Verizon Preps Its Goodwill (And Services) For The Holiday Season

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In an attempt to diversify (in an industry where it has already gained immense stature), Big Red has proclaimed November 26th to be “Connection Day”. By partnering with companies like Amazon, Apple, Boingo Wireless, Condé Nast, Gogo Technologies, JetBlue and Pandora — the day before Thanksgiving — it looks like VZW is setting itself up for a profitable fourth quarter.

The best part? A lot of these deals/promotions are courtesy of Verizon, but available to all regardless of wireless carrier. Some of the collaborations between Verizon and the aforementioned companies include:

  • Verizon FiOS: Special mobile access to popular movies and TV shows on November 26, compliments of Verizon FiOS, by downloading the free FiOS Preview app.
  • Amazon: Selection of 10 free/discounted apps, plus two free Audible book downloads (new members) or $10 Audible credit (current members)
  • Apple: A special offer from iTunes to be revealed on Nov. 26
  • Condé Nast: Free Digital Edition downloads of 17 Conde Nast Publications, including Wired, Vanity Fair and GQ.
  • Free Wi-Fi: Complimentary Internet sessions through Boingo Wireless (at airports) and Gogo (in-flight).
  • JetBlue: Free in-flight Fly-Fi (Wi-Fi) for flights between November 26th and December 31st.
  • Pandora Media: Free seven-day trial of Pandora One.

Sounds like a solid ploy to appealing to everyone, not as Big Red, but simply as a wireless carrier. Interesting take, indeed.

Via: VZW

DJI’s Inspire 1 Is A 4K Camera-Toting Drone, With Sci-Fi Looks

jdiinspire2For a whopping $2,800, DJI has created what appears to be, the ultimate drone. With legs that fold in after takeoff, ability to shoto 360 degrees of video on a 4K camera (capable of 12MP stills), a ground-facing cmaera to look at the world below, and tons of improvements to design and software. Also, the 6-cell battery will keep it aloft for about 18 minutes — which isn’t bad considering its capabilities.

The base unit ships with one controller for $2,899, but DJI will throw an additional remote for an extra $500 — for separate flight and camera control, between two operators. It’s a pretty serious piece of kit, no doubt about that.

ViaDJI

Microsoft Claims The Xbox One Reached A Sales Lead — For Two Weeks

XboxOneAccording to Microsoft’s own VP of Marketing Yusuf Mehdi, the company’s “generation eight” gaming console has reached a two week sales lead against its main competitor, the PlayStation 4. Of course there’s a problem here: the detailed sold-to-customer numbers like the ones from Sony aren’t present — 10 million PS4s exist in gamer’s homes — Microsoft has only announced that it’s hitting 10 million Xbox One consoles sold to retailers. 

Don’t worry, Microsoft. Remember: Halo 5.

ViaXbox Wire

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Review — Live Or Die By The Exo

call-of-duty-advanced-warfare-wide-HD-image-wallpaperThe last Call of Duty was a disaster. Ghosts (may we never mention its name again, ever) turned out to be a best-seller for the next-gem console launch period — but only out of necessity for a blockbuster first-person shooter. In response to this, publisher Activision and the three main studios that produce the game series — Sledgehammer, Treyarch and Infinity Ward — have vowed to a three-year work/release schedule. That is, when one studio finishes a game, it receives a three-year break, which is ample time to produce the next sequel, and it make it worthwhile.

For late 2014, it’s Sledgehammer’s turn, with Advanced Warfare, but is it good? Activision sent us copy for review; so let’s get craking.

Ducati Diavel Titanium: So Sexy, It Hurts

ducati-diavelRecipe for an overly-sexy motorcycle: throw the name Ducati on it, give it a titanium and dark chrome aesthetic, with a Testastretta 11° DS engine, electronic fuel injection, and steel tube trellis with a dark chrome finish — then, only make 500 of them. That’s just pure sex , made out of motorcycle. Price is as of yet, to TBA.

Via: Ducati

Nexus 9 Review: Some Things Need Work Here

20141102_114141Say hello to the Nexus 9, the first 64-bit tablet by Google, and the first true tablet built by HTC for the Nexus program. This is a wonder-fest of high-end specs and straightforward design. Also included is Android 5.0 Lollipop, in its unchanged, vanilla form ripe with features and the latest features and designs from Google. But there is something that is off-putting here, and that’s what this analysis aims to find out.**