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Apple Announces News App for iPhone & iPad

June 8, 2015 10:02 PM | Apple | Comments (0)

Apple today unveiled an all-new News app delivering the best news reading experience on any mobile device. Available with iOS 9 this fall for iPhone and iPad, News combines the visually rich layout of a magazine with the immediacy and customization of digital media. News follows over a million topics and pulls relevant stories based on your specific interests that can be easily shared or saved for later — without compromising your privacy. News is powered by the new custom-designed Apple News Format™, a digital publishing format that allows publishers to create beautiful layouts.
 
“News seamlessly delivers the articles you want to read in a beautiful and uncluttered format, while respecting your privacy, because Apple doesn’t share your personal data,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We already have nearly 20 publishers representing more than 50 titles joining us, including Condé Nast, ESPN, The New York Times, Hearst, Time Inc., CNN and Bloomberg.” 
 
News conveniently collects all the stories you want to read in one place, in a customized newsfeed called For You. Readers can see the publisher channels and topics they’re following in Favorites, and to discover new content, Explore makes great suggestions based on what you’ve already read. The more you read, the more personalized the News app becomes, refining the selection of stories delivered to your iPhone or iPad. 

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Apple Previews iOS 9

June 8, 2015 10:00 PM | Apple | Comments (3)

Apple today unveiled iOS 9, giving a preview of new iPhone, iPad and iPod touch software that will be available this fall. In this upcoming release, iOS devices become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features — all without compromising users’ privacy. New multitasking features designed specifically for iPad allow you to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side or with the new Picture-in-Picture feature, to keep watching a video while browsing the web, composing email or using any other app. Built-in apps become more powerful in iOS 9 with detailed transit information in Maps*, a redesigned Notes app with new ways to capture ideas, and an all-new News app for the best news reading experience on any mobile device.

“iOS 9 is packed with more intelligence throughout, and delivers big updates to the apps customers use most — Maps supports public transit, a redesigned Notes app provides great new ways to capture ideas, and a beautiful News app delivers content that’s personalized to your interests,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With our new iPad features, users can take advantage of the power of iPad, working in two apps at the same time with Split View, Slide Over or Picture-in-Picture.”

Intelligence
Siri features an all-new design in iOS 9, contextual reminders and new ways to search photos and videos. Proactive assistance presents the most relevant information without compromising users’ privacy and suggests actions at a particular moment — even before you start typing — automatically suggesting apps to launch or people to contact based on usage patterns, and notifying you when you need to leave for appointments, taking into account traffic conditions. iOS 9 can even learn what you typically listen to in a certain location or at a particular time of day, so when you plug in headphones at the gym or hop in the car before work, it can automatically display playback controls for your preferred app. Typed search queries deliver more relevant results from more categories, including sports scores and schedules, videos and simple math calculations.

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Introducing Apple Music

June 8, 2015 9:59 PM | Apple | Comments (1)

Apple today unveiled Apple Music, a single, intuitive app that combines the best ways to enjoy music — all in one place. Apple Music is a revolutionary streaming music service, a pioneering worldwide live radio station from Apple broadcasting 24 hours a day and a great new way for music fans to connect with their favorite artists. Apple Music combines the largest and most diverse collection of music on the planet with the expertise of world-class music experts who have programmed playlists for your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV and Android phones.* Apple Music will be available starting on June 30 in over 100 countries.

“We love music, and the new Apple Music service puts an incredible experience at every fan’s fingertips,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “All the ways people love enjoying music come together in one app — a revolutionary streaming service, live worldwide radio and an exciting way for fans to connect with artists.”

“Apple Music is really going to move the needle for fans and artists,” said Jimmy Iovine. “Online music has become a complicated mess of apps, services and websites. Apple Music brings the best features together for an experience every music lover will appreciate.”

Apple Music 
Apple Music is a revolutionary streaming service and app that puts the entire Apple Music catalog at your fingertips across your favorite devices. Starting with the music you already know — whether from the iTunes Store or ripped CDs — your music now lives in one place alongside the Apple Music catalog with over 30 million songs. You can stream any song, album or playlist you choose — or better yet, let Apple Music do the work for you. 

