Articles by Joseph Keller

Facebook starts testing 'secret conversations' in Messenger with end-to-end encryption

Facebook has begun testing end-to-end encryption for conversations in Messenger. Dubbed "secret conversations," encryption allows you to securely message your friends and loved ones securely, in a way that nobody else, not even Facebook, can see.

BlackBerry Priv gets the July 5 Android security patch

BlackBerry Priv owners can now get their hands on the July 5 Android security patch. The update is for those who purchased their phones from ShopBlackBerry, Amazon or otherwise factory unlocked and patches the latest set of vulnerabilities. Some people may have already seen this update arrive earlier this week.

Get a refurbished UE Boom Bluetooth speaker from Amazon for just $57

If you're in the market for a portable Bluetooth speaker, you should check out Amazon's latest deal on the Logitech UE Boom. For a limited time, you can get a refurbished speaker in black for $56.94.

Sprint customers now can pay for Amazon Prime through their bill, get first 60 days free

Sprint has announced that customers can now sign up for Amazon Prime service through Sprint. This will allow customers to pay for the service on their Sprint bill for $10.99 per month.

BlackBerry launches summer sale on Passport and Priv

BlackBerry is offering some great summer deals on the Passport and Priv. For a limited time, the company is offering the Passport for $355 in the U.S. through ShopBlackBerry. Canadian and European customers can pick up the phone for CAD$489 and €449, respectively.

BlackBerry offers $100 off the Priv for Father's Day

BlackBerry is currently holding a Father's Day sale on the Priv, offering $100 off the Android-powered smartphone. From now through June 20, you can get the Priv for $549, or $749 CAD when you buy through ShopBlackBerry in the U.S. and Canada.

Bluetooth 5 will go further and faster than ever; announcement coming June 16

Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has revealed that the group will formally introduce its fifth-generation standard next week in London. Bluetooth 5 is set to see much faster speeds and range over the current Low Energy specification, with a particular emphasis on location services that don't rely on the internet, such as in-store Bluetooth beacons.

Twitter acknowledges major leak of usernames and passwords

Twitter has acknowledged that "numerous" usernames and passwords seems to have been leaked. The company says that while it is confident that its own servers haven't been breached, it would appear that the leaks came from attacks on other websites and services.

The Android for Work DevHub helps business developers learn and connect

Google is expanding its support for enterprise developers with the new Android for Work DevHub. The hub is meant to keep developers informed about the latest news surrounding Android in business environments, and give enterprise developers a place to communicate with one another. Members of the DevHub will also receive exclusive Google Play for Work and Android for Work product betas.

Twitter could soon stop counting links and photos against your character limit

Twitter will reportedly stop counting links and photos as part of the 140-character limit for tweets, giving people a little more room to express themselves. Both links and photos currently take up a significant number of characters per post.

The weBoost eqo hopes to blanket your home in great cellular coverage

If you want to boost the cellular reception in your home, weBoost's latest product, the eqo Cellular Signal Booster, might be what you're looking for. Compatible with Verizon, AT&T, and other major networks, eqo enhances cellular signals for greater reach across your home. You can find the eqo on Amazon now for $349.99.

T-Mobile Netherlands may borrow strategy from its U.S. brother in turnaround attempt

In order to remedy issues with T-Mobile Netherlands, parent company Deutsche Telekom is reportedly planning to take a page out of the book of its U.S. counterpart. While T-Mobile Netherlands has lost over 1 million subscribers in the last three years, T-Mobile US has been consistently adding subscribers for the last couple of years, thanks in large part to aggressive pricing and promotions.

Verizon and Google said to be preparing bids for Yahoo

Verizon is reportedly preparing to make a first-round bid for Yahoo next week. Both Verizon and its AOL subsidiary are said to be in talks with three separate financial institutions about the bid. Google may also make its own bid for the beleaguered company.

WhatsApp turns on end-to-end encryption for its 1 billion users

The Facebook-owned WhatsApp has announced that going forward, messages, voice calls, and sharing of photos and videos, are now encrypted end-to-end. Now people using WhatsApp on any platform can send anything to another user, and it will be inaccessible to anyone except the recipient. Not even WhatsApp itself can get in.

Verizon set to add new $20 charge to smartphone upgrades [Update]

Update: In a statement to Droid Life, Verizon confirmed the move, saying:

"The upgrade fee helps cover our increased support costs associated with customers switching devices. Customers can pay the charge when they upgrade, bill it to their account or trade in an old device to offset the cost. The fee for upgrading on device payment is still half of the two-year contract upgrade fee."

Original story: Verizon is reportedly preparing to implement a new upgrade fee for most of its customers. While customers on two-year contracts currently pay $40 to upgrade their device, the carrier will apparently implement a new $20 charge for upgrades on device payment plans, as well as those upgrades purchased for their full retail price, beginning Monday, April 4.

Twitter makes images more accessible for visually impaired people

Twitter has announced a change for its Android and iOS apps that will make photos more accessible to people who are visually impaired. People who add photos to their tweets will soon be able to add alternative text that describes the images they add for those who can't see them, and descriptions themselves can be 420 characters long.

Sprint teams with Dixons Carphone to open 500 stores in the U.S.

Sprint has announced a partnership with UK retailer Dixons Carphone to open 500 new Sprint retail stores in the United States. The two launched a pilot program last summer, which seems to have been successful. Each company will have an equal stake in the stores, which will operate similarly to existing Sprint-branded stores run by third-party retailers.

Instagram announces full support for multiple accounts

Following recent reports that it was testing the feature, Instagram has officially announced that it is rolling out full support for multiple accounts. Starting this week, users will be able to log into multiple accounts at once, and easily switch between them within the Instagram app for Android and iPhone.

BlackBerry Priv goes on sale in France for €779

The worldwide rollout of the BlackBerry Priv continues, with the handset now available in France. Customers can order the device from the French ShopBlackBerry store for €779.

T-Mobile offers AT&T customers up to 50 percent off on smartwatches, speakers, and more

T-Mobile is continuing its "Un-carrier Unwrapped" holiday initiative, this time with a couple of offers for AT&T customers. For a limited time, customers switching from AT&T to T-Mobile can get up to 50 percent, or up to $125, off items like speakers and headphones, chargers, fitness trackers, and even smartwatches.