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AT&T Inc said on Thursday it would make its unlimited data plan available to all wireless customers who pay a monthly bill, days after rival Verizon Communications Inc announced an unlimited option. Previously, AT&T's plan, which includes unlimited data, talk and text for $100 a month for a single line, only applied to its DirecTV and U-Verse subscribers. On Sunday, Verizon said it would offer an unlimited plan for the first time in more than five years.

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AT&T announced that it’ll be offering a new unlimited data plan starting tomorrow, following in the footsteps of its competitors Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, who all announced new plans with unlimited data earlier this week. The new AT&T Unlimited Plan offers unlimited data, calls, and texting, and includes HD video (although AT&T’s Stream Saver, which reduces data used by forcing standard definition video, is turned on by default). Like the other carriers, the new plan has a soft cap on data — 22GB in AT&T’s case, the same as Verizon — after which customers are subject to their data being deprioritized when towers get congested.

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A South Korean court on Friday ordered the arrest of Jay Y. Lee, the 48-year-old head of the Samsung Group, on suspicion of bribery and other charges in a corruption scandal that led parliament to impeach President Park Geun-hye. Prosecutors accuse Lee in his capacity as head of South Korea's largest conglomerate, or chaebol, of pledging 43 billion won ($37.74 million) to a business and organizations backed by Park's friend, Choi Soon-sil, in exchange for support of a 2015 merger of two Samsung companies. Samsung and Lee have denied wrongdoing in the case.

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Earlier this week, Verizon announced an all-new unlimited data plan that included HD video streaming and mobile tethering. Not to be outdone, T-Mobile followed suite and added those features to its flagship unlimited plan. Today, Sprint announced that it's adding HD video streaming and mobile hotspot to its unlimited data plan, which I am sure is a total coincidence and in no way an attempt to keep up with the competition. The press release doesn't make clear if this is a long-term change to Sprint's plan, or a temporary promotion. The release says that customers will "automatically get a free upgrade to HD-quality video plus 10GB mobile hotspot per line," which doesn't really imply that the changes are sticking around long-term. Offering HD video streaming and mobile hotspot brings Sprint's plan exactly in line with Verizon and T-Mobile's offering. All the "unlimited" plans now guarantee you over 20GB of mobile data, after which you may be "deprioritized" at peak times. That data can be used to stream HD video or do virtually anything, apart from mobile tethering. When it comes to hotspotting, all three carriers offer 10GB of 4G hotspot data, after which those speeds will slow down dramatically. Sprint is also pushing its impressive promotion that offers up to four lines for $90, well under anything any of the other carriers are offering. Sprint is also offering the lease of an iPhone 7 for 18 months to new customers who switch to Sprint.

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AT&T says any cellphone customer can sign up for unlimited data plans starting Friday. That option had been limited to customers of AT&T-owned DirecTV. The change comes just days after Verizon announced ...

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By Hyunjoo Jin SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee was arrested on Friday, a South Korean court said, over his alleged role in a corruption scandal that led parliament to impeach President Park Geun-hye. The Seoul Central District Court also rejected a request to issue an arrest warrant for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd President Park Sang-jin, who also heads the Korea Equestrian Federation. The 48-year-old Lee, Samsung's vice chairman, was taken into custody at the Seoul Detention Center, where he had awaited the court's decision following a day-long closed-door hearing that ended on Thursday evening.

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Intel just shipped a new Windows driver for its integrated Iris 500 and 600 GPUs which finally supports the Vulkan graphics API. This is wonderful news for a number of people. Most Vulkan-capable apps right now are high-end or experimental games, so this won't make everything instantly wonderful, but it does mean you're now the low bar of Vulkan desktop performance, and the large install base makes you a highly attractive target for developers if they can optimize their titles for you.

