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Apple takes a big step toward wireless charging on iPhones

Rumors have swirled for a while that Apple might embrace wireless charging beyond smartwatches (including for the next iPhone), and the company only seems to be stoking those expectations. Apple has quietly joined the Wireless Power Consortium, which governs the Qi standard you see on most devices with wireless charging. Show More Summary

Secure wireless charging stops pads from frying your phone

It's not just dodgy wired phone chargers that you have to worry about -- a poorly-made wireless charging pad could easily toast your phone. But how do you prevent that from happening when there are no cables or ports involved? MIT has an idea. Show More Summary

Verizon revives its unlimited data plan

Here's a nice Sunday surprise: Verizon is bringing back the unlimited data plan. As of February 13th, the carrier is launching a Verizon Unlimited tier that gives you unlimited US data, calls and texting for $80 per month ($45 per line for a family of four). Show More Summary

Jolla's latest mobile OS upgrade focuses on the basics

Jolla is going some distance to putting its Sailfish OS on more phones you can buy, but it's clear the startup still has a ways to go before you're ditching your existing device. It just released an early access version of Sailfish OS 2.1 (nicknamed Iijoki) that adds features you probably take for granted on Android or iOS. Show More Summary

Google hints at Assistant coming to existing Android devices

It's very likely that you'll see Google Assistant on new Android devices beyond the Pixel line, but when... and what about the device you already have? The AI helper might be coming sooner than you think. Google has inadvertently given beta testers an alpha release of its Android search app that enables Assistant support on non-Pixel hardware. Show More Summary

Android's instant tethering is now officially available

Instant tethering started making its way to some Android users in late January, allowing them to set up an automatic hotspot connection between devices. Now that the feature is officially available, more people should have access to it -- but it still only works with Pixel and Nexus devices. Show More Summary

Xiaomi is reportedly building its own phone processor

With all the lawsuits being brought against major mobile chip maker Qualcomm, there seems to be no better time for smartphone makers to explore other CPU options. According to The Wall Street Journal, Chinese company Xiaomi may be developing its own custom processor for an upcoming phone. Show More Summary

Snapchat is getting a reality TV show from A+E

The running theme for Snapchat this year? It wants to be seen as more than an ephemeral messaging service. One way it can accomplish that is by bringing on more original content, like with its exclusive Planet Earth II deal. Now Snapchat is planning to get an original reality TV series by partnering with A+E Networks, Techrunch reports. Show More Summary

Sprint offers five unlimited lines for $90, but only for a year

Sprint's latest subscription deal makes a great headline: Get five lines of unlimited data, talk and text for just $90 a month! But, as usual in the mobile world, there's a catch. That great pricing will only last until the end of March 2018, according to the company's press release. Show More Summary

Miitomo makes it easy to share Miifotos with your friends

Do you want some sort of a Miifoto central where you and your friends can check out each other's snapshots on Miitomo? Then you'll want to download the social networking app's latest update. It adds a feature called Miifoto Log, where you can post your Miifotos with commentary. Show More Summary

Cortana scans your emails to remind you about commitments

If you've ever said you'd do something in an email then whiffed on adding it to your calendar, Cortana can now help. As it previewed last year, Microsoft's assistant will check your emails and, using machine learning tech, pick out things you say you'll do. Show More Summary

Trump's FCC head is doing exactly what we expected

The newly minted head of the FCC has only been in the job for a few weeks but has already begun to make changes. Ajit Pai is a vocal opponent of net neutrality, promising to "fire up the weed whacker" against his agency shortly before assuming leadership. Show More Summary

Facebook puts a weather section in its mobile apps

Facebook aims to offer almost everything you'll want to have on a phone: games, video and photo filters, chat apps, shopping portals and now even week-long weather forecasts. The social network has rolled out a full-fledged weather section...Show More Summary

Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone could cost over $1,000

To mark 10 years of metal and glass slabs, Apple is expected to debut an ultra high-end version of the iPhone alongside its next scheduled update. According to a report from Fast Company, Tim Cook and company will likely roll out three...Show More Summary

Facebook's 'Lite' app has over 200 million users (updated)

Just because you're using Facebook Lite, it doesn't mean you want to compromise on features. Neither do any of the 200 million users worldwide taking advantage of the bare-bones version of the app. Fortunately, there's an update that rolls out many missing features today such as the ability to Like, Comment and Share posts. Show More Summary

Verizon is releasing its own Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch

Carriers are no stranger to selling smartwatches, but offering one of their own? That's rare, but Verizon is giving it a shot. The carrier (and Engadget corporate overlord) has unveiled the Wear24, a network-exclusive Android Wear 2.0 watch that will sell alongside the LG Watch Sport. Show More Summary

Signal tries its hand at encrypted video and voice calling

Open Whisper Systems' Signal app is no longer limited to keeping text chats out of the wrong hands. A beta version of the Android app now includes experimental support for video and voice calling. Both sides of a conversation will have...Show More Summary

Pinterest uses AI and your camera to recommend pins

Last year, Pinterest introduced the possibility of shopping for things just by taking a photo of it. Today, the company is ready to announce that feature to the world. It's called Lens, and as you might expect, it uses your phone's camera. Show More Summary

LG Watch Sport review: Where software steals the show

Today has been a long time coming. Android Wear 2.0 was originally announced last May, groomed for launch last fall and then delayed until, well, now. Since that first announcement was made at Google I/O last year, we've seen plentyShow More Summary

Samsung factory fire triggered by discarded batteries

Samsung just can't catch a break when it comes to batteries. The company reports that faulty lithium batteries and other waste products triggered minor fire at a Samsung SDI factory in Tianjin, China on February 8th. No one was hurt, the company says, and it's largely business as usual at the plant. Show More Summary

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