RadioShack Selling Customer Data In Bankruptcy Auction

RadioShack's recent bankruptcy filing means that it has to close nearly 2,000 stores and sell off many of its assets. Some of those assets are to be expected, like trademarks and store leases. But other assets might come as a shock to consumers — assets like personal customer information and email addresses. » 3/24/15 7:00pm Tuesday 7:00pm

The Lamest Official Reactions Against Net Neutrality

Let's all agree on one thing: The Federal Communications Commission passing the strongest net neutrality rules in America's history is a step in the right direction. But that didn't stop an army of naysayers from crowing about an imaginary government takeover of the internet or how the new plan would slash their… » 2/27/15 10:00am 2/27/15 10:00am

Carriers Now Have to Agree to Unlock Your Phone Once the Contract's Paid

In the past, one of the most obnoxious things about buying a phone on contract was how carriers could allow or deny requests to unlock it, even after you paid it off. But starting today, once you've paid off your contract or owned a pre-paid phone for a year, all major US carriers have to unlock your phone for you if… » 2/11/15 12:53pm 2/11/15 12:53pm

Did the Internet Win Yet? No. But Here's What We Got.

It's a good day for the internet: Wired just published an op-ed by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler detailing his new proposal for strict net neutrality rules, rules that largely resemble the terrific plan President Obama outlined a few months ago. Great! But let's be real: An opinion piece is not a new policy. » 2/04/15 3:09pm 2/04/15 3:09pm

In 1976 Arthur C. Clarke Predicted the Dark Side of Smartphones

Arthur C. Clarke made it his business to look into the future. And just like the dozens of prognosticators who would come before and after him, he got a few things right and a few things wrong. » 2/03/15 5:45pm 2/03/15 5:45pm

AT&T Made the First Transcontinental Phone Call 100 Years Ago Today

On Jan. 25, 1915, inventor Alexander Graham Bell (center) called up his former lab partner, Thomas Watson, in San Francisco, making the first transcontinental phone call in history. » 1/25/15 4:00pm 1/25/15 4:00pm

Verizon Won't Stop Using the Tracking Cookie That You Can’t Kill

An online advertising clearinghouse relied on by Google, Yahoo and Facebook is using controversial cookies that come back from the dead to track the web surfing of Verizon customers. » 1/15/15 9:40am 1/15/15 9:40am

The mind-boggling manufacturing process of electronic phone switchers

The Hello Machine is a fascinating short film directed in 1974 by Carroll Ballard. It shows the mind-boggling process of making AT&T's Electronic Switch System mainframe by hand, a formidable machine was built after 20 years of research and spending 500 million dollars—2,4 billion in 2014 dollars! » 1/15/15 7:51am 1/15/15 7:51am

Good news for AT&T users on a shared plan: Starting January 25, any data you don't use will get rolled over to the next month automatically. Of course, it only lasts one extra month, but hey—better than nothing. » 1/07/15 10:16am 1/07/15 10:16am

AT&T Will Muddy Up Your Pristine Nexus 6 With Bloatware

Today, you'll be able to pre-order the Nexus 6, which will be one of the year's best phones. If you buy it from AT&T, it'll come with the gift of a bunch of useless and annoying bloatware. » 11/12/14 9:03am 11/12/14 9:03am

Data for Your Watch Could Cost As Much As Data for Your Tablet

The Galaxy Gear S, another Samsung wearable among many, will be available in the U.S. on Nov. 7 and unlike its other Gear siblings, the S can have its own data connection. Unfortunately, it looks like carriers will make you pay for this thing (and potentially any other data-enabled smartwatch) as if it were a… » 10/30/14 1:17pm 10/30/14 1:17pm

The FTC Is Finally Suing AT&T for Throttling Customers' Data

Good news, you lovers of freedom and justice. The FTC is going after AT&T for throttling the mobile internet speed of unlimited data customers. In the words of FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez: "The issue is simple: Unlimited means unlimited." » 10/28/14 2:34pm 10/28/14 2:34pm

AT&T's $40 Internet, HBO and Amazon Prime Plan Is One Hell of a Deal

In the quest to entice us into their cord-tethered grasps, cable companies will come up with anything to win us over. But AT&T might have struck upon the first truly innovative deal: Broadband, plus HBO, and a year's subscription to Amazon Prime. For only $39 per month. » 9/22/14 5:02pm 9/22/14 5:02pm

Verizon Will Get Wi-Fi Calling in 2015

Following last week's announcement that iPhones would support Wi-Fi Calling, and that T-Mobile would get it right away, all the other carriers have been forced to make their plans for the service known. Lo, Verizon will get the service, albeit, a little reluctantly. » 9/17/14 4:00pm 9/17/14 4:00pm

​What Is Wi-Fi Calling?

Amongst Apple's deluge of announcements last week, the company declared that the two iPhone 6 models and other iOS 8 iPhones would support Wi-Fi Calling, a nifty sounding tech that can use your home Wi-Fi to make calls. But the terminology is confusing, and it doesn't help that carriers are dancing around what it… » 9/16/14 12:41pm 9/16/14 12:41pm

HTC's New One M8 Is Actually Coming To Verizon and AT&T

Earlier today we got a hands on with the new HTC One M8 For Windows, which we said was launching exclusively on Verizon. Now AT&T is announcing that it will also add the new One M8 to its Windows Phone offerings, although that's pretty much all we know at this point—no price or date announced yet. [AT&T via The Verge] » 8/19/14 8:01pm 8/19/14 8:01pm

What's the Generic Word For Skype? Videophone? Video Chat?

As technologies evolve, so does the language we use to describe them. Radio used to be called wireless telephone. Some people used to call the internet the catenet. But what do we call it when you're talking with a person via video link? Is it videophone? Video chat? Skype? » 7/31/14 6:07pm 7/31/14 6:07pm

Inside the Giant Data Center Hidden In the Middle of Manhattan

Between 1928 and 1932, two Art Deco skyscrapers were built in Lower Manhattan to house the telecommunications infrastructure for Western Union and AT&T. Almost 100 years later, the towers are still fulfilling their original intentions as data centers for Telx, an internet services company. » 6/26/14 11:00am 6/26/14 11:00am

WSJ: AT&T Will Be the Exclusive Carrier For the Amazon Smartphone

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon's much-rumored and eagerly awaited smartphone will be exclusively carried by AT&T when it launches. » 6/17/14 8:23am 6/17/14 8:23am

AT&T recently confirmed that a breach in April that let unauthorized contractors into the mobile giant's database to snag personal information including Social Security Numbers about AT&T Mobility customers. AT&T won't say how many users are affected, but unlucky folks have already been notified. » 6/14/14 4:25pm 6/14/14 4:25pm