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Google’s Project Fi adds support for data-only devices

Google’s Project Fi adds support for data-only devices

Google has announced that Project Fi, its mobile service, will cover more than just your Nexus smartphone. With this new update, Project Fi adds support for data-only devices like your tablet; you’ll need to pick up one of its data-only SIMs to get it (availability is rolling out gradually). Google is going with a simple pricing structure, a flat rate of $10 for every gigabyte.

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Facebook Offline Mode will download data for you

Facebook Offline Mode will download data for you

The social network makes Offline Mode a reality with apps' ability to make Facebook comments and see cached content at all times. This is part of the plan. Part of the plan Facebook has to get as much Facebook delivered to you as it can, all the time. They suggest that these updates are to tend to people around the world connecting with 2G mobile data in developing countries - we know it's for the cat pics.

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What is Li-Fi, and how practical is it in the real world?

What is Li-Fi, and how practical is it in the real world?

Li-Fi stands for Light Fidelity, and it's being presented at this time as an eventual replacement for Wi-Fi-transmitted internet. While the term Li-Fi actually does stem from the term Light Fidelity, the word Wi-Fi stems from Hi-Fi, or High Fidelity, from the audio term for home audio, high-quality sound production. The people presenting Li-Fi have taken the concept of the Signal Lamp (aka the Aldis Lamp), sending morse code between ships at sea, instead sending data to your phone. Li-Fi is also known as visible light communications (VLC) technology.

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Google breaks down Black Friday, shows best time to shop

Google breaks down Black Friday, shows best time to shop

Black Friday is nearly upon us, and if you're one of the brave souls planning to venture out into the madness, some data Google has laid out might be of interest to you. The company recently published some infographics for retailers with the goal of helping them make more effective business decisions, but the data could be useful to the lowly shopper, too. For example, Google’s data suggests heading out between 4AM and 6AM is optimal for avoiding the crowd.

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T-Mobile: all subscribers get 3 months unlimited LTE in holiday promo

T-Mobile: all subscribers get 3 months unlimited LTE in holiday promo

As T-Mobile continues to drive home its "un-carrier" mantra with new features and plans, the company has just announced a new "Un-Carrier Unwrapped" promotion that should make subscribers very happy this holiday season. The promo is said to release a new "gift" each week for the next month, with the first being announced today: all existing Simple Choice customers will get 3 months of unlimited LTE data.

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T-Mobile: video streaming won’t use up 4G LTE data

T-Mobile: video streaming won’t use up 4G LTE data

T-Mobile, in its latest Uncarrier event, announced that video will now stream “free” from certain video services, with “free” meaning it won’t cut into a subscriber’s existing high-speed data allotment. The initial change will include a total of 24 video services, but the carrier teases that additional video services will be encompassed by the free streaming change in due time. Counted among the initial included services are Hulu, Netflix, and Sling TV.

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Opera Max data saver app makes its way to 14 OEM devices

Opera Max data saver app makes its way to 14 OEM devices

Our use of the Internet has increased considerably in the past years, partly thanks to the ubiquity of mobile devices. But the bandwidth consume and the price we pay for them aren't exactly getting considerably cheaper. Opera, who previously made a leaving out of compressing web pages, is now making a living out of compressing data that passes through mobile apps. And now it is making sure everyone gets the message by partnering with 14 OEMs to pre-install its Opera Max into as many smartphones as possible.

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MIT’s AI machine removes humans from big-data analysis

MIT’s AI machine removes humans from big-data analysis

The spread of the Internet and prevalence of mobile devices have put data front and center today more than any age in the past. But with volumes of data comes the need to make sense of that data. Called big-data analysis, the process has mostly relied on human intuition. As any artificial intelligence scientist will tell you, intuition is one of the hardest parts of the human thinking process to replicate. Researchers from MIT, however, might be on the verge of a breakthrough, with a Data Science Machine capable of performing just as well or even better than humans.

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Facebook: more Americans coming out on social network

Facebook: more Americans coming out on social network

Yesterday, Facebook released some data in honor of Spirit Day and National Coming Out Day revealing that the social network has seen more Americans than ever coming out on the site. The company determined this using information about U.S Facebook users, using things like users’ specifying a custom gender on a profile, or using the profile to “express a same-gender attraction.” When looked at, the data then shows three large trends taking place.

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Sprint wants to “protect” you with data throttling

Sprint wants to “protect” you with data throttling

Sprint's "Unlimited" data plans are about to become ever-so-slightly limited. The company has initiated a new "Quality of Service" practice that'll throttle data once you've used a certain amount in a month. This is not unheard of - throttling of data (making data speeds go slower after you've used a certain amount) - is something that most major data networks have been guilty of in the past. Sprint's newest effort to make this practice OK with consumers is to cut back on data speed in the name of protecting those that don't use more than an average amount.

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Apple explains iOS 9’s controversial Wi-Fi Assist feature

Apple explains iOS 9’s controversial Wi-Fi Assist feature

Like any other major iOS release, iOS 9 brought a new set of features to delight users and make their lives more comfortable. Or at least that's the goal. We've seen multi-window multitasking on iPads and the space saving app slicing, for example. But like any other release as well, there are some features that may not always work to the user's benefit, depending on how you see it. One of those is the Wi-Fi Assist feature, and Apple has now put up a support page to clarify what it does and does not do.

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Verizon 5G: What is it and why does it matter?

Verizon 5G: What is it and why does it matter?

The first company to bring 4G LTE to the United States - Verizon - is now testing 5G. This is a name for a faster sort of mobile internet. That's wireless internet that brings data to your smartphone. What's the difference between 4G and 5G? Speed, mostly. Verizon suggests that though "by nearly all accounts, 5G technology should be introduced in the U.S. sometime after 2020," they'll be starting field technology trials next year. The mobile internet will get faster, and this new wave of faster internet will be brought to market faster than expected thanks to Verizon.

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