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AWESOME: AT&T doubles data plan sizes in huge limited-time promo

BGR - za, 09/27/2014 - 22:00

Here's a nice surprise for current and prospective AT&T customers that will brighten up your weekend: AT&T is offering a special limited-time promotion that will double the size of your data plan. Beginning Sunday, September 28th, and running through October 31st, Mobile Share Value plans with between 15GB and 50GB of data per month will see those data buckets double in size. This means that single lines or family plans will have twice as much data each month without subscribers having to pay an additional penny.

This is how the promotional data plans break down:

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AT&T is offering double data for its largest Mobile Share plans with new promotion

The verge - za, 09/27/2014 - 22:00

Are you a data hog? If so, you might be interested to hear in a new AT&T promotion that's doubling the data offered in its largest plans. The company's current 15, 20, 30, 40, and 50GB Mobile Share Plans will all be doubled to 30, 40, 60, 80, and 100GB for the same price starting tomorrow.

Now that's a ton of mobile data to burn through in a month, but the low prices might be good enough reason to join a large shared data plan with your friends or family to save some money. The new 30GB plan, which is the most interesting of the bunch, costs $130 per month, just $30 more than the carrier's oft-advertised 10GB for $100 plan. That's $4.33 per gigabyte compared to $25 for the 1GB plan. However, the double data is just a temporary promotion...

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Yahoo Directory, once the center of a web empire, will shut down at year's end

The verge - za, 09/27/2014 - 20:26

Yahoo Directory, a site that was once the center of Yahoo's internet dynasty, is being shut down at the end of the year. However, unless you've been using the internet for a couple of decades, you've probably never heard of the site. Let's hop in an internet time machine and set the dial back to 1994, when Jerry Lang and David Filo founded Yahoo. The site, "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web," was little more than a hand-curated list of sites on the internet, sorted by category.

At the time, fast, efficient, and accurate search engines like Google were just a dream — navigating the internet relied on such lists of interesting websites. The site was later named Yahoo (an acronym for "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle,"...

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Consumer Reports' flex test puts new bent on fuss over squashed iPhones

cnet - za, 09/27/2014 - 19:22
The venerable product tester tries to create the definitive scientific phone-bending examination and cut through the noise of "Bendgate."






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Meet the bendable phablet you wear on your arm (pictures)

cnet - za, 09/27/2014 - 19:12
Portal is a flexible 6-inch phone meant to be worn on your forearm in a custom cradle. Seriously.
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These animated GIFs bring classic music albums to life

The verge - za, 09/27/2014 - 18:16

The best album covers invite you to their imaginary worlds, but they've always been static images. What if album art were less like a painting and more like a window into another world? A Tumblr artist going by the name of JB has done just that with a little side project that's seen him turn dozens of classic albums into animated GIFs. The artist says that many of the albums were just waiting to be animated, and that he started animated them "for fun" before deciding to compile them in his Tumblr blog. The music tends towards metal and punk, but you'll find everything from Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull to Nirvana and Metallica in the collection.

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The 404 Show 1,558: Suitsy up! (podcast)

cnet - za, 09/27/2014 - 17:49
Jeff's out, but Iyaz and Ariel hold down the fort with Andrew Zarian of GFQ Network. The guys talk about the flexible iPhone and how zippers are the worst invention of all time.






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This Sony researcher wants to put you in someone else's head

cnet - za, 09/27/2014 - 17:40
Jun Rekimoto, who studies augmented reality at Sony Computer Science Labs, is using cameras, drones and sensors to capture and share what others are seeing and feeling.






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Microsoft expected to unveil new Windows name next week

The verge - za, 09/27/2014 - 17:04

Microsoft is preparing its first official look at the future of Windows next week, during an invite-only event in San Francisco. While a number of leaks have unearthed features and changes in an upcoming release of Windows, currently codenamed Threshold, the naming of the release is still largely a mystery. Referred to by many as Windows 9, the next major release of Microsoft's operating system could simply be called "Windows." There's plenty of evidence to suggest that, and a new report from Reuters claims Microsoft will unveil a new name for its Windows product on Tuesday, which could be Windows 9, Windows, or an entirely different brand.

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New leaked photo reveals the Nexus smartphone you’ve been waiting for

BGR - za, 09/27/2014 - 16:45

October is going to be a huge month for Android — not only is Google going to release the highly anticipated Android L update but it's also likely going to release two flagship Nexus devices to show off its newest version of Android. Earlier this week we got what might have been our first closeup look at one of them, a massive phablet manufactured by Motorola called the Nexus 6. And now Android Police has published a leaked picture that purportedly shows the front of the Nexus 6 for the first time.

