Verizon quietly starts new lower priced carrier Visible; unlimited talk, text and data is $40 a month

Under the radar, Verizon earlier this year created a carrier called Visible. The service costs $40 a month for unlimited talk, text and data in the U.S. over Verizon’s 4G LTE network. To subscribe, you need an invite to join Visible’s early access program from a current subscriber. If you happen to have received an invitation, download the app from the App Store (Visible is iOS only at this point), fill out the necessary personal information including the invite code, and Verizon will send you a SIM card the very next day. Put the card in your phone and activate the service. 

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Project Fi's Bill Protection plan offers unlimited talk, text and data for $80 a month and less

Google’s Project Fi hybrid MVNO uses a combination of Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular networks to connect its customers to the internet. And now Project Fi has announced a whole new unlimited data plan that it calls “Bill Protection.” Previously, for $20 a month, customers got unlimited talk and text and paid $10/GB for data. Money spent on data not used during a given month was refunded.

To better compete with carriers like T-Mobile and Sprint and their low priced unlimited offers, the new Bill Protection plan again supplies unlimited talk and text for $20 a month. And yes, you still pay $10 …

Latest update for Google Photos adds text recognition in Lens, light navbar

Earlier this month, we told you about Google’s plans to at least partially combat screen burn-in on its OLED smartphones by more widely implementing light-colored navigation bars in its apps. Google Photos is the latest of the bunch to gain a white navbar in the latest update, but it’s not the only change in tow.

Google Lens in Photos 3.10 also gets an additional feature, allowing users to export recognized characters from an image in text form. Making use of OCR (Optical Character Recognition), Google Lens can now recognize text in images and allows users to highlight lines …

Grandma's accidental text turns into sweet Thanksgiving tradition

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Sometimes the best people to spend the holiday with are the ones accidentally brought together via text message. At least, that’s the case for Wanda Dench and Jamal Hinton.

Remember the grandma who accidentally texted a Thanksgiving invitation to the wrong number? And then, the owner of said wrong number actually showed up? Well, they didn’t forget, and the pair reunited this holiday. This time, Hinton even brought a girlfriend, according to.

“We got to laugh about last year and reminisce about how it all blew up on our phone and how I had to change my number. We had a laugh and a good time,” Dench told The Arizona RepublicRead more…

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T-Mobile's new Unlimited Talk and Text plan comes with no data and costs $25 a month

So let’s say that for some reason you need a voice and text plan, but no data. Perhaps you use a second phone just for calls and texts. Maybe you have a grandparent on your plan who thinks that live operators are handling Google search requests. Even better, you might have a Wi-Fi connection that you can use for data, which means that you won’t have to shell out for wireless internet connectivity. For you, T-Mobile’s new Unlimited Talk and Text plan is available starting today. 

The price of T-Mobile’s new Unlimited Talk and Text plan is only $25 a month including all taxes and fees. …

WhatsApp finally updated with picture-in-picture video calling and text status updates

WhatsApp formally announced that two new highly-anticipated features are now functional for those using its messaging app. As the title says, PiP (picture-in-picture) mode is available for video calls, as well as text status updates.

However, picture-in-picture video calling will only work on devices running Android 8.0 Oreo and higher since it’s the only version of the OS that includes the necessary API for the new feature to function properly. If you do own an Android 8.0 Oreo smartphone, then you can now tap back to continue the video call in picture-in-picture mode during a video call.

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U.S., Canadian governments have their voice and text protected by BlackBerry's SecuSUITE

There is light at the end of the tunnel at BlackBerry headquarters in Waterloo. And no, it isn’t from an oncoming train. The company has a well received handset in the BlackBerry KEYone, it reported strong earnings for its fiscal first quarter, and its cybersecurity offering is providing more protection for the U.S. and Canadian governments. SecuSUITE for Government, a multi-platform solution designed to offer end-to-end encryption for texts and voice calls, is now a part of BlackBerry Secure.

With SecuSUITE for government on the job, federal agencies are protected from eavesdropping and …

Authorities release ironic last text message sent by electrocuted 14-year old

Last week we passed along the sad story about Madison Coe, the 14-year old girl who was electrocuted after bringing her cellphone into the bath with her. Yesterday, the Lovington Police released a text that was apparently sent just before Coe was shocked to death. The text, sent to a friend, contained a photo of an extension cord wrapped in a towel and read, “When you use and (SIC) extension cord so you can plug your phone in while you’re in the bath.”

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Lovington Police Department have determined that the phone itself never was submerged …

Watch ABBYY TextGrabber Pro 6 lift text, phone numbers, links, and addresses straight from video & TV

Digital scanning powerhouse ABBYY’s character recognition app TextGrabber has been an example of “black magic” mobile technology for a long time. If its ability to capture text from written pages failed to entertain you for some reason, check out what has come to the newly released version 6!

TextGrabber is now able to pick up text from live video streams, entirely offline and with support for 61 languages. Of course, we aren’t talking only articles or some sort of long-form literature. Rather, TextGrabber nabs links, phone numbers, addresses (e-mail, www, street), times and dates, and other …

WhatsApp's text status update now official in the app stores

Back by popular demand. This old saying fits perfectly with the drama that swirled out of nowhere around WhatsApp’s now infamous video status update. WhatsApp users, who seem to be a minimalistic bunch, or, rather, so used to a pretty barebones messaging app that every effort to dress it up seems like a blasphemy, did rebel against the video status update, as they felt WhatsApp would simply be copying Snap or Insta.

Well, copying is all messaging apps do these days, and there is barely a feature introduced by some team that others don’t pick up quickly. Even the unique proposition …