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T-Mobile adding 'Data Stash' roll-over data to Simple Choice plan

12/16, 11:38am

Simple Choice plan customers have up to one year to use leftover data

T-Mobile will allow its customers to bank unused data allowances for future use, it has revealed. The Uncarrier 8.0 announcement of "Data Stash" allows data to rollover from month to month, with leftover data stored on the account for up to a year, allowing the customer to go over their normal monthly data allowance at a later time.

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Government could turn to 225-year-old law to force user decryption

11/26, 9:29pm

All Writs Act compels 'reasonable' unlock assistance, gives idea of future circumvention

In the face of increasing security measures on consumer devices, the US Department of Justice appears to be returning to old school tactics to get at data in devices. A judge in New York ordered an unnamed smartphone manufacturer to provide technical assistance in unlocking a device, something prosecutors argued under the All Writs Act of 1789. While the All Writs Act has been used in the past in technological situations, it could be the de facto means of law enforcement data requests in the future.

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T-Mobile, FCC reach agreement to help inform data-throttled customers

11/24, 8:57pm

Carrier to modify text messages, disclosures to customers, report accurate speed tests

US carrier T-Mobile and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced an agreement today that changes the way T-Mobile handles customers that go over their data caps in any given month. The FCC says T-Mobile will take steps to ensure customers are better informed about the reduced speeds, including providing accurate speed tests.

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AT&T launches limited time Mobile Share Value 15GB data promotion

11/17, 5:00pm

Consumers get 15GB for the price of 10GB plan, double data on select plans extended

AT&T is launching a new plan offer starting November 18, giving existing and new customers looking for a bargain in data an additional option to consider. The company's current 10GB Mobile Share Value plan is getting a 5GB boost in shared data, while maintaining the $100 per month price. The wireless carrier says that the plan will be offered for a limited time, but doesn't give a date for the end of the promotion.

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Verizon retreats from 'network optimization' for unlimited data users

10/01, 7:13pm

Carrier drops policy on LTE data speed limits on day it was set to be implemented

Verizon had a change of heart on its implementation of "network optimization" that would result in slower 4G LTE speeds for account holders with unlimited data. Initially, the carrier announced a change in policy that was said only to impact the "top five percent" of unlimited plan users, as the company would manage their data speeds in order to optimize speeds in the area for others.

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Sprint, Verizon take on AT&T 'double data' promotion with own offers

10/01, 3:17pm

Verizon matches AT&T data promotion, Sprint increases data cap more

AT&T's recent promotional offer to double the data caps on its Mobile Share Value plans seems to have struck a nerve with other carriers. Both Verizon and Sprint have announced their own data-doubling promotions just a few days after AT&T -- and while Verizon appears to match AT&T's allowances and prices, Sprint has opted to go further, by redoubling the caps.

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Authorities ordered to give Kim Dotcom copies of Megaupload data

09/09, 9:18pm

Data wrapped up in copyright infringement, legal battle since seizure in 2012

Data from the machines seized in 2012 as part of a warrant search on Kim Dotcom's mansion in New Zealand and the home of Bram van der Kolk will be returned soon, on the order of the New Zealand Court of Appeals. It was announced this week that the court has ordered the police to release clones of the devices and computer seized to Dotcom and his second-in-command at Megaupload. It was ordered that the data be released immediately, but could also be released in pieces if it could speed up the delivery.

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Verizon offers $60 single-line plan with 2GB data for limited time

08/18, 2:57pm

New More Everything comes with $15 overage charges, requires new activation or upgrade

US cellular provider Verizon announced a revised offering today in an attempt to be competitive with data in the mobile market. Under the new plan, Verizon customers will be getting a discounted rate for a single-line account, while gaining an additional 1GB of data per month for two years, along with unlimited talk and text for a single phone line.

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Hackers gain access to Nest, develop tool to stop data reporting

07/16, 9:38pm

Nest is essentially jailbroken, uses a custom tool to end reporting back to company

A group of researchers from the University of Central Florida (UCF) discovered a way to root the Nest thermostat in the process of finding a way to hack the device to steal data and install malware. Led by engineering professor Yier Jin, the team used physical access to accomplish the hack even though it is built with security in mind. During the hacking discovery, the team came up with a way to stop the device from reporting data back to Google (or Nest).

