Mobile & Wireless

A New Website Makes Sure You Never Stay at a Hotel With Bad Wi-Fi Again

A New Website Makes Sure You Never Stay at a Hotel With Bad Wi-Fi Again

Some business travelers may choose their hotels based on promises of free Internet connections, but that's practically useless when the service is spotty and the bandwidth is limited. There's nothing quite like the frustration of faulty Wi-Fi when you just need to get online quickly to upload files or Skype into a meeting ...

Report: Amazon May Soon Launch a Competitor to Square’s Card Reader

Report: Amazon May Soon Launch a Competitor to Square’s Card Reader

Amazon could be preparing to launch its own mobile credit card reading hardware in the coming weeks, according to internal Staples documents hinting at such a launch that we’ve obtained. According to the documents, Staples stores will prepare next month to stock a new product called the “Amazon Card Reader” alongside ...

Spotify Now Lets You Use One Device as a Remote for Another

Spotify Now Lets You Use One Device as a Remote for Another

Spotify just updated its Android app’s Spotify Connect feature to let the app act as a remote to control other devices playing Spotify tunes. Now you can hook up your tablet to your home speakers and control the jams with your smartphone. The Spotify change log in Google Play states the following: "Want to use Spotify ...

Congress Makes Phone Unlocking Legal in the U.S.

Congress Makes Phone Unlocking Legal in the U.S.

Consumers in the US should soon be able to legally unlock their phones for use on other wireless networks. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill this afternoon legalizing cell phone unlocking, following the lead of the US Senate earlier this summer. President Obama came out in support of the policy over a ...

Report: Facebook May Add Uber Integration to Messenger

Report: Facebook May Add Uber Integration to Messenger

Mark Zuckerberg must be looking to Asia for inspiration for the kind of platform Facebook Messenger could become. Here’s one idea: An integration with popular car-hailing service Uber that would be beneficial to both companies and, presumably, their users. Such a deal could be a first step in Facebook’s goal of turning ...

‘Keep’ is a Single Shopping Cart for the Entire Internet

‘Keep’ is a Single Shopping Cart for the Entire Internet

The abandoned shopping cart is an e-commerce entrepreneurs’ nightmare. More often than not, shoppers browse an online store, load up their carts, then ditch them. Some studies estimate around two-thirds of shopping carts are abandoned just before the transaction is complete. In some cases, shoppers never planned on buying ...

Report: Google Officially Buys Twitch for $1 Billion

Report: Google Officially Buys Twitch for $1 Billion

Google has signed a deal to buy game-livestreaming firm Twitch for $1 billion, confirmed sources familiar with the matter. We don’t know everything about this deal, such as when it will be announced and the exact purchase price. We do know that Twitch investors who participated in past rounds are pleased that they will be ...

Report: Apple is Using Solar Power to Build the iPhone 6′s Sapphire Screens

Report: Apple is Using Solar Power to Build the iPhone 6′s Sapphire Screens

The skies are threatening to pour on the Apple solar farm but as the woman in-charge of the company’s environmental initiatives points out: the panels are still putting out some power. Apple is still greening its act. The company, which once drew fire from campaigners for working conditions in China and heavy reliance on ...

Verizon to Throttle its Heaviest Unlimited Data Users at Congested Times

Verizon to Throttle its Heaviest Unlimited Data Users at Congested Times

Verizon Wireless has been trying to coax its remaining unlimited data customers onto its tiered plans for years, and starting this fall it’s providing one more disincentive to remain with its grandfathered all-you-can-eat plans. On October 1, Verizon will start throttling back LTE speeds on its heaviest unlimited-plan ...

5 French and Spanish Apps to Help You Find Some Romance in Language Learning

5 French and Spanish Apps to Help You Find Some Romance in Language Learning

Students learning French and Spanish can tap into a variety of mobile applications. The best ones complement lessons taught in the classroom and inspire students to explore new languages and cultures on their own time. They also provide new challenges as language fluency improves over time. Here are our five ...