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T-Mobile CEO hints at pricier TVision for non-subscribers

T-Mobile's new TVision works on a variety of devices, but it will cost more for those who aren't T-Mobile wireless users.  T-Mobile T-Mobile has joined the streaming TV battle with an update to its TVision service that starts as low as $10 per month for live entertainment channels. Initially opening to postpaid T-Mobile users on Nov. 1, with postpaid Sprint subscribers able to sign up later in the month, the service will be available to everyone regardless of your wireless carrier at some point next year.  If you're looking to take advantage of the cheaper pricing, however, you'll need to have a T-Mobile wireless plan. If not, expect to pay more than $10 per month for the Vibe package or $40 per month for the Live TV offering, which adds ESPN, CNN, TNT and other cable staples.  For more like this Subscribe to the Mobile Latest Technology News , receive notifications and see related stories on CNET. "The launch that we did at these prices is for T-Mobile customers,&

T-Mobile CEO hints at pricier TVision for non-subscribers

T-Mobile's new TVision works on a variety of devices, but it will cost more for those who aren't T-Mobile wireless users.  T-Mobile T-Mobile has joined the streaming TV battle with an update to its TVision service that starts as low as $10 per month for live entertainment channels. Initially opening to postpaid T-Mobile users on Nov. 1, with postpaid Sprint subscribers able to sign up later in the month, the service will be available to everyone regardless of your wireless carrier at some point next year.  If you're looking to take advantage of the cheaper pricing, however, you'll need to have a T-Mobile wireless plan. If not, expect to pay more than $10 per month for the Vibe package or $40 per month for the Live TV offering, which adds ESPN, CNN, TNT and other cable staples.  For more like this Subscribe to the Mobile Latest Technology News , receive notifications and see related stories on CNET. "The launch that we did at these prices is for T-Mobile customers,&

Airtel loss slashed as price rises pay off

 Bharti Airtel CEO Gopal Vittal noted the company bucked traditional weakness in its fiscal Q2 (calendar Q3), as growing numbers of 4G users and a hike in tariffs in 2019 combined to deliver the operator’s highest-ever consolidated quarterly revenue. In a statement, Vittal cited a bump in monthly data consumption as a revenue driver and hailed “strong engagement” of customers as evidence the operator’s digital platform strategy was on the right track. Another highlight was “steady growth momentum” in its business unit. The operator ended the period with 152.7 million 4G users, up 48.1 per cent year-on-year, with daily traffic up from 48.9PB to 77.3PB. In the quarter it added more than 5,000 LTE sites, taking the total above 200,000. Airtel explained it continued to tackle the lingering effects of Covid-19 (coronavirus), with ongoing promotion of digital channels for top-ups and payments. It also noted stores and offices had reopened, insurance arranged for staff, and financial aid prov

Study finds turbulent IT enterprise transition to COVID work-from-home policies

  Some offices could stay empty until mid-2021 as people work from home to avoid COVID-19. Photo: Tom Foremski A global study of IT professionals reports a turbulent transition to COVID-driven work from home policies and most said it has been far from smooth. But it has driven cloud infrastructure investments in the scramble to support the massive shift in work practices. Only 45% of more than 1,200 respondents said they are prepared for when employees might return to the office. And just one-third said that the changes in IT needed to support COVID driven work policies was "smooth" with the rest dealing with significant challenges. Responses were gathered over a two-week period ending September 3, from 1216 IT professionals from the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, BeNeLux, Nordics, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. The survey was commissioned by One Identity, which manages the identities of more than 125 million employees at over 75,000 organizations.  "We now kn

AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have employed aggressive promotional pricing for the iPhone 12 lineup

 The launch of the iPhone 12 has sparked a battle for US carriers to entice devices upgrades. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon's aggressive promotional pricing reflects the higher perceived lifetime value of attracting and retaining 5G wireless consumers.      Apple announced last week that its iPhone 12             would start at $799, but that won't be the case           for all US customers. The $799 starting price is           part of a promotional deal with the major US             wireless carriers AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon—       for those wanting an unlocked iPhone 12, the             price starts $30 higher.      iPhone 12 ushers in more aggressive promos             from US carriers. Business Insider Intelligence      Beside offering the $30 iPhone subsidy, AT&T             and Verizon have also advertised deals in which       certain customers can get an iPhone 12 for                 "free" (contingent upon factors such as trading           in an o