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FreedomPop plans app-specific data plans, sponsored data allowances

06/24, 7:36am

Paid, sponsored cellular access for specific apps mulled by FreedomPop for Q3 launch

Sprint-based wireless provider FreedomPop could soon change the way it offers data allowances to its users, with an app-focused approach. A report claims the company is testing app-based data allowances, letting users pay for bandwidth for specific smartphone apps, on top of the current 500MB free cellular usage the carrier provides its customers each month.

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Retailer group formed to share information on hacks, prevent breaches

05/15, 10:29pm

Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center formed to help retailers pool information

A new organization has been formed to share information between retailers regarding cyber threats and breaches of company data. The Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC) was formed by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), along with several large retailers including Target, Gap, Nike and Safeway. Formation of the group is seen as a step forward for retailers to protect against or lessen the the impact of customer data theft.

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Briefly: DataMan Pro updated for iOS, Anykeylogger for Mac

12/10, 12:39pm

Updated DataMan Pro offers improved Smart Forecast, usage prediction

DataMan Pro, a data usage app for iOS, has released an updated version today. Version 8.3 of the app learns its user's usage trends, and can notify users how much they can use each day without surpassing a user-defined data cap. The new version also features an improved Smart Forecast, allowing users receive notifications on their usage based on trended information.

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LG Smart TV caught phoning home with viewing data, even when disabled

11/20, 6:58am

Channel information, file names on storage passed back to LG

Smart TVs from LG are collecting data on the owner's viewing habits and connected devices, and forwarding the information back to base, according to one customer. It is alleged that the data is also being fed back to LG, even if the customer selects an option in the television's software that supposedly prevents it from doing so.

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Built-in Twitter in Windows Phone causing excess data usage

10/25, 5:13am

Twitter profile image redownloads fault in Windows Phone

A feature in Windows Phone is causing device owners to unexpectedly use high amounts of data, which could be potentially expensive for some phone users. An issue in the operating system's Twitter integration has devices frequently redownloading profile images from the service, an issue that Microsoft has been quick to confirm exists.

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US Cellular moves to shared data plans, removes unlimited data option

10/14, 1:53pm

Shared Data scheme from US Cellular similar to AT&T, Verizon offerings

US Cellular has decided to offer shared data plans to its customers, bringing it in line with AT&T and Verizon. At the same time as allowing customers and small businesses to buy allowances of data that can be used on multiple devices, the carrier is also bringing to an end the availability of its unlimited data plans.

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AT&T, Apple to pay claims from 'unlimited' 3G data users

09/27, 9:00pm

Carrier's change to data plans entangles Apple through 3G iPad

Although it had no say in how AT&T managed its "unlimited" 3G data plans, Apple and the US carrier are both responsible for harm inflicted on consumers who bought 3G iPads on AT&T's network expected to be able to use an unlimited data plan. The proposed settlement, which must still be approved by a judge, comes as a result of customers who spent an extra $130 on the 3G-capable iPad in the expectation that they could use AT&T's unlimited data plan with it. AT&T later revoked the option after promising it would retain it for iPad 3G customers.

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MetroPCS 'simple' plans with unlimited 4G LTE data option

01/10, 2:14pm

All plan tiers include unlimited calls, texts

MetroPCS has announced a set of wireless contracts for 4G LTE with a focus on simplicity, including one with unlimited data. The new mobile phone plans all include unlimited voice minutes and texts, and offer three different tiers of service, with the only differentiation being the amount of 4G data usage is permitted each month on the subscription.

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Microsoft uses DeviceScape curated Wi-Fi map in WP8

11/07, 5:57am

Monitored list of 11 million hotspots to help mobile users

Microsoft is using a crowdsourced "curated" hotspot system in Windows Phone 8, in an effort to help its mobile users manage their mobile data costs. DeviceScape is providing the technology behind the Data Sense Wi-Fi map, including data for over 11 million hotspots that have been tested for speed and connection quality.

