Zagat Updated With Material Design, Sorting, and Search Improvements

There are a few Google apps you never expect to see updated again, such as Chrome to Phone, simply because there seems to be little reason for Google to spend resources on them. We even thought the same for Zagat, too, ever since Google re-released the app for free following the service’s acquisition. Since then, it has simply sat around… until now. Today, Google quite unexpectedly touched up Zagat with a fresh coat of Material Design, tweaks to search, and filtering options.  (more…)

T-Mobile Gives 4G LTE Update, Now Covers 260 Million People, Recognized as Fastest in America

In addition to unveiling rollover data, T-Mobile’s eighth Uncarrier move, the mobile provider gave an update on the state of its 4G LTE network. The rollout for LTE is apparently ahead of schedule.

In a blog post, Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray wrote that T-Mobile’s 4G – “recognized as the fastest in the nation” – now covers 260 million Americans, which surpasses the carrier’s initial goal by 10 million. That reach should extend to 280 million by mid-2015 and 300 million by the end of next year, if all goes according to plan.  (more…)

Samsung May Partner With LoopPay to Launch Apple Pay Competitor

If the store at which you are trying to buy that stick of gum has an NFC terminal, Apple Pay and Google Wallet work well enough. But if it lacks one, or is part of a competing consortium, you will have to whip out the antiquated plastic between the lint in your pocket. But that may change if Samsung has its way. According to multiple Recode sources, the Korean electronics giant is in talks with startup LoopPay, to develop a smartphone payments method of its own.  (more…)

Interesting Apps: A Better Camera

Sometimes when you’re taking photos or videos, the stock camera app just doesn’t cut it. Perhaps you require a histogram. Maybe you could use faster burst shot. Populating Google Play is a myriad of third-party apps to fill whatever the need, but some are well-executed enough to warrant special mention. The aptly named A Better Camera is one of those. (more…)

SwiftKey Kicks Off Branded Themes with Disney’s Frozen

Admit it: ever since the notes of Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” caressed your eardrums, you’ve been yearning for a virtual keyboard branded with designs inspired by Disney’s Frozen. Right? Well, you’re in luck, because that’s what SwiftKey unveiled this morning.

Six skins separately featuring popular characters from the film – Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf, if those names mean anything to you – are now available for purchase. They retail individually for $1.99, or in a pack for $4.99. (more…)