Nextbit’s “Robin” Smartphone Uses Cloud Storage

Nextbit Systems Inc. has unveiled its latest Android smartphone, which has been designed to manage storage and backup so you don’t have to. The device, called “Robin,” automatically moves files and apps to the cloud. The Robin’s software works closely with Google’s Android operating system, and is designed to assess which files a user will need immediately and which can be moved to the cloud. Apps that are rarely used, for example, will be sent to the cloud to free up space for something used more regularly. Retrieval of apps from the cloud is easy and does not require reinstallation.

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Qualcomm’s New Smartphone Chip Fights Malware

Qualcomm is trying to protect you from brand new viruses and malware attacks through its Smart Protect technology. Smart Protect will debut on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 mobile processor and will use machine learning to watch out for potential security issues in real time. The Snapdragon 820 will also provide faster graphic capabilities making it ideal for VR solutions. Qualcomm will be offering an API for Smart Protect, which will allow security companies to take advantage of the chip’s heightened awareness. “Snapdragon Smart Protect is engineered to look at the actual behavior of device applications in real time and almost instantly

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Comcast Planning Nationwide Gigabit Internet by 2018

Comcast VP of network architecture Robert Howald recently told FierceCable that the company plans to offer gigabit Internet to all of its customers by 2018. Comcast was already found to be the fastest nationwide ISP in the United States, according to SpeedTest.net. In the not-too-distant future, things will be getting even faster. Comcast plans to transition its DOCSIS 3 technology (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) to DOCSIS 3.1. Once the transition is complete, Comcast’s network will handle Internet speeds of at least 1Gbps, and potentially up to 10Gbps. The rollout of Comcast’s DOCSIS 3.1 is anticipated to begin in

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BlackBerry’s First Android Device – New Leaked Details

Details surrounding BlackBerry’s rumored Venice slider device are being leaked at an astounding rate. The company will reportedly be releasing its first Android phone in November. Evan Blass, trusted source for smartphone and tablet leaks, recently posted new tweets revealing additional details about the device. The first tweet shows what claims to be a demo of the BlackBerry Productivity suite, which can be viewed on YouTube here. The second tweet included a file list, suggesting BlackBerry’s Android handset will still include a number of traditional BlackBerry features. These tweets reveal the BlackBerry Venice slider is more than a stock Android

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Sprint Introduces “iPhone Forever” Plan

The competition between U.S. carriers continues to heat up, benefitting customers. Sprint has just launched a new monthly fee plan called “iPhone Forever,” available at a discounted price for a limited time. This new plan is designed to ensure all subscribers have the latest iPhone models, which is ideal for users who always want the newest Apple products. This plan typically costs $22 per month on top of service fees. It ensures users are eligible to trade in their previous model and upgrade to the latest iPhone whenever a new model is released. For a short while, the “iPhone Forever”

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AT&T Willingly Helped NSA Spy on Users

According to the New York Times, newly disclosed NSA documents reveal AT&T willingly helped the National Security Agency (NSA) conduct surveillance on large volumes of Internet traffic in the United States. The documents revealing AT&T helped the spy agency in a broad range of classified activities – dated from 2003 to 2013 – were leaked by Edward Snowden. The telecommunications giant reportedly provided extensive assistance to the NSA in carrying out a secret court order allowing wiretapping of all Internet communications at the United Nations Headquarters. AT&T demonstrated “extreme willingness” to participate in this surveillance. The company reportedly installed equipment

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AT&T Offers $500 Credit to DirectTV Customers

AT&T has announced a limited time offer that will allow DirectTV customers to save $500 on their wireless bills when switching to AT&T. This deal makes use of AT&T’s $49 billion buyout of DirectTV. Since DirectTV is now under its umbrella, AT&T is able to offer pay-TV service subscribers up to a $500 credit per line if they switch wireless service. Families of four, therefore, could be eligible for $2000 in credits. AT&T will issue $300 in credits to the account holder for each line ported over to the company’s Next program. Additionally, AT&T will offer up to $200 if

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Verizon Gets Rid of Contracts and Simplifies Plans

Verizon recently announced it will be doing away with traditional phone plans and ditching contracts in favor of four simplified data plans ranging from 1GB to 12GB. These new phone plans represent a shift away from the way Verizon has traditionally operated, as they will require users to pay for their smartphones in monthly installments or buy them outright from the beginning. Instead of locking users into contracts by offering subsidies on their handsets, this new trend set by T-Mobile two years ago offers lower service fees in exchange for users purchasing their devices themselves. Verizon’s four new data plans

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Samsung to Update Android Security Monthly

Samsung recently announced its new security update process for Android that will provide up-to-date protection from mobile security vulnerabilities. The company is promising regular over-the-air security patches “about once per month.” In their announcement, the world’s largest smartphone maker made mention of Stagefright, an Android vulnerability revealed last week that affected approximately 95 percent of devices running Google’s operating system. The hole in security had the potential to allow a hacker to remotely access a user’s Android smartphone using only their telephone number. Samsung stated they worked with carriers to provide security patches to Galaxy devices affected by Stagefright. The

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New Samsung Monitor Wirelessly Charges Your Phone

In a move to make computer monitors more attractive to consumers, Samsung’s latest model will feature integrated wireless charging for mobile devices. Any device supporting Qi wireless charging, such as the LG G3, Galaxy S6 or Nexus 6, will be automatically charged when placed on the monitor’s stand. This application of wireless charging technology proves far more convenient than standalone charging pads. Building this technology into devices that typically reside on a desk makes for seamless integration into daily routines. The Samsung SE370 features 1,920×1,080 pixel resolution, a response time of 4ms, 100:1 contrast ratio and a 178 degree horizontal

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