In spite of Verizon Wireless’ recent boasts that it’s “a leader, not a follower,” a new announcement from the nation’s biggest wireless company shows that Big V is indeed following the competition down the path of charging customers less for their data plans. However, current Verizon subscribers will need to let the company know they want to save money (or get more data).
It’s a little confusing, so stick with us for a moment.
Verizon MORE Everything customers who currently have monthly data allotments of 1GB, 2GB, 3GB, or 4GB will have an option on how they w
ant to save.
They can either get more data for their money by getting 1GB of additional data per month for no extra charge OR they can have their bill reduced by $10/month.
So someone with a 2GB plan is currently paying $50/month. If they take the free data option, that goes to 3GB for the same price. Or they can elect to stick with the 2GB and their data bill drops to $40/month.
A rep for Verizon confirms to Consumerist that current Verizon subscribers will not be automatically opted into either of these choices and must let the company know — either by calling customer service or through the Verizon website — when the changes kick in tomorrow, Feb. 5.
For new customers or those looking to change their data plans, Verizon is also offering a new 6GB/month tier at $70.
Verizon is also making its Edge program, where you pay full price for your phone in monthly installments, more attractive. Customers with plans starting at 6GB/month or more will get a $25/month discount. Currently, to qualify for that level of discount, you need to be on a plan of 10GB/month or more. Plans of 4GB/month or less still see a monthly discount of $15.
For today and Saturday, Amazon is giving away 30 paid Android apps for free!
Duh, Get your bootay to the app store! At the time of this posting, I have not checked each app to see how it runs on BlackBerry 10, so be sure to test things out and drop a note in the comments with your results. And if you’re not running the Amazon App Store on your phone, click here for a tutorial on how to install it. It looks like US, India, Australia and the UK are all supported regions for this sale. That said, it may also show up in other regions, so if you find the apps are on sale for you be sure to spread the word. And keep in mind, the Amazon App Store will soon be officially supported by BlackBerry, so you can consider loading it up as a head start.
Here’s a full list of apps and games covered by the Amazon App Store giveaway, which are temporarily available for free (31 in the US):
2Do: Todo List | Task List (£4.41 / $6.99)
acalendar+ (£2.49 / $3.99)
AccuWeather Platinum (£1.95 / $2.99)
Business Calendar (£3.99 / $4.99)
Card Wars – Adventure Time (£2.38 / $3.99)
CLARC (£2.99 / $4.99)
CrossMe (£3.15 / $4.95)
Dr. Panda’s Bus Driver (£1.79 / $2.99)
Dungeon Village (£2.80 / $4.41)
Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek (£0.99 / $2.99)
EZ Money Manager (£6.34 / $9.95)
Informant 3 ($9.99)
Jump Desktop (RDP & VNC – £6.37 / $9.99)
League of Heroes Premium (£1.98 / $2.99)
Loco Motors (£1.19 / $1.99)
MobiLearn Talking Phrasebook, English-French-German-Italian-Spanish (£6.37 / $9.99)
MyBackup Pro (£3.01 / $4.99)
Notepad+ (£0.99 / $0.99)
OfficeSuite Professional 7 (£9.36)
Pho.to Lab PRO (£1.91 / $2.99)
Pinball Deluxe Premium (£1.87 / $2.99)
Plex (£2.98 / $4.99)
Pocket Informant 3 (£5.95)
PUZZINGO Puzzles (Pro Edition – £9.32 / $4.99)
Ravensword: Shadowlands (£4.25 / $6.99)
Real Shanghai Mahjong ($2.20)
The Room Two (Kindle Tablet Edition – £1.98 / $2.99)
Root Explorer (£3.00 / $3.99)
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (£1.83 / $2.99)
Splashtop Remote Desktop HD (£5.56 / $8.99)
Sudoku 10’000 Plus ($2.49)
Travel Interpreter (£5.99 / $9.99)
Wedding Dash Deluxe (£0.62 / $0.99)
Be sure to check out the deals through the Amazon Appstore on your phone or via the online store (US link). Cheap is good. Free is better. Enjoy the giveaway!
