communications

WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone review

WhatsApp Messenger proves to be a speedy and dependable messaging app. It stays continuously on as long as you are connected to the Internet and encrypts all your conversations.

Pros

Well-maintained: WhatsApp Messenger's popularity translates into a stable connection, excellent service maintenance, and good technical support from the developers. It's popular even among non-iOS users, so there should be no reason not to connect with buddies who are using Android or Windows devices.

Great design for iOS: This app's aesthetics blend in seamlessly with iOS. With its great design and intuitive arrangement of buttons and menus, this … Read more

Tor Browser Bundle for Mac review

Tor Browser Bundle for Mac enables you to securely browse the Web while hiding your identity, proving to be an accessible, feature-rich option. Because of its dependency on the Tor network, however, it may feel sluggish at times.

Pros

Quick and easy install: Using Tor Browser Bundle for Mac turns out to be easier than running the separate client version. You just have to download an archive, extract the file, launch it, and that's it.

Tried and tested Tor network: This browser uses the Tor network, which, although not the fastest anonymity solution available, does work well. This app … Read more

Verizon CFO: Abandoning subsidies would be a mistake

Verizon has dipped its toes in the installment plan option with its Edge program, but the carrier's CFO sees the subsidy model as still the safer option.

In a presentation Monday at a Deutsche Bank conference, Verizon Communications Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo talked about the intricacies of offering customers subsidized phones versus those paid off via an installment plan. Verizon's Edge program does give subscribers the ability to pay off the full price of a mobile device in installments. Launched last July, Edge follows pricing options similar to those found in AT&T's Next and … Read more

NFC-enabled cell phones to hit 416 million shipments -- report

Smartphones outfitted with near-field communications could see a jump in shipments from 416 million this year to 1.2 billion in another four years, says research firm IHS Technology.

Shipments of phones equipped with the wireless technology rose from 120 million in 2012 to 275 million in 2013, a gain of 128 percent. This year's number could rise by an additional 50 percent. In total, shipments could grow 325 percent from 2013 through the end of 2018, according to IHS.

Android smartphones topped the NFC market last year with 254 million units, or 93 percent of all NFC-equipped cellphones. … Read more

Verizon iPhone users get a crack at Isis Mobile Wallet

iPhone wireless subscribers on Verizon Wireless won't be left out of using the Isis Mobile Wallet any longer.

On Thursday, Verizon, which is one of three major wireless operators funding the Isis Mobile Wallet, announced that iPhone users can now use the Incipio Cashwrap case and an iOS app available from the Apple App Store to use the mobile wallet.

Isis uses a very short-range wireless technology called near-field communications or NFC to access the wallet, which digitally stores credit card information, loyalty cards as well as coupons and offers. People with the mobile wallet installed on their devices … Read more

Microsoft looks forward with new CEO

CNET Update is afraid to Look Back:

In this episode of Update:

- Get to know Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella. His biggest challenge could be figuring out mobile.

- Look back on your old status updates and photos with Facebook's Look Back video feature.

- Learn why the government wants future cars to "talk" to each other.

- Imagine what could be in store for the Chromecast, now that Google opened it up to all developers.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a … Read more

Vodafone shareholders OK deal to sell Verizon Wireless

Vodafone now has investor approval to sell off its 45 percent slice of Verizon Wireless.

At the annual meeting on Tuesday, an overwhelming 99.8 percent of all Vodafone shareholders approved the proposal. The deal means that Verizon Communications will own all of Verizon Wireless and that Vodafone investors will reap the financial rewards.

The transaction will reward Vodafone with $58.9 billion in cash and $60.2 billion in Verizon shares with $84 billion of the total going to Vodafone investors. That will mark the largest single return in corporate history, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The sale is … Read more

Internet pay-TV is coming. Will you care?

To hear television companies describe it, no plot is more predictable than the arrival of a Web-based TV provider.

"Somebody's going to come over the top," said David Zaslav, the head of Discovery Channel- and TLC-parent Discovery Communications, using the phrase for delivery of TV over the Internet. He made the comments last month at a UBS investor conference, where the financial chief of Disney said its arrival was a certainty and the chief of MTV's and Nickelodeon's parent, Viacom, gave it "a very strong chance" of arriving in 2014.

It has long … Read more

Charter to Time Warner Cable: Take our $61B bid seriously

Cable operator Charter Communications wants to buy Time Warner Cable, and the company's CEO is appealing to shareholders to get the two companies to the bargaining table.

On Monday, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge sent a letter to Time Warner Cable CEO Robert Marcus urging him to engage in a real negotiation for the sale of his company. Charter is offering to buy the company for about $132.50 a share, which puts the value of the deal at around $61 billion including debt, according to a report from Bloomberg News.

This is the third offer Charter has made to … Read more

What are they drinking? Text message sent using...vodka

When hearing that scientists in Canada and the UK have sorted out how to spray molecules of vodka to send a generic message a few meters through open space, one should be forgiven for concluding that said scientists were helping themselves to a bit of the ol' liquor cabinet in the process.

Not necessarily so. The first text to be literally (as opposed to the countless that have been figuratively) fueled by alcohol could prove to be a major step forward in the world of molecular communication, with a range of applications in environments where electromagnetic waves don't work … Read more