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January 14, 2015 • News

Nexus 6 Shortage Appears to Be Over

  Last week I sold my Moto X 2014 on Swappa in anticipation of receiving a Nexus 6 I  from the Google Play store. The Nexus 6 has been in short supply and often is available only for a few hours at a time on Google’s site. Devices are often available each Wednesday but only recently …

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January 10, 2015 • News

AT&T Follows T-Mobile – Allows Mobile Data Rollovers

Beginning January 25th, 2015 AT&T follows T-Mobile and allows you to rollover data. There’s only two small gotchas. Rollover Data is used only after the full data allowance for your Mobile Share Value plan in the current bill cycle is used. And only one month carries over before expiring and the next month’s unused portion …

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January 2, 2015 • News

Amazon Prime Pantry: Leave the Heavy Lifting to the Delivery Service

I just received my first order from Amazon using their Amazon Prime Pantry shopping service. If you haven’t heard of this before – join the club. I stumbled upon it while browsing Amazon and the lightbulb went off in my head. Like many small businesses I’m forever running errands to stock my office fridge.

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December 1, 2014 • Editorials

Amazon Does Odd Shipping Date Math

Last night I placed an order on Amazon and noticed something odd about the displayed delivery options. Look closely at the shipping times below. As a Prime member I should receive Free Two-Day shipping on eligible items.   However when you look at Amazon’s current delivery options for an order placed today (Monday) it appears the are adding …

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November 26, 2014 • News

Verizon Subscribers, Claim Your Free 1GB Monthly Data Today

Verizon Wireless customers have until midnight tonight (November 26, 2014) to claim a free 1GB of data. It’s all part of Verizon Connection Day – a special promotion where customers may login to their account and automatically have 1 GB of data applied both this month and next.

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November 26, 2014 • Editorials, Rants and Raves

BlackBerry Passport Black Friday Deal: Great for Those Expecting Coal in Their Stocking

Here’s one Black Friday offer you should refuse. It’s the BlackBerry Passport at $200 off.  If you fall for this deal, you are virtually guaranteed to be the only one amongst your friends to own this  BlackBerry device (GSM unlocked – coal colored) – normally $699 now $499 through November 30, 2014.

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November 19, 2014 • Gear Bits

Moto 360 Metal Band Too Small to Fit Your Wrist Inside? Here’s One Fix

I ordered the Moto 360 with black metal band two weeks ago when it first went on sale.  FedEx just dropped off the device, and at first I thought there was something wrong. The metal watch band of the Moto 360 was way (way) too small.

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November 18, 2014 • News

AT&T Joins the Party – Bumps 10 GB Mobile Share Plan to 15 GB at No Extra Cost

AT&T subscribers can now  get 15 GB of data on their former 10 GB mobile share plans at no extra cost. This change is not automatic though – you’ll have to login online starting today (November 18, 2014) and make the change on your account. This move matches Verizon’s data tier which also last month …

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November 9, 2014 • News

Finally – Apple Introduces Online iMessage Deregistration Tool

It  took a little over 3 years, but Apple has introduced an iMessage deregistration tool allowing iPhone users who’ve moved away from iOS the ability to deregister their number from being connected to iMessage within Apple’s servers.  If you’ve gone from iPhone to Android (or any other platform), you might’ve encountered problems continuing to receive text messages from iPhone friends.

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October 27, 2014 • News

T-Mobile 5 GB for 5 Months for $10 on New iPad Air 2 with Apple SIM

The web is buzzing about the latest crop of iPad tablets (Air 2, Mini 3). The loudest chatter is about the SIM card included with the cellular models. For the first time Apple have included an Apple SIM which might be used interchangeably between  AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint (of course one carrier had other ideas).  Of greater interest T-Mobile …

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October 15, 2014 • Editorials

Google Announces Nexus 6 – Too Big? Too Expensive?