You will never believe what Oleg did after Hacking Apple iPhones
Oleg Pliss Plissing on Apple
He plissed all over it! Well that is if you did not pay the ransom. Be on the lookout Apple fans, Oleg is at it hackin it up one the OS that cannot get a virus, malware or even get hacked. 🙂 Well that’s what a lot of people seemed to believe. When in truth it used to just be too small to spend any time on trying to hack them. Well times have changed and now after Microsoft bailed Apple out from a becoming a dying breed, their stock is one of the tops out there trading at over $600 a share. Oleg is holding iPhones all over the world for a ransom, and if you don’t pay, you can say goodbye to all your info so he will Pliss all over it.
Apple’s ID ransomware attack
Signed by Oleg Pliss
Apple issued a statement in the wake of growing concerns surrounding a series of hacking attacks, apparently committed by someone called Oleg Pliss.
Tons of information from iPhone customers reported all over the world that they were locked out of their devices – via iCloud – with a message requesting money to be sent to an email address.
Apple’s short notice says that it “iCloud was not compromised during this incident. Impacted users should change their Apple ID password as soon as possible and avoid Apple device users from as far as Canada and the US took to Apple’s support communities website and claimed to have been targeted by the attacks.
Reports all over the world
There are also unconfirmed reports that the ransomware scheme has hit the almost everybody’s shores according to the thread which has been read nearly 40,000 times.
“Impacted users should change their Apple ID password as soon as possible and avoid using the same user name and password for multiple services,” Apple said in a statement.
“Any users who need additional help can contact AppleCare or visit their local Apple Retail Store.”
Oleg Pliss Plissing on Apple Message
The only Oleg Pliss reporters could find currently works for Oracle as a senior software engineer and computer scientist, working primarily on Java but it is unlikely that it was him.
Major game and app development companies are being approached by Blackberry to submit their apps to a new section on Blackberry World. In the past, Blackberry only accepted apps done using their own proprietary format. In the near future Blackberry will be releasing a new firmware update that will allow users to install Android apps (apk) files directly on their phone. To gear up for this transition, Blackberry will be offering Android apps for direct download in their online app store.
At least four different game development companies at Pepcom and CES confirmed to Good e-Reader that they have been approached by Blackberry to include their productivity and gaming apps into Blackberry World. This basically requires no work on the developers part who have an existing Android app that is compatible on 4-6 inch smartphones. All the studios/developers have to do is make a new profile and submit icons/screenshots and app descriptions. Blackberry owners will be able to download and install them the same way they have been downloading apps since Blackberry 10 was released.
Blackberry is betting big on the 10.3 firmware update that will allow native android apps to work on the Q5, Q10, Z10 and Z30. This will allow your average user to install whatever they want and not be limited. The Good e-Reader labs tested an early build of this update on the Z10 and installed our own Good e-Reader App Store. I was able to install and run every app we had. This is going to be a serious boon for people who have been let down by the dirge of apps until this point on Blackberry World.
There is no estimated date when the new firmware update will be pushed out. Some companies have confirmed that its basically all done, but Blackberry is waiting to have at least 10,000 Android apps in their library before they start a marketing campaign.
BBM’s Successful Launch Points Out A Survival Route For BlackBerry
This is the news you’ve been waiting for! I am thrilled to tell you that we are about to officially resume our rollout of BBM for Android and iPhone customers around the globe!* In the next few hours, people will start seeing BBM in Google Play, the App Store and in select Samsung App Stores – where it will be free to download.
BlackBerry had 10 million downloads in twenty-four hours. Now that BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is available on iOS and Android, the walled garden is down and everyone is pouring in to pick up one of BlackBerry’s signature technologies. If BlackBerry wants a signpost to a way forward that’s good for the business and ensures they stay relevant over the next few years, BBM has handed it to them.
Until now, if you wanted to be on BBM, you had to purchase a BlackBerry
BBM Blackberry Messenger_IOS_Android at GmaNsWolD.com
device. While smartphones were still regarded as ‘phones with a bit more’ it was a simple decision to buy one. But the last five years have seen smartphones morph into ‘very small but fully capable computers’ and not every manufacturer managed to stay on top of that change. Nokia stayed with Symbian for too long, and by the time they changed to a modern OS (in Windows Phone) Android and iOS were too far ahead to be caught.
