Verizon's Go Unlimited plan to include Mexico and Canada starting on January 25th

As many of you know, Verizon offers two different unlimited plans, Go Unlimited and Beyond Unlimited. The former is the lower priced of the two options, and offers DVD-quality video streaming (480p) as opposed to the HD streaming (720p) available on the premium version. Another difference between both plans is the 15GB of high speed hotspot/tethering offered with Beyond Unlimited every month, compared to the 600Kbps speed cap that Go Unlimited subscribers experience for hotspot/tethering use.

However, Big Red is allowing Go Unlimited subscribers to match Beyond Unlimited users with one particular …


Mexico City's Day of the Dead Parade featured tributes to earthquake victims and rescue workers

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Mexico city, still grieving the nearly 500 victims of two powerful earthquakes that devastated the country in September, hosted its annual Day of the Dead parade on Saturday. Nearly 300,000 were in attendance.

The 4-mile parade route was led by a group of rescue workers and volunteers, and featured an impressive raised fist float made out of hard hats and rescue tools.

“The point of this parade is to celebrate life,” Alejandra González Anaya, the parade’s artistic director, told the New York Times.

The Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a centuries-old Mexican celebration honoring the lives of the deceased. Mexico City’s large parade is in its second year, after taking inspiration for the large scale event from the 2015 James Bond film SpectreRead more…

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T-Mobile kills unlimited LTE data roaming benefit for travelers to Canada and Mexico

T-Mobile not only has one of the best prices of all carriers, it has some great benefits to plans as well. One of them, however – free unlimited LTE data for travelers to Canada and Mexico – is getting eliminated and replaced with a capped LTE allowance.
Rather than being able to enjoy unlimited 4G LTE while roaming to those countries, customers will now have a limit of 5GB of LTE data. The new rule comes into force on November 12th. After you hit that 5GB data limit, you will be throttled to barely usable 128Kbps speeds, or 256Kbps for T-Mobile …

All Amazon Echo devices can now make calls for free on North America to the U.S., Canada and Mexico

It has been quite a week for Amazon’s Echo line up. Not only did Amazon revise the original Echo by adding a cloth cover, it made the new version of the original smart speaker shorter and fatter. The Amazon Echo Plus looks like the original Echo, adding improved Dolby sound and enhanced voice recognition. The addition of the ZigBee smart home hub makes it easier for users to control smart home products like entertainment systems, climate controls, locks and more. Other new models and accessories include the Echo Spot, the Echo Connect and Buttons.

Now, a new report published on Saturday …

10,000 steps a day? Largest fitness app study reveals why the US is fatter than Mexico

You must walk at least 10,000 steps a day to be in good health. Ever heard of that mantra? It might not be the most accurate way to measure activity, but the “10,000 steps” theory is built into the vast majority of fitness apps that use our smartphones as pedometers. Various researchers are now looking into the statement, and coming up with numbers smaller or larger, yet their overarching conclusion is that actually we have never had the ability to gain so much insight into people’s moving habits as with the proliferation of iOS and Android phones, or wearables that have activity …

Commerce Dept. to send “digital attachés” to Mexico, South Korea and four other nations


The 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker at TechCrunch in San Francisco. The U.S. Department of Commerce is opening six new international markets for its Commercial Digital Attaché program, according to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker who spoke with TechCrunch today in San Francisco. The attaché program, which began in March this year, establishes commercial officers in countries where U.S. businesses seek to export their digital goods and… Read More

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Apple iPhone of China Xiaomi

A Chinese smartphone company you probably haven’t heard of is knocking on Apple’s door.
Xiaomi, the world’s third largest smartphone maker (behind Samsung and Apple), announced in a Weibo post on Sunday that it sold 61 million smartphones in 2014, raking in more than 74 billion yuan ($12 billion) in sales.

Those aren’t yet Apple numbers. Apple (AAPL, Tech30) sold 118 million iPhones in the first nine months of 2014 alone — it will provide details on the last quarter of 2014 later this month. But Xiaomi’s come-out-of-nowhere feat was accomplished almost exclusively in China, without the benefit of selling its “Mi” phones to the rest of the world.
Late last year, Xiaomi expanded to India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Thailand and Turkey, and it will be in additional countries later this year. The world’s fastest-growing smartphone maker forecast that it will sell 100 million devices in 2015.
Last week, Xiaomi announced that it had raised $1.1 billion in funding from some of tech industry’s most powerful players. That values the company at $45 billion — bigger than LG, Motorola and Sony (SNE) put together.
Xiaomi is currently the world’s most valuable startup — worth more than than Uber, Airbnb or Pinterest.
Xiaomi’s growth and popularity have sparked comparisons to Apple. The company has also been accused of copying Apple’s style — an allegation Xiaomi has brushed aside by saying it strives for its products to be as high-quality as Apple’s, but its Mi phones function very differently from the iPhone.

