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Easy Ways to Conserve Your Smartphone Data

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Easy Ways to Conserve Your Smartphone Data

Are you running out of data and getting charged a large amount of money from your provider? As we use our smartphones for more and more things, it is harder to stay under our limit and avoid overage charges. These simple tips will make your data go further without sacrificing your usage!

Turn Off Auto Updates

One of the biggest hogs is your apps updating themselves while you are on the wireless network. An easy way to fix this is to turn off automatic updates and then manually update them when you know you are on wi-fi. If your phone allows you to, set it to update only when you are on wi-fi so you don’t have to check things manually.

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Act Now for Verizon Discount on Data or Bill

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Act Now for Verizon Discount on Data or Bill

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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.

Thanks Consumerist.com


Data Data Data and Five Startups That Love It

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Data Data Data and Five Startups That Love It

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There are tons of company’s out in the fight, the fight for data.  But these five startups seem to have there ducks in a row and are going somewhere.  These startups are trying to make sense of the millions of social media interactions that take place each day. Brands are using social data to monitor advertising campaigns, identify new customers and engage with existing customers.

 It’s up to startups like DataSift and Topsy to provide the software and tools necessary to filter through these posts.  It’s up to startups like DataSift and Topsy to provide the software and tools necessary to filter through these posts.

Katherine Barr, general partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, has invested in numerous big data startups and believes that many companies are beginning to build their own social data tools. That means startups like DataSift, which focus exclusively on social data, may soon go out of business.

“There’s a window of time for the social data provider companies and their time is right now,” Barr said.”I think there will be a time limit as well as a cap in some cases as to how big and valuable many of those companies can actually get.”

It’s safe to assume Topsy won’t be the last social data company scooped up in the next six to 24 months. Here are a few other startups to keep an eye on.

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1. 140 Proof

San Francisco-based 140 Proof has created what it calls a Blended Interest Graph, a tool that targets consumers based on their social media posts and helps advertisers reach the appropriate audience. The company works with thousands of advertisers, including big names like Kraft, Chevy and Microsoft, to surface ads on the web and on mobile where consumers use their social IDs. (Think Tumblr and WordPress blogs, and mobile apps that require a social login.)

“The real gold in social is this publicly available data that we call asymmetrical connections, or indications of interest,” said CEO Jon Elvekrog. “Who you’re following, what you’ve pinned, Tumblr blogs you’ve re-blogged. By harvesting that public information, that gives us a really good idea about what stuff you’d like to see more of.”

140 Proof has raised $6.25 million since it was founded in 2010, but the company is already profitable, Elvekrog said.

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2. DataSift

The other darling from this busy week, DataSift, announced a $42 million funding round on Tuesday, pushing the company’s financing total over $70 million. Half of the employees in the company are engineers, Bailey said, and the new funding means DataSift will continue to hire aggressively.

Bailey is clearly optimistic about the future of social data analysis and even expects college students to join in on the fun; he predicts universities will soon offer social data MBAs.

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3. Gnip

Gnip is the third and final U.S. company with access to the entire Twitter firehose, a valuable commodity as it allows access to every tweet sent around the world. (The other two with firehose access, Topsy and DataSift, were mentioned above.) But Twitter isn’t the only sources of social data for Gnip; the company also pulls from Tumblr, Foursquare and WordPress, among others.

The company, which was founded in Boulder, Colo., in 2008, also provides Twitter archive data to the Library of Congress.

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4. LeadSift

LeadSift is a small startup, even by this list’s standards. That doesn’t mean it can’t churn out useful results for its customers, though. LeadSift uses social media to bring brands and retailers the perfect customers. If you tweet about upcoming plans to go car shopping, for example, LeadSift will see that and most likely send your information to its automotive clients ahead of time.

The Nova Scotia-based startup scours Facebook and Twitter for public posts to find what people are talking about and actually buys its Twitter data from DataSift. Its most popular verticals include auto sales, insurance sales and retail. LeadSift is planning a Series A round of funding in early 2014, according to Tukan Das, CEO of LeadSift.

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5. Lithium Technologies

Another social startup based in San Francisco (surprise, surprise), Lithium helps its customers build their own social communities online, often as part of larger company websites. The move allows Lithium clients to better engage with fans and customers of the brand, control where the conversation happens and become an active participant without relying exclusively on external sites like Facebook or Twitter.

The company announced a “pre-IPO” round of financing in September, netting $50 million to bring Lithium’s total fundraising over $150 million. There is no set timetable for the company’s IPO, according to sources close to Lithium, but an IPO toward the back half of 2014 wouldn’t be a surprise.

Thanks Kurt Wagner