Have any old smartphones or tablets laying around that you’d be interested in trading in for a new device? T-Mobile is kicking off a promotion on September 17th where they will guarantee that you’ll get the best trade-in value for your used tech. This probably means T-Mobile is going to up its current values for traded in equipment, but there are a few extra things the Uncarrier is willing to do for you.
In case you do happen to find a better trade-in deal somewhere else, T-Mobile will match any competitor’s values, and then give you $50 in bill credit for the hassle. This is easily one of the best trade-in deals any carrier has ever done, so it’s worth checking out later this month.
The promo goes live on September 17th, but T-Mobile says they’ll only be doing it for a limited time. We’ve got plenty of new devices hitting shelves soon, so don’t pass this up if you’re on T-Mobile. Read more
There are more than 30 million users that use Spotify for free without much in their way, but that is about to change with new video advertisements. The service’s marketing platform, Spotify for Brands, is implementing two different kinds of video ads from popular brands. The two video ads are Sponsored Session and Video Takeover. A Sponsored Session allows a brand to have a presence on a thirty-minute block of uninterrupted listening if the user chooses to watch a video. Video Takeover consumes a user’s desktop with brand content in the form of an ad break.
Hit the break for a video to see how the ads will work.
Facing lackluster sales in the US, Amazon may be moving toward selling the device in the UK, ending the AT&T and US market exclusive. Although when it arrives in Britain it will continue its network exclusivity by being solely available on O2. According to the Financial Times, the announcement between the two companies is expected as early as next week.
Given its mixed reviews and competitor flagship devices, the Fire Phone is losing ground quickly. Hopefully people in the UK will take to it enough to help Amazon bolster its numbers. Of course, only time will tell.
source: The Financial Times
When the Moto 360 was announced, it was said that metal-banded version would be on its way in the near future. Well thanks to Verizon, we’re getting a bit of a window into when that may actually be. Big Red has the metal-banded Android Wear watch in both silver and black on its web site and if the company’s web page is correct, we won’t see it for a few months.
Google has shown us this morning its winning entry that was entered in an annual computer vision challenge. Those who’ve entered include industry labs and academic institutions. Google has also made its work available to other researchers.
“In this year’s challenge, team GoogLeNet tasks, doubling the quality on both tasks over last year’s results. The team participated with an open submission, meaning that the exact details of its approach are shared with the wider computer vision community to foster collaboration and accelerate progress in the field…”
Google’s self-driving cars is one of the directions the search giant will go in with the technology among apps like YouTube and photo/image search.
Bad news came this week from Motorola’s Punit Soni. For all of you using Verizon Wireless looking to purchase the new Moto X as a Developer’s Edition, prepare to be disappointed. Read more
Motorola has updated their Migrate application that makes transferring data from an old phone to a new Motorola phone incredibly easy. The biggest addition in this update is the inclusion of non-smartphones, so if you’re trying to get your contacts and text messages off of a flip phone onto a smartphone, this app can take care of it for you. The phone has to have Bluetooth support, but that shouldn’t be a problem in most cases.
All of the other features are still intact, including pulling information from other Android phones and iCloud accounts, but it still only works with a handful of Motorola devices. For the update, hit the link below. Read more
To help explain the magnificence of its upcoming catalog, IKEA has called upon chief design guru Jorgen Eghammer. He goes over the true power of such a product. It is not a a digital book or one operates with an e-ink display. The 2015 IKEA catalog is a true “bookbook.” There are no cables required as the 2015 IKEA catalog has eternal battery life. And it features tactile touch so users can easily navigate to where they want to go without any lag time.
The style of the video may be familiar since it is something straight out of Apple’s book (and not its bookbook). Eghammer is just like Jony Ive, the man that exaggerates just how revolutionary the design of every product Apple puts out is.
Hit the break to watch the video. You will not be disappointed with its humor. Read more
Samsung’s Gear VR has officially arrived and with it comes a Super AMOLED display, 3D graphics, and an immersive 360-degree viewing experience. The Virtual Reality device can pair up with the Note 4 for a QHD screen and the Gear Circle for flawless, quality sound to go along with your current activity. For more information. hit the break, and just scroll!
Sony’s latest device is quite the machine, and T-Mobile is more than happy to let you know all about it. The carrier is now selling the device, and in order to get you to make the decision to purchase it, Tmo has uploaded an unboxing video going over all of the neat bells-and-whistles inside Sony’s pretty powerhouse. So watch the vid below, then let us know what you think in the comment section below!