To help manage this unprecedented pent-up demand for BBM, we are implementing a simple line-up system to ensure a smooth roll out. Here’s how it is going to work…
BlackBerry has struggled to make the jump to a modern smart phone, and it took until early this year to launch their vision in the Z10.
While the exact sales numbers for BlackBerry devices running the BB10 OS are not available, many analysts expect them to be around the 5 million mark with a following wind. Twice that number have shown an interest in BBM in twenty-four hours.
And BlackBerry is not finished with the app, as Andrew Bocking, BlackBerry EVP writes:
“We committed to delivering a BBM experience on iPhone and Android that was equal to that on BlackBerry 10. That means bringing BBM Video, BBM Voice and BBM Channels to Android and iPhone customers too. My team is still committed to bringing those features to BBM on Android and iPhone in the near future.”
Perhaps the only sad note to the success of the BBM app this week is the realisation that BlackBerry has come into this game too late to be earth shattering. Ten million users (assuming they all stay) is a big number, and one that could be built on, but the rise of clients such as WhatsApp Messenger (currently quoting 300 million active users across multiple mobile platforms) are a reminder of what could have been for BlackBerry. If they had opened up their service to a wider audience two years ago as former CEO Jim Balsillieargued for, instead of waiting for BB10 to be finished and placed in a rather standard smartphone chassis (the Z10), BlackBerry could have established themselves as the cross-platform mobile messaging system of choice.
That’s not an option for them in the near future, but with focus and dedication (and an attitude about serving the user first, and not serving the BB10 platform before iOS and Android), they have a chance to become part of the mobile infrastructure once more, without the extra cost of building and maintaining an alternative operating system or mobile hardware.
BBM is a little beacon of success in the middle of some turbulent times for the Canadian company. Hopefully BBM will continue to receive investment and attention so it can build on a successful launch and keep BlackBerry relevant in the smart phone world.
How to Still Get Verizons Unlimited Data at GmaNsWorlD.com
So do you want to keep your Verizon unlimited data plan? If you are one of the lucky people out there that has a account with Verizon that includes the unlimited data plan, then I am sure you are like me and are looking to do whatever you can to not get rid of it! I have personally tried these options and they do work! Now rumors are always spreading, and how its going away, or you will not be able to renew. Currently no matter what anybody else says, you still have ways to keep your Verizon unlimited data plan. I bet a bunch of you have upgrades available on Verizon ever since the cutoff date when unlimited data was no longer available. I can remember all my friends flocking to the stores to get there last deal in, and everybody getting the “Charge” since it was one of the first “4G” smartphones on the market. So now if you sign up for a new two year plan with a subsidized phone you will lose the unlimited data option, so instead you are stuck buying your new or used phones outright in order to keep your unlimited data.
I have been doing some research online along with speaking to some of the local phone reps in the area and I have verified that there are ways for people with unlimited data that would like to get a new phone for the discounted rate. With my research, there are many places out in the internet that lists ways to keep your unlimited plan, and I am going to summarize them for you. Many new phones are going to be hitting the market soon and over the holidays so now is the time to start to prepare. With some of the new phones that are going to be released like Apples two iPhone 5c & 5s, Blackberry’s High powered Z30, and Samsung’s Screaming Fast S5 models launching, it might be a good time to lay it out for everybody.
NOTE: It would be best if you would not go to a Verizon Corporate Store, as they might have more strict rules on upgrades and policy’s, so it would be best to seek out a third party like Best Buy, Target, Walmart or some of the local chains in order to guarantee you get it done right.
Not including the first option, but all the rest you are going to have to use Verizon’s Family Plans or AKA Buddy Plan upgrades, I have read that this loophole is possible. Essentially all you need is a line on your account that DOES have unlimited data and you’re set! There are four scenarios you could be in if you still have unlimited data.
This is the easiest and most used option, and this would be to purchase yourself a new phone and face value, sometimes costing well over $500. But this insures you do not have to sign a new contract, so you will be able to keep your current plan with the unlimited data. (this option would also work by purchasing a used phone that is sold to you legally unlocked, and not tied to a current plan.)