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Kyocera Rally Feature Phone Launches Nationwide At T-Mobile

April 29, 2015 10:02 PM | Kyocera | T-Mobile | Comments (0)

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Kyocera Communications, Inc. today unveiled the new Kyocera Rally, a smarter feature phone designed for people seeking affordable functionality. With its easy-to-use interface, reliable technology and enhanced communication features, Kyocera Rally fills an underserved need for T-Mobile customers who stick to the basics, like talking, texting and snapping pictures. It will be available on T-Mobile's Data Strong™ network, covering more than 57 million customers, for $29.99 (plus tax).

Rally features a sleek, ergonomic design with a traditional keypad and large separated keys to make calling, texting and navigating apps an easy task. It also utilizes voice-recognition technology and accessibility features, including voice guide/text-to-speech capability that allows readout functionality for menus, text messaging, notifications, and much more. A 3.5mm headset jack enables hands-free operation, while messaging via SMS and MMS is as convenient as ever with T9 predictive text entry. And, with a 1.8" QQVGA color display that also supports high-contrast black and white menus for easy legibility, Rally provides an enhanced viewing experience in this product tier.
 

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Checkout the LG G4 Smartphone

April 29, 2015 9:58 PM | AT&T | LG | Comments (0)

See video above that highlights the features and specs of the LG G4 smartphone. Learn more about the LG G4 at http://att.com/g4.

 

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AT&T and SNET to Pay $10.9MM for Overbilling Federal Lifeline Program

April 29, 2015 9:53 PM | Interesting | Comments (0)

To resolve an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau, AT&T and its former subsidiary Southern New England Telephone (SNET) have agreed to pay $10.9 million in penalties for overbilling the FCC’s Lifeline program, a program which helps ensure low income consumers have access to a phone line.  An FCC investigation showed that AT&T and its affiliates continued to provide service to landline customers in the program without recertifying the eligibility of the customers within the 35 days required by Lifeline program rules.  As a result of these failures, the companies overbilled the Lifeline program when they requested reimbursement for participating in the program.  The $10.9 million in penalties resulting from these settlements are in addition to the refund payments that the companies have previously made to fully reimburse the Lifeline program for ineligible customers.

“American consumers trust that the companies who receive federal funds will use that money appropriately,” said Travis LeBlanc, Chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau.  “We expect companies to be vigilant in protecting public funds and complying with FCC rules.”
 

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Cricket Wireless is the First U.S. Carrier to Offer Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

April 13, 2015 7:29 PM | MVNO | Samsung | Comments (0)

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Cricket recently launched the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, an elegant 4G LTE smartphone that boasts a large 5" qHD screen, lightning fast quad-core processor, and 'selfie' inspiring 5-megapixel front facing wide-angle camera lens for $179.99, making this premium brand smartphone accessible for almost every budget.

The Grand Prime comes loaded with features and high-end components for the social media aficionado to the small business owner, and almost everyone in between.
  • Grand Prime's 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and wide-angle front-facing 5 megapixel camera turns 'selfies' and 'groupies' into crisp, high definition framers, and videos into full HD keepers
  • The 5" qHD screen, quad-core processor and large 2600 mAh battery means gamers can play faster and media lovers can stream their content longer
  • Android's KitKat 4.4 operating system means enhanced performance and greater productivity
"We are staying on trend and keeping up with what customers want by continuing to expand our lineup of high quality, affordable 4G LTE smartphones," said Janna Ducich, vice president and chief marketing officer, Cricket Wireless. "This is a great device for those looking for a larger screen and premium features without the high price tag." 
 

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Sprint Introduces Sprint Direct 2 You

April 13, 2015 7:25 PM | Sprint Nextel | Comments (0)

 
Sprint today will transform forever the way customers buy or upgrade their mobile phones, tablets and other connected devices with the introduction of Sprint Direct 2 You.

