Moto Mods Development Kit announced

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This past summer saw two smartphone manufacturers try to incorporate some modular concepts into their flagship phones with LG and Lenovo employing the strategy. In the case of LG, the implementation of modules was fairly slick for the LG G5, but the company dropped the ball on items like availability, pricing and building an ecosystem. Hoping to avoid that same fate, Lenovo has announced the availability of a development kit geared toward enabling anyone to create a Moto Mod that will work on a Moto Z device. Read more

Samsung struggling with Galaxy Note 7 recalls and refunds in South Korea prompting government action

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Samsung continues to struggle with their Galaxy Note 7 debacle and although they have been relatively proactive in trying to address the issue, that does not mean they are not making some missteps. In their home country of South Korea, Samsung got out in front of the issue quickly by doing a voluntary recall. Unfortunately for Samsung, the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards is stepping in now and asking the company to extend the period of time for consumers to get a refund and to provide some additional information concerning steps to remove existing devices from the market. Read more

Verizon standing firm against offering unlimited data plans

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As business cycles go, it seems we are coming around for our second lap with wireless carriers offering unlimited data in an effort to entice customers to choose their service. During an investor conference on Thursday, Verizon’s chief financial officer Fran Shammo confirmed that in typical fashion for the company, Verizon would not jump on the bandwagon and offer their own unlimited plans. Read more

Finally a reboot that people may like

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It seems like such a small thing, but adding a reboot button to the power menu on an Android device can be a big deal. Manufacturers like Samsung and LG that put their own user interfaces on Android devices include this option, but for some reason Google has held out on supplying this option in stock Android. That may be changing with the release of the new Google Pixel smartphones according to sources who captured a screenshot showing the option present. Read more

Comcast to jump into wireless carrier market in 2017

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The wheels have been in motion for a while now and according to Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, the company is moving forward with the launch of its own wireless service offering starting in 2017. According to Roberts, the company will capitalize on an existing network of 15 million wi-fi hotspots as well as an existing MVNO agreement with Verizon to access their network. Read more

Allo marketing material posted online

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News broke over the weekend that Google’s Allo messaging platform was finally ready for release with an availability date of September 21st. Yes, this is the week when we should finally get the opportunity to try out Google’s latest offering for messaging. In a sign that the release is imminent as suggested by the earlier leak, an image that purports to be some marketing collateral for Allo surfaced on Reddit today. Read more

A whole bunch of new Google Pixel device info surfaces

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Yesterday we posted a new video outlining our wish list for the new Google Pixel smartphones coming to market in early October. Although it does not look like we have much more clarity regarding the items we are hoping for, several new pieces of data about the devices have surfaced over the past day as entries from various stops a device makes on the way to market have surfaced. The new Google devices showed up on Geekbench, in the Global Certification Forum, and even a leak of some case designs showed up online. Read more

New global internet ad regulator forms with Google helping lead

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At the Dmexco advertising industry trade show currently underway in Cologne, Germany, a new coalition group was announced on Thursday to try to address the problem of bad advertising on the web. The new group is called the Coalition for Better Ads and includes a variety of companies and groups who are joining together to try to get in front of the rise of ad blocking technology. Not surprising, Google, which relies heavily on advertising, is helping lead the effort. Read more