Google Wallet will be pre-installed on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon Android smartphones

Google Wallet

Google’s own Wallet smartphone payment service hasn’t been getting as much traction as Google’s hoped. Despite the temper-tantrum thrown by a few stores over Apple Pay a few months back, Apple’s service seems to be gaining ground, thanks in part to its control over iOS/iPhones. Less so for Wallet, Softcard, and other services. To rectify this, Google’s … Read more

AT&T to buy T-Mobile: not a good sign

In the tech news here this week is the announcement that US telecom giant AT&T is buying smaller mobile carrier T-Mobile, which will reduce the number of nationwide major carriers to three (AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, though Sprint is smaller than the “big two”). Ars Technica reports all the ugly details of this, and why … Read more

AT&T dropping Usenet

According to what I’ve read online (no email from AT&T on the subject), AT&T (my ISP) is dropping Usenet service as of July 15th. While Usenet’s popularity has dropped in recent years, imagine it couldn’t be costing that much to keep the text-only, non-binaries groups going. Suspect it’s probably just another money-grubbing tactic by ISPs … Read more

Apple announces the iPhone 2

At a keynote speech today, Steve Jobs of Apple Computer announced a new version of the iPhone will be coming out, featuring various new features (including GPS), as well as a plastic (vs. brushed-metal) back. First generation iPhones will be allowed to upgrade to the new iPhones’ software for free; the upgrade is also being … Read more