Sprint iPhone 5 owners, welcome to Ting

Sprint subscribers who own an iPhone 5 can now bring their phones to Ting. OK, but what exactly is Ting, you may ask?

Launched in 2012, Ting is a mobile service that attemps to avoid the limitations and frustrations of the typical wireless plan. Ting offers various rates based on how many minutes, messages, and megabytes you use. But you don't actually pick a specific wireless plan. Instead, you just fall into a certain rate bucket depending on how much you consume each month.

As an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) partner of Sprint, Ting allows you to bring … Read more

The 404 1,442: Where we're all mixed up (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Popcorn Time is just like Netflix, but everything is pirated.

- Polygon examines everything that went wrong with the "Street Fighter" movie.

- People are selling their organs on Facebook.

- In which Jeff attempts to explain cloud-gaming in Titanfall to Justin.… Read more

Bacon alarm clock wafts meat odors from your iPhone

I woke up and smelled the bacon this morning. No, my valet wasn't prepping breakfast in the kitchen. I have no actual bacon anywhere in my house. What I do have is a bacon alarm clock. It isn't edible, it just smells that way.

There are two parts to the Oscar Mayer bacon alarm clock/publicity stunt. The first is an iPhone app called Wake Up & Smell the Bacon. Anyone can download it for free. The second part is a small device that plugs into the headphone jack of your iPhone (or, in my case, an iPad Mini). When the alarm goes off, the app shows a video of cooking bacon, the gadget spews a vaporized bacon scent into the air, and a soothing voice talks about the wonders of the meaty product.… Read more

The 404 1,441: Where we ride the green wave (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- An Estonian photographer discovered an abandoned movie theater in the Sinai desert.

- This photographer just made $15k in one day on Instagram.

- Audi's new tech can turn every traffic light green.

- Banter tries to reinvent the chat room.… Read more

This holographic iPhone 6 concept could change everything

Over the years, I've taken some heat for saying that the iPhone jumped the shark years ago or predicting that the iPhone 6 will be more run of the mill than a runaway hit. So far, I've yet to see anything on the horizon that will prompt me to eat those words someday soon, except maybe if this crazy holographic iPhone 6 concept miraculously came to market.

Put together by yet another Italian design outfit -- this time the Set Solution -- the concept imagines a new iPhone with holographic projectors on the side that allow the user to interact with projected screens alongside the physical display. Also demonstrated is how a vertically projected hologram might be used for applications like 3D gaming.… Read more

Apple's iOS 7.1 lands with CarPlay, improved fingerprint scanner

Apple on Monday released an update to its iOS 7 mobile operating system -- iOS 7.1 -- that adds new features such as CarPlay and fixes bugs.

With iOS 7.1, Apple also tweaked its Siri voice assistant, iTunes Radio, and its Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The company streamlined the operating system to make it work better with the iPhone 4, made some user interface refinements, and included some stability and accessibility improvements.

The update is available immediately, and the Apple devices will alert users about it over the next week.

iOS 7.1 marks the first major update … Read more

iPhone users are 'wall huggers,' says BlackBerry CEO

I'm extremely partial to hugging.

However, I find it strange when people choose to hug trees rather than people. Not only is it odd to think the tree will be grateful but then there are the splinters in the face as well.

I haven't ever, though, seen anyone try to hug a wall.

Perhaps I just go to the wrong parties, but it would seem somewhat impossible to stretch your arms wide enough to encompass a wall's breadth.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen doesn't agree with me. Indeed, he believes that everyone who uses an iPhone constantly … Read more

The 404 1,440: Where we channel surf with Sadie Gennis (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Livr: This social network unlocks features the more drunk you get.

- Some people just hate music, and here's what's wrong with them.

- Follow Sadie on Twitter and check out her Tumblr page, everythingyouleftbehind.tumblr.com.… Read more

For iPhone, Android a good start to the year

Apple and Google are tops in the mobile space, according to new data from research firm ComScore.

Apple was the No. 1 smartphone manufacturer, with its iPhones capturing 41.6 of the US market during the three months ended January 2014, said ComScore. That figure is an average of the three months and bests the 40.6 percent average Apple posted in October 2013. Samsung came in the second spot with 26.7 percent share, while LG came in third with 6.9 percent.

Despite its popularity, Apple couldn't catch Google on the operating system side, ComScore's data … Read more

Apple eyes fingerprint sensors to connect various devices

Apple debuted its fingerprint sensor with the release of its iPhone 5S in September. Currently, the smartphone is the only Apple device that totes the security scanner. But, it looks like Apple may be looking into using biometric data to let users connect all of their devices for wireless pairing and cross-device communication.

An Apple patent application for "a system for wireless pairing and communication between devices using biometrics" went public on the US Patent and Trademark Office's Web site on Thursday. The tech giant originally applied for the patent on August 31, 2012.

The patent application … Read more