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Nougat for LG G4 is now available

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The Nougat update for the LG G4 smartphone is now available. Currently, the availability is only limited to the company’s home country of South Korea. Also, the update is only accessible through the LG Bridge app.

KDZ images of the update are also available to download from XDA Developers. However, those are currently only available for F500S, F500L, or F500K models. You can use these images to carry out manual installation of the update.

There’s currently no information on when the OTA roll out will begin, but that should not take long (if it hasn’t already started).

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BlackBerry KEYone gets price cut in UK

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If you are in the UK, and are planning to purchase the BlackBerry KEYone, you’ll be glad to know the device is currently available at discounted rates in the country. Specifically, retailer Carphone Warehouse has the phone listed on its website for £449.

That, if you compare is a discount of £50 given that the phone usually goes for £499. A quick look at KEYone listings on other retailers reveals only Carphone is currently offering this discount.

The deal is available on the SIM-free version. No information on when the offer ends. For more details, head to the Source link below.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note5 getting new update

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A new update has started hitting the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. Arriving as version N910FXXS1DQG5 and weighing in at 200MB, it’s a security update that brings along Android fixes for the month of July.

Aside from the latest security patch, some other minor changes are also included in the update, which is currently hitting units in Europe.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note5 has also started getting a new update. Currently rolling out to T-Mobile units in the US, the update arrives as version N920TUVS4EQG1 and weighs in at 24.39 MB. As for changes, while officially, T-Mobile says the update brings along system improvements, reports say July security patch is included.

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YouTube TV now available in more locations in US

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Last month, Google announced that its YouTube TV service will be launched in more US markets in near future. Inline with that, the streaming video service is now available in a total of 10 new locations.

These locations include Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington D.C., Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, and Charlotte.

There’s a free, 1-month trial before you start paying – the service costs $35/month. For the uninitiated, YouTube TV delivers live TV from major broadcast networks such as ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, alongside “popular cable networks”.

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T-Mobile's LG V10 starts getting Nougat update

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T-Mobile has started pushing out a new update to LG V10 units on its network. Weighing in at 1366 MB and arriving as software version H90130b, it’s a major update that brings along Android Nougat (version 7.0).

In addition, the update also includes an E911 timer fix as well as some software and stability-related fixes. As is usually the case with OTA roll outs, it might take time for the update notification to pop up on your handset’s screen.

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Android Wear 2.0 update starts hitting smaller ZenWatch 2 units as well

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Just a few days after the ZenWatch 2 (1.63″) started getting the Android Wear 2.0 update, the smaller variant (1.45″) has also begun receiving it.

A quick look at the Android Wear 2.0 FAQ thread on official Google Forums reveals that the ZenWatch 2 (1.45″) is now in the list of wearables that the company says have already received the update.

The following screenshot shows the complete list:

So now, the only wearables that are compatible, but haven’t received the Android Wear 2.0 update yet are the Moto 360 Sport and LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. There’s, however, currently no information on exactly when the update will arrive for these watches.

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Cricket Wireless presenta excelentes ofertas de verano: 2 líneas con datos de alta velocidad ilimitados por US$80 y geniales nuevos smartphones

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ATLANTA , 21 de julio de 2017 PRNewswire HISPANIC PR WIRE � Con el calor del verano llegan las excelentes ofertas de Cricket Wireless un nuevo plan de tarifas, nuevos smartphones, una oferta 2 x 1 y tel fonos GRATUITOS y con descuento.

Nuevo plan promocional ilimitado multilíneas  Porque todo es mejor en pareja, a partir de hoy y por tiempo limitado, los nuevos y los viejos clientes pueden obtener 2 líneas de acceso ilimitado a datos de alta velocidad por tan solo US$80 /mes1.

Nuevos smartphones a un precio excelente

Además, obtenga 2 de las exclusivas cubiertas SNAPBAK por el precio de 12. Para una experiencia verdaderamente única: Agárrela. Mezcle. Combine.

El LG X charge estará disponible en Cricket Wireless por US$129.99 , con activación de un plan smartphone, para clientes nuevos y viejos a partir de mañana. ¿Trae su número a Cricket? Puede obtener 1 (o 2), por tan solo US$99.99 1 cada uno.

