You've been able to catch up with episodes of Jersey Shore through MTV's iOS and Android apps for around a year. But, if you wanted to gasp along with the action as it was broadcast, you'd have to make an appointment to take over the family TV. Thankfully, the reality channel has updated apps on both platforms to bring a live feed of both MTV and MTV2 to your device (assuming you have a participating pay-TV provider to log in with). That said, we can't imagine anyone persisting with the feature for too long -- those ad-breaks are a lot shorter when you're catching up.

0 Comments

Mobile Masts

Ever since the notion of national roaming first appeared back in June, the UK government and the four major mobile operators have fought over how best to rid Britain of so-called "not-spots." Culture Secretary Sajid Javid wanted to implement a system where customers would be able to switch to an alternative network if their own wasn't available, but carriers argued that it would slow network expansions in rural areas, push up investment costs and potentially pass on that cost to subscribers. However, after months of talks, there's finally some good news to report -- plans for national roaming have now been scrapped, after EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three vowed to pump £5 billion into the UK's mobile infrastructure.

Read the Full Story | 0 Comments

Microsoft Research's Xim app for sharing photos can now beam slideshows on screens bigger than phones and tablets through streaming devices. Just log into the wireless network all your other devices are connected to and it will automatically detect any connected Chromecast, Apple TV, Xbox One or Amazon Fire TV that you can use to broadcast images to your television screen. Even better, if a friend initiates a session and you're paired with one of those streaming devices, he can control the images shown on your display.

Read the Full Story | 0 Comments

Sprint

Sprint can't catch a break. As if its financial woes weren't enough, the outfit was recently accused of letting consumers get billed for "tens of millions" of dollars in unauthorized charges for premium text messages between 2004 and 2013. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's official charges, according to The New York Times, are that Sprint's billing system allowed third-parties to "cram" unauthorized fees onto your monthly statement. That's not all: The Federal Communications Commission is getting in on the action too, with the NYT's sources claiming that Sprint will face $105 million in refunds and restitution as a result of those unauthorized bill additions -- a bit more than it charged AT&T. We're going to imagine the government won't let the Now Network pay its fines $9.99 per month.

[Image credit: JeepersMedia/Flickr]

0 Comments

Google Inbox on a Nexus 5

You may have to give up a few things from Gmail to use Google's task-oriented Inbox email app, but smartwatch support isn't one them. The company has updated the app (on Android) to bring Android Wear support, letting you check mail, send replies and mark completed items from the comfort of your wrist. There are some meaningful upgrades whether or not you have advanced wristwear, including suggestions for reminders and a better tablet interface. Swing by Google Play if any of these refinements are the excuse you needed to give Inbox a spin.

0 Comments

It's been nearly 10 months since the folks in Waterloo announced the throwback BlackBerry Classic, but today's the day the thing officially breaks cover. Hooray? If it wasn't immediately obvious, the "Classic" moniker refers to the fact that the device is a proper sequel to the BlackBerry Bold 9900, complete with the traditional trackpad and navigation keys that people still apparently swoon over. Oh, and BrickBreaker is back too! We've seen the Classic's spec sheet in great detail over the past few months, but let's recap: It's working with a 3.5-inch square touchscreen running at 720 x 720, an 8-megapixel camera and a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor. Combine those old-school physical attributes with the generally pleasing punchiness of the BlackBerry 10.3.1, and you're left with a device that aims to straddle the fence between past and present.

The question is, will anyone bite?

Read the Full Story | 0 Comments

OnePlus Charger

Exactly one year ago, a little known company by the name of OnePlus arrived on the scene with plans to make "the perfect smartphone." The One certainly lives up to the hype under the hood, but thanks to a flawed invite process, getting your hands on the device hasn't been easy. However, with more than 500,000 units having already made their way into customer hands and a target of one million sales before the end of the year, OnePlus has decided to celebrate a respectable first year in business with the launch of a new product, another open sale and more details on the development of its own Android ROM.

