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Oct

Sprint’s new “Starter Unlimited” plan is not the unlimited you want


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The problem with Sprint’s new Start Unlimited Data Plan is that it’s not actually unlimited. The carrier will give customers 1GB of data on its 4G LTE network before knocking data speeds. Sprint’s madness doesn’t stop there, though, because the data speeds when exceeding 1GB are from its aged 2G network, a technology that debuted more than two decades ago. Then customers have to get Sprint’s unlimited talk and text services for an additional $20. So the total price for the total ripoff Starter Unlimited Data Plan is $40 per month.

What in the world would cause you to choose this plan?

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Is being on Sprint’s often questionable network good enough to you when wanting to save at least $5 per month?

Sprint Beats All National Carriers with Unlimited Data for $20/Month; Family Share Plan Customers Now Get to choose the Best Way to Control Data Costs

  • Sprint Starter Unlimited Data — 1GB of High-Speed Data for $20 per Month plus Unlimited Data at 2G Speeds
  • Now Sprint Family Share Pack Customers have More Choices and Control over Data Costs — Get Unlimited 2G Speed After Reaching Data Limit and Never Worry about Data Overages Again or Choose to Purchase Additional High-Speed Data

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 29, 2015 – Beginning Oct. 30, Sprint (NYSE: S) is launching unlimited data starting at $20 per month. Customers can choose a 1GB high-speed data option for $20 per month, then 2G speeds after that. Plus get unlimited talk and text for an additional $20 per month while on the Sprint network (excludes taxes and surcharges). Sprint Global Roaming also is included with the plan. It’s the best price for data among all national carriers.

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“Our Starter Unlimited Data Plan is the most affordable data plan available at any national carrier,” Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said. “Our customers no longer have to worry about being surprised by costly data charges. We offer our Starter Unlimited Data Plan with 1GB of high-speed data and then unlimited data at 2G speeds. At any time if they need more data, customers can easily add it to their plan.”

No Data Overages

With the Starter Unlimited Data Plan, for $20 a month, customers get 1GB of data. After that, they can go to 2G unlimited data or buy up for more high-speed data as needed. They never have to worry about unexpected overages1.

In addition, customers on the new Sprint Family Share Pack plans also no longer have to worry about data overage charges on their monthly bill when they reach their high-speed data limit. Customers will get unlimited 2G data, so they never have to worry about unexpected overages again. And if they need more high-speed data in a month, customers have the option on the Starter Unlimited Data Plan and the Sprint Family Share Pack to buy an additional high-speed data allowance for just $15 per GB of data.

$70 Unlimited High-Speed Data Plan

Lastly, Sprint is introducing a $70 Unlimited High-Speed Data Plan that includes 3GB of mobile hotspot usage and Sprint Global Roaming. Additional lines with the same unlimited high-speed data, talk and text are just $60 per line (up to 10 lines).2 Sprint continues to offer customers the best value for unlimited high-speed data, talk and text among national carriers. T-Mobile’s Simple Choice unlimited talk, text and high-speed data plan is $80 per month. AT&T and Verizon no longer offer unlimited data plans.

Switch to Sprint

Sprint will pay off every dime of your old phone or contract so you can switch via an American Express® Reward Card after online registration and phone turn-in3.

About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 57 million connections as of June 30, 2015, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

1After high-speed data allotment is used, speeds will be reduced to 2G until the end of your bill cycle. Req. purchase of unlimited talk and text for add’l $20.

2Unlimited Sprint customers who use more than 23GB of data during a billing cycle will be de-prioritized during times and places where the Sprint network is constrained. See sprint.com/networkmanagement for details. To improve data experience for the majority of users, throughput may be limited, varied or reduced on the network. Sprint may terminate service if off-network roaming usage in a month exceeds: (1) 800 min. or a majority of min. or (2) 100MB or a majority of KB. Prohibited network use rules apply—see sprint.com/termsandconditions.

3Requires valid port-in, submission of previous bill, current phone turn in and online registration. Via American Express Reward Card. This offer is not combinable with the $1 and $10 options. Customers with an iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s may participate in this offer if they choose the $15/mo. lease.

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29
Oct

BLU announces the unlocked Studio 7.0 LTE 7-inch phablet available for $199


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BLU has just unveiled the 7-inch BLU Studio 7.0 LTE unlocked phablet available at $199. It is an improvement over last year’s model and is available today on Amazon. The device is an oversized unlocked smartphone with fairly low specs and a compact design. According to BLU Products’ press release, the device is still compact enough to make one hand operation possible, despite the massive 7-inch display. The market trend shows that the demand for larger screen smartphones is increasing, and smartphones with 5.5-inches screen and higher are no longer called phablets as they have set a new smartphone display standard. If you would like an unlocked smartphone with the form factor of a compact tablet, and you are on a tight budget then the BLU Studio 7.0 LTE might be a great fit for you.