The 7 Kitchen Gadgets I Use to Feed My Quarantined Family

7 items in this article 3 items on sale!  Photo: Pixar Cooking for a family has always been a balancing act. If you have younger kids, you try to prepare meals that don’t turn them off without dumbing down the flavors so much that adults can’t enjoy dinner, too. And as those kids get older, you’re often faced with sports practices, dance schedules, music lessons, and other extracurriculars that constantly run into dinner time — or spread it out over a multiple-hour period. Before COVID, my husband and I, along with our 14- and 12-year-old boys, were settled into a very comfortable groove. Soccer schedules synched to a 7:30 dinner bell. Breakfast had morphed into fruit, cereal, and maybe a toasted bagel, and lunch would often be a slice of pizza or chicken over rice that they grabbed from a food truck close to their school. But when lockdown started, I suddenly had to deal with four hungry mouths for three meals a day — plus snacks. And as any chef de maison can now tell you, even when

It's still good advice: Don't use big words

 Little things mean a lot. Little things can make a big difference. For example, this troublesome little word: “the.” “Army officials issued dishonorable discharges to the soldiers who had PTSD and were accused of crimes.” As opposed to: “Army officials issued dishonorable discharges to soldiers who had PTSD and were accused of crimes.” If you mean specific, individual soldiers, then “the” belongs in the sentence. If you mean soldiers in general in that category, “the” does not belong in the sentence. That word — “the” — distinguishes between specific and general. Another troublesome little thing: which word to use — that or who? Example: “The School Board honored parents that taught their children at home during the quarantine.” The word “that” changes parents from humans into machines. Use “who” when you refer to people; use “that” when you refer to things. To be fair, those little words are not trifles: Used correctly, they provide precision, which creates clarity. So much for “litt

167 Gadgets the Tech-Lovers in Your Life Will Cherish Forever

     By Shelcy Joseph of PopSugar |  BUY NOW     $94    If spoiling your loved ones with the latest tech        gadgets is on your list this year, rest easy: we've already done the work for you. You can choose from over 160 goodies for the techie sisters, Star Wars-crazed brothers, Doctor Who fans, resident gamers, and Lego-lovers in your life. From handy mobile chargers to lightweight wireless Bluetooth speakers, these suggestions will make their lives so much easier. We won't be surprised if you get some for yourself, too. Happy shopping! - Additional reporting by Nicole Nguyen © Amazon

Mobile Network Provider Perks – What’s On Offer?

  getty By Esther Shaw The battle for business among mobile providers means networks are falling over themselves to offer freebies, sweeteners and giveaways in a bid to lure in new customers. This includes the chance to buy the hottest gig tickets before everyone else, free access to services such as BT Sport, Spotify Premium and Amazon Prime, as well as free coffees and high-street discounts. Here, we take a closer look at what’s on offer from popular network providers. O2 O2 Priority is one of the best – and best-known– reward schemes available. By downloading the O2 Priority Tickets app, you purchase tickets for events at any O2 venue 48 hours before they go on general sale – which will be a big pull for music lovers and sports fans. Once at the venue, you may also be able to get additional VIP perks, such as fast-track entry, access to an exclusive bar, or even a free pint. With O2 Priority Offers, customers get weekly treats and discounts on food, drinks, shopping and other servic

Mobile Phones Packaging Market Estimated To Surge At A CAGR Above 7.2% During 2020–2026 – ZMR

 Global Mobile Phones Packaging market, which is likely to accrue nearly 8,535.26 (USD Million) by 2026, is set to record a CAGR of nearly 7.2% over 2020-2026 As per analysts at Zion Market Research, the global mobile phones packaging market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of around 7.2% during the forecast period 2020–2026 and reach USD 8,535.26 million by the end of 2026. The packaging plays a vital role during the process of storage & transportation. Also, mobile phones packaging products offer protection and aid to improve the shelf-life of the product, which helps to present superior quality products. These are some key aspects expected to propel the expansion of the global market. Furthermore, rapidly augmenting demand for mobile phones internationally is the main factor accountable for the development of the global market. Some of the prominent players in the global market are Guangzhou Junye Packaging Co. Ltd; Dongguan City Luheng Papers Company Ltd.; Cellpaks Solutions Lt

Gadgets Were on the Way Out. Then 2020 Happened.

