AT&T Up’s The Unlimited Data Ante

USA Today reports that AT&T is taking steps to counteroffer Verizon’s unlimited data announcement. AT&T recently announced that they would begin offering unlimited data to their customers IF the customer was also a U-Verse or Direct TV customer. AT&T announced today that starting tomorrow 2/18/17, they will begin offering unlimited data to customers without requiring a television subscription.

Starting tomorrow AT&T is going to start matching Verizon’s offering of four lines with unlimited data for $180 per month, plus tax, fees, etc. A single line on the other hand with unlimited data will be $100 per month, with each line an additional $40, with AT&T not charging extra for the fourth line.

AT&T is also including that should excite some international travelers. AT&T is offering “Roam North America” which allows unlimited voice, text, and data in Canada and Mexico at no additional charge, compared to their previous roaming charges, or international calling rates.

It appears that AT&T is offering the same “catches” as Verizon, with the slowing down of users who use over 22GB for the month during “congested” times. When congested times are and if the customers will see a steady fluctuation or a constant throttle after they have hit their 22GB of data usage in the month we will have to wait and see.

All in all this is a great win for the consumers. Verizon’s announcement on Monday has shaken up the mobile data marketplace and the winners in all of this is you, the consumer. Hopefully these companies stick to their word offer true unlimited data and don’t come back to the table in a few months and announce restrictions or red tape. AT&T and Verizon both are guilty of offering unlimited data and then going back on their word, but hopefully this promise they will keep.

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Verizon Bringing Back Unlimited Data

If you are a Verizon Wireless customer, then you have GREAT news coming your way. USA Today reports that starting today Verizon Wireless customers have the option of either keeping their current plan, or upgrading to unlimited data. The new unlimited everything plan  will be $80 per month for a single line (plus taxes, surcharges, etc.) for unlimited talk, text, and data. You must also agree to AutoPay (automatically charging your credit or debit card) and paper free billing. Family plans are also available for $45 per line for up to four lines.

The decision for Verizon to move to unlimited data is a result of catching up to their competitors offering unlimited data. The unlimited data sounds great, but there is a catch. Verizon is stating that the customers will receive unlimited data but after a customer has reached 22GB of data use for the month Verizon claims they may prioritize data during busy times to prevent network congestion, i.e. data throttling. This comes as no surprise as cellular companies  have throttle points in the fine print of their claims, but not reaching the throttle point until you reach 22GB is still nice. The only part of this that will have to be monitored to see the end result is when and how long the throttle time is. Verizon wants to claim that they will throttle or “prioritize” data during busy times, but we will see if they will hold true to that, or if some customers will be throttled for the rest of their billing cycle.

At the end of the day this is great news for Verizon customers. The Pandora’s box of this news is restrictions or retractions Verizon may bring once the unlimited data hits full stride. It will be interesting to see what Verizon will do, if anything, to customers who will use their cellular data as their main internet source and use up 100GB streaming video and music for a month. The best case scenario nothing happens, but based on history of cellular companies (Yes AT&T you are included on this statement) be prepared for some additional do’s and don’ts coming your way.

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12 Days of Giveaways Entry

For today’s contest all you have to do is post a comment to this blog post. When you post a comment, it will not show at first, we have to allow it to be posted. We do not let comments to post automatically due to helping prevent spammers from taking over our blog. So post a comment and good luck!

 

All posts must be submitted by 6:00 PM EST this evening, December 11, 2015.

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*12 Days of Giveaways*

As you may already know tomorrow starts are 12 Days of Giveaways. Be sure to follow us on all of our social media outlets for a chance to win. Below is the rules and links to where to follow us.

 

*Rules

  1. No purchase necessary for contest.
  2. A & M Digital Technologies reserves the right to alter, change, or cancel the giveaways at anytime.
  3. You will be eligible to win ONLY ONCE. You can enter multiple contests but once you win your entries into the rest of the giveaways will become VOID.

 

Now here is where to follow us to find out the contests. Each day we will be picking a different social media/website feed to post the contest so be sure to follow us and check all of our sites daily for contest details.

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amdigitaltech/

Twitter: @amdigitaltech

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Is Your Netflix Account Comprimised?

Hackers are selling lifetime access to Netflix accounts and other streaming services that belong to unsuspecting paying customers. Hackers are charging less than a dollar for each Netflix account they sell, guaranteeing lifetime access, according to a McAfee Labs research report.

How this attack works is a hacker sells your Netflix account information and someone can watch all of the movies and television shows on your Netflix account for free. Your account may be giving someone free access to Netflix right now without your knowledge.

Here’s what you can do to find out if you’ve been hacked, and how you can fix it.

First place to look is at your Netflix account. Have you seen strange movies or TV shows show up under recently viewed that you know you haven’t watched? There’s a good chance that your account has been compromised.

