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Study Finds That There Is No Difference In Usage Between Unlimited Data Plans and Tiered Data Plans

You know when AT&T Started to send out the text messages with the “you’re in the top 5% of the people that use data so we’re going to slow it down” and every American started to get pissed over it? Well, AT&T and other major carriers said it was to save bandwidth usage… a.k.a. charge you an arm and a leg for something that’s completely useless and fake.

A study was conducted by Validas, an analytics firm that analyzed over 50,000 cellphone bills from AT&T and Verizon to see if throttling was actually something that was necessary to save bandwidth. After the study, it turns out that the numbers didn’t really add up. So why do they have the bandwidth caps? According to Validas’s findings, throttling may indeed simply be a ploy to push unlimited users into newer tiered plans – you know, so they can charge you an arm and a leg for the extra bandwidth.

That’s right, if you look at the chart above you can see that regardless of what kind of plan you have, you still use about the same kind of data – or at least you would if AT&T didn’t slow you down.

Subscribers who approach the top 5% of unlimited data users in a single billing period see their data speeds throttled, however, countless users have found that AT&T is now beginning to throttle users after less than 2GB of data usage in a billing period. So yes, you have unlimited data, but they want to literally annoy you into getting the 3GB tiered plan for the same price that you would pay for the unlimited plan – $30 a month. The only difference is that you have unlimited speed all the way to the end… THEN they start to charge you for going over.

It’s like going to Ihop to get unlimited pancakes, sure you may have as many as you want, but we’ll wait 20 minutes between pancakes OR you can get 3 pancakes right away for the same price without a 20 minute wait – if you want more we’ll charge you extra. So the tiered plan is really good for impatient people, but if you can tolerate the speed caps you should be alright.

According to Validas: “When we look at the top 5% of data users, there is virtually no difference in data consumption between those on unlimited and those on tiered plans — and yet the unlimited consumers are the ones at risk of getting their service turned off. So it’s curious that anyone would think the throttling here represents a serious effort at alleviating network bandwidth issues. After all, Sprint does seemingly fine maintaining non-throttled unlimited data for its customers.” Via BGR

Nike+ Training Shoes Will Deliver Unrivaled Athletic Analytics to the Palm of your Hand!

When I ran in Triathlons, one of the biggest pains was the lack of not having an accurate way to measure performance while running. That was 4 years ago. The closest thing we had was a pedometer, and a timer. But Nike just came up with the next big thing for runners. They developed a technology that offers even more data analysis for workout fiends everywhere.

The Nike+ Training Shoes have sensors inside the soles that transmit data tracking your performance in real time. By using the shoes, you will receive important data about your run – including steps, lunges and even your vertical leap. The data is then transferred to your smart phone where you can analyze and modify your workout routine. They even have a basketball-focused version of the shoe – Hyperdunk+, see what they did there?

The information that is delivered to your app can be uploaded to their network. Additionally, you will be given the option to compete against your friends by keeping track of everything you do while you’re wearing your shoes. Every step you take, every jump, every lounge, and every mile you complete. This level of interaction is supposed to make you want to work out more in order to beat your friends in a “fit race.” I thought they were already building an app for that? an app where you’re supposed to run away from other zombies?

If everything goes according to plan, the shoes will be on the market sometime this summer. In the meantime, you can enjoy the video and see what this shoe promises it will do for you! Via: Tested

For the Next 30 Days Box Will Give you 50GB of Free Storage!

Box, not to be confused with Drop-Box just updated its Android App for the better. If you get the application within the next 30 days, you will bet 50 GB of storage in the “Cloud” for free. No strings attached, you will never have to pay for anything.

Additionally, if you get the app right now, they will increase the max file size from 25MB to 100MP but you have to get it before March 23 at 11:59:59 PM. Check out the video above so you can see how the box can help you and your business / personal life stay connected and organized. I know 50GB doesn’t sound like too much, but it’s definitely worth it, especially when it’s free storage that you can access via your cellphone! Check out Box.net  if you want to learn more about the system. Via MaximumPC

Man Who Gave Birth Fears the Reaction He Will Get From His Parents

A man believed to be the first in Britain to give birth has described his fears that his parents will want to “convert” him back to being a woman.

