Stories by Matt Hamblen

Tech trade group objects to weakening smartphone encryption

The Information Technology Industry Council on Thursday decried efforts to weaken encryption on smartphones, even though some officials in Washington favor doing so.

Message service blocks 78 ISIS-related encrypted channels

Telegram reacts to abuse reports sent in by its customers.

U.S. may be financing encryption apps to stay ahead of terrorists

The U.S. government's financial support for the development of smartphone encryption apps doesn't surprise security experts.

Sprint looks to spur growth with new half-off-rivals' rates plan

Sprint today unveiled a new simplified wireless plan offering 50% off competitors' rates -- part of an effort to lure consumers to try its faster LTE Plus network.

Feds fund encryption apps that some officials say could cloak terrorists

U.S. government funds have recently been used to support the creation and maintenance of commercially-available smartphone encryption apps -- the same kinds of apps thought to be used by terrorists.

Paris attacks demand 'wake-up call' on smartphone encryption

Deadly terrorist attacks on Friday in Paris, apparently planned by ISIS, have ignited a new round of concerns over smartphone encryption.

Apple's P2P mobile payment service would 'create a shockwave' in the industry

If Apple creates a mobile person-to-person payment service as recently reported, it could rock the banking and payments world as never before, some analysts believe.

Tablet shipments are down, but they're gaining ground at work

Overall tablet shipments may have dropped in recent quarters, but workplace uses for the devices are still growing in the U.S.

Half of U.S. businesses have no formal BYOD policy for security

Years after the widespread adoption of workplace smartphones, more than half of U.S. companies said they have no formal BYOD (bring your own device) policy to safeguard their enterprises, according to a survey.

How T-Mobile's video streaming works

How can T-Mobile afford to offer its Binge On streaming video service at no extra cost to its customers? T-Mobile officials offered a few technical details to shed light on how it will make video streaming from 24 content providers possible starting Sunday.

T-Mobile launches free video-streaming service

T-Mobile said it will offer free streaming of wireless video to certain T-Mobile customers for services such as HBO, Hulu, Netflix and 21 others.

BlackBerry Priv sales begin, but will they be enough?

AT&T started selling BlackBerry's first Android-powered smartphone, a slider called the Priv, for $250 with a two-year contract, a price that could entice buyers who are reluctant to pay BlackBerry's own $699 off-contract price.

Tablet demand next year down to just 17%, Gartner says

All told there's been more than a year of declines in tablet shipments and sales, due partly to the availability of larger smartphones, often called phablets, like the Apple iPhone 6 Plus and 6S Plus or the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus or Galaxy Note 5.

Sprint owner confirms job cuts will be "in the thousands"

Sprint reported it gained 237,000 postpaid phone customers in the second fiscal quarter that ended Sept. 30, the first time it showed gains on that measure in two years.

T-Mobile offers users free 4G LTE CellSpot to boost indoor cellular coverage

T-Mobile announced an indoor 4G LTE CellSpot that will help small businesses and residents connect up to 16 simultaneous calls or data sessions.