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PSA: AT&T now unlocking out-of-contract iPhones

Monday, April 9th, 2012
PSA: AT&T now unlocking out-of-contract iPhones
In case you’ve been living under a rock (or enjoying the weekend holidays), AT&T on Friday revealed its plans to start unlocking out-of-contract iPhones. However, customers looking to take advantage of the deal will have to meet a few requirements first, which include having an account in good standing (so pay those past due fees before inquiring), a fulfilled contract, paid an early termination fee or that a handset upgrade was done. The unlocking process can be achieved at any brick-and-mortar shop, online via chat or by dialing AT&T’s 611. For what it’s worth, we tried this and found it to be pretty straightforward. In this writer’s case, it only took about 40 minutes after the initial approval went through. The most tedious step was that required restore, after which we were greeted with a joyful “congratulations your iPhone has been unlocked” message. Still, users are reporting mixed results: depending on whose account you believe, AT&T is asking users to wait 72 hours, or telling folks the unlock will complete on April 16th. Be sure to let us know in the comments how it’s all turning out for you.

PSA: AT&T now unlocking out-of-contract iPhones originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 09 Apr 2012 14:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPhone 4 owners who don’t want free bumpers can register for $15 antennagate settlements

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

The official website for the iPhone 4 “antennagate” class action settlement is live, as pointed out by co-lead counsel on the case Ira Rothken. Of course, speaking of cases, if you’re an iPhone 4 owner who has taken advantage of the free bumpers Apple’s been offering since 2010 then you’re not eligible for the $15 settlement. Customers who meet the requirements (experienced antenna issues, couldn’t return your phone without incurring costs, don’t want to put on a bumper or case and either completed troubleshooting or no longer own the phone) can opt for the payout and file their claim at the website linked below. Of course, assuming you’re not a stickler for that skin-to-metal and glass feel the case is probably the better deal overall, but as long as this issue is finally dead and buried we can probably all walk away happy.

iPhone 4 owners who don’t want free bumpers can register for $15 antennagate settlements originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Mar 2012 06:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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All the iPad Apps Updated for the New iPad’s Retina Display [IPad Apps]

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Hands-on with Dijit’s universal remote app for iPad

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

By now, you should all be familiar with Griffin’s Beacon universal remote system, as we’ve gotten our hands on the iPhone version and let you know about the one for Android, too. Well Dijit, who creates the apps that work with the Beacon hardware, wasn’t done, and so has released an iPad-specific app to take advantage of the extra screen real estate it affords. Dijit calls it a “reimagined” version of the iPhone app and it provides both a new look and some new functionality to the Dijit experience. We got to spend some time with the app at gdgt Live in San Francisco, and found it to be quite similar to the recently released Android version. Head on past the break for a video breakdown of Dijit for iPad and our impressions of the app in action.

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Hands-on with Dijit’s universal remote app for iPad originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Dec 2011 13:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple teases Black Friday sale

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Apple recently announced that it will hold its own one-day Black Friday sale this Friday, November 25th, during which it will offer “amazing iPad, iPod, and Mac gifts for everyone on your list.” It remains unclear how much Apple will knock off of its standard prices but, if your kids are among those who have the iPad at the top of their list this holiday season, this might be a sale you’ll want to take advantage of. Apple’s past Black Friday sales have offered minimal discounts, however, so expectations should be relatively low.

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Kick cable to the curb with Boxee’s $50 Live TV stick

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Boxee officially announced the Live TV stick on Wednesday, a $49 USB dongle that will allow users to watch ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC in HD without a monthly contract — provided you’re in an area with broadcast coverage. You’ll need to own one of the company’s $179 Boxee Box set top boxes in order to take advantage of the Live TV stick, which means it won’t work on your PC or Mac. We’re big fans of the Boxee Box here at BGR and we’re definitely excited to check out the Live TV stick when it hits store shelves in January. If you’re overeager, you can pre-order a unit now. A few screen shots of the Live TV user interface follow after the break. 



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HBO Go now available on Roku boxes, HBO subscription still required to take advantage

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Not a bad turnaround time, we have to say. Nary a month after revealing that HBO Go streaming would soon be pushed to Roku boxes around the known universe… HBO Go streaming has been pushed to Roku boxes around the known universe. As of now, Roku addicts can tap into unlimited access to over 1,400 HBO programs (that’s movies, original series, sports, comedy, etc.), with one mondo stipulation: you have to be an HBO subscriber via some pay-TV company. Of course, HBO Go can also be accessed via your laptop, and you’ve probably got some form of HBO on-demand already, but look — this is better. This is comprehensive. Use it, and don’t ask questions. Capiche?

HBO Go now available on Roku boxes, HBO subscription still required to take advantage originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 04 Nov 2011 16:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Facebook testing ‘Trusted Friends’ feature, the password unlock we hope you never have to use

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Here’s a situation: you create a Facebook account. You fall in love with said account. You’re on it all day, every single day. And then, your computer explodes. You go to login on a new machine, and you realize that your minty fresh browser has no recollection of your Facebook password. At this point, you’re probably pondering the point of taking another breath. Evidently, Facebook understands your dilemma, and in the coming weeks, it’ll be testing out a new password recovery system for those who can’t / won’t take advantage of the existing methods. Christened “Trusted Friends,” the feature will allow a user to select between three and five pals that they’re confident will help out in dire times. Then, should you lose your password, Facebook can send recovery codes to that gang, and they can hand ‘em over to you in order to unlock things. According to Facebook, it’s akin to “giving a house key to your friends when you go on vacation.” The only concern? Friends aren’t friends forever, and even BFFs can morph into WEEs given the right circumstances. Choose wisely, Facebookers.

Facebook testing ‘Trusted Friends’ feature, the password unlock we hope you never have to use originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 30 Oct 2011 01:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Only Threads on Princeton’s "Magic Carpet" Are Electrified [Science]

Saturday, October 1st, 2011
America didn’t invent obesity, but we brought the game to a whole new level. And that’s why we have products like the Adjustable Advantage—a toilet seat that fits any rump—and can hold up to 6 average-sized bloggers. More »


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