The fix for this is REALLY easy.  Go under your account settings, and select the Sign out of all devices option. When you click this button it immediately closes out any and all active Netflix sessions. Once you do that make sure you change your password and your all set.  Yes, you will have to take a few extra minutes out of your day to sign back in on all of your favorite devices, but a few minutes of inconvenience is much better than leaving your account unsecured.

One other thing you should watch out for is the creation of other viewer profiles, which obviously might mean a third party has access to your account.

Finally, since hackers sell lifetime access to your account, that could mean other personal data has been stolen which could help them regain access to your account. You should make sure you change passwords to other online services as well, and choose unique passwords for each one. You should also check your bank activity and determine whether there are any fraudulent charges.

 

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Adobe ID Phishing Scam

There is a new phishing scam making its way to inboxes everywhere, and here is what we know of the scam right now. This is still a new scam so if there is any additional information we will update the post accordingly.

This new phishing email scam is targeting Adobe users to retrieve their username and passwords. How the scam works is the email comes to your inbox from someone you know with the subject line Docs1.  The body of the email contains the following message:

Hi,Please view here the document I sent to you with secure adobedocsApps.Thanks

. The view here is highlighted with a hyperlink to the phishing site. If you click the link you are directed to the phishing site that poses as Adobe asking for a username and password. If you attempt to put in your username and password obviously it will not go any further. Once you click the link the email will resend itself to all of the contacts in your address book posing as you.

 

I clicked the link what do I do now?

First thing you should do is change the password to your email and Adobe account since your account is now compromised.  You should also make sure your antivirus is up-to-date and perform a complete system scan to make sure a virus or malware infection did not make its way to your computer as result.

 

This scam is still new in the wild. We will update this post as more information is available.

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Preparing For Windows 10 Update

As most of us know Windows 10 is launching tomorrow and for the first time ever Microsoft is releasing their newest version of Windows for FREE to current Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users. With all that being said what should you do to prepare for the upgrade? Follow our tips below to help ensure a smooth upgrade.

1. BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP! – This is the most important thing people either forget or choose not to do, backing up. This upgrade is not your typical Windows update where it installs in the background, a box pops asking you to reboot and in a few minutes you are back up and running. This is a major upgrade that is installing a new operating system and this update should not be taken lightly. This update along with any other update there are things that could happen that could halt the upgrade and you could lose data or cause the operating system to crash. It’s better to have a good backup of your data to ensure you are safe incase the unknown happens.

2. Have System Restore Discs Handy – If your computer came with system recovery discs when you purchased your device its a good a day to look for them and have them ready incase disaster strikes. If the Windows upgrade runs successfully the discs will not be needed but in the event that the update fails and crashes your system, just pop in the recovery discs and your system will be just like it was when you took it out of the box. If your computer did not come with system recovery discs check for a program or utility to create them on your computer.

3.  Let It Be – This update is a big one. This update is installing a new version of Windows while making sure to transfer all of your data, programs, and settings to the new version, it takes time. There are a lot of variables involved to estimate a time so there is no set time on how long the update could take, it make take only a few minutes or could take over an hour, it all depends on the hardware under the hood, and what other software you have on your system. If you are in a rush of getting tasks accomplished its best not to install the update until you are ready to leave your system alone for a little while, to ensure it plenty of time to upgrade.

All in all the Windows 10 upgrade SHOULD update without issue but when it comes to technology there are never 100% guarantee’s that an update won’t cause an issue somewhere. We hope this article helps you upgrade to Microsoft’s newest operating system and that the upgrade is successful and without issue.

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Windows 10: All You Need To Know

As you may have already noticed, Microsoft  is releasing its new operating system this coming week Windows 10. What makes this new release different than any of their past updates is they are releasing the new edition FREE to many current customers.  So what does this mean to new computers, your current computer, and how do I receive it free?

Lets answer the easiest question first by discussing how this is going to affect new computers. How Windows 10 is going to affect new computers is manufacturers will start shipping out new computers with Windows 10 already installed on the device. You turn on your new computer, go through the initial setup like any new computer and your ready to go.

Will I be able to still purchase a computer with Windows 7 or Windows 8?
At this point Microsoft has not made an official word on whether or not they are going to seize selling Windows 7 or Windows 8 devices. Microsoft will probably wait it out to see how well Windows 10 is being accepted before making any decisions.

Who is eligible to receiving the free upgrade?
Microsoft is making this upgrade available for free to users running Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. The exception to this rule is devices running the enterprise version of Windows 7 or Windows 8. Those users will have to retrieve the upgrade through their licensing agreement with Microsoft.

What does this update mean?
This update is releasing the next version of Windows. If you download and install this update it will change the look and feel of the Windows version you are currently familiar with. If you are currently happy with your setup and are afraid of change you may want to hold off upgrading.

When does this update become available?
Microsoft is releasing this update to the public on Wednesday July 29, 2015.

