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- Watch 24 hours of Internet activity around the world in 8 seconds — Mental Floss
Want an iPhone in your life, minus the pressure of a contract? After years of speculation, today T-Mobile announced the iPhone 4, 4S, and 5 will be available to customers April 12, with preorders beginning April 5.
The iPhone 5 will be offered nationwide for a $100 down payment, plus monthly payments of $20 over 24 months, which equals a total cost of $580 for the phone. The iPhone 4S and 4 will be in limited markets with a down payment on the 4S costing $70, plus $20 per month for 24 months, while the 4 has a down payment of $15, plus $15 a month for 24 months; that brings the total price of the 4S and 4 to $550 and $375, respectively.
The phones join T-Mobile's new contract-free plans, which include unlimited calls, text, and data (up to 500MB before data speed throttling) for $50 per month. For an extra $10 per month, add 2GB of high-speed data, or $20 per month for unlimited 4G data.
If you already have an unlocked iPhone (likely bought on Amazon, eBay, or directly from Apple), T-Mobile allows you to use the device with its monthly plans and actually have no contract, since the monthly payment setup still technically has you locked into a contract with the company until the value of the phone is paid in full. Unlocked iPhones only work on the GSM network, which both T-Mobile and AT&T are part of in the US; devices purchased from Verizon Wireless and Sprint are part of the CDMA network and aren't compatible.
Are you considering taking your iPhone to T-Mobile and its contract-free monthly plans?
Google is giving users another reason to go GIF hunting: Google Plus is now accepting animated profile photos. The social network announced that users can use animated GIFs as their Google+ avatars, "like newspapers in Harry Potter," according to Google employee Matt Steiner.
The GIFs, unfortunately, only move in full profile view. Google has decided not to bombard its users with moving profile photos in comments, friend listings, etc. (phew).
When you've got an Internet sensation waiting to happen, GifMill (free) is an app for iOS that will turn your moving picture into a shareable animated GIF in no time.
GifMill takes photo composites and video, then gives you, web warrior, the tools to crop or delete up to 100(!) frames. Users can rearrange the frames, speed up the animation, change its orientation, and even reverse it with the rewind tool.
We're digging the app because it's so straightforward — which is great when you're GIF-making under pressure. Shaking the phone will clear whatever you've worked on and let you start anew. After the animated masterpiece is completed, save it or send it off via email, text, Tumblr, or Twitter.
There's also an in-app $1 upgrade to add Emoji or text captions. The upgrade provides additional tools to adjust the size, color, and placement of the text.
If you're in need of some GIF-spiration, then use these animated GIF search engines to help you find the best the Internet has to offer.
There may be some stylish ways to wrangle your remote controls, but the question that begs to be asked is — "Do you really need all those remotes in the first place?" If you've been keeping those remotes around because you didn't think you had an alternative, may I introduce you to the universal remote. Buying and programming a universal remote can rid your coffee table of clutter and help you streamline your viewing experience. The Logitech Harmony Touch ($214) has been invaluable in my house since it controls all of my components — from my TV to sound system, DVD player, even my PS3 — and comes with an easy-to-use touchscreen. If you already have a universal remote, let this serve as a reminder to program it already. It'll make your life so much easier.
We're loving the way the light hits these blooming flowers, which was captured by Instagram user cyrenakh in Pasadena, CA, and submitted using the #CoolCapture hashtag.
Have you been testing out your photography skills and snapped a shot you want to share? Submit your pics to our Cool Capture group or to Instagram with the #CoolCapture hashtag, and your pic might be featured on the POPSUGAR Tech homepage. And don't forget to follow @popsugartech on Instagram!
The plastic packaging (that's impossible to open) and austere, white packing material of today may be what modern techies crave, but it can have us wishing for the days of vintage technology when a camera box was practically a work of midcentury art. Before the days of perfectly polished stock photos of the gear inside, old tech was adorned in pictures and fonts so specific to its era, they wouldn't look that out of place hanging alongside your home art collection. Read on for a look at a time when cameras and tech toys offered just a bit more whimsy from the shelves.
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Jabra's headphones had us at "on-ear memory foam padding." We first tried the Danish audio company's Jabra Revo ($199) and the NFC-enabled Jabra Revo Wireless ($249) at this year's CES, where it was love at first listen, and now they're available for purchase.
The headphones aren't only comfy — they're durable, too. The aluminum frame and flexible shatter-proof headband are made for heavy wear and tear. Steel side hinges allow the headset to collapse, so it fits compactly in a purse or backpack.
When it comes to tech specs, the Revo headsets boast some impressive features. The right earphone is touch enabled, allowing listeners to control volume, skip tracks, and redial the phone using their fingertips. The Revo also pairs with Jabra's Sound App for iOS and Android, which uses Dolby Digital Plus technology to create deep bass and robust sound. A comfortable, immersive music experience is exactly what we expect from the over-the-ear headphones we use day in and day out — and Jabra might just be our new top pick.