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Verizon To Challenge Google’s App Store, per report; Verizon Denies Story

August 21, 2014 | by Guile Canencia

As reported by The Information earlier, Verizon was purportedly planning to create a new coalition of wireless service carriers and phone manufacturers in order to launch an app store that would challenge Google's Play Store, according to to unnamed sources. But just recently, Debi Lewis, a spokesperson for the carrier, made it clear that Verizon has no plans to do just that. According to The Information report, Verizon has allegedly reached out to other carriers as well as to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of mobile devices to talk about introducing an app store to rival that of Google's. Once launched, this new store... read more

ZTE Introduces Nubia 5S Mini LTE Phone to US Market

August 20, 2014 | by Guile Canencia

When it comes to making phones, China doesn't necessarily lack in that department. As a matter of fact, if you do a simple Google search using the phrase "chinese phone maker", brands like Huawei, Lenovo, and of course, ZTE, will come up. If you're not familiar with these names, there's no need to fret -- these brands are not that well-known in the United States. Take ZTE, for instance. Not many realize that ZTE has been selling its products here in the US for many years now, although oftentimes its phones are rebranded by carriers. And because their devices are mostly of the low-end prepaid phone type, they don't garner much attention from the press, not to mention the average phone buyer. It's a bit of a shame because for the last few years, ZTE has been releasing some high-end... read more

HTC One M8 for Windows To Be Carried By Verizon and AT&T

August 20, 2014 | by Guile Canencia

AT&T, Verizon, and the phone's manufacturer itself have all confirmed that the HTC One M8 for Windows is set to hit stores.Amidst earlier leaks hinting when and where the One M8 for Windows smartphone might be available, HTC enthusiasts finally get a definite date as to when they can get their hands on the Taiwan-based company's newest Windows-run offering. And buyers will no doubt be glad to know that not one but two carriers are up to the task of making the HTC device available for American users. Starting August 20, Verizon will be offering the HTC One M8 for Windows on- and off-contract. Buyers can either get... read more

Sony Introduces Waterproof Phone Xperia M2 Aqua

August 20, 2014 | by Guile Canencia

Sony Mobile recently launched the Xperia M2 Aqua, the first Sony mid-range price smartphone to feature the company's widely acclaimed mobile waterproofing technology. Sony may have its work cut out for it in trying to compete with Samsung's, HTC's, and LG's handsets, but when it comes to waterproofing smartphones, the Japan-based company may be king, or at least the industry leader.The Xperia M2 Aqua already features Sony Mobile's signature OmniBalance design and even boasts an 8-megapixel camera. But in terms of waterproofing, this new smartphone may have broken new ground. With a rating of IP65/68, the Xperia M2 Aqua currently has the highest waterproof rating of any existing smartphone. The test was conducted by Strategy Analytics, an independent global firm that specializes in... read more

Ignore No More App Locks Teens’ Phones Until They Call Their Parents Back

August 20, 2014 | by Guile Canencia

It's definitely something any parent can relate to: your teenage son or daughter ignoring your calls or text messages. Fortunately for frustrated parents everywhere, a certain mom decided that enough was enough. Sharon Standifir hails from New York City, and just like any other disgruntled parent, she had had her fair share of being-ignored-by-your-teenager stories. So one day, she made a decision to create an app so that she won't have to be subjected to any mobile silent treatment again by any of her kids.The end product is Ignore No More, an app which Standifir came up with after working with developers for several months. The app works simple enough -- it allows parents to lock their kids' smartphones using a separate device (preferably the parents' own phone or mobile device).... read more

Sprint’s Releases New Family Share Plan To Counter T-Mobile’s

August 20, 2014 | by Guile Canencia

Barely a day after the launch of T-Mobile's $100.00 Family Plan, Sprint is introducing its own Family Share Pack. This new Family Share plan should give Sprint's subscribers (and their families) twice the amount of share data for up to a maximum of 10 lines of service.Paying $100.00 each month, customers who avail of this plan get to enjoy 20 gigabytes of high-speed shared data, as well as unlimited calls and texting for up to 10 lines. If subscribers don't use the full 10 service lines, they will still be required to play the $100.00 for the monthly 20 gigabytes usage.Also, Sprint is also offering a bonus 2 gigabytes of data... read more

Tom Hanks’ Typewriter-Mimicking App Tops iTunes App Store

August 19, 2014 | by Guile Canencia

The Hanx Writer, the typewriter-mimicking app launched by actor Tom Hanks last August 14, has proven to be a hit, at least for iPad users. As of August 18 Monday evening, the two-time Oscar-winning thespian's app sat at number one on iTunes' app store.Inspired by Hanks' own fascination with manual typewriters, the app was developed to transform your iPad into a manual typewriter, or at least try to. The Hanx Writer replicates the familiar thwack sound of an old-school typewriter's keys hitting paper. It even reproduces the ding-click-clunk chime that typewriters make when you get to the end of one line and you have to... read more


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