DirecTV Now extends free Apple TV 4K offer with 3 months of prepaid service

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DirecTV has extended its popular free Apple TV 4K promotion with three months of prepaid DirecTV Now service. Plans start at $ 35 per month, making the 32GB Apple TV 4K with service as low as $ 105.
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DirecTV Now Extends Apple TV 4K Deal with 3-Months Prepaid Service Through April

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Over the past few months, DirecTV Now have been offering a great deal for anyone interested in the Apple TV 4K. The offer stipulates that when new subscribers prepay for three months of DirecTV Now at $105, they can get a 32GB Apple TV 4K at no additional cost. It was believed that the company would remove the deal at the end of March — or revert back to the original offer to prepay for four months at $140 — but now that a new month has rolled around it appears that the offer should be available through the end of April.

DirecTV Now introduced this new, lower-cost offer back in February and it has remained the best sale price for a brand-new 32GB Apple TV 4K since then. Although eBay and retailers like Adorama and B&H Photo sometimes have sales, the 32GB Apple TV 4K’s normal price is $180 on Apple.com.

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The offer’s $105 price tag calculates the cost of three months of DirecTV Now’s “Live a Little” $35/month plan, which includes around 60+ live channels. On the Apple TV app, users can stream live TV and watch on-demand shows, and sometime this spring they’ll be able to record content to DirecTV Now’s long-promised cloud-based DVR.

To take advantage of the sale, follow these steps:

  • Visit DirecTVNow.com’s landing page for the deal
  • Click “Redeem & Stream”
  • Select the “Live a Little” package to get the Apple TV at the lowest possible price
  • Choose if you want to add premium channel add-ons, or click “Skip for now”
  • Click “Add to plan” under the Apple TV 4K box in the Special offer section
  • Click “Continue” and go through the account creation and checkout processes

It’s important to note that the deal is for new subscribers only, but existing subscribers can claim it by using an alternative email address from their original account, or by setting up an iCloud email alias. Once ordered, the Apple TV 4K arrives in the mail within a few weeks, and those who don’t want to continue paying for DirecTV Now beyond the three months offered in this deal can cancel the service before the fourth month is billed and keep the Apple TV 4K.

For more on the latest discounts and savings happening this spring, visit our Deals Roundup.

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Google extends Pixel 2 Preferred Care coverage by 6 months

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Back in October last year, in the wake of multiple Pixel 2/2 XL issues, Google extended the manufacturer warranty for both flagships from one to two years. But the length of the Preferred Care program remained unchanged (one year), effectively making the extended coverage useless. That’s, however, changing now. The Preferred Care coverage for both Pixel 2 and 2XL has been extended by 6 months. This means now users have a total of 30 months of accidental damage coverage, effective when the device is purchased. Those already using the Pixel 2 series have started receiving…

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Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Preferred Care coverage extends to 30 months (6 months longer)

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Last year’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are some exceptional smartphones, but they didn’t land without causing a few controversies. A number of early criticisms centered around the displays these two phones were using, complaining about possible burn-in, under-saturated colors, and an annoying blue tint. While none of these problems were so severe as to sink the fortunes of either model, Google still had to acknowledge that customers were upset, and we saw it reach out to do so by extending the manufacturer warranties of both phones from one year to two.

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Gameloft’s ‘Dungeon Hunter Champions’ Extends Soft Launch and Opens Up Pre-Registration

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Gameloft’s Dungeon Hunter series has an interesting history. Back in the days when Gameloft’s business model was “copy popular games from console/PC and put them on mobile” the first few entries in the Dungeon Hunter series were as close as we could get to having a loot-tastic dungeon crawler like Diablo on our mobile devices. As trends began to change so did the newer entries in the series, gaining more of the free to play and social elements that inhabited the most successful games on mobile. Now Gameloft is jumping in on the MOBA craze with their latest entry Dungeon Hunter Champions. Built around the familiar hack ‘n slash gameplay and loot collection, Dungeon Hunter Champions also includes a whopping 250 different champions to collect as well as 5v5 online multiplayer in addition to a solo campaign.

Strangely, Dungeon Hunter Champions was soft-launched in the Philippines way back in August of last year, when a thread was started in our forums. It didn’t illicit much of a response from our community, who all seemed to have a bit of Dungeon Hunter fatigue after the previous two outings. However, as of this week Gameloft is now “officially” announcing the game and extending the soft-launch into the Canadian and Vietnamese App Stores. Unlike some of Gameloft’s other soft launches, Dungeon Hunter Champions does not appear to be region locked (anymore), so if you want to jump in and play it early then load up one of your iTunes accounts in any of the soft launch regions. Otherwise head over to the official website to pre-register and earn some rewards for when the game launches globally, which as of right now there is no date set just yet.

