Verizon adds data and hikes prices on its smartphone plans

Carryover data and throttling also debut for Verizon customers

Verizon adds data and hikes prices on its smartphone plans

Verizon is today announcing a suite of new data plans for smartphones. The new plans increase the data allotment at each tier, but also come with higher price tags. In addition, Verizon is introducing a feature that lets customers carry their unused data to the next month’s billing cycle and a way for customers to choose throttled connection speeds instead of overages when they go over their limits. Both features are similar to those already offered by other carriers.

Verizon notes that the new plans offer at least 30 percent more data than before, but the prices of each tier have gone up between 10 and 17 percent. The cheapest plan now runs $35 per month (up from $30) and offers 2GB of data. The most expensive option provides 24GB of data for $110 per month. Each plan includes unlimited talk and text, but requires an additional $20 per month access fee for each line of service in addition to any device payments. (Tablets and mobile hotspots carry a $10 per month access fee, while connected devices, such as smartwatches, have a $5 per month access fee.)

The new Carryover Data feature lets customers carry their unused data to the next month’s billing cycle. It’s very similar to AT&T’s Rollover Data and expires at the end of the next cycle, unlike T-Mobile’s plan, which lets you rollover data for up to 12 months.

 

Verizon adds data and hikes prices on its smartphone plans

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Tony Stark to Be Replaced by Black Woman as Marvel’s Comic Book Iron Man

The new series of The Invincible Iron Man, by Bendis and artist Stefano Caselli, will launch at the end of the year.

Tony Stark to Be Replaced by Black Woman as Marvel's Comic Book Iron Man

There’s a new Iron Man. Well, Iron Man for now. She’s still working on the name. The events at the end of the comic book event series Civil War II will result in Tony Stark stepping out of the Iron Man suit and a new character, Riri Williams, taking over, Marvel

As part of Marvel Entertainment’s Marvel NOW! relaunch this fall, the inventor of the Iron Man armor will find his place taken by Riri Williams — a teenage genius who built her own version of the Iron Man suit in a dorm room at MIT.

Williams debuted in Invincible Iron Man No. 7 in March of this year, and will headline a relaunched version of the title later this year as part of the Marvel NOW! relaunch. Created by series writer Brian Michael Bendis — who also co-created Miles Morales, the half-Black, half-Latino Spider-Man that debuted in 2011 — and artist Mike Deodato, Riri has been shown to be even more resourceful than Stark himself, and just as stubborn.

Williams’ ascension as Iron Man (The title of the series will remain the same, according to Marvel) continues a trend for replacing, or at least expanding, the traditional white male heroes with a more diverse cast over the last few years; in addition to the Miles Morales Spider-Man, Sam Wilson became Marvel’s second black Captain America in 2014, the same year that Jane Foster took over as Thor.

Although Marvel is keeping the fate of Tony Stark quiet for now — although the already revealed cover to October’s Civil War II No. 7 suggests that his fight with Captain Marvel isn’t going to end well for him — Williams is already at work in the Iron Man comic book; the 11th issue of the series, released today, shows her road-testing her homemade armor.

Tony Stark to Be Replaced by Black Woman as Marvel's Comic Book Iron Man

[Sports] Warriors agree to deal with David West

Warriors, David West agree to 1-year, $1.55 million deal

[Sports] Warriors agree to deal with David West

The Golden State Warriors have reached an agreement on a one-year, $1.55 million contract with free agent forward David West, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge. West was reported to have interest in signing with the Warriors this time last year after opting out of the final season of his contract with the Indiana Pacers, but decided to join the San Antonio Spurs.

West played for the Spurs last season, sacrificing a significant amount of money with the Pacers to play for a title contender. West seems to be making a similar move now, as the Warriors are Finals favorites after agreeing to a deal with former MVP Kevin Durant.

FBI: Hillary Clinton’s email mishandling doesn’t warrant criminal charges

But Clinton and her State Department colleagues were “extremely careless” in handling classified information in a personal email system, says FBI Director James Comey.

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The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said Tuesday that the bureau would not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information while she was secretary of state, lifting an enormous legal cloud from her presidential campaign less than two hours before she boarded Air Force One for her first joint campaign appearance with President Obama.

