Nokia likes its smartphones shaken, not stirred.
The company is working on two new handsets that will run Windows Phone 8.1 Blue, according to a new leak on mobile-leaking Twitter account @evleaks. Although neither device has an official name yet, they're currently code-named Goldfinger and Moneypenny -- references to the James Bond franchise -- according to @evleaks.
Actual details on Goldfinger and Moneypenny weren't shared by @evleaks, so it's important to take the report with a grain of salt. However, @evleaks has been quite successful at obtaining leaked information, which could lend some credence to the … Read more
Republic Wireless finally has its flagship smartphone in the Motorola Moto X.
The Moto X is attractively priced at $299, and can be had without signing any contracts. Try to buy the smartphone directly from Motorola in the same unlocked manner and you'll spend double that amount. Republic Wireless is able to get the price down to that point because it is willing to partially subsidize the phone, banking that its customers will remain loyal and stay with the service provider.
The Moto X can be paired with a number of Republic Wireless' rate plans which range from $5 … Read more
The wireless carriers' mobile payment initiative, Isis Mobile Wallet, is finally going live nationwide, delivering another way for consumers to use their phones to pay for goods and services.
It's been a long time coming for Isis, which went through the work of lining up partners, building a mobile-payment platform, and going through trials over the last few years. The Isis Mobile Wallet is available for select Isis-compatible smartphones -- notably not the iPhone -- and comes with a few financial incentives to get users on board.
Isis, jointly run by Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile, is … Read more
Otterbox is by far the dominant force in iPhone cases, according to a new study, but Apple is starting to make inroads.
Otterbox, which makes a wide array of cases for mobile products, owns more than 50 percent of the iPhone 4S case market, according to new data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP). And while the company is still holding the biggest share for individual firms in the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S market, Apple's cases are likely an increasingly worrisome presence for the case-maker.
According to CIRP, Apple's iPhone 5C cases account for nearly 10 percent … Read more
Telsa has experienced a spate of bad luck as of late. Not only have three of its Model S all-electric cars caught fire in the past two months, but an accident at the company's Fremont, Calif., factory caused three employees to be injured by hot metal on Wednesday morning.
"There was a failure in a low-pressure aluminum casting press," Tesla said in a statement e-mailed to CNET. "Three employees were injured by hot metal from that press. We are making sure that they receive the best possible care."
Local firemen said the incident is being … Read more
There's an incredibly handy application in the Google Play store that lets you turn your Android smartphone or tablet into a socially connected digital picture frame. Called Dayframe (free), it's similar to the Daydream mode that comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and later, except that Dayframe is much more social, more photo-friendly, and allows for very specific user-defined settings.
As to what makes this a "social connected" digital picture frame experience comes from the app's integration with various social networks. Dayframe displays pictures from services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well … Read more
The device will be T-Mobile's first Kyocera handset, but it'll only be offered through the carrier's business-to-business market.
Aside from being able to survive a meter-deep swim underwater for 30 minutes, the phone also has 4G LTE connectivity and a 4-inch WVGA display.
In addition, it features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, expandable memory, and a 2,000mAh battery that managed 5.53 hours of continuous video playback during our battery drain test.… Read more
Nokia's Refocus Windows Phone application is now available, the company announced on Wednesday.
Microsoft's Windows Phone store is offering the free app, which allows users to snap a photo and then adjust the depth of field -- in other words, choose which parts of the image are clear and which segments are out of focus. The application also includes support for "Color Pop," a feature that allows users to turn on color in one section of the image and turn the rest of it to black-and-white.
Nokia's Refocus app isn't available across all Windows … Read more