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It’s official: AT&T and Verizon are feeling the heat from T-Mobile and Sprint

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

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In AT&T’s case, CFO John Stephens told an investors conference Tuesday that AT&T has had to cut some prices this year in responsive to aggressive moves by rivals and he said that this competition is part of the reason why the carrier will report a churn rate this quarter that’s higher than it was in the same quarter last year. AT&T traditionally has low churn, which means that it tends to keep the customers it adds, so it’s not clear yet how much impact a more competitive wireless market is having, but it’s definitely making a difference.

Verizon, meanwhile, said that its EPS this quarter could be negatively impacted by a “highly competitive and promotion-filled” market that has forced the carrier to respond in kind. Verizon is still on track to have strong customer additions on the quarter and post solid earnings, of course, but the company is having to work harder and spend more money to get and keep customers than it has in the past.

All of this really makes you wonder where we’d be right now if AT&T had been allowed to buy T-Mobile, which would have essentially left AT&T and Verizon as the only two major choices for consumers and would have put Sprint in an impossible competitive position. While the wireless industry in the U.S. is far from perfect, it’s now at the very least competitive and for that consumers can be thankful.

Verizon is killing off 3G

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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The cell phone giant is now running 4G-LTE over that spectrum. Cleveland’s network has also begun a similar transition.

However, if you have an older phone that doesn’t support 4G, you don’t have to worry.

In order to support customers with flip phones, feature phones and other 3G devices, Verizon will keep the 3G network running for at least a few more years.

“We continue to support our 3G customers and networks,” said Paul Macchia, spokesman for Verizon Wireless.

Verizon’s switch was first discovered by prolific network spotter Milan Milanovic, and the story was initially reported by Gigaom.

The news isn’t surprising: Verizon had previously announced that it would be repurposing the 3G spectrum for 4G. With more than three-quarters of Verizon’s traffic now traveling over 4G networks, Verizon has been quickly maneuvering to build up its 4G capacity to avoid network congestion and slower speeds.

Apple’s Tim Cook Says That He Is ‘Proud to Be Gay

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy. I come from humble roots, and I don’t seek to draw attention to myself. Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world, and I like keeping the focus on our products and the incredible things our customers achieve with them.

At the same time, I believe deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” I often challenge myself with that question, and I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important. That’s what has led me to today.

For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.

While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.

NASA Rocket Explodes; Damage Is Significant’

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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An unmanned NASA-contracted rocket exploded early Tuesday evening along the eastern Virginia coast, causing a huge fireball but no apparent deaths.

According to NASA, the Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft were set to launch at 6:22 p.m. ET from the Wallops Flight Facility along the Atlantic Ocean. It was set to carry some 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station.

“There was failure on launch,” NASA spokesman Jay Bolden said. “There was no indicated loss of life.”

Bolden added, “There was significant property and vehicle damage. Mission control is trying to assess what went wrong.”

Taco Bell’s New Smartphone App (Must See Video)

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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Introducing the new Taco Bell mobile ordering app. Now you can easily customize menu items and pay for your Taco Bell order from your smartphone. Pick up your order whenever you want. We won’t make your food until you arrive. Then skip the in-store line like you own the place. Plus, reordering your favorites is as easy as a twist of the wrist.

PARKING AUTHORITY THREATENS TO SHUT DOWN UBER SERVICE IN PHILADELPHIA

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

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(WPVI) — Uber, the popular car service, launched what it calls UberX this weekend in Philadelphia but this less expensive alternative has the Philadelphia Parking Authority threatening hefty fines and big penalties.

Only Action News was on scene as an UberX driver was busted by the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

Lee Rudakewich’s car was impounded and he received a $1,000 fine.

“The first time I heard it was illegal was right now when I get busted for driving, nobody told me it was illegal before this,” said Rudakewich.

“They are an illegal service provider. They’re not licensed in the state of Pennsylvania or the county of Philadelphia. We are going to enforce the laws that are here,” said Vince Fennerty, Philadelphia Parking Authority.

Uber and the PPA have been at war for months.

Uber calls itself a ridesharing revolution operated on a mobile platform.

Drivers often provide rides in their spare time.

Rudakewich is an out of work journalist. He was doing this to make money.

“They said ‘We’re launching today, if you would like to come in and start working today, you can,” and that’s what I did. I started this afternoon,” said Rudakewich.

However the PPA says Uber X drivers are not thoroughly screened nor are the vehicles inspected and the insurance that drivers have is unclear.

“We consider this dangerous to anyone who would take these rides because nobody has been licensed by any type of agency to operate this type of service,” said Fennerty.