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The specs of the device include a 7-inch HD (1280×720 pixels) display with Infinite View Technology. A 64-bit 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 processor coupled with 1 GB of RAM running on Android 5.1.1. The BLU Studio 7.0 LTE has an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front shooter. 4G LTE and dual SIM capability, with 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. The device comes with a 3,700 mAh battery, and is available in 4 different colors: Ceramic White, Midnight Gray, Rose Gold, and Navy Blue.

Here is the official press release:

MIAMI, Oct. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — BLU Products, the market leader in unlocked devices in the United States, introduced today the new BLU Studio 7.0 LTE smartphone, connecting with the best of both worlds by blending a 7-inch screen with a compact design that lets you comfortably hold it one-handed for phone calls, or fitting into your jeans pocket. “The market trend shows that the demand in larger screen smartphones is rising, as a direct result to the standard in a smartphone now approaching 5.5 inches, meaning the term phablet no longer applies to a broad range of devices in the 5.5 inch to 6.0 inch category,” said Samuel Ohev-Zion, CEO of BLU Products. “What the consumer wants today is a single device that brings value with an awesome display size and convenience.”

The BLU Studio 7.0 LTE has several improvements from the previous model; including premium build quality and specs. Powered by a 64-Bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor that is designed to provide blazing fast 4G-LTE speeds, streamline multitasking performance and battery efficiency, the Studio 7.0 LTE also features a vivid 7.0″ 720p HD display. In addition, an 8.0 Mega Pixel auto focus main camera capable of recording HD video at 1080p and a front facing 2.0 Mega Pixel camera ensure vivid and clear video conferencing and awesome selfies. Storage Includes 16GB of internal memory and an expandable micro SD slot up to a 64GB, plus 1GB RAM running Android 5.1 Lollipop OS. The 4G LTE is supported nationwide on T-Mobile and AT&T network, which includes Metro PCS, Straight Talk, Simple Mobile, Cricket, and others. The BLU Studio 7.0 LTE is now available, Dual SIM, Unlocked on Amazon.com for $199.00 in Midnight Grey, Ceramic White, Rose Gold and Navy Blue.

You can get it now from Amazon, for just $199.

Via: AndroidPolice

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29
Oct

The coming smart-thing apocalypse


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Bad Password is a hacking and security column by Violet Blue. Every week she’ll be exploring the trendy new cyberhysteria, the state of the infosec community and the ever-eroding thing that used to be called “privacy.” Bad Password cuts through the greed, fearmongering and jargon with expertise, a friendly voice and a little levelheaded perspective.

Like some people I know familiar with the ins and outs of digital surveillance (and startle like housecats when an app makes a geolocation request) I don’t own any “smart” home items. My 1913 flat is well-connected to the internet, and my living room is a hacker’s honeycomb hideout of entertainment playthings, but I’m far too pleased with my paranoia to own something from the class of spyware and advertising honeypottery known as the Internet of Things.

29
Oct

The Wirecutter’s best deals: Sony’s RX100 point-and-shoot and more!


This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer’s guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals at TheWirecutter.com.

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter. Now, from time to time, we’ll also be publishing their recommended deals on some of their top picks. Read on, and strike while the iron is hot — some of these sales could expire mighty soon.

29
Oct

Facebook to push more video ads in developing countries


With more than half of its revenue coming from international markets, Facebook is well-aware that the next big growth area lies in developing countries. Aside from investing in Internet.org so that more of them can get online, it’s also putting in serious effort in improving its product for slower 2G networks — earlier this week, the company introduced “2G Tuesdays” so that developers can better build Facebook for countries that don’t have access to fast internet speeds. And with all of those people in emerging markets logging onto Facebook, why not serve them some video ads? Today, the company announced a new tool called Slideshow that’ll allow advertisers and marketers to publish lower-bandwidth video ads, so that even if you have a Nokia Asha in India, you too will be able to see a moving image ad from Coke.

Source: Facebook

29
Oct

Android and Chrome OS may be combined as early as next year


Google Holds Press Event Announcing New Products

For years, people have wondered if Google would merge its Android and Chrome operating systems, and the company has steadfastly held to them important but distinct pieces of its strategy. That might be changing: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google has been working for two years to merge Chrome OS and Android. The results of that unified operating system is expected to be officially released to the public in 2017, but we may see an early version as soon as next year.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

29
Oct

Google Keep welcomes your pretty drawings on Android


Google’s Keep note-taking app has improved drastically since its release in 2013, thanks to features like labeled to-do lists being added over time. It’s also now available for iOS, which opened the gates to the large audience of people who own Apple devices and use Google cloud services. Now, the search company is adding support for drawings to the Android version of Keep, letting you start dropping in doodles to any of your notes. It’s a nice addition to an application that’s useful as it stands; when you consider that it supports audio, photo and text notes, as well as lists, drawings was arguably the only feature missing. The update via Google Play is said to be rolling out already, but you can grab the APK here (courtesy of Android Police) if you don’t feel like waiting.

