All new smartphones sold in California after July 1 must include kill-switch capabilities that remotely make the phones inoperative if lost or stolen.
Fans of no-contract prepaid smartphones have five more models to choose from as AT&T, Cricket Wireless and Boost Mobile unveiled their latest Android devices that come with no long-term commitments. AT&T offers the Motorola Moto E and ZTE Maven 4G LTE phones, priced at $99.99 and $59.99 through AT&T stores or at ATT.com. Cricket Wireless, a division of AT&T, is offering the ZTE Sonata 2, a 4G handset that sells for $29.99, through Cricket stores or CricketWireless.com. The Moto E features a 4.5-inch thin-film-transistor (TFT) display, a 1.2GHz processor and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, while the ZTE Maven has a 4.5-inch display, a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and a 5MP main camera. Cricket's Sonata 2 has a 4-inch WVGA display, a 1.2GHz CPU and a 5MP main camera. Sprint's Boost Mobile division, meanwhile, launched the LG Tribute 2 smartphone, which retails for $99.99, and the LG Volt 2, which sells for $149.99, through BoostMobile.com. The LG Tribute 2 has a 4.5-inch IPS display, a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and a 5MP rear camera, while the LG Volt 2 has a 5-inch HD IPS display, a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and an 8MP rear camera. This slide show takes a closer look at the five phones.
After its debut in Japan, businesses in Europe can get their hands on the 4G LTE-connected version of Surface 3 in the next few days. The U.S. will follow.
Apple will now have to pay about $450 million to consumers after fighting the ebook price-fixing charges in court for more than three years.
Tablets are in a free fall. ABI Research reported that in the 2015 first quarter the tablet market recorded the largest drop in shipments since 2009, with a hefty decline of 16 percent from the same period in 2014. ABI said part of the problem is that the space is dominated by two players—Apple and Samsung—and has not found a credible third- or fourth-place competitor to drive tablet sales "out of stagnation." So why aren't consumers and enterprise users choosing another vendor? Part of the reason could be perception. Apple and Samsung have massive marketing budgets and popular devices. For another company to break into the space, they would need a truly ground-breaking tablet design backed by a huge marketing effort and still have no guarantee that they would grab significant market share from the top two makers. In fact, many consumers may not even be able to name more than just a handful of today's top tablets. This slide show will remind potential tablet buyers there are plenty of interesting models not made by Apple or Samsung. Yes, the iPad and Samsung Galaxy Note are included here, but the slides will also showcase models that don't often grab the spotlight.
For its fourth unlocked Android smartphone model in the United States, Hong Kong-based device maker NUU Mobile has introduced the new NU2S, which retails for $99.99 and works on the networks of mobile carriers, including AT&T, Cricket Wireless, Lyca Mobile, MetroPCS, Net10 Wireless, Straight Talk Wireless, T-Mobile and Walmart Family Mobile by T-Mobile. The low-cost NU2S includes a 4.5-inch qHD touch-screen display, a 1.3GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of on-board storage (expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card) and more. The NU2S is flexible as well, with dual SIM slots, one of which works with 4G GSM networks while the other supports 2G GSM networks. The dual SIM slots can allow users to have two different phone numbers on their device or to use one of the slots for a local phone number while traveling internationally. The phones come with a two-year non-transferable warranty and a one-year warranty on the device's battery. The NU2S can be purchased from BestBuy.com, Target.com and NUUmobile.com and in Meijer stores. Here's a close look at the NU2S.
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The cost for the All-In mobile plan and smartphone can vary slightly by device, while taxes and fees are not included in the total.
Running on Android 5.0 Lollipop, the NU2S is a dual-SIM smartphone with a 4.5-inch qHD display that runs on 4G networks.
When Apple's new Apple Music streaming music service opens to users on June 30, they'll have a wide range of new options for their music collections.
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The new Apple Music streaming music service launches June 30, joining the iTunes store to give music lovers a new way to find a huge catalog of music in one place. Apple Music will cost $9.99 per month after a free 90-day trial, or six family members can share a membership for $14.99 per month. The service will initially be available to Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod users once they upgrade to the latest iOS 8.4 operating system (which includes Apple Music integration), as well as to Windows users of iTunes. By the fall, it will be available to Apple TV and Android users. The iOS 8.4 updates will be available for free downloads starting at 11 a.m. EDT June 30. To sign up for the free trials, users must update their iOS devices to the latest OS and launch Music, while Mac and Windows users must update to the latest versions of iTunes. Apple Watch users must get updates from a paired iPhone to use Apple Music. Users of Apple's existing Beats music service can move their Beats subscription over to Apple Music and save their existing playlists. Here's what you need to know about Apple Music.
Microsoft's mobile-friendly presentation tool, Office Sway, is now available for Apple's tablet and will arrive on Windows 10 this summer.
AT&T expands its no-contract, prepaid GoPhone lineup with two models from Motorola and ZTE, adding two phones under $100.
The health wristband could help doctors and others monitor the condition of patients in clinical trials when they are away from the hospital.