© Akanksha Sarma COVID-19 impact | How consumer electronics saw a fresh resurgence in 2020 Gadgets were supposed to be over. Smartphones, tablets and smartwatches cannibalized the weaker devices around them, including cameras, music players, navigation units, fitness trackers and gaming devices. The few tech products that broke through the noise of crowdfunding sites and the crowded field of startups were quickly commoditized and undercut on Amazon. The stores that dealt in gadgetry — Circuit City, RadioShack, Best Buy — had gone out of business or become glum warehouses for no-fun products. In 2016, my colleague Farhad Manjoo declared a “gadget apocalypse.” “For 30 or 40 years, through recessions and war, through stability and revolutions, they were always there,” he wrote. Soon, to the horror of enthusiasts and mere consumerists alike, they might converge into a bland rectangularity. For now, at least, it appears the gadget apocalypse has been averted, due in part to threats of actua

5 best mobile banking features that make your financial life easier

© fizkes/Shutterstock A man uses a voice assistant. If it's been ages since you've set foot inside a bank or opened an account statement, you probably have mobile banking to thank. Mobile banking apps are designed to make our financial lives easier and the best mobile banking features make us wonder how we ever got by without them. Functions like mobile deposit have become standard, but newer features allow you to send money to a friend by voice command, set up an ATM withdrawal remotely or get a reminder when a big expense is about to clear. And for consumers in 2020, any features that eliminate points of contact and the need to handle cash or cards can be a big plus. "What we've seen is an exponential increase in the awareness and adoption of contactless payments," says Richard Crone, founder of mobile payments research firm Crone Consulting. Here's a look at some of the best mobile banking features. 1. Cardless ATM withdrawal.  In these germ-conscious times

Amazon's Slashing The Prices Of Dash's Already-Affordable Kitchen Gadgets (Including THAT Mini Waffle Iron)

 After months of cooking the same recipes with the same gadgets, you might be in desperate need of a change of pace. If you want to restock your kitchen cabinets on a budget, you're in luck: Amazon has stealthily slashed the prices of a bunch of Dash appliances. As far as we're concerned, Dash is the trifecta of cooking gadget: Each product is designed to deliver, incredibly affordable, and stylish enough to leave out on your counters. While Dash's appliances are already affordable, Amazon is shaving off a couple dollars to make these pieces a complete steal. But hurry! When the prices are this good, we don't expect these appliances to be in stock for much longer. To help, we're sharing all the best deals below.

Price warning: iPhone 12 on T-Mobile costs more than on AT&T and Verizon

© Provided by CNET Apple has updated its site to include iPhone 12 deals from T-Mobile and Sprint. Apple; screenshot by CNET Apple's site now shows the same prices for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini across all carriers, after initially displaying lower rates for Verizon and AT&T customers. Following  Apple's  launch event on Tuesday, the iPhone 12 was listed at $799 for AT&T  and Verizon  customers, and $829 for T-Mobile  and Sprint  customers. Meanwhile, the iPhone 12 Mini was priced at $699 for AT&T and Verizon customers, and $729 through T-Mobile and Sprint. Now, both phones are available at the lower price across all four carriers. © screenshot/Apple Apple, AT&T and Verizon didn't immediately respond to requests for comment on the initial price differences. On Wednesday, a T-Mobile representative pointed to a tweet by CEO Mike Sievert promoting company offers on the iPhone 12 lineup. Another representative said Apple hadn't yet added the carrier

These best-selling gadgets are all on sale today

Labor Day may have come and gone, but it’s not too late to save big on some of the best and most popular deals on the web. Whether you’re in the market for a mini security camera or a smartwatch that won’t break the bank, there’s something on this list of gadgets for you, and each item is on sale right now for a limited time. 1. Mobile Pixels TRIO: Portable Triple Screen Laptop Monitor (1 Screen) MSRP: $520 | Sale Price: $500 (8% off) Boost your productivity even when you’re on the go with this simple monitor extension. It comes with plug ’n play compatibility, and the screens are small enough to toss in your bag at a moment’s notice. 2 . Mobile Pixels DUEX Pro Portable Dual Monitor MSRP: $300 | Sale Price: $249 (18% off) This portable monitor extension makes it possible to increase your screen size in seconds, and it’s easy to eliminate glare in any setting thanks to 270 degrees of rotation. 3. Cashew Smart Wallet with Biometrics & Bluetooth MSRP: $149 | Sale Price: $99.99 (32% of

