Will Apple Music Eat Through Your Data Cap?

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Originally posted on BGR:

To stream Apple Music over cellular data or not to stream Apple Music over cellular data… that is the question. iPhone users who are on unlimited data plans, or don’t really care about data overages, might not be interested in how much data Apple Music consumes on a 3G or 4G connection. But this will be an important detail for many prospective Apple Music subscribers, and it might help them choose between becoming a paying customer or sticking to streaming Beats 1 and other radio stations that are available free of charge.

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Leak: Will This Unreleased Samsung Phablet Even Fit In Your Pocket?

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Originally posted on BGR:

Samsung wasn’t the first company to launch a smartphone with a supersized screen, but it would be hard to argue that the South Korean smartphone company didn’t popularize the category. Samsung’s Galaxy Note line brought phablets to the mainstream, and phones that would have once been considered massive are now the norm.

Interestingly though, the sleekest and most exciting phablet Samsung has ever made seemingly isn’t a member of the popular Note family. Instead, it looks like Samsung is about to supersize its best-ever flagship phone — but as hot as the new model is shaping up to be, a new leak also suggests it’s going to be huge.

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RBC Gets More Positive on Wireless Carriers

Originally posted on 24/7 Wall St.:

Cell Tower detailOne area that is starting to garner some pretty serious attention recently is the wireless carriers. Needless to say, market anxiety and a rising VIX always will move investors there as they perceive it as somewhat defensive, but some very positive trends are starting to emerge and analysts are taking note.

In a new research note, RBC makes price changes across the board in the industry as the firm is perhaps starting to see what other analysts did last week when Merrill Lynch and UBS took a big step and upgraded AT&T from Neutral to Buy. Barclays also upped the stock to an Overweight Rating from Equal Weight.

While the RBC analyst keeps the firm’s rating on the stocks where they were, telecom and wireless carrier investors are no doubt happy to finally see some renewed interest in a segment that has a ubiquitous product and user base, but always…

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WTF of the Week: FCC Commissioner Says People Don’t Need the Internet

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Originally posted on BGR:

The Federal Communications Commission is an independent agency of the United States government with the sole purpose of regulating cable, satellite, radio and television, as well as wired and wireless communications. According to the commissioner of the FCC, that role does not include ensuring that all Americans have access to the Internet.

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Pluto TV, An Online Video Service Targeting Cord Cutters, Will Soon Stream Hulu

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Up-and-coming video streaming service aimed at cord cuttersPluto.TV, will now be distributing Hulu’s free content, thanks to a new distribution agreement between the two companies. For Pluto TV, the addition means its service will now be able to offer a wider variety of mainstream fare, including popular shows from networks like ABC, NBC, and Fox.

The deal was first reported by Variety, which noted that the content will include a variety of current and older shows, like “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Saturday Night Live”; as well as “Seinfeld,” “Star Trek,” “Cheers,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Happy Days,” for example.

However, the nature of the agreement between the two companies is not quite as extensive as something like Hulu’s recent announcement that it’s distributing Showtime, for example. Where that involved both a business partnership and deeper technical integration between the two companies, Hulu’s involvement…

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Apple Music Hits The Right Note On International Availability And Pricing

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

It’s still early days for Apple Music, the newly launched streaming service, as the world chews over its user interface, initial service issues, that Beats 1 radio station and other unexpected factors. But two areas where the U.S. company has hit the right notes are international availability and pricing.

It’s always surprised me how slow the music streaming industry has been to move into emerging markets. Granted, users in Asia, Africa and Latin America don’t spend as much as those in Western markets, but their smartphones and tablets are their entertainment hubs, since many have limited access to TV, cable, and other offline entertainment. Everyone has music on their phone, but the potential to go beyond downloads and MP3s — legal or otherwise — and tap into a library of millions is hugely compelling.

And yet, Spotify’s global footprint is still limited, as is that of Rdio and Deezer.

With that in mind…

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Why You Should Advertise Your App On Television

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

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From ad networks and exchanges to demand-side platforms and other app publishers, app marketers have left no stone unturned when it comes to finding new mobile channels on which to advertise their apps. And yet, as the market matures and evolves, most developers are finding mobile as a channel to be saturated, competitive and increasingly expensive.

For help, some app marketers have turned to television to promote their apps. It started, notably, during this year’s Super Bowl, with commercials for not one but two different mobile games — Clash of Clans and Game of War, featuring celebrities no less than A-listers Liam Neeson and Kate Upton. The industry took notice, and many other app developers have since followed suit. Slowly but surely, the mobile industry is turning to TV advertising as a critical component in the overall marketing mix.

There are plenty of good reasons for this seismic…

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