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Verizon jacks phone upgrade fees from $20 up to $30

If there’s one thing Verizon loves to do, it’s bouncing around the cost of its smartphone upgrade fee. After Verizon introducing a $20 upgrade fee in April 2016, it’s now raising the cost even further. Whenever you swap out your existing phone—whether through a straight-up purchase or a monthly payment plan with the carrier—Verizon adds $30 to your bill. Verizon will refund the charge to anyone who returns their new device within 14 days after purchasing it. When asked about the reason for the price increase Verizon didn’t have much to say beyond a boilerplate statement. “These fees help cover increased cost to provide customers with America’s largest and fastest 4G LTE network,” Verizon told Ars Technica.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
http://www.cio.com/article/3155940/mobile/verizon-jacks-phone-upgrade-fees-from-20-up-to-30.html#tk.rss_consumerelectronicsMicrosoft Office 2010
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Tesla will rule the car world

Tesla is the future of the car. It has pioneered the 21st-century electric vehicle (EV), and it’s leading the way to the self-driving car. Still, a lot of people simply don’t understand visionary founder Elon Musk’s dream. They keep trying to judge it by old manufacturing standards. They’re missing the point. Musk doesn’t want Tesla to be the next GM. He wants to transform the car industry. Musk did a fine job of explaining it in 2006, and The Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan is still on track. “The strategy of Tesla is to enter at the high end of the market, where customers are prepared to pay a premium, and then drive down market as fast as possible to higher unit volume and lower prices with each successive model.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
http://www.cio.com/article/3155919/emerging-technology/tesla-will-rule-the-car-world.html#tk.rss_consumerelectronicsMicrosoft Office 2010
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IDG Contributor Network: iOS 10: Disable Auto-Correction

iOS 10 has many great features that can offer enormous value to its users. But not all of iOS 10’s features are appreciated by everybody. Some options can be downright annoying. And for some folks one of those potentially irritating features is built into the iOS keyboard: Auto-Correction.If you’ve used iOS, you are undoubtedly familiar with Auto-Correction. It can be a useful tool for some people, but it can also be an incredibly annoying pain in the rear end for others.If you’re one of the folks that are sick of dealing with Auto-Correction, don’t worry. You can easily disable it in iOS 10.How to disable Auto-Correction in iOS 10 Here’s how you can disable Auto-Correction in iOS 10:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
http://www.cio.com/article/3156324/ios/ios-10-disable-auto-correction.html#tk.rss_consumerelectronicsMicrosoft Office 2010
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Amazon.com’s Alexa now lets you order wings

Amazon.com’s Alexa software is gaining significant traction among businesses, if its headline hijacking at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is any indication. Quick-service chain Wingstop Restaurants has joined the party by allowing consumers to order wings and other menu items via the voice-triggered virtual assistant.Wingstop CIO Stacy Peterson says the move marks an evolution in the company’s efforts to allow customers to order food from any digital touchpoint, including online, mobile devices and via social media. “This is our first entry into voice automation and I’m excited about learning more about… seeing how we can continue to broaden our ordering channels,” Peterson tells CIO.com.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
http://www.cio.com/article/3156325/vertical-industries/amazon-coms-alexa-now-lets-you-order-wings.html#tk.rss_consumerelectronics

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Why Facebook is key to Sony’s movie marketing

LAS VEGAS — Facebook has quickly become an integral part of Sony Pictures’ strategy for marketing its films, and the social network’s rich environment has led to more creative, and more effective, campaigns, according to Josh Greenstein, the movie studio’s president of worldwide marketing and distribution, who spoke at CES 2017. Modern moviegoers are exposed to upcoming films earlier, more consistently and in an increasingly customized fashion on sites such as Facebook, the studio executive said. Sony’s film marketing budget shifted from 10 percent on digital to as much as 50 percent during the last 18 months, according to Greenstein. “The world’s changed, and for us it’s exciting,” he said. “It’s for the better.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
http://www.cio.com/article/3155960/marketing/why-facebook-is-key-to-sonys-movie-marketing.html#tk.rss_consumerelectronics

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Apple resolves the MacBook Pro battery life issues found in Consumer Reports testing

Apple and Consumer Reports have been working together to determine the issues that Consumer Reports had with the new MacBook Pro’s battery life during its review, and on Tuesday, both issued statements on their findings. It turns out that Consumer Reports uses a developer setting that typical users don’t use, and also that the same setting has a bug that affects performance. In its review of the MacBook Pro, Consumer Reports said its battery life test results varied wildly, from 4 hours to 19 hours. Consumer Reports explained on its website that its laptop battery tests do not necessarily reflect real-world usage; instead, tests are designed to be consistent across different laptops for comparison’s sake. In the case of the MacBook Pro, Consumer Reports’ battery tests uses Safari in Developer mode, which is not the default setting. (You might not even know that Safari has such a mode.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
http://www.cio.com/article/3156230/mac/apple-resolves-the-macbook-pro-battery-life-issues-found-in-consumer-reports-testing.html#tk.rss_consumerelectronics

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21% off House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable with bonus Bob Marley Legend Album – Deal Alert

A classically designed turntable and category first for House of Marley, the Stir It Up Turntable is simple in form and rich in materials with natural bamboo details and a built-in pre-amp to sync with your favorite speakers and USB jack in back to record on PC.  This deal includes a BOB Marley legend album.  With a typical list price of $249.99, this 21% off deal is now $199.  See the discounted Stir It Up Turntable on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
http://www.cio.com/article/3156143/consumer-electronics/21-off-house-of-marley-stir-it-up-turntable-with-bonus-bob-marley-legend-album-deal-alert.html#tk.rss_consumerelectronics

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The clumsy & shocking truth about computer-related injuries!

Some of the biggest names in tech have issued warnings over the past year about how their devices can overheat and catch on fire, but an analysis of emergency room data shows that most computer-related injuries stem from far less dramatic circumstances. We’re talking about computers falling on people’s heads or being dropped on their toes. More than two dozen injuries resulted from tripping, such as down the stairs while carrying a computer or by getting tangled on a laptop cord. Not so shocking: A handful of injuries related to pulling out plugs too hastily.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
http://www.cio.com/article/3156559/desktop-computers/the-clumsy-shocking-truth-about-computer-related-injuries.html#tk.rss_consumerelectronics

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Mingis on Tech: New year, new CES — and new AirPods

Virtual Reality and drones were hot at CES. But were they hotter than Apple’s almost-impossible-to-get AirPods?
http://www.cio.com/video/73135/mingis-on-tech-new-year-new-ces-and-new-airpods#tk.rss_consumerelectronics

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44% off Logitech G700s 910-003584 Rechargeable Gaming Mouse – Deal Alert

For gamers who know there is no such thing as “over-prepared”, the G700s is a must-have. Precise? Check. Customizable? 13 programmable buttons will perform complex macros at your command. Full-speed wireless? With the lightning-fast report rate of a wired gaming mouse, you won’t believe it’s not plugged in. The G700s Gaming Mouse is highly rated on Amazon with 4 out of 5 stars from over 2,400 customers (read reviews). Right now its list price has been reduced a generous 44% to just $55.53. See it now on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
http://www.cio.com/article/3156826/computers-accessories/44-off-logitech-g700s-910-003584-rechargeable-gaming-mouse-deal-alert.html#tk.rss_consumerelectronics

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