Samsung Partners with BlackBerry to Bolster Knox Security

There is no denying that Samsung knows a thing or two about security; heck, even Google incorporated components of the Korea-based company’s Knox Security technology into Lollipop. But in an attempt to capture a larger slice of secure-device market, Samsung is going one step further.

Today, BlackBerry announced a partnership with the company to bolster security on Android devices. (more…)

Samsung Reveals Flow, an Apple Continuity-like Cloud Service

I have to admit, Apple’s Continuity – the feature on iOS and OSX which forwards notifications, texts, and calls to all of your devices – is pretty nifty. Android has some of the same capabilities, but beyond Android tablets and smartphones, integration extends only to Chromebooks for now. Samsung, apparently fed up with Android’s limitations, is building its own cloud-based service called Flow. (more…)

HTC One (M8) Discounted to $299 for Second Hot Deal at 9am PT, Limited to Just 200 Units

HTC is back with another virtual doorbuster this week, sure to delight the precious few buyers who manage to take advantage, and potentially infuriate everyone else. Beginning at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 p.m. Eastern), the company will knock the price of all One M8 variants down to as little as $299 for its second Hot Deal of the season. That represents savings of $350.  (more…)

AT&T Cancels Plans to Pursue Inflight Internet Service

AT&T’s intention to enter the in-flight service biz was announced with much fanfare last April; the wireless carrier planned to challenge incumbents like Gogo by constructing an air-to-ground network in the US which would have delivered internet at 4G LTE speeds to domestic flights. Those plans, though, have now fallen through. An AT&T spokesperson told RunwayGirl Network that the company ultimately deemed the venture too risky.

AT&T’s recent acquisition of Mexico carrier Iusacell may have had something to do with it. The $2.5 billion deal apparently signaled a prioritization of the company’s capital in safer markets; the spokesperson said that AT&T will focus its investments on “international and video.”

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Google Voice MMS Messaging Support for Verizon Now Official

Confirming what we reported last week, Google software engineer Dylan Salisbury writes on Google+ that Google Voice MMS messaging with Verizon Wireless subscribers is now officially supported. That means, as he points out, that MMS through Google Voice should work with all major carriers in the US and Canada.

In a related announcement, Salisbury said Hangouts is gaining native MMS support for photo messaging; pictures sent to Voice recipients via MMS will now appear natively, instead of as a link. As for the other major feature of MMS, group messaging, it will be apparently be enabled in a coming update. (more…)