The release date for the increase of prices for AT&T's grandfathered Unlimited Data plans has struck - coming your way this February. At that time, AT&T will hike the price from $30 for an unlimited data plan - which is insane by today's standards - to $35 USD. SO it's not so terrible. For now. This keeps AT&T's prices below the hikes of their main competition, with Verizon's still at $49 a month and T-Mobile's at $45. Then there's the throttling. Always with the throttling.
According to new rumors, Apple's forthcoming iPhone "7" will do away with the 3.5mm headphone jack, and instead rely solely on the Lightning connector port for both charging and the use of any wired headphones. This news comes from the Japanese website Mac Otakara, which is often reliable when it comes to Apple rumors, who cite anonymous sources. The reason for needing to ditch the traditional headphone jack? Why, to make the next generation iPhone even thinner, of course.
It was less than a month ago that Microsoft put out the request for those interested in beta testing Cortana for iPhone, and now those lucky enough to be selected are getting notified to download the voice-powered digital assistant. While designed to compete with Apple's own Siri, as well as Google Now, Microsoft's Cortana will be fairly limited on the iPhone in terms of capability, at least compared to the native Windows version.
There's a brand new app on the block with a perfect name, Ruffle (because it's about to do just that to your feathers). This app was made for image sharing, and that's just what it'll do. You'll send images (most likely photos you've taken) to completely random strangers*, and in return you'll receive photos from completely random strangers. When you see a photo incoming, you'll see it pixelated. If you don't want to de-pixelate it, you don't have to.
Vine has arrived on the Apple Watch, allowing users to browse their “Favorites” as well as Featured content from the comfort of their wrist. In addition, Vine has pushed out an update for its iPhone app, adding a new discovery tool that makes finding more Vines as simple as swiping left on a post. This past October, Vine introduced its recommendation engine; this new discovery tool is part of that, adding an extra way for users to access new Vines.
The newest update to the Amazon Video app for iOS users - for iPad and iPhone - is bringing on one of the system's most clever features. Here users will be able to use "X-Ray", previously available on Amazon Video apps for Fire devices - Amazon's own version of Android, and standard Android Amazon Video apps. This update allows users to use the power of IMDB, the Internet Movie Database, to find information about the video content they're currently watching.
Dropbox is really intent on becoming more than just a dumping ground for your files on the cloud. For the past months, it has been slowly transforming itself into a collaboration suite as well, with the launch of the Paper collaboration tools as well as an earlier partnership with Adobe. Now Dropbox and Adobe are taking that team up to the next phase, announcing the ability to annotate and comment on PDFs stored on Dropbox on iOS without having to switch back and forth between two apps.
Getting notifications on your smartwatch, be it an Android Wear, Apple Watch, or Pebble, is one thing. Being able to act on those notifications is a different story. The latter is trickiest when it comes to text messages, given a smartwatch's small screen and extremely limited input methods. Most rely on voice recognition or canned replies to make it work. Now Pebble is joining that hip crowd with the latest update that brings a Text Reply feature to Pebble Time owners with iPhones and AT&T postpaid accounts.
Photojojo has introduced a new lineup of Iris lenses for smartphones: a wide-angle lens, macro lens, and fisheye lens. The lenses are compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6, as well as the iPhone, complementing the already excellent cameras on the phones. The lenses boast high-end construction, and feature a stretchy cable that fastens the lens to the handset, as well as a related cap that protects the lens when in storage.
This week Tumblr has updated its iOS app to include the ability to make moving .gif images for your blog. This isn't a brand new sort of ability, of course - you could do that on your desktop with Photoshop, if you wanted - but for mobile devices, it's still sort of a new bit of fun. If you want to turn all the movies and the photo burst images you've got on your device into gifs, now might be the best time to make it so.
Today the folks at Quantum Bakery LLC have revealed an iPhone case that has a set of flip-up lenses to transform into a VR headset. While you're not getting the same sort of headset you'd get from Oculus - not by a long shot - this system allows you to keep the entire VR experience (as presented by your phone) in your pocket. This is the next step between the VR experience being accessible (read: low effort enough) for the whole world to experience.