UberX tried unsuccessfully to change the laws to allow it here.

JJ Balanan is fan of Uber-X and tried to use the service on Saturday night but there’s been too much demand.

“Uber has worked in other cities and I think it’s just a taxi monopoly trying to exert it’s power,” he said.

UberX spokesperson Taylor Bennett issued a statement saying:

“This is an abuse of power and a deliberate attempt to protect the status quo that has failed Philadelphians for too long. With $1M insurance policy and the most stringent background checks, Uber is the safest ride on the road”

Marriott Fined $600,000 for Jamming Guests’ Wi-Fi

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

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Marriott International will pay a $600,000 fine for jamming conference attendees’ own Wi-Fi networks at its Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, forcing them to pay hefty prices to use the hotel’s own connection.

Frequent travelers often carry personal Wi-Fi hotspots — tiny devices that can connect to the Internet via cell phone towers. For $50 a month, they can connect to the Internet on the move, often avoiding hefty fees charged by hotels, airports and conference facilities. Some people upgrade their wireless data plans to make their smartphones into hotspots.

Last year, a conference attendee at the Opryland hotel in Nashville, Tennessee — which is managed by Marriott — found that the hotel was jamming devices in its ballrooms and complained to the Federal Communications Commission. In the complaint, the guest noted that the same thing happened previously at another Gaylord property. The block didn’t affect Wi-Fi access in guest rooms.

While jamming personal Wi-Fi connections, Marriott was charging conference organizers and exhibitors between $250 and $1,000, per access point, to use the Gaylord’s Wi-Fi connection. The FCC declined to release the initial guest complaint except if requested under the Freedom of Information Act, a process that can often take weeks.

Marriott agreed to the fine and has instructed its hotels not to use the jamming technology in the way it was used at Opryland, according to the FCC. But the company on Friday defended the blocking of guests’ own Wi-Fi networks in the interest of network security. The company said it is legal to use FCC-approved technology to protect its Wi-Fi service against “rogue wireless hotspots that can cause degraded service, insidious cyber-attacks and identity theft,” adding that hospitals and universities employee similar jamming practices.

At the four Gaylord hotels in the U.S., Marriott today monitors for hotspots causing interference but does not automatically block such connections, said Harvey Kellman, a lawyer for the hotel company. Only a handful of Marriott’s 4,000 other hotels worldwide currently screen for hotspot interference.

Going Crazy for Apple’s iPhone 6 Look At The Line

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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Thursday is just getting started here in the United States, but the day is coming to a close Down Under, where anxious Apple fans have already begun to line up to be among the first in the world to purchase Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

As lines outside Apple Stores in the United States begin to form and extend on Thursday,

Gamer Selling PS4 On Craigslist Shot Dead

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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A 16-year-old girl, who police say shot and killed a man who was trying to sell his PlayStation system over Craigslist, will be charged as an adult.

On Tuesday, the Fulton County district attorney’s office released a statement saying it would pursue full charges against the girl, whose name has not yet been release.

“This case has been forwarded to our office for review,” District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. said in the statement. “After consulting with the Sandy Springs Police Department, we have determined that the suspects in this matter should be prosecuted together. As such, we have decided to seek prosecution against the 16-year-old minor as an adult.”

Howard’s office said an SB440 hearing, used to determine whether a minor can be prosecuted as an adult, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 23 in the Fulton County Courthouse. The hearing will be in courtroom 8C.

Sandy Springs Police say the 16-year-old — along with her 20-year-old boyfriend Nathaniel Vivian — shot and killed 28-year-old Daniel John Zeitz last Friday as part of a botched robbery. The couple attempted to strong-arm a PS4 gaming system that Zeitz advertised for sale on Craigslist.
Zeitz, an avid gamer, was from Roswell.

According to police, Zeitz met the couple at about 9:30 p.m. last Friday at an apartment complex on Treelodge Parkway.
Sandy Springs police Sgt. Ron Momon said the pair tried to rob Zeitz of the PS4, and Vivian, who was in the driver’s seat of a car, struggled with Zeitz, who was standing outside the car, for the gaming system.

During the struggle, the girl fired a shot from a .25 caliber handgun, and the bullet passed through Vivian’s hand and struck Zeitz in the side of his chest, killing him.

Source: AJC

Samsung Mocks Apple In Commercial

Monday, September 15th, 2014

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Samsung Mobile invented the large display genre, but The Next Big Thing is about more than just size. As the rest of the world catches up to the “not everyone wants a tiny screen” thing, the Galaxy Note 4 is more productive, more innovative and more fun than ever. To learn all about The Next Big Thing, head to www.facebook.com/SamsungMobileUSA.