You are the only person on your account
Verizon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In this scenario, you are the sole person on your account and you have unlimited data. The only way you can get by it is to add a line to your account. If you have unlimited, then you are on the old nationwide plans and you can add a line for $10 a month (You will have to change your plan to a family plan which may cost more depending on how many minutes you currently pay for). The way to make it the cheapest is to get a basic phone (It doesn’t even have to work). All you have to do is upgrade that line you just added to the phone you want. When its done, activate the old basic phone and the new phone you just added to your account becomes a phone you own. Then just activate that new phone on your line. It is the same concept as buying a phone on craigslist. Then you’re done. You have a second line thats only costing you $10 a month. When you upgrade in the future, you can donate the upgrade on your line to that new line and repeat the process. You will get an extra upgrade and keep your unlimited until Verizon finds a way to block it.
You are on a family plan and everyone on that account has unlimited data
In this scenario, you have two options. You can either add another line for $10 a month and repeat the same process as listed above (Which I recommend because then everyone keeps their unlimited) or you can pick one of the lines that doesn’t need unlimited and donate your upgrade to that line. That line will lose unlimited, but once you pull the new phone off and put theirs back on, you can activate the new one on your line and you can keep using your unlimited. From then on out, simply give the upgrades on the lines that have unlimited to the one line that now doesn’t. Upgrade to the phone you want, and swap the devices.
You are on a family plan and someone on the account doesn’t have unlimited data
The final scenario is the easiest to perform and also the one that I have used throughout the last few years, when I had the upgrade option available on other phones in my Family Plan. This also doesn’t cost any extra to you. Donate your upgrade to that line (s) without unlimited data, and once it is activated put the old phone back on that line. Then take the new phone and activate it under your line and enjoy your unlimited data.
I hope this can help at least a few people out there. I wanted to let everybody know that I could so with the few free options or one of the $10 extra a month options, it is hard to beat considering you get two upgrades for yourself now and you get to keep your unlimited data. Please share with us in the comments below any of your stories you had trying to keep your unlimited plan.
Streaming media: New Fuel Cell Powers a Mobile Phone With Pee
So if your cell phone is dead and you gotta pee, you could be in luck!
The Samsung GT-E2121B mobile phone that researchers powered with urine – GmaNsWorlD.com
The Samsung GT-E2121B mobile phone that researchers powered with urine
If asked what would be a great power source for mobile phones, it’s a fair bet that most people wouldn’t make urine their first choice. But that’s exactly what a group of scientists at Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the UK have done. As part of a project to find new ways to provide electricity for small devices in emergency situations and developing countries they have created a new fuel cell system powered by pee.
The key to this rather unorthodox way of powering a phone is a microbial fuel cell (MFC) that converts organic matter directly into electricity. Inside the MFC, there are a mixture of ordinary anaerobic microorganisms that release electrons as they feed – in this case, on the urine. The technology has been under development for 30 years, but because of problems in scaling up the technology to provide significant amounts of power, it has yet to find widespread commercial application. However, it is possible to attain practical levels of power when several small MFCs are stacked and wired together.
The Bristol experiment used 12 ceramic cylinders 10.2 cm (4 in) long wired with a cathode and an anode. These cylinders were stacked in sets of three with each stack acting as a cascade. Urine was introduced into the first cylinder of each cascade and as the organisms fed on it, they generated electricity. This was repeated in the second and then the third cylinder before the urine was collected in a waste flask. Since the output of even three cylinders was very small, four cascades were hooked together like batteries to produce sufficient current to charge a mobile phone battery.
Two cascades of three MFCs each, assembled with air-gap adapters – GmaNsWorlD.com
The purpose of the experiment was to demonstrate that it is possible to build a practical MFC system that could be mass produced, while also showing that urine could be a practical fuel to provide power for such a device.
“We are very excited as this is a world first, no one has harnessed power from urine to do this so it’s an exciting discovery,” says Doctor Ioannis Ieropoulos from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), which came together with the University of Bristol to form the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. “Using the ultimate waste product as a source of power to produce electricity is about as eco as it gets.”
According to the scientists involved in the project, using urine for fuel may sound a bit disgusting, but it is an inexhaustible resource that people always have available. This makes it excellent for powering emergency communications and it even has the potential to generate power for showers, lighting and razors in domestic bathrooms.
