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T-Mobile today announced huge news for its wireless users: streaming content on 4G will no longer eat away at data plans. Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV and more video streaming apps will now cease their voracious gobbling of cellular data and will be totally free for T-Mobile subscribers.
"Start watching your shows, stop watching your data," T-Mobile CEO John Legere said at carrier's Uncarrier X event. The move is part of T-Mobile's "Binge On" initiative, and could be a substantial game-changer against its competition. Some 24 services are included in the program, with powerhouse titans like Netflix and HBO GO filling out the roster.
The free streaming comes with a caveat, however. Legere reveals that the streams are "optimized at a lower quality so they won't use unnecessary data". The footage will be streamed in lower-quality 480p rather than full 1080p, which will see a pretty hefty reduction in visual fidelity. The free streaming option is set to go into effect starting this Sunday.
Apple may have unveiled the iPad Pro in September, but it has been in hibernation ever since. Apple's larger 12.9-inch slate will reportedly launch on November 25, thanks to the iPad Pro pre-order page appearing on Staples, a major US retailer.
The iPad Pro 32GB model comes in at $799, in Space Grey, Silver, and Gold. The 128GB model will cost $949, which isn't too bad for Apple. The Apple Pencil will cost $99, the Smart Keyboard costs $169, Smart Covers will set you back $59 each, while the Silicone Case costs $79. The iPad Pro on offer is the Wi-Fi only model, with a launch date of November 25.
Sure, HTC might not be winning any races in the smartphone world right now, but it doesn't stop trying. The company is now preparing the purported One X9 smartphone, which will see the Taiwanese giant add some much-needed pixels to its display.
The One X9 smartphone should rock a 2560x1440 display, as well as 4GB of RAM. We don't know if it would be DDR3 or DDR4, but either way HTC is set to cram some serious hardware into the One X9. Inside, HTC is expected to deploy either a Helio X20 or Snapdragon 820 processor, but this isn't confirmed just yet.
On the back, we should see HTC making good use of a 23-megapixel rear-facing camera and inside, between 64GB and 128GB of internal storage. Battery wise, HTC is expected to use a 3500mAh battery, and use Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. When should we expect it? Sometime in 2016, with my guess being at MWC 2016 in February 2016.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has an excellent track record regarding Apple leaks, has stated he expects the iPhone 7 Plus will feature 3GB RAM, an upgrade over the 2GB the iPhone 6 Plus offers (the iPhone 7, meanwhile, will house 2GB RAM, the same as the iPhone 6s).
The CPU, meanwhile, is expected to run on a next-generation mobile processor architecture and be known as the A10.
History says the iPhone 7 Plus will launch September 2016.
Been eyeing the Surface Pro 4 but thinking you can do just fine with an old model? Microsoft is aiming to encourage you to upgrade in this situation with its new trade-in program that's said to get you anywhere from $100 to $700 on an old Surface model which you then must put toward the Surface Pro 4.
While other websites like Amazon will do similar, the advantage here is Microsoft doesn't ask questions about the condition of your device -- provided it's in decent shape, there should be no issue getting your credit. Plus, it offers a little more than some services (and a little less than others).
The MSRP of the Surface Pro 4 is $899, so you'll need to cough up at least $199.
Samsung's Galaxy S7 is shaping up to be an exciting release from the company, but the camera is always a big focus of any new smartphone release. Samsung is rumored to use one of Sony's impressive camera sensors, the same rear-facing snapper that is found in Sony's current Xperia Z5 family of handsets.
Rumor has Samsung pegged to use Sony's Exmor IMX300 sensor, which is a 23-megapixel sensor that will snap some very impressive photos and videos. Samsung is expected to tone it down to a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, which will still be incredibly good. Sony's Exmor IMX300 sensor is capable of autofocusing in just 0.03 seconds while it has a 5x zoom that will snap great images from a distance.
The Exmor IMX300 sensor also rocks a 24mm wide angle lens that can take in more detail within a photo, so if the Galaxy S7 does include Sony's camera sensor, we can expect it to be one of the best smartphone cameras on the market.
Apple may have launched the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, but they're expensive handsets, so much so that Apple had its best quarter ever - again. But there are clones popping up, where in China you can pick up an iPhone 6S clone for as little as $37.
The basic iPhone 6S sells for $649 in the US, so this iPhone 6S clone is 20x cheaper, and looks virtually identical. It features a 5-inch screen, comes in three colors, and has a reduced resolution on its display. The real iPhone 6S rocks a 1334x750 resolution, while the iPhone 6S clone drops it down to 960x540.
The iPhone 6S clone runs Android, has a weaker Spreadtrum SC773 processor, 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM. Comparing this to the A9 processor, 16GB of storage (with 64GB and 128GB models), and a reported 2GB of RAM. However, the iPhone 6S clone rocks two SIM card slots, compared to the one SIM card slot found in the official iPhone 6S.
Google's newest flagship Nexus 6P smartphone has taken the world by storm, winning over the media and users with unanimous praise. Everyone loves the new handset and sees it as a huge improvement over the Nexus 6, but it looks like the celebrations might be premature. The Nexus 6P is actually incredibly tough to repair.
iFixit recently opened up the Huwaei-made smartphone to see what makes it tick, running through its guts and putting everything back in tip-top order. In a way you could say that iFixit are technical surgeons, popping open devices and handling their innards only to see how difficult it is to do DYI repairs.
Google's Nexus 6P has scored a measly 2 out of 10 on iFixit's repairability scale, noting that the devices is almost impossible to open without damaging the camera's glass cover. What's more is that the display itself can't be replaced without having to "tunnel through" the entire phone, making it super difficult to replace the screen. Huawei clearly didn't have DYI repairs in mind while making the phone.
If Apple just posted record quarterly profits riding off of yet another year of similar, yet new iPhones, what's going to happen when the company radically changes its most profitable device?
According to the latest rumors, Apple is poised to use an OLED display on the iPhone 7, something that its competitors have been doing for a little while now over at Samsung. The display on the iPhone hasn't had a radical revamp in a while, but the use of an OLED panel and the rumor continuing of the removal of the Home button, we could be in for quite the surprise with the iPhone 7.
If the Home button is removed, we have to question what Apple would do with its Touch ID fingerprint sensor. If there is indeed a large OLED panel and no Home button, maybe the screen itself will house the Touch ID sensor - or we could possibly see Apple place a thinner Touch ID sensor on the side of the iPhone 7, or on the back.
Samsung today announced the Galaxy View, a full-HD tablet made specifically for media viewing. The Galaxy View sports a huge 18.4-inch screen that makes it the biggest Android-powered tablet on the market and is even larger that most laptop and all-in-one screens.
"At Samsung, we are committed to creating new possibilities and bringing our consumers the best mobile experience," said Samsung exec JK Shin. "We are very excited to introduce the new Galaxy View, providing an entirely new way of consuming mobile video and entertainment."
While some have claimed that the Samsung's Lollipop-powered tablet behemoth is meant to take on the likes of Apple's iPad Pro, you'll notice right away the View isn't armed with performance specs. It's 18.4-inch touchscreen has full 1920 x 1080 resolution and doesn't support 2K or 4K for that matter. Under the hood, the huge tablet has 2GB RAM, a 1.6GHz Octacore processor, 32GB/64GB internal storage with an expandable SD slot, two 4W speakers, and a 5700mAh battery that supports 8 hours of continuous full HD playback. It even has a nanoSIM port for cellular service.