In case you haven't been paying close attention, HTC is really excited about its upcoming flagship refresh, the "all new" HTC One, that's set to debut later this month.
The company is so excited, in fact, that it has taken to various social media channels to promote the smartphone. Uploaded just today, HTC told its Twitter and Facebook followers that life will become "twice as beautiful on March 25."
What's more, an image accompanying the update shows six photos, each with a "two" theme. While the use of the number could … Read more
The rivalry between Spotify and Beats Music, two key streaming music services, is deepening.
Spotify has hired Fredric Vinna, Beats Music's former head of product, engineering and design, according to a person familiar with the matter. Vinna left Beats Music just recently -- his LinkedIn page still lists his job there as current -- and will be joining Spotify to work on product there as well, according to this person.
It wasn't too long ago that rotary phones and pay phones were standard ways to communicate. You'd wait for a dial tone and then make your call. And if you got a busy signal, you'd hang up the phone and try later. There was no call waiting. No texting. No smiley-face emojicons.
In the latest "Kids React" video by new-media production duo Benny and Rafi Fine -- also known as The Fine Brothers -- kids and teens attempt to not only use a rotary phone, but try to figure out how to text on one. And fail.
"We've been making this series now for over three years and near 100 episodes," Benny Fine told Crave. "We've always found inside of a lot of the subject matter the reality of things that seem so recent being completely foreign to the next generation...and this was an evolution to that concept." … Read more
Sprint Chairman and SoftBank Chief Masayoshi Son will petition the business community and lawmakers to support consolidation in the mobile market, a new report claims.
Son will host a presentation at the US Chamber of Commerce event in Washington, D.C., on March 11, where he's expected to rail against the US wireless industry and make a plea for business owners and lawmakers to support a possible merger between his company and T-Mobile, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of his plans.
Sprint has yet to make an official merger offer to … Read more
Facebook has tweaked its Paper app to encourage more sharing.
Released on Tuesday, version 1.0.2 of Facebook Paper now lets you share certain Facebook posts by e-mail, text message, or Facebook Message. Previously, the app restricted you to only sharing posts with your Facebook friends.
To share a particular post, tap on the arrow key at the bottom of the screen, and you'll see several different options for sharing. You can't share every post by e-mail or text message -- only ones that link to actual online articles.
The latest update also allows you to turn … Read more
Intel has reportedly acquired smartwatch maker Basis Science.
According to TechCrunch sources, while the exact amount Intel paid is not known, it is believed to be between $100 million and $150 million. Basis has secured roughly 7 percent of the wearable fitness tracker market and over $30 million has been invested in to the company by Norwest Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund and Intel Capital.
San Francisco-based Basis has one lone product on the consumer market: the Basis Health Tracker Watch. The wrist-based tech includes a health tracker and connection to an online personal dashboard to encourage users to incorporate healthier … Read more
Sprint has come under fire from the US government over claims that it tacked on excessive charges for court-ordered wiretaps.
The government filed a complaint against Sprint in US District Court in San Francisco on Monday. The complaint says that government agencies, like the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration, were allegedly overcharged $21 million for wiretaps by Sprint.
"Sprint inflated its charges by approximately 58 percent," the complaint reads. "As a result of Sprint's false claims, the United States paid over $21 million in unallowable costs from January 1, 2007 to July 31, 2010." … Read more
Instead of offering different tiers of service, Verizon now offers prepaid smartphone customers a single $45 a month plan that comes with unlimited voice minutes and text messaging plus 500MB of data. Customers who want more than 500MB of data can add it a la carte.
And customers who add 1GB or more of data per month get to use their unused data until it's gone or up to three months, whichever comes first.