Where can I sign up or download this update?
To signup for the free update you will want to first look at the bottom left corner of your screen. If your computer is eligible for the free upgrade you should see an icon like this.

windows10.1

Once you click this icon it will walk you through a few steps explaining the update and showing you the screens to sign up for the update.

What’s New in Windows 10?
When Microsoft releases a new operating system there’s always new bells and whistles that come with it. Some good, some bad, and some ugly.  Some of the new features Microsoft is boasting are features users have been wanting for some time.

Hello Start Menu – You asked, you begged, you screamed, you refused to upgrade and Microsoft listened. Windows 10 is bringing back the start menu, for the most part. If you are familiar with the Windows Start menu you know the programs is on the left side and folders and settings are on the right. In Windows 10 the left panel still has the programs but on the right side your Computer, Documents, Settings icons have been replaced with the tiles that made their debut in Windows 8. So when Microsoft tells you they brought back the Start Menu it’s true, but it’s not the full start menu setup your use to.

Cortana – Apple has Siri, Microsoft has Cortana. The digital assistant Microsoft brought to the table for their mobile phones is making its debut in Windows 10.

R.I.P. Internet Explorer: Microsoft’s flagship web browser is being put to rest in Windows 10. Internet Explorer will still be there in the background for backward compatibility purposes, but the default browser for Windows 10 will be Project Spartan. The new browser is suppose to be faster, more secure, and better than Internet Explorer. Time will tell if this new browser will better than Internet Explorer. Considering how bad Internet Explorer has gotten over last few years the bar has been set pretty low on how this new browser can be much better than its predecessor.

Who Should Update?
Now that you have all of the information on the new Windows 10 the next question your probably asking yourself is, “Should I update?”  We will discuss who should and who shouldn’t upgrade to the next version of Windows.

Users That Should Upgrade
Unhappy Windows 8 Users: Windows 8 left a bad taste in a lot of users mouths. Windows 10 is suppose to win those users back. So if you are unhappy with your Windows 8/8.1 device you should definitely upgrade.

Home Users Who Aren’t Afraid Of Change: If you like to take on a challenge of the unknown then you should upgrade to Windows 10. According to Microsoft if your familiar with Windows 7 or Windows 8 you should have no trouble with Windows 10.

Users That SHOULDN’T Upgrade

Business Owners: Now is not the time to upgrade just to find out that the one program that is critical to your operations is not Windows 10 compatible. Steer clear of the update unless ALL of your software vendors state that the version of software you are running is Windows 10 compatible.

Gamers: Gamers are sensitive with the way their systems are setup, making sure that the system as a whole is running at its peak performance. Windows 10 shouldn’t get in the way of your gaming but its better to be safe than sorry, unless you are willing to be the sacrifice and upgrade to Windows 10 to let fellow gamers know how your system is running with Windows 10.

Internet Data Cap Users: If your home or business connects to the internet by ways of hotspot, satellite, or any other connection type that has a low data cap you DEFINATELY do not want to upgrade. This upgrade is a BIG file, over 3GB. If your monthly limit is 5GB you’ve already used over 60% of your monthly allotment on one device and if you have more than one device setup to upgrade you’ve just set your self up for no internet for the rest of the month or a large bill next month due to overage fees.

Users Don’t Like Change: If you are running Windows 7 and Windows 8 and are happy with your setup there’s no real need to change if you are happy with your setup and don’t like new things. Since Windows 7 and Windows 8 are still going to receive their monthly security patches there’s no need to upgrade.

Preparing for the Upgrade
This upgrade is going to be a big one, and with any big change or upgrade there are some things you should make yourself familiar with.

Backup – If you never backup your system PLEASE backup your system before installing the upgrade. Microsoft claims that the upgrade will be simple but the reality is there are too many unknown factors in the wild for them to make this claim. Backing up all of your important data now saves you a lot of panic and possible permanent data loss in the event the upgrade doesn’t go as planned.

Keep it plugged in – This only applies to laptop users but if you are going to install the upgrade make sure you have your charger plugged into the laptop. You don’t want the system to shutdown in the middle of the upgrade and take the risk of losing everything due to something as simple as leaving your charger unplugged.

Recovery Discs – If your computer did not come with recovery discs, there should be a program on your computer to create system recovery discs. You will want to have these handy in the event your Windows 10 upgrade goes awry or you are unhappy with Windows 10. If you don’t have these discs to reinstall your current version of Windows you will be fighting an uphill battle to get your previous version of Windows back up and going.

Final Thought
Windows 10 is the new flagship OS from Microsoft that is suppose to bring Microsoft back on top after the flop of Windows 8. We have tested the beta versions of Windows 10 and are pleased with the results and hope that Windows 10 can live up to the hype. If Windows 10 works as well as Windows 7 did while including some of the features consumers liked with Windows 8, while releasing new bells and whistles that hopefully go well, then everyone wins.

