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The Big 4 Carrier Unlimited Data Plans Compared: Which Unlimited Plan is Right for You?

The Big 4 Carrier Unlimited Data Plans Compared: Which Unlimited Plan is the Best?



The last six months have seen T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T all reintroduce widely available unlimited wireless plans. The competition has been so fierce that those plans have all been changing what seems like every week, as all four try to add more features at lower prices.



The result has been great deals for families, although most of the plans are still a bit too pricey for individual people (who might be better off going prepaid). But, for anyone who wants to get on a family plan (friends, keep in mind that everyone has to have the same area code), the new unlimited plans are worth considering -- if you can pin down exactly what the carriers are offering during any given week. We'll try to help by keeping this guide updated as news about the major unlimited plans comes in.



As always, choosing a carrier comes down to coverage in your area as much as price and features -- PC Mag has a long-running Fastest Mobile Networks feature that can help you learn more about how fast each network is in your area on average. OpenSignal has crowdsourced, real-time coverage maps for each network, to help you gauge how good the reception for each network is in your area.



First up: T-Mobile....



04 Mar 2017
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Accenture Technology Vision 2017 Forecasts a Future of Technology for People, by People

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--People hold the power to shape and apply technology to create positive

change, improve lives, and transform business and society, according to Accenture

Technology Vision 2017, the annual technology report from Accenture

(NYSE:ACN) that predicts the most significant technology trends that

people will apply to disrupt business over the next three years.

The theme of this year's report, "Technology for People," is a call to

action for business and technology leaders to actively design and direct

technology to augment and amplify human capabilities. The report states

that we are beginning to see the emergence of technology for people, by

people - technology that seamlessly anticipates our needs and delivers

hyper-personalized experiences.



"The pace of technology change is breathtaking, bringing about the

biggest advancements since the dawn of the Information Age," said Paul

Daugherty, Accenture's chief technology & innovation officer. "As

technology transforms the way we work and live, it raises important

societal challenges and creates new opportunities. Ultimately, people

are in control of creating the changes that will affect our lives, and

we're optimistic that responsive and responsible leaders will ensure the

positive impact of new technologies."

As part of the Technology Vision, Accenture surveyed more than 5,400

business and IT executives worldwide. Nearly nine in 10 respondents (86

percent) said that while individual technologies are rapidly advancing,

it is the multiplier effect of these technologies that is creating

innovation breakthroughs.

The Technology Vision details how - with advances in artificial

intelligence, the Internet of Things and big data analytics - humans can

now design technology that's capable of learning to think more like

people and to constantly align to and help advance their wants and

needs. This human-centered technology approach pays off for businesses,

as leading companies will transform relationships from provider to

partner - simultaneously transforming internally.

CVS Health is one example of a company that has established a

people-centric approach - in this instance to improve healthcare. Its

smartwatch-compatible mobile app sets customers' personalized reminders

for taking medication, snaps pictures of their prescriptions to expedite

refills, and scans their insurance card so that store clerks are

prepared with up-to-date information. In an industry long associated

with impersonal interactions and unbearable wait times, companies like

CVS Health are enabling individual empowerment over personal healthcare

while simultaneously building closer patient-doctor relationships.



The Technology Vision identifies five emerging technology

trends that are essential to business success in today's digital

economy:

AI is the new UI. Artificial intelligence (AI) is coming of

age, tackling problems both big and small by making interactions

simple and smart. AI is becoming the new user interface (UI),

underpinning the way we transact and interact with systems.

Seventy-nine percent of survey respondents agree that AI will

revolutionize the way they gain information from and interact with

customers.

Design for Humans. Technology design decisions are being made

by humans, for humans. Technology adapts to how we behave and learns

from us to enhance our lives, making them richer and more fulfilling.

Eighty percent of executives surveyed agree that organizations need to

understand not only where people are today, but also where they want

to be - and shape technology to act as their guide to realize desired

outcomes.

Ecosystems as Macrocosms. Platform companies that provide a

single point of access to multiple services have completely broken the

rules for how companies operate and compete. Companies don't just need

a platform strategy, they need a rich and robust ecosystem approach to

lead in this new era of intelligence. Already, more than one-quarter

(27 percent) of executives surveyed reported that digital ecosystems

are transforming the way their organizations deliver value.

Workforce Marketplace. The number of on-demand labor platforms

and online work-management solutions is surging. As a result, leading

companies are dissolving traditional hierarchies and replacing them

with talent marketplaces, which in turn is driving the most profound

economic transformation since the Industrial Revolution. Case in

point: Eighty-five percent of executives surveyed said they plan to

increase their organization's use of independent freelance workers

over the next year.

The Uncharted. To succeed in today's ecosystem-driven digital

economy, businesses must delve into uncharted territory. Instead of

focusing solely on introducing new products and services, they should

think much bigger - seizing opportunities to establish rules and

standards for entirely new industries. In fact, 74 percent of the

executives surveyed said that their organization is entering entirely

new digital industries that have yet to be defined.

For nearly 17 years, Accenture has taken a systematic look across the

enterprise landscape to identify emerging technology trends that hold

the greatest potential to disrupt businesses and industries. For more

information on this year's report, visit www.accenture.com/technologyvision

or follow the conversation on Twitter with #TechVision2017.

