Verizon is offering up to 2GB of free data for using Android Pay

Android _Pay_App_110315Buckle up, because you’re about to get hit with the most ironic promotion of 2016. Verizon is offering up to 2GB of free data to any customers that use Android Pay for two months. After years of anticompetitive practices blocking Google Wallet, delaying Samsung Pay, and tons of other sketchy behavior, Verizon is finally supporting a mobile payment system that they aren’t paying under the table. Go ahead, check the date. It’s definitely not April 1st. Read more

New USB Type-C spec should keep a faulty cable from destroying your device

nexus_5x_usb_type-c_portUSB Type-C is great! It’s reversible, charges quickly, and it’s fast on data transfers. It’s quickly becoming the standard for tons of devices, including smartphones, tablets, and laptops, which we’ve already seen on Nexus devices, the HTC 10, LG G5, and several other phones. But on the other side of things, bad USB Type-C cables can also destroy your device. Read more

JBL’s latest noise cancelling headphones use a USB-C plug

JBL headphones USB C

The writing is on the wall for the 3.5mm headphone jack; the rumor mill is talking up its demise in Apple’s iPhone 7, but even manufacturers on the other side of the fence are bracing for a new technology. JBL, for instance, is releasing its latest pair of noise cancelling headphones that use a USB Type-C connection instead of the old-fashioned 3.5mm jack. Read more

The HTC 10 (surprisingly) supports Apple’s AirPlay

htc_10_camellia_red_for_japanMusic is a focus point for HTC, and that’s very apparent in the HTC 10. The BoomSound speakers are still present, and they’re even boxing in HiFi headphones with the phone to complement them.

But HTC is going a little bit further than any Android OEM has gone before and adopted a rival’s standard for playing music wirelessly. Yep, the HTC 10 has Apple’s AirPlay support baked in. Read more