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Mozilla Firefox Blocking Adobe Flash Player Automatically

Mozilla has announced that the latest Firefox update has blocked Adobe Flash Player from working by default. Mozilla has decided to block the browswer plugin due to the ever increasing number of exploits and vulnerabilities found in the software. Mark Schmidt, Firefox Support Lead, made the announcement via Twitter about the Flash Player block.

@MarkSchmidty: BIG NEWS!! All versions of Flash are blocked by default in Firefox as of now.

He followed the tweet up with,

@MarkSchmidty: To be clear, Flash is only blocked until Adobe releases a version which isn’t being actively exploited by publicly known vulnerabilities.

Mozilla then stepped up to the plate with this tweet.

@firefox: We are committed to protecting our users from security risks. That’s why–following an Adobe alert–we temporarily blocked in Firefox.

So what does this mean? It boils down to any website that you visit that uses Adobe Flash Player, whether it be in the main website itself, embedded video, or any other part of the website, the item or page will not load properly or at all.

Can I browse the internet without Adobe Flash? Yes, you can still use the internet while Adobe Flash is still disabled. Remember this is only affecting the Mozilla Firefox browser, none of the others.

Can I turn Adobe Flash back on? Yes, Firefox will allow you to turn the Flash Player add-on back on. To learn how to allow Flash Player follow the instructions on the Adobe site by clicking here.

Is this the beginning of the end for Adobe Flash Player? This answer is still unknown. Adobe Flash Player is older software compared to other elements of the internet and many internet users have been crying for the end of Flash Player. Right now all signs point to no, but it all depends on how Adobe responds to the action of Mozilla and if other browsers will stay loyal to Adobe or fall in line with Mozilla.

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Lenovo Power Cord Recall

Lenovo Computers has released a recall concerning some of their laptop power cords. Similar to the report from HP that we covered a while ago this same recall can cause your power cord to overheat and catch fire. Below is the information you need to know to see if you are affected by this recall.

 

On December 9, 2014 Lenovo announced a worldwide voluntary recall and replacement program in cooperation with government regulatory agencies. This recall is for affected AC power cords distributed worldwide with Lenovo IdeaPad computers. These computers were sold from February 2011 through June 2012.

Lenovo customers affected by this program are eligible to receive a replacement AC power cord for the recalled power cord in their possession.

Lenovo sold the power cords with new notebook computers or replacement parts on the models listed below. Note: Not all Lenovo products were sold with an affected AC power cord. Please validate your specific AC power cord using the instructions how to identify if my cord is being recalled.

Affected Systems:

IdeaPad B460
IdeaPad B470
IdeaPad B560
IdeaPad B570
IdeaPad G460
IdeaPad G470
IdeaPad G475
IdeaPad G480
IdeaPad G560
IdeaPad G570
IdeaPad G575
IdeaPad G580
IdeaPad G770
IdeaPad S100
IdeaPad S10-3
IdeaPad S10-3c
IdeaPad S10-3n
IdeaPad S10-3s
IdeaPad S10-3t
IdeaPad S110
IdeaPad S205
IdeaPad S400
IdeaPad U150
IdeaPad U160
IdeaPad U165
IdeaPad U260
IdeaPad U455
IdeaPad U460
IdeaPad V360
IdeaPad V370
IdeaPad V460
IdeaPad V560
IdeaPad V570
IdeaPad Y460
IdeaPad Y470
IdeaPad Y560
IdeaPad Y570
IdeaPad Z360
IdeaPad Z370
IdeaPad Z460
IdeaPad Z465
IdeaPad Z470
IdeaPad Z475
IdeaPad Z560
IdeaPad Z565
IdeaPad Z570
IdeaPad Z575
IdeaPad Z580
Lenovo B460
Lenovo B470
Lenovo B470e
Lenovo B475
Lenovo B560
Lenovo B570
Lenovo B570e
Lenovo B575
Lenovo G455
Lenovo G460
Lenovo G465
Lenovo G470
Lenovo G475
Lenovo G480
Lenovo G560
Lenovo G565
Lenovo G570
Lenovo G575
Lenovo G580
Lenovo G770
Lenovo V370
Lenovo V470
Lenovo V470c
Lenovo V560
Lenovo V570
Lenovo recommends you unplug your line cord from the AC power outlet and the power adapter then follow the instructions below to determine if your cord is being recalled

Note: Only the AC Power Line Cord is being recalled. The Adapter that connects to the computer is not being recalled. Do not discard the adapter. Lenovo apologizes for the inconvenience caused by this issue. Shipment of quality products always has been and continues to be the foremost concern.

Below is the link to the Lenovo site to determine if your device is affected and how to receive the replacement cord if your device qualifies.
https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/powercord2014

 

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