About the Methodology

Accenture's Technology Vision is developed annually by the Accenture

Labs. For the 2017 report, the research process included gathering

input from the Technology Vision External Advisory Board, a group

comprising more than two dozen experienced individuals from the public

and private sectors, academia, venture capital firms and entrepreneurial

companies. In addition, the Technology Vision team conducted interviews

with technology luminaries and industry experts, as well as with nearly

100 Accenture business leaders.

In parallel, Accenture Research conducted a global online survey of more

than 5,400 business and IT executives across 31 countries and 16

industries to capture insights into the adoption of emerging

technologies. The survey helped identify the key issues and priorities

for technology adoption and investment. Respondents were mostly C-level

executives and directors, with some functional and line-of-business

leads, at companies with annual revenues of at least US$500 million,

with the majority of companies having annual revenues greater than US$6

billion.

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a

broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital,

technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and

specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business

functions - underpinned by the world's largest delivery network -

Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help

clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their

stakeholders. With more than 394,000 people serving clients in more than

120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world

works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.







28 Feb 2017
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Breaking News, Top News & Latest News Headlines

WASHINGTON Conservatives are all smiles this week at an annual convention in Washington, celebrating President Donald Trump's win, but beneath the surface lurk tensions central to how Republicans will govern in the next two years and the 2018 election outlook.

SINGAPORE Asian stocks steadied on Thursday after earlier losses, aided by a weaker dollar as markets studied Federal Reserve meeting minutes that indicated both readiness and caution over raising interest rates.



1:59am EST

SAN FRANCISCO When Apple Inc launches its much-anticipated 10th anniversary iPhone this fall, it will offer an unwitting lesson in how much the smartphone industry it pioneered has matured.



1:14am EST

WASHINGTON The White House has pushed back the release of a new executive order to replace its directive suspending travel to the United States by citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries, a White House official said on Wednesday.



OTTAWA Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday defended plans to give more powers to U.S. border agents stationed in Canada, saying travelers would at all times be protected by domestic laws.

Feb 22 2017





23 Feb 2017
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Apple assembling devices in India won’t mean cheaper iPhones yet

Apple assembling devices in India won't mean cheaper iPhones yet | TechCrunch



Apple appears to be moving forward with plans to begin assembling its phones in India, but that doesn't necessarily mean that its prices will drop in the country.

India's Economic Times today reported that Apple will begin assembling the iPhone SE in the coming months in Karnataka, adding more detail to comments from the state's minister of IT earlier this month that seemingly confirmed an arrangement.

Apple currently prices the iPhone higher in India than any other country in the world. It is widely assumed that the cost is down to high import taxes that the company is subject to -- since it manufacturers devices in China -- and so it figures that any move to assemble devices locally could reduce the price of iPhones in India. That's important, because Apple continues to struggle to gain any meaningful share of India's smartphone market, which is one of the few tipped to grow consistently.

A recent IDC report found that Chinese smartphone brands dominated India's phone market in the final quarter of 2016, with no Indian brands in the top five for the first time. Apple, meanwhile, had its best year of sales in India -- selling 2.5 million units -- but that represents a tiny fraction of overall sales -- more than 28 million devices shipped in Q4 2016 alone.



But for those thinking local manufacturing will instantly fix Apple's issues, the case is not so clear.

"Apple is not known to abruptly drop prices and thus the saving could go towards building foundation for Apple's retail and marketing footprint," Counterpoint Research analyst Neil Shah told TechCrunch, pointing out that right now the U.S. firm has no independent retail presence in India.

"Apple though selectively offers discount only during festive season and that could be also 4-5 percent [price cuts] max and not the entire 12-13 percent [saving from local production] will be passed on to consumers."



Shah also explained that Apple's initial efforts "won't be full-fledged manufacturing like in Taiwan or China," while he estimates that no more than 400,000 units per quarter would be assembled initially, minimizing any potential impact.

Of course, that's the short-term prognosis, and if Apple is able to scale its India productions -- and potentially advance the processes they carry out -- then there's scope for price savings to be passed on. For now, this is a promising development for Apple and its fans in India -- but it is likely to be some time before the full impact is felt in the market.







18 Feb 2017
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Sports News | Fox News

Oilers shifting lines ahead of Coyotes' visit

EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Edmonton Oilers haven't just gone cold offensively. Frigid is a better word. Arctic. Frozen solid.



Smith stops 36 shots, Coyotes beat Flames 5-0

Mike Smith stopped 36 shots for his 32nd career shutout, Christian Dvorak had two goals and an assist, and the surging Arizona Coyotes beat the Calgary Flames 5-0 Monday night.

Stars-Jets winner will break tie between teams

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- There won't be any chocolate hearts, long-stemmed roses or frilly lingerie exchanged on the ice Tuesday night at the MTS Centre.



Ducks close out road trip at Wild

SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- After five consecutive road games, the Anaheim Ducks aren't yet home, but they are at least heading west, closing out the six-game trip on Tuesday by facing their former ...

Devils can't afford stumble vs. NHL-worst Avalanche

The New Jersey Devils' playoff hopes are hanging by a thread. Coming out of their weeklong bye, they were on a 3-0-1 run that had them back on the fringe of postseason contention.

Alex Burrows had a busy night getting under the skin of Sabres goalie Robin Lehner

Burrows rattled Lehner early and then took advantage of it







14 Feb 2017
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