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Sorry, Guys: No More Free Verizon Phone Upgrades: $30 Fee Starts April 22

11 Apr

On April 22nd, Verizon will begin charging a$30 upgrade fee when existing customers buy a new phone on a new contract. It’s the sad end of the free upgrade era.

Right now, Verizon is the last major carrier to skip the fee. AT&T and Sprint both charge $36, and T-Mobile charges $18. Verizon says the fees will go toward providing “Wireless Workshops, online educational tools, and consultations with experts” for customers—and who says they won’t? But there’s always been a slime factor to giving folks a discount on a phone for signing a new contract, then charging a fee for taking the discount. Verizon ain’t alone on this, but it’s still a sorrowful thing that we’ve got one more universal, idiotic fee. [Verizon via BGR]

No More Free Phone Upgrades: Verizon’s $30 Fee Starts April 22nd.

AT&T Will Throttle Unlimited Data Plans (a.k.a. I hate you AT&T)

1 Mar

AT&T Will Throttle Unlimited Data Plans.

AT&T Will Throttle Unlimited Data Plans

AT&T on Thursday put limits on its Unlimited Data plans, slowing speeds for 3G and 4G customers who exceed 3 GB in a billing cycle and capping 4G LTE customers at 5 GB.

On a support page explaining the move, the carrier stressed that “you’ll still be able to use as much data as you want. That won’t change.”

Previously, AT&T had only slowed the speeds of customers who were in the top 5% of their respective markets, a practice known as throttling. Despite the changes, AT&T insists that 95% of smartphone users won’t be throttled. The change came about because “customers had told us that more clarity would be helpful,” an AT&T rep says.

Those that are affected will receive a text message explaining that their usage is near 3 GB (or 5GB for LTE users). Exceeding that threshold “will result in reduced data speeds, though you’ll still be able to email and surf the web.”

AT&T isn’t disclosing how fast speeds will run for users who have been throttled.

SEE ALSO: Your Bandwidth Will Be Throttled. Here’s Why.

Citing the strain on its network wrought by data-hungry iPhones, AT&T began throttling data for its top 5% of users last month, a practice also followed by Verizon. (Sprint, meanwhile, throttles just the top 1% of data hogs.)

Predictably, many AT&T customers have been riled by the move, citing the plan’s claim to “unlimited data.”

Though AT&T’s contract forbids such users from joining in a class-action suit, a California man last week successfully sued AT&T in small claims court, receiving a judgment worth $850.

Will Amazon Soon Spy On You Through Your Kindle or Amazon Phone?

15 Dec

Made public last week, the patent describes a system that allows mobile devices — read Kindles, or a future Amazon phone — to track the geographical position of users, and then use that information to predict their likely next steps. The intention is then to use that information to better target ads, coupons, or other messages, that could appear either on the mobile device itself, or on big screens or other displays on the person’s route.

It’s not hard to imagine Amazon striking up deals with retailers, malls and venues who have TVs and other displays dotted abut, in order to beam adverts right at you. Nor is it hard to imagine it working incredibly well: if I was at a bar at a sports game and received a promotional voucher on my phone or Kindle offering cheap tequila, then hell, I may well take it.

via Will Amazon Soon Spy On You Through Your Kindle?.

Holy crap! Carrier IQ is secretly installed on any cell phone you have, recording every keystroke, button-press, password, website, text, and sending this to Google, AT&T, Sprint, and others.

2 Dec

If you have any decently modern Android phone, everything you do is being recorded by hidden software lurking inside. It even circumvents web encryption and grabs everything—including your passwords and Google queries.

Worse: it’s the handset manufacturers and the carriers who—in the name of “making your user experience better”—install this software without any way for you to opt-out. This video, recorded by 25-year-old Android developer Trevor Eckhart, shows how it works. This is bad. Really bad.

via Your Android Phone Is Secretly Recording Everything You Do (Updated).

Verizon just gobbled up $3.6 billion in wireless spectrum. Could it get any better for Verizon customers or any worse for AT&T customers?

2 Dec

Verizon Gobbles Up $3.6 Billion in Wireless Spectrum.

Fortunately, Verizon will continue to fuel its 4G LTE network with this new spectrum addition. That means stronger signal, wider coverage, and fewer dropped calls or failed data communication.

As an AT&T customer, I envy Verizon customers and really hope my wireless provider does something on its end to compete with VerizonWireless. Otherwise, I may be taking myself and my iPhone over to Verizon after my contract ends.

FINALLY! Adobe is stopping development on mobile flash and switching to HTML5 development. Hopefully, more videos on the iPhone/iPad and longer batteries for everyone.

9 Nov

Adobe is stopping development of its Flash Player for mobile browsers, according to an exclusive report from ZDNet. The company will continue to support existing Android and BlackBerry Playbook configurations of the player, but future development will be focused on developing HTML5 and apps.

