Simple, the Online Bank, Pushes Major Update to iOS and Android Apps

Simple, a startup banking service based right here in Portland, Oregon, pushed a major update out to the iOS and Android versions of its app this morning. Version 2.0, aimed at simplifying a member’s mobile experience, brings a ton of new features that will probably help persuade even more people to switch from their traditional bank to this completely online experience.  (more…)

RootMetrics Ranks Verizon “Overwhelming” Leader in the US for Performance

RootMetrics pushed out the first of their 2014 semi-annual performance reports for the wireless industry late last night, showing Verizon as the overall winner once again. The report looks at five areas (data performance, call performance, text performance, reliability, and speed), four of which Verizon topped the charts on, including the overall category.  (more…)

Sprint Makes the Sharp Aquos Crystal Official, No Bezel is Yours for $10 Per Month

The sort-of-awesome-looking-but-how-do-you-make-a-call-with-no-top-speaker, bezel-less phone from Sharp that was announced yesterday, also known as the Aquos Crystal, is now official for Sprint, Virgin Mobile, and Boost Mobile, here in the US. We knew this was coming, but weren’t sure after yesterday’s announcement in Japan when we should expect the phone and how much we might pay for one. We still don’t know when it will be available, but you can buy it for as little as $0 down and with 24-monthly payments of $10 on Sprint.  (more…)

Google to Rename All Access to Google Play “Music Key,” Introduce YouTube Music Key Alongside

According to a new leak, Google may look to rebrand Google Play Music All Access soon. Not only rebrand, but introduce an entirely new service alongside it. Thanks to information posted by Android Police, more details are being leaked which cover a possibly upcoming service called YouTube Music Key. Upon YT Music Key’s unveiling, Google will rename All Access to Google Play Music Key, then promote the two services alongside one another for one monthly fee.  (more…)

Sprint Says It’s a “New Day for Data” in America, Introduces 20GB $100 Data Package

On Friday, Sprint’s new CEO, Marcelo Claure, said during a company-wide town hall that we should expect major pricing changes for his company’s wireless plans come today. He has delivered by announcing that Sprint will now offer a family share data plan with up to 10 lines and 20GB of data for $100 (line access charges gone through 2015). For that amount of data, you are looking at prices that certainly cut under AT&T and Verizon.

The details in this one are all over the board and include a special 2GB per line bonus for a limited time, so hang with me while I update this post and break it all down.  (more…)

HTC One (M8) on Verizon Receiving Android 4.4.3 in September, Will Finally Include Extreme Power Saving Mode

According to a Tweet sent from HTC Americas president, Jason Mackenzie, owners of the Verizon One (M8) should expect an update to Android 4.4.3 by mid-September. We had originally heard that a test of the update would happen around August 14, with the public push starting August 18 (today). Their VP of product, Mo Versi, noted today that they had to “re-spin” the update, so this month is out. No word on what the issue was that caused the update to be resubmitted, but that pushes the update out a couple of weeks and into next month.  (more…)