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AT&T CEO: data-only plans inevitable

06/02, 7:19pm

Data-only plans within two years, data across devices coming

Speaking at a Sanford Bernstein investor conference in New York, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has forecast that cell phone plans charging users only for data were virtually inevitable, and would likely start appearing on the market in the next two years. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Stephenson stopped short of saying that AT&T has any such plan in the works, but he did say that the communications giant is looking at a number of novel pricing models for wireless data.

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AT&T iPhone user wins damages in data-throttling case

02/24, 7:30pm

Could open the door to additional court cases

A California man was awarded $850, or $85 for each month remaining on his contract, in damages against AT&T after he saw that his data was being throttled after he had reached up to 2GB of monthly data, less than the 3GB of data the company currently charges $30 per month for.

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Verizon rolls limited 300MB, $20 phone data plan

08/12, 6:30pm

Plan targets voice users in mid-Atlantic region

Verizon has launched a regional promotion that tries to entice existing or prospective wireless customers to experiment with data. The program, available in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina, lets current or new customers add 300MB of data monthly to their voice plan. The limited offer is priced at $20 monthly and automatically charges $20 more for each instance subscribers run over 300MB.

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Sandisk's write-once SD cards "lasts 100 years"

07/15, 7:25pm

Sandisk no-erase SD cards

Sandisk on Tuesday introduced the "WORM," or "Write Once Read Many" SD card for professional uses such as storing evidence in police investigations, court testimony, medical records and electronic voting. Sandisk claims original data written to WORM cards are "effectively locked" and there is "no physical way to alter or delete the files." If stored properly, the company claims, WORM SD cards have an archive live of up to 100 years.

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Least Squares computes linear regression on your Mac

07/08, 12:00am

Least Squares graphing app

VVI has unveiled Least Squares, a math application that computes and displays linear regression. Users can input a variety of data points and the software will compute and draw a line on a graph to fit the data. The company says Least Squares uses a "concise and elegant” interface that can be used to teach linear regression, or as a professional tool for data exploration.

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Telia reworks iPhone plans with unlimited option

07/03, 5:50pm

Telia reworks iPhone plans

After hitting a steep wall of customer resistance, Telia Sweden is buckling to pressure and is offering an unlimited data plan for the iPhone, as well as allowing customers to choose between its existing voice plans. iLounge reveals that the company received an overwhelming amount of complaints after initially offering customers 100, 250, and 1000 minutes, SMS, and data on plans that ranged as high as 859 SEK per month, in addition to handsets costing as much as 3295 SEK.

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Google tops Web audience rankings

06/11, 3:40pm

Google tops Web audience

Nielsen Online has reported May 2008 data for the Top Sites by Parent Company and Top Brands. Google tops the list with 127 million unique visitors. Microsoft is close behind with 123 million, while Yahoo! comes in third at 115 million. Time Warner pulled 107 million visitors, News Corp. Online 79 million, eBay 66 million and InterActiveCorp 64 million. Wikimedia Foundation, Amazon and New York Times round out the list with between 50 and 60 million unique visitors. The data indicate that, for example, that 51.1 million home and work Internet users visited at least one of the New York Times Company-owned sites or launched a New York Times Company-owned application during the month, and each person spent, on average, a total of 17 minutes and 27 seconds at one or more of their sites or applications.

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Rudimentary multi-pass erase for iPhone

06/06, 9:00pm

Multipass erase for iPhone

As the 3G iPhone is set to be unveiled on Monday, many users will switch out their first edition models, and with concerns about recoverable user data, users should be prepared for how to ensure that their data is gone for good. CNET writes that it is possible to perform a rudimentary multiple-pass wipe of data during the restore process to ensure personal data is eliminated, even when it appears to be missing from the iPhone post-restore.

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Fontainebleau puts an iMac in every room

06/02, 9:05pm

Fontainbleau

Fontainebleau resorts has announced that it is putting an iMac in every guest room "inspiring guests to share memories and encourages personal expression." Other resort features include Chef Alfred Portale at Gotham Bar and Grill, a Chinese restaurant featuring Michelin star-rated Cantonese cuisine a 5,000-square-foot "chocolate experience." Fontainebleau currently has locations in Miami Beach and Las Vegas. Room rates range from $200 to $900. Hotel chain City Inn previously announced that it was installing iMacs in every guest room, offering software that deletes any personal data from the machines before the guest leaves.

