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Verizon’s Visible is an unexpectedly-exclusive month-to-month carrier [Update]

Verizon’s Visible is an unexpectedly-exclusive month-to-month carrier [Update]

It isn't a stretch to say that mobile service here in the US costs a lot of money. When you account for plans, line fees, and now device payment agreements, your wireless service can usually be counted among your most expensive monthly charges. Signing up for a month-to-month account with a phone that you own is one way to get around that, and now Verizon has a new option on that front.

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eero Labs launches to let users test beta WiFi features

eero Labs launches to let users test beta WiFi features

Home WiFi company eero has announced the launch of eero Labs, a way for customers to get access to features that are still being tested. eero calls the new Labs an "innovation playground." The first beta feature to be made available under the program is called Smart Queue Management (SQM), a way for devices on the network to share bandwidth "simply and fairly."

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Koss Porta Pro Bluetooth edition detailed: The classic goes wireless

Koss Porta Pro Bluetooth edition detailed: The classic goes wireless

Koss brought personal headphones to the world in 1958, then released their most popular headset, the Porta Pro, in 1984. Fast forward to 2018 and they've created a Bluetooth edition of the Porta Pro, spanning the decades into the future of high-fidelity personal audio earphones. To be clear, this isn't the first Koss Bluetooth headset - it's just the return of their most popular model, this time with Bluetooth in tow.

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T-Mobile ONE Military plan cuts family lines cost in half, plus S9 promo

T-Mobile ONE Military plan cuts family lines cost in half, plus S9 promo

T-Mobile is targeting military families with its new T-Mobile ONE Military option. The plan is available exclusively to military families, offering them wireless service at half the cost of typical family lines. According to the Uncarrier, this makes T-Mobile home to the largest military discount available among wireless providers, something joined by a new hiring pledge and more.

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Verizon Smart Family brings parental controls to phones

Verizon Smart Family brings parental controls to phones

Verizon's FamilyBase is getting something of a relaunch today. Citing a need for increased parental controls when it comes to kids and smartphone usage, Verizon has launched a new subscription service called Smart Family, which is says is an evolution of the old FamilyBase. It sounds like Smart Family keeps many of the parental controls FamilyBase offered, only it expands on them to include new features and capabilities for parents looking to manage screen time.

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Beoplay P6 is the most chic bluetooth speaker of them all

Beoplay P6 is the most chic bluetooth speaker of them all

There's a new smart speaker in town, and it comes from B&O PLAY. That's a Bang & Olufsen brand, and it means this speaker's gonna be banging out the beats in a top-notch fashion. This speaker was designed by industrial design master Cecilie Manz, creator of some of the world's most elegant modern devices and high-end furniture today.

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Best wireless earphones for running and working out

Best wireless earphones for running and working out

There has never been a better time to be mobile. And not just in the road warrior kind of mobility. It’s almost as if we’ve entered the couch potato counter-culture age, where there is no shortage of incentives, tricks, and devices to get you up and about, from Pokemon GO to gamifying activity tracking. But walking hither and thither is just half the equation. The other half is making sure you’re actually burning that lunch or dinner you just had. When it comes to running, jogging, or exercising, you probably don’t want to do so in silence. Here are some of the best workout companions that won’t tie you down or snag you up while you channel the spirit of Rocky.

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Nokia acquires Unium to bolster whole-home mesh WiFi portfolio

Nokia acquires Unium to bolster whole-home mesh WiFi portfolio

Nokia announced plans to acquire mesh networking company Unium earlier this week, a business move that paves the way for it to get in on the home WiFi market in a big way. Unium, which is based out of Seattle, specializes in intelligent mesh technology to give customers a whole-home WiFi experience. Over the weekend, Nokia explained that it will use Unium's software to expand its home WiFi portfolio with mesh networking capabilities.

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T-Mobile 5G roll-out speeds up: 30 cities promised in 2018

T-Mobile 5G roll-out speeds up: 30 cities promised in 2018

With Intel and Qualcomm announcing test runs of their 5G-capable hardware, we find ourselves at the beginning of a mobile arms race. The big four carriers in the US will now be racing to launch mobile 5G networks in an attempt to build out those networks quickly and attract customers who want to be on the cutting edge of technology. AT&T and Verizon plan to launch 5G in some form by the end of the year, and now we can add T-Mobile to that list as well.

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Verizon’s new prepaid plan offers a paltry amount of data

Verizon’s new prepaid plan offers a paltry amount of data

Usually when we talk about wireless plans, we're talking about postpaid plans that come with a subsidized device. Most carriers, however, offer prepaid plans to those who already own a device or want to buy one at full retail price, and today Verizon is adding a new one to its line up. A word of warning, though: While the monthly cost on this new plan is low, so is the amount of data you're afforded each month.

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If you trust Google now, Xively will be great

If you trust Google now, Xively will be great

Google announced their intention to acquire IoT platform Xively this week, aiming for a new layer of value in their connected future. If you trust Google, this announcement was a bit of good news. Xively may give Google the technology and knowhow to bring their fully connected smart home to life for millions of users around the world. It could be great.

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Project Fi new global roaming rules kill wild data bills

Project Fi new global roaming rules kill wild data bills

International phone service is generally something no one wants to talk about. International roaming charges at the big four US carriers can wind up being ridiculously expensive if you don't monitor your usage closely, and it isn't uncommon for folks to come back to phone bills that are much more expensive than what they're accustomed to paying. Google's Project Fi, on the other hand, is taking a more laid back approach to international coverage.

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