Read the Full Story | 0 Comments

To-do list app Todoist now works on Android Wear devices

Calendar notifications are nice, but speaking for, er, other people, not so much if you also forgot to keep your phone nearby. Most of us at least remember to put our watches on, though, and productivity app Todoist now supports Android Wear with location-aware notifications. If you have to "pick up milk" as a task, for instance, it'll use your GPS to buzz the watch when you drive near a selected store. If that doesn't make you feel futuristic enough, there are also voice commands -- just say "OK Google" into your watch, launch the app and it'll let you add a task on the fly. Finally, you can now send task lists straight from your smartphone to your watch to plow through, say, a grocery list hands-free. The new update will hit Google Play soon, and if you don't have an Android Wear device, Todoist is even giving a few away.

Read the Full Story | 0 Comments

Google Play Music Curated Playlists

Having millions of tracks available to play can be a blessing when streaming music, but with so much choice, it can often be difficult to find something that matches your mood. Google recognised that some Play Music subscribers could use a hand, so it launched Songza-powered smart playlist recommendations back in October, but limited the feature to US-only listeners. However, that geographic restriction has been lifted today, after Google announced that it's brought its "Concierge" playlists to the UK. If you're a paying Play Music member, you'll now see a number of curated playlists at the top of the "Listen Now" section, which included Christmas, Brand New Music and The School Run selections when I signed in. Playlists will change depending on the time of day and season (hence the inclusion of Christmas tracks) and will update as the service gradually gets to know what you like -- helpful if you're embarking on your daily commute and fancy switching to autopilot.

0 Comments

You know that thing where you try and get as much work done as you can before the end of the year? Tie up loose ends so that you can start the new year with a clean slate? That seems to be the mindset over at Google: After adding Office-file conversion in Gmail, the company has issued a handful of miscellaneous updates to its Drive apps for both iOS and Android. Basically, the sort of stuff they had probably been meaning to get around to for a while, but didn't until now. In any case, here's what's on tap. If you're an Android user, you'll find that you can now search for files from within the Google search app, even by using the "OK Google" voice command. Essentially, then, you can get to your files without actually having to open the Drive app first.

Read the Full Story | 0 Comments

Facebook will auto-enhance your photos, if you use an iPhone

Look, Facebook kind of has to be good at this whole photo-filter thing. Like, come on: It owns Instagram, of all things. As it happens, you can already use various filters to tweak your photos from the Facebook app before you upload them to the site. Now, though, Zuckerberg & co. are taking things one step further, by automatically enhancing your pics without you having to play around with any adjustment sliders. If that feature sounds familiar, it's because, well it is: Google+ has been doing this for about a year and a half. As on G+ too, if you find all this automagic to be too overbearing, you can still manually tweak shots, or even revert to the original. For now, the feature is exclusive to the iOS app, though it will soon make its way over to Android as well, according to TechCrunch. If you do happen to own an iDevice, though, enjoy the time savings (or you know, the overzealous photo-meddling -- depends how you look at it).

Read the Full Story | 0 Comments

Motorola Droid Turbo

Google has been forging patent deals left and right with smartphone manufacturers to both get technology and fend off lawsuits, and now it's taking a similar approach with American carriers. The search firm has reached a deal with Verizon that gives both sides access to patents covering a "broad range of products." Neither side is saying what those products are, but they're clear that this is a hedge against patent trolls -- they'll have more ammunition the next time someone files a lawsuit over some dodgy intellectual property claims.

Read the Full Story | 0 Comments

Instagram's new filter interface

Instagram's photography thrives on filters, so it's only fair that you get as much control over those filters as possible, right? The developers clearly think so. An update rolling out today to Instagram's Android and iOS apps lets you reorganize and hide filters; if you're obsessed with Sutro's vignettes, you can bump it to the front. Each filter icon also shows a blurred preview of the effect on your photo, giving you a better sense of what will happen if you tap a given icon. There are five new filters (Aden, Crema, Ludwig, Perpetua and Slumber) available today as well, so you'll have plenty of excuses to check out the new interface when it reaches your phone.

0 Comments

LoopPay iPhone case

Samsung is edging closer to debuting its own take on wireless payments, according to a report from Recode. Following the launch of Apple Pay earlier this year, Samsung has reportedly been trying to license technology from startup LoopPay to create a competing service. Although the site's anonymous sources agree that LoopPay and Samsung have been in talks, one says the deal "could still fall apart," even though another says a prototype payments system has already been created.

Read the Full Story | 0 Comments