Via: The Verge

Source: Android Police

29
Oct

Playdate’s Xbox 360 Halloween Horror: ‘Dead Space and ‘Condemned’


Today on Playdate, we’re facing our fears. Not of things that go bump in the night, but of industrial mining spaceships and rabid hobos. It’s all in the name of good fun though! We’re taking a trip back to check out some of the Xbox 360’s best horror games this Halloween week and checking out Dead Space and Condemned: Criminal Origins. Join myself and Sean Buckley for the scream-fest starting at 6PM Eastern / 3PM Pacific for two hours of survival horror here on this post, the Engadget Gaming homepage or Twitch.tv/joystiq if you’d like to make fun of Tim’s shrill shouts of terror.

29
Oct

Getting started with Microsoft’s Arrow Launcher


This week saw Microsoft Garage bring its first Android launcher application, Arrow Launcher, out of beta and into the Google Play Store. It’s a no-frills alternative to the stuff you’ll find pre-loaded on your Android handset but it does allow for a moderate amount of customization. If you’re in the hunt for something that freshens up your smartphone’s home screen and app launcher, this might be worth a try. We spent some time playing with it and are happy to walk you through some of the basics of Arrow Launcher for Android.

First time through

microsoft_arrow_launcher (2)Upon opening, the first thing that Arrow Launcher asks you to do is select your top applications and games. You are instructed to confirm at least five of your most used apps; these will be made readily accessible in the launcher experience. Once you’re set, it’s on to the new home screen.

Look around

Swiping to the left from your new home screen will bring up recent activity including applications used, pictures taken, call log, and more. Swipe to the right and it shows people that you are likely to call.

Generally speaking, Arrow Launcher is a rather straightforward layout with nothing too elaborate to worry about or configure. There are some nice animations to be found throughout, albeit they are subtle and won’t distract. While it does feel a little foreign foreign at first we can imagine that users will come to enjoy the simplistic design.

The bottom row of icons from left to right for us was emergency alerts, Chrome browser, the application tray, contacts, and general phone settings. Your results or settings may vary. The bottom five icons can be swiped up to display another five. It is possible, if you prefer, to pull out or swap icons for other applications.

microsoft_arrow_launcher (5)The center home screen showed our top applications at the top followed by a number of others which looked to be arbitrarily picked. While some of these are used on a regular basis, some of them are not. We suspect these apps will change with time. After all, Arrow Launcher claims it will get smarter the more you use it.

If you’re the type of person who does not like a cluttered screen this one may take some getting use to, at least in the early setup.

Indeed, users can customize the home screens by rearranging them in any preferred order. One panel, which was turned off by default, can be use for widgets while another (also preset as off) offers up notes and reminders. This page can be helpful if you like to keep a running list of things to do or jot down ideas and tasks while you’re on the go. As for the standard three pages, they are specific to recent apps and activity, all applications, and contacts/ people.

Inside the app drawer

microsoft_arrow_launcher (10)Tap the home button in the bottom row and your apps are delivered in an alphabetical manner that scrolls vertically. There is a search bar at the top of the app drawer so you can type in letters to more quickly pull up your apps. This will be helpful if you have a lot of applications or games loaded on your smartphone. Swiping to the right inside of the app drawer brings up your widget options with previews available for many of them.

Swiping up from the bottom row also results in some handy and useful settings: airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, flashlight, and screen orientation. It is also here where you can adjust brightness and hop into additional settings within Arrow Launcher.

For those of you who like to tinker a bit and prefer a specific aesthetic, you’ll be at least somewhat pleased. As you’ll find with other app launchers, users can opt for icons from downloaded icon packs. 

As an intial public release, you’ll find enough here to make the launcher feel unique to you. Moreover, the app learns and adapts over time and gets more intuitive. It’s not as full customizable as, say, Nova Launcher, it’s easy to set up and still provides a one-of-a-kind experience.

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29
Oct

Tomb Raider 2 is now on Google Play, priced at $.99


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Just like we saw with the first one, the port of Tomb Raider 2 doesn’t mess the original formula that much at all. That means the same graphics as Tomb Raider was released with nearly two decades ago (it launched in 1997).

Really the only main difference here is the on-screen controllers that have been added in. On-screen controls are never going to be as good as using a console-quality gamepad (Bluetooth controllers are supported), but it’s still a welcome addition for those that want to pick up the game and play anywhere, without having to worry about bringing a controller with them.

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It’s also worth noting that the TR2 expansion, The Golden Mask, is included here, giving you even more content. All of this at a price of just $.99 with no in-app purchases.

Here’s the full features log, straight from the Google Play listing:

  • Explore GRAND NEW LOCATIONS from Tibet, China to Venice, Italy!
  • ARM YOURSELF with automatic pistols, grenade launcher, M16 rifle and more!
  • Over 50 UNIQUE ACHIEVEMENTS to unlock!
  • KILL OR BE KILLED by deadly Warrior Monks, Yetis and more!
  • Comes complete with “THE GOLDEN MASK” expansion!
  • Take CONTROL OF VEHICLES such as motorboats and quad bikes!

What do you think, anyone planning on picking this one up? For those that already did, run into any compatibility problems that you want to warn us about? Fire away in the comments section below.

Get it on Google Play!

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