T-Mobile Looks to Shake Up Cellular Industry Again With ‘Un-carrier 8.0’ Announcement Tuesday [iOS Blog]

T-Mobile today announced that it will be broadcasting a „fireside chat“ with CEO John Legere and Yahoo Tech’s David Pogue tomorrow. During the live webcast, Legere will announce the terms of „Un-carrier 8.0“ and answer questions about the latest chapter in the company’s ongoing Un-carrier initiative to differentiate itself from the other major U.S. providers.

Details on the changes T-Mobile plans to introduce have not yet been revealed, but the carrier teased the announcement was „so big we had to keep it under wraps.“

In the past, the company’s initiatives have produced market-wide changes in the cellular industry, including contract-free service plans and generous bonuses for switching carriers. The most recent Un-carrier announcement back in September focused on Wi-Fi calling and texting as well as a partnership with Gogo in-flight wireless.

The Un-carrier 8.0 webcast will begin on Tuesday, December 16 at 10:30 AM Eastern / 7:30 AM Pacific. It will be broadcast from newsroom.t-mobile.com with a link to the stream available starting Tuesday morning.




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Apple Watch Tidbits: Charging Retail Box, Water Resistance, Calls, Offline and More

While Apple announced the Apple Watch today at its special event, it didn’t go over all of the new device’s features, noting that the company has a lot more to share in the future. Yahoo Tech’s David Pogue has found out some of the details Apple didn’t share on stage.

The watch is water resistant, allowing users to not worry about the device when in the rain, or washing hands. However, the watch must be taken off before going for a swim or taking a shower. Additionally, the watch includes a microphone that can allow users to make calls directly from their Apple Watch.

Users will also be able to load apps onto the Apple Watch from their iPhone. To rearrange the apps, users will have to hold their finger on an app’s icon and move it around, similar to how one rearranges icons on an iPhone. There’s also a „Ping My iPhone“ feature, which will allow users to play a sound on their iPhone so they can locate it in case they have misplaced it.

Finally, Pogue explains that the Apple Watch Edition, the most high end of the Apple Watches, comes with a special box.

The fanciest model, the gold Apple [Watch] Edition, comes in a gorgeous jewelry box — which doubles as a charger. The back of the box has a Lightning connector, and the inside of the box has the watch’s magnetic round charger pad, standing vertically. So as you retire each night, you can just lay your gold watch into its case and let it charge.

Additionally, Re/code’s Ina Fried says that the offline abilities of the Apple Watch include Apple Pay, music via Bluetooth, activity tracking and some apps.

The Apple Watch will launch in early 2015 with its lowest end model costing $350.




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First iOS 7 Reviews: Everything Improved, iTunes Radio Recommendations Are ‘Frighteningly Accurate’ [iOS Blog]

At its September 10 iPhone event, Apple provided multiple publications with iPhones running iOS 7. The embargo has now lifted on review posts, so we have gathered some relevant excerpts from each site in order to highlight general release reactions to Apple’s new operating system.

Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

iOS 7 isn’t a big change functionally from what we’re all used to with iOS 6. Apple kept most of things we know about how to use the operating system and integrated them with the design.

Of course, that is the big change with the new iOS—the look and feel are newer, some would say flatter. While we were all a bit shocked with the look when it was first introduced, it doesn’t take long to adapt. In fact, there are many things I like better.

David Pogue, The New York Times

The complete absence of graphic embellishments makes it especially utilitarian — in both senses of the word. That’s good, because whatever button or function you need is easier to find; it’s bad, because, well, it can look a little boring.

Then again, the new look is primarily visible at the Home screen, where a jarringly different color palette greets you on the Apple app icons, and on the options screen. The rest of the time, you’ll be using your regular apps, many of which will look no different than before.

Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch

The recommendations iTunes Radio serves up based on genres and artists I like were very (frighteningly?) accurate, and that makes for a thoroughly enjoyable lean-back listening experience. I’m still an Rdio fan when it comes to streaming music services, and their new personalized radio stations are also impressive, but Apple will provide everything most users need in custom Internet radio with this new feature, which is also available in an upcoming iTunes update on the desktop.

Walt Mossberg, AllThingsD

Its new look, new user interface and new functions represent the biggest overhaul to the iPhone’s core software since the original model launched in 2007. Nearly everything has been improved, including multi-tasking, notifications, access to common controls, email, Web browsing and Siri. Like any big change, it’s a shock at first, but I have come to like it and consider it a step forward, despite a few issues.

Other Reviews

Ed Baig, USA Today
Stuart Miles, Pocket-Lint
Myriam Joire, Engadget

iOS 7 will be released to the public tomorrow.




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