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Reliance Jio extends partnership with Samsung to deploy cellular IoT network across India

Back in February last year at the MWC, Samsung and Jio announced I&G (Infill & Growth) Project for Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd in India for LTE services upgrade across India by expanding both the current network capacity as well as network coverage. Today the companies have extended the relationship to further boost LTE network coverage and capacity, and deploy a next-generation cellular IoT network. The companies said that the partnership will bring LTE coverage 99 percent of the Indian population and significantly improve network capacity across the country. The IoT network will support a variety of consumer and enterprise use cases such as vehicle tracking, smart appliances, smart metering, security, surveillance and more. The NB-IoT service utilizes existing Jio’s spectrum and is enabled by a simple software upgrade of the already installed base stations. It also users new and dedicated Cellular IoT virtualized core. The commercial NB-IoT network has already been established by Jio and Samsung in Mumbai this month, and will roll out in other parts of the country soon. Commenting on the partnership, Jyotindra Thacker, President of Reliance Jio Infocomm, said: Making sure that everyone benefits from mobile broadband that is both available and affordable to all is our top priority. We will once …
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NEWSBYTE: Qualcomm extends portfolio to support IoT apps

Qualcomm has introduced the Snapdragon 820E embedded platform, a computing solution designed for enterprise IoT applications. Its Qualcomm Adreno 540 GPU and quad-core Kyro CPU will provide multicore processing for computer vision, virtual reality, and AI applications.

The Snapdragon 820E platform aims to bring Qualcomm Technologies’ expertise in mobile connectivity to the commercial IoT market. The new embedded platform is designed to support connected computing and provide the powerful, energy-efficient processing required to handle some of the latest technologies.

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Targeting next-gen IoT

With the ability to power computer vision, artificial intelligence, and immersive media, the target applications are broad. According to Qualcomm, they include “the next generation of IoT applications, such as virtual reality, digital signage, smart retail, robotics, and more.”

“We are excited to introduce the award-winning premium tier Snapdragon 820 platform series to our extended life embedded portfolio, helping innovators everywhere to create exciting and innovative IoT products,” said Jim Tran, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies.

“The Snapdragon 820E is a powerful and versatile embedded platform that is designed to support both complex connected computing and immersive visual graphics, while providing the ultimate in performance and power efficiency that is ideal for small form factors and a wide variety of cutting-edge IoT applications.”

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820E embedded platform is being introduced to the market via third-party distributors, and initially through Arrow Electronics.

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Apple’s Decision to Delay Some New Features and Focus on Software Quality Extends to Mac

Apple’s reported plans to delay some features planned for iOS 12 until next year will similarly extend to the Mac, although to a lesser degree, according to Mark Gurman, reporting for Bloomberg News.


Gurman’s sources corroborate an earlier report from Ina Fried at Axios, which claimed that Apple’s software engineering chief Craig Federighi disclosed the revised plans during a meeting with employees earlier this month.

While the shift in strategy appears to extend to macOS, it reportedly will not affect the development cycles of watchOS or tvOS.

The company told its software engineering groups about the change this month, one of the people said. The shift will also affect this year’s update to Mac computer software, but to a lesser degree, the person said, adding that planned upgrades to Apple Watch and Apple TV software won’t be affected.

Apple’s plans to focus on the quality of its current software platforms will presumably result in a greater emphasis on bug fixes, performance improvements, and the general stability of its operating systems.

The shift in strategy follows a few embarrassing mishaps for Apple in recent months, including a major security vulnerability that enabled access to the root superuser account with a blank password on macOS High Sierra version 10.13.1. Apple promptly fixed the critical bug in a security update.

Just weeks later, MacRumors was alerted to a security flaw in macOS High Sierra version 10.13.2 that allowed the App Store menu in System Preferences to be unlocked with any password. While this bug was much less serious, it was still system behavior that obviously shouldn’t have been possible.

Apple had a similar shift in strategy in 2015 with the release of iOS 9, and with some other macOS updates in recent years, according to the report, so this isn’t Apple’s first time doubling down on the polish of its software.

The report also corroborates that Apple was planning a redesigned grid of app icons on the home screen in iOS 12, but that change is now delayed until 2019 along with expanded photo management capabilities. There’s also word of a multiplayer mode for augmented reality games, but it’s unclear when it’ll be ready.

Gurman still expects some smaller improvements to the Photos app to roll out in 2018, while the original report by Fried mentioned enhancements to the Health app and parental controls are still planned for release this year.

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