July 23, 2014—LG Electronics says it will introduce a wearable tracking device for young children that allows parents to call their kids and even listen surreptitiously if the child doesn’t respond.
July 21, 2014—The Kidizoom Smartwatch ($60), which has a 1.4-inch color touch screen, can be connected to a home computer via a micro USB cable to charge the watch’s battery or to upload images, videos or voice recordings.
July 18, 2014—Kindle Unlimited costs $9.99 per month and gives customers access to at least 600,000 Kindle e-books and at least 2,000 Audible audiobooks.
July 16, 2014—The amount that consumers receive is conditional on Apple’s pending appeal of a July 2013 federal court ruling that says the company violated antitrust laws.
July 14, 2014—Children who use electronic devices such as notebook computers, smartphones and tablet computers are exposed to the possibility of an allergic reaction such as a rash if such a device contains nickel, according to a report.
July 10, 2014—Federal Trade Commission today filed a lawsuit against Amazon that says the company billed parents for millions of dollars in unauthorized charges that were the result of children using mobile applications that were downloaded or purchased from Amazon’s Appstore.
July 10, 2014—BlackBerry’s newest smartphone eschews conventional design in favor of a 4.5-inch square touch screen.
July 10, 2014—Hyundai Motor’s redesigned Sonata initially will be sold without Apple’s CarPlay or Google’s Android Auto phone-control software installed, a spokesperson says, but Hyundai plans to permit buyers to have the programs added at the dealership once the software is available for installation.
July 3, 2014—T-Mobile USA customers will get the first shot at buying the Nokia Lumia 635, which is the first U.S. smartphone that uses the Windows 8.1 operating system and is compatible with 4G LTE, which is the fastest cellular network
July 1, 2014—Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint that charges that mobile service provider T-Mobile USA made hundreds of millions of dollars by placing unauthorized charges on mobile-phone bills for bogus subscriptions from third-party scammers.
June 25, 2014—Allstate introduced a smartphone tool that monitors the driving habits of teenagers, but we couldn’t help but wonder whether the information that’s gleaned will be used to raise automobile-insurance rates for parents or for the teen when he/she gets his/her own policy.
June 23, 2014—Sprint today promised full refunds for new customers who decide to drop the wireless service within the first 30 days of their contract.
June 20, 2014—Streaming music doesn’t count against data usage? That’s music to the ears of T-Mobile USA customers.
June 19, 2014—The Kill Switch movement is alive and well, based on Google and Microsoft’s plans to roll out technology that disables a smartphone when it’s lost or stolen.
June 19, 2014—T-Mobile USA introduced a program that lets consumers try its wireless service before they buy it.
June 18, 2014—Amazon officially entered the world of smartphones today, as the world’s largest online retailer unveiled the Fire. The phone will be sold exclusively through AT&T and goes on sale July 25.
June 16, 2014—The operators of a massive cramming operation agreed to relinquish at least $10 million in assets to settle Federal Trade Commission charges.
June 13, 2014—Consumers shuffle into a Starbucks store to recharge with a cup of coffee, but now a few also might be able to recharge their smartphones wirelessly.
June 2, 2014—For the second time in 4 years, Federal Trade Commission ordered the operator of a fraudulent text-messaging operation to stop scamming consumers.
May 27, 2014—Streaming music service Spotify today encouraged subscribers who use the service through a Google Android mobile application to upgrade their apps to avoid problems.