Verizon Wireless has long considered itself the Cadillac of carriers.
Following Thursday's introduction of its "More Everything" plan, which brings price cuts, more data, and a few other freebies, it's clear that carrier wants to remain the premium brand in the wireless industry. While the discounts are welcome to existing Verizon users, its rivals still offer more competitive plans.
More Everything is a concession that even Verizon, which has long sought to stay above the competitive fray, is no longer immune to the pressures facing the industry. But the changes suggest Verizon is slowly, even reluctantly, … Read more
Wireless carriers' salvos in the battle for subscribers have been coming fast and furious lately, and it looks like Verizon Wireless is getting ready to launch a new attack.
The US wireless carrier will unveil a "More Everything" plan on Thursday that promises customers more data at no extra cost, doubled bandwidth, 25GB of cloud storage, and unlimited international messaging, according to a reference guide obtained by DroidLife. Subscribers who participate in Verizon's Edge program also will see discounts on line access, according to the report.
According to the reference guide, the shared data on the $40 … Read more
Firefox OS, Mozilla's smartphone operating system, is getting a new app for launching apps.
"The app integrates the contextual adaptive app search from EverythingMe with the Firefox for Android Web browser to offer users a personalized and customizable Web experience that is fun and intuitive," Mozilla said Wednesday in a blog post. The non-profit organization showed a preview of new app launcher Tuesday.
Firefox OS already used EverythingMe's software for presenting a dynamically generated array of links to Web apps.
"We are happy to expand our work together with this new product to give people … Read more
Verizon's Share Everything family data plan is getting a little more affordable.
The carrier said that starting Tuesday, Verizon customers will be able to sign up for a $60 Share Everything plan, $20 less than the current cheapest plan. Customers will only get half as much data -- 250 megabytes vs. the $80, 500 MB plan.
Verizon said that this offer will only be available for a limited time.
The lower end plan is ideal for basic phone customers who don't use a lot of data, as many normal customers would chew through 250 MB in a few … Read more
The wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos expressed her dissatisfaction with a new book about the company's history in an appropriate fashion: She wrote -- on Amazon.com, of course -- a one-star customer review on the product page for the book, "The Everything Store."
Spotted by The New York Times, the review questions the accuracy of the book written by Bloomberg Businessweek journalist Brad Stone. (See Stone's rebuttal below.)
MacKenzie Bezos plucked out a detail … Read more
According to the paper, some of those possible targets have included Unity Technologies, a San Francisco-based gaming platform developer; Green Throttle Games, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based company that makes game controllers and software that connects mobile devices to televisions; Israeli mobile search engine Everything.me; Israeli video-chat app maker Rounds; and location-sharing app Glympse of Seattle, Wash.
It's not clear from the report whether Samsung is still looking at any of the companies aside from Glympse. In … Read more
Verizon Wireless has quietly rolled out a new 500MB data option for Share Everything subscribers.
Priced at $40 per month, the 500MB plan is a cheaper way for customers to access data on Verizon's 4G LTE network -- either singly or in a group.
When paired with a single smartphone, subscribers can expect to pay at least $80 per month. For an additional $10 per month, individuals can double their allotted data; $20 more per month provides 2GB data. Suffice it to say, those who use very little data might be better served with a prepaid plan.
Verizon's … Read more
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Sure, technology decisions often are the result of personal predilection, political scheming, and inter-company rivalries. But cold hard data still can win the day -- and that's the main reason why Mozilla is reconsidering its earlier decision not to support Google's WebP image format.
Specifically, new data shows that Google isn't just blowing smoke when it promised that using WebP lets Web site operators save precious bytes when it's sending Web-page data to browsers. Smaller file sizes mean that browsers can show Web pages faster, that Web site operators cut bandwidth usage, and that people with … Read more