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The wireless world is evolving rapidly, with fancy new smartphones and wearable gadgets emerging all the time. The industry is changing at such rapid pace. It can be difficult to predict the next smartphone trend. With 2017 right around the corner, tech enthusiasts are anxiously awaiting what will come next in the world of mobile, gadgets, and smartphones. To gain some insight into possibilities in tech, we asked a panel of mobile enthusiasts to weigh in on smartphone trends for 2017. We asked them:

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Christmastime has arrived. And TCC’s fifth and final week of GIftaways is here! It’s the week you’ve all been waiting for- this Giftaway is sponsored by TCC. And features the latest Apple devices - iPhone 7, an iPad Pro, and a Scooch case.

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For three weeks now, we‘ve been giving away eye-catching and useful tech gadgets in our Holiday Giftaway sweepstakes. Each week, we feature an awesome bundle of devices and accessories, and a handful of lucky winners can look forward to a brighter holiday. This week, our Giftaway is sponsored by Samsung. And you definitely don’t want to miss out.

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2016 was a pretty big year in tech. We’ve seen a sudden emergence of new competitors and start-ups to the tech market. New and old social media platforms have adapted to new messaging techniques. No one foresaw the popularity of Facebook live-streaming, or virtual reality games like Pokemon Go. Needless to say, we’re sitting on the cusp of even more advanced technologies in the coming months. We at TCC can’t wait to see what’s coming in 2017!

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It’s another week of Giftaway sweepstakes, sponsored by your favorite Verizon Authorized Retailer, TCC! Each week, we are giving away some of the most-wanted tech devices and accessories to lucky winners. During the third week of Giftaways, this week, you can look forward to prizes provided by Motorola. This giveaway runs from December 5th to December 9th.
 

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With easy access to the internet and social media, along with millions of apps, there are also myriad ways to distract yourself from work. But smartphones don't really deserve the majority of the blame in these situations. In fact, they actually serve as a tool for organization for a great many users. With smartphone technology, you can schedule appointments, manage tasks, and so much more, thanks to the vast number of features that assist you to become more productive. To find out how savvy smartphone users tap into this smartphone productivity power, we asked a panel of business professionals and gadget lovers to weigh in on this question:

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Technical experts have incorporated speech recognition software seamlessly into smartphones. So much so, that many people don’t realize they’re using it. But in all honesty, you probably use speech recognition software on a daily basis. It gets utilized when you safely use text-to-talk features on your drive home, ask Siri a question, or even using Amazon Echo to order a pizza. But what is it, how does it work, and how will it affect us?

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What's a prepaid phone?

Prepaid phones are cell phones offered outside of a contract. If you're on a prepaid phone service, you'll pay for service before you use it. Travelers and tourists often use prepaid phones since the cost is upfront, and thus exempted from over-limit penalties. Prepaid phones are available through many of the major carriers across the United States.

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The holidays are quickly approaching, and we know you're putting together shopping lists. What better Christmas present than a fun tech gadget to play with, that is actually useful and convenient? We've tested a range of tech gadgets to determine if they're worth your time. Here's a list of our top ten personal favorites (in no particular order):

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We’ve all seen those sleek commercials - you know which ones I'm talking about - the ones where these amazing pictures are taken with the smartphone camera with ease. If you're like me, you've already deduced that these pictures are probably staged and shot by professional photographers. So, of course, they look perfect. 

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If you've used your smartphone for a while, you've most likely experienced the frustration of a long load time. Who has time for that? While it isn't always feasible to trade in your phone for the latest model, there are a few things you can do to speed it up ... without causing harm to your device's security or operating system. We turned to a panel of tech pros and gadget bloggers to find out what the best tricks are for speeding up slow smartphones. We asked all of them:

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The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are celebrating their first anniversary this September. They have so much to offer – but at a lower cost than the newest devices. So when you’re shopping for your next upgrade, consider saving some money and getting a device that offers an abundance of time-saving features and organization that will put a personal assistant to shame.

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You just love your cell phone so much you want to accessorize it to maximize its functionality and aesthetic appeal. And nowadays, there are countless opportunities to bling out your device. Of course, your budget may not allow you to go all-out and purchase every conceivable accessory in one fell swoop. Thus, some prioritization might be in order. We asked the most knowledgeable gadget gurus what accessories will offer the biggest bang for your buck. Learn more about the best accessories below.

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We look forward to September each year. Not because the leaves start changing colors and the weather starts to cool down. No. But because in September, Apple holds its annual press meeting to announce their newest devices.

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Smartphone buying can be intimidating, especially since there are aspects to consider. Like if you're the type who needs the latest, most advanced, flashiest smartphone on the market, you have quite a selection of devices that offer the best technology. Or you might be considering whether to switch from your current operating system for Android or iOS. You might even be the type to hang on to your current device until it can't go on any longer, and then get overwhelmed with the functionality of the currently available smartphones.

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Smartphones are more advanced than ever. They're packed with tons of features, like front- and rear-facing cameras, heart rate monitors, fingerprint screen lock, and access to apps galore. For some, there's a strong learning curve that accompanies the highly sophisticated smartphones of today. Although, most devices are user-friendly enough to warrant ample praise for usability.

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You might be surprised to find Android apps in every category under the sun. Wading through reviews and updates can be overwhelming. Especially if you just want to find an app quickly and easily. But you might not be aware of the variety of apps available until you start browsing through Google Play. Then, it might feel as though it's impossible to choose the right app.

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Dirty hands, dirty tech

Our hands are magnets for microbes because we are always touching dirty objects: door knobs, faucets, keyboards, phones, you name it. Those nasty germs easily transfer from our dirty hands to the smartphones we interact with every day, no matter how conscious or clean we try to be.

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How much do you rely on your smartphone throughout the day? How would you react if you lost your smartphone? Or worse, what would happen if your smartphone suddenly died or failed? If you’re like us, you use your smartphones for practically everything. We thought it would be interesting to hold an experiment to find out how hard it would be to go an entire day without a smartphone. We asked three [unnamed] people to go a full 24 hours without their phones, and to keep a diary of their day sans technology. Read their stories:

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Many mobile users have had the unfortunate experience of retrieving their phone from a watery grave. Whether the toilet, sink, lake, river, ocean, swimming pool, or simply a giant mud puddle - there are ample opportunities for cell phones to meet an unfortunate demise.

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Unlocked phones defined

An unlocked phone is a smartphone without a carrier lock. Carrier locks are software codes placed inside smartphones by manufacturers which follow the requirements of the carriers. The lock is a preventative measure to ensure the phone isn't used on a different network. Typically, devices that don't feature carrier locks are considered to be unlocked. These phones include Google Android Nexus, Samsung, Motorola, Sony, LG phones, and a few developer edition devices. Unlocked iPhones are also available on the Apple store.

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If you're a smartphone owner, chances are, you take every precaution to prevent your phone from getting wet. But if phone gets soaked in the rain, dropped into a toilet, or forgotten by the pool, there are many drying methods that will ruin your phone. One such method is freezing your phone. If you find yourself with a waterlogged phone, don't put it in the freezer.

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This week in tech keeps you informed by bringing you the most important news in the industry. Here’s what you need to know this week.

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This week in tech keeps you informed by bringing you the most important news in the industry. Here’s what you need to know this week.

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