Ofertas gratuitas o descuentos con los smartphones más geniales

Teléfono Precio2 ZTE Sonata 3 GRATIS para clientes que traen su número a Cricket. (US$29.99 para mejoras y nuevas líneas de servicio).   LG Fortune GRATIS para clientes que traen su número a Cricket. (US$39.99 para mejoras y nuevas líneas de servicio).   Samsung Galaxy Amp 2 GRATIS para clientes que traen su número a Cricket. (US$49.99 para mejoras y nuevas líneas de servicio).   Alcatel PULSEMIX US$29.99 para clientes que traen su número a Cricket. (US$79.99 para mejoras y nuevas líneas de servicio).   LG Harmony US$49.99 para clientes que traen su número a Cricket. (US$99.99 para mejoras y nuevas líneas de servicio).   LG X charge US$99.99 clientes que traen su número a Cricket. (US$129.99 para mejoras y nuevas líneas de servicio).   ZTE Blade X Max US$99.99 para clientes que traen su número a Cricket. (US$129.99 para mejoras y nuevas líneas de servicio).   LG Stylo 3 US$129.99 para clientes que traen su número a Cricket. (US$149.99 para mejoras y nuevas líneas de servicio).  

Teléfono

Precio2

ZTE Sonata 3

GRATIS para clientes que traen su número a Cricket. (US$29.99 para mejoras y nuevas líneas de servicio).

 

LG Fortune

GRATIS para clientes que traen su número a Cricket. (US$39.99 para mejoras y nuevas líneas de servicio).

 

Samsung Galaxy Amp 2

GRATIS para clientes que traen su número a Cricket. (US$49.99 para mejoras y nuevas líneas de servicio).

 

Alcatel PULSEMIX

US$29.99 para clientes que traen su número a Cricket. (US$79.99 para mejoras y nuevas líneas de servicio).

 

LG Harmony

US$49.99 para clientes que traen su número a Cricket. (US$99.99 para mejoras y nuevas líneas de servicio).

 

LG X charge

US$99.99 clientes que traen su número a Cricket. (US$129.99 para mejoras y nuevas líneas de servicio).

 

ZTE Blade X Max

US$99.99 para clientes que traen su número a Cricket. (US$129.99 para mejoras y nuevas líneas de servicio).

 

LG Stylo 3

US$129.99 para clientes que traen su número a Cricket. (US$149.99 para mejoras y nuevas líneas de servicio).

 

Si desea más información sobre los costos de los planes mensuales de Cricket, precios especiales y línea de productos, vaya a CricketWireless.com o visite una tienda marca Cricket cercana.

Acerca de Cricket Wireless

Cricket ofrece más valor a los clientes con una experiencia móvil sencilla, amigable y confiable, con alcance nacional y que no requiere contrato anual. El poder de Cricket es nuestra red 4G LTE nacional que cubre a más de 319 millones de personas*, precios de planes simples y accesibles con impuestos mensuales incluidos y una gran selección de teléfonos que los clientes aman. Cricket, Something to Smile About. (Cricket, algo que nos hace sonreír) Para conocer el nuevo Cricket o encontrar una tienda cerca suyo, visite cricketwireless.com. Obtenga más información en la oficina de prensa y blog de Cricket. Conéctese con nosotros en Facebook y Twitter.

Cricket es subsidiaria de AT&T Inc. La cobertura no está disponible en todos los lugares. © 2017 Cricket Wireless LLC. Todos los derechos están reservados. Cricket y el logo de Cricket son marcas comerciales bajo licencia de Cricket Wireless LLC. 

* Basado en cobertura total en EE. UU. Descarga velocidades máximas de 8Mbps (LTE)/4Mbps (4G). Se requiere aparato compatible. La cobertura 4G LTE no es equivalente a la cobertura de red total.

