Ubuntu Smartphone Confirmed for 2014


Canonical has confirmed a currently unnamed manufacturer will release an Ubuntu smartphone in 2014. It follows failed attempts to Canonical to produce the device itself. Canonical, which develops Ubuntu and operates commercially by charging for support and related services, first showed off the “Ubuntu Touch” system for smartphones at the start of this year. At […]

Ryan Seacrest spends $1 million on iPhone keyboard

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has invested a million dollars in a company that plans to sell slip-on physical keyboards for the iPhone. As well as funding the company, Seacrest is the co-founder alongside Laurence Hallier, chief of tech marketing firm Show Media. It’s reported that the company plans to raise $5 million to get […]

Global Stolen Phone Database Could Cut Crime

The four major US carriers have completed work on a joint database for registering and tracking stolen phones. It will integrate with international databases, which could cut down one form of organized phone theft. The database involves AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon, and is overseen by industry group CTIA-The Wireless Association. It’s the final step […]

FAA Lifts in-Flight Gadget Restrictions


The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted a ban on most electronic gadgets on flights, even during parts of takeoff and landing. But passengers will still be banned from making voice calls on their cellphones. Although the new rules are in effect, it may be a few months before fliers notice the difference. Individual airlines must […]

Lego-style phone: Motorola already on the case


Yesterday we reported on a man with an idea to make modular mobile phones where replaceable and upgradeable components snapped together like Lego. It turns out Motorola has been working on just such a concept itself. Dave Hakkens, a Dutch designer, came up with the Phonebloks idea. He suggested a baseboard with an electrical circuit […]

T-Mobile brings in free data use overseas

T-Mobile is offering some customers “free” data use when travelling abroad. The catch is that you’ll have to pay extra to get a decent speed. The deal starts automatically on October 31 for anyone on a “Simple Choice” plan, which already offers unlimited texting, voice calls and data use in the US. It only applies […]

Facebook expands “Wi-Fi for check-in” deal


Facebook has made a deal with Cisco to roll out a program that gives store, hotel and restaurant customers free Wi-Fi access in return for “checking in” on Facebook. The idea has already been tested in a small number of locations and will now be made available to all businesses. Facebook itself won’t be putting […]

Verizon Honors Accidental Unlimited Data Deal

Verizon has announced that it will live up to an agreement with eagle-eyed customers who took advantage of a loophole. A software bug on its website let people get a new phone while keeping an unlimited data plan. Last year Verizon decided to scrap unlimited data deals not just for new customers, but for new […]

Government Takes New Approach to Phone Unlocking Rules


The government has formally asked the Federal Communications Commission to force cellphone carriers to make it physically possible to unlock phones. It follows an appeal for Congress to make the practice legally OK. Back in January, a change in the law meant that phone unlocking technically became a breach of the law. That’s because the […]

New Motor Racing Contest Will Electrify City Streets


The Formula E racing championship, planned to launch next year, won’t just be a demonstration that zero-emissions racing can still be exciting. It’s now looking as if it will be a testing ground for elecricity-based tech. Qualcomm, best known for making smartphone chips, has signed on as a sponsor. Bur rather than just handing over […]

Most Mobile Apps Are Already ‘Dead’


The majority of mobile phone applications have never been updated and have received very little interest according to a new study. The figures also suggest that if an app doesn’t make it big within a few weeks of release, it’s effectively doomed. The figures come from StarDust, a company that tests mobile apps to make […]

Amazon Deal of the Day: Save $40 on the Kindle Fire HD Tablet – $159 + FREE Shipping


For today’s edition of Deal of the Day and for a limited time, Amazon offers $40 off on the Kindle Fire HD tablet. When it comes to HD displays, great resolution is just the start. Unlike other 7″ tablets, Kindle Fire HD delivers rich color and deep contrast from every angle, with an advanced polarizing […]