Category archives for: Cell Phones

Google Working with Partners to Make Pushing Security Patches to Android Phones Better

Google announces plans to give phone makers and network operators more options for pushing security updates to smartphones. In an annual report published today, Google says some 735 million devices received at least one security update during 2016. However, some 50% of devices in use haven’t received a security update in the past 12 months. “We’re working […]

Google Adds Audio Calls to Duo, Attachments to Allo, Better Uploads to Photos

Google has updated a some of its apps and services today, including Duo, Allo, and Photos. Duo users on Android and iOS will be able to make voice-only calls when they wish. Google says Duo’s voice calls work well on most connection speeds and won’t consume much data. Audio calls via Duo are being made available […]

Verizon Announces New Hum Devices

Verizon has  announced a revamp of its Hum line of connected car devices. Moving forward, consumers can choose one of three new options to keep their car in touch with Verizon’s network. The HumX is the top-tier product and includes an OBD-II device as well as a Bluetooth speaker. The ODB-II unit provides WiFi hotspot […]

Amazon Alexa Comes to the Huawei Mate 9 Today

Today at 3pm ET, users of the Huawei Mate 9 will be able to update their phones over the air to support Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. The Mate 9 is the first phone to have built-in access to Alexa On The Go. Currently, other phones can only access Alexa when used with a hardware accessory of […]

Wells Fargo to Bring Smartphone Sign-Ins to 13,000 ATMs

Wells Fargo customers will soon be able to access their accounts at ATMs via their smartphones. Wells Fargo plans to update all 13,000 of its ATMs in the U.S. next week, completing a pilot that’s been in the testing phase for more than a year. The ATMs will grant access to accounts and cash through […]

Google News & Weather Will Now Have More Stories

Google said it has added more stores to the home screen of its News & Weather app for mobile devices. Specifically, the home screen will list an additional 200 stories in a section called More Headlines. Google says the More Headlines section is easy to scroll through on smartphone screens and offers a deeper look at […]

Google Maps Now Let’s Your Share Your Location with Others

Google today made it possible for Maps users to share their exact location with friends and family. In Maps, users need only tap the blue dot (signifying their location) and select those with whom they’d like to share. People can share through their Google contacts as well as send links through most messaging apps. The tool […]

Apple Improves Storage for iPhone SE

The Red iPhone 7 wasn’t the only phone news from Apple today . The Cali firm gave the iPhone SE a modest update thanks to improved storage capacities. Beginning this week, the iPhone SE will be available in 32 GB and 128 GB versions. These replace the 16 GB and 64 GB models. The refreshed 32 […]

Bixby Voice Interface will Launch Along the Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung has announced Bixby, a new voice-based user interface that will mark its debut on the Galaxy S8 smartphone. Samsung said it developed Bixby in order to minimize friction between the user and the phone in terms of how voice commands are issued and understood. Samsung calls Bixby a user interface that relies on artificial intelligence. […]

Apple iPhone 7, 7 Plus Now Have a RED Special-Edition

Apple on Tuesday unveiled a variant of its flagship phone as part of the (Red) program, which funds programs that combat HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. The special edition of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will come in 128-gigabyte and 256GB configurations, starting at $749 . They will go on sale Friday. […]

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