Tag Archive: Phone


Verizon releases, unreleases promo video for phone released four months ago that it still doesn’t sell

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6 reasons your next phone should be from OnePlus

We are approaching the dawn of a new wave of flagship phones from major manufacturers around the world, and there’s no better time to be looking for a brand new smartphone. Samsung is already hyping everybody up for their Galaxy S6, HTC is preparing to pull the curtains on its next One smartphone, Sony is ringing the bell for round 4 of its Xperia Z lineup, rumors are flowing for LG’s G4 smartphone, and OnePlus is readying  [Read More…]

How to use Google Maps Street View on your phone or tablet

Sometimes you need to get up close and personal with your maps — Street View has you covered.

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While most people have played around with Street View for some fun exploring on the web, the full suite of Street View imagery is also available on your phone or tablet in the Google Maps app. Of course viewing Street View on a smaller screen isn’t ideal, but it’s quite  [Read More…]

Weekly poll results: do you have a quick-charging phone?

Quick charging is indeed something a fair number of us have.

This week’s poll may seem a bit simpler than most, and the same holds true for its results, which show that a majority of the responding users — what 4,500 of you responded this week — said that you did have a quick-charging phone. This comes as a small surprise to us, as relatively few phones in the last few months have come with  [Read More…]

SpeakerPhone Ex – Never worry about putting your phone on loudspeaker again

Putting someone on loudspeaker doesn’t have to be a frustrating experience anymore, thanks to a little app called SpeakerPhone Ex. No doubt you’ve been in a situation where you’ve had to put someone on speakerphone and have missed a section of the conversation in the time it took you to pull the phone down from your ear, the screen to wake up, and to find that speaker button?

That’s where SpeakerPhone Ex comes in; the app sits  [Read More…]

Phone not connecting to your AOL Mail? You’re not alone …

According to AOL itself and folks taking a look around our forums, AOL’s mail service is experiencing a bit of an outage this morning. If you can’t get to your AOL Mail (a-mail?) on your Android phone or tablet, you’re not alone.

The NSA and GCHQ gave themselves a direct line into your phone

According to new documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the NSA and its UK counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), hacked into the computers of Gemalto, a company that manufactures SIM cards for a large number of carriers around the world. In doing so, the intelligence agencies acquired encryption keys that would allow them to intercept communications from customers of all four major U.S. carriers, along with 450 others around the world.

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Ask AC: Can I use one company’s quick charger with another’s phone?

If you’re one of the few whose shiny new phone has come with a Quick Charge 2.0 power supply in the box (here’s a list if you’re not sure, and even then some of then come with legacy chargers), you’ve come to a terrible realization. All of your other power supplies are woefully inadequate in comparison, and it’s time to replace a few of your other chargers. This raises a few  [Read More…]

Ask AC: Can I use my phone just on Wifi without a carrier?

This question just popped up in our Galaxy Note 4 forums, but it’s one that we’ve seen related to other phones before as well.

We’re all so used to buying a phone with intentions of using it on a carrier that we often don’t consider what it will operate like without a SIM in it. Rest assured that your phone will operate just fine without active service from a carrier, leaving it as a Wifi-only  [Read More…]

This week’s sidebar poll: Do you own a quick-charging phone?

It has many names: turbo, rapid, quick and fast.

Whatever the name may be, there are a plethora of phones out there that support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 standard (or a manufacturers own version of it) since it was first announced back in 2013. And while we’re doing our series on quick-charging and the phones and chargers that support it, we’d like to see how many of our readers have these phones that can rebound  [Read More…]