MacBook Air Stickers TV Commercial

Is this simple spot the best MacBook commercial Apple has ever made?

Is this simple spot the best MacBook commercial Apple has ever made?

By on July 22, 2014 at 8:25 AM.

There’s no doubt about it, the MacBook Air is one of Apple’s most iconic products, a very successful addition to the company’s laptop line. To further remind users how popular its ultra-slim laptop is, Apple on Monday released a terrific new ad that focuses entirely on the Air. More →

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Verizon Earnings

Verizon reports solid Q2 results as tablets offset slowing smartphone sales

By on July 22, 2014 at 7:50 AM.

Verizon reports solid Q2 results as tablets offset slowing smartphone sales

Verizon on Tuesday posted second-quarter results that topped Wall Street’s expectations as huge tablet sales offset the continued decline of cell phone contract additions. Verizon posted earnings of $1.01 per share, or $4.34 billion in profit, which is down significantly from the $5.2 billion profit it recorded in the year-ago quarter. Revenue climbed nearly 6% to $31.48 billion, however. The nation’s top carrier only added 304,000 net new cell phone subscribers in the quarter, but 1.15 million new tablet additions certainly helped to bolster the company’s results. More →

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Hit List

Apple: iOS backdoor spying

Apple denies having included a backdoor in iOS or other products

By on July 22, 2014 at 7:15 AM.

Apple denies having included a backdoor in iOS or other products

An extensive research paper from a security specialist revealed earlier this week that governments and other third-parties with malicious intentions would be able to use certain tools in iOS to extract information from iPhones and other iOS devices, without the user’s consent or knowledge. Apple has already issued a response on the matter, denying the existence of backdoors in its products, and further emphasizing the security and privacy features of iOS. More →

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Verizon Data Plans

Study finds Verizon is the best in the business at banking on your data plans

By on July 21, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

Study finds Verizon is the best in the business at banking on your data plans

Over the past few years, the two top wireless carriers in the United States have been working tirelessly to push subscribers away from unlimited data plans and onto capped plans that provide a certain amount of data each month, after which overages are charged. The reasons for the shift are fairly obvious — as more data hungry mobile services proliferate, carriers make more money. Which carrier has been the best so far when it comes to monetizing data and shifting subscribers over to tiered data plans? According to a new study by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, Verizon is the leader by a fairly substantial margin. More →

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Game Changers

HTC Tablets: Nexus 9, T7 and T12

The Nexus 9 isn’t the only tablet HTC is working on

By on July 21, 2014 at 10:05 PM.

The Nexus 9 isn’t the only tablet HTC is working on

HTC is widely expected to make Google’s next Nexus tablet – an 8.9-inch premium device that was already spotted in internal Google code, and which is referred to Nexus 8 or Nexus 9 in various reports – but the company may launch two other tablets of its own, @evleaks has learned. More →

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AT&T Verizon Comcast Net Neutrality

This is what AT&T, Verizon and Comcast told the FCC about net neutrality

By on July 21, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

This is what AT&T, Verizon and Comcast told the FCC about net neutrality

After a last minute extension last week, the FCC has finally stopped taking comments regarding the controversial net neutrality proposal. We don’t know what effect over 1 million comments will have on the decision, but we do know what the public is saying: fast lanes are not acceptable and corporations shouldn’t control access to the Internet. More →

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Verizon Smart Rewards Program

Verizon’s new loyalty program will reward subscribers with big discounts

By on July 21, 2014 at 8:05 PM.

Verizon’s new loyalty program will reward subscribers with big discounts

Verizon announced on Monday that it would be initiating a loyalty program dubbed Smart Rewards later this month. With Smart Rewards, Verizon subscribers will be able to earn points by completing various actions, such as logging into their online account, paying their bills, using the Verizon Trade-In program and choosing paperless billing. More →

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Indiegogo Pd.Id Date Rape Drug Tester

Potato Salad backers, here’s the project you really should be funding

By on July 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Potato Salad backers, here’s the project you really should be funding

Potato Salad took Kickstarter by storm a few days ago when the project to create a salad went viral, convincing many people to donate a lot more money for this particular Kickstarter listing than it actually needed. However, there are more interesting and useful projects out there, such as the pd.id stick that’s currently looking to raise $100,000 by August 29 on Indiegogo. What the pd.id can do is to quickly test a beverage for traces of drugs that are sometimes used to coerce some people into doing things they otherwise wouldn’t – in other words, pd.id is a date rape drug test capable of quickly recognizing many types of drugs. More →

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Verizon Netflix Congestion Issues Response

Verizon calls out Netflix partner for ‘selective amnesia’ on streaming issues

By on July 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM.

Verizon calls out Netflix partner for ‘selective amnesia’ on streaming issues

The heated back and forth between Netflix and Verizon has gone on for long enough that other companies are beginning to throw their hats into the ring. Level 3, a Netflix network operator, came forward with evidence last week which seemed to indicate that Verizon had the capacity to cheaply and quickly upgrade its network to improve streaming quality for customers, but was consciously deciding not to do so. Verizon, unwilling let these accusations go unaccounted for, has responded with a snippy blog post of its own. More →

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PS4 PS3 PS Vita August Game Releases

Here’s why PS4 and PS3 fans should be very excited right now

By on July 21, 2014 at 4:49 PM.

Here’s why PS4 and PS3 fans should be very excited right now

Summer can be a rough time of year for gamers. The slow release schedule coupled with the beginning of a new console generation has made this summer especially difficult, but things are finally going to start picking back up in August, as evidenced by a rather strong lineup of games for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. More →

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BlackBerry Passport Vs. iPhone 5s Galaxy S5

BlackBerry says its square phone is already stealing back iOS and Android users

By on July 21, 2014 at 4:12 PM.

BlackBerry says its square phone is already stealing back iOS and Android users

A lot of people who now use iPhones and Android phones once used BlackBerry devices many years ago, and now BlackBerry says that its new square BlackBerry Passport is bringing some of them back into the fold. In a new post highlighting consumer response to its newest smartphone, BlackBerry picks up on several comments left on different websites of people who say that they can’t wait to dump their current smartphones for the BlackBerry Passport. More →

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Google Now Feature: Set Reminders

Awesome new Google Now trick lets you set reminders without even opening Google Now

By on July 21, 2014 at 3:41 PM.

Awesome new Google Now trick lets you set reminders without even opening Google Now

Google has a brand new Google Now feature related to reminders that will let users easily create new reminders by simply searching inside Google for “add reminder,” or “create reminder” followed by a name, date or place, Google Operating System revealed. The new feature will also support more advanced commands such as “add reminder to buy milk tomorrow” or “create reminder to buy sandwich when I am in Chicago.” More →

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