1 Requiere 2 líneas ilimitadas de Cricket. Velocidad de datos limitada a máximo 3Mbps; descarga de video máxima de 1.5 Mbps. Luego de 22GB de uso de datos, Cricket puede reducir las velocidades. 2 Requiere activ. de transferencia y nuevo servicio (cargo de activación de hasta US$25 ) en plan mensual elegible (mín. US$30 ) con pago de primer plan e impuesto en el momento de la venta; también se aplican otros cargos y restricciones. Excluye puertos AT&T, teléfonos básicos y actualizaciones. El crédito se pierde si se cancela la cuenta. Se requiere kit de tarjeta SIM de US$9.99 y smartphone compatible desbloqueado si usted trae su teléfono. También se aplican otras restricciones. 3 Finaliza el 2 de noviembre de 2017, mientras haya stock. Se aplican impuestos. 4 Toda la información sobre uso de batería es aproximada y se basa en el perfil de uso mixto estándar que incluye tiempo de uso e inactividad, y se basa en los dispositivos LG conectados a una red 4G LTE nacional. El rendimiento real de las baterías variará y dependerá de muchos factores que incluyen, pero no se limitan a, patrones de uso de la aplicación, poder de la señal y configuración del aparato.  5 Comparación de tiempo de carga basada en un cargador convencional de 1.2 amp. La tecnología Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 requiere un cargador compatible.

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Google Play Music tweak adds a sidebar full of shortcuts

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As a music streaming service, Google Play Music works well enough but its user interface leaves an awful lot to be desired. Following the mobile app’s update that added persistent navigation buttons, as 9to5 Google spotted, Mountain View has added those to the web version as well. The dedicated icons for your music library, recent listening history and home tab reside on the left rail now, and hovering over the ellipses below those reveals top charts, new releases, radio stations and podcasts.

It’s a welcome addition to be sure, but still doesn’t address some of the app’s bigger design problems. Perhaps Google will kill off the Myspace Top Eight approach to displaying playlists, artists you might be interested in and new releases next. Or maybe that’s asking too much.

 

 

The Galaxy Note 8’s secret weapon might be… a Bluetooth headset?

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Samsung’s second-worst-kept secret of the year will launch on August 23rd, the company has now confirmed. That was a date that was first mentioned in Galaxy Note 8 rumors earlier this year.

However, we already think we know everything about the new flagship, which should be a Galaxy S8 variation featuring a few extra tricks. The Galaxy Note 8 will have a dual camera lens on the back and a built-in stylus, as well as stylus-centric features baked into Android.

A new report indicates there may be one thing that’ll differentiate the Galaxy Note 8 from the Galaxy S8: a new Bixby accessory.

Samsung is working on a Bluetooth headset, ETNews reports, and development may be done in time for the Galaxy Note 8’s launch. The device might be released alongside the Galaxy Note 8 in September, and it may be bundled with the phablet. Samsung, however, hasn’t decided on how to sell it. It’s likely that it’ll be available as a standalone product in the future, regardless of how Samsung commercializes it at launch.

The headset is supposed to help users communicate with Bixby, and features proprietary noise canceling technology, the report notes.

A Samsung representative did confirm the existence of the product, and the fact that it’s made for easier interaction with Bixby, but said the company could not disclose any release date information about the product.

It’s unclear how much it’ll cost, and there are no images of this Bixby headset for the Galaxy Note 8.

Dark net arms trade: Guns shipped in old printers, study says

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A new study reveals how criminals and terrorists are harnessing the dark net to purchase weapons.

Conducted by the Rand Corporation Europe and Manchester University, the study found that 52 different vendors are selling weapons, ammunition, explosives or weapons components on the dark web.

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The illicit sales were broken down and shipped in different packages, often hidden in old stereos or printers, the study added. It was conducted during September 2016 and includes data from twelve different marketplaces.

Sales on the dark web, a part of the internet that requires special software to access, allowing people to remain anonymous, can often be lucrative, with criminals and terrorists often looking to access weapons any way they can.

The researchers found that firearms and related items were generating 136 sales each month, bringing in more than $80,000.

The study added that while the sales are not likely to power large terrorist operations, the potential for those who act alone could increase, due to the nature of the dark web.

The findings come at a time when the dark web has been in the spotlight.

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Earlier this month, two dark web marketplaces, AlphaBay and Hansa were shut down by international law enforcement agencies, including the FBI. Drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data were being illegally sold on the marketplaces.

