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Google’s Project Fi Wireless Service. Will You Join?


Wow, Google just became a wireless carrier through their new wireless service called Project Fi.

All the rumors that were spreading like wildfire these last few months were true. So what is “Project Fi” and how you can get signed up, which devices work? I linked the official video as well to show off whats in store for you if you do make the switch.

Let us know what you think on our SM accounts at FaceBook and Twitter.


Are you in the “Coverage Area”?

To check to see if you will be covered by Project Fi, you can click through to Google’s Project FI coverage map: HERE.

Carriers participating are Sprint and T-Mobile LTE, US Markets only..for now.


Which phone can you use?

So far only the NEXUS 6.

How much for service?

Plan starts with the Fi Basics for $20 per month. This includes:

Unlimited domestic talk and text
Unlimited international texts
Low-cost international calls
Wi-Fi tethering
Coverage in 120+ countries
Then it’s $10 per GB for data. $10 for 1GB, $20 for 2GB, $30 for 3GB and so on. That’s it. With no annual contract required.


Pushbullet App Gets Update


PUSHBULLET on Android just had another update this morning.

Right now, Pushbullet supports replying to WhatsApp, Telegram, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, and Line.

Learn more about this update from Pushbullet’s Blog HERE

Now Use Foursquare Without Account


What’s this? FOURSQUARE just recently released an update that eliminates the need to make an account? YES!!

And, it will let ANYONE not have to go through that tedious process of having to log in or even create an account. This is perfect, since Foursquare sister app “SWARM” has taken over all of its “check-in” capabilities and separates the two application.

The new Foursquare update will give Google Maps Local Guides, Yelp, and even Facebook Places some competition since they all have one thing in common: they all try to offer their users the tools to find places and businesses around their current location.

Foursquare’s product manager Jonathan Crowley was quoted, “The only reason it took time to nix that requirement is because it wasn’t easy changing the app’s framework. If you think back to the time you’ve registered, you’ll recall that signing up for Foursquare is quite tedious: it doesn’t only ask you to choose “tastes” (types of food and places) you like, it also wants you to link your other social media accounts. Now, both the iOS and Android app can just recommend establishments based on location, making them more akin to local directory services such as Yelp. The good news is that you can still add your preferences (without having to log in) later on if you want more personalized results.”


Visa Use Smartphone To Prevent Fraud


Visa has a great idea that will help you fight fraud by using your smartphone.

The credit card company will roll out a new feature in April that allows cardholders to automatically let Visa know where they are using the location services built into nearly every smartphone. The optional service will match up the coordinates of the smartphone with the location of the sale to more accurately predict instances of credit card fraud.

To set up the location tracker, Visa has made deals with card-issuing banks to add the option to their mobile banking apps. Over time, the location service will plot out a home range with a radius of about 50 miles. If the customer leaves that territory, the tracker will send that information to Visa, and the company will be less likely to flag that card for fraud when purchases are made.

Story Link: HERE

New Facebook Policy Allows Social Media Immortality

-The Facebook WILL: Social network adds feature that lets a dedicated ‘Legacy Contact’ edit your page after you die.
-US-based Facebook reveals tool to update your page after you die.
-Users can now name a ‘Legacy Contact’ to take over their account.
-The ‘heir’ will not have access to everything but can change key details.
-For example, your picture can be changed, and they can send a final status.

Facebook said the move was in response to hundreds of thousands of requests for such a feature.

Facebook announced Thursday a policy that allows you to designate a “legacy contact,” who’ll be allowed to “pin a post on your Timeline” after your death, such as a funeral announcement. The contact won’t be able to log in as you or read your private messages, but will be allowed to respond to new friend requests, update your cover and profile photos, archive your Facebook posts and photos.

Before, the Facebook profiles of the deceased could only be “memorialized,” deleted or left unchanged after friends or family reported the deaths. Memorializing the profile involves freezing the account, which then no longer appears in searches or public notifications like birthdays, and can be viewed only by the user’s friends.

