Stories by Matt Hamblen

Retail group rips chip-card conversion expense, pushes for PIN security

The top attorney for the powerful National Retail Federation blasted banks and credit card companies on Tuesday for problems and costs with the massive ongoing U.S. rollout of computer chip cards and chip card readers.

Google announces two Nexus phones, Android 6.0

The ability to separate work and personal apps and services -- known as containerization -- is now built into the OS.

Many retailers anxious facing Thursday's chip-card conversion deadline

The nation's retailers bear a huge share of the burden of converting to more secure chip card technology, even as banks have been shipping updated chip credit and debit cards to millions of customers for months.

Samsung throws more incentives at iPhone users

The offer excludes devices sold or running on the AT&T network. But it does apparently apply to a lease or installment plan from T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon Wireless or US Cellular.

At Sprint and T-Mobile, you can get an iPhone 6S for $5 a month (or less)

Starting Friday, Sprint's in-store customers will be able to lease an iPhone 6S with 16GB of storage for $1 a month.

Consumers are keeping smartphones, tablets and PCs longer

Consumers are holding on to their tablets, laptops and smartphones for longer periods, leading Gartner to predict a 1% contraction in shipments of all types of devices globally this year.

Kansas City presses on with emerging 'smart city' corridor (with video)

A 2.2-mile downtown streetcar line in Kansas City, Mo. will be the focal point of an ambitious smart city project that includes Cisco, Sprint and smaller app developers.

Verizon launches wireless private network traffic management

Verizon introduced an LTE wireless traffic management service to give business and government customers the ability to prioritize critical network-based applications.

Chip card reality check: Oct. 1 deadline termed a 'soft incentive'

Despite an Oct. 1 deadline for U.S. merchants to accept secure chip-enabled credit and debit cards, experts believe it will take years for the conversion

Samsung looks to follow Apple with its own Galaxy leasing program

Samsung is expected to launch its own smartphone leasing plan, following Apple in a long-term attempt to wrest customer control away from U.S. carriers.

US Ignite shares $6M in NSF funds with cities for smart city app store

US Ignite, a nonprofit group that fosters Internet apps with public benefits said it had been awarded a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to build testbeds for smart gigabit applications in 15 U.S. cities.

Half of U.S. consumers don’t have, and don’t understand, chip cards

More than half of U.S. consumers haven't received new chip-based credit or debit cards to improve security of in-store purchases, and many don't even know what the cards do.

AT&T makes a big push into IoT

In the expanding universe called the Internet of Things, even garbage bins will be networked together wirelessly. That way, a central console -- perhaps one that's monitored automatically -- can know whether a bin has been overturned or is full.

New iPhone 6S could let Sprint network shine

Apple gave Sprint a little gift this week with the new iPhone 6S, which can take advantage of faster wireless speeds via carrier aggregation.

Wikipedia founder pushes his charity phone company, TPO

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, took the keynote stage Wednesday at CTIA Super Mobility 2015 to tout his latest venture, The People's Operator, or TPO.