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Google gains patent for offering free transport in advertising

Customers could get free travel to business locations

Online advertising could offer viewers free travel to businesses in the future, based on a recently-granted patent. The filing, titled "Transportation-aware physical advertising conversions," suggests a way for a system that can provide free or discounted transit of a customer to a physical location,...


Amazon gains patent for shipping items before orders are completed

Anticipatory shipping patent directs products to customers mid-delivery

Amazon may start shipping items to customers before an order is completed in the future, if a recently-granted patent is anything to go by. The patent by the retailer for a "Method and system for anticipatory package shipping" was granted on Christmas Eve, with the proposed system potentially lowering...


Sprint shutters One Up early-upgrade plan four months after launch

Sprint customers redirected from One Up to Framily plans

Sprint has withdrawn its One Up early upgrade plan in the United States, less than four months after it launched. The plan, which competed against similar offerings from T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T, was retired on the 9th of January, allowed customers to pay for a device over 24 monthly installments,...


T-Mobile confirms: will pay early termination fee to switch carriers

Customers shifting to T-Mobile will receive up to $350 to pay old carrier fees

T-Mobile is removing the issue of Early Termination Fees (ETF) for customers wishing to change carrier, the company has revealed. The plan, confirming a rumor from earlier today, will give subscribers and families up to $350 per line to cover the ETF, with customers able to start switching from AT&T,...


New Mac Pro teardown reveals CPU, RAM upgradable

Custom graphics card not upgradable, PCIe storage still in doubt

A teardown of the new Mac Pro by upgrade experts Other World Computing will give cause for much celebration among DIY technophiles (who are, ironically, unlikely to be customers of the new workstation) -- the retailer says both the RAM and, more surprisingly, the central CPU unit of the Mac Pro are...


Virgin Media rolls out Netflix app to subscriber TiVo boxes in UK

Provides free six-month subscription to higher-tier cable customers

British cable operator Virgin Media has completed its trial of offering Netflix on 40,000 of its set-top boxes, opening it up to all customers. Subscribers with a TiVo box, in over 1.8 million UK homes, will not only gain access to the streaming video service on the device, but will also gain six months...


Moto Maker option for Moto X spotted on Verizon website before launch

Customization options for Moto X on Verizon said to start tomorrow

Verizon's own version of the Moto Maker site reportedly came online for a brief period earlier today, with a page giving the option for the customer to customize their own Moto X smartphone. The Moto Maker page, now redirecting to the front page of the Verizon online store, apparently came online the...


AmazonSmile will donate part of Amazon order value to charity

Customers can nominate charity to receive Amazon donation

Amazon has launched a program that will allow customers to donate money to charity using Amazon orders. AmazonSmile lets customers name a charity of their choice that will receive 0.5 percent of the price of their total Amazon purchase as a monetary donation, with the retailer advising that there is...


Apple discovers iPhone 5s battery defect in some units

Will contact affected customers, replace iPhone unit

Apple has uncovered an issue "affecting a very limited number of iPhone 5s devices" that could cause the battery to stop taking a charge or in some cases drain very quickly, the company tells The New York Times. The company isn't specific about how many units of the iPhone 5s have been affected (the...


T-Mobile adds tethering, domestic data roaming to prepaid plans

Simple Choice customers now get tethering

T-Mobile this week added new features for customers on its "pay-in-advance" Simple Choice plans, allowing them to take advantage of domestic data roaming and mobile hotspot services. The carrier confirmed the service addition to FierceWireless on Friday, but noted that it had actually become available...


Briefly: Evernote update adds map notes, Latest QuickLicense released

Latest Evernote includes home screen customization, map notes

The latest update of Evernote's mobile app for iOS and Android has been released, offering new features and improvements. Evernote is a productivity organizer that lets users sync notes, to-do lists and photos across devices, as well as share notes through social media tools. Version 7.1 on iOS features...


Verizon Q3 results show over half of smartphone sales are iPhones

Verizon earns $30.3B revenue, 1.1M more wireless customers

Verizon has beat Wall Street expectations in its third quarter financial results, adding more than 1.1 million new customers to its wireless service in the period. Overall Verizon revenues of $30.3 billion marks a year-on-year increase of 4.4 percent, with the wireless business increasing its contribution...


Lavabit makes e-mail data available to customers for brief period

Customers able to download data blocked after company shutdown

Encrypted e-mail service Lavabit has temporarily reopened, to allow customers to retrieve their stored data after the service's shutdown. Customers will be able to change their account password on the service for a 72-hour period starting at 7pm Central Time today, with personal account data being made...


