Earlier this week, Verizon hosted a media event at its Innovation Center in San Francisco to highlight some of its recent business ventures and tech projects. There were glass-paneled tables, a huge interactive mural, and a handful of promo videos explaining how the Center partners up with other companies, big and small, to solve problems in health care, environmental, and consumer industries using technology. Oh, and there was hummus. It was nice.
Over the years, Sonos, once a fledgling startup, has grown up to dominate the DIY multiroom wireless audio space. Now it has some serious competition.
Bose has officially unveiled a new line of Wi-Fi speakers under its new SoundTouch brand, which features simple setup and operation, and it's definitely aimed at the same audience that Sonos has targeted.
The three new speakers that are available at launch -- you can order them today -- are the SoundTouch 30 ($699), a larger speaker designed for larger living spaces, and the SoundTouch 20 ($399) and SoundTouch Portable ($399), which are designed … Read more
It looks like Sonos plans to announce a new wireless speaker. And, thanks to at least one Target store, that might happen sooner rather then later.
The Sonos Play:1 is on store shelves in at least one Target store, a leaked image published on The Verge Wednesday has revealed. The person who snapped the photo showed that both a white and black version are available for $199.99. The speaker comes with a single speaker, unlike the Play:3 and Play:5, which have three speakers and five speakers, respectively.
Sonos made a name for itself in the home … Read more
Qualcomm hopes to bring some sanity to the fragmented world of wireless charging, one in which disputes over standards have left consumers without the ability to easily charge their phones without any cables.
Such has been the dilemma with wireless charging, which is split between three camps:The Power Matters Alliance (PMA), which has got its wireless charging pads in select Starbucks, McDonald's, and venues such as Madison Square Garden. Powermat and Proctor & Gamble back the standard. The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), which uses another standard called Qi that is commonly found in smartphones. The Alliance for Wireless … Read more
AT&T's wholly owned prepaid carrier Aio Wireless is now offering the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.
The company on Friday started letting customers order Apple's new handsets online and in stores. The iPhone 5C starts at $549.99, while customers who want the iPhone 5S can get their hands on that device for a starting price of $649.99.
The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday proposed fining five wireless service providers a total of $14.4 million for allegedly defrauding a federal phone subsidy program.
The goal of Lifeline, which offered hefty discounts on phone service to qualifying low-income households, was to ensure contact with families, employers, and emergency services. However, a review of the program conducted by The Wall Street Journal found that 41 percent of the 6 million people who benefited from Lifeline were unable to prove their eligibility or failed to answer requests for verification from their carriers.
The US government spent about $2.2 billion … Read more
The wireless charging stars are aligning -- sort of.
Wireless charging -- or the ability to place your phone on a charging pad or table for a recharge without cables -- has been slowing making its way into smartphones and even select venues, such as Madison Square Garden and Starbucks. But broader adoption has been hampered by a three-way horse race among rival standards. But that may be changing with Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm making some big moves in the arena.
The rival groups include: the Power Matters Alliance, backed by Powermat Technologies and Procter & Gamble, which largely uses … Read more
Verizon Wireless on Monday blamed a software glitch for allowing customers to upgrade to a subsidized handset while keeping their grandfathered unlimited data plans, despite a year-old policy change prohibiting that arrangement.
Verizon last year killed off its unlimited data offering, instead opting for a tiered pricing model and family data plans that offer customers a bucket of data. Customers already on the plan could keep it unless they upgraded to a new phone and chose the subsidized price, at which time they would be forced to give up their unlimited data for a capped plan.
However, a "software … Read more
The flow rate of Nexus 5 leaks is rapidly accelerating as we near an inevitable reveal. The latest come in the form of a log file that confirms much of what we've already heard in terms of specs, but brings a few new surprises.
The log appears to confirm previous suspicions that the new pure Google phone will come with the necessary guts for wireless charging, as previously revealed in FCC filings.
Also found in the log, which MyCE obtained and combed through for us, is a reference to Miracast. This Android mirroring technology allows you to wirelessly "throw" your Android screen to a TV. … Read more
Nokia's upcoming Lumia 929 smartphone could reach Verizon subscribers in early November.
Citing "sources familiar with the matter," blog site Windows Phone Central said Monday that an inventory date of November 6 is listed for the Lumia 929. The device will reportedly sell for $500 off contract.
Little is known about the 929 so far. A couple of alleged photos of the phone leaked last week by @evleaks display the Verizon logo and the 4G LTE designation. Based on FCC documents, the 929 could sport a 5-inch display. The phone will also offer a color choice of black or white, … Read more