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U.S. Cellular Total Plans announced with unlimited option with No Hidden Fees

U.S. Cellular Total Plans announced with an unlimited option with No Hidden Fees. U.S. Cellular Total Plans has no activation fees, no monthly device connection charges, and no upgrade or overage costs. Also, there is now an unlimited data plan.

Official Post,

“We want to be forthright with customers by knocking out hidden fees once and for all and showing wireless users exactly what they are paying for. Our new plans allow families and small businesses to customize their plans for each individual’s needs, from 2GB of data to unlimited, all with simplified pricing and discounts,” said Grant Leech, vice president of brand management at U.S. Cellular. “We also know that in order to deliver a great wireless experience, we need to have a reliable network that keeps up with the data demands of our customers, so we provide a fast 4G LTE network that works when and where our customers need it.”

Customers now have options to choose between 2GB, 6GB, and unlimited data per month. So for $60 a month, you can get a single line with video streaming (480p SD), hot-spot capability, and free calling to our neighbors Canada and Mexico. After every line on the account reaches 22GB, you will be throttled to 2G speeds.

More details here.

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WiFi 802.11ay will support 176 Gb/s data speed

IEEE 802.11ay specification is now out. The upcoming Wifi 802.11ay will be an improvement over 802.11ad. According to new specs, WiFi will able to transfer data at 176 Gb/s. That means high-speed internet, data transfer, and wireless displays will rock.

WiFi 802.11ay will have a frequency of 60 GHz, a transmission rate of 20–40 Gbit/s and an extended transmission distance of 300–500 meters. Also, there is likely to have mechanisms for channel bonding and MU-MIMO technologies.

Currently, 802.11ad uses a maximum of 2.16 GHz bandwidth. However, IEEE 802.11ay will combine four of those channels together for a maximum bandwidth of 8.64 GHz. Also, MIMO will support maximum of 4 streams. The link-rate per stream is 44Gb/s, with four streams this goes up to 176Gb/s.

WiFi 802.11ay draft version 1.0 is expected to be available in July 2017.

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Logitech G533 wireless gaming headset with 7.1 surround sound announced

Today Logitech announced its G533 Wireless Gaming Headset. The new Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset comes with Pro-G audio drivers and DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound. The Logitech G533 also features a long battery life.

Logitech G533 wireless gaming headset features:

Advanced Audio Performance: The U.S. patent-pending advanced Pro-G audio drivers are made with hybrid mesh materials that deliver audio performance previously only found in high-end audiophile headphones. Highly realistic DTS Headphone:X surround sound technology accurately replicates 7.1 speaker placement and audio positioning.

Superior Wireless Technology: Featuring advanced lossless digital audio transmission, the Logitech G533 delivers wireless convenience and incredible high-fidelity sound at a range of up to 15 meters.

High-Performance Design: It features a lightweight over-the-ear design, with sports mesh ear pads that are breathable and can be easily removed for cleaning.

Smart Mute and Microphone: The Logitech G533 integrates the popular auto mute feature for the foldable mic, and also improves on noise canceling and EQ tuning to provide the clearest of audio for competitive gaming chat and communications.

Battery Life: Rechargeable, replaceable batteries power the headset for up to 15 hours non-stop on a single charge, making it the perfect wireless headset for marathon gaming sessions.

Fine-Tune Controls: The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset features a noise-cancelling microphone on a folding, extendable boom for crystal-clear voice chat and communications. An easy-to-reach volume control roller and mic mute button on the left earcup makes it simple to adjust audio settings on the fly and to automatically mute the microphone, just fold it up.

The Logitech’s new Gaming Headset will be available in January 2017 for $149.99.

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Pebble shutting down, Fitbit bought active devices

Pebble today officially announced that the company is shutting down. Smartwatch manufacturer Pebble was struggling recently. Fitbit announced today that it has acquired specific assets of Pebble, including key personnel and intellectual property related to software and firmware development.

Pebble posted, “Due to various factors, Pebble is no longer able to operate as an independent company. We have made the tough decision to shut down the company and no longer manufacture Pebble devices.” All development on new Pebble devices has now been terminated, which includes the Pebble 2, Time 2 and Core. The company will refund if the customer has not yet received their devices.

Pebble founder and CEO Eric Migicovsky said that “many members of Team Pebble will be joining the Fitbit family to continue their work on wearable software platforms. Fitbit will maintain services so that Pebble devices continue to work as normal.”

