Anti-ZTE Clause Stricken from Defense Bill

Senators have overturned an agreement added to the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, that would have made it more difficult for President Trump to remove the ban instituted against ZTE. Earlier this year, the Commerce Department said ZTE lied about a previous settlement and banned the company from using American parts or software in its phonres for a period of seven years. The ban crippled ZTE, but was eventually…

Review: Alcatel 1x with Android Go

The Alcatel 1x is among the first Android Go devices to reach the U.S. market. Android Go is a pared-down version of Android meant to run on entry-level hardware. The 1x is a low-cost phone that includes a 2:1 screen, 8-megapixel camera, MediaTek processor, and support for AT&T and T-Mobile. Find out of it's worth a Franklin in Phone Scoop's in-depth review. Source: phonescoop

AT&T Names More 5G Markets and Expands LTE-LAA

AT&T today added Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C. and Oklahoma City to its list of 5G launch markets. AT&T expects to kick off 5G service in more than a dozen markets, including Dallas and Waco, Texas, and Atlanta, Ga., by the end of the year. Further, AT&T has expanded its LTE-LAA footprint from seven markets to parts of 15 markets. LTE-LAA can push speeds to theoretical a max of 1 Gbps.…

Facebook, Google, Microsoft to Make It Easier to Port Data Between Services

Facebook and partners today announced the Data Transfer Project, an initiate with the goal of giving people more control over their data. The companies are working together to create an open source method that people can use to easily transfer their data from one service to another. For example, the tool would make it possible for a Google Photos uses to swap their image library to Microsoft OneDrive and any…

Apple Pay saves you money with summer movie tickets, food, and more

Apple waited a bit for its summer Apple Pay promotion, but it just kicked off today. On offer are savings from Fandango, SubHub, Groupon, and several other apps. The exact savings vary from service to service, of course, but they all have one thing in common: when it comes time to settle up, you must […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Hand-distressed leather bands give Apple Watch a heritage feel [Review]

Sourcing the best Apple Watch bands and accessories for Cult of Mac readers is the number one priority for our Watch Store. We hit the mark with our latest find — Strapley’s hand-distressed bands for Apple Watch. These stunning bands are crafted in-house and look like no other Apple Watch band on the market. Equally […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

George Takei’s House of Cats app bares its claws at Trump

George Takei is best known for his iconic role on Star Trek, but he’s also an activist. And a very anti-Trump one. His new app combines two things the internet loves: cats and politics. House of Cats stars Trumpy Cat, a distinctly non-cute version of the President in feline form. “This is, without a doubt, […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Review: Sony Xperia Ear Duo Bluetooth Headphones

Sony's open-ear Bluetooth headphones promise to let you "stay in tune with the world" while keeping you informed with smart alerts when on the go. If you've got an ear for safety, the Xperia Ear Duo keep you in touch with your environment while you enjoy some tunes. Source: phonescoop

Spotify now lets artists submit unreleased music for playlist consideration

Music artists are getting an all-new way to promote unreleased music thanks to a new feature Spotify is rolling out his week. Getting a song onto one of Spotify’s curated playlists can give a big boost to an artist or band’s visibility on the platform. So starting today, members with a Spotify for Artists account […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac