Sprint is in a little bit of hot water with the FCC based on a report from the Wall Street Journal. An FCC official has confirmed that they are about to slap a $105 million fine on Sprint for billing customers for text message alerts, horoscopes, sports scores, ring tones and other unwanted services. This practice is known a cramming.
This is as a result from an investigation conducted from August to October 2013, which revealed 35,000 complaints from Sprint customers regarding the unwanted services and charges.
OnePlus unveiled a new portable battery pack, called the Power Bank. It’s 10,000 mAh so it can power the OnePlus One three times before it needs to be charged again. It can of course charge other devices, not to mention it features a second port for charging two devices at the same time. It will be available early next year in either Silk White or Sandstone Black and cost $14.99.
Today also happens to be the one year anniversary for OnePlus, and they have a couple of things going on. The first is they posted a video, which looks back at the past year. They are also giving you a chance to win a OnePlus One if you wish them a Happy Birthday on their Vine page.
The ongoing saga regarding the OnePlus One in India continues to chug along and it’s not getting any better for OnePlus. It all started when it was revealed that OnePlus One units in India will not receive software updates because Cyanogen has an exclusive deal with Micromax. Now after 15 days of the phone being available in the country through Amazon, it’s no longer available. Since Micromax has an exclusive deal with Cyanogen, it won’t be a surprise to you that they weren’t to fond of the Cyanogen logo on the OnePlus One.
AT&T has just started rolling out an update to its carrier-branded variants of the Galaxy S4 Mini located in the United States. The upgrade brings compatibility for VoLTE (Voice over LTE), support for Wireless Printing, and a ton of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
Hit the break for the full changelog.
Google took to its support page earlier today to notify consumers that its Play Store gift cards are now available in an additional six countries in Europe. Denominations of the gift cards vary depending on the country; Norway, Denmark, and Sweden will offer 150, 250, and 500 Krona cards, whilst the standard 15, 25, and 50 Euro cards are being sold in Belgium, Ireland, and Finland.
Have you ever been in a video chat and you’re trying to describe a particular part of a website to someone and they just can’t seem to find what it is you’re looking at? Now, with the latest update to HTC Video Chat Enhance, your life just got a whole lot easier. Just draw on the screen during HTC’s screen share and the person can see it in real-time. Make sketches to highlight business talking points or annoy your friends, the choice is yours.
Sony introduced Remote Play for their newer Xperia devices, letting users stream PlayStation 4 games to their smartphone. The games work with a Dualshock 4 controller, so you’ll get a near-console quality experience on a portable, smaller screen. This feature was obviously only intended for Sony devices, but thanks to some clever work by developers over at XDA, you can get it working on just about any modern Android device.
Google+ is getting some improvements on the desktop site to make keeping on top of your notifications a little easier. You’ll be able to check out updates and other alerts in a dedicated page, instead of being confined to the smaller area that we’re used.
In the normal notification tray, you’ll also be able to filter out unread notifications from what you’ve already cleared, which can be useful if you’ve got a ton of alerts popping up.
Who would bring together seventy-four devices, ten animators, and sixty hours of building and fabrication with a crew of thirty for a synchronized dreamscape? Probably no one other than Samsung. In Holiday Dreams, Samsung utilizes its devices of various form factors to show how a young girl follows her holiday stocking. The devices used were the Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note 4, Gear S, and Curved UHD TV. It took a total of seventeen hours for Samsung to capture the final piece. And the initial character sketches were completed with the S Pen found in the Galaxy Note 4. It truly is a dreamscape designed from the ground up by Samsung products.
Hit the break to watch Holiday Dreams and the behind the scenes video.
What is today? Tuesday! That means HTC is running another one of its Hot Deals. From right now through 11:59pm EST, each and every accessory available directly from HTC is discounted by 50%. Everything from cases and chargers to speakers and batter packs are eligible.
Two items not listed on HTC’s accessory page are the Nexus 9′s Keyboard Folio and Magic Cover. Those items are indeed eligible for the 50% discount. The Keyboard Folio price with the discount is $65 while the Magic Cover (in Coral Amtheyst) is around $20. That is a massive amount saved on the Keyboard Folio.
HTC offers two-day shipping for $4.99; therefore, arriving before the Christmas is still an option. Choosing the free standard shipping may be a bit of a stretch.