Competition between carriers offering unsubsidized iPhones, contract-free data plans and other options keeps getting hotter. AT&T Mobility has taken another step in this direction, and now offers its Mobile Share plans with no-contract pricing. Mobile Share Value Plans are now available, promising to save AT&T subscribers $15 per month.
The new plans officially launched on December 8th. AT&T seems to be directly competing with T-Mobile's recent offerings, which remove subsidized devices from the equation. With AT&T Next, customers can choose to purchase a new iPhone outright with no contract or sign up for a monthly installment payment plan.
Spotify announced today that its mobile app will now be free on iOS and Android devices. The free version of the popular music streaming service was previously only available on desktop browsers. Just like Pandora, the free service will be supported by advertisements, and it will only give users access to specific select tracks. The new service will begin rolling out to mobile users starting today.
You will still need a premium account if you want an ad-free experience or other benefits like offline listening. A Spotify premium plan costs $9.99 per month and gives you the ability to play any song at any time.
TinyCo, the creators behind Tiny Village and Tiny Monsters, have teamed up with Fox Digital Entertainment and Seth MacFarlane to develop a Family Guy game for mobile devices. The free to play title will be available for both iOS and Android sometime in 2014, and it will feature all the popular characters from the hit TV show.
Rick Phillips, senior vice president at Fox Digital Entertainment, told Polygon that the game will feature an original story based the show's long history and that will also tackle "current events."
"TinyCo were really passionate about what they wanted to do with Family Guy," said Philips. We thought the guys from TinyCo could build a game that's truest to the brand and IP."
Apple has released its 12 Days of Gifts app to the U.S. App Store. This is the first time the free gift guide has been available in the United States, but there is a catch, the application requires iOS 7 or later to download.
iPhone and iPad users who are running iOS 7 can download the app now for free from the App Store. The app allows users to download 1 gift a day starting on December 26 to January 6. Gifts include songs, apps, books, movies, and games. Each free download only lasts 24 hours, but you can set up the app to notify you each time a new gift is available so you don't miss out.
Shazam is often the go-to iOS app when it comes to identifying and tagging music. The free service keeps adding on new ways to share, learn about, and listen to music of all stripes. Since the iOS 7 overhaul, Shazam has receive several updates on iTunes, bringing the current version to 7.2.0.
Rdio fans will notice the latest update has a built-in function to play tagged Shazam tracks as a Rdio playlist. For those who aren't familiar, Rdio blends streaming music with social media, making it possible to learn about new music from friends and followers. Rdio functionality joins other services already on the list in Shazam, including Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, lyrics display and more.
iOS users can now wake up to their favorite musical artists thanks to Pandora's new alarm clock mode. Version 5.1 of the Pandora Radio app not only brings a refreshed design for iOS 7 and some bug fixes, but it also adds the option to set an alarm using your favorite radio station.
Users can set the new alarm by navigating to the settings section of the radio station they want to use. The Alarm Clock configurations are at the bottom of the page in the "CLOCK" section under "Sleep Timer". Just tap the Alarm Clock bar to set the time, station, snooze length and volume. Your Pandora app will then alert you when it is time to wake up.
It looks like Razer, who is known for making high quality PC gaming accessories, is working on their own iPhone game controller. The always reliable @evleaks today posted several press shots of the new device called "Kazuyo."
As you can see from the leaked image above, the gaming pad features a directional pad, shoulder buttons, and four regular buttons. There also appears to be a speaker on the right hand side of the controller.
The companion app for the PlayStation 4 game Knack is now available on the App Store and Google Play. Knack's Quest is a puzzle game which gives players the chance to win items that they can use within the console version of the game.
The object of the game is to collect 3 or more of the same type of parts to help Knack grow larger and reach a certain size before the the time limit expires. The app is free to download on the App Store, and is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 6 or later.
Knack's Quest is also available for free for Android devices via Google Play.
SlickWraps is offering 35% off its entire inventory at slickwraps.com. You can take advantage of this deal by using the promo code HOLIDAY during check out. The sale has already started and ends on December 17.
SlickWraps offers a wide variety of cases and screen protectors for the iPhone 4 or later and iPad 2 or later. The accessory makers promises their screen protectors will not bubble after being applied, and feature a full 360-degrees of protection. Other SlickWrap products include a series of glow in the dark iPhone wraps, carbon cases and leather cases.
Google Chromebooks can now detect iOS devices and automatically import all images and video to Google+ thanks to the newly installed Google+ Photos app. While this makes it easier for iOS users to upload images and video to their Chromebooks, it is also annoying because sometimes you don't want your files to be automatically shared on social media sites.
Luckily you can disable this feature by locating the Google+ Photos app in the Apps tab located at the bottom of your Chromebook's display. You can then navigate to the Google+ Photos Settings by clicking the gear icon in the top hand right corner. Just remove the check next to "Automatically import photos when I plug in a camera or memory card," and this will stop your Chromebook from detecting your iOS device and trying to import your photos to Google+.