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Mobile Carrier Price Wars Heat Up: AT&T and T-Mobile Reveal New Plan Changes

Mar 10, 2014 - 12:25 PM - by cereal killer

It's obvious that T-Mobile's Uncarrier initiative is having a profound effect on AT&T. Both of these bitter rivals just revealed new details for some of their plans, and for the most part they continue to trend downward in price or at least upward in value.

AT&T just unveiled a price reduction for one of their "Share" plans. Their 2GB Mobile Share Value has dropped to $65, which is $15 less than the previous price. This plan offers 2GB of data, and also includes unlimited voice and text, “as well as unlimited international messaging from the U.S. to select countries.” This plan is obvious a pretty good deal for those who don't use a great deal of their LTE service.

T-Mobile responded with some changes of their own. Interestingly, they actually have a price increase built-in to one of these changes (although they are also offering additional services with that last one). These changes are as follows in the quote,

For its part T-Mobile has boosted the monthly data allotments for its lower-tiered data plans from 500MB to 1GB on the $50 Simple Choice plan and from 2.5GB to 3GB on its $60 plan. There’s some bad news here, however: The price of T-Mobile’s plan for unlimited voice, text and data has increased to $80 from $70. T-Mobile is now offering a 5GB plan for $70 a month that will also include 5GB of tethering data, or double the 2.5GB of tethering data that the carrier’s 5GB plan previously offered. What’s more T-Mobile is now letting subscribers send an unlimited number of international text messages from the United States, which helps make up for the price increase to the unlimited plan.
As is typical for the vociferous CEO of T-Mobile, John Legere had some choice words to lob at AT&T. He said,

“In the mobile age, wireless data caps and overage fees are just this side of extortion. Take the basic plans from the Big Two with ridiculously low data limits that hit you with fat overages each month. It’s like getting your data from the neighborhood loan shark and paying 100% interest when the bill comes due. It’s the classic shakedown.”
It certainly seems like these two companies really hate each other ever since the planned merger fell through. Regardless of how things pan out for T-Mobile and AT&T with this price/value war, things are certainly looking up for the consumer. So far, it seems like Verizon is mostly ignoring things. How long do you think it will take before they are affected enough to jump into this game?

originally written by dgstorm

Source: BGR
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LG Succeeds at Making the Most Disturbing and Disgusting G Flex Commercial Ever

Mar 06, 2014 - 10:51 AM - by cereal killer

Who knew a commercial could give you nightmares? When I was just a young lad, I remember seeing the original Jaws in the movie theater. It was my first horror movie and it scared me so much, I was convinced the shark would come up out of my carpet and get me while I was sleeping. Needless to say, I didn't sleep too well that night.

I'm pretty sure I just watched something that will haunt me in ways that Jaws never could. LG just succeeded at making the most horrible and disturbing commercial I have ever witnessed. In fact, if I could "unwatch" it I would gladly do so, which makes it all the more funny when I share it with you!

Whatever you do, don't watch it! No really! I warned you! :blink::icon_ devil:

originally written by dgstorm

[Editor's personal note: please consider this a practical joke story and feel free to share it with your friends!]
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New Asus Transformer Pad TF103 & TF303 Coming Down the Pike; Pics & Specs Leak

Mar 06, 2014 - 10:46 AM - by cereal killer

We have a couple of cool leaks for you guys today. Asus has two new Transformer Pad products in the pipe-line: the TF103 and TF303. We have some pics to share, but we only have specs for the TF303. What has been gleaned is that the TF303 will be a premium replacement for the Transformer Pad TF701, and will be called the Transformer Pad TF303 Infinity. It will include some unique internals too.

Here's the breakdown:

  • Android OS 4.4 KitKat
  • Intel Bay Trail processor
  • Full HD 10-inch display (1920 x 1080 pixel resolution)
  • Unspecified, yet long battery life

Unfortunately there are no details on the TF103, but we can expect it to follow tradition as a mid-range device. We'll keep an eye out for this and share more details when they emerge.

As always, it looks like Asus will have an impressive lineup for us this year. Thanks for the tip, Jeffrey!

originally written by dgstorm

Source: Softpedia
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Fujitsu Working on Palm Vein Scanning Technology for Future Smartphones

Mar 03, 2014 - 3:56 PM - by cereal killer

Although fingerprint scanners in smartphones seem to be "all the rage" these days, Fujitsu is banking on the idea that their new ID tech will be the victor, or at least a better alternative. They are working on a palm vein scanning tech for smartphones. This technology is something they have actually been working on for quite some time and have even implemented in some laptops. Here's a quote with a few more details,

The principle behind this relatively less-known biometric is almost the same with fingerprints. Palm patterns are just as unique as a fingerprint, but it is only one half of the equation. The other half involves vein points, which are scanned using near-infrared light and matched against previously recorded patterns and points. There is one key distinction here. Blood needs to be flowing through those veins for palms to match. No disembodied hands here for faking identities. Fujitsu boasts of a 0.0008 percent false positive and a 0.01 percent false rejection rate with this system.

