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Concept iPhone packs giant virtual display and keyboard

A new concept iPhone explores the possibility of pico projectors creating a full-size external display and keyboard, essentially turning the handset into a mobile desktop. Watch a video of this proposed device in action. The design and video were created by Hassan Kaymak for ConceptsiPhone. Pico projectors are a real thing Concept devices fall somewhere […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Cricket Launches Data-Only Plans

Cricket has announced new service plans that include only data and messaging, with no access to voice service. With the plans, messaging (SMS and MMS) is unlimited, but international service is not included. Data allotments are for high-speed data at the full speed of AT&T's LTE network, instead of capped at 8 Mbps as with Cricket's other plans. Streaming video is limited to SD quality by default, although HD can…

T-Mobile Launches Checking Accounts

T-Mobile is now offering its own branded checking accounts as a new offering called T-Mobile Money. The accounts bear no monthly, overdraft or transfer fees, and no ATM fees. Accounts earn 4% interest on the first $3,000. The product is digital-only and mobile-first, accessed primarily through a phone app. The debit card is compatible with Google Pay, Apple Pay, and Samsung Pay, although customers receive a physical debit card as…

Verizon Launches its First Alcatel Phone

Verizon today started selling the Alcatel Avalon V, an entry-level Android phone that marks the first Alcatel phone to be offered by Verizon. The phone is similar to the Alcatel 1x Evolve already on sale with Metro by T-Mobile, but has a Snapdragon 425 processor instead of a MediaTek chip, and lower-resolution cameras (5 megapixel main and 2 megapixel selfie). The phone is notable for its tall (2:1 aspect ratio)…

Crazy ‘iPhone Z’ concept takes folding phones to a new level

Caviar, the Russian company behind some of the craziest iPhone mods we’ve ever seen, has come out with its first folding iPhone concept design video today and as you’d expect, it’s absolutely wild. Not satisfied with just one fold out display, Caviar’s ‘iPhone Z’ concept proposes having a display that folds twice. The end result […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

These bone-conduction smart glasses make headphones unnecessary [Review]

Headphones are so ubiquitous we often don’t think about their disadvantages. Lucyd created a pair of smart glasses that let you listen to music or podcasts while still allowing you to hear what’s going on around you. This Bluetooth accessory also lets you access Siri from your iPhone, as well as make and receive calls. […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

FCC wants to ban China Mobile from US

The largest mobile phone network operator in the world will likely be banned from doing business in the USA. China Mobile, which has over 900 million subscribers in mainland China, has been blocked from offering services in the United States, according to the latest proposal by the Federal Communications Commission. FCC chairman Ajit Pai proposed […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Samsung Galaxy Fold Review Units Failing at High Rate

The first production units of the Samsung Galaxy Fold, sent to some phone reviewers, are experiencing serious failures of the folding screen after very little use, and at an alarming rate. Units sent to The Verge and CNBC have failed after just a few days of normal use. The unit used by Dieter Bohn of The Verge developed a sharp bulge poking up into the screen from the hinge mechanism;…

Facebook Assistant is taking on Siri and Alexa [Updated]

Facebook is going into the voice-driven digital assistant race. Its AI tech will go into the line of Facebook Messenger-driven smart displays this social networking/advertising company launched last fall, as well as other future devices. Development on the AI assistant began just over a year ago, according to an unconfirmed report from CNBC. The Facebook […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac