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February 9th, 2016

Amazon announced that Spotify Premium subscribers in the U.S. can now listen to music on Amazon Echo, operating it by voice commands.

“Additionally, customers can seamlessly switch between playing music on their phone to playing on Echo with Spotify Connect meaning users can listen to music on their headphones and upon walking in the door have Alexa rock the tunes from the Echo,” an Amazon spokesperson tells WebProNews.

“To activate, users will sign into their existing Spotify account in the Alexa app,” they say. “Users can then ask ‘Alexa, play Blink 182 from Spotify’ or ‘Alexa, play Today’s Top Hits from Spotify.’”

Echo has become a major product for Amazon. It’s even the subject of the company’s first-ever Super Bowl commercial, which it teased last week.

Since launching last summer, the device, which lets you add items to a shopping list, and gives you info, music, news, weather, etc., has apparently sold pretty well.

The company said it was the number one best seller across all $100+ products available on on Black Friday.

In November, Amazon Echo was added to the inventories of 3,000 stores throughout the U.S. including The Home Depot, Staples, Sears, Brookstone, Radioshack, Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son, and others.

Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon will soon release a smaller, portable version of Echo. It’s expected to sell for a lower price than the $180 device that exists.

Spotify support will make the device instantly more appealing to a lot of people.

December 16th, 2015

Is there a simple way to check how much data I’ve used on my tablet with my AT&T Wireless data plan?

There is indeed a simple way you can check your AT&T Wireless account from your tablet, though you might have already gotten used to either calling them – at 611 from your cellphone – to find out your balance or even just going to the wireless Web site to check things interactively from your computer. But it turns out that there’s an app on your tablet that gives you all that data just one or two taps away.

The only wrinkle is that you might have a hard time finding the app on your device…

To start, here’s a typical home screen on an Android tablet:

android tablet home screen - galaxy tab 8

Hopefully you’ve long since figured this out, but tap on the grid of squares on the lower right to get to the list of all installed applications. It’ll look like this:

app screen, android on a galaxy tab 8 tablet

The app you can want is “AT&T AllAccess“, so tap on it to launch it:

att allaccess app, android

There you go! That’s the information you seek, and it’s very neatly presented.

Notice to the right of the words “Data Monitor” it shows the number of days left in the data period. For me, it’s “1 day left”, which, given that I’ve only used 3% of my 5GB, suggests that there’s a lot of unused bandwidth!

Oh, and while you’re here, tap on “Data Alert is OFF” just below the circle to turn it on, then tap and drag your finger around the circle to set an alert:

set a data alert att at&t wireless

Here I’ve set it to alert me when I get to 87% of my data quota. Easy enough.

Oh, and one more thing. Your tablet can also serve as a data hotspot, as you can see if you tap on the three vertical squares button on the top right:

more data settings att allaccess wireless data plan android

So there you have it. AT&T AllAccess for the win.

October 21st, 2015

Here’s a little nugget for some of you road warriors or tech geeks who have to have the latest, coolest gadgets and technology – enter Andiamo smart luggage.  Andiamo Luggage is a smart suitcase that helps travelers keep their sanity and travel with ease. This lightweight suitcase connects those on the go with valuable travel information, such as travel alerts, suitcase weight and anti-theft distance alerts, as well as global, secure wireless access. Read the rest of this entry »

September 24th, 2015

As expected, Apple unveiled its new iPhones today at its big event – the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. Surely trying to battle the notion that the “S” versions of iPhones are only minor upgrades, Apple’s adopted the slogan “the only thing that’s changed is everything” for this new set of phones.

The iPhones haven’t changed in size – the 6s is still 4.7 inches and the 6s Plus is 5.5. They do have plenty of hardware improvements, however, including a new 64-bit A9 chip and new ion-strengthened glass. Read the rest of this entry »

August 19th, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission has fined an internet provider $750,000 for using Wi-Fi monitoring systems to jam people’s personal hotspots at hotels and convention centers.

The FCC says that Smart City, described as an Internet and telecommunications provider for conventions, meeting centers, and hotels, was guilty of blocking people’s mobile hotspots in order to force them to pay for Smart City’s Wi-Fi services. Read the rest of this entry »

June 23rd, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission is set to fine AT&T $100 million for misleading customers about unlimited data plans.

According to the FCC, “AT&T severely slowed down the data speeds for customers with unlimited data plans and that the company failed to adequately notify its customers that they could receive speeds slower than the normal network speeds AT&T advertised.” Read the rest of this entry »

May 15th, 2015

As you may have heard, Google’s a wireless provider now.

The company unveiled Project Fi on Wednesday – a move that had been hinted at for months. Fi piggybacks on Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks to provide $20 per month unlimited talk and text, with $10 per GB data. Here’s what you need to know about Google’s offering. Read the rest of this entry »

April 14th, 2015

I’m a pretty heavy Android user, and I’m also a big lover of my device(s). So naturally I’m also quite proactive when it comes to keeping them secure. Here’s a tip on how you can hopefully secure your Android smartphone – remember, a disaster is pretty much inevitable! Read the rest of this entry »

March 11th, 2015

IKEA wants to free you from the ugliness of strewn-about cords, and has just announced a new line of furniture that can wirelessly charge your devices.

Not your iPhones, but plenty of other devices. Read the rest of this entry »

January 23rd, 2015

If you’re on one of AT&T’s Mobile Share Value plans, you’re going to be happy to hear this.

Capped data sucks, but it’s a reality that most of us have to live with. AT&T has just announced that it’s going to help a little bit by letting you take your unused data with you to the next month. Yep, AT&T is letting you rollover data. Read the rest of this entry »