This might sound even more fictitious than fingerprint scanners, but Fujitsu has already proven it to work. It has been fiddling around with palm-vein scanning technology for a long time now, placing those gadgets in laptops such as the Lifebook E741/C and the Celsius H730. Laptops such as these have been put to use by banks in Japan, Fujitsu's home town. Now it is working on putting that same technology on mobile devices as well, particularly smartphones.
This seems like an interesting security feature for smartphones. It makes you immediately wonder how you would implement that large of a sensor in the smartphone? For it to see your whole palm, wouldn't it need to take up the whole area behind the display? Luckily, Fujitsu has already worked that out. The tech doesn't use the same kind of sensor that a fingerprint sensor uses. Instead it utilizes near-infrared light which means you wouldn't even need to lay your palm across the phone. You could simply point your palm at the device, and it would work even from a short distance. Their latest version is the size of a postage stamp.

article originally written by dgstorm

Source: SlashGear
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Kid Leaks Awful Review Video of HTC M8; Gets Personally Chastised by HTC's Gordon

Mar 03, 2014 - 10:35 AM - by dgstorm

Be forewarned, the above video is awful, but that's not why it's interesting or relevant. The content of the video is what is important. On Sunday, a young kid named Roshan Jamkatel uploaded this video which compares the older HTC One directly to the new M8 (All New HTC One). Who knows how this kid got hold of it... Regardless, he decided to video his own review comparison.

There are two things interesting about this video...

Continue Reading: Kid Leaks Awful Review Video of HTC M8; Gets Personally Chastised by HTC's Gordon
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Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition

Mar 01, 2014 - 5:33 PM - by CR6

Samsung not only gives us some great phones and other electronic devices, they serve in helping in humanitarian efforts as well. This academic year, they been providing awards of tablets, laptops, and video cameras and other technology to schools around the nation in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition.

I became aware of this competition after seeing the story on our local news station. One of our local Idaho middle schools has qualified in the final 15 schools across the nation for competing for the grand prize with their Earthquake Protection project. To see all entries and schools chosen for this honor see this link.

Samsung is dedicated to helping people discover a world of possibilities. We do this by creating products and technology that inspire passion and give consumers experiences they never dreamed were possible. With these practices in mind, Samsung started the Solve for Tomorrow education contest, giving schools across the U.S. the opportunity to raise interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects among students by awarding their schools with a share of more than $2 million* in technology products.
A couple of students from each school will present its project before a panel of judges in Austin, Texas, where only 15 remaining classes will compete. Five of them will earn $140,000 in technology from Samsung, while the remaining 10 classes automatically earn $35,000 for making it.

One class will will win the $140,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., for winning the Community Choice Award. The award is won by receiving the most online votes.
Check out the link and place your vote for the school of your choosing to help these talented students! The winner will be announced March 14, 2014 so get your votes in now. VOTE here.

Solve for Tomorrow Competition
Sandcreek Middle School class cashes in
Earthquake Protection
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Samsung's Gear Fit Named 'Best Mobile Device' of Mobile World Congress 2014

Feb 28, 2014 - 11:49 AM - by cereal killer

It looks like Sammy is turning around their "mobile wearables" image. Despite the fact that the first Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch from last year wasn't very well received, their new Galaxy Fit has garnered the highest praise possible from Mobile World Congress this year. The Gear Fit won the MWC 2014 "Best Mobile Device" of the event.

The Fit had a great deal of company from Samsung devices in that category before it won. The Samsung Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Gear 2 and the Galaxy Gear 2 Neo were also nominated. The GSMA, which is the governing body of the trade show, handed out the award. Here's a spec and feature recap:

  • Smartwatch functionality
  • Personal fitness tracking
  • 1.85-inch curved Super AMOLED display
  • A variety of fitness sensors: heart rate monitor, pedometer, and sleep tracker
  • Tizen-based OS
  • Battery life of 3-4 days

The Gear Fit is a pretty amazing device, so it's victory is not too surprising.

originally written by dgstorm
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'The All New HTC One' Slogan for the M8 Leaks Again

Feb 28, 2014 - 11:31 AM - by dgstorm

This news would appear to be additional corroboration that HTC will be following Apple's example and simply calling their next HTC One (codenamed M8) by the same retail name as the first "one." A new rumor again suggests that HTC's slogan for their next flagship device is simply, "The All New HTC One."

This shouldn't comes as much of a surprise and makes perfect sense. Not only does...

Continue Reading @: 'The All New HTC One' Slogan for the M8 Leaks Again
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[VIDEO] Samsung Tizen Prototype Smartphone

Feb 27, 2014 - 4:01 PM - by cereal killer

Our friends over at Phandroid got some hands on time with a prototype handset by Samsung running Tizen, and I have to say that I'm quite impressed with what I see so far. What I particularly find interesting, is that from watching the video, it looks like a 'skinned' version of Android. You'll see the familiar widgets, back/home/menu buttons, notification center etc. If I was told this handset was running Android I wouldn't have second guessed it. The 'round icons' are understated and really seem to fit nicely into the entire theme of the OS. I also am very fond of how you can resize the icons on the home screen giving the handset a sort of Windows Phone feel. When you resize the icon it turns it into a widget. Should we call them Wicons?

