T-Mobile Will Give You an Upgrade to Unlimited LTE if You Bring Over a Friend From Another Carrier

In response to Sprint’s new 20GB $100 plan that was announced earlier in the week for new customers, T-Mobile has decided that it wants all of the current Sprint customers that aren’t being offered this new deal to come on over to its promised land. Through current T-Mobile customers, Magenta is offering unlimited LTE upgrades to any current customer who brings over a friend from another carrier, including Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon. That new customer will also receive the free upgrade to unlimited LTE. (more…)

Noke is a Bluetooth Unlockable Padlock That Destroyed Its Kickstarter Goal in Days

Use a padlock to secure your bike on a regular basis? What if you could unlock that padlock without using a key or entering a combination? What if a single click on the locking mechanism (shank) could send a Bluetooth signal to your securely paired phone, allowing it to unlock? That can happen, thanks to Noke (no-key, get it?), a Bluetooth powered lock that has already cruised past its Kickstarter goal of $100,000 in funding.  (more…)

Uber Releases API, Allows Partners Like United or OpenTable to Access Uber Info

Uber, the insanely popular ride requesting service that my hometown of Portland hates (personal problem), released an API this morning that allows partners to build-in Uber support to their apps and services. Through this API, apps can now “pass a destination address to the Uber app, display pickup times, provide fare estimates, access trip history and more.”

What does that mean? Well, it could be that you book a car to pick you up just after you book your restaurant reservation for tonight. Or maybe you need a ride to and from the airport, which you could book through you favorite airline’s app?  (more…)

Deal: New Verizon Galaxy S4 Available From eBay for $359

I think it’s safe to say that there are at least one or two DL staff members who would consider the Samsung Galaxy S4 to be better than this year’s Galaxy S5. Not only is the size of the phone much more manageable, but it also lacks some of the extra unnecessary bloat, like heart rate sensors and fingerprint scanners. Plus, if you are going to have to deal with TouchWiz’s never-ending lag, you may as well do it on a phone that fits better in your hand and pocket.

If the Galaxy S4 is still something you would consider, especially since it runs at a full retail price much lower than this year’s model, take a look at today’s deal through eBay. You can grab the Verizon Galaxy S4 (brand new) in black for $359.95. The current price through Verizon’s site is $499.99. The seller is also tossing in free expedited shipping. Again, this is a new unit, not refurbished like many of eBay’s daily deals.

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Mediafire for Android Receives Major Update – Auto Backups of Photos and Videos, Instant Sharing, New UI

Mediafire, an independent cloud storage service with over 37 million users, introduced a brand new Android app today with a couple of really nice features.

First off, the app has a new “native interface,” with smoother scrolling, browsing and sharing. The app now has an automatic backup setting for photos and videos as well, bringing it nicely in line with Dropbox (Why doesn’t Box have this yet?). Finally, the new app has enhanced streaming support for your music and video collections, along with instant file sharing through email, SMS, or chat apps.

The update is live now, so go grab it.  (more…)

Report: Verizon to Create Wireless Coalition Who Aims to Take on Google Play, Apple App Store (Updated)

In the wireless industry, apps are still a pretty big deal. I wouldn’t necessarily say that the app ecosystem is young, but you get the feeling that we are only scratching the surface when it comes to potential, not only for the types of tasks they accomplish, but also the amount of money they can make everyone involved. According to a report out of The Information, Verizon wants in (again) because it isn’t exactly thrilled that Google and Apple control the app industry by themselves. In other words, Big Red wants another revenue stream.  (more…)