Corning Intros Gorilla Glass 5, Will be Featured on Devices Later This Year

Corning announced Gorilla Glass 5 today, supposedly stronger than any glass they have made before. According to Corning, Gorilla Glass 5 survives up to 80% of the time when dropped facedown from 1.6 meters (a little over 5ft.) in the air onto rough surfaces. This means, when you whip your Gorilla Glass 5-featuring smartphone out of your pocket and it falls onto the ground, 4 out of 5 times it should survive. I don’t know anyone whose pockets are 5ft. up in the air, but you get the idea – it’s tough glass.  (more…)

Verizon to Disconnect Unlimited Data Users Who Use “Extraordinary” Amounts of Data

Hey buddy, you, the one who is consuming massive amounts of 4G LTE data on your Verizon unlimited data plan and is out of contract. You will want to pay attention to what I’m about to share. Come August 31, if Verizon deems your account as using “an extraordinary amount of data” each month, you could see your line completely disconnected. In other words, Verizon may shut you down by the end of August.

According to sources of ours, Verizon is working on an Unlimited Data Plan Migration for the highest unlimited data users on their network. Starting tomorrow, July 21, Verizon will begin notifying users who have been flagged as using that “extraordinary” amount via mailer and through bill messages and explain to them their options to stay with Big Red.  (more…)

Swiftkey Introduces Swiftmoji, a Keyboard to Help Predict Your Next Emoji

Swiftkey, the Microsoft-owned popular keyboard maker, released its first new product today since being acquired. The new keyboard (yes, they made another keyboard) is called Swiftmoji and it aims to help you become the emoji champion you always hoped to become. In fact, the sell here is that it “removes the frustration of playing hunt-the-emoji” from your life and predicts which emoji you might want.  (more…)

Video: Short Clip Shows Working Galaxy Note 7 In-Hand

August 2, the date set by Samsung for the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 7, is right around the corner. In fact, it’s less than two weeks away. Since we are so close to an unveiling and possible launch of the device, you can expect to see plenty of leaks taking place. The latest is a very short clip posted to YouTube, showing someone fondling the device and pressing down on its buttons, apparently testing to make sure everything is functional. As far as context goes, that’s all we have.  (more…)

Moto X Pure Edition Gets Surprise Update, Now Up to May’s Security Patch…in July…Still Not 6.0.1

The Moto X Pure Edition, a phone sold unlocked in 2015 as a single flagship with universal carrier support that should be able to receive the timeliest of updates because there is no interference between its maker and users, is receiving its first update in months. It’s tough to be precise on this, as there have been notices of updates here or there that our in-house units never saw, but it may be the first real update since February or March(more…)

Android Engineer Team Took to reddit for AMA, Here’s a Recap

Members of the Android engineering team (11 members, in total) took to reddit this morning to offer up answers to many questions that flooded in from the community. While the majority of questions dove into areas of subject we typically don’t cover here, a few of the questions and the team’s answers gave good insight into Android Nougat, device updates, and plenty other interesting topics.

Below, we will highlight a few of the many questions, then provide you with the Android team’s response. Beware, a few of the responses are rather lengthy, but the length helps provide context to the answer. If a topic deserves a bit of personal feedback from our end, you can expect to see that, too.  (more…)

Twitter Will Soon Let You Apply to be Verified

The blue badge will soon be somewhat easier to attain, Twitter friends. The social platform announced today that they will open an online application process to allow users to apply, in a way, for Verified status on Twitter. That’s big news for those who think they deserve to be Verified, but have never figured out how to get there, mostly because Twitter has never had a public process for doing so.

For those not familiar with the blue badge, think of it as a way for Twitter users to know that the accounts they are seeing or considering following or retweeting are “key individuals or organizations” that are authentic and not some troll account. You’ll see the blue badge next to public figures, musicians, celebrities, fashion brands, politicians, athletes and sports organizations, and journalists or news outlets.  (more…)

Verizon Makes It Official: Prepaid Now has “Always-On Data” Throttling at No Extra Charge

Last week, sources of ours revealed Verizon’s plan to add a new feature to their prepaid plans called “Always-On Data.” The idea is the same as it is on The Verizon Plan’s new Safety Mode, where customers can go over their allotted data sum at throttled 128Kbps speeds. But there is one added benefit here – it’s included for free and doesn’t require customers to turn it on or off.

Over the weekend, just as our sources said it would, Verizon pushed the new feature live, though they didn’t throw much of a party outside of a blog post. That’s probably because it’s a great feature that doesn’t have the potential to nickel-and-dime customers with overage fees. Instead, it’s just a really nice free add-on that does right by customers who dance near their data limit line each month. Unfair? No more unfair than charging customers $5 on The Verizon Plan for the same benefit.  (more…)