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Xiaomi: Why we’re not Apple
Xiaomi is undeniably a stunning growth story. It opened its doors in April 2010, and a year ago the company commanded just 2% of the smartphone market. That has given the company a ton of confidence.
“We are a company that the technology industry has never seen before,” said Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun in his Weibo post. “From now onwards, every step we take is writing a new chapter in the history of the industry.”
But Xiaomi acknowledged that the company faces some big challenges in 2015. Growth in the Chinese smartphone market is slowing, and Chinese rivals like Huawei and Lenovo are catching up. Expansion into western markets will bring an uncertain fate.
To overcome those obstacles, Xiaomi said it will continue to innovate. The company on Sunday unveiled a new Redmi phone, which sells for about $130. The new new flagship Mi phone will be unveiled on Jan 15, Xiaomi said. The high-end Mi lineup typically sells for around $300 and competes directly with the iPhone — even though it sells for less than half the price.
Xiaomi’s smartphone design has been praised by reviewers and customers alike.
The company has partnered with and invested in 20 hardware companies in an attempt to bring cheaper phones to market faster than its competitors.
Xiaomi isn’t Apple yet — but it could be soon.

NFL Now iPhone App What You Need to Know

Right on time for the start of the NFL preseason, NFL Now has launched on iPhone, iPad and the Apple TV with some nifty features, including personalized video streams.

The NFL Mobile app has already been released for this year, complete with a redesign, but the football organization didn’t stop there. NFL Now is a new app that released for the iPhone, iPad and the Apple TV today, and it allows users to get even more out of the 2014 NFL season.

The app comes with personalized video stream of your favorite NFL teams, players and coaches right to your iOS device, and you can get access to exclusive interviews and stories about your team, as well as breaking news on your fantasy players, and unlimited access to your favorites in the NFL Films Archives.

Plus, NFL Now learns what you like and delivers a non-stop stream of customized NFL content based on these preferences, and it allows for seamless hand-over between devices, so you can begin watching something in NFL Now on your Apple TV and then finish watching it on your iPad.

Th app also boats “hundreds of new videos daily” and the “deepest NFL video library anywhere.” Furthermore, you can use AirPlay from your iOS device to your Apple TV, although the NFL Now app comes equipped with Apple TVs anyway, but the AirPlay feature might be more suited for some users.

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If you want to get even more out of the app, you can sign up for NFL Now Plus, which costs $1.99 per month in the US and gives you unlimited access to the expansive library of NFL Films shows and premium game highlights that include hundreds of real-time in-game highlights.

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Those living outside the US, Mexico and the UK also get access to live streams of the NFL Network and NFL RedZone on Sundays.

We already showed you how you can watch NFL preseason games with NFL Sunday Ticket Now, as well as get the latest news and highlight on your Verizon smartphone with NFL Mobile, but NFL Now gives all users the opportunity to never miss the action, even if you can’t watch the game live.

It is a bit disappointing that you can’t stream games live, and that the premium features seem slightly lacking, but we suppose the other NFL app options that are available can fill in any voids that you come across.

Of course, NFL Sunday Ticket allows you to watch any game live from your mobile device, except for in-market games, which are games that take place near where you live. For licensing reasons, these games are blacked out to locals, so you’ll need to watch it on television or go to the game in order to catch the action. This is a huge downside to any live-streaming sports app, and it’s one of the biggest reasons that users don’t pay up for a yearly subscription to such an app.

There’s also NFL Mobile, but it’s exclusive to Verizon Wireless customers only. The app gives you live streams of tons of games, including Sunday night, primetime, CBS, and FOX games all completely free as long as you’re on a Verizon More Everything plan. For other plans, NFL Mobile Premium is just $5 a month, which is fairly cheap for the kind of content that you’ll receive.

Plus, for $1.99 per month, More Everything customers can add NFL Redzone on top of the already-free NFL Mobile content.

The NFL regular season officially gets under way during the first week in September when the Green Bay Packers take on the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, September 4. It’ll be the first game of the season and should prove to be a good one with Seattle at home.