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PSA: Verizon customers can opt out of carrier’s ‘supercookies’

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Starting today, Verizon customers have the option to remove themselves from the Relevant Mobile Advertising program. The carrier describes the program as a way for marketers to reach audiences with relevant content. However, it was discovered that this form of cookies was undeletable and stuck with individual users. Some labeled them ‘supercookies’ because of their permanence.

Debra Lewis, a Verizon spokesperson, said the following to The New York Times:

“As the mobile advertising ecosystem evolves, and our advertising business grows, delivering solutions with best-in-class privacy protections remains our focus. As a reminder, we never share information with third parties that identifies our customers as part of our advertising programs.”

So it seems that Verizon was sharing stuff about customers and not entire identities.

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Customers can opt out of the program by heading to the Verizon site’s privacy section or calling (866) 211-0874. Note that accounts with multiple lines will require opting out for every line.

Via: Bits (New York Times)

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T-Mobile helps the entire family stay connected with Pets Un-leashed

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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T-Mobile just announced Pets Un-leashed, which looks like a winner for those of you with pets in the household. For only $5 extra per month (added to the Simple Choice Family Plan), your pet(s) can stream their favorite pet content without using your high speed data. Now if that isn’t already a great deal, T-Mo has dropped three new pet-friendly apps…

  • Fetch Freedom – This augmented reality version of fetch won’t throw out your arm and doesn’t even harm tennis balls.
  • FitPet – So pets and owners can track and manage fitness goals (Wheel not included), and;
  • Pet Tinder – Where pets can swipe to find their ideal match (Pets over 18 only in equivalent dog/cat/alpaca years).

Check out the video below and sign up right away for this unbelievable deal. Just don’t let your dog play with his phone at the dinner table.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Happy April Fools’ Day

source: T-Mobile

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AT&T launches its GigaPower Internet service in Cupertino

Posted by wicked March - 31 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Yesterday, AT&T launched its super-fast U-verse GigaPower Internet service in Cupertino, pipping Google Fiber to the Silicon Valley city post.

In terms of pricing, GigaPower starts at $80 per month for 300Mbps Internet, peaking at $110 per month for 1Gbps. Adding the TV service bumps the price up to $150, while a phone line brings the monthly cost even higher.

It’s important to bear in mind that these tariffs come with a one or two-year guarantee, so it’s quite possible that the price could increase or decrease once the term expires.

GigaPower is limited to a handful of locations in Cupertino, so you’ll need to check availability before you sign up, but you can do that by hitting the source link below.

Source: AT&T

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T-Mobile launched pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge last Friday, but you couldn’t order the Gold Platinum version, only Black Sapphire or White Pearl.

As of this morning, you can now pre-order the Gold Platinum version in either 32, 64, or 128 GB. Unfortunately your order won’t ship right away since they won’t receive stock until closer to April 10. Don’t forget, you still get 1 year of Netflix for free with any Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge pre-order from T-Mobile.

Just click the source link below to get your order in.

source: T-Mobile

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Amazon taking pre-orders for HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S6

Posted by wicked March - 31 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Another retailer, this one online, has started to accept pre-orders for three of the year’s hottest devices. Right now, you can pre-order the HTC One M9 (review here), Samsung Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge through Amazon. The online retailer has various storage and color options when it comes to the carrier variants of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. For the One M9, Amazon has limited the selection to Gold on Silver and Gunmetal Grey all with 32GB of internal storage. The only carrier without its variants listed by Amazon is T-Mobile.

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AT&T’s HTC One M7 will be receiving Lollipop tomorrow

Posted by wicked March - 31 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

HTC_M7_One_Black_White_LeakIf you’re still rocking an HTC One M7 on AT&T, you’re in for a treat tomorrow. The Lollipop upgrade on the phone has gotten technical approval from the carrier, so an over-the-air rollout should begin tomorrow. This means AT&T joins Sprint and T-Mobile in pushing out the 5.0 update, leaving Verizon as the last carrier to update the device.

Keep an eye out for an OTA notification tomorrow.

source: Mo Versi

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Verizon updates the update to Lollipop for Samsung Galaxy S 5

Posted by wicked March - 30 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Over the weekend Verizon started to roll out the update to Android Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy S 5. This was welcome news to owners of the device who thought they were getting it back in February. However, after starting the process, Verizon pulled the update with no reason given, putting owners of the Galaxy S 5 back into waiting mode. Since resuming the update process, it appears Verizon has updated the update yet again based on changes to the build number.

The original update that started rolling out in February was G900VVRU1BNLC, which was replaced over this past weekend with G900VVRU1BOA4. A check of the most recent update announcement shows Verizon has now updated the build number to G900VVRU1BOC4. Given the minor change in the number, it seems likely that Verizon discovered some very small item that needed to be addressed once the update started hitting end users’ devices.

