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August 27

Microsoft announces Surface event for October 2, could launch new dual-screen hybrid

Microsoft today announced that it will hold a Surface-focused event on October 2nd in New York City. This event comes in the midst of Apple’s fall event season, with the company expected to introduce new iPhones, iPads, and a 16-inch MacBook Pro.

August 22

Bose unveils new AirPlay 2 and Google Assistant speaker, ships in September

Today Bose has announced the new Portable Home Speaker with AirPlay 2 support and Alexa control. Support for Google Assistant and Bluetooth connectivity rounds out the list of notable features here in a $349 speaker that goes up against HomePod and Google Home Max. Hit the jump for more.

August 21

Moment launches 37mm Cine Filters for iPhone and Android devices

Moment is out today with a few new products to improve your iPhone or Android photography. The latest hardware offerings from the company include two 37mm Cine Filters and a filter mount that can be used without an external lens.

Apple, Google, Mozilla all act to block state surveillance of web users

Apple, Google, and Mozilla are all taking action to block state surveillance of web users through their respective browsers…

August 19

Carriers throttle online video regardless of network congestion, show tests

More than 650,000 tests reveal that US carriers throttle online video on their mobile networks, and do this whether or not those networks are congested.

All four of the main carriers were found to be engaged in this, though the video services they throttled varied…

August 13

Location-based dating apps allow users to be tracked just from their username

A number of location-based dating apps can be used to track the real-time locations of users, armed with nothing more than their username and the official API…

July 31

Verizon 5G service switched on in four more cities — with the usual caveat

Verizon 5G service has today been extended to four more cities: Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis. and Washington, DC. However, the extremely short-range coverage of the latest mobile data tech means that the usual 5G caveat applies…

July 29

Sony promising silent, app-controlled, wearable air-conditioner next year

Sony is promising something I’ve wanted forever: a silent, wearable air-conditioner …

July 26

T-Mobile and Sprint $26B merger receives go-ahead from Justice Department

T-Mobile and Sprint have been working for over a year to gain approval for their $26 billion merger, and today the US Justice Department has given the green light for the deal. The news comes as the two carriers have made an agreement for Dish to buy both Boost and Virgin Mobile and lease wireless spectrum to become a fourth major US cellular provider.

July 25

5G on O2 coming to six UK cities in October, with three-phase rollout plan

With three of the UK’s four major carriers having already announced their 5G plans, the remaining question was when we’d see 5G on O2. The company has today provided a partial answer: it’s said the initial switch-on will happen in October but hasn’t yet provided a specific date …

July 15

Europe’s GPS system Galileo down since Friday due to ‘technical incident’

Galileo down: the European Union’s satellite navigation system has been down since Friday due to what has been described as “a technical incident.” Galileo signals can be used by the iPhone 8 and later and Android smartphones for mapping and other location services …

July 8

Instagram has a plan to defeat online bullying and negative comments

Instagram has shared two ways that it is working to combat online bullying on its platform today. Rolling out now is an AI feature that alerts users when they make what could be an offensive comment. The company is also going to start testing a new way for users to put restrictions on who can comment on their posts.

June 20

PSA: If you unfollow someone on Twitter at present, they may be notified

If you’re planning to unfollow someone on Twitter, you might want to hold off for now in case you inadvertently cause offense…

June 19

Twitter precise location tagging being dropped, though there’s a workaround

Twitter precise location tagging is being dropped from the iOS and Android apps, so you’ll no longer have the option of letting people know exactly where you were when you tweeted …

June 17

[Update: Now available] Dr. Mario World launching on iOS and Android next month, free with in-app purchases

Update: Dr. Mario World is now available for iOS and Android a day early as a free download from the App Store and Google Play Store.

Nintendo announced today that Dr. Mario World will launch for iOS and Android on July 10th. First announced in January, Nintendo touted that the “action puzzle” game would be released globally during the summer of 2019.

June 13

iOS & Android Spotify apps get better organization for both music and podcasts

The latest version of the iOS & Android Spotify apps provides users with much better organization of both their music and podcasts.

At the top of the screen, you now have Music and Podcasts tabs, so these are now kept completely separate …

June 10

5G on Three will launch in the UK in August, after EE and Vodafone

A third UK carrier has announced its launch plans for 5G service. 5G on Three will launch in London at some point in August, with 25 other cities and towns by the end of the year …

May 30

Majority of parents think they spend too much time on mobile devices

The majority of parents now feel they spend too much time on their mobile devices, and more than a third of teens agree with them …

May 24

GlobalCoin, Facebook’s second attempt at a digital currency, to launch in 2020

We first learned last year that Facebook was working on developing its own cryptocurrency, GlobalCoin, and it’s today reported that the social network is aiming to launch it at some point next year.

Facebook has already consulted both the US Treasury and the Bank of England about its plans …

Snapchat employees spied on users by misusing internal tools

Multiple Snapchat employees spied on users by misusing internal tools, accessing such information as location, phone numbers and their own saved Snaps.

The tools are supposed to be used to help the company fight spam and abuse, and to comply with law enforcement requests, but many staff have access and are abusing it, say former employees …

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