Raytheon CTO, Cybersecurity & Special Missions called the AlphaBay dismantling a “major victory,” citing the major damage these illegal marketplaces cause.

“Dismantling AlphaBay is a major victory,” Daly said in comments emailed to Fox News. “Not only did DOJ shut down a major illegal marketplace, but it also sent a message to cyber criminals that enough is enough.”

Apple is already preparing for the iPhone 9

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Even though we’re a few months removed from the upcoming iPhone 8 release, rumors involving the iPhone 9 have already started trickling in. Presumably referring to Apple’s 2018 iPhone model, a new report from The Korea Economic Daily relays that Apple has tapped LG to be the exclusive battery supplier for the iPhone 9. As the report notes, Apple’s decision here represents a slight departure from the company’s traditional operating strategy. Specifically, Apple often likes to use a multitude of suppliers for various iPhone components, a strategy that helps it secure favorable pricing while also offering a hedge against any unforeseen technical or manufacturing hurdles.

Having said that, it’s perhaps possible that the battery performance and design LG is working on is sufficiently impressive as to convince Apple to go all-in with just one supplier. The report adds that the battery on the iPhone 9 will be L-shaped, a design said to have been made in the interest of optimizing internal space, a feat which becomes increasingly more of a challenge with each successive iPhone release.

The battery that LG Chem will supply to the iPhone 9 is an “L-shape” battery, which is bent to the right at the bottom. Apple has customized it to take advantage of the space on the bottom right of the iPhone that has evolved from the development of electronic component integration technology.

Citing a source purporting to be familiar with the deal, the report adds that LG has already “invested hundreds of billions of won” into revamping its facilities ahead of mass production which is said to kick off sometime in early 2018.

Incidentally, we’ve also seen rumblings that the battery on Apple’s flagship iPhone 8 may also feature an L-shaped battery. Originally brought to the surface this past February, reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo a few months back said that the iPhone 8 will incorporate a stacked logic board design that will allow for a larger battery, as evidenced by the illustration below.

And while we’re on the topic, rumor has it that battery life on the upcoming iPhone 8 will be even greater that what the iPhone 7 Plus delivers. As a point of reference, the iPhone 7 Plus can support 13 hours of LTE browsing, 15 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, or 60 hours of wireless audio playback on a single charge. If the iPhone 8 can exceed these metrics in a relatively compact form factor, it would serve as yet another selling point on an already compelling device.

DC SDCC Updates: Krypton Gets a Trailer, The Batmobile is Unveiled and Batfleck May Be No More

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During San Diego Comic Con, we expect news to come out at a furious pace. Typically, we have a pretty good idea of what it’s going to be. We watch for new trailers, casting news, movie announcements and if we’re lucky, the occasional accidental overshare from a star. What we don’t expect to hear about is a studio reportedly considering cutting one of their biggest stars. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Ben Affleck’s future in the DC Extended Universe isn’t as sure a thing as we all assumed.

A source tells the magazine that Warner Bros. is working on a way to gracefully usher Affleck out of the role. Nothing’s been confirmed yet, so it’s still just a rumor right now. Warner Bros. Film Studio Chief told The Hollywood Reporter that Affleck is their Batman, and they aim to keep him in the cowl as long as they possibly can. Even so, they say a source close to the situation told them the studio is working on a way for Affleck to exit the role, possibly even before Matt Reeves’ The Batman begins filming. Clearly, they consider the source reliable enough to publish the story.

It wouldn’t be unheard of to swap out a superhero actor mid-series. Marvel famously swapped out Edward Norton for Mark Ruffalo after The Incredible Hulk. Even the ’80s and ’90s series of Batman movies had three different actors take on the role. The difference is that Affleck has had such a significant role in the DCEU that replacing him without an explanation would be weird. He’s appeared in two movies so far, with a third coming out later this year. Granted, his first two DCEU movies have been widely panned, which might explain why Warner Bros. would consider going a different direction. It’s also entirely possible that Affleck himself has soured on the character. Originally, he was going to write and direct The Batman, but he’s since stepped away from those roles. It wouldn’t be too far a leap for him to back out of the project entirely.

There are plenty of ways Warner Bros. could orchestrate a graceful exit for Affleck. DC Comics history is full of instances where multiple universes collide with and overwrite aspects of one another. A Crisis-like event wouldn’t be out of the question. Another possibility would be a Flashpoint-style situation, where Barry changes history in a way that somehow causes Bruce Wayne’s appearance to change. I’m just saying there are a few ways they could do it that wouldn’t feel at all out of place in the DC Universe. We’ll just have to see what, if any, announcements come out of Warner Bros. in the near future.

But let’s get back to the fun part of Comic Con. Whether or not Affleck remains in the DCEU, his presence in this year’s Justice League is guaranteed. He’s promoting the movie at the show this weekend; he’s in the trailer, that’s done. Also appearing in the movie will be a new Batmobile. Attendees at SDCC got the chance to see the Batmobile up close. Now, we can all get a good look at Batman’s new ride.

Well, it certainly looks cool, even if it’s not the classic Batmobile design. It appears to be taking inspiration from the Nolan trilogy, in that it’s just a tank painted black. That’s a lot of guns for Batman, though. Does he still have that rule against killing people? Because this thing looks like it could kill a lot of people. Who knows? Maybe whatever they’re chasing in Justice League is only slowed down by bullets. We’ll have to see exactly what causes Batman to pull the trigger when the movie hits theaters this November.

Beyond Justice League, Warner Bros. has big plans for the DCEU. Not just movies, either. Though their cinematic universe finally earned some much-needed goodwill with Wonder Woman, DC superheroes have been excelling on TV for years now. Next, they’re hoping to continue that trend on Syfy with Krypton. 

As the title suggests, the show will take place on Krypton, Superman’s home planet, years before the Man of Steel was born. It will focus on Superman’s grandfather, giving us a look at what life on Krypton was like before it was destroyed. At their SDCC panel, Syfy released a trailer for the new series.

In Krypton, the House of El finds itself shamed and ostracized from society, according to the teaser’s description. Superman’s grandfather will fight to redeem his family and attempt to stop Krypton from falling into chaos. Given what we know about Superman’s origin, I think we can safely say he accomplishes one of those things, but not the other. We can’t see much in the trailer, but the visuals already look great. I love the way the Kryptonian city looks and can’t wait to see more of it.

Syfy has also been on a roll with their original series lately. With shows like The Magicians, Dark Matter, and The Expanse, the once-maligned network has turned itself back into a great home for original science fiction. Since Krypton looks much more like a pure science fiction drama than a superhero show, Syfy seems like the perfect place for it. In any case, we’ll learn much more in the months ahead, leading up to the show’s premiere in 2018.

(Via DC Comics)

Looking even further into the future, Warner Bros. is making plans for the future of the DC Universe far beyond the next couple years. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the next DCEU movie to start filming will be Shazam!. For those unfamiliar with the comic, Shazam was originally known as Captain Marvel, before Marvel Comics gave their own superhero the same name. When DC wanted to revive the character in the Silver Age, they renamed him Shazam, and gave the comic the subtitle, Earth’s Mightiest Mortal. Shazam! follows a young boy who can turn himself into an adult superhero by yelling the word, “Shazam!”

The film will be directed by David F. Sandberg, who was behind the horror sequel Annabelle: Creation. He got his start making horror films on his iPhone, which impressed studios enough that they started giving him larger and larger projects. Superheroes will be a new genre for Sandberg, and it’ll be interesting to see what the horror director can bring to it.

Warner Bros. also has plans for a Black Adam movie starring Dwayne Johnson. Though Black Adam is one of Shazam’s main adversaries in the comics, he will not appear in this first Shazam! movie. DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns told Yahoo! Movies that they are developing both movies simultaneously, intending to have the characters battle in a future sequel.

Shazam! is expected to begin filming in January or February of 2018 for a release sometime in 2019.

