Misfit, a continuous competitor in the fitness wearable space, has just announced its newest wearable, the Shine 2. This new model builds on the success of the original Shine, and adds plenty of new features.
We loved the flexibility and business model of the original Karma for those who only need a hotspot from time to time, but it was hamstrung by Sprint's aging WiMax network. After a little stumble, the new Karma Go is here with better hardware, the same great usage model and yes, a proper LTE network behind it.
With in-store sales of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ kicking off, Samsung has launched a new promotion called the "Ultimate Test Drive" aimed at getting iPhone owners to switch over to a Galaxy phone.
For its latest major release, popular camera app VSCO Cam has added batch photo editing, an undo edit button and performance improvements. The new batch editing feature, aka Copy + Paste, lets you make a complex set of edits to just one photo, then copy that set of edits and apply it to other photos you've taken already. It's kind of like an edit preset, but made to be used on a shorter-term basis, and it should really cut down on editing large sets of photos.
The mobile apps for Google Docs, Sheets and Slides are increasing in power with each update, and today's releases now support more desktop-class features. Google Docs gains real-time spellchecking as you type and edit, while Sheets now lets you hide specific rows and columns and Slides gains the ability to group shapes in your presentations.
Instagram announced that it was bringing advertisements to users last year, and now the first full-on video ads are starting to arrive. The first ad spots, which land between eight and 15 seconds long, come from big names like Disney, Activision, Lancome, Banana Republic and CW, and are shown sparingly in user's Instagram feeds.
Well, that didn't last all that long. It seems most people who requested an invite to the new Inbox app from Google are receiving notifications indicating that they're into the cool kids club. As the wave of invites rolled out, the @inboxbygmail Twitter account confirmed that they have "left the building" and to check back soon if you weren't in this wave.
Hulu now finally lets users sign up for its paid Hulu Plus service inside its iPhone and iPad app, marking a truce between the media company and Apple over in-app billing. Prior to now, you had to sign up for Hulu Plus from the web and then sign into your premium account in the app, thus getting around Apple's policy of taking a percentage of all in-app billing activity.
Following up on an earlier bid from July that was promptly shot down, French telecom Iliad is set to take another swing at buying T-Mobile. Rather than sweetening the price, which T-Mobile saw as too low last time around, Iliad is in discussions to simply increase the share of the company it's willing to buy.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are hitting store shelves in over 20 more countries as the calendar ticks over to September 26th in the respective regions. Folks in New Zealand and East Asia can now get their hands on the latest devices — on account of time zones, it's the next day there already — and those in many European countries will have their shot here soon as well.
The public may have had mixed feelings about a free U2 album showing up on their phones last week, but the world-renowned band and Apple are likely teaming up again to work on a new music format. This new music format, U2 claims, will make music so interesting and enticing that consumers will want to buy songs and albums once again.
Professional photographer Austin Mann was given the opportunity to put the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus through their paces with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, in Iceland, and came out with some amazing results.
It seems like it's tough to find a platform that Glympseisn't yet on, and with the expansion today to Pebble it's one more off the list. Building on its other smartwatch integration with Samsung's Gear line and Android Wear, folks using Pebble can now load the Glympse app onto their watch and quickly share their location with friends and family.
Sprint's new CEO Marcelo Claure has only been on the job four days now, but has already called an all-hands meeting to lay out his first initiatives at the head of the carrier. The new Chief Executive, who was previously on the Sprint board and running his company Brightstar (which is also owned by SoftBank), laid out a pretty stark and clear path for where he sees Sprint moving in the coming months.
Following roughly a week of user reports on the Skype support forums, Microsoft has confirmed (in an awkward way) that Skype will no longer support users running OS X version 10.5.8 or older. Skype's official response to user complains explained that Skype still works on OS X 10.6 and higher, and encouraged all of its users to stay up-to-date with the latest version of OS X and Skype.
T-Mobile has announced today that it has overtaken Sprint to be the largest prepaid service provider in the U.S., with a total of 15.64 million prepaid subscribers on the network. That's dramatically past the other big rivals AT&T and Verizon also, who have 11.34 and 6.04 million prepaid customers, respectively — and T-Mobile shows no signs of slowing down.
United Airlines is introducing a new "trial feature" to its app that lets international travelers scan their passports along with check-in using their phone. The app can use the scanned image of your passport to either verify previously-entered information or add it to the system, removing one step that slows down the ticketing and boarding process of international flights. If the app properly identifies your passport information, you won't be asked to provide any further documentation to receive your boarding pass.
Wikipedia has released a redesigned and updated app for iOS that brings with it a number of improvements, including a speedier experience while researching topics on the go. The re-designed official app also brings with it a cleaner UI to make content the highlight of the experience.
Following up less than a week after it prematurely let the cat out of the bag, Instagram's new messaging service, named Bolt, is now available for users in some countries. It's what can basically be described as a Snapchat clone, where you sign in and quickly send pictures back and forth between friends.