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Sprint customers are now T-Mobile customers

Overland Park, Kan. — After 127 years, as of 2:00 am local time (midnight PDT), Sprint is no more.

The Sprint-T-Mobile merger that was approved a year ago is now in its third stage. The first stage was combining the LTE networks (Bands 2, 4 and 12 with Bands 25, 26 and 41). The second stage was completed today with the Sprint name being dumped.

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Skip the Games is under a denial of service attack

Sex worker advertising web page Skip the Games reports that they are under a denial of service (DoS) attack.

The warning appeared on the top of their web page Monday night. The site was down for much of the past weekend.

This DoS attack comes at the worst possible time as people are looking for companionship to ring in two thousand twenty (2020).

Sex workers are being locked out of their Twitter accounts

On Thursday, sex workers reported being locked out of their Twitter accounts, and that the social media site wanted to require them to use a phone number to verify themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

The Facebook suite of apps has been retired and removed from the Windows Store

Menlo Park, Calif. — The Facebook suite of apps – Facebook, Instagram and Messenger – are officially gone from the Windows Store.

On April 2, Facebook users on Windows 10 PC and Windows 10 Mobile started receiving a message after every load that the apps would be retired on April 30. Two days later, Microsoft confirmed that the apps would be deleted.

Today is April 30 and sure enough, the three apps no longer appear in the store.

The only way for Windows users to access Facebook, Messenger and Instagram now is from the web.

Less than 1% of all US users are on Windows Mobile.

Edge is another bust for Microsoft as they move the browser to Chromium

Redmond, Wash. — A year after killing Windows Phone, Microsoft is hitting reset on Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft will be merging Edge with Chromium in the coming months. This is due to very low adoption rates for its Edge browser, which was created in 2015 to replace Internet Explorer.

One Windows Insider made a claim with scant proof that Google kept breaking the compatibility in its browser, Google Chrome, and leaving the Edge developers on the Windows desktop ecosystem to fix the issues.

‘JoshuaJB’ posted on Hacker News: “I very recently worked on the Edge team, and one of the reasons we decided to end EdgeHTML was because Google kept making changes to its sites that broke other browsers, and we couldn’t keep up. For example, they recently added a hidden empty div over YouTube videos that causes our hardware acceleration fast-path to bail (should now be fixed in Win10 Oct update).”

He added: “What makes it so sad, is that their claimed dominance was not due to ingenious optimization work by Chrome, but due to a failure of YouTube. On the whole, they only made the web slower.”

Edge’s move to Chromium now leaves three web engines in a cutthroat environment: Chromium, Safari (Apple’s default browser) and Mozilla’s Firefox. Opera, Dolphin and Chrome are all powered by Chromium.

The Inquirer

Sprint and T-Mobile announce deal to merge — the carrier competition will be lit if deal is approved

Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile and Sprint announced early Sunday morning that they will be merging.

The deal is worth $26,000,000,000.00. John Legere and Marcelo Claure both said that their companies will have no choice but to deploy 5G together. They even said that neither Verizon nor AT&T can deploy 5G by themselves without kicking all of their customers off LTE temporarily since LTE is long term evolution, and that means 4G and later will always utilize LTE.

The deal must be approved by the FCC and the DOJ. It is likely that the deal will be approved, but not before next spring.

If the merger is approved, the competition will be lit on the carrier side of things for sure since the deadweight will be gone.


GSM Arena is wrong: the Notch is not the worst thing that happened at Mobile World Congress — the removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack was the worst thing to happen at MWC

Recently, GSM Arena bloggers were acting like children when Android ODMs repeatedly unveiled the “Notch” that Essential – and later Apple – made famous last year (the Essential Phone has sold well, the IPhone X has not).

Much of the outrage in this screed of a post was feigned.

There are plenty of things that are worse than the appearance of the Notch. Read the rest of this entry »

Microsoft cuts off alternate ways to upgrade to feature_2 on Windows 10 Mobile

Redmond, Wash. — There are a few days before the Mobile World Congress gets underway.

With Microsoft having been thoroughly defeated by archrivals Apple and Google in the computing industry, on Wednesday, the formerly cool Redmond giant removed any and all upgrade paths on all Windows devices.

What that means is if you are rocking any pre-2015 Lumia or the 2016 alcatel Fierce XL, support for your phone, now stuck on the Anniversary Update that was released on August 2, 2016, will end on October 30, which is the last Tuesday in October.

After October 30, only seven Windows phones used in the US will still be supported.

Support for the Microsoft Lumia 640, Microsoft Lumia 640 XL and the Microsoft Lumia 735 will tentatively end on June 29, 2019 as those phones are now stuck on the Creators Update.

On June 30, 2019, only four Windows phones used in the US will still be supported.

Support for those four phones – the Microsoft Lumia 950, Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, alcatel Idol 4s and the HP Elite x3 – will end when the ball drops on Times Square to ring in 2020. Those phones are on the feature_2, which is the latest OS update from Microsoft.

Support for all three of Acer’s Windows 10 phones – the Liquid Jade Primo, Liquid M320 and Liquid M330 – ended on January 9. Support for the Coship Moly X1 and Coship Moly W5 also ended on January 9.

Twitter shutters its MacOS app, will no longer work on March 18

Cupertino, Calif. — Twitter announced that it has removed its MacOS app.

On Friday, February 16, Twitter, through its Support account, said that the app is no longer in the MacOS App Store and that the app will stop working at 18:00 on March 18, which is thirty days from the day the tweet was posted.

If you want a good Twitter experience, you have options, below the fold:

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Have a Windows Device? DO NOT install the latest update!

Redmond, Wash. — Today, Microsoft released a build that will brick your computer and phone.

The build is known as 16212 and it is known to cause all computers and phones running the Windows operating system to get stuck in a boot loop and brick.

Dona Sarkar, the chief of the Windows Insider program, issued this tweet:

Here’s how to suspend the downloads of new builds for Windows 10 Mobile.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Go to Update & security
  3. Choose Windows Insider Program at the bottom
  4. Pick Stop Insider Preview Builds
  5. From the menu select Pause updates for a bit
  6. Under the Pause area toggle the switch to On

Unfortunately, once the download begins, the only surefire way to stop it is by turning Airplane Mode on your phone, disconnecting you and your device from the internet on data AND Wi-Fi.

If you have a MacBook, like we do at Aiken Area Progressive, take solace in the fact that it is one less thing you have to worry about (since your PC does not run Windows), unless you have multiple Windows 10 Phones like yours truly does.

h/t Windows Central

MyTube is free – but only for the Windows 10 Phone users and only until Friday

mytube may 22 update

If you are among the 2% of Americans – and 1% of global people – who have a Windows 10 Phone, here is some good news if you are looking for a YouTube client app.

Ryken Studio, the creators of the third-party app MyTube, is very appreciative of the Windows 10 Phone users, no matter how small the userbase is. To show their appreciation, the app, which usually costs 99¢ in the Windows Store, will be free until Friday afternoon EDT.

To get the app on your phone, click on this below.


Now that AT&T has an unlimited plan, let’s compare the Big Five

As of today: AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, US Cellular and T-Mobile all have unlimited data on their postpaid plans.

We’ll also dive into a comparison of their prepaid plans in another post.

First, below the fold, here are the unlimited postpaid plans and their prices.

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