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Sprint to impose 5GB limit on data cards, PAM

05/20, 12:10am

Sprint 5GB data limit

A Sprint employee has allegedly posted an internal memo on SprintUsers citing that the telecommunications giant is imposing a 5GB bandwidth limit on transfer, or 300MB per month in off-network roaming. According to the employee, the limits would see service on July 13th, and would apply to both PAM and data card plans. The note seems to indicate that Vision and PowerVision packages would still retain their respective limits, unsusceptible to the 5GB limit.

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Anti-hacker features added to QuickTime

04/08, 2:15pm

QuickTime security

Apple's recent QuickTime 7.4.5 release includes exploit prevention mechanisms designed to block attacks from hackers, according to a recent report from eWeek. QuickTime for Windows Vista now features ASLR (address space layout randomization), technology that randomly arranges key data addresses to prevent developers of malware from predicting targets. ASLR is already used by Mac OS X Leopard to reduce the effectiveness of exploit attempts.

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68% of Chinese surveyed aware of iPhone

04/08, 12:50am

Chinese aware of iPhone

Despite a lack of the of a localized version or solid confirmation of plans to do make one, a recent study indicates that 68-percent of all Chinese surveyed showed knowledge of the iPhone, but also discovered that it might not sell very well with its $500 price point. According to The iPod Observer, the price tag was the most frequently mentioned restriction that would prevent people from buying one, but information regarding how many felt this was not readily available.

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Survey points to 6% yearly iPod decline

02/25, 7:30pm

Survey: 6% iPod decline

Analysis of the first month of March quarter iPod NPD data points to iPod sales of between 9.5-10.3 million, according to research firm Piper Jaffray, which would signal a 6 percent year-over-year decline. "While it is way too early to make a definitive call on March quarter iPod units, we have analyzed the first month of NPD data (Jan.) for the quarter and found that it suggests iPod units of 9.5m-10.3m," said Piper Jaffray senior analyst Gene Munster. Wall Street consensus on iPod sales for Apple's March quarter currently stand at 10.8 million units, representing a 2 percent year-over-year increase.

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NewTech releases NTI Dragon Suite

01/11, 10:50am

NTI Dragon Suite

NewTech Infosystems today released NTI Dragon Suite, a collection of three Mac applications to handle disc burning as well as data compression and backup. NTI Dragon Burn features patented multi-burning technology that supports internal as well as external drives for simultaneously creating multiple copies of a CD or DVD. The software includes support for burning the leading video, audio, photo, and data formats onto the latest optical discs -- such as 16x DVD-R drives and 8.5GB DVD+R Double Layer (DL) media. NTI Dragon Suite is priced at $80, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.

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FileMaker ships Bento personal database app

01/08, 9:45am

FileMaker ships Bento

FileMaker on Tuesday announced the immediate availability of Bento, its easy-to-use personal database application. Designed exclusively for Mac OS X Leopard, Bento leverages a single-window interface and FileMaker database technology to help users organize contacts, calendars, projects, events, and more. Users can easily create databases to manage information with dynamic 'smart' collections as well as expand around Apple's own Address Book and iCal storage engines. Bento is priced at $50, or $100 for a family pack of five licenses. The personal database requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later.

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Fone2Phone transfers old data to iPhone

01/03, 4:30pm

Fone2Phone

nova media has announced Fone2Phone for Mac OS X, which will be shipping at Macworld Expo 2008. Fone2Phone is a utility that will copy data from an ordinary cell phone to the Macintosh computer in one streamlined operation. Jan Fuellemann, for nova media, said, "This little jewel takes care of the complete communication process, from connecting the cell phone to saving the files in the appropriate locations on the Mac." The tool has a simple wizard interface for copying contacts, events, tasks, notes, bookmarks, photos, music and movies from the old cell phone to the Mac.

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