Google today announced their widely anticipated Nexus 6 Android flagship smartphone. They  unveiled two additional devices – one a Nexus 9 – a 8.9″ IPS screened tablet sporting 8MP rear camera, 1.6MP front camera. The other a Nexus Player featuring apps, games and more for your TV. Both the tablet and smartphone will run the latest version …

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October 3, 2014 • News

Check for Local Apple Store iPhone 6 Stock Online!

Are you still on the hunt for an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus at your local Apple store? I’ve found  the fastest way to secure an iPhone 6 is to use the online Apple stock checker.  I wrote about how I ordered my iPhone 6 Plus online and picked it up the same afternoon …

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September 29, 2014 • News

AT&T Doubles 15 GB and Higher Shared Data Plans

This weekend AT&T trotted out a  promotion effective  September 28, 2014 through October 31, 2014 offering to double some data allotments. Users must be on a 15 GB or higher AT&T Mobile Value plan, and existing users may have to call AT&T to have their plan upgraded. In some cases  the plan may not appear online for …

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September 20, 2014 • Gear Bits

Skip The iPhone 6 Wait – Order Online and Pick Up at the Apple Store

Do you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6+ on backorder, but it’s not due for delivery for a week or two? Here’s a secret  – use the Apple website to order  online. When you get to the checkout page use the “Available for pickup” link on the right side to see whether your local Apple store has …

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September 14, 2014 • News

Moto X Pre-Orders Start Tuesday September 16, 2014

Motorola just announced pre-orders of their updated Moto X with 5.2″ 1080p display begin Tuesday September 16. Two versions will be available for pre-order; the first  an AT&T model and second a “Pure Edition” which vanquishes carrier crapware and offers an unlockable bootloader. In addition, the Moto Hint (Bluetooth headset) and Motorola Turbo (fast charger) will be …

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September 4, 2014 • News

The Real Story About All Those People in Line for an iPhone 6

Yes there are people waiting in line outside the Fifth Ave New York City Apple Store. No they are not regular customers. No they are not crazy people rabid to get their hands on the latest and coolest new iPhone 6 whose existence and release date has not yet been announced. So who are they – and why are …

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September 4, 2014 • News

Hummer’s To Take Marketshare From Tablets

Back in 2010 during an Apple press conference Steve Jobs famously said that “no one’s going to buy” a phone so big you can’t get your hand around it. At the time Jobs was referencing the  early trend of bigger phones – namely the Samsung Galaxy Note. Looks likes jobs might have been wrong if a recent …

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September 3, 2014 • News

Shut Off Facebook Autoplay To Save Mobile Data

In late 2013, Facebook began testing auto-play of videos in your news feeds. At first, this only impacted videos which you uploaded. Gradually, the feature has rolled out everywhere.  Now users have found that auto-playing video from their news feeds could be consuming expensive mobile data. Here’s a quick tip on how to turn off …

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August 14, 2014 • News

Amazon Offers $1 Instant Video Credit for Slower Shipping Choice

I just ran into an offer from Amazon to receive a $1 Amazon Instant Video credit if I chose slower shipping rather than the standard 2 day shipping I’m be entitled to as an Amazon Prime customer.

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August 5, 2014 • Reviews

Anker Astro E3 10000mAh Dual-Port Battery: The Only Travel Battery You’ll Need

I’m just back from a trip to Las Vegas Nevada where the daytime temperature was 102 degrees by 9:30am (No, it’s not a dry heat. It’s a HOT heat). I attended a  conference and was in sessions virtually all day. Once  sessions ended it was dinner and group events until close to midnight.

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July 22, 2014 • News

Moto X Is $100 Off for 16 GB & $125 off for 32 GB & 64 GB Versions Until July 23

Sure the Moto X Android smartphone seems like it’s perpetually on sale, so I cannot say if you miss this current “sale” of $100 off a 16 GB (no contract) or $125 off a 32 or 64 GB that the deal will be lost forever. What I can tell you is that this is one rock-solid …

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