Category Archives: Mobile

Amazon Introduces Kindle Fire TV With Gary Busey Commercial (video)


Amazon announced it was entering our living rooms in a big way with the Fire TV gaming console hybrid. Amazon released a commercial for the Amazon TV starring Busey, which was strange to say the very least.

The new streaming media player uses voice search, and the ad points out that Busey loves talking to things — but he gets rather frustrated when they don’t listen. The ad also pokes fun at Roku’s lack of voice control, with Busey yelling, “Find Garey Busey!” repeatedly at the device.

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T-Mobile Backtracks On Plan To Remove Employee Discounts


After receiving some backlash earlier this week when it announced that it was ending its corporate discount program, T-Mobile has backtracked somewhat and decided to grandfather in everyone who currently participates, allowing them to keep their discounts as long as they remain with a participating employer and stay on a qualifying plan — its primary Simple Choice plans included.

T-Mobile previously said that later this month it would be phasing out the discounts that it gives to employees of various companies in favor of $25 credits toward new phones — a significantly worse value than having a percentage taken off of their phone bills every month. Regular corporate discounts are still being phased out in favor of the device credits for new customers, but there won’t be a change for anyone who’s already signed up.

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GameStop Ready To Expand Beyond Games


GameStop might generate the vast majority of its revenue from gaming, but the company is looking to expand rapidly in tech.

Speaking during a conference call after releasing fourth-quarter earnings last Thursday, GameStop said that its Technology Brands division — which includes all of the company’s Simply Mac, Spring Mobile, and Aio Wireless stores — will expand by 300 to 400 stores in the next 12 months. Some of the stores will be new premises opened as part of the company’s growth strategy, while others will join GameStop’s Technology Brands through acquisitions.

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The Apple Store Return Policy For iPhone Drops To 14 Days


The return policy for the iPhone just became a little less lenient as Apple has officially dropped the grace period from 30 days to 14 days. 9to5Mac came across the change on Apple’s website on Wednesday after retail sources confirmed that a new policy would be implemented on March 13th. The iPhone was the only device for sale at the Apple Store that offered 30 days for returns, both online and at retail locations, whereas every other product was subject to a 14 day return policy. This change will bring the iPhone in line with the rest of the merchandise. It’s worth noting that even with 30 days to return an iPhone, consumers were still liable for early termination fees and other penalties from their carriers after just 14 days. The new policy should eliminate the confusion altogether.

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Verizon Wireless Not Concerned With Competitor Antics


T-Mobile antics are a two-way street. They have come out and said that their plans will either bring them lots of customers or force the industry to change. Well the only ones that have really changed are AT&T. Sure Verizon and Sprint did their “early upgrade” programs, but AT&T is the one that is steadily changing their plans to make them cheaper. In fact, this past weekend they announced that you can bring your own device to AT&T and pay $65/month for unlimited talk and text with 2GB of data. That’s a pretty good deal actually.

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AT&T reduces 2GB Mobile Share Value Plans


Following up on the news that its UnCarrier rival will soon raise the cost of its unlimited data plan, AT&T is making some pricing changes of its own — in the completely opposite direction. The base rate for the company’s 2GB Mobile Share Value plan is currently $55 (that’s the base price, excluding per-smartphone costs), but it just announced that beginning tomorrow customers will be able to grab the same plan for $40 per month instead.

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Showtime Anytime Now Available For Charter Cable Customers


Starting today, Charter cable customers can join in with the the rest of the cable crowd and stream live (or past) episodes of their favorite Showtime production on its Showtime Anytime app, which is available on iOS, Android, Roku and the web. As long as you have a Showtime subscription, getting your Homeland fix is as easy as signing into the app with your Charter username and password.

Additionally, the same programming from Showtime Anytime will be available from Charter.net and the company’s TV app in the near future.

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Google Glass Next Update Will Be On Kit Kat


Whether you’re a Google Glass wearer or merely observing the new devices, you may have noticed a lack of major updates in January and February. Android Police revealed a post from the Explorers-only community forum explaining that after version XE12 closed out last year, those monthly updates might not be monthly anymore. That’s not necessarily a bad thing however, since the team is focused on making larger changes, and is currently focused on moving Glass from the Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) software it shipped with to the current version of Android, 4.4 (Kit Kat).

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