Today, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler unveiled a working set of principles for his proposed plans to regulate ISPs (including mobile ones) under Title II of the 1996 Telecom Act. These providers would be overseen more like a utility, such as landline phones, granting the FCC much broader authority over companies that operate in this space.
Wheeler wants to enact a pretty narrow version of net neutrality under this (proposed) newfound authority, banning "paid prioritization," paid "fast lanes," and arbitrary throttling and blocking not part of reasonable network management. These new provisions are not trivial, and are definitely ensconced in the larger net neutrality "vision" of groups like the EFF and FSF. Read More
By now just about everyone knows about ostentatious headphone maker Beats - if you haven't seen them shilled by hip-hop stars and football players, you've seen them in custom-made corner displays at Best Buy. The company has also technically been a part of Apple since May of last year, presumably because a gold iPhone 6 just isn't complete without a matching pair of Champagne Studio Wireless headphones. But a more interesting question to ask is this: what will happen to Beats Music, the multi-platform streaming service that competes with the likes of Spotify?
Over at 9to5Mac, Mark Gurman has at least a possible answer. Read More
Under Armour is a well-known fitness brand, but despite its ubiquity on wristbands and sweat-wicking clothes, it isn't the first name that comes to mind in the digital realm. How does a company go about changing this? Buy the brands that are. So here we are, Under Armour announced today that is has purchased MyFitnessPal and Endomondo.
Both of these services are geared towards getting you in shape. MyFitnessPal helps you keep track of your calorie intake and has been installed from the Play Store over 10,000,000 times. Endomondo is a digital personal trainer that tracks distance, time, speed, etc. Read More
When it comes to cloud storage, Google Drive and Dropbox get most of the attention, but Box offers many of the same features, and even has a few tricks the other services don't. Today's update to the Box app makes a few tweaks, and you can still get a bunch of free storage space to try if out.
Free international roaming is one of the many nice perks T-Mobile offers to entice customers. When the Uncarrier launched the feature over a year ago, it supported over 100 countries. That list has now grown to over 120. The latest addition includes Paraguay, in South America, and Croatia, in Europe. Read More
Like any company out there, Microsoft wants you to use its products. In those cases when you choose not to, it reserves the right to buy whatever it is that you actually are using. That way you're happy and you're still using Microsoft's stuff. Everybody wins, in a way.
The company's latest acquisition, according to TechCrunch, is Sunrise Calendar. It reportedly dished out over $100 million to seal the deal.
Sunrise Calendar is available for a number of platforms spread across mobile and desktop. Want it for Android? There's an app. Want it on your laptop? You can get it for Chrome. Read More
Dedicated gadget geeks will be aware of Xiaomi, a huge player in the Chinese smartphone market. In fact the company has become so big (and become big so quickly) that it's now the third-largest smartphone maker in the world by volume, more or less on the strength of the expanding userbase in China alone. But most other people in the west, even those who know the major players of the smartphone market, might not even know the company exists. Xiaomi wants to change that.
Hugo Barra, Xiaomi's current global VP and former Google mobile product manager. Image credit: MIUI
Xiaomi will host a stand-alone press conference in San Francisco on Thursday, February 12th. Read More
There's a new version of the Play Music app rolling out, and you know what that means. Yes, Google will be cruelly keeping you from having the new version for a few days as the staggered rollout continues. Luckily, we've got the APK below. This is a reasonably big update with some layout changes, feature tweaks, and more. Read More