Project Ara may be getting a lot of buzz, but what is it, exactly? To help answer that question, Phonebloks, the Kickstarter project that teamed up with Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) to develop Ara (was formerly with Motorola), released a YouTube video that covers a brief history of project’s development, interviews some of its key players, and dives into what we can expect in the near future. (more…)
For those on the go, the biggest barrier to carrying around multiple electronics is battery life. Or, as the ski instructor from South Park would say, if your tablet or smartphone dies and you don’t have access to a power outlet, you’re gonna have a bad time. One possible solution is lugging around a battery. The other is buying a specialized backpack like TYLT’s ENEGERI+. (more…)
Middling or average battery life has been a complaint of Moto X owners since the device’s release. Despite hardware that doesn’t draw nearly the power of higher-end devices, the 2200mAh battery capacity often isn’t enough to get through a full day without charging.
The folks at Mugen Power recognize this; yesterday, the company revealed a 2800mAh battery case designed specifically for the Moto X. For $89.50, it’ll bump the combined capacity to 5000mAh (2800mAh case + 2200mAh internal phone battery), which should translate to 20+ hours of usage before needing a charge. Of course, the extended battery life also translates to added bulk through the case.
The case is $89.50, and is now available for pre-order. It’ll ship on March 14.
Any takers? (more…)
HTC is terrible at keeping secrets. Information about the company’s HTC One follow-up has leaked ad infinitum: press renderings and benchmarks have come at a constant clip, ruining whatever surprise HTC had in store for March 25.
HTC may have skipped this year’s Mobile World Congress, but that doesn’t mean the company has completely forgone announcements. Yesterday, in addition to teasing a much more exciting smartphone, HTC detailed two mid-range devices bound for overseas markets, the Desire 816 and Desire 610. The company also unveiled a philanthropic initiative that aims to leverage the unused computing power of smartphones for scientific uses. (more…)
T-Mobile released its 2013 Q4 earnings today, and they’re a bit mixed. Although the “UnCarrier” managed to add 1.6 million wireless subscribers, it posted a $20 million loss on earnings of $6.83 billion. That’s a 40 percent year-over-year increase in revenue, but a tad short of what investors expected ($6.95 billion). (more…)
Ever been frustrated in your attempts to unsubscribe from a mailing list? Links that allow you to change communication preferences may be mandated by law, but they aren’t always easy to find. Sure, you could use CTRL+F, but Google’s rolling out a simpler way to Gmail users.
Announced at the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group conference last week, the new feature places e-mail unsubscribe links in the header. Google believes more visible links will, in alleviating a major grievance of Gmail users, reduce the amount of legitimate marketing e-mails reported as spam. Sounds like a win-win.
The new feature will roll out gradually beginning next week.
Sprint’s 4G LTE network may be notoriously slow, but the carrier is making inroads to improve the situation with its continued rollout of Spark. Today, Sprint announced that Spark connectivity is now available in Salt Lake City and Jacksonville, Florida, and that HD Voice would accompany the deployment. The expansion broadens Sprint’s LTE reach to 382 markets, and is a sign the carrier is well on its way to achieving its coverage goal of 250 million people by mid-year.
Spark is a tri-band LTE solution that leverages several different wireless spectra to improve speeds; Sprint says the technology can help capable devices reach a peak of 60Mbps. HD Voice is an unrelated but equally welcome improvement that enhances the quality of phone calls. (more…)