Trevor Mogg

Trevor Mogg

Not so many moons ago, Trevor moved from one tea-loving island nation that drives on the left (Britain) to another (Japan). As far as electronics are concerned, he's in the right place, with the East Asian country continuing to produce a plethora of gadgets and gizmos for tech addicts around the world. When not writing for Digital Trends, Trevor can be found out and about taking far too many photos, or in front of his computer trying to sort them all out.

Beats Music hits pause on new sign-ups while it tackles service issues

Beats Music has had to hit the pause button on new registrations while it sorts out a few teething problems. Boss Ian Rogers said the issues were due to the "extremely high volume of interest," though he declined to say how many people had signed up.

Mobile

BlackBerry gets major boost from Pentagon, share price surges

BlackBerry received a significant vote of confidence in its mobile platform recently when the Pentagon announced that 80,000 out of 82,000 mobile devices being deployed on one of its new networks will be from the Canadian mobile maker.

Mobile

Google launches ‘Video Quality Report’ initiative to test ISPs’ performance

Google on Tuesday unveiled its 'Video Quality Report', an initiative aimed at evaluating the performance of ISPs that involves potentially millions of YouTube users and billions of video views.

Computing

Google, Apple commuter buses in San Francisco to pay for use of public stops

Private buses operated by tech giants that take employees between San Francisco and their Silicon Valley offices will start paying to use public stops. The buses have been the target of protesters concerned about the tech companies' effect on the community.

Web

From phablet to tablet: Sony launches Wi-Fi-only version of Xperia Z Ultra

Sony has just announced a Wi-Fi-only version of its 6.44-inch Xperia Z Ultra device, presumably aimed at consumers interested more in diminutive tablets than whopping great phablets that run the risk of making your head look really small.

Mobile

VLC for iOS gets big redesign with new interface, multi-touch gestures and more

VLC for iOS got a big update Monday, with a new-look interface, Google Drive integration, Dropbox streaming, and new multi-touch gestures, among a host of other changes. The new version of the free app works for iDevices running iOS 6.1 or later.

Mobile

Spotify launches merchandise feature, lets artists sell from profile page

Spotify has teamed up with entertainment marketing company Topspin to allow musicians using the music-streaming service to sell merchandise on their artist profile pages, with neither company taking a cut of any sales made.

Mobile

LG G Flex launching in 20 European countries next month

It's a new handset that's already caused quite a stir among tech fans, and it's on its way to Europe. The curved G Flex smartphone will launch in 20 European countries in February, maker LG announced Tuesday.

Mobile

Google kicks out Chrome extensions after code changes bring unwanted ads

Google's decision to remove two Chrome extensions from its Web store over the appearance of unwanted ads has thrown the spotlight on the market for such software, and how they're automatically updated without user notification.

Computing

BBC launches ‘Instafax’ news service on Instagram

The BBC is looking at ways to take its journalism to new audiences with the launch of an Instagram service offering short-form news via 15-second videos. The rollout comes as mobile traffic to BBC News sites overtook desktop traffic for the first time.

Mobile

Vimeo helps crowdfunded filmmakers with launch of $500,000 marketing fund

Vimeo is looking to help crowdfunded filmmakers with the offer of free Pro accounts and access to a $500,000 marketing fund. In exchange, the site will have the right to show the work as an exclusive digital premiere on its Vimeo On Demand service.

Web

Vine star dazzles users with awesome six-second tricks

Film student and ace editor Zach King has been making a name for himself on Vine just recently with some awesome video trickery that's as entertaining as it is mind-bending. Prepare to scratch your head in puzzlement.

Social Media

Space junk: Japan to use ‘magnetic net’ to clean up floating debris

Japan's national aerospace agency is planning to launch a 'magnetic net' into space in an effort to clean up the increasing amount of potentially dangerous space debris circling the planet. The first test of the technology will take place next month.

Cool Tech

Twitter reportedly partnering with Stripe for in-tweet payments

Twitter is believed to be close to sealing a deal with online payment company Stripe, a move likely to result in the roll out of tweet-to-pay functionality for users of the microblogging service.

Mobile

Rdio follows Spotify, drops listening time limits for Web users

Just a day after Spotify announced it was removing time restrictions for Web users of its music-streaming service, rival service Rdio has announced a similar change to its own service.

Music