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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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T-Mobile to hunt down tethering “thieves”

T-Mobile to hunt down tethering “thieves”

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has been known never to mince words when it came to the company's rivals. Now he is using that same aggressive attitude towards not rivals but "customers" that are gaming and hacking the system in order to abuse the carrier's network. To be more specific, he will be going after a small subset of individuals whom he describes as "stealing" data from T-Mobile by finding ways to go around set limits to LTE tethering, raking in terabytes of data per month.

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Are we excessively worried about privacy? Share your thoughts

Are we excessively worried about privacy? Share your thoughts

Not too long ago we wrote a bit about how Windows 10 is claimed to phone home and give your private data to Microsoft even if you set all the share data options to off. These claims go so far as to say that Windows 10 has a keylogger that captures your passwords and even images from your camera. As you can imagine people were angry, the comments weren't flattering.

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Google data center loses data after lightning strikes

Google data center loses data after lightning strikes

One of Google's data centers located in Belgium has lost some data after being pummeled with four lightning strikes. Unfortunately, this is said to have resulted in some Google users permanently losing access to some of their data, though Google has since managed to access some of the discs that were damaged. This affects the Google Computer Engine (GCE) service, but at this time it isn’t known which clients lost data as a result, nor the nature of the data that was nuked. Google has reassured users that while serious, the data loss was also very minimal, permanently affecting only 0.000001% of the disk space.

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Opera Max data saver adds support for YouTube, Netflix

Opera Max data saver adds support for YouTube, Netflix

Opera has pushed out an update for its Opera Max Android app, and with it comes much-awaited support for both Netflix and YouTube. Opera Max is an app that compresses content and manages data usage to maximize how much browsing you can do with your carrier's monthly data allotment. According to Opera, the app will save data across 3G/4G /LTE and Wi-Fi networks by up to 50 percent. One of its big bragging points is that its compression comes with minor quality loss, so much so that users aren’t likely to notice any changes in the content’s quality.

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