Samsung Rolls Out New Functions for TecTile App
Samsung today announced version 3.0 of its TecTile application for Android devices. The new application significantly boosts the functionality of the TecTile stickers by allowing Samsung smartphone owners to do more with them. For example, the new TecTile app allows users to program multiple functions for a single tag, customize profiles via tags, store TecTile tag history, create private TectTile tags, and unlock locked TecTiles. TecTiles can also be set to do things such as share electronic business cards, forward a call to a predetermined number, or playback specific music tracks in the media player. TecTile 3.0 is a free download from the Google Play Store. Samsung sells the TecTiles in packs of 5 for $14.99 at AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile USA stores. TecTiles originally launched on the Galaxy S III, but Samsung said that the TecTiles app is now compatible with a wide array of its handsets, including the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and others.
Review: Motorola Moto E5 Play
Motorola is selling its able-bodied, entry-level Moto E5 Play from Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless, and Verizon Prepaid. If you're in the market for a solid, low-cost phone, the Moto E5 Play plays well thanks to its simple hardware, easy software, and capable performance.
Justice Dept. Probing Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Effect on MVNOs
The U.S. Department of Justice is exploring what impact the proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile will have on smaller carriers and MVNOs.
Verizon to Cease Sharing Phone Location with Other Companies
Verizon Communications today said it will stop making customer location data available to third-party apps and services. The decision follows last month's revelation that third-party companies didn't always properly protect this data.
3GPP Approves Spec for Standalone 5G New Radio
The 3GPP today ratified another piece of the 5G specification, termed the Standalone 5G New Radio, or SA 5G NR. This spec is for 5G networks that are developed on their own, apart from legacy or pre-existing networks.
Sprint, T-Mobile Agree to Halt Sharing Location with Some Apps
Following moves made earlier in the day by Verizon and AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have now said they also will cease sharing customer location data with certain third-party apps and services. Sprint said it is "beginning the process of terminating its current contracts with data aggregators to whom we provide location data." T-Mobile CEO John Legere tweeted, "I've personally evaluated this issue & have pledged that @tmobile will not sell customer location data to shady middlemen." The matter rose to attention after some third-party location brokers left the real-time data of millions of customers unprotected.