5G Standards Are on the Way

If you’re addicted to your phone’s data, but it just isn’t fast enough, you’ll be interested to know a faster network could be coming your way. Soon, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be sharing its thoughts on the future of data, 5G. Right now most of us are using 4G and have been since 2010. This enabled revolutionary connection speeds, and HD streaming of video and music. 5G will take this to a new level by attempting to match our society’s increasing mobile needs. More towers are expected to be built, creating a broader frequency spectrum. The biggest change

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How Many Times a Day Do You Touch Your Phone?

Humans are crazy about their smartphones – that’s nothing new. But a new study by research firm Dscout has calculated just how obsessed we really are. The heaviest 10 percent of users click, tap, or swipe their phone 5,427 times a day. Now, you’re not likely in that top 10 percent, right? Maybe not, but the average person is still on their phone more than you might expect – an average of 2,617 times a day. Dscout installed special software on 94 smartphones, tracking user interaction over five days. The results showed those Top 10 heavy users will end up

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Powerball App Bringing Lotto to Your Smartphone

It’s already pretty easy to buy a lottery ticket; all you really have to worry about is losing the physical copy. The new AutoLotto Powerball app is making the whole process even more accessible and instant, allowing players to purchase, play, and redeem lottery tickets all from their smartphone. They even get their first ticket free. As of now, it is only available in New Hampshire, but easily has the potential to launch nationally. There’s no question about its future popularity: 166,000 users previously signed up and were on the waiting list for AutoLotto, which went live in the Apple

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Do Smartphones Need a Consumer Warning?

Our smartphones are on us constantly; we hardly every have them off our person. The age-old argument over whether or not these devices are safe continues, with some calling for proper consumer warning labels outlining the potential danger. The link between radio-frequency waves and illnesses like cancer is still entirely ambiguous, which leads to varying levels of suspicion where mobile phones are concerned. Advocates who believe there are health risks say that, like any other potentially harmful product, our smartphones should have a clearly visible label on the back of the device. People on the other side of this debate

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FCC, FTC to Investigate Mobile Security Updates

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are launching parallel probes into the mobile industry’s security update practices. The agencies want to determine how manufacturers issue security updates for mobile devices, and how carriers review and release the patches. “As consumers and businesses turn to mobile broadband to conduct ever more of their daily activities, the safety of their communications and other personal information is directly related to the security of the devices they use,” stated an FCC press release. “There have recently been a growing number of vulnerabilities associated with mobile operating systems that threaten the

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App Allows You to Delete Texts From Recipients’ Phones

Everyone has sent a text they almost immediately regret – you know, the kind of thing you would never say in person? Now you can delete them from the recipient’s phone before they read it. Introducing the new app Privates, which allows users to recall messages of any kind, as long as they haven’t been opened yet. The app allows you to select from three levels of security , Mild, Wild and Insane, which determine after how long messages are deleted – after three, 12 or 24 hours. Privates was created by Dr. Isaac Datikashvili, who said “We originally going

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AMC Won’t Allow Texting in Movie Theaters After All

When we caught wind that AMC was considering allowing texting in its movie theatres, we knew nothing was sacred anymore. Thankfully, it appears the plan that execs thought would appeal to millennials has fallen flat: AMC has announced it is dropping the concept before it even got off the ground. According to a PC Mag article, the company hoped to allow texting in a way that would not disturb other patrons. Angry masses quickly discounted the idea online, leading to its speedy demise. “We have heard loud and clear that this is a concept our audience does not want,” AMC

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LMCable Charges All Phones

Isn’t it a pain when you’re an Android user, need to borrow a charging cable and everyone around you uses an iPhone? iPhones use different cables from most other smartphones, the Lightning and the micro USB ports, respectively. But what if that problem was no longer an issue? The LMcable aims to make your charging woes disappear. The LMcable, a Kickstarter-funded product, has a reversible male end that works in both the Lightning and micro USB ports. Although it charges both kinds of devices, the LMcable’s only drawback is that it does not transfer data. That means no syncing your

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Microsoft acquires SwiftKey

Tech giant Microsoft has officially confirmed its $250 million purchase of London-based SwiftKey, a company that creates predictive keyboards for mobile devices. In the last six months of 2015, Microsoft has made a series acquisitions, averaging at around $65 million. That makes SwiftKey one of the company’s largest recent purchases. SwiftKey uses algorithms to accurately understand what users are typing. It is already used by more than 300 million Android and iOS devices, says Harry Shum, a Microsoft executive vice president of technology and research. This is just one of the reasons SwiftKey is a very valuable asset to Microsoft,

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ISPs Won’t Get Chance to Offer Discounted Wireless

A recent Canadian Radio-television Commission (CRTC) ruling likely means high cellphone bills are here to stay in Canada. Last week, the CRTC ruled against a coalition of small ISPs interested in offering steeply discounted wireless services. The ISPs – known as the Canadian Network Operators Consortium – hoped to rent the networks of the big Canadian telcos, allowing them to offer alternative, inexpensive services. However, the CRTC says such a move wouldn’t be fair to the companies that have invested in their own networks, such as Bell, Rogers and Telus. One thing is clear: it’s unlikely Canadians will benefit from

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