Sony might stop making phones

Sony has a new chief executive officer that replaces long-term CEO Kaz Hirai and a new CEO also means a new plan for the company’s future, a plan that might include a move away from consumer gadgets. And yes, while nobody at Sony admits that, this might well mean that the company is stepping away from making not only phones, but other consumer gadgets as well, including the popular Playstation and Sony cameras.

While we hope this does not happen, new Sony chief executive Kenichiro Yoshida unveiled a new three-year plan for the company on Tuesday and the focus of that plan was …

NAD recommends that T-Mobile stop calling itself "Best Unlimited Network" in ads

Back in February, we told you that AT&T had filed a complaint against fellow carrier T-Mobile with the National Advertising Division (NAD). The latter is administrated by the Better Business Bureau and is “an investigative unit of the advertising industry’s system of self-regulation.” AT&T was unhappy with some claims that T-Mobile made in some of its advertisements, and today the NAD recommended that T-Mobile stop calling itself the “Best Unlimited Network.”

The NAD checked out claims made by T-Mobile in its ads including “T-Mobile is America’s Best Unlimited …

YouTube wants to become less annoying and help you stop procrastinating

YouTube is hands down the most popular video service. It’s safe to say that most phones will have the YouTube app installed on them as millions of users spend hours of their time on the platform on a daily basis.

As a part of Google’s new Digital Wellbeing program, users will now have the choice to make YouTube less intrusive and set reminders that they might be using the app a bit too much.

The first major change comes in how the notifications are delivered. If you are subscribed to a channel and have the bell icon checked, or if you have been binge-watching a certain channel recently, …

They didn't stop! T-Mobile adds mid-band spectrum to hundreds of cell sites

T-Mobile keeps saying in their ads that they won’t stop (improving the network and removing customer pain points), and here is a good example of the carrier’s policy. Just a few days after announcing that it had enhanced LTE coverage by adding low-frequency spectrum to hundreds of cell sites, the nation’s third largest carrier announced that it has added mid-band spectrum to a long list of cities.

Similar to the previous announcement, the news was tweeted out by the carrier’s Chief Technical Officer (CTO) Neville Ray, who is a member of president and CEO John Legere’s brain trust. As much …

When will tampon users stop shaming pad users?


For far too long, people who use menstrual pads have been doubly stigmatized: first for their periods, and second, for their feminine hygiene product of choice.

“Why do you want to wear an adult diaper?” tampon loyalists will ask. They are confident that their hygiene product is the superior one. They believe those who choose pads are weak, anachronistic, regressive. Pad users, in their minds, are blind to social norms and addicted to the pleasures of the napkin, a disposable mattress for the vagina. 

Times have changed. It is 2018: time for menstrual pad users to reclaim their rightful role at the apex of the feminine hygiene product hierarchy and stand up for what they believe in. (Unless it’s the first day of their period, in which case, please take a chair.) Read more…

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Balloon failed at its one job, and no one can stop thinking about it


You’d think the most conversation-starting thing on the internet wouldn’t be one balloon, but hey, anything is possible.

@0600Hours posted an amusing picture of a balloon that just did not make sense. It’s a balloon with a tiny face drawn on it, so when blown up the face would be enormous, right?

i’ve been thinking about this balloon for at least an hour now

— Hours (@0600Hours) April 8, 2018

This balloon had one job.

A humble Greg Kennedy responded early on with the most normal response: Read more…

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Instagram brings back GIPHY integration after the database promises to stop racial GIFs

Earlier this month, the discovery of a racial GIF sticker sourced from database GIPHY led Instagram and Snapchat to both remove GIPHY integration from their apps. Today, Instagram has decided to give GIPHY another chance after the latter did a thorough review of its GIF inventory four times, and found nothing offensive. GIPHY also will examine new GIFs before adding them to its library. Snapchat has nothing to announce yet about whether or not it will reinstate its GIPHY integration.

On January 24th, Instagram announced that it would be offering users access to GIPHY’s GIF stickers to use …

Best Buy to stop selling Huawei phones in the U.S.

We already know that Verizon and AT&T were told by the U.S. government not to offer the Huawei Mate 10 Pro to its customers. There are fears that Huawei’s handsets (and its network equipment) contain a direct line to government servers located in China. Just yesterday, we told you that three former security chiefs in Canada are warning the Trudeau administration that they need to cut all ties with Huawei.

Today, Best Buy joined the parade. The big box retailer decided not to replenish inventory for the Mate 10 Pro in the states, and over the next few weeks it will stop selling Huawei …

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint to stop phone number thefts with a new mobile ID

US carriers are gearing up to launch a next-gen mobile ID platform that will hopefully make phone number thefts and other mobile authentication issues a thing of the past. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint collectively formed the so-called Mobile Authentication Taskforce not long ago, and they are now detailing the eventual product that will come out of this alliance.
The system will be more secure than the current top-shelf two-factor ID model (duh), and will be powered by the carrier networks themselves. In addition, it will be interoperable …

Amazon to reportedly stop selling Google's smart home products


It’s last call for Google’s Nest users to buy their products on Amazon. 

Amazon reportedly reportedly let Google know in a phone call late last year that it wouldn’t be listing any of the company’s newer Nest smart home products. In response, Nest will stop selling its products through Amazon.

If Amazon’s move sounds like a thinly-veiled plan to give Alexa the smart home edge, it likely is. The online retail giant didn’t come here to make friends.

According to Business Insider, Nest was expecting something to this effect, especially since the company was reabsorbed by Google in February. A “person familiar with Nest’s thinking” effectively told BI that the Amazon product listings had to be all or nothing; if the company wasn’t going to sell the latest products, it wouldn’t be allowed to sell any. Read more…

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