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Pokemon Go developer Niantic revealed on Wednesday that 80 new Pokemon from the Johto region introduced in Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver will be added to the game by the end of the week. Along with the new Pokemon, Niantic is also adding new features to the game, such as new berries, new avatar customization items and new gameplay elements to make catching Pokemon more interesting. But as always, the development team has also begun laying the groundwork for more additions and improvements in the weeks and months to come. That's why the Silph Road community has once again dug into the code to see what other secrets are contained with Pokemon Go  version 0.57.2 While Niantic had plenty to share in its blog post on Wednesday, the specifics of many of the new features were left unexplained. For example, Niantic mentions "hats, shirts, pants, and other items" that can be worn by avatars, but the code reveals that shoes, eyes, gloves, socks, belts, necklaces, glasses and even skin will be customizable as well. Additionally, the code seems to indicated that some clothing options will be unlockable by leveling up, while others can be bought via in-app purchase. Niantic also says that trainers will need new evolution items to evolve certain Pokemon, but doesn't specify what those items are. In the code, The Silph Road has discovered several new key items that seem to be relevant to this feature: Sun Stone, King's Rock, Metal Coat and Dragon Scale. All four of these items have been used to evolve Pokemon into their strongest forms in the original games. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R04u9E5INTI Aside from the code that illuminates some of the features mentioned in this week's blog post , there are also segments of code that point to features Niantic hasn't talked about at all. If you're sick of hearing the same tune constantly, Niantic appears to have added new music for day and night, both on the map and during encounters with wild Pokemon. The Silph Road also found more code relating to Shiny Pokemon, including unique animations for when they spawn and how they look when you encounter them. There's no telling whether or not Shiny Pokemon will arrive alongside the Johto Pokemon, but there's plenty of code to support them. Finally, a new event titled "Anniversary" has also been added to the code alongside the recently ended "Holiday_2016" event. This could be referring to a future event to celebrate the app's release date (July 6th), but it's worth noting that Pokemon Red and Blue originally released in Japan on February 27th, 1996. There are some other interesting discoveries within the code of the latest APK release, but you'll have to navigate over to  The Silph Road to see the rest of them .

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In Mark Zuckerberg's vision, Facebook can help build communities, encourage civic engagement, and keep us safer and more informed. That's the long-term plan at least, years, if not decades, down the line.

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Mark Zuckerberg's long-term vision for Facebook, laid out in a sweeping manifesto , sometimes sounds more like a utopian social guide than a business plan. Are we, he asks, "building the world we ...

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The latest rumor for Apple’s next iPhone comes from JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall who claims that Apple will be adding a front-facing 3D laser scanner for facial recognition to unlock the device, as noted by MacRumors. Hall claims that the 3D face scans will replace the fingerprint-based Touch ID system, which has been a part of Apple’s iOS platform since the release of the iPhone 5S in 2013.

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Following on the heels of Sprint , T-Mobile and Verizon , AT&T on Thursday announced a new unlimited data plan that will be available to all consumer and business postpaid customers. The plan launches on Friday, February 17th and will include unlimited talk, text and data on four lines for $180. Previously, qualifying for the AT&T Unlimited Plan required customers to also subscribe to either DirecTV or U-verse TV service, but with the new plan, that restriction has been lifted. It's unclear how exactly this will affect those customers, but we'll be sure to provide an update as soon as details are made available. According to the press release , customers will be able to make and take calls, send and receive text messages and use data on their mobile devices in the United States as well as Mexico and Canada with no roaming charges if they add the Roam North America feature to their plan for no additional charge. In the fine print, AT&T explains that the $180 price is what customers will see after a $40 bill credit is applied to their accounts for the fourth smartphone line. The credit starts after two, which means the price for the unlimited plan will be $220 per month until the credit is applied. AT&T also warns that after 22GB of data usage, it "may slow speeds during periods of network congestion." You're probably wondering how AT&T's unlimited plan compares with the recently announced plans of Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. Lucky for you, we put together a detailed piece about that earlier this week .

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Google’s latest artificial intelligence experiment is a music-playing piano bot that digests whatever keyboard melodies you give it and tries to respond in kind. The neat tool is called AI Duet, and it’s part of an ongoing push from Google’s Creative Lab division to help the public familiarize themselves with AI and all the ways it can mimic human behavior — and even create art. A collection of music-focused AI tools were first shown off last fall, but now AI Duet in particular has been made available to the public.

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The US Court of International Trade has ruled that the Snuggie should officially be classified as a blanket. Sorry to anyone who considers a Snuggie their special robe. Bloomberg reported on the ruling, in which the court dismissed the massive wad of fabric as being anything other than a blanket because it lacks “closures.” Were you hoping to wear it as a clerical robe or for some other ceremonious outing?