Warner Bros. also secured two dates in 2020 for unnamed DC movies, The Wrap reports. These films, whatever they are, are scheduled for February 14 and June 5. There’s tons of speculation as to what these movies could be, but a Wonder Woman sequel seems to be a pretty safe bet for the June 5 date. Given the success of the first one, Warner Bros. would be wise to get Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot working on a sequel as fast as they can. 2020 is about when we’d expect to see one, too. Given how quickly these announcements tend to come out, we can expect both films to become named sooner rather than later.

Finally, over on the animated side, we have our first look at the new costumes we’ll see on Young Justice’s third season. The Young Justice According to the panel at SDCC was crowded with fans eager to see their favorite animated heroes for the first time since the series’s unjust cancellation in 2013. io9, the panel revealed that the new series will be 26 episodes long, and add three new members to the team. The newcomers are Arrowette, Thirteen and Spoiler. Thirteen is described as a completely new character to the series, while Arrowette and Spoiler have made brief appearances in the first two seasons. Arrowette is the little girl who saw Green Arrow and Artemis save her father’s life. That apparently inspired her to take up the bow. Here’s what the team will look like in season three.

(Via DC)

Of course, you might notice a few of your favorite characters missing from that lineup. Don’t worry; they’re in the show too.

It looks like Artemis, Nightwing, Aqualad, and Superboy are up to their own sneaky stuff in the upcoming third season. Young Justice: Outsiders will premiere on DC’s digital service when it launches in 2018.

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Travel Experience Incubator Challenge seeking startups with innovative ideas

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Marriott hotels such as this one in José del Cabo, Mexico, could benefit from the incubator challenge.

Image: Marriott/Ron Starr Photography

Startups with innovative ideas for the travel industry are invited to apply for a three-month incubator program being offered by Marriott, Accenture and 1776.

The Travel Experience Incubator Challenge was announced earlier this week and applications are being accepted through August 7. As of July 20, there were already 32 applicants, and there will be a total of 5-7 startups chosen for the program. Anyone interested can apply online through the Travel Experience Incubator. Winning startups will participate in the program beginning in September this year.

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One of the reasons for the challenge is because a new Accenture study shows that millennials are twice as likely to switch hotel providers. The travel industry needs to transform in order to provide more personalized experiences to appeal to this market. The incubator is intended to develop solutions to appeal to a broad audience including leisure and business travelers.

“If we can bring the power of all three of these organizations together and leverage the networks and startups to get innovation and new ideas to solve real business problems for Marriott and travel in general, it’s going to be wonderful,” said Paul Loftus, senior managing director at Accenture Travel.

SEE: The most useful iOS travel apps for business professionals (TechRepublic)

There are four areas that the challenge will focus on:

  • Dream and Discovery: Solutions that create or enable immersive experiences, provide new or improved opportunities for travel discovery, research and shopping through online/offline travel agencies, compare corporate managed travel, and improve the reservation, confirmation, and cancellation experiences.
  • Plan and Anticipate: Solutions that provide new opportunities in travel social media/management platforms, planning and logistics, flexible pricing and upselling, group travel, payment and financial services, and transit and luggage services.
  • The Hotel and Local Experiences: Solutions that improve the in-person experience stay, where digital and physical converge, from gamification of experiences to food and beverage, retail and wellness opportunities.
  • Customer Engagement and Advocacy: Solutions that drive loyalty, brand advocacy, or engage customers in repeat stays through a targeted and personalized experience as well as non-stay experiences (i.e. guests from the community who are not staying in the hotel).

Business travel will be a component of the challenge

“Business travel is a big chunk of our business, obviously, and I am most certain that these startups that we will work with in the course of this challenge will be particularly geared toward business travel,” said Stephanie Linnartz, global chief commercial officer for Marriott. Marriott operates more than 6,000 hotels across 30 brands worldwide.

Business travel often provides little time to experience a city. Some of the types of innovative solutions that might appeal to business travelers could be providing the ability to make the most of the spare hours they might have between meetings and adding experiences that will enhance their stay, said Evan Burfield, CEO of 1776.

“As a very frequent business traveler myself, your world can often seem unbelievably generic. You fly the same airlines, you stay in the same hotels. It’s great you’re getting a consistent experience, but you’re not necessarily getting an experience that’s unique to that city,” Burfield said.