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Plume Adaptive WiFi device is now available

Plume today launched it’s Adaptive WiFi device. Plume home Wi-Fi system uses compact pods to provide coverage in every room of your home. A backend system monitors the network and adjusts it according to devices and load.

Plume is meant to prevent signal drops and dead spots in your home. Each pod has a single ethernet port and you can plug it directly into a power outlet. They are then wirelessly linked together to provide continuous coverage throughout your home. The system load balances its traffic periodically according to the network usage. According to the company, all of the computational processing is done in Plume’s cloud.

The system can also prioritize certain pods for high-bandwidth activities, such as 4K video streaming. Each Plume Adaptive Wifi pod will cost you $69, a three-pack at $179 and a six-pack is at $329 with three different colors champagne, silver, or black. You can purchase Plume Adaptive WiFi system directly from the company’s online store.

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LastPass Multi-Device Access is now Free to All

LastPass announced today that Multi-Device Access is now Free to All. This is great news if you are using LastPass. Now you can use LastPass service across an unlimited number of devices. LastPass Premium account will automatically convert to a free account, after users premium subscription ends.

LastPass blog:

“Starting today, you can use LastPass on any device, anywhere, for free. No matter where you need your passwords—on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone—you can rely on LastPass to sync them for you, for free. Anything you save to LastPass on one device is instantly available to you on any other device you use.”

LastPass Features include:

  • Family password sharing with up to five users
  • Ad-free experience
  • Yubikey and Sesame 2FA options
  • Priority tech support
  • LastPass for applications
  • Desktop fingerprint identification
  • 1 GB of encrypted file storage
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AT&T buying Time Warner (HBO, CNN) for over $80 billion

AT&T is buying Time Warner for over $80 billion. According to the company’s press site, the deal settled at $107.50 per share and was half cash and half stock. AT&T will now own cable networks such as CNN, TNT, and HBO as well as Warner Bros. film and TV studio.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson will continue to head the company. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes will remain for an interim period then depart. DC Comics is also part of Time Warner’s, that means AT&T also acquiring Batman and Superman. Last year AT&T’s also acquired DirecTV for $48.5 billion. The deal will be completed in 2017.

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WebVR for Microsoft Edge browser coming soon

Microsoft today announced that WebVR for Edge browser is coming. Microsoft has begun development on experimental WebVR support in Microsoft Edge. WebVR is a Javascript API that provides access to Virtual Reality devices, such as the Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard, in your browser.

Official Post,

WebVR is the next frontier in web graphics, enabling developers to create a wide range of truly immersive experiences for a variety of devices. Innovative and immersive WebVR content is already showing up on the web, and we expect to see even more coming as developers turn WebGL experiences into WebVR experiences. We’ve been working on advancing the W3C WebVR specification — along with Mozilla, Google, Oculus and others — to ensure that web developers have a faster, more powerful, and interoperable tool.

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Connect USB and hack login details from a PC or Mac, a new vulnerability

A new vulnerability discovered by Rob Fuller, a security engineer at R5 Industries, which make it easy to hack PC and Mac locked computers. You need only a USB-mounted computer and it will take only 30 seconds. Both PC and Mac computer affected by this new vulnerability.

With the help of flash-sized minicomputer into locked PC, you can get the username and password hash. Computer security protocols called NT LAN Manager (NTLM) are responsible these hashes leak. Rob Fuller created a script to the attack minicomputers, which disguising them as USB Ethernet devices.

Rob Fuller explains,

What is happening in the video, is the USB Armory is being plugged into a locked (but logged in) system. It boots up via the USB power, and starts up a DHCP server, and Responder. While it’s doing this, the victim is recognizing it as a Ethernet adapter. The victim then makes route decisions and starts sending the traffic it was already creating to the Armory instead of the “real” network connection. Responder does its job and responds to all kinds of services asking for authentication, and since most OSs treat their local network as “trusted” it sees the authentication request and automatically authenticates. Seeing that the database of Responder has been modified the Armory shuts down (LED goes solid).

For more details check out here.

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New Glasses-free 3D Movie theater coming

Researchers at MIT CSAIL and Israel’s Weizmann Institute for Science finally come up with their Cinema 3D tech which can create multiple parallax barriers in a single display. New tech uses lenses and mirrors to deliver a range of angles across the whole theater without losing resolution.

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The prototype uses 50 lens/mirror combos to achieve its 3D effect. It might be expensive as you’d need a far bigger and more complicated system to make it work at the local movie theaters. But in future, we can expect optimized version might spare you from 3d glasses.