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You're going to want to sit down before you watch this. What started as a relatively innocuous announcement from President Trump that Alexander Acosta would be the new nominee for the labor secretary following Andrew Puzder decision to withdraw his nomination turned into a knock-down-drag-out brawl with the press. If you expected Trump to ignore the countless damning reports regarding his and his staff's connections to Russia, I have some bad news for you: he didn't. Before taking any questions, Trump rattled off a series of untruthful (and often nonsensical) statements, claiming that his electoral college victory was the largest since Ronald Reagan's ( it wasn't ), that the current administration is running like a "fine-tuned machine" ( it's not ) and that decisions from the 9th Circuit court which continued a stay on his travel ban "are overturned 80% of the time" ( they aren't ). Things only got stranger from there, as Trump opened the floor for questions. When asked about General Michael Flynn's recent resignation/firing , Trump reinforced press secretary Sean Spicer's earlier statements -- that Flynn had not done anything illegal, but rather that Trump was simply uncomfortable with "the way that information was given" to Vice President Mike Pence by Flynn. He then proceeded to repeatedly call the Russia story " fake news ," and things began to go off the rails. As for the recent leaks relating to Russia , Trump said that the leaks are real, but that "the news is fake." When a reporter fact-checked him on his claim about his electoral college victory, Trump said, "I don't know, I was given that information." Trump tried to explain uranium, talked at length about his debates with Hillary Clinton and affected a silly voice while gifting us with this incredible quote: "Tomorrow, they will say, "Donald Trump rants and raves at the press." I'm not ranting and raving. I'm just telling you. You know, you're dishonest people. But -- but I'm not ranting and raving. I love this. I'm having a good time doing it." It was the first of two times he would create a headline on the spot, the second in reference to his attempts to forge a positive relationship with Russia. I genuinely can't explain how weird this is, so watch it yourself: https://youtu.be/ZGqhhx8cxMg?t=1610

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Alphabet is changing the course of Project Loon, its plan to cover the Earth with a “continuous stream” of balloons that beam internet to the ground. Astro Teller, the head of the company’s experimental wing, announced today that the Loon team has learned how to control the navigation of these internet balloons so well that they can now concentrate them in areas of need. The original plan for Loon looked like a reversal of the way our phones connect to cellular towers as we move around in our daily lives.

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If you're looking for a mobile photo printer that's easy to use and offers high-quality printers in no time at all, congratulations because your search is now over. The Kodak Photo Printer Dock PD-450 connects to your iPhone or Android phone in seconds, and it prints gorgeous 4x6" photos in vivid color. The one-touch feature lets you print photos in an instant, and the printer's thermal transfer technology doesn't bleed or fade. It's the #1 new release in Amazon's portable photo printer section, and it's available to ship right now. Here are some highlights from the product page: ONE TOUCH PRINTING – Convenient Printer Dock Lets You Print Photos Direct From Your Smartphone; Includes Android Dock Pin & Free iOS Lightning Adapter HIGH QUALITY PHOTOS – Fast, Easy System Prints Standard 4” x 6” Photos in Brilliant Color & Stunning Detail; D2T2 Thermal Transfer Technology Won’t Bleed or Fade MAXIMUM DEVICE COMPATIBILITY – Dock Features 5-Pin Micro USB for Android & USB Host for Printing from iPhone, iPad, Digital Camera, or USB Memory Stick SIMULTANEOUS CHARGING – Power Up to Two Smart Devices While You Wait; Unique Dock Supplies a Fast Charge for Home, Office, School, or Business FREE COMPANION APP – Download the Kodak Photo Printer App for Filters, Stickers, Card Templates, Collage Maker, Video & SNS Print & Other Features

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It’s not a bite from a brown recluse spider, a bug scientist and skin doctors say in an article aimed at combating misdiagnoses. For starters, brown recluse bites are usually flat, pale at the center, and don’t really ooze — unless they’re on your eyelid or toes, that is. This even happens in states where these spiders don’t live, according to an opinion article published today in the journal JAMA Dermatology.

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It’s a $29 device that has a pen, a stylus, and 1,000 mAh battery pack with a universal Lightning and Micro USB jack. A more expensive $39 ChargeWrite+ lowers the battery size to 650mAh, but adds 16GB of flash storage. The ChargeWrite has a standard ballpoint pen, with what seem to be proprietary replacements (although the ChargeWrite team will be offering those for free, plus shipping, to Indiegogo backers.) So it’s probably not terrible for writing, but there are certainly nicer pens out there.

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Belle from Beauty and the Beast loves books and, although she was birthed in the 19th century, also code. The new Dance Code Belle doll teaches kids the fundamentals of coding all in the name of getting Belle to dance. Kids can program dance routines through Belle’s companion Android / iOS app.

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If you're looking for an easy way to install SSL certificates on your Ubuntu Server, follow this incredibly simple process to use Let's Encrypt.

