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Amazon Echo Gets More Appealing

Tuesday, 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.

AT&T Fined By The FCC For Throttling Unlimited Plans

Tuesday, 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.” (more…)

What You Need To Know About Google’s Project Fi

Friday, 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. (more…)

Tips to Locate and Track Your Lost or Stolen Android Smartphone

Tuesday, 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! (more…)

AT&T Now Includes Rollover Data In Their Mobile Data Plans

Friday, 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. (more…)

Boost Mobile Increases Data Offered With Wireless Plans

Friday, September 12th, 2014

As more of the web becomes mobile-friendly, wireless subscribers are now using mobile apps more than ever. This, combined with the fact that there are now few brand-new mobile customers in the U.S. has significantly increased competition among American mobile providers. (more…)

What’s The 802.11AX Wifi Standard

Friday, August 8th, 2014

I finally got my head around 802.11a, b, e, n and the new ac specs and now I hear that there’s an 802.11ax version of wifi wireless coming up? So what’s new and when will 802.11ax units start showing up? (more…)

Starbucks’ Wireless Charging Not As Useful As It Might Seem

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Starbucks has just announced a new initiative to bring wireless charging stations to many of its stores. Awesome, right? The only problem is that not all wireless charging is the same, and Starbucks has gone with a technology that many devices aren’t compatible with – unless you purchase auxiliary products. (more…)

HTC One (M8) Details Announced, Launching This Month

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

During dual media events in both New York and London HTC Corporation officially unveiled its long-rumored new HTC One smartphone. Dubbed the HTC One (M8), the device is HTC’s latest flagship smartphone and carries on the manufacturer’s tradition of providing high-quality device for the high-end smartphone market.

Throughout the past few months rumors and leaks have detailed almost every aspect of the new HTC One. The official announcement confirms many of these features and specs, making the HTC One (M8) one of the worst-kept secrets in the tech industry.

Like previous HTC One smartphones the HTC One (M8) boasts a metal unibody case. The device has a 5-inch 1080p display (no Ultra HD yet, as predicted due to manufacturing difficulties).

The new smartphone also has dual rear cameras with dual flash that HTC says will help the device take pictures in a wide range of lighting conditions. The cameras’ depth sensor is also included for what HTC calls “a range of artistic effects and tools.” The device also has a 5MP front-facing camera.

On the inside, the HTC One (M8) has a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 2,600 mAh battery. The device comes with either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage and supports extra microSD card storage of up to 128GB.

“In 2013 we introduced the best smartphone in the world, but we never stopped challenging ourselves and the status quo in this category,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC. “As pioneers in mobile innovation, we continue to design and build devices that will dazzle, inspire and transform the smartphone industry. Today I’m proud to launch the most stunning, intuitive and advanced handset that the industry has seen to date, the new HTC One (M8).”

The HTC One (M8) was rumored to be launching sometime in April, but HTC has vastly improved its launch efforts this year. The new device is available for purchase through all major (and most minor) mobile providers and smartphone retailers as of today. The unlocked version of the smartphone retails for $650 and come in “Gunmetal Gray,” “Glacial Silver,” and “Amber Gold.” The Amber Gold can only be bought through Best Buy at launch.


Is Amazon Quietly Working On A Smartphone?

Monday, July 16th, 2012

An Amazon smartphone is rumored to be in the works, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. If these hushed whispers and nameless tips are to be believed, the device in-question would be powered by Google’s Android operating system. The company is looking to give Apple and the iPhone a run for its money, though industry insiders seem to feel that, while a smartphone from the likes of Amazon is certainly intriguing, it will have a long, hard road ahead if it plans to compete directly with the almighty Apple.

Anonymous sources close to the project told the SFC that Foxconn International Holdings Ltd, a mobile phone manufacturer based out of China, will assist Amazon with the project. If the company’s name sounds vaguely familiar, you may recall the riot that took place at one of the factories back in June, an event which saw over 1,000 employees clash with security over poor working conditions. The manufacturer is also responsible for making iPhones. (more…)