Derek Kessler

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

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Windows Phone desktop sync app gets an update for compatibility with 'the latest version of Windows Phone'

Windows Phone desktop sync app gets an update for compatibility with 'the latest version of Windows Phone'

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There's an update to the Windows Phone app for Windows 8 to be had, but what comes with that update? Well, that's an unknown. A good number of you have tipped us that you've downloaded the update, but that, as we've seen, there's no real indication of what's changed. Except for this: "Windows Phone app now supports the latest version of Windows Phone." Huh. Which is interesting,...

Verizon's new ALLSET pre-paid plans offer unlimited calls, texts, and 500MB data for $45/month

Verizon's new ALLSET pre-paid plans offer unlimited calls, texts, and 500MB data for $45/month

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Pre-paid plans are becoming a more-and-more viable option these days, especially if carriers continue to make improvements like Verizon has just done with the introduction of their new "ALLSET PLANS" (no more all-caps from here on out, mkay). These new plans start at $35-a-month for basic phones, but if you're smart and opt for a smartphone, it starts at a mere $45-a-month. That low...

AT&T lights up LTE in 12 markets across the nation, brings 4G to coverage to 300,000 more

AT&T lights up LTE in 12 markets across the nation, brings 4G to coverage to 300,000 more

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The build-outs of the LTE networks of AT&T and Verizon in the United States have hit the point where they're covering smaller cities in 4G radio signals. In fact, just today Ma Bell announced that they're flipping the switch to turn on AT&T LTE coverage in 12 municipalities around the United States, though the largest in this batch is Bismark, North Dakota, population: 65,000....

T-Mobile's aggressiveness brings in 1.65 million new customers, but also costs them $20 million in Q4

T-Mobile's aggressiveness brings in 1.65 million new customers, but also costs them $20 million in Q4

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The old adage goes that you have to spend money to make money, and that's exactly what T-Mobile's been doing. Today the fourth-place US carrier reported their Q4 2013 earnings and the results were mixed. While they added 1.65 million new customers — good for the long haul — the hyper-aggressive marketing and incentives resulted in a quarterly loss of $20 million. Granted, that's on...

AT&T adds international LTE roaming in Spain, France, Japan, Australia, Singapore, and 8 other countries

AT&T adds international LTE roaming in Spain, France, Japan, Australia, Singapore, and 8 other countries

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Late last year saw AT&T adding international LTE roaming in Canada and the UK, and today they're adding 13 more nations to the list. If the added services are treated in the same way as AT&T's deals with EE in the UK and Rogers in Canada, the rates charged for the "Data Global" add-ons won't change with the addition of LTE services, though AT&T did not say if that would be...

Microsoft reportedly cutting Windows 8.1 licensing fee by 70% for cheaper devices

Microsoft reportedly cutting Windows 8.1 licensing fee by 70% for cheaper devices

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Microsoft recently has been on the offense against perceived competitors in the form of the Apple iPad and Chromebooks powered by Google's Chrome OS , and now they're taking the fight straight to their Windows licensees by slashing the cost they'll be required to pay by 70%. The reported cuts bring the cost per device for Windows 8.1 down to $15 for devices that will retail for less...

Facebook will no longer change your privacy settings after you die, but will make you a Look Back video

Facebook will no longer change your privacy settings after you die, but will make you a Look Back video

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The advent of social media profiles has created an interesting problem, from a philosophical perspective: what happens to your profile after you die? Originally they would just go dormant unless somebody had your password, but then Facebook updated their policy to place the profiles of our dearly departed into a "memorial" mode where visibility was restricted to only friends. But...

Smartphones and Sex: How the tech in your pocket affects life in (and out of) your pants

Smartphones and Sex: How the tech in your pocket affects life in (and out of) your pants

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One week ago we asked you about how your smartphone factors into your dating, romance, and sex lives. And while we expected quite a response, we didn't expect this much of a response. More than 17,000 of you took part in our survey in the past week, and the results were interesting, to say the least. There are plenty of interesting correlations and divergences based on age groups and...