Sprint is bringing an in-store experience to the comfort of a customer’s own home, office or other location they choose with this innovative service that is unlike anything else in wireless today. With Sprint Direct 2 You, a Sprint-trained expert will bring a Sprint mobile device to a customer's location, set it up and transfer all of their content, including contacts, pictures, videos and apps, from their old device to a new one. The experience also includes the Sprint expert performing a tutorial and offering tips to help the customer become familiar with using the new mobile device.

Sprint developed this service based on customer research and insights that clearly indicated the need for a revolutionary service like this one.

This new service is expected to place about 5,000 Sprint Direct 2 You cars in major metropolitan areas by the end of the year to make wireless shopping more convenient.

“With our new Sprint Direct 2 You fleet of cars, it’s as if we are adding 5,000 additional stores,” Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said. “However, these mobile stores will be continuously on the move based on customer demand.”
 

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LG G3 Software Update Benefits

April 13, 2015 7:20 PM | LG | Verizon | Comments (0)

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Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce an operating system update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. This version brings Android beyond smartphones and tablets, allowing access to apps and Android services on other connected screens like TV's, cars and wearables.The new material design offers complex animations and 3-D views, 64-bit ABI support and improved runtime.
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LOCK SCREEN & NOTIFICATIONS
  • With the LG G3 L OS version, Notifications can appear on the Lock Screen based on user settings, with the first 2 Notifications being displayed if so configured.
  • If there are more than 2 Notifications, a numeric indicator will be displayed for the additional Notifications.
  • The LG G3 L OS version allows the user to view up to Notifications and also be able to unlock the device if it is configured with a pattern lock, password etc.
  • Swiping away a Notification while on the Lock Screen will display the next Notification without having to unlock the device.
HIDING NOTIFICATIONS
  • The LG G3 L OS version can be configured via the Settings menu to 'Show all notifications', 'Hide sensitive only' or 'Hide all notifications' so that Notifications on the Lock Screen can be all displayed, selectively displayed or not displayed at all.
  • If you set the device to a secure lock screen setting (e.g., Pattern Lock), the device will offer the Lock Screen Notification options as shown below.
 

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Soundtrack your game with Spotify on PlayStation Music

March 30, 2015 7:47 PM | Services | Comments (0)

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Today, Spotify and Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI) will launch an exclusive music experience, making it easier than ever for gamers to enjoy their favourite tracks whilst playing their favourite games.

That’s right, the best in music is playing co-op with the best in gaming. So whether you’re diving off Parisian rooftops, battling the evil of Crota or playing Barcelona at the Camp Nou, you’re in charge of the soundtrack.

  • Soundtrack your game. With background listening on PlayStation®4 (PS4™) system, you can soundtrack your gaming sessions with your favourite tracks. You might die a few times at the hands (or claws) of memorably terrifying monsters in the critically-acclaimed action RPG Bloodborne™, so why not do it to the music of your choice? Upbeat pop, thumping hip-hop, soothing classical…with over 30 million tracks, we’ve got you covered either way.
  • On-demand music for everyone. Enjoy all of your favourite tunes on-demand. Pick one of your favourites from Your Music or Browse to find the perfect playlist for every mood and moment. We’ve even got a set of new gaming playlists for you.
  • No need to pause. Spotify Connect lets you skip tracks or turn up the music using your mobile device or tablet, without ever having to interrupt your gaming experience.
  • “Music has always been a big part of gaming,” says Gustav Söderström, Chief Product Officer at Spotify. “I remember playing computer games like Quake and Counter-Strike with my favourite tunes on in the background – taking the experience to a whole new level. With today’s launch, we’re bringing back that magic of gaming with music – all in a beautifully designed and smooth experience that looks great on the big screen.”
 

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LG Launches New Mid-Range Smartphone Series

March 30, 2015 7:35 PM | LG | Comments (1)

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LG Electronics (LG) kicks off the global rollout of its new mid-range smartphone lineup starting in South America to be followed closely by Europe, Asia, Middle East Africa and North America. This premium but affordable series comprised of Magna, Spirit, Leon and Joy was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in early March where it was noted for bringing sophisticated design, optimized performance and effortless user experience to a broader range of consumers.
 

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