Verizon Dramatically Revamps Phone Plans, The firm is introducing shared data plans in the biggest change to wireless pricing in years. Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest cellphone company, is dropping nearly all of its phone plans in favor of pricing schemes that allow consumers to share data usage among up to ten phones and other devices.
The new plans will let individuals add non-phone devices like tablets and laptops to their plans, as well as the phones of family members.
The change takes effect June 28.
It’s the biggest revamp in wireless pricing in years, and one that’s likely to be copied by other carriers. AT&T Inc. has already said that it’s looking at introducing shared-data plans soon.
Verizon’s new “Share Everything” plans include unlimited phone calls and texting, and will start at $90 per month for one smartphone and 1 gigabyte of data. If used only with a smartphone, “Share Everything” prices are lower than for current plans with unlimited calling and texting, but higher than plans with limited calling and texting.
Bigger savings will come for those who add more devices like tablets to their plans. In such cases, the new pricing system will be cheaper compared to getting separate data plans for each device. That gives Verizon a chance to capitalize on the growing popularity of tablets. Few consumers put tablets on data plans, probably because they dread paying an extra $30 or so per month, on top of their phone bills.
Under “Share Everything,” adding a tablet to a plan will cost $10 per month. Adding a USB data stick for a laptop will cost $20.
Verizon’s limited-calling and texting plans will disappear, except for one $40-per-month plan intended for “dumb” phones. Verizon is keeping its limited-data plans for single non-phone devices, like the $30 tablet plan.
Free IPad Apps: Top Hits And Hidden Gems, You may have a few of these on your device already – but not all of them. It’s the hottest tech toy of the year, thus far, and for good reason: Apple’s latest iPad builds upon what made its predecessors so popular – an intuitive touchscreen interface, smooth integration with iTunes and 10-hour battery – but have added a high-resolution “Retina” display, better cameras and faster graphics processor.
Finding and downloading applications at the App Store is also a cinch compared to other tablets, and with nearly 800,000 to choose from — including support for apps designed for iPhone and iPod touch.
In fact, not only are apps relatively affordable — only a buck or two apiece, for the most part — but many tens of thousands of them are completely free to use, as well.
If you’re looking to fill up your iPad with awesome apps that won’t cost you a dime, consider these following suggestions — ranging from the über popular to the obscure, but all worthy of your attention.
Skype for iPad
Ok, so this one might not be much of a shocker. iPad 2 and new iPad owners can video chat for free with friends and family anywhere in the world – as long as they’re using a Skype-enabled device, too, such as a tablet, smartphone, computer or television.
Using a Wi-Fi network or cellular connectivity (if the tablet has it), you can see who you’re talking to and they can see you, plus you can tap to change to the rear-facing camera for them to see what you’re looking at (such as a home renovation, as you walk around the home). Another great video calling app for iPad is Apple’s own FaceTime, which works over Wi-Fi but not cellular connectivity.
Music lovers, listen up. The free Planetary is a beautiful way to explore and listen to the music stored on your tablet. As the name suggests, Bloom Studio’s app delivers a 3-D rendering of space — but the stars are the artists in your music collection, the planets that rotate around them are the albums and the moons that rotate around the planets are your songs.
As you listen to your tunes, the camera slowly pans around the beautifully animated celestial scene. Not only does it look great on the iPad’s 9.7-inch screen, but you also can connect the tablet to a big-screen TV (via an optional HDMI adapter) to wow your friends during a house party.
Aventador Lp 700 4 Lamborghini, Not a bad present, eh?.The hot buzz floating around today is that Kim Kardashian bought her boyfriend, Kanye West, a $750,000 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 for his birthday. He turned 35 on Friday.
TMZ posted photos of the sleek, black car that Kanye hasn’t seen up close yet because he’s in Ireland on the Watch the Throne tour.
TMZ says Kim took a video of the car to screened it for him in Ireland.
