Tagged with: Smartphones

California Kill Switch Law Seen Going National

California Kill Switch Law Seen Going National

By signing in to a law a bill that requires anti-theft kill switches on smartphones, California Gov. Jerry Brown has set what will likely be a nationwide standard for wireless devices shipped across the nation. The law, which Brown signed Monday, takes effect in July 2015. It requires smartphones sold in the state to come ...

Apple is Replacing Some Defective iPhone 5 Batteries for Free

Apple is Replacing Some Defective iPhone 5 Batteries for Free

On Friday afternoon, Apple opened up an iPhone 5 battery replacement program after discovering that a “very small percentage” of units “may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” The iPhone 5 was originally launched in September 2012, and Apple says that the affected units ...

A Security Flaw in Mobile Apps Could Cost You a Fortune on Your Phone Bill

A Security Flaw in Mobile Apps Could Cost You a Fortune on Your Phone Bill

A security precaution skipped in mobile applications such as Facebook’s Messenger could be abused to make an expensive phone call at a victim’s expense, a developer contends. Phone numbers often appear as links on a mobile device. That is possible by using a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) scheme called ”tel” to ...

Before Selling an Android Phone, Make Sure You Encrypt its Data

Before Selling an Android Phone, Make Sure You Encrypt its Data

If you're putting your Android phone or tablet up for sale on eBay, then a factory reset might not be enough to destroy all of the data on it. On some devices, the files and photos on your phone aren't actually erased—just the references and file structure around them. With a few hacking tools, anyone can scrape some of ...

A Primer on Educational Tech: 5 Terms Parents Need to Understand

A Primer on Educational Tech: 5 Terms Parents Need to Understand

This back-to-school season, students more than ever are arriving to classrooms equipped with digital devices and learning tools. Apps, videos and other online resources that can be accessed from iPads, Androids devices, Chromebooks and the like are profoundly impacting the learning process. While many elementary, middle ...

‘Normal’ (iOS) Tells You Which Apps Are Draining Your Phone’s Battery

‘Normal’ (iOS) Tells You Which Apps Are Draining Your Phone’s Battery

How do we identify and discard energy-inefficient apps? According to two Stanford computer scientists, the solution lies in another app. Adam Oliner and Jacob Leverich designed a program called Normal to tell you which other apps you ought to kill. It’s a telling problem that iOS message boards are plagued by constant ...

OpenSignal Details Android Fragmentation: 18,769 Distinct Devices

OpenSignal Details Android Fragmentation: 18,769 Distinct Devices

This seemingly random assortment of colorful rectangles, reminiscent of a terrible paint swatch accident, actually represents the state of Android fragmentation in 2014. OpenSignal, a website dedicated to mapping all things mobile, pulled together this data and saw 18,769 distinct devices downloading its app on Android. And ...

Sprint is Now Offering a $60 Unlimited Plan for Individuals

Sprint is Now Offering a $60 Unlimited Plan for Individuals

Sprint on Thursday announced a new $60 unlimited plan in its latest bid to reverse a decline in its subscriber numbers. To get the $60 rate, customers need to pay full retail price or bring their own Sprint-compatible devices. The plan is available starting Friday for both new and existing customers, Sprint said. “People ...

Bring a Friend to T-Mobile, Get a Year of Free Unlimited LTE

Bring a Friend to T-Mobile, Get a Year of Free Unlimited LTE

T-Mobile's John Legere has been shaking up the US wireless industry with his Uncarrier initiatives and as they attempt to take the third spot from Sprint before the end of they year they are offering yet another incentive for consumers. T-Mobile is encouraging current T-Mobile customers to 'throw a lifeline' to Sprint ...

Apple Patents iPhone Tech to Help You Find Your Parked Car (Even Without Cell or GPS Service)

Apple Patents iPhone Tech to Help You Find Your Parked Car (Even Without Cell or GPS Service)

A pair of Apple patent applications discovered on Thursday describe a system that automatically determines when and where a user parks their car, and later directs them back to the vehicle without requiring a data connection or GPS signal. As published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple's applications for ...