T-Mobile's counter offer keeps alive a possible merger with Sprint; deal could be announced in weeks

It was just a few days ago when SoftBank, Sprint’s majority owner, apparently pulled the plug on a merger with T-Mobile. At the time, both sides reportedly had agreed to the broad outline of a deal. The merged company would be majority owned by Deutsche Telekom (the company that owns the largest stake in T-Mobile), and T-Mobile president and CEO John Legere would run the combined carrier. But SoftBank apparently decided that it wanted to be majority owner after all, or have more say in the combined company than originally agreed to.

But the deal isn’t dead yet. According to the Wall Street …


Apple can now ship any iPhone X model in 3-4 weeks


It’s a big day today for Apple, as the company released the
near-bezel-less iPhone X, arguably its most important handset since the
original iPhone of 2007.

 

Despite plenty of previous reports predicting severe iPhone
X stock shortages, Apple is doing rather well in this regard. Right
now, if you’re ordering an iPhone X from Apple’s official US website, the
device will be shipped in 3-4 weeks – this means you’ll likely get it before
the end of November (or in the very first days of December the latest). This is
good news because, just a few days ago, iPhone X shipping times were 5-6
weeks.  …

Apple moves up the shipping date of some iPhone X pre-orders by two weeks to November 3rd

If you originally were told by Apple that your new iPhone X was going to arrive in the middle of next month, you might want to check your email again. Apple has upgraded some of these pre-orders to a November 3rd arrival. And while this might amount to a difference of only one to two weeks, it still means that your handset could arrive earlier than you expected it to. For example, one deliriously happy T-Mobile subscriber originally received notice that the 256GB iPhone X he pre-ordered would arrive between November10th and November 17th. But this order was pushed up by two weeks and is now scheduled …

Apple releases iOS 11.0.3, its fourth update in the last four weeks

For the fourth time in the last four weeks, Apple has disseminated an update to iOS 11. Today, iOS 11.0.3 was released, apparently for the sole purpose of exterminating a couple of bugs that were affecting users of the Apple iPhone 6s, the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus. The update weighs in at 276.6MB and can be installed on your iOS device by going to  Settings > General > Software Update.

Apple released iOS 11 on September 19th. Since then it has rolled out iOS 11.0.1, iOS 11.0.2, iOS 11.0.3 and the beta version of iOS 11.1.0. The claim to fame for the latter build …

Bose SoundSport Free wireless headphones go on sale for $250, ship in 2 to 3 weeks

Bose’s AirPods killer, the SoundSport Free headphones are finally available for purchase in the United States. The wireless earbuds can be had for $250, but they will ship in 2 to 3 weeks. If you haven’t yet placed your pre-order and decided to wait until they hit the shelves, then you’ll have to wait some more since Bose seems to have trouble fulfilling all orders.

The SoundSport Free wireless headphones come in two color variations: Black and Midnight Blue. Both cost the same ($250), but the blue ones haven’t yet made it to the store yet. According to Bose, …

T-Mobile Tuesdays focuses on Halloween for the next four weeks

T-Mobile is getting subscribers to the nation’s third largest carrier, ready for Halloween. The giveaways and prizes start this coming Tuesday, October 10th, and continue for the subsequent three Tuesdays. That takes us right up to October 31st, Halloween Day. This coming Tuesday, T-Mobile customers clicking on the T-Mobile Tuesday app will receive 25% off any order placed with HalloweenCostumes.com and also earn them a shot at winning a $25 or $200 gift card. There also will be a Twitter contest to determine the winner of a $5,000 shopping spree at HalloweenCostumes.com. Imagine the costume you …

T-Mobile Tuesdays focuses on Haloween for the next four weeks

T-Mobile is getting subscribers to the nation’s third largest carrier, ready for Halloween. The giveaways and prizes start this coming Tuesday, October 10th, and continue for the subsequent three Tuesdays. That takes us right up to October 31st, Halloween Day. This coming Tuesday, T-Mobile customers clicking on the T-Mobile Tuesday app will receive 25% off any order placed with HalloweenCostumes.com and also earn them a shot at winning a $25 or $200 gift card. There also will be a Twitter contest to determine the winner of a $5,000 shopping spree at HalloweenCostumes.com. Imagine the costume you …

Apple iPhone X buyers will wait three weeks for the phone before switching to another manufacturer

Bernstein analyst Tony Sacconaghi said today on CNBC that if the tenth anniversary model of the Apple iPhone is delayed by a lengthy period of time, consumers are going to switch to a different phone manufacturer for a new handset. The tipping point, according to Sacconaghi, is a wait of three weeks. Any delay longer than that will have holiday shoppers thinking about switching brands away from Apple.

Apple has faced several production delays involving the so-called iPhone X, including problems with low yields on the OLED panels they received from suppliers. Apple needs to have these panels …

WhatsApp reveals plans to launch business accounts in the coming weeks

WhatsApp has just announced that it has already started working to implement some business features to its messaging application. The company owned by Facebook is expected to launch enterprise accounts in the coming months, but for now, WhatsApp is just testing these features.

Not many details have been provided on how they will exactly work, but WhatsApp revealed that it will introduce verified business accounts, which will allow people to identify a business from another person.

Furthermore, the company announced that it is now testing different tools that …

Two weeks with the iPad Pro made me fall in love

Those who have followed my experiments in tech should know by now that I skew towards the Google life. Stock Android phones (mostly Nexus with one foray into the Moto X) have been my daily drivers since the Nexus One came out, I’ve had a string of Nexus tablets, and I’ve been a big proponent of Chromebooks as the perfect “good enough” computers for most people.

At least that last part stood true until I used the new iPad Pro 10.5 for the past two weeks. Now, I’m not so sure anymore.

I’ve attempted switching from Android to an iPhone a couple times (most …