Along with the normal Lollipop updates, Verizon indicates the update includes bolder colors and more fluid animations as part of their TouchWiz interface and their specific apps now incorporate Material Design guidelines. Verizon also included specific updates to the Interruptions feature to help users get around some of the sound issues present in the initial release of Lollipop.

Owners of a Galaxy S 5 on Verizon can head over to www.verizonwireless.com/galaxys5software for instructions on downloading and installing the update if they do not want to wait for the OTA update to be available.

source: Verizon

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SK Telecom suspension could potentially hurt Galaxy S6 sales

Posted by wicked March - 30 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

sk-telecom-logo-02Korea’s Communication Commission is planning on suspending SK Telecom’s ability to sign up new customers for a seven day period, and it looks like that sanction might hit right on the launch date (April 10th) of Samsung’s Galaxy S6. With SK Telecom accounting for 50% of wireless market share in South Korea, that’s a tough blow to take for Samsung.

SK Telecom was found to have to been offering illegal subsidies for customers, so the KCC will issue this suspension and a hefty fine to deter the company from doing anything similar again. They’ll announce when the suspension will be later on March 30th, so we’ll find out whether or not Samsung’s newest flagship will get caught in the crossfire.

source: Business Korea

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T-Mobile introduces the Next-Gen Network Map

Posted by wicked March - 30 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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T-Mobile with its uncarrier approach has kind of positioned itself as the people’s carrier. With a variety of uncarrier moves, the carrier has gained quite a lot of customers and garnered a lot of attention. Today, the company is tackling something, perhaps, minor, but something we see constantly: carrier maps.

You know, those maps Verizon and AT&T show us in their constant commercials? Well, according to T-Mobile, those maps that we see are produced by carriers based on “predictive coverage estimations.” As such, you’re just getting the carrier’s best guess at their coverage. So T-Mobile decided to do something about it and today it’s introducing maps that are “based on the actual experience of real customers, like you and your family.”

The maps are said to reflect near real-time customer experiences on the network, based on 200 million actual customer usage data points. The kicker is, it’s not done one a year, once a quarter, once a month or even once a week, but rather, once a day. To further bolster the mapping, the uncarrier isn’t just relying on its own data, but is also pulling usage stats from trusted third-party sources including Inrix, among others.

Features include:

  • Customer-verified coverage based on actual customer usage, resulting in a vastly more transparent and accurate map, showing, for example, exactly where you can expect 4G LTE, 4G, 3G or other levels of coverage.
  • A Verified Coverage icon indicating where the majority of data is provided by T-Mobile customers reporting their actual network experience, providing an added layer of confidence.
  • Data that’s updated twice monthly − compared to data presented on the carriers’ maps, which is already dated by the time it’s printed and published and may be months or even years old.
  • Speed test data from trusted third party apps showing average download speeds from customer speed tests over the last 90 days.

Those interested in checking it out can head here and take a look. T-Mobile says it will continue to push 4G LTE service to over 300 million Americans this year, and the Next-Gen coverage map will continue to evolve based on billions of data points. So if you’re using T-Mobile or are thinking about switching to the uncarrier, you can sleep easy knowing the coverage you’re getting is based on real-time usage rather than a best estimate practice.

source: T-Mobile

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Leak: The HTC T1H Tablet features an 8.9-Inch QXGA display and Allwinner CPU

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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If HTC were a kitchen utensil, one might think that the Taiwan-based company is a sieve, considering all the recent leaks about its upcoming handsets. On top of the much-leaked HTC One E9(here and here) and One M9 Plus handsets, we now have news about a tablet with the codename HTC T1H that will be launched in China in partnership with China Mobile. We have the image and specifications after the break.

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Intriguingly, the HTC T1H eschews Qualcomm’s processor offering, and even passes by the king of budget chips, MediaTek. Instead, the HTC T1H will purportedly use an Octa-core processor produced by Allwinner. We have the list of specifications below:

  • 8.9-Inch QXGA display (2048 x 1530)
  • Allwinner (Gazetteer) H8 Octa-core processor, 4 cores @2.2GHz + 4 cores @1.4GHz
  • PowerVR SGX544 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB Internal Storage
  • 8MP Rear camera/ 1.6MP Front camera
  • HTC BoomSound (Dual front speakers)
  • GPS
  • Dimensions: 228.35 x 153.67 x 7.88mm
  • 6,700mAh Battery
  • Android 5.0
  • Sense 7.0 for Tablet

The HTC T1H will be available in WiFi and LTE variants and is expected to launch in China sometime in May. It’s unknown if this tablet will be released in other regions, but if it were, would you be interested?

 

Source: Weibo
Via: GizmoChina

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