Category archives for: Cell Accessories

microSD Express Format Announced – Will Be Faster, While Using Less Power

SD Association today announced microSD Express, a new memory card format that’s faster, more efficient, and backward-compatible with today’s microSD format. The new cards will be capable of delivering a 985 megabytes per second (MB/s) maximum data transfer rate, and should use less power on average when using the new fast mode. microSD cards will […]

Apple Disables Group FaceTime Until Major Privacy Bug Is Fixed

A massive bug in Apple’s new Group FaceTime feature allowed callers to listen in on people before they answered an incoming FaceTime call, and in some cases even see live video. Apple has already moved to prevent the issue from affecting users by turning off the Group FaceTime feature altogether, for all users, apparently with […]

T-Mobile Launches Coolpad Surf – First Hotspot That Supports LTE Bands 71 and 66

T-Mobile today launched the Coolpad Surf, its first mobile hotspot device to support newer LTE bands 71 and 66. Band 71 — AKA 600 MHz — became a large and important part of T-Mobile’s network in 2018. Band 71 provides much-needed extra capacity in dense urban areas, and extended coverage elsewhere. Coolpad Surf Features: A 2150 […]

Old Cars Learn New Tricks With Google Assistant And JBL’s New Link Drive

JBL is bringing Google Assistant everywhere this year, from speakers to soundbars, displays, headphones, and more. The latest addition to its line-up, the JBL Link Drive, is meant to help you use Google Assistant while driving, but without taking your eyes off the road or fiddling with your phone. Like several similar products we’ve already […]

New USB-C Spec Adds Protection Against Chargers With Hidden Malware

The USB Implementers Forum has announced the USB Type-C Authentication Program (PDF), which provides a way for devices with USB-C connectors to securely confirm that attached devices are authentic and do not contain hidden capabilities. The new protocol can be used to prevent a phone from connecting to a charger that contains hidden malware capability. “Using […]

T-Mobile Kicking Off the New Year With Apple Watch And Galaxy Watch Deals

T-Mobile announced starting on Wednesday, January 2, T-Mobile will be offering deals on the Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch. Customers who buy an Apple Watch Series 3 or Apple Watch Series 4 can get $200 off a second Apple Watch. Both watches must be purchased on EIP and have a paid DIGITS Apple Watch […]

Fitbit OS 3.0 Adds New Third-Party Apps With Updated Dashboard

Fitbit is releasing a major update for devices powered by the Fitbit OS. With Fitbit OS 3.0, Fitbit is introducing a bunch of new features for those with the company’s Ionic and Versa smartwatches. Fitbit OS 3.0 introduces an improved dashboard that allows users to quickly view their fitness stats and data. The updated experience […]

Google Adds Fast Pair To Streamline Process Of Pairing Bluetooth Accessories

Google hopes to ease the pain of pairing Bluetooth accessories with multiple devices through an update to its Fast Pair specification. Moving forward, Google says Fast Pair will “connect accessories to a user’s current and future Android Phones” as long as they are signed into their account and running Android 6 and up. This same feature […]

Reduced Cost Battery Replacement For Apple iPhones Ends On December 31

For the past several months, Apple has been running a reduced cost battery replacement program in response to customer complaints but this ends on December 31, 2018. Thereafter, replacing any iPhone battery will cost you $49 for the iPhone 8 and older, $69 for the iPhone X, iPhone XS family, and iPhone XR instead of […]

Google Updates Fast Pair To Improve Device Connectivity

Google announced today that it’s updating its Fast Pair specs so that it’s easier to connect Bluetooth accessories to devices associated with your Google Account. This means that Fast Pair will connect accessories to your current and future Android phones running 6.0 Marshmallow or higher, and in 2019, support for Chromebooks will be added. The […]

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