T-Mobile nixes 30 percent Galaxy Gear discount, cancels orders

Carrier cancels orders that gave customers deal on Gear

T-Mobile has sent email notifications to some customers informing them that their discounted Galaxy Gear orders have been canceled and that they will have to re-order them at the regular price. Android news site Droid Life reported on Friday that T-Mobile customers had begun receiving the notifications,...


Report: Verizon to get Moto Maker for Moto X November 11

Moto X customization system said to hit Verizon next month

Verizon customers will soon have the option to fully personalize their Moto X handsets, according to a new report from notorious tech news leaker @evleaks. The rumored November 11 arrival of Moto Maker will allow customers on the United States' largest carrier to choose their own color and configuration...


Steam details first Steam Machine PC-gaming consoles

New 'console' will run custom branch of Linux

Digital game distribution service Steam has revealed some information about its prototype Steam Machine that it will ship to 300 Steam users for free. The prototype machines are high-end, high-performance boxes, built out of off-the-shelf PC parts. They are fully upgradable, allowing any user to swap...


Big-name cloud provider Nirvanix files Chapter 11, hosted data at risk

Customers have until October 15 to migrate data to other cloud hosts

Cloud provider Nirvanix has announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company, with deep ties to IBM and Dell, has given customers with hosted data until October 15 to move data or face permanent loss. The shutdown affects a large swath of the tech industry, with the company's largest...


Apple ID now required to schedule Genius Bar appointments online

Move encourages customers to acquire Apple ID, hurts 'appointment scalpers'

In order to fight back against "scalpers" who book up and then sell prime Genius Bar appointment times in China and some big cities around the world, Apple is instituting a new policy that requires an individual Apple ID in order to book an appointment with an Apple Retail Store's technical staff. The...


AT&T purchase of Alltel assets temporarily stopped by FCC

FCC concerned about prepaid customer migration to new networks

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has temporarily stopped an informal 180-day approval clock on the AT&T purchase of Alltel's retail operations. The FCC claims to have no information on how AT&T will migrate the Alltel customer base to its network "despite several Commission staff follow-up...


Time Warner Cable provides antennas, Best Buy credit for CBS blackout

Free antennas for customers in four affected markets

Time Warner Cable is attempting to help customers affected by the CBS blackout by issuing free antennas. TWC is offering a free basic antenna to a limited number of subscribers in four markets, or the alternate option of $20 in Best Buy credit towards an antenna of their choice, allowing its customers...


AT&T stores to offer iPhone 3GS to GoPhone customers, rumor suggests

Offers expected to be made quietly to handful of customers

Some AT&T stores will be offering refurbished models of the iPhone 3GS to prepaid GoPhone subscribers, a source says. The carrier reportedly won't be displaying the phone or advertising it in any way, but some sales clerks are expected to offer it to people who can't afford more expensive hardware. The...


Follow-up: Koreans prefer iPads over Android tablets as well

First iPhone, then iPad continues to rank high in customer satisfaction

Following on from an earlier report that found the iPhone beating both Samsung and other Android-based smartphones in Samsung's home court of South Korea, the National Consumer Satisfaction Index has also revealed that the iPad has also beaten Korean companies Samsung and LG in customer satisfaction...


Comcast deploys additional public SSID to consumer Wi-Fi routers

Use of the network free to existing Comcast customers

Comcast is beginning to give its Xfinity Internet customers an additional "xfinitywifi" SSID network in-home that is completely separate and distinct from the family's private and secure home Wi-Fi signal. The move, in effect, creates millions of hotspots for Comcast customers, available all over the...


AT&T to offer up to $200 for used iPhone 4S in trade-in promo

Aimed at existing customers eligible for an iPhone 5 upgrade

Hot on the heels of iPhone 5 promotions from T-Mobile and Verizon, AT&T appears to have thrown its hat into the ring with reports that existing, upgrade-eligible customers are being targeted in a new email. The email offers special trade-in pricing for used iPhone 4S models, promising up to $200 in credit...


Google consolidates storage limits across Mail, Google+, Drive

15GB free limit for consumers, business customers given 30GB

Google today announced a combination of cloud data storage limits. Rolling out over the next couple of weeks to all users, the search engine is allocating a total of 15GB to users, shared across Gmail, Google+, and Google Drive. Business customers are offered 30GB of unified storage shared between the...


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