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IoT Could Be Used To Spy, Admits James Clapper

Nest The latest high profile individual to debunk the notion that surveillance is at risk of ‘going dark’ in an age of increasingly robust encryption is none other than James Clapper, U.S. director of national intelligence himself. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

February 10th

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Apple discontinues combined Apple Watch + iPhone AppleCare packages

 

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On the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus announcement day, Apple increased the pricing of its AppleCare+ protection plan from $99 to $129. We’ve since discovered that Apple has additionally discontinued its combined plans for the Apple Watch and iPhone. Since the launch of the Apple Watch earlier this year, Apple offered combined packages that allowed a customer to protect both devices on a single plan. Now, customers must purchase both plans separately. The combined packages did not bring any discount or value over purchasing the plans separately, so the discontinuation of the program does not come as a major change for consumers. Apple has told employees that customers who have already purchased the combined plans will not be affected through their deals.

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Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple Inc, Apple Store, AppleCare, AT&T, Best Buy, Bit, Cost-effectiveness analysis, iPhone, United States, Verizon Communications

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Mark Gurman

September 14th

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Today I Kayak From Cuba to Florida (UPDATE: MADE IT)

A couple months ago a friend of mine approached me with something that sounded insane. Did I want to kayak from Cuba to Florida? I hadn’t paddled in a year, it was just a month away, and I’d just broken a rib. It was almost certainly a very, very stupid idea. So I said yes.

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brent rose

September 13th

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T-Mobile launches competitive new Family Plan, offering $30/per 10GB line

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T-Mobile’s Uncarrier Amped moves are still going strong. Just days after announcing its cross-border ‘Mobile Without Borders’ plan, the magenta carrier has unveiled a brand new family plan.

With the new plan, two customers can get 10GB per line for $100 per month. Each additional line is then $20 per person, each with 10GB data allowance. As a special offer, T-Mobile is also giving customers a fourth line for free. Between now and Labor day, customers will be able to sign up to four lines with 10GB data on each, for $120 per month.

As it has done several times in recent months, T-Mobile is aiming its marketing directly at Verizon customers. In a short comparison table, T-Mobile pits its own plans against similar family plans on ‘Big Red’. It’s no surprise to see that being on #TeamMagenta can save some cash.

As with all Simple Choice plans, customers who sign up get access to all the other benefits of being a T-Mobile subscriber. You’ll get the new ‘Mobile without Borders’ feature, no overages, international data and texting, Music Freedom, Wi-Fi calling and texting as well as Data Stash.Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 14.51.06

John Legere is quick to point out that Verizon’s supposed $80 plan — which gives 4 lines a shared pot of 10GB — actually costs $140 when you include “data access fees”.

“It’s no surprise Verizon’s spent what looks to be over $100 million in just two months promoting an $80 data plan with 10GB everyone has to share. The catch is, it’s not actually an $80 plan. You can’t actually use any of that data until you pay additional ‘line access’ fees for data you’ve already bought,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “So, when they say $80, they actually charge a family of four at least $140. And that’s to share 10GB. Leave it to Verizon to push a plan that gives you a pile of data you can’t use unless you fork over more in hidden fees.”

Although it’s a great deal compared to Verizon, it still doesn’t seem quite as good as T-Mobile’s previous 2 for $100 deal which offered two lines of the highest Simple Choice tier with unlimited 4G LTE data. That said, getting four lines for $120 and having 10GB on each line sounds awesome. Especially when you think it’s only $20 more than the older 4 for $100 deal which only gave users 2.5GB each, 10GB total.

Along with the previous two Uncarrier Amped moves, T-Mobile is strengthening its value proposition and has become even more attractive to customers than it already was. The cool carrier just got a lot cooler.


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: 4G, family plan, LTE (telecommunication), T-Mobile, United States, Verizon Communications, Verizon Wireless

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Cam Bunton

July 14th

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Apple gets closer to opening up its first store in Belgium

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New Brussels shopping complex La Toison d’Or

Apple is getting closer to taking its retail stores to a new market: Belgium. According to sources within Apple retail, Apple today sent out a memo announcing the new market. The note also was sent to gauge interest from employees who may be inclined to relocate to Belgium to assist with opening up the new location…

When Apple enters new markets, the company frequently seeks employees from the United States and other established markets to temporarily assist with new store launches. Indicating that an opening will occur in the not to distant future, Apple asks interested employees to respond to the note by the end of this month. In addition to reaching out to employees, Apple today posted several job listings for a new Brussels, Belgium store on its website:

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This is the second time that Apple has posted Belgium store job listings on its website, with the first set coming late last year. Interestingly, in line with the timing of today’s listings, Apple actually confirmed for the first time to Belgium-based website DeStandaard that an Apple Store will becoming to Belgium. “We look forward to bringing the unique Apple retail experience to our customers in Belgium,” Apple said without sharing addition information about the store. Earlier today, a now-retracted Tweet indicated that Apple Pay could, too, make its way to Belgium this year.