What you will notice is that Tizen isn't exactly a finished product--yet. It's still a little rough around the edges and a little laggy. From what I see though it is looking like a very promising platform and Samsung has already proven they can build one heck of a nice looking UI aka Magazine UX. Hopefully this year we should start seeing some Tizen based handsets hitting he scene, but right now nobody really knows anything. The questions still remain. When and where will Samsung announce a Tizen based smartphone.

Check out the video and share your thoughts in the comments below
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AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S4 Finally Getting KitKat

Feb 27, 2014 - 2:51 PM - by cereal killer

AT&T officially confirmed that their Samsung Galaxy S4 will be getting the Android 4.4.2 KitKat rollout forthwith. The update has already started rolling out and will push out in waves OTA. The new version is firmware version KOTH49H.1337UCUFNB1, and the baseband version will be I337UCUFNB1. The update measures in at a hefty 414MB /or 842MB depending on which version of Android you currently have on your handset. Here's a quote with the full details,

Update the Software for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 (i337)
Update summary

Effective February 26th, 2014, a software update for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be available to AT&T customers. This software package updates your phone to Android 4.4, and includes multiple improvements. The update file size varies between 412MB - 842MB depending on your OS version. The update is available to download over Wi-Fi only.

What's changing?

Android 4.4 OS upgrade (Android - 4.4 KitKat)
Samsung Galaxy Gear compatibility
Drag and drop to uninstall or disable applications
Call reliability improvements
What to expect after the update

Although there should be no impacts to settings or data, we recommend that you back up your media files to an SD card, a PC, or using a favorite application (from the Play Store), prior to upgrading the software. For information on backing up and restoring your phone using Samsung Kies, click here.

How to update

Customers will receive an alert and be prompted to download the update, or have the option to initiate the update manually. When prompted, you can postpone the update up to 3 times, and 4 hours per occurrence. After the update has been postponed for the maximum allowable time, your device will automatically download and install the update.

To initiate the update manually, connect to a Wi-Fi network.
Drag down the notification bar, and then tap > from the "More" tab, scroll to and tap About device > Software update > Check for updates.
Tap OK.
Tap Continue.
The device will automatically start downloading the software update. Once complete, tap Continue and the device will update and restart.
Please wait until your phone reboots completely, and an "Update complete" message displays, and then select Done.
How to verify the update

Drag down the notification bar, and then tap Settings .
From the "More" tab, tap About device.
The following information will be displayed:
Android version: 4.4.2
Baseband version: I337UCUFNB1
Build number: KOTH49H.1337UCUFNB1
Source: AT&T
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[Editorial] VZW's CEO Claims Heavy Internet Users Should Pay More Than Everyone Else

Feb 26, 2014 - 10:59 AM - by dgstorm

For most of us, the roles(s) we play in life color our perspective of the world. Because of this, it's sometimes challenging to see things from "other people's shoes." This begs the question though... is it harder for a billionaire CEO of a billion+ dollar corporation to understand the perspective of the average working-class American consumer, or is it harder for them to understand his point of view?

Regardless of the philosophical debate that question might spark, we have a prime example of this to share with you today. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam recently made some potentially inflammatory statements...

Continue Reading @: [Editorial] VZW's CEO Claims Heavy Internet Users Should Pay More Than Everyone Else
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Unique Yotaphone 2 Makes Appearance at MWC 2014

Feb 25, 2014 - 4:12 PM - by cereal killer

Here's an interesting new smartphone called the Yotaphone 2. This one of a kind Android smartphone is equipped with a second, e-ink display on the backside of the handset. The display on the front of the device works just like any other Android display would, but on the rear, you're presented with a 4.7-inch touch sensitive always on e-ink screen that can be used to interact with calls, texts, emails, and your favorite social media sites.

The e-ink panel isn't only great to look at, but the company said that it also contributes to better battery life. Yota Devices claims that the 2,500mAh battery can power the phone for more than 50 hours when using just the e-ink display. The phone also features a Smart Power Mode, which shuts off the 5-inch, 1080p, full color AMOLED display, diverting battery power to the much more efficient e-ink display.

Not all Android apps work with the second screen, but the company did release the phone's SDK to third-party developers, which will hopefully open up the floodgates to some cool and unique apps for the smartphone.

Specs include:
Android 4.4
2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU
2GB of RAM
8-megapixel rear shooter
2-megapixel shooter up front
2.500mAh battery

No official word on availability, price, and launch information, but CNET reports that the device will be initially be sold in Russia, Europe, and the Middle East, with China and the United States expected to get the phone by the end of the year. We'll be keeping an eye out for this one.

Source: IGN
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