“When we say travel experience, the word experience is crucial. A rapid increase in business travelers are millennials. They’re bringing that same experience driven lifestyle to business that they bring to their personal lives,” Burfield said.

Marriott will work with startups to create the sense of connection and sense of place, and allow travelers personalized opportunities to experience the city that they’re in, Burfield said.

Open to a broad range of companies

The challenge is open to a broad range of companies around every aspect of travel. “We’re thinking about this as an opportunity to get new, fresh, innovative ideas around the entire travel experience,” Linnartz said.

“The outcome will hopefully be some really cool new ideas we can implement in our hotels. I’m sure they won’t all be equally raging successes because that’s not the way life works out … but if it’s a really cool idea that we can’t actually implement in all of our hotels, maybe we can do it for one brand, or do a piece of it. I think this whole thing will bring new ideas to the table that none of us can do on our own,” Linnartz said.

Top three takeaways for TechRepublic readers:

  1. The Travel Experience Incubator Challenge was announced earlier this week and applications are being accepted through August 7.
  2. Marriott, Accenture and 1776 are partnering to offer the challenge, which will culminate in 5-7 startups being selected for a program that will begin in September.
  3. Business travelers will benefit from the results of the challenge, with the possibility of finding new ways for them to better experience the city where they are visiting for business purposes.

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Mobile customers claim Verizon capped Netflix and YouTube speeds

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A week after millions of Americans contacted the FCC to preserve net neutrality, Verizon Wireless customers have reported lower speeds than expected when using Netflix. Some users in a Reddit thread noted their connections were capped at 10Mbps, as well as those who checked using Netflix’s speed-testing tool Fast.com. Verizon mobile customers have also reported reduced speeds on YouTube resulting in lower-quality video; In response, the telecom admitted it has been temporarily testing a new video optimization system, which it claims shouldn’t affect viewing quality.

“We’ve been doing network testing over the past few days to optimize the performance of video applications on our network,” a Verizon spokesperson told Ars Technica. “The testing should be completed shortly. The customer video experience was not affected.”

But Verizon mobile customers on Howard Forums reported similar problems on YouTube, with some seeing their connections cap around the 10Mbps mark, Ars pointed out. Some users speeds’ tripled when they used a VPN to get around the alleged Verizon cap. Netflix claimed that the problems weren’t on its end.

“We don’t cap data and don’t cap for any mobile network. We offer settings inside the Netflix app to empower our members to control their own quality preferences and data usage,” a Netflix spokesperson told Engadget.

While multiple users corroborating low-quality service is something to pay attention to, anecdotes don’t represent a necessarily concrete problem. Plenty of variables affect mobile speed. But if the apparent caps linger past Verizon’s optimization trials and exceed a reasonable window for “testing,” it could flaunt Title II protections that, for now, ensure net neutrality. Engadget reached out to Verizon and will update when we hear back; In the meantime, The Verge got a response from the telecom, which confirmed that some users were experiencing a cap but that it shouldn’t affect their video access.

“The consumer video experience should have been unaffected by the test,” the representative wrote to The Verge, “since 1080p video is HD quality and looks great at 10 [Mpbs].”

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Snap Spectacles hit retail in posh UK department store

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You can get a pair of Snapchat Spectacles at vending machines in London. You can also grab them from Amazon or Snap itself online. The $129 glasses may be the flavor of the moment, but you wouldn’t expect them to show up at any high-end fashion outlets, though. Until now, when you can grab a pair of Spectacles from a little kiosk set up in posh UK department store, Harrods.

First noticed by Twitter user Blaire Bender and reported at TechCrunch, the bright yellow pop-up cart looks to have all three colors — teal, coral and black — of the camera-toting Spectacles on hand for shoppers to check out.

There’s nothing innovative about the retail stand, but that’s just the point. If Snapchat wants to make Spectacles ubiquitous, it’s going to need to get them to the everyday rank and file, many of whom might not know about the product, or might not think to head to Amazon to find it. While $129.00 isn’t exactly an impulse buy price-point for most of us, it’s a good assumption that those walking through Harrods can afford it without much thought.