Boost Mobile adds new $10 per month 2GB plan, but only for a 'limited time'

 Boost Mobile has new plans.  Boost Mobile Dish's Boost Mobile is adding some new "limited-time" plans for cost-conscious customers who would prefer savings on their wireless bill over unlimited high-speed data or features like a mobile hotspot.  The new plans include unlimited talk and text and start at either $10 per month for 2GB of high-speed data or $15 per month for 4GB of high-speed data. Taxes and fees are also already baked into the list price, with no minimum amount of lines needed to get the promotion.  For more like this Subscribe to the Mobile newsletter, receive notifications and see related stories on CNET. The promotion runs from Wednesday through Dec. 31, though the discounted rate will only last for three months from when you start service. After that, your high-speed data will drop from 2GB to 1GB per month on the $10 plan and from 4GB to 2GB per month on the $15 option.  If you go over the allotted data you will be slowed to "2G speeds" with

An iPhone-loving Best Buy rep told me which phone to buy and I'm stunned

           This was the phone I wanted to see. Cho Mu-Hyun/ZDNet When October comes, you can get jittery. You stare at your phone and wonder whether it's the best expression of who you are. Or, perhaps, of what you've become. Cynically, smartphones makers know this. So they bombard you with their latest wares at your most vulnerable time. Why, I look down at my black, somewhat scratched iPhone XR and I see a reflection of a dark, damaged soul. And then there was last week's iPhone 12 event which tantalized with a gamut of phones that all have very similar capabilities but very different sizes. I went, therefore, for psychological guidance to the home of physical retail objectivity, Best Buy. I hadn't been to one for quite a while and I needed some cheery, forthright advice. Now She Sees It, Now You Don't. I confess I've been teetering toward the concept of foldable phones. Especially the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. My colleague Matthew Miller described it as approa

All the ways to turn your phone or camera into a webcam

In the spring, while the pandemic was surging and people were moving into home offices, it was nearly impossible to find a webcam to help secure your home or provide a better Zoom experience. As a result, camera manufacturers began issuing software that would enable camera owners to convert their tech into a working webcam. And while the webcam famine has abated somewhat, it could still be a good idea to convert your older phone or camera into a webcam — not only will you be saving a bit of cash by repurposing your tech, but you’ll be saving your devices (at least temporarily) from having to be recycled. The following are some resources that might help you create a new webcam from your old tech. We start with a couple of general how-tos, and then offer information about some apps that you can get from specific camera manufacturers. How to convert a phone or a camera We’ll start with how to get your Android phone or tablet to act as a webcam for your computer, and then we’ll move into d

iPhone 12: The biggest reason to buy a 5G phone right now is FOMO

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks up the iPhone 12 lineup's new 5G connectivity. Apple This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters. Apple last week gave people plenty of reasons to want a new iPhone 12, much as it does every year when it refreshes its phone lineup. The camera is better, and so's the processor. The display, with its "ceramic shield" technology, is more durable, and there's even a Pacific blue iPhone 12 Pro. There are now four new models to choose from instead of three, and the overall phone's been redesigned for the first time since 2017. Oh, and did you hear? All phones in the iPhone 12 lineup also come with 5G.  Read more : iPhone 12 and 12 Pro review: Simply extraordinary The next-generation cellular technology was front and center in Apple's virtual iPhone launch last week. Apple showed us its secret, padded anechoic chamber where it tests 5G airwaves and talked up the tweaks it's made to b

How to Repurpose Your Old Gadgets

 Electronic waste is a huge problem, one that's getting worse: We're now producing 21 percent more e-waste globally than we were five years ago. When it comes to gadgets like phones, your brand new model will likely be superseded in a year, and sometimes not even that. That's why it's worth thinking twice about what you do with your old gadgets whenever something new arrives. You might be surprised at how many ways you can repurpose an old piece of hardware, even if it's several years old and has become too slow to fulfill its original function properly anymore. These are some of our favorite ideas, but there are more out there—with a little bit of imagination, you might be able to come up with something new. Turn an Old Phone or Tablet Into a Security Camera When a smartphone has outlived its usefulness, don't toss it. There's a lot of working tech in there that can fulfill other roles. One of these roles is as a security camera, providing an always-on vide