Tesla in talks to start its own music streaming service

Much to the bemusement of Tesla owners, music streamers, and everyone, really, Tesla has reportedly engaged in talks with music labels in hopes to start a music streaming service of its own.

Music industry insiders have said that Tesla has approached every major label with the expressed purpose of licensing a proprietary music streaming service to be integrated into their vehicles. Insiders have also indicated that a tiered service model would be employed – the lowest tier being a Pandora-esque web radio option. Beyond this, music labels are unsure …


LG G6 Pro and G6 Plus launching on June 27 to help expand the LG Pay service

LG launched its mobile payment service in South Korea earlier this month, which will work with the company’s flagship smartphone, the G6. However, in order to further expand the use of LG Pay, the South Korean handset maker has decided to launch two LG G6 derivative models, the G6 Pro and G6 Plus.

The Korean media reports both will be launched in LG’s home turf on June 27 with all three major carriers (SK Telecom, LG Telecom, and KTF) in the countries offering the smartphones.

As far as prices go, the LG G6 Pro will be available for purchase in South Korea …

Students can score 6-months of Amazon's video streaming service for free with Prime trial

With graduation season now upon us, Amazon is giving students a deal on an Amazon Prime subscription. Students who have an active college email address (the kind that end in .edu) can sign up to receive six free months of Prime. After the six months is up, the student can renew for a year at a special rate of $49. That is a 50% discount. Being an Amazon Prime member not only gives students free two-day shipping on their Amazon orders, it also allows them to stream television shows and movies for free from Prime Video.

Other features include Prime Photos, which offers free unlimited cloud …

Verizon is exploring the opportunity to test and launch a streaming TV service of its own

Variety reports that Verizon will take advantage of its ownership of Yahoo (not finalized as of yet) and AOL to test and launch a streaming TV service. By merging the two providers, Verizon will build a platform with a massive number of potential subscribers – Yahoo and AOL enjoy a combined total of 1.3 billion users – to kick-start streaming TV.

The product will be separate from the already available Go90 content delivery platform, but other details aren’t available at this point. However, Verizon has the means to invest in lucrative content for its future streaming …

New York City's Wi-Fi kiosks have provided users with $15 million worth of free internet service

The 934 Link kiosks that dot the New York City landscape have provided a ton of free data to New Yorkers. The kiosks started operations early last year, and since that time period over one petabyte of data has been employed by mobile device owners in the Big Apple. Based on current rates, that is equivalent to more than $15 million of broadband internet connectivity that has been received for free in New York City.

To give you a better idea of how much data that is, one petabyte is equivalent to one million gigabytes. The amount of data that New Yorkers have used, thanks to the kiosks, is …

Comcast's new XFi service allows subscribers to control their home Wi-Fi service

Making sure that your handset is connected to your home Wi-Fi signal can certainly save you from using all of your high-speed cellular data each month. Even if you have an unlimited data plan, using home Wi-Fi can save you from crossing the threshold that will set off the throttling of your data speed during periods of heavy traffic. This morning, in an effort to improve the home Wi-Fi experience, broadband and cable provider Comcast has launched XFi. This is a new service that is available for free to 10 million of the company’s Xfinity internet subscribers.

With the help of an app installed …

AT&T buys spectrum for 5G service with its $1.25 billion deal to buy Straight Path Communications

Seeking additional spectrum for the upcoming move to 5G, AT&T will purchase Straight Path Communications. The nation’s second largest carrier today made a $1.25 billion bid for the company. That works out to a price of $95.63 a share; Straight Path’s shares are responding with a massive gain of $53.27 or 146% to $89.75 in afternoon trading. The firm is one of the largest owners of 28 GHz and 39 GHz millimeter wave spectrum.

Both AT&T and industry leader Verizon have been purchasing companies with millimeter wave spectrum, which will be used when 5G networks are built. AT&T previously …

Sprint to position pre-paid service as an alternative for consumers who don't need unlimited data

Sprint has made things quite easy for consumers. $50 a month gets you a single line of unlimited talk, text and data. The plan also comes with 10GB per month of mobile hot spot data. Streaming video arrives at a resolution as high as 1080p, music is streamed at 1.5Mbps and games are streamed at 8Mbps. Sprint customers no longer have tiers to choose from with different data buckets, and the nation’s fourth largest carrier eliminated its plan that takes 50% off the rates charged by Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile.

While Sprint’s new pricing obviously appeals to those who need unlimited data, …

YouTube TV service goes live in select cities, but the rollout continues

Google’s YouTube TV service has just been launched in select cities in the United States. Officially unveiled back in February, the service is now available in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

Although it’s only been launched in five cities, Google claims the service will come to even more U.S. markets very soon. If you’re living in one of the cities mentioned, you can subscribe to YouTube TV if you think it suits your needs.

It’s worth noting that membership is precise $35 a month, which, as pointed by Google, is …

AT&T's pre-paid GoPhone service adds two new plans including one offering unlimited high-speed data

Unlimited plans are now in vogue, even for pre-paid service. AT&T’s GoPhone brand has added two new plans, including one that offers unlimited high-speed data. Let’s start with the latter plan first. Starting today, sign up for AutoPay and you’ll be receiving unlimited 4G LTE data for $60 a month. The plan offers unlimited talk, text and data cruising at a maximum speed of 3Mbps. Video streams at a DVD-quality 480p definition at a maximum speed of 1.5Mbps. Exceed 22Mbps inside of a month, and you’ll find your data speed throttled. Calls and texts sent in and between the U.S., Mexico and Canada …