Stories by Matt Hamblen

SwiftKey is free for Android, as predictive keyboard competition grows

Innovations for predictive virtual keyboards used in smartphones and tablets keep rolling in. SwiftKey said its Keyboard app for Android smartphones and tablets that allows predictive typing would be free on Google Play.

Warnings for smartphone, credit-car users at World Cup

Soccer fans lucky enough to be traveling to Brazil for the World Cup are hearing an earful of consumer warnings about potentially onerous smartphone roaming charges and credit card ripoffs at ATMs and restaurants.

Amazon lets you switch from e-book reading to listening with just a tap

If you ever wanted to switch between reading an e-book and listening to it being read -- maybe by a famous actor or the author -- Amazon now has just the thing for you.

Amtrak explores trackside network to upgrade Acela's Wi-Fi service

Amtrak is exploring ways it can upgrade the on-board Wi-Fi on its Acela trains between Washington and Boston, now notoriously poor for passengers, especially during rush-hour travel.

RadioShack to expand in-store Fix It Here service nationwide

RadioShack plans to expand its same-day Fix It Here in-store service for cell phones and tablets to more than 700 stores nationwide by year's end.

Sprint-T-Mobile merger questions: Will regulators OK it? And, Legere as CEO?

With reports out this week that Sprint and T-Mobile US are planning to announce a $32 billion merger this summer, two big questions linger: Would federal regulators approve the deal? And would T-Mobile CEO John Legere run the combined company?

Wi-Fi calling coming to iPhones in iOS 8, with T-Mobile's support

Apple's new iOS 8 will support Wi-Fi calling when the version launches in the fall, and T-Mobile US was quick to say on Monday it will support the feature on its customers' iPhones.

Tizen developers gather this week; Omlet messaging platform to add some edginess

The emerging Tizen OS has attracted few radical types, just as other open source platforms like Android did in their early days.

Smartphone prices are dropping, and will continue to dip through '18

Average global smartphone prices have dropped and will continue to do so into 2018, according to IDC.

IDC drops tablet sales forecast, sees phablets encroaching on the market

IDC has lowered its forecast for tablet sales for 2014 by 6.3%, pointing to the cannibalization of small tablets by larger smartphones known as "phablets."

Asus PadFone X orders start June 6 from AT&T

The newest smartphone and tablet docking station combo from Asus, the PadFone X, can be ordered starting June 6 exclusively from AT&T stores and at its website, the carrier announced Wednesday.

LG's new G3 smartphone: Simpler is better

LG Electronics emphasized a simpler user experience during its unveiling of the new G3 smartphone that could prove to be a lot more than marketing noise.

LG will Webcast its G3 smartphone launch

LG Electronics is offering a live Webcast of the launch of its new G3 smartphone and possibly its new G Watch smartwatch starting at 1 p.m. ET today.

Cisco and Kansas City to launch network for smart city services

Officials from Cisco and Kansas City, Mo. are teaming up to launch a new network for smart city services.

At Indy 500, Verizon races to offer premium video content on mobile devices

During this Sunday's Indy 500, Verizon Wireless, Ericsson and other tech companies will be focused less on the drivers and more on a racetrack demonstration of new wireless technology called LTE Multicast that would used for transmitting video to smartphones and tablets.