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February 20

Microsoft set to bring its antivirus app to iOS and Android sometime this year

Microsoft launched a preview of its Defender antivirus software for Mac last spring and now the company is preparing to bring the app to iOS and Android something this year. For the mobile versions, it’s unclear exactly how it will work or what features will be available, but the antivirus software for iOS and Android could be more focused on preventing phishing.

February 11

T-Mobile and Sprint merger gets green light from judge, Sprint stock jumps 60%

After T-Mobile and Sprint got approval for their $26 billion merger from the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission, the last major hurdle was a lawsuit looking to block the deal from  Attorneys general from 13 states plus the District of Columbia.

February 4

Facebook gives parents greater oversight over the use of Messenger Kids

Facebook launched Messenger Kids back in 2017, with the aim of allowing parents to ensure that their children aren’t put at risk of inappropriate contact or bullying.

The company today says that it is expanding the parental monitoring tools to provide parents with a better understanding of how their kids are using the app…

January 6

Otterbox launches first anitmicrobial screen protector, coming to Google, Samsung soon

At CES, OtterBox has announced the first glass smartphone screen protector with integrated antimicrobial technology registered with the EPA. The new Amplify Glass screen protector offers protection against scratches and drops as well as germs and is coming to Google and Samsung smartphones after arriving first for iPhone.

December 19, 2019

Adobe Capture for iOS and Android brings full-color vector shapes to mobile, pattern builder for tablets

Adobe has released an update for its Capture app for iOS and Android that brings a new pattern builder tool for tablets and for the first time, the ability to make full-color vector shapes on mobile devices.

November 18, 2019

T-Mobile CEO John Legere to be replaced by COO Mike Sievert in May

As the T-Mobile and Sprint merger deal looks closer to becoming a reality, T-Mobile has announced today that John Legere will be stepping down from his CEO role as COO Mike Sievert will take his place. The change is set to happen in May 2020.

November 12, 2019

Minecraft Earth now available in the US, ‘Mobs in the Park’ in-person events set for NYC, more

Minecraft Earth is the latest title in the highly popular franchise that allows players to leverage augmented reality to collaborate with others in real-time and cover “the entire planet in Minecraft.” While the game has been available in some countries starting last month, it’s now available on iOS and Android in the US.

August 27, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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…

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