T-Mobile takes on cable TV with a 'disrupting' service to be launched in 2018

Not to be outdone by the TV efforts of AT&T and Verizon, T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere took to YouTube to announce an ambitious push into… cable TV. It turns out that the Un-carrier is planning to have a TV service on offer at some point next year, and has acquired the Denver startup Layer3 TV as a launching platform. 

The future of TV “looks a lot wireless from a few years ago,” says John Legere, but he doesn’t plan on being satisfied with the all-popular skinny bundles of a few streaming channels. Rather, the Layer 3’s current platform with …


Google expands YouTube TV service to 34 more regions in the US

Google has just announced that its YouTube TV streaming service is now available in 34 new markets in the United States, the only country where it can be accessed. With the addition of the new regions, YouTube TV is now available in 84 cities across the US, which is quite impressive considering Google debuted the streaming service early this year.

Here is the full list of cities that have just got access to YouTube TV service: Albany, Baton Rouge, Buffalo, Cedar Rapids, Chattanooga, Colorado Springs, Des Moines, Flint, Fresno-Visalia, Ft. Myers-Naples, Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers …

YouTube to launch 'Remix' music streaming service in March

YouTube is allegedly planning to launch a new music subscription service in March, tentatively called ‘Remix’, according to a new report from Bloomberg. This will be yet another attempt, following Play Music and the troubled YouTube Music Key, to successfully challenge Spotify and Apple on the on-demand music streaming scene.
The new service, internally referred to as ‘Remix’, according to people familiar with the matter, would combine traditional on-demand streaming in the vein of Spotify and Apple Music music videos. According to the report, the service’s …

T-Mobile releases list containing names of all its 920+ markets that feature LTE-Advanced service

T-Mobile’s Chief Technical Officer Neville Ray has released via a tweet, the complete list of markets covered by the carrier’s LTE-Advanced network. The list also reveals which cities offer regular LTE-A and which feature LTE-A with Carrier Aggregation, 4×4 MIMO, and 256QAM. As it turns out, 430 of the 920+ markets are so endowed. Devices that support all three of those additional capabilities can receive Gigabit Class LTE and run at twice the download speed usually obtained with regular LTE-A networks. When you consider that regular LTE-A doubles the download speed of standard LTE networks, you …

Sprint may start offering free Hulu service to unlimited customers

It looks like Sprint plans to take on T-Mobile and AT&T with a special offer for its customers. After the two carriers announced their unlimited customers would get free Netflix and HBO, respectively, Sprint now has similar plans regarding the offering of free streaming service to consumers.

According to an internal note from Wave7 Research, Hulu streaming service will be provided for free by Sprint to all unlimited customers.

Sprint is planning to include TV shows from Hulu with its unlimited plans. Dealers have been told that this is ‘coming soon.’ …

Facebook won't launch its news subscription service on iOS due to Apple's 30 percent tax

It appears that Facebook and Apple couldn’t agree on terms regarding the launch of the latter’s news subscription tool, a new report claims. As such Facebook’s news subscription service will only be available on Android phones, not iPhones.

The main issue (the only one?) is the standard 30 percent tax that Apple takes from any subscription revenue. On the other hand, Facebook wants to give all the money from the news subscription service to publishers.

While discussions are still underway, the negotiation is at an impasse, so Facebook has decided to go ahead …

Costco will finally deliver all those giant bulk items with its new grocery service

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No longer will you need a pickup truck to successfully shop at Costco. 

The big-box store just launched CostcoGrocery, which will provide two-day delivery on dry goods. The two-day window makes it kind of like Amazon Prime—except you can probably get a better deal on a year’s supply of toilet paper. Delivery is free for online orders over $75. 

Along with its two-day delivery service, Costco expanded a partnership with Instacart for same-day delivery on all kinds of products carried at the superstore. 

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Google to use Project Loon balloons to restore some cell service to Puerto Rico

Thanks to Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s cellular infrastructure has been badly damaged. The FCC said yesterday that 83% of cell sites on the island are down, forcing carriers in the U.S. territory to employ backup methods in an effort to get their networks running. Late yesterday, Google parent Alphabet received permission from the FCC to use balloons to provide Puerto Rico with emergency cellular coverage.

Back in June 2013, Google launched Project Loon by sending balloons into the skies above New Zealand. The balloons were equipped with technology that would allow them to provide cellular …

Google announces YouTube TV service is now available on select Android tablets

YouTube TV service has been expanding in many US cities in the last couple of months. However, the Google’s service was not available on Android tablets until recently.

Today, the Mountain View company announced YouTube TV comes to bigger Android screens. Unfortunately, Google doesn’t mention which are the Android tablets that now support YouTube TV, but we do know for sure that in order for the mobile app to work it requires Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher.

YouTube TV service costs $35 per month but comes with up to 6 accounts per household. It allows subscribers to simultaneously …

Verizon extends deadline, offers service to some rural roamers it had forced to leave its network

Last week, we told you about 8,500 rural Verizon customers that were being forced to leave the nation’s largest carrier. Because these customers live in areas where the Verizon network doesn’t reach, the LTEiRA program entitled them to free roaming over pipelines belong to smaller, rural carriers. But Verizon still had to pay these tiny wireless operators, and the result was that Verizon was taking in from its LTEiRA customers less than what it was paying out in roaming charges. As a result, Verizon was planning on removing these customers starting on October 18th.

As we told you last week, …