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December 14, 2015 • Deals, Travel

Amazon Deal: Rosetta Stone 1-5 (Download) Plus Kindle Fire HD 6 – $ 198.99

Today only, Amazon’s Gold Box deal of the day has the download version of 27 popular language courses by Rosetta Stone for $198.99.

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November 27, 2015 • Gift Guides

Holiday Gift Ideas for Android Addicts

It’s that time of year when you find yourself wracking your brain for gifts for the hard-to-buy-for person in your life. Here’s a quick look at some popular items for that special Android user. Some are cross-platform (battery chargers), and some are specific to Android (smartphones); all of them should put a smile on your …

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November 19, 2015 • News

Sprint Celebrates With 50% Off Through 1/8/2018!

Sprint has just rolled out a 50% off promotion. Bring your device(s) to Sprint and they’ll reduce your monthly service fee 50%. On the surface this might seem attractive, peel back the offer and you’ll find the deal is loaded with terms and conditions. It probably makes more sense to people moving from expensive plans …

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November 19, 2015 • News

Amazon Now Allows Two-Factor Authentication

One of the weakest links in online accounts is  the password. You re-use them and make them easy to guess. Then if (when) there is a breach on a site you used your password you scramble to change it everywhere. Luckily there’s a better way to secure that password and it’s two-factor authentication.

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October 29, 2015 • News

Rumor: T-Mobile Uncarrier 10 Unlimited High Speed Data for Streaming Netflix, HBO

If rumors are correct, the next T-Mobile Uncarrier announcement could send shock waves through the mobile and cable industry. According to blogger and  smartphone device leaker Evan Blass, T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 10 announcement on November 10 is set to announce unlimited high-speed data for watching select streaming video services (think Netflix, HBO, etc).

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October 29, 2015 • News

Facebook Kills Your Other Inbox

Facebook have announced the elimination of your “other” inbox. This was the place where messages sent by those you weren’t connected to would sit and languish. If you look into your messages and click the “other” tab you probably will find half a dozen spam messages – as well as one or two valid messages.

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October 8, 2015 • Gear Bits

Kiss Your Unlimited Verizon $29.99 Data Goodbye Starting November 2015

Say buh-bye to your grandfathered $29.99 Verizon unlimited data plan.  According to The Verge, Verizon is set to boost the data fee for the remaining 1% of their unlimited data users, effective November 2015, from $29.99 to $49.99.

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September 2, 2015 • News

Project FI Community Site Answers Almost All Your Fi Questions

I’m in the process of evaluating Google’s new Project Fi service which promises to simplify cellular costs by charging only for what you’ve consumed, while also widening the coverage map by combining the data reach of both Sprint and T-Mobile. The service is intriguing-though not perfect.

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August 5, 2015 • News

Samsung Galaxy S6 Drops by $100/$200 for 32/64 and 128 GB T-Mobile Models

Samsung said on July 30, 2015 that price cuts were coming on their flagship Galaxy S6 model and T-Mobile is now offering a price cut. The popular Samsung Galaxy S6 can be yours for $100 off the 32/64 GB model or $ 200 off the 128 GB size.  

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August 3, 2015 • News

Amazon Offering $5 Prime Pantry Credit for No-Rush Shipping!

Amazon seems to be offering $5 Prime Pantry credit for Prime members who select No-Rush shipping instead of Prime’s standard Two-Day method. This $5 credit may replace the prior $2 Video, eBook or MP3 credit being offered to Prime Members who select a slower shipping method.

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August 2, 2015 • Rants and Raves

T-Mobile Experiencing Lengthy Problems with Online Account Management

I’ve been trying for the better part of two weeks to login to my T-Mobile account online. No matter which way I try to login I’m  met with a request that ultimately stops me in my tracks – either a request to verify a phone number or submit a password for another T-Mobile account they …

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July 9, 2015 • Gear Bits

iOS 9 Public Beta Available Now

Apple just released public betas of both  iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. There’s no requirement to be a developer or do anything except visit this link to sign up with your Apple ID. Before loading this (or any) beta software  be certain you have a complete backup of your data. This is the fourth beta release of …

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July 7, 2015 • Rants and Raves

Project Fi Invites Stretch to 12 Weeks (or More) for Some

If you apply for Project Fi as I did (back in April) you can check the status of your invitation on their site here.  Unfortunately in my case, it looks as if I won’t be receiving an invitation any time soon as my status shows “Expect your invite in 12 or more weeks”.

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July 6, 2015 • Reviews

SaneBox: A Cure Worse Than the Disease?

I’ve been testing an email management tool from SaneBox for part of the past week. Although a portion of this duplicates functionality present in the Gmail Default Inbox, I found some good parts to the service, particularly the SaneTomorrow and SaneBlackHole. However there are enough hidden “gotchas” that I won’t be subscribing. Here are my observations about the SaneBox …

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June 23, 2015 • News

Windows 10: The Official Operating System of Hendrick Motorsports

Microsoft has announced a multi-year agreement with NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports.  Under the agreement Microsoft becomes an official Technology Partner of NASCAR and major technology partner of Hendrick Motorsports. Both NASCAR and Hendricks Motorsports will adopt Windows 10 and Microsoft Azure cloud computing “to deliver technology solutions to help improve performance on and off the track”.

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June 9, 2015 • News

Otterbox Strada Line of Protective Leather Cases for iPhone and Galaxy S6

Otterbox is now offering Strada, a line of stylish protective leather cases for iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6. The new cases feature a slightly more stylish look with a leather flip cover while still retaining drop protection. Both cases include a single card slot for  driver license or debit card. Easy-on and easy-off fit is …

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May 19, 2015 • News

Google to Again Feature Twitter Live Feed in Some Searches

Don’t look now but frenemies Google and Twitter just said that starting today “U.S. users searching in English will see relevant Tweets in their search results within the Google app (iOS and Android) and mobile web“.  First announced back in February 2015, this deal appears to finally be getting underway. Look for results on mobile right away then desktop.

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May 11, 2015 • News, Rants and Raves

Lolli-Flop 5.02 Bricked My Over-Priced Nexus 9

Friday I received notification that Android 5.02 was available for my Nexus 9.  I accepted the update and left it on the charger in my office before leaving for the weekend. Upon my return Monday morning, I found that update 5.02 has apparently bricked my Nexus 9, leaving it in perpetual reboot sequence, and it doesn’t …

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April 27, 2015 • News

Facebook Introduces Video Calling for Messenger

Facebook today introduces one-tap video calls within Messenger.  This comes hot on the heels of Messenger money transfer, Messenger for Business, and Messenger platform announcements. It’s rather easy to see that Facebook views instant messaging as an important social networking tool. They’ve circled the wagons to be sure that competitors won’t be able to pick off appreciable numbers …

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April 27, 2015 • News

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 Now Receiving Android Lollipop Update

T-Mobile said that the Android update known as Lollipop would be coming this week to their Galaxy Note 4 and they weren’t lying. Multiple people (including me) are now receiving the latest Android update.  If you’re using a Note 4 on T-Mobile a quick check of available updates should start the process (about a 1 GB …

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April 24, 2015 • News

Google’s Nexus 7 Discontinued

If you’re in the market for a 7″ Android tablet which spontaneously powers down – I’ve got bad news. Google’s Nexus 7 Android tablet is now listed as ‘not available’ on their store. The Nexus 7 was first released July 2012 and subsequently updated July 2013 to a 2013 model.  The device’s primary feature was the pure …

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