Mobile & Wireless

Google Hangouts Now Combines Conversations, Texts from the Same Sender

Google Hangouts Now Combines Conversations, Texts from the Same Sender

Since Google tacked on SMS messages to its Hangouts app, it has been tweaking the experience to keep convos on the up and up, and this week it's making a major change. In version 2.1 of the software, text messages and Hangout conversations from the same contact are neatly merged into a single thread, allowing you to send ...

Report: Apple is Hiring Employees to Make a Mobile Payments Push

Report: Apple is Hiring Employees to Make a Mobile Payments Push

Apple has been interviewing senior payments industry executives to push ahead on a plan to build an electronic payments business, according to two people familiar with the process. The company has been meeting with potential applicants for two new positions at Apple focused exclusively on building a business around the ...

Airbnb Removes Over 2,000 Sketchy NYC Rentals

Airbnb Removes Over 2,000 Sketchy NYC Rentals

The room-sharing startup Airbnb said it removed thousands of New York City-based listings from its site, after New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed an affidavit Monday in support of his subpoena attempting to identify users who are illegally renting apartments on the site. Schneiderman's affidavit ...

Barnes & Noble’s ‘Yuzu’ App Will Change the Way You Study

Barnes & Noble’s ‘Yuzu’ App Will Change the Way You Study

Barnes & Noble quietly launched the beta version of a new digital textbook app earlier this month. It’s called Yuzu, and it is currently available for the iPad and for web browsers. Yuzu is a digital education platform that Barnes & Noble says is going to “make the everyday learning experience remarkably ...

Google Brings Targeted Mobile App Install Ads to YouTube, Search

Google Brings Targeted Mobile App Install Ads to YouTube, Search

Google on Tuesday announced plans to bring targeted mobile app install ads to YouTube and Search. Through the Google Play store, the company is already able to analyse which search terms result in the highest number of downloads for any given app category. If someone is looking for a last minute hotel room, for instance, ...

Study: Your Internet is (Probably) Slower Than What You Pay For

Study: Your Internet is (Probably) Slower Than What You Pay For

If your Internet speed feels too slow, it probably is. Most major U.S. Internet service providers usually deliver slower speeds than they advertise to their customers. Indeed, the vast majority of the 800 cities included in the sortable table below experience median Internet speeds that are slower than what their providers ...

How to Easily Switch from iOS to Android (or Vice Versa)

How to Easily Switch from iOS to Android (or Vice Versa)

You find iOS/Android annoying, and all your friends say Android/iOS is, like, way better. So you’ve finally decided it’s time to switch phones. Let’s do it. Contacts and calendars, from iOS to Android: Android uses your Google account’s contacts and calendars, so sync your iPhone to Google. Settings > Mail, ...

Apple Patents Tech to Prevent Distracted Driving

Apple Patents Tech to Prevent Distracted Driving

With Apple's automotive projects — Car Play and Siri Eyes Free — rolling out in more vehicles throughout the year, the company has been beefing up its in-car technology suite. A document discovered on Tuesday, however, shows Apple's "iOS in the car" initiatives go back much further than iOS 7. The U.S. Patent and ...

Aereo at the Supreme Court: Everything You Need to Know

Aereo at the Supreme Court: Everything You Need to Know

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court will spend one hour hearing the latest arguments in an old, important debate that affects everyone watching television in the US: who owns the airwaves? ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and others use the broadcast frequencies our TV antennas pick up, the government regulates those frequencies, ...

Report: Amazon’s Smartphone Will Have Unique Gesture Controls

Report: Amazon’s Smartphone Will Have Unique Gesture Controls

BGR has exclusively learned several additional details about the heavily customized Android software that powers Amazon’s smartphone. Multiple trusted sources tell us that Amazon’s upcoming handset will utilize a unique combination of cameras, sensors and software to dramatically change the way users interact with a ...