Here’s how to designate your legacy contact: go to Security and click on “Legacy Contact,” where you’ll be able to select one of your Facebook friends. You’ll also be given the option to send them a pre-written message (which you can edit) that provides information about the policy. Otherwise, the contact will be notified only when your death has been reported to Facebook, and your account is memorialized.

Skip the line at STARBUCKS with their new APP.


You love your coffee and hate having to wait in line? Starbucks will allow you to skip the line with its new app. How does it work? Download their new app and place your order via your smartphone, walk/drive to your nearest location that you selected, walk in and pick it up. And best of all, the company’s mobile software sorts your payment too, which certainly makes the process that much friendly. But wait there is more, plans for a delivery option are in the works for customers who belong to Starbucks loyalty program — but only in select markets.

“Imagine the ability to create a standing order of Starbucks delivered hot to your desk daily,” CEO Howard Schultz said. “That’s our version of e-commerce on steroids.” The new version of the mobile app is set to arrive in December, with Portland, Oregon getting it first before a nation-wide rollout in early 2015.

So is this a service that you would use? Tell us in the comment section below.


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Get ready to start seeing video ads in your Instagram feed


Remember that post that we shared? You know, the one where we said that Video Ads would be in your Instagram Feed shortly? Well it’s officialy here and a few Video ads are starting to show up like Disney, Activision, Banana Republic, CW and Lancome to name a few. More companies will be hogging your feed shortly.

Tell us how you feel about this in our comment section below. Will this deter you from using Instagram moving forward or do you like the ads?

Read Story Here from AdWeek

Taco Bell Launches Mobile App by Wiping Away Social Media Accounts!


Wow! Now you can get your grub on by ordering your favorite Taco Bell item with your smartphone or tablet with their new app.

Crazy, but Taco Bell shut down all of it’s social media outlets on Twitter,  Facebook and Instagram and then went dark. They built up the hype with the hashtag #ONLYINTHEAPP

Launching its first dedicated app for iPhone and Android, it will let you order whatever you want, from wherever you are. The idea is to funnel the fast food chain’s online following over to its new application. It works like this: After you sync your credit or debit card, you select whatever it is you want to eat. Place your order, stroll over to the nearest Taco Bell, and–ta-da!–a piping hot bag of Mexican Pizzas and bean burritos will await your arrival.

I’m hungry now.

Grab the app HERE

Google Glass Is Officially Banned in Movie Theaters.


The Motion Picture Association of America and National Association of Theatre Owners have updated their anti-piracy policy to ban the use of Google Glass in movie theaters, saying they have a “zero tolerance policy” towards the wearing of any Internet-enabled device to the multiplex. Unlike most who object to Google Glass, the MPAA and NATO’s objections don’t stem from the fact that wearing one makes you look like a douchebag from the year 2125, but because the devices have the ability to record video without being obvious about it, despite Google’s claims to the contrary.

The ban comes after a Columbus, Ohio man was detained for three and a half hours by the Department of Homeland Security after he was spotted wearing Google Glass to a screening. The man and his wife were released after officials determined that he was only watching the movie, and not recording it. The MPAA gave the man four movie passes for all his trouble and was sent away.

MPAA was quoted saying this: “As part of our continued efforts to ensure movies are not recorded in theaters … we maintain a zero-tolerance policy toward using any recording device while movies are being shown,” the two groups said in a joint statement. “As has been our long-standing policy, all phones must be silenced and other recording devices, including wearable devices, must be turned off and put away at show time. Individuals who fail or refuse to put the recording devices away may be asked to leave.” Several movie chains already had Google Glass bans in place. Duh!!!

Read Story Here

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Google is reportedly separating its photos service from Google+

Put another stake in the heart of G+?  We use G+ everyday and to see this amazing feature go on it’s own can be considered a good thing or a bad. We hope that if this at all true, that it will still be part of the experience.

The future of Google+ has been up in the air for several months now — VP Vic Gundotra, the head of Google+, left the company in April, and the product wasn’t mentioned a single time at the recent I/O developer conference. That said, there’s no doubt that the Google+ photo tools are best in class, even with strong competition from Yahoo’s revitalized Flickr, Facebook, and a host of other competitors.


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