Snapshot of the outgoing voice call made by the MFC powered Samsung GT-E2121B – GmaNsWorlD.com
“One product that we can be sure of an unending supply is our own urine,” says Ieropoulos. “By harnessing this power as urine passes through a cascade of microbial fuel cells, we have managed to charge a Samsung mobile phone. The beauty of this fuel source is that we are not relying on the erratic nature of the wind or the sun; we are actually reusing waste to create energy.”
He went on to say that, “So far the microbial fuel power stack that we have developed generates enough power to enable SMS messaging, web browsing and to make a brief phone call. Making a call on a mobile phone takes up the most energy but we will get to the place where we can charge a battery for longer periods. The concept has been tested and it works – it’s now for us to develop and refine the process so that we can develop MFCs to fully charge a battery.”
GmaNsWolD.com – I just got notification on my phone that update Version 7.1.0 Bundle 2705 is available. I tried Blackberry Desktop Manager and it did not find the update. I also searched the internet and it is not listed anywhere, and also did not find it on Verizon.
Have you been looking around for a free program that allows you to turn your iPhone or Android phone into a webcam that you can use to stream live video in chats? Yes, you can do video chats right on the iPhone & Android phone using apps like Skype but then, that’s going to be at a cost: you either don’t get the good quality of the iSight camera, or if you use it, you don’t get to see the other person. Fine, what’s the solution? Turn your iPhone or Android phone into a webcam for your system. Things are as simple as they sound thanks to this apps that are designed to turn your iPhone or Android phone into a webcamera that you can use for all your video chats on programs like Skype, Google Hangouts in Google+. Etc.
EpocCam by Kinoni
Price: Free (HD version available) Apps that turn your iPhone & Android phone into a webcam aren’t usually free. The good ones are sold at over 3 dollars apiece. Interestingly, this version of EpocCam is free and comes with a neat set of features. The performance isn’t all that great but it’s passable. The HD version is an epic one though: has everything you’ll possibly need.
BlackBerry is Gaining Back Ad Awareness While Apples is Decreasing
Ad Awareness BlackBerry Increasing Apples Sinking? Is that correct? Records prove Ad Awareness numbers. BlackBerry hasn’t been known for their excellent marketing. Their new CMO, Frank Boulben, has sought to make that change. One effort was a company first by launching a $4 million ad during the Super Bowl.
It looks to be paying off. According to recent data, BlackBerry’s ad awareness is gaining on Apple. BlackBerry rose from a low of 6% in mid-January to 21% by the end of February.
Apple on the other hand is seeing a decrease. Their ad awareness dropped from 44% on January 15 to 38% on March 4, while their purchase intent also decreased from 14% to 7%.
The new BlackBerry OS and the two models which run it–the Z10 and Q10–are considered by many the last chance to save the BlackBerry brand. As such, the company has staked much in the way of resources to make it a success. The OS, which has been two years in the making, has been entirely rebuilt, using technology obtained when the company acquired QNX. So far the reviews for both the OS and new models have been good. The Financial Times, for one, effusively makes the case that the company has out-Appled Apple: “Within 30 seconds of picking it up, I felt as if I had the iPhone 6 in my hand. Running iOS 7. It is an awesome phone, with a pleasing new operating system, BB10.”
Complementary data from YouGov InvestorView also paints a modestly improved picture for BlackBerry. According to data compiled over the first quarter of 2012, among consumers who owned a BlackBerry phone and were likely to purchase a new phone in the next six months, only 30% planned to choose another BlackBerry phone. More BlackBerry users (34%) were likely to purchase an iPhone and an additional 12% planned to purchase from Samsung.
On the other hand, during the first two months of 2013, 34% of BlackBerry owners who plan to purchase a new phone in the next six months say they will stay with BlackBerry. Planned defections to Apple have decreased significantly to 17% while planned defections to Samsung have increased to 31%.
The data presented is far from indicative of certain success for BlackBerry, but it appears there is at least an opening for the company to take back some ground. While the US will still have to wait a few weeks for the full release of the new phones, BlackBerry might just have a chance.