“In looking back at our investigation into the mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges in these facts,” FBI Director James Comey said in a press conference Tuesday.

[Tech] Skype now allows for sharing of files, photos and videos of up to 300MB

Microsoft is allowing all users of its Skype VoIP service to share files, photos and videos of up to 300MB each with friends and groups.

Skype now allows for sharing of files, photos and videos of up to 300MB

In a blog post, Microsoft stated files that are shared on Skype can be accessed later if the person that is receiving the file is offline. They can also download the same file multiple times on different devices. Microsoft added:

Over the last few weeks we’ve tested a number of different file size limits for file sharing. Based on the results of these tests, we are setting a limit of 300MB per file as this accommodates almost all the file sizes shared over Skype, and has been working well for our millions of users since it started rolling out several weeks ago.

Microsoft recommends using its OneDrive cloud file storage service for users who want to share files that are larger than 300MB.

Android N is officially called Nougat

After months of speculations and guesses, Google has finally revealed the official name of the next version of the Android operating system. Via its Twitter and Snapchat accounts, the tech giant revealed that Android N will be called Android Nougat.

Android N is officially called Nougat

N is for Nougat.

Google on Thursday officially named the latest version of its Android mobile software, up until now only known as Android N.

For the uninitiated, there are two things that go into naming the latest flavor of Android. First, it has to proceed alphabetically from the last version. Second, it has to be a candy or dessert. For example, “K” was for 2013’s KitKat, “L” was for 2014’s Lollipop, and “M” is for Marshmallow, the Android version released in October.

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Marvel Backtracks on Captain America Revelation After Just One Issue

Marvel Backtracks on Captain America Revelation After Just One Issue

Captain America: Steve Rogers #2

(Note: Here be spoilers, naturally. You’ve been warned.) After one issue, Captain America is no longer a Nazi. The only surprising thing here is how quickly Marvel backtracked on their initial choice, though it was clear Captain America would not actually be a Hydra agent forever. In an interview with ComicBook.com, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said that in Captain America: Steve Rogers #2, it will be revealed that Captain America just thinks he’s a Nazi, err, I mean, Hydra agent, because he had false memories implanted by “Kobik, the sentient Cosmic Cube who became a girl.”

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FAITH #2 – Valiant’s Breakout Hero Faces Her First Super-Villain in August!

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This August, it’s a double dose of trouble as Faith “Zephyr” Herbert battles to save her life…and her secret identity!

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside FAITH #2 – the next breathtaking chapter of Faith’s first history-making ongoing series from rising star Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Orphan Black) and stratospheric artists Pere Perez (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and Marguerite Sauvage (DC Comics Bombshells)! On August 24th, the most talked-about character of 2016 gets a super-powered plot twist of her very own as her first arch-nemesis stands revealed…and you won’t believe who’s behind the mask!

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Activision Announces Ultimate Ghostbusters Bundle for Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Activision Announces Ultimate Ghostbusters Bundle for Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Activision has announced a new bundle full of Ghostbusters goodness. For $64.99, players will be able to get the new standalone Ghostbusters game, DLC with classic suits and trap art from the original film, a code for a digital copy of the Ghostbusters reboot, and two new dashboard themes. Those wanting to just get the base game can do so for $44.99 on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC when it launches on July 12. The DLC will be available for standalone game owners if they pre-order the game, but the other bonus content is console-only as it stands. Everything ties into the new Ghostbusters film coming out on July 15 in theaters.

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Ghostbusters (PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One) — Brought to you by California-based FireForge Games, Ghostbusters will feature an all-new cast, but not the cast from the new movie premiering on July 15.

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Moto G4 arrives July 12 for $200 and works on all major US carriers

Moto G4 arrives July 12 for $200 and works on all major US carriers

The Moto G4 has a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, a 5 MP selfie shooter, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 SoC at the helm, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of expandable storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

The G4 Plus only differs from the G4 in a few things. For one, it’s got a fingerprint scanner. It also comes with a 16 MP rear camera, and either 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, or 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal space (in both cases with added microSD expansion).

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