While Apple has remained mum on details as to the exact location of the store in Belgium, it is believed to be located at the new Le Toison d’Or mall on Gulden-Vlieslaan in Brussels. Sources in the United Kingdom indicate that select employees will be relocating to to the United Arab Emirates late this summer to assist with store openings in that new region as well. Tim Cook noted in his meeting with employees in China that Apple is on track to open up 40 stores within China by next year, which Cook says is one of retail chief Angela Ahrendts’s top current priorities.


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple Store, Apple watch, Belgium, Brussels, china, Distributors, iPad, iPhone, iPod, New region, uae, UK, United States

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Mark Gurman

May 20th

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Parrot’s Drone Revenues Were Up 356% Year-Over-Year

rolling-spider2 Parrot saw a big bump in drone sales between its first quarter for 2015, and the same period last year – there was a 356 percent increase in revenue derived from the category between those two measurement spans, with consumer drones leading the big increase with 483 percent revenue growth. Pro drones, like Parrot’s eBee Ag agricultural model, also saw revenues rise 164 percent… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

May 13th

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First Space Black, Modern Buckle, & Leather Loop Apple Watch orders shipping

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Apple has begun charging for and preparing to ship the first orders of the 42MM Space Black stainless steel, Modern Buckle, Leather Loop, and international stainless steel Link Bracelet orders, according to reports from several readers. Standard Apple Watch with Link Bracelet orders started arriving in the United States yesterday…

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Besides the Apple Watch Edition, these models were the last variants of the Apple Watch to not yet ship. We noted this was likely due to the more complex design and manufacturing of these particular band combinations. Apple began shipping standalone Link Bracelets and Leather Loops last week, while the standalone Modern Buckle still reads as “currently unavailable.”

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With these models being charged for and preparing to ship this morning, it appears likely that they will actually ship later today and begin arriving at the homes of customers tomorrow. During the April pre-order process, Apple indicated that many of these Watches would arrive between May 13 and May 27th, so it appears that Apple will be hitting the earlier side of that timeframe.

Update: Orders begin shipping with deliveries tomorrow:

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Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Aluminium, Amazon Prime, Apple Inc, Apple Store Online, Apple TV, Pre-order, smartwatch, Stainless steel, steel, United States

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Mark Gurman

May 13th

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First Space Black, Modern Buckle, & Leather Loop Apple Watch orders shipping

Screenshot 2015-05-13 04.43.39

Apple has begun charging for and preparing to ship the first orders of the 42MM Space Black stainless steel, Modern Buckle, Leather Loop, and international stainless steel Link Bracelet orders, according to reports from several readers. Standard Apple Watch with Link Bracelet orders started arriving in the United States yesterday…

modernbuckleshipImage via @Charavel

Besides the Apple Watch Edition, these models were the last variants of the Apple Watch to not yet ship. We noted this was likely due to the more complex design and manufacturing of these particular band combinations. Apple began shipping standalone Link Bracelets and Leather Loops last week, while the standalone Modern Buckle still reads as “currently unavailable.”

Image via @CharavelImage via @Charavel

With these models being charged for and preparing to ship this morning, it appears likely that they will actually ship later today and begin arriving at the homes of customers tomorrow. During the April pre-order process, Apple indicated that many of these Watches would arrive between May 13 and May 27th, so it appears that Apple will be hitting the earlier side of that timeframe.

Update: Orders begin shipping with deliveries tomorrow:

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Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Aluminium, Amazon Prime, Apple Inc, Apple Store Online, Apple TV, Pre-order, smartwatch, Stainless steel, steel, United States

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Mark Gurman

May 13th

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Apple TV gains new content in UK, Ireland, Australia, Japan, & Scandinavia

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Apple has pushed out several new content channels across many countries to the Apple TV, as noted by several readers. Here’s the breakdown of the new channels across the world:

  • Viaplay has been added to the Apple TV in Scandinavia (which is comprised of Denmark, Sweden, Norway) and Finland. Viaplay is comprised of local sports content, films, and TV shows.
  • Stan has been added in Australia, and it contains localized TV shows, films, and content for kids.
  • The WWE Wrestling Network has been added to Apple TVs in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The network first launched in several countries, including the United States in Canada, for the Apple TV in February.
  • Bandai, a localized, subscription-based digital network, has been added to the Apple TV in Japan.

Last week, Apple rolled out CBS Sports and USA Now channels in the United States. Apple is expected to announce new Apple TV hardware in June at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, complete with an App Store and redesigned Remote.

Thanks, Niklas and everyone who sent this in. 


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Mark Gurman

May 12th

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Canada Proves Fertile Ground For Amazon Drone Delivery Tests

amazon-primeair 2 After being rebuffed by U.S. regulator reticence, Amazon is now engaged in testing its drone delivery services in British Columbia, just north of the U.S. border in Canada, on a piece of land dotted with oak trees and firs, the Guardian reports. The ecommerce company is using the test field to trial drones weighing under 55 lbs carrying packages ranging up to 5 lbs, flying through airspace… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

March 30th

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