickier to its customers. On Thursday, Verizon is launching a rewards program, which will give customers points for paying their bills on time or using its online customer service portal. It’s not like an airline ...