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iCloud just got cheaper. Apple announced price cuts September 9, but they went into effect for new subscribers on September 16. Apple still includes a paltry 5GB at its free tier, but it bumped its first paid tier at $0.99 per month from 20GB to 50GB. (Prices vary worldwide, and aren’t a straight conversion, as with most Apple fees.)

The 200GB tier is now $2.99 a month, a dollar cheaper than before. Apple dropped the 500GB tier entirely, but slashed the price for 1TB by $10 a month: it’s just $9.99 a month now. Subscribers at the 500GB tier are automatically upgraded to 1TB since the price is the same. You can downgrade or upgrade via Settings > iCloud > Manage Storage > Change Storage Plan or Buy More Storage.

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Nextbit Robin is now live at Kickstarter awaiting for your support. The company employs brains from big manufacturers and intends to change how we use the smartphone and pave a new path for Android.

Nextbit Robin was designed not to be the pretty slippery phone like most of the flagships today are, but instead it takes a different approach for putting handling before looks. Indeed the Robin isn’t the typical smartphone we are used to see this year, but we have to admit it still looks pretty. The team assures all the controls have been thoughtfully placed for maximum user friendliness – but on the other hand – which phone maker doesn’t?

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Hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots sucks, which is why having a 4G LTE hotspot can make you a hero on road trips, vacations and business trips. But there’s just one problem with most of them: You’re paying for them whether you use them or not. You might sign up one month to use it for an event, and then continue to pay month after month as it sits in a drawer.

The Karma Go entices occasional travelers with an intriguing offer: Set up an account, then only pay for the data you use. Don’t use it for six months? Don’t pay for it for six months.

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LAS VEGAS, United States – Hackers’ arsenal on Sunday was beefed up with a drone armed with weapons to crack into wireless computer networks at close range, whether they be in skyscrapers or walled compounds.

David Jordan of US-based Aerial Assault was at an infamous Def Con hacker gathering showing off a drone that could be dispatched on missions to land atop buildings or hover outside walls and probe for cracks in computer networks.

“There has never been this capability before,” Jordan said as he showed the drone to AFP.

The drone was equipped with software tools used to perform the kind of “penetration testing” done by hackers or computer security professionals who seek vulnerabilities in computer networks.

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Atlanta and Chicago have the best wireless service performance in the United States, says a new report from RootMetrics, while Denver and Los Angeles have among the worst.

The study ranked the nation’s largest 125 cities on the quality of their mobile data service, voice service, and text messaging service for the first half of 2015. You can see the full results here.

Atlanta took the top spot for overall performance, and also topped the list for “network speed” and “data performance.” Notably, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport also finished first in RootMetrics’ recent rankings of wireless access at the nation’s 50 busiest airports.

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Apple is allegedly in talks with wireless providers in both the U.S. and Europe about launching its own cellular service, in the same way MetroPCS and Boost Mobile piggyback on established carrier networks.

Citing sources close to Apple, Business Insider reported on Monday that Apple is “privately trialing” a mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO, service in the U.S. It was said that Apple is looking long-term, and it doesn’t plan to launch its own network within at least five years.

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