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 (the old one), 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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Somebody's flagship smartphone won't use a Snapdragon 810...
*cough*samsung*cough*

Somebody's flagship smartphone won't use a Snapdragon 810...

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Qualcomm today reported their first quarter 2015 earnings, and while we don't usually pay too much attention to the financial ticks and tocks of the chipmakers, Qualcomm today flat-out stated that their Snapdragon 810 processor had been snubbed by "a large customer" for their flagship device, and that it would have a material impact on their earnings for the second half of the year....

Snapchat Discover is like Stories, but for publications
This is how Snapchat will make money

Snapchat Discover is like Stories, but for publications

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Snapchat is launching a new Discover feature that is, in essence, Snapchat Stories but for online video and photo publications. Snapchat Discover brings together photos and videos from a variety of external sources, as well as Snapchat's own internal content. Discover is different because it has been built for creatives. All too often, artists are forced to accommodate new...

T-Mobile's Score! upgrade program could save you a bunch
$5-a-month for bi-annual updates

T-Mobile's Score! upgrade program could save you a bunch

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T-Mobile's today rolling out yet another program for customers that aims to make upgrading even easier. It's called Score! (yes, with the exclamation point) and at $5-a-month for both postpaid and prepaid T-Mobile customers it offers a free upgrade to an entry-level smartphone after just six months, or a steep discount on a mid-range-to-premium phone after 12 months. Okay, but what...

Sprint *really* wants to poach T-Mobile customers
$200 for your phone + $350 in credit

Sprint *really* wants to poach T-Mobile customers

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Sprint's taking the fight straight to T-Mobile and is offering customers of the Un-carrier a guaranteed minimum trade-in credit of $200 for their current working T-Mobile smartphone. That's in addition to the current contract buy-out offer (though T-Mobile ditched traditional contracts nearly two years ago) or up to $350 in credit to pay for their new Sprint phone. The offer's good...

The Tri-band Galaxy Note 4 has stupid fast downloads
300Mbps... over the air!

The Tri-band Galaxy Note 4 has stupid fast downloads

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is already a speedy phone, but there's a new version that can download over LTE even faster than before. The current version of the Galaxy Note 4 includes LTE-A with dual-band carrier aggregation — the ability to combine two frequency bands (carrier, in this case, is frequency on which the tower is broadcasting) — for downloads up to 150Mbps. The new version,...