Kanye hasn’t mentioned the car but has mentioned his birthday, tweeting yesterday: “Thanks for all my fans. I am tweeting under the stage while Jay is rapping in Dublin on my birthday. You guys make all my dreams possible.” (USA Today)
Five Car Fixes You Can Easily Do Yourself, You don’t need to replace the whole headlight unit to remove built-up haze.As cars have become more advanced over time, it has been increasingly difficult for enterprising owners to perform basic maintenance and repairs. While some jobs do require professional expertise and pricey tools, there are still many things that a handy owner can do to keep a car running in top shape and save money in the process.
Below are a few tips from our automotive experts.
1) Treating hazy headlight lenses. Modern headlight assemblies usually have clear plastic covers that can grow hazy over the years from exposure to the elements. To save the expense of changing the whole headlight reflector assembly, you can use a restoration kit, usually consisting of abrasive cloths and a special finishing liquid. Some kits are applied with elbow grease, while others call for an electric drill.
2) Windshield wipers. You can extend the life of wiper blades by keeping them clean. Wipe off the rubber edge with a paper towel moistened with glass cleaner, or water and a little dish soap. Wiper blades don’t last long. In our tests we’ve found that six months is about the best you can expect a set of wiper blades to stay in top form.
3) Wash and wax your car. Giving your car a good cleaning helps preserve the paint by removing road grime and residues that can eat through the finish. The time spent hand washing a car gives you a close-up view of every body panel, so you can spot scratches, chips, and dings you may not have otherwise noticed. To maintain a quality shine, periodically apply car wax. A spray wax is best suited to weekly or special-occasion applications. Other waxes can be used less frequently, every 2-3 months. (ConsumerReports)
Mirror Eliminates Blind Spots For Drivers, A professor designs a surface that acts like thousands of tiny disco balls but doesn’t distort your view.Ever since Ray Harroun first bolted a mirror to his car so he could see what was behind him during the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911, drivers looking back have had to deal with the blind spot where the mirror couldn’t reach. Many automakers offer cameras and even radar to monitor that spot, but a new mirror developed by a Drexel University professor could offer a stunning and safer view without electronics — and it’s closer than it appears.
The mirrors on the driver’s side of every modern car have a field of view of about 15 to 17 degrees wide — the angle between two adjacent numbers on a clock face — offering a narrow slice of what’s going on behind the car. It’s easy enough to make a mirror that curves for a wider field of view, as passenger-side mirrors do, but that curve distorts the image, which is why passenger side mirrors always warn riders that objects are closer than they appear.
Blind spots remain one of the larger dangers posed to drivers; a 2008 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimated that if all cars were equipped with some kind of blind spot monitoring system, the nation would be spared 457,000 crashes a year. But such systems have only begun to filter down from luxury vehicles, and previous studies have shown it takes up to two decades for a new safety feature to spread through the majority of cars on the road.
Andrew R. Hicks, a mathematics professor at Drexel, came up with a compromise that doesn’t require video cameras. Instead of bending the mirror like a piece of paper, Hicks says he designed a surface that acts like thousands of tiny disco balls, whose reflections are focused by a new algorithm “so that each ray of light bouncing off the mirror shows the driver a wide, but not-too-distorted, picture of the scene behind him.”
Survey Facebook Bored, Are you just not as drawn to the social network comings and goings of your friends and family as you once were? If so, you’re not alone: According to a new poll by Reuters and research firm Ipsos, roughly one-third of Facebook users are feeling pretty “meh” about the social network these days, and the sentiment seems to be growing.
The survey focused more on the potential monetization of Facebook than current user habits, but the data was telling in several ways. According to the poll of over 1,000 Americans, 80% of Facebook users have never purchased a product or service because of what they saw on the site, meaning that whatever advertising techniques companies are currently employing to grab your cash simply isn’t working.
Unsurprisingly, the survey found that users between the ages of 18 and 34 were the most active, while just 29% of people over 55 considered themselves regular users. Unfortunately, people who spend a great deal of time on the network are often victims of what the researchers call “Facebook fatigue,” leading them to spend less and less time checking in with friends and browsing the profiles of their peers. What do you think? Have your Facebook habits changed? Let us know in the comments. (Bangladesh News)