Verizon has needed a new Windows Phone 8 flagship, and Nokia was the obvious choice to deliver it. Don't mistake the Lumia Icon for a side-thought in Nokia's smartphone schemes, however. On paper, at least, it takes the key things we loved from AT&T's Lumia 1520, and distills them down to a more hand-friendly scale. Does reality live up to those high expectations? Read on for the SlashGear review.
The FCC has outlined its reworked plan to achieve net neutrality, following its defeat in the federal courts last month, including the possibility of reclassifying ISPs altogether so as to force through rules. The Federal Communications Commission was told it did not have the authority to stop broadband providers like Verizon and Comcast from prioritizing select internet traffic or, conversely, slowing other traffic, but the court pointed out that it may already have the power in other ways under existing telecoms laws. Now, FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler says he will "accept that invitation" from the court.
There’s an addition to the Roku lineup of apps this week, one that brings a wide variety of Showtime-based content to the smart TV system. This update brings the app called Showtime Anytime to Roku, this including TV series like Nurse Jackie and Dexter. This app includes a layout unique to Roku, one that serves up search and recently watched features atop a number of broad categories.
Verizon's latest phone plans have been revealed, MORE Everything, boosting bundled data and throwing in cloud storage, though the best deals require subscribers to also sign up to Verizon Edge. The plans, which replace Verizon's existing Share Everything tariffs and can be shared among up to ten devices, promise as much as double the data as before - albeit only for those who have been on the lower data tiers so far - and 25GB of cloud storage, in addition to international messaging also being thrown in.
Verizon has refilled its Windows Phone flagship spot, with the Nokia Lumia Icon distilling what we liked from the Lumia 1520 into a 5-inch form-factor with a crisp metal chassis and 20-megapixel PureView. Fronted by a 5-inch, 1080p Full HD OLED ClearBlack display, and running Windows Phone 8 on Qualcomm's 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quadcore, what the Lumia Icon is particularly focusing on is video recording quality, both in terms of image thanks to the oversampling and lossless zoom of PureView, and a more impressive soundtrack with directional audio recording. Check out our first impressions after the cut.
Just this morning a set of photos of the box for the Verizon version of the Nexus 7 were leaked, now here in the afternoon we're seeing the real deal. Verizon will be releasing the Nexus 7 (2013) starting on the 13th of February where the device will be available for the cool $349.99 online and in real-life store locations. This price is off-contract, while attached to a 2-year contract the device will cost $249.99 USD - placing it in a rather interesting place amongst the rest of the Verizon-bound tablets today.
This week a set of photos shows the Verizon 4G LTE certified version of the ASUS-made Nexus 7 from Google appearing in the flesh. This is after months of the device being in limbo after having been suggested to work with every kind of 4G LTE in the country at launch. Verizon, it would seem, has just now gotten to the point where they'll be selling the device on their own. Google, it would seem, will not be selling the device directly.
Nokia has begun teasing its latest device, promising something with an emphasis on audio quality that will be revealed soon. The clip - which opens with the tagline "Have you heard what's coming?" and then promises that soon Nokia fans will be able to "See and hear what you've been missing", over a backing track of engine and race-car noises - gives no real indication of what device it might be referring to, though some are suggesting it may be for the much-rumored Nokia Lumia 929 Icon with Rich Recording.