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Those that issue user credentials, and those that accept them, now have access to OpenID Connect certification

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In the past few months, Elon Musk has very publicly and rather abruptly embarked on a project to build tunnels to solve LA's traffic problem. It's a very Musk solution to a very real problem, and about the kind of thing you would expect from a real-life Tony Stark. But suspend reality and put on your tinfoil hat for a second, and consider the rather terrifying idea that it could all be an elaborate cover for Musk's ultimate fallout shelter. A new  Bloomberg  profile on Musk's subterranean ambitions lays out the timeline of this new project in detail, but here's the short version: back in December, Musk tweeted about traffic problems in LA, and how he might start a tunneling enterprise -- the "Boring Company" -- to do something about it. https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/810156881662590981 Since then, Musk has started experimenting, mostly by digging a big hole in the parking lot of the SpaceX headquarters in LA. The plan for the hole is to turn it into an experimental tunnel, which will somehow let Musk design a world-leading tunneling machine. That, in turn, will enable digging multi-story tunnels under LA, solving the traffic problems and simultaneously making Musk even more money. It's a far-fetched concept from an engineering standpoint -- Musk is just assuming that one outside look can disrupt generations of tunneling experience -- but given what he's achieved thus far, you can probably give him the benefit of the doubt here. But what's more interesting, from an /r/conspiracy perspective, are the lingering questions about what Musk is doing and where he's doing them. First, there's the hole and its location. From the photos in  Bloomberg , you can see that there's no tunnel thus far, just a big hole in the ground. Granted, this is how most tunneling projects start, but it would also be a good entrance shaft for a nuclear fallout shelter. That gets more convincing when you think about location. Musk said that his choice of the SpaceX parking lot was to make things easy regarding permits. But digging an experimental tunnel in the middle of a city really doesn't seem like such a good idea. As soon as Musk gets to the edge of his property, he'll need permits on permits, and careful planning to avoid any of the subterranean infrastructure that already exists. Building in a city also limits the space available on the surface, which hampers construction. Surely, it would be easier for him to buy a piece of nearby desert -- or even use a part of Tesla's gargantuan Gigafactory -- where he can safely experiment in the middle of nowhere? Of course, a fallout shelter out in the desert would be less convenient and useful for Musk than one within walking distance of his desk. Then there's the question of timing. Musk started this project in December, just as SpaceX was ramping up for a major year of launches, and Tesla was prepping for a make-or-break car to come to market. It's a bad time to be starting another moonshot, and strange when you consider that Musk gave away his Hyperloop idea for free because he was too busy to see in through. But you know what did happen in fall 2016? Donald Trump took the presidency, causing our collective chances of apocalypse to get that little bit bigger. Musk is in a better position than most to know this, since he's met with Trump multiple times and serves on his economic advisory board. So, if Trump is really poised to start WW3, Musk is better-informed (and better-prepared?) than most. There's one other part about the  Bloomberg  interview that seems off: Musk's vision of the future. His justification for tunneling is that it's the only way to solve the problem of congestion in cities. In the long term, he might be right, but it seems like a strange observation given Musk's other companies. Tesla is at the forefront of developing autonomous cars, which are widely predicted to completely change urban transportation. The current model of car ownership, with vehicles being owned by individuals and only being used for a few hours a day, is due to change. Instead, an Uber-on-steroids is meant to happen, which should drastically decrease the number of vehicles on the road. Add that to autonomous cars that can drive faster, closer, and don't need to stop for intersections, and the total capacity of our roads could increase dramatically, all without having to dig obscenely expensive tunnels. Yes, this is all a dumb conspiracy theory that has zero evidence and is almost certainly false. But it's also worth remembering that billionaires building secretive underground shelters is not a conspiracy theory, but rather a well-reported reality. Sure, Musk is probably building a tunnel and not a real-life  Fallout: Shelter . But if you were a billionaire engineering genius with concerns about the stability of western civilization and access to unlimited resources, a tunneling project sure would be a good cover.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — An eccentric laboratory spun out of Google believes it has discovered a way to bring remote parts of the world online more quickly with a smaller fleet of internet-beaming balloons than it previously thought.

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Maven, General Motors’ year-old car-sharing service, is adding over 100 all-electric Chevy Bolts to its fleet in Los Angeles, the company announced today. It’s not a surprise, because according to GM, Maven has been doing gangbusters in LA: since launching in October 2016, Maven has seen an average of 56 percent member growth month-over-month. Since its launch 13 months ago, Maven has grown to 17 cities in the US and Canada, and added 24,000 members who have made 27,500 reservations.

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