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AT&T offers unlimited data plan, albeit bundled through DirecTV, U-Verse accounts

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Date: Monday, January 11th, 2016, 08:48
Category: iPad, iPhone, News, wireless

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Further proving the wireless calling plan policies take more dramatic plot twists than a Telemundo soap opera, AT&T will be launching a brand new version of unlimited data tomorrow.

Pricing for the plan begins at $100 a month for a single line, plus $40 for each additional line. Unfortunately, the caveats is that you need to be a DirecTV or U-Verse subscriber to even be eligible, which of course adds to the cost if you don’t already have a subscription.

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Rumor: Apple to include wireless charging feature in iPhone 7

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Date: Friday, January 8th, 2016, 09:40
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Because, hey, wireless charging is pretty darn cool.

The current batch of rumors regarding Apple’s next-gen iPhone/the iPhone 7 includes a wireless charging feature as well as a thinner, waterproof body and no headphone jack.

The rumor hails from within Apple’s supply chain and an anonymous source has stated that the iPhone 7 will not include a headphone jack in an effort to make the device even thinner than the iPhone 6s. The device will also “very likely” be waterproof and support some form of wireless charging.

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Apple purchases Emotient, speculation rises as to facial analysis possibilities

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Date: Friday, January 8th, 2016, 08:12
Category: Finance, News, Software

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It’s hard to say what Apple plans to do with the small companies it invariably buys, but the speculation gets interesting.

Most recently, Apple has purchased Emotient Inc., A startup that uses artificial-intelligence technology to read people’s emotions by analyzing facial expressions.

Emotient itself has been sold to advertisers to help assess viewer reactions to their ads as well as tested by doctors to interpret signs of pain among patients unable to express themselves, and a retailer used it to monitor shoppers’ facial expressions in store aisles, the company had said.

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Apple pulls Vidyo screen recording utility from App Store

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Date: Thursday, January 7th, 2016, 17:17
Category: App Store, iOS, News, Software

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If you were interested in the Vidyo screen recording utility, Apple’s yanked it from the App Store.

The app allowed users to record their device’s screen on iPhone and iPad, even when you weren’t using the app itself. That meant you could also record your homescreen. The app made this possible by simulating an AirPlay Mirroring connection – something that also likely violated Apple’s terms of service and contributed to its removal.

The device, which was tested by MacStories, recorded the iOS device’s audioor the microphone’s audio, video from the device screen or the cameras, and could output in resolutions up to 1080p and 60fps. The app also included other features that let you import your own audio files to combine with your screen recordings in order to make screencasts.

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Rumor: iPhone 7 to feature 3D Touch, repositioned LCD flex cables

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Date: Wednesday, January 6th, 2016, 07:56
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It looks like the iPhone 7 will feature a 3D Touch component as well as relocated LCD flex cables within its frame.

Taiwanese web site Apple.club.tw has leaked images of what are thought to be the 3D Touch chip and flex cables, the images also suggesting the backlight assembly is designed for larger than a 4-inch display.

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Fiat Chrysler announces CarPlay support for assorted Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler models later this year

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Date: Tuesday, January 5th, 2016, 08:26
Category: CarPlay, Google, Hardware, iPhone, News, Software

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A certain number of Fiat Chrysler models, including Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler models, will arrive will Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto support this year.

And that’s a nifty thing.

The automaker announced on Monday that a certain group of the three brands would feature CarPlay and Android Auto support, but didn’t say which exact models would gain the support in its official announcement. CarPlay will bridge with the company’s proprietary Uconnect dash system, which is also being upgraded with things like faster startup times, more responsive touchscreens, and better overall performance.

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Rumor: Apple to remove headphone jack from next-gen iPhone, will opt for Lightning connection

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Date: Tuesday, January 5th, 2016, 08:08
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Your next iPhone may not have a headphone jack at all.

The current rumor going through the supply chain is that Apple plans to remove the classic 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in favor of an all-in-one Lightning connector for both connectivity and audio output.

Multiple web sites, citing anonymous sources from within the suppliers, have stated that the unit will be without the headphone jack and that Apple is working on its own wireless Bluetooth headphones.

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Ford announces CarPlay for 2017 models with Sync 3 feature, offers Eyes Free for older models

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Date: Monday, January 4th, 2016, 07:11
Category: Android, CarPlay, Hardware, News, Software

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CarPlay will be coming to all 2017 Ford models equipped with the Sync 3 system. Ford has stated that the 2017 Escape, which goes on sale early this year, will be the first to receive CarPlay as well as support Android Auto.

Ford says that CarPlay will also be available as an upgrade to 2016 models later in the year.

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Rumor: iPhone 7 Plus model to feature 256 GB of storage, 3,100 mAh battery

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Date: Monday, January 4th, 2016, 06:14
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The rumor mill is offering some neat options for the iPhone 7 Plus upon its release.

A current report states that the upcoming handset may feature a 256GB storage option and larger 3,100 mAh battery as two differentiating features over the smaller iPhone 7.

The report does not specify if the iPhone 7 Plus will still have 16GB base storage, or if Apple will opt for larger storage options such as 32GB, 128GB and 256GB, compared to the iPhone 6s Plus lineup of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models.

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AT&T confirms move away from two-year contracts, iPhone subsidies beginning January 8th, 2016

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Date: Thursday, December 31st, 2015, 08:58
Category: Finance, iPhone, News, wireless

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This will change your relationship with AT&T a bit.

Starting on January 8, 2016, AT&T will introduce a “pricing simplification effort” that will see the end of device subsidies and two-year contracts. According to an internal training document shared by Engadget, new and existing AT&T customers will only be able to purchase a smartphone at full price or with an AT&T Next payment plan going forward.

The leaked document states that the new rules apply to all of the phones AT&T sells, including smartphones, which will be paid for with new installment plans. Corporate users are said to be able to continue making two-year contract purchases, although it looks like this will change for the consumer market.

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