Portable batteries made strides this year with new technology that allows a single pack to charge a number of device types -- phones, tablets, laptops and headphones. Vendors demonstrated a number of models this week in Las Vegas.
Wireless Junkies moved to White Plains, Md., from its previous shop in La Plata, Md., to meet the need for a bigger retail space. Owner Candace Vaughn started Wireless Junkies in 2010 as an online cellphone accessories retailer, then began doing repairs when the La Plata store opened.
Amazon reports having Alexa enabled in approximately 50 third-party products, offering voice control to devices like smart thermometers and competing smart speakers. Amazon has leveraged multiple partnerships in its goal to make Alexa go industrywide, including creating CPU-level Alexa support with Intel to ease the process of adding the VA to any smart device.
Augmented reality features will be more prevalent in smartphones in 2018, predicts Dan Olds of Gabriel Consulting Group. Meanwhile, artificial intelligence will help manufacturers add features to their smartphones, while analysts are not convinced that flexible displays will win over consumers.
T-Mobile ran tests of 28 GHz millimeter-wave wireless technology in Bellevue, Wash., using 5G gear from Nokia and Intel, the carrier announced Wednesday, days after CEO John Legere said the company would support 600 MHz service on more than a dozen models. Carriers get more range from low-band spectrum, but higher frequencies are more effective in dense, urban environments.
U.S. Cellular has tapped Nokia for a network operations system that taps big data and machine learning to improve service by analyzing subscribers' mobile use patterns, the companies announced. The project is aimed at preventing operational problems and more efficiently planning cell tower and small cell deployments.
Apple is reducing the price of replacement batteries to $29 for the iPhone 6 and later and will release updated software that informs users if their iPhone batteries are still good after facing lawsuits over its move to slow down older models. Apple apologized on its website last week and said it will change its practices to regain its customers' trust.
Holding down business expenses is a key step on the path to profitability. Amanda Abella looks at five ways to keep expenses in line, including tweaking your marketing budget, cutting out unnecessary subscriptions and eliminating duplicate services.
Samsung and LG have clarified that they do not slow down smartphone processors with software updates over time. HTC and Motorola made similar statements in the wake of Apple's admission that iPhone processors were slowed over time to preserve battery performance.