T-Mobile Will Carry The iPhone 5 For $99 With LTE


T-Mobile is the last of the big four — Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint — to receive the iPhone 5 with LTE support. Besides supporting the new T-Mobile LTE network, which also has launched today, the iPhone 5 on T-Mobile sports a different plan than on the other carriers. Customers can either full price for the device at the time of purchase, or spread the cost over 20 months with installment plans. A 16GB iPhone 5 will sell for $99 up front starting April 12th, with 20 months of $20 payments, on top of the monthly service bill.

As a result, T-Mobile won’t be as aggressive with the transition of unlocked iPhone 5 units from AT&T. The advantage of having the iPhone on T-Mobile is the LTE network in the first 7 cities — Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Jose, and Washington DC — NYC will debut in the summer, with 4G HSPA+ speeds as the backup network, meaning you might not notice the speed difference, plus HD voice technology.

Press release after the break.

Now Windows 8’s Main Apps Are All A Lot Better

whatsnewMail, Calendar, Messaging, and People. The core apps of Windows 8 all have all been spruced up — spring cleaning, if you will. The updates are available to both Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro machines, alongside several other optimizations. Besides the speed boosts, refinement to the Calendar (with a facelift), additional organization and easier sending in Mail, enhanced details of contacts in People, and more information in Messaging, there’s hope that even better changes can be made in Windows Blue, the upcoming version.

Keep your eyes peeled for the update in the Windows Store, later today or tomorrow.

Via: Windows Blog

Brevity Review: Gunnar Optiks Vayper Glasses

Gunnar Vayper

It’s not the newest thing on the block, but it is to be thought of: Gunnars. They’re basically glasses for jocks (and geeks) that allow you to stare at a computer screen for many more hours than you normally could, without the strain, the migraine, or the possible damage done to the eyes since everyone is using a screen, all the time. Since I used to wear prescription glasses, I was omitted from the glorious world of Gunnars, but I’d review them anyway. Not once, but twice.

T-Mobile outs its new contract-free plans for all of its phones

tmobileAfter merging with Metro-PCS (not a reality until April, at least), the new T-Mobile has announced what was already expected, but not confirmed: the removal of contracts for all its high-end smartphones. Starting today, you can go online or in-store to snag yourself any one of T-Mobile’s smartphones, from the Nexus 4, the LG Optimus G, the Galaxy S3 — and soon, the Galaxy S4, HTC One, and BlackBerry Z10 with 4G HSPA+ service and in the coming weeks and months, 4G LTE.

Pricing plans range from $50 per month for 500MB of high-speed data (with overage-free throttled data after that), unlimited voice minutes, and unlimited texts; then unlimited data on the phone alone for $20 more, or up to 12GB of hotspot data through tiers of up to $110 a month. So, it’s all very awesome, and T-Mobile has a real winning shot with their “Uncarrier” plan.

Via: T-Mobile

Windows Blue leaks online, is mostly smaller tiles and SkyDrive integration

windowsbluesleakedThe next version of Windows, named Blue, has been leaked on the internet to different file sharing sites. Specifically, Build 9364 is the version that got leaked, and includes many new customization options for the user in the Start screen, including the size of Live Tiles being reduced and deeper SkyDrive integration into apps and functions. Additional snap view allows you place apps side-by-side in the Start screen, or the changes made to Charms which would allow you to share images or have “play to” functions for other devices.

Windows Blue will enter public preview over the coming months, with a full release due later this year. So, it’s good to stay posted on the small happenings with the upcoming version.

Via: WinForum, Verge

Canon Outs The World’s Lightest SLR, The EOS Rebel SL1

eos-rebel-sl1So, in order to make do for what the lackluster EOS M camera was, Canon decided it was time to create something new, that used existed technology that was already reliable. Enter, the Canon EOS Rebel SL1, the world’s smallest Digital SLR. SL stands for “super lightweight,” weighing in at just a tad bit of 14 ounces, but still can make use of full-size EOS lenses, like the new EF-S 18-55mm IS STM optic that ships in the box of the camera. The real internal specs include an 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 image processor, a 1.04M-dot fixed touchscreen, a new hybrid autofocus and standard 9-point autofocus. A decent sensitivity ranging from ISO 100-25,600, capture of 1080p HD video at 30 or 24 fps, a built-in mono mic, along with a stereo mic input jack on the side rounds off the whole package.

In other words, it’s not original: the camera that these parts were taken from was the pre-existing EOS Rebel T4i, which now will be renamed the T5i due to the SL1’s creation, and as a result will only get a new basic kit lens. Prices for the T5i range from $750 (body-only), an 18-55mm kit package that costs $900, and a T5i that will cost $1100 with longer 18-135mm lens.

But back to the feature story: the ROS Rebel SL1: it will come out in April for $650 (body only), or $800 with the new 18-55mm STM lens. Snap on some quality Canon lenses and you’ve got one heck of a beginner’s DSLR camera,without the weight and bulk.

Via: Canon USA