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New Chat App Squad Supports Group Screen-Sharing

Squad  is a new chat app which lets users share what’s on their screen, including other apps, along with traditional video chat. Squad is designed to let users turn any app, including social media apps, into a shared social experience. It’s currently available for iOS; an Android version is in internal beta. The Android version, […]

Apple Pay And Google Pay Coming To Target, Taco Bell, Jack In The Box And Others

NFC payment systems, Apple Pay and Google Pay,  are closer to being accepted everywhere, with the announcement that Target, Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, Hy-Vee and Speedway are now rolling out support for NFC payments. Target was one of the last big holdouts in supporting the technology, which lets you simply tap your NFC-equipped phone […]

Cambridge Analytica’s Parent Fined Over Data Request Compliance In The UK

Cambridge Analytica’s parent company SCL Elections Ltd has been fined £15,000 plus costs for failing to hand over the personal data of a US citizen. The case was brought by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), after a complaint filed by Prof David Carroll, who is a US citizen. He was one of millions of people […]

Alphabet Shareholders Sue Over Sexual Misconduct Policy

Google’s parent company Alphabet is facing legal action over the way it allegedly handled sexual misconduct claims against two senior managers. The legal action appears to have been prompted by the way that Google handled misconduct claims made against former Android boss Andy Rubin and former search head Amit Singhal. Both men are believed to […]

T-Mobile Launches Caller ID Verification – Service Is Limited To One Phone At The Start

T-Mobile has now launched Caller Verified technology, which uses the STIR and SHAKEN standards to confirm that caller ID information hasn’t been spoofed. The anti-robocall service is currently available only on the Galaxy Note9, but is coming to other T-Mobile smartphones “later this year”. The technology requires other telecom companies around the world to also implement […]

Samsung Next Launch Event For The Galaxy Line Now Has Date

Samsung’s next big launch event for a Galaxy-brand product will be February 20th in San Francisco. The company is teasing the event with a “10” and the Galaxy brand. Last year’s flagships were the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note9, so the next version is logically the 10, and it will be the ten-year anniversary of […]

Alcatel 1x For 2019 Now Offers Mid-Range Specs And Full Android 8.1

TCL has announced the Alcatel 1x (2019), an update to last year’s 1x with significant upgrades and new features, including dual rear cameras. Like the original 1x, it has a 2:1 display shape and fingerprint reader (some versions, depending on region). The display has been upgraded to HD resolution and enlarged from 5.3 to 5.5 […]

Verizon Will Soon Sell The BlackBerry Key2 LE

Verizon business customers will soon have access to the newest BlackBerry, the Key2 LE. TCL Communication, which makes BlackBerry phones, announced today that the phone will launch in the “coming weeks” via business channels. The variant for Verizon will have dual-SIM support, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of internal storage. The Key2 LE […]

US Carriers Sell Your Real-Time Location Data To Almost Anyone

Private companies that buy and distribute real-time phone location data from major US phone carriers have been caught rampantly reselling that data to companies and people they aren’t supposed to, including private bounty hunters. In a Motherboard investigate report, the reporter was able to buy someone’s real-time location for $300. A bounty hunter interviewed claims that a […]

2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominees

HeartMedia and FOX have announced the nominees for the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards, and Cardi B and Drake lead the way with 13 and eight nominations, respectively. Other Superstars including Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Maroon 5 and Imagine Dragons have also received multiple nominations this year. Now in its sixth year and partnered with FOX, the iHeartRadio Music Awards celebrate the most popular songs and artists from 2018 […]

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