Stories by Matt Hamblen

FCC warns that it's still better to call 911 instead of texting

The FCC says the public should not rely on text messages to reach 911 in emergencies because the technology is only available to 59 of the more than 6,000 emergency communications centers nationwide.

AT&T to activate HD Voice over 4G LTE in four states on May 23

AT&T will introduce a high-definition voice service over its LTE network in parts of four Midwest states on May 23, the carrier announced today.

AT&T's $50B interest in DirecTV is just one part of an ambitious expansion

AT&T's apparent interest in DirecTV is only the latest move by the wireless carrier to expand into just about every wired and wireless market it can.

Samsung to unveil Gear Glass at IFA this September, report says

Samsung plans to launch a Google Glass competitor called Gear Glass in September, timed with the IFA technology show in Berlin, according to a report in Business Korea.


4 years in, augmented reality in smartphones has yet to catch on

Four years have passed since augmented reality apps for smartphones started appearing in app stores for consumer use, but the trend has been slow to catch on.

With big growth in 5-in.-plus smartphones, where's Apple?

The pressure is on Apple to produce a 5-in. or larger display iPhone, since the so-called "phablet" segment grew by 369% in the first quarter and represented 34% of all smartphones shipped.

Inside the world of designer antennas for wearables

Sixty years after bulky 'rabbit ears' TV antennas, engineers are designing tiny custom ones that can fit inside of wearable devices.

BlackBerry is laser-focused on the enterprise with BES10

After encountering problems last year selling its newest smartphones, BlackBerry has shifted to a stronger focus on the enterprise, especially through distribution of its BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 mobility management client software.

One-fourth of first-time smartphone buyers want to change carriers

The price war over data and voice costs among U.S. carriers is having an impact on first-time smartphone buyers.

Buoyed by Chrome OS success in schools, Lenovo unveils two new Chromebooks

With low-cost Chromebooks catching fire in many education settings, Lenovo has expanded its Chromebook line to consumers with two new models.


Google aims for purity with Android Silver

If you haven't heard of Android Silver -- assuming it's real -- yet, it's because it's not been officially announced by Google.

PayPal rebrands, touting mobile payment abilities

PayPal has unveiled a new global branding campaign designed to put greater focus on its ability to let people make payments for goods and services anywhere and anytime.

As wearables catch on, Amazon cashes in with new online store launched a Wearable Technology online store on Tuesday, saying customers are increasingly interested in the devices.

Gogo's stock crashes after AT&T unveils in-flight LTE network plans

In-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo's stock took a drubbing after AT&T yesterday announced plans for a new air-to-ground LTE service that will surely compete against Gogo, at least in the continental U.S.

AT&T eyes LTE network for in-flight use by passengers, pilots and crews

AT&T plans to launch an LTE in-flight connection service by late 2015 for airlines and passengers that will be available for fast passenger Wi-Fi as well as real-time cockpit and maintenance communications.