Is that so? The man is actually a 27 year female old university graduate, who remains anonymous in fears that the negative publicity will hurt his/her daughters future. He was originally a she, but he had a sex change earlier in his life and after forcing his parents to accept his change, the man got pregnant and gave birth to a little girl in March of last year. He now fears that his parents are going to force him to become a woman again – which he’s not about to give up.

The Telegraph reported that his parents took the pregnancy well but added: “They seemed to be OK but I am worried they may try and ‘convert’ me back to the way I was because of the perceived ‘mental health’ of the baby when it’s born.” Which really makes sense, especially when he’s going to raise the girl making her believe she’s a he, “My mum’s already told me I’d be a good mummy and I said ‘no, I’ll be a good daddy’. According to him, the mother got used to the idea of having a female raise the child making her believe she was actually a He but he revealed that another member of the family, an aunt, had not been so supportive. He said: “She wanted to know if I was going to stop being silly and become a woman again, she wanted to know if I was going to get rid of the silly new name I’d adopted.

“She wondered how on earth I was going to cope when I was going against society in this manner, men don’t have babies!” He, like many other trans-gender people was born a woman but started to live live as a man for the past five years. He  legally changed his name and gender and had been receiving hormone treatment, but decided to attempt to conceive with his male partner, from whom he has now separated, using his own eggs.

He said: “I’m not the first man to have a baby, and I won’t be the last, but we’re not fully accepted and understood yet, there’s still a long way to go.” I’m all for trans-gender society, but there is something wrong with this. If I was a female – male, I would raise my child and teach him/her that I made a choice to become the opposite gender. I would educate them in the matter, rather than convince them that I’m actually a man.

The Magneto Lamp Uses Magnets to Direct Light at Any Angle

I’m not that much into lamp designs, but the Magneto is actually pretty cool, it kind of looks like an over the top flash light. The Magneto Lamp was designed by Giulio Iacchetti, which means it’s going to cost an arm and a leg, but the lamp was designed to be an incredibly flexible table and floor lamp fixture. Unlike current lamps that have stiff necks or multiple pivot points, the Magento lamp uses a single cable to provide energy to the lamp, and a magnetic ball allows the light fixture to move and pivot freely into any direction.

In this video, Lacchetti, explains how the lamp is superior to other pivot lamps. Magneto’s steel ball serves as a limitless pivot joint. The lamp’s post has several dimples along the edge that allows the ball to move up and down depending on where you want to move the light too. The cable also extends and retracts into the lamp post depending on how much slack you need to go around.

The lamp is still in the design phase, which means the price is still not available, but once they have it finished and it goes on sale, you’ll be able to get your Magneto lamp from Foscarini.  Again, expect to pay designer prices for this over the top flash light! [Giulio Iacchetti via MoCo Loco]

Apple Wants to File Patent Lawsuit Against a Bankrupt Kodak

Talk about kicking a company while it’s trying to get back off the ground. On January 19, Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Shortly after the announcement, they backed out of the digital camera field, a technology they invented and failed to commercialize. In their Chapter 11 Documents they listed assets of 5.1 billion dollars and a debt of 6.8 billion. In order to stay somewhat profitable, Kodak restructured their company so they could focus on digital printers as their main form of income, but out of the blue, Apple hits them a patent law suit.

Apple asked a US Bankruptcy Court for permission to go after Kodak. Which is actually kind of nice since they are not legally bound to request permission to sue a court-protected bankrupt company.

According to Bloomberg, the lawsuit focuses on technologies that Kodak uses in their printers, digital picture frames, and digital cameras. I can only imagine the frustration that the Kodak executives are feeling right now, immediately after finding a way out of full bankruptcy, Apple comes along and tells them “Yea, that rope you grabbed onto before falling of the ledge? We own it, and were going to cut it.”

Instead of Apple trying to take down Kodak, they should try to find an agreement where both can profit, imagine the different types of products they could come up with? I thought the point of being in the tech business was to develop newer and better technologies… not come up with ideas and storing them away until someone develops them, and then take them to court for beating you to it.

When I buy a product, I buy it because it’s going to make my life easier. I understand the importance of protecting your patented technologies, but at the same time, I think companies should share their technologies with other companies so they can develop better working products for everyone. Imagine if Apple had a patent for cellphones, and Samsung had a patent for LCDs? An iPhone would never exist without massive lawsuits – think about all the other products that need a specific part of technology to be finished but we have to wait on “legal terms.”

I miss the older days where technologies and products were made in factories instead of court rooms.