Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Personal Hologram Technology Seeks Crowdfunding

The internet of things has given birth to a myriad of technologies that help make life a little more simple.  One such technology is more of an enrichment "mini Siri" movement using avatars that materialize in the form of desktop hologram.

That is what Japanese company, Gatebox creator is hoping to bring.

This little gadget's holographic "assistant" comes to life (in a wide choice of characters) aims to help you by connecting various things like the internet and other consumer electronics around your household.  For instance, it can tell you the weather as well as having the ability to turn devices in your household on and off.  This little gadget recognizes the user's behavior in a variety of sensors mounted on the body.  This allows the avatar to greet you in the morning, when you wake up.  (How it works when you get up to relieve your bladder, I'm not sure)

I would be really interested in picking celebrities to wake me up, tell me the weather, and greet me when I walk in the door.

Well, this technology will be up for crowdfunding in the fall of 2016.  What features would you like this little avatar to have?  Would you buy one?  If so, what price point would you be willing to pay?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Has T-Mobile's CEO John Legere FINALLY gotten to AT&T?

CEO John Legere, while attracting much critizism due to his foul language and agressive antics, can definitely be credited for changing the face of wireless.  Thankfully, this has been for the better with every change he announces.

Each UNcarrier move that T-Mobile has launched has spurred a response from its major competitors.  Most notable are the moves of the two giant wireless companies.  Well, in a move to try to emulate T-Mobile aka Magenta, AT&T has launched a campaign to recover as many lost customers from T-Mobile as possible.  Namely, offering "unlimited" data (with a 22GB soft cap whereby they slow user speed to 2G speeds).

The Catch

The catch is that you must subscribe to DirectTV while being a wireless customer of AT&T.  

The Good News
Current customers who are already subscribers of DirectTV and are AT&T wireless customers can make use of this promotion by simply going into their account and changing plans.

Monday, January 11, 2016

T-Mobile CEO, John Legere Apologizes to EFF for BingeOn Response

(courtesy of  Wikimedia)

T-Mobile is innovative. T-Mobile is great for consumers at its very core.  T-Mobile is a market changer as it has forced the competition to give customers more than they have ever dreamed they would get from the two largest wireless companies in the USA: AT&T and Verizon.  
Where the witty, yet foul-mouthed, CEO struck a nerve in the social media circles is when he asked "who the F*** EFF was?", apparently upset at the probe or independent test EFF (Electrontic Frontier Foundation), an international non-profit digital rights group, based in the United States.

Well, in an interesting turn of events, after an EFF partner removed their site from the BingOn program, a program that allows T-Mobile Customers with Simple Choice plans above 2gb per month of 4G LTE data, the market moving CEO released a letter to Consumers about BingeOn.

In it, he clarifies the motive behind BingeOn, defends T-Mobile's "pro" Net Neutrality stance as well as apologized to EFF for offending them and their supporters.

Here is a snippet of what Legere said in his letter:

"...I will however apologize for offending EFF and its supporters.  Just because we don't completely agree on all aspects of Binge On doesn't mean I don't see how they fight for consumers. We both agree that it is important to protect consumers' rights and to give customers value..."

In my opinion, alot of grief could have been avoided by not automatically opting everyone, EVEN UNLIMITED CUSTOMERS, in to Binge On; a feature they would have to turn off.  So, in the most vanilla sense, customers did not have a choice to TURN BINGE ON OFF.  They were forced to have to turn it OFF themselves or suffer "optimized" (or as EFF says downgraded) video streaming.  I think turning it on as a default hurt the credibility of the company that launched the service as a completely optional service.

They did, however, at launch and thereafter, tell T-Mobile customers they were free to turn the service off.  I just don't happen to agree with the roll out although I totally love the fact that BingeOn is an option for all T-Mobile consumers (with data bucket plans, not those with UNLIMITED plans).

It is good to see that T-Mobile's Legere did the right thing and apologized publicly, while clarifying his company's offering and motives.

More power to you, Magenta! Keep those UNcarrier customer pain-point-addressing moves coming, just make sure the consumers feel like they are in control and enroll the media outlets to help explain how the new move works and how to take control over your account.

Friday, January 8, 2016

T-Mobile, John Legere - I apologize (RE: BingeOn post)

The truth is that when you are right, you are right.  And when you are wrong, you are wrong.  Well, I have some apologizing to do.
(courtesy: T-Mobile USA, Inc.)

As an UNlimited subscriber on T-Mobile's network, I do not require the BingeOn feature, but it was still activated on my account. I suppose, if you wanted to be completely transparent as T-Mobile, you would have announced that ALL customers from 3gig plans and above, but exclude the unlimited subscribers.  This would ensure they would not suffer any changes to a service billed as unlimited.

Long story short, I did not know that my account would be activated on BingeOn given my status as an unlimited customer.  My wife and I signed up to the 2 lines for $100 unlimited talk, text, and data.  We would not need to stretch our data.  That is still something I do not understand.

However, I had claimed that I had turned off BingeOn when, in fact, I logged on to and turned off BingeOn on my wife's line only (by accident). It was not spelled out that you would have to turn off BingeOn from ALL devices on your account.  Perhaps I just missed it, but I went on to complain that streaming videos over 480p was practically impossible.

Well, as it turns out, I corrected that yesterday.  A couple of minutes after turning BingeOn off, restarted my phone and was able to stream 1440p content with no problems.

I, thus, apologize to my audience and to T-Mobile and their leadership, for unknowingly misleading you by describing my experience, when infact, my BingeOn was actually activated at the time that I was trying to view content at bit rates higher than 480p.

I have no agenda.  I am just a consumer who likes to share my experiences, thoughts, and views online on both my blog and YouTube channels.  I did not mean to cast T-Mobile in a bad light.  I was only expressing my frustration as a consumer.  It taught me a lesson, however.  To make sure that what I states are facts to the best of my ability.  I appreciate and truly value all of my followers on social media and promise to continue to bring you the latest news and views that you can use.


Danny Alvarez
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