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The Weekender: on Ai Weiwei and 'Visions of Dune'

The verge - za, 09/27/2014 - 16:09

Welcome back to The Weekender, First Weekend of Fall Edition. The weather is getting a bit cooler here on Mars, so it's time to take a breath and look back on a long week back on Earth. But don't worry; there's still plenty for you to do if you're not staying inside your little fallout shelter.

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Consumer Reports offers the definitive take: ‘Bendgate’ is overblown

BGR - za, 09/27/2014 - 15:00

So we know that the iPhone 6 Plus will bend if given enough force. The more important question is whether it will bend as part of your everyday use. Consumer Reports, which wasn't afraid to slap Apple around over the iPhone 4's flawed antenna placement, delivers what looks like the definitive take on the issue and the answer is, "No."

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Florida has turned to a Marvel superhero to sell more orange juice

The verge - za, 09/27/2014 - 14:14

People are drinking less orange juice every year, and on top of that, citrus crops are being ravaged by foreign bacteria that's rendering huge sections of crops worthless. All that has led Florida orange growers to completely reimagine their OJ mascot from a goofy looking orange wearing a cape, to a strapping superhero that hangs out with Iron Man and the rest of The Avengers. What could be cooler than that? Maybe an ice cold glass of fresh Florida orange juice, according to Captain Citrus, who is actually a man named John Polk who lives on an orange grove and has something called "solar pods" in his body that allow him to cheat certain death.

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Watch this: new 'Jupiter Ascending' trailer delivers more space rollerblades

The verge - za, 09/27/2014 - 08:08

You already knew there were lots of explosions, fighting, and even space rollerblades in the upcoming sci-fi action movie Jupiter Ascending, but did you think there would be this much space rollerblading? The third trailer for the film, which opens February 6th, 2015 (after a lengthy delay), shows some more of that from Channing Tatum's character in order to save Mila Kunis, as well as explaining a bit more of the plot — like who these people are who are trying to own and "harvest" the Earth. Still unanswered is whether Sean Bean's character survives the inevitable fight that ensues.

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Consumer Reports finds Apple's iPhone 5 holds up better than 6, 6 Plus in bend test

The verge - za, 09/27/2014 - 04:04

Yesterday The Verge took you inside one of the buildings where Apple stress tests its devices, including iPhones, for wear and tear. The company's line is that the iPhone is more than tough enough to exist in your pocket, as well as undergo potentially worse rigors of activity. Now Consumer Reports has published its own comparison using one of the same tests we saw — the three-point bend test. That's when phones are held up at two points, while a bar comes down on the middle of the phone, and pressure is applied to see how much it can take before bending.

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Windows 9 can’t come out soon enough for Microsoft

BGR - za, 09/27/2014 - 04:00

We know that Microsoft is very eager to move past the less-than-enthusiastic reception that greeted Windows 8 and introduce us to Windows 9. And it looks like that day can't come soon enough either, because the NPD Group has found that while PC sales surprisingly recovered during the back-to-school shopping season this year, the big winners weren't Windows PCs — instead, they were Macs and Chromebooks.

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Galaxy Note 4 sells out in South Korea… all 30,000 of them

BGR - za, 09/27/2014 - 03:15

Scared of Apple’s iPhone 6 launch success, Samsung pushed up its Galaxy Note 4 release date, at least in its home market, where the company on Friday started selling its latest flagship phablet. ZDNet Korea says the Galaxy Note 4 sold out within a few hours, although the actual numbers of sold units isn’t something to brag about just yet, and it’s far from Samsung’s bold internal sales target.

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Yahoo Directory -- once the firm's cornerstone -- to shut down

cnet - za, 09/27/2014 - 03:07
The Directory, a search tool for a bygone era, will shut down on December 31.






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This bizarre bendable phone wears like a shirtsleeve

cnet - za, 09/27/2014 - 02:31
A California startup is crowdfunding a flexible phablet that you strap to your arm and it might not be totally ridiculous. Maybe.






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‘It’s just a matter of time’ before iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus are available in China

BGR - za, 09/27/2014 - 02:30

One of the biggest surprises during the Apple event earlier this month was the revelation that China would not be on the list of countries to receive the first wave of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus shipments. A week after launch, the new phones still haven't even been approved for sale in the most populous country on Earth, but Tencent reported on Tuesday that Apple is finally reaching the last stages of review.

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