Developers were apparently briefed by Adobe about the situation, which will be expanded upon later today on Adobe’s official site:

Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.

Report: Adobe Is Finally Pulling the Plug on Mobile Flash.

Calling it now: Bendable OLED screens by Samsung are the future. Maybe even more than Apple. Who needs wallpaper or dining cloths? In 2012, bend your Samsung phone into your pocket.

6 Nov

 

 

 

 

Over the years, consumers have demanded two things from their gadgets: that they be smaller, and that they be more flexible. While companies such as LG are already developing things like flexible e-newspapersSamsung is looking to move ahead of the pack by developing a kinetic, bendable, OLED phone that can fold over without any risk of cracking the screen or damaging the components within.

The idea was first presented at the CES 2011 tech show, where Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Skin concept phone. While it is unlikely that the flexible phones of the future will look like it, the Skin gives us a good idea of what to expect. But when can we expect these bendy phones? Turns out as early 2012!

During a company results conference, investor relations chief Robert Yi said of the flexible phone, “We are looking to introduce sometime in 2012, hopefully the earlier part.”

While finding anything concrete on what flexible phones will feature is hard — particularly considering that they are still in the development stage — most tech sites seem to agree that flexi-phones will likely be around 8 mm thick and could come with a new Android OS, 16 to 32 GB of memory, an 8-Mega-pixel camera and a screen resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.

Samsung’s earlier demonstrations have shown off OLED screens that can be folded over, and they have been bent into just about any position the wearer wants — including as a bracelet or as a media stand.

Nokia is also working on a similar concept, indicating that not only is the technology of the future wireless, but it will also be flexible.

  • OLEDs (organic light emitting diodes) have revolutionized screens and displays of all sorts – including televisions and telephones. Up until recently, the most efficient way to produce, bright, long-lasting OLEDs was to use glass – but researchers have been hard at work putting that technology on flexible, lightweight plastics. Researchers at the University of Toronto just announced that they have developed a new way to produce flexible, plastic-based OLEDs that are inexpensive and as efficient as OLEDs made with glass. Watch an interview with the researcher after the jump.
  • Read more: Researchers Develop the World’s Most Efficient Flexible OLED | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

Read more: Samsung to Launch Flexible OLED Cell Phone in 2012 | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World 

Samsung to Launch Flexible OLED Cell Phone in 2012 | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World.

Google Wallet Will Give You $10 Just For Trying It

1 Nov

Google Wallet, the company’s NFC solution that lets people use phones to make payments, is going on tour and offering people $10 just to try it out.

Unfortunately, you’re only in luck if you live in NY, D.C., LA, Chicago, or San Fran.

But they’ll be at Jamba Juices, Walgreens, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Duane Reade, Foot Locker, Fat Witch Bakery in Chelsea Market and more… so demo Google Wallet and GET $10!

Try Out Google Wallet in Your City | Google Commerce.

Calendar of Events:
All event times, regardless of location, are in Eastern time, and events are subject to change. We’ll be in each city during the following dates:

  • New York: Oct. 17 – Nov. 13
  • Chicago: Oct. 17 – Nov. 13
  • Washington, DC: Nov. 15 – Dec. 12
  • San Francisco: Nov. 15 – Dec. 12
  • Los Angeles: Dec. 14 – Jan. 12

Forget Xzibit. Pimp out your bangin’-hot Prius with the automotive industry’s first integrated and mirrored smartphone-car system from Toyota.

26 Oct

Called this one too. It’s coming. And fast. The next step for Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc. after your cpu, phone, tablet, and TV/living room?

Your ride.

If you’re looking to get your smartphone more in-sync with your car, you may want to consider a new Toyota with the Touch Life “infotainment” system. Given a compatible smartphone / app combo, it can mirror the phones display on its 7-inch touchscreen for access to navigation, music or social networking services. Nokia owners can connect their Symbian Belle devices by way of MirrorLink, developed by the Car Connectivity Consortium, in its first deployment by the automotive industry.

Apple iPhone and iPod faithful will have to install Application Launcher in order to sync up with the infotainment system. If driving distractions are a concern, steering wheel controls play nice with the tech as well — its not quite SYNC Applink, but well take it. Toyota promises features and smartphones will continue to be added, but for a current list of compatible cars, devices and apps, check the press release on the website below.

via Toyota introduces Touch Life smartphone mirroring system, your Prius and iPhone can become one — Engadget.

Awesome idea: throw a ball with 36 cameras in the air & get a panoramic at the peak #teechy

18 Oct

Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera // Jonas Pfeil.

Throw a ball loaded with 36 cameras in the air, and get a panoramic at the peak of your toss.

Big thanks to Evan for sharing this with me.

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