Stories by Matt Hamblen

Google targets online wannabes with offline maps and lightweight browsers

Google's quest to reach the billion or so people in the world who still can't connect to the Internet has produced several novel wireless technologies to make up for slow or poor networks.

Google's Android M to include Android Pay, faster charging and Doze power management

Google on Thursday gave a quick glimpse of a variety of new features coming to its next-generation operating system, dubbed Android M, during a keynote at Google I/O.

Android Pay likely at Google I/O as Samsung preps its own service

Google is expected to reveal details about Android Pay at its annual I/O conference this week, even as Samsung readies its own separate mobile payment service.

China, Android to be hardest hit in coming smartphone slump

Smartphone shipments will decline through 2019, hitting Android phones and the Chinese market especially hard, according to research firm IDC.

As smartwatches gain traction, personal data privacy worries mount

Growing interest in smartwatches has sparked user privacy concerns as companies find ways to collect and use personal health, location and purchasing data found on the wearable devices of their customers and workers.

Charter-Time Warner deal would get tough regulatory scrutiny

Charter Communications' planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable faces a regulatory review by the same federal officials who were widely blamed for nixing the recent proposed merger of Time Warner with Comcast.

Verizon's buy of AOL would offer edge against Google, Facebook on mobile ads

In the Internet era, many multibillion-dollar acquisitions sound insanely ambitious and out of line.

Hallmark's new eCard mobile app hopes to target 'soulless' interactions

Hallmark, one of the world's oldest and best-known greeting card companies, launched its first Hallmark eCard app for the iPhone and iPad on Thursday.

Text-to-911: Only 5% of emergency dispatch centers support it

Just 5% of the nation's 6,500 emergency dispatch centers are equipped to receive and respond to emergency text-to-911 messages.

Android squeaks by iOS in mobile ad revenues

For the first time, Android phone and tablet advertising revenues edged out iOS mobile ads in the first quarter of 2015, according to measurements by a mobile ad service.

Sprint hangs on to third-largest carrier position ahead of T-Mobile

Sprint held on -- barely -- as the nation's third-largest carrier in the first quarter of 2015, with T-Mobile continuing in fourth place.

Zuckerberg's zeal for free Internet shows in Internet.org video

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg isn't an evangelical preacher, but his latest video promoting the new Internet.org Platform is filled with a missionary zeal for free basic Internet for the four billion people worldwide without access.

Verizon boosts role in smart cities and farms services

Verizon's Enterprise Solutions unit today announced a bigger push into smart cities and smart agricultural support services that rely on wireless networks and Internet of Things technologies.

Apple Watch, Samsung Edge glitches anger users, but no outright revolt

Problems with the new Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone have infuriated some early adopters, but they still stay loyal to their favorite brand.

Microsoft says developers can port iOS and Android apps to Windows 10

A longtime concern about Windows Phone has been a shortage of apps in the Windows Store, but Microsoft on Wednesday took a big step to change things.

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