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Buy a Droid Eris and get one free

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2009

Buy a Droid Eris and get one freeIf you want a DROID and a DROID Eris, here’s something for you. You have until Christmas Eve to make the purchase. Beginning today and until December 24th, Verizon Wireless is offering the DROID Eris as a Buy One, Get One Free promotion.

The same as last time, if you buy a DROID or a DROID Eris, you are eligible get a DROID Eris for free. As usual, you need a new two year customer agreement for each handset. But you saw that coming right?

McDonald’s Wi-Fi to be free

Posted in Wi-Fi by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2009

mcdonalds_logo.jpgMcDonald’s will be offering free Wi-Fi hotspots soon, as well as the usual obesity and diabetes. So you won’t have to pay $3 for every two hours starting in January. They are hoping that McDonalds becomes your new favorite hangout and that you will buy something.

Aside from that, McDonalds has also restructured their menu, adding more coffee and desserts so you can hang around and surf online.

Android Market reaches 20,000 apps, with over 60 percent free

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2009

Android Market reaches 20,000 apps, with over 60 percent freeSure, with 20,000 of anything it doesn’t mean they are all quality, but it’s a notable milestone. The Android Market has now topped 20,000 apps in just over a year. Just FYI, Apple’s App Store had over 50,000 apps one year in.

What’s interesting here is the percentage of free and paid apps in the Market. According to AndroLib, 62.2% of the apps available are completely free, while 37.8% are paid apps. Compare that to the App Store, which now has over 100,000 individual apps and by some counts, 77% are paid applications, though only 30% of total App Store downloads are for paid apps. What it means is anyone’s guess, but markets for apps are very healthy indeed.

Hulu to remain free

Posted in Comcast by Conner Flynn on December 3rd, 2009

Hulu to remain freeComcast has announced its buyout of NBC and there are some interesting details. Comcast now owns 51 percent of NBC-Universal compared to GE’s 49 percent and so will manage the entity. But what you really want to know is what is going to happen with HULU right?

When asked about TV Everywhere and Hulu, Comcast COO Steve Burke says that “NBC has been careful not to put too much cable content on the Internet. We think that’s a smart strategy… We think that going forward, you’re going to continue to have free broadcast stuff on Hulu, and cable stuff on TV Everywhere.”

Free public Wi-Fi for one UK town

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2009

Free public Wi-Fi for one UK townLooks like a major Wiltshire town is buzzing with excitement as they are about to become the first in the UK to be able to enjoy free public wireless internet access. Swindon Borough Council plans for all 186,000 citizens to soon be swaddled under a blanket “Wi-Fi mesh” by April 2010.

With no connection charge while line rentals are free. The service will be called Signal, but here’s the catch. You will have limited access unless you pay for 20Mb upgrades. The fee is said to be “significantly less” than current broadband suppliers.

Google Maps Navigation: Free turn-by-turn mobile app

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on October 28th, 2009

Google Maps Navigation: Free turn-by-turn mobile appGoogle has unveiled Maps Navigation (beta), an upgraded version of the current Maps software that will be free and apparently available on all Android 2.0 devices. You get all of the usual Maps features, along with being able to search by the name of a business and it will even suggest the closest matches and traffic data.

There’s also turn-by-turn navigation with a female robotic voice and integration with satellite and street view. Street view will be able to show you what lane you need to be in when exiting the highway, for instance. It will also now search along the route when you’re looking for gas stations or fast food. Some addresses can be added to the Android home screen as icons too.

Guy gets Palm Pre tattoo to win free phone

Posted in Palm by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2009


There’s a select group of people living among us that make no sense at all. Like this guy, who is willing to endure a painful and permanent tattoo in order to win a Palm Pre. Hell, just buy the phone. It’s not nearly as painful and in a few years you’ll be on to the next big phone.

Obviously the dude wanted his fifteen minutes of fame. It looks more like 15 minutes of lame. This guy and the Zune guy need to get together and talk about their next project. They would make quite a team.

Mitsubishi TVs to come with free Vudu boxes

Posted in Mitsubishi by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2009

Mitsubishi TVs to come with free Vudu boxesWe’re used to seeing free DVD or Blu-ray players with an HDTV purchase, but Mitsubishi is trying a new approach. Beginning July 16th, authorized retailers will give you a free Vudu box and $50 service credit with every Mitsubishi TV.

The box is only a $150 value, but then again Vudu is the only player out there offering 1080p HDX video rentals right now, plus it supports Pandora, Flickr, YouTube and local streaming, so bundling the TV with the box is an easy way for Mitsubishi to jump into the connected TV market without having to work very hard.

Free BlackBerry 9000 Michael Jackson theme

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2009

Free BlackBerry 9000 Michael Jackson themeMillions around the world are grieving the sudden and unexpected loss of the King of Pop. If you’re one of millions of fans in mourning, here’s something for your BlackBerry.

It’s a free theme for the BlackBerry 9000 created by a fan. It features the king of pop in classic poses. Why not spruce up your BlackBerry 9000 with the original Moonwalker? He was a great dancer, a great singer and an accomplished weirdo.

Microsoft gives Windows 7 away free for a year

Posted in Windows by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2009

Windows 7 Starter Edition headed for NetbooksOn May 5th, general users will have access to Windows 7 for one full year. It is already available for download for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. This is only the Release Candidate version and will expire on June 1, 2010. The Release Candidate is basically the near finished product and the final stage in testing.

Supposedly it will have all the features of the final version. We still don’t know when the final version will be released but according to rumors it’ll be late 2009 or early 2010. Windows 7 features a bunch of new features including a new taskbar, libraries, jump lists, and more. Windows 7 will also come packaged with the newest Internet Explorer (IE8).

Coke machines to give free drinks during emergencies

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 1st, 2009

Coke machines to give free drinks during emergenciesAs you may or may not know Japan is prone to many an earthquake. Japan’s major cities have an extended underground transportation system. So when a quake happens, people could be potentially trapped for long periods of time and suffer from dehydration.

That’s where these updated vending machines come into play. During an emergency, they’ll give out free drinks. But…Won’t people just turn into A-holes and start fighting over the drinks?

ZillionTV offers alternative to subscription TV

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on March 4th, 2009

ZillionTV offers alternative to subscription TVWant to ditch your overpriced cable TV service and get the same thing? For free? That’s what ZillionTV is all about. It’s a new service that offers ad-supported HDTV shows and pay on demand. See? Just like what you have now. The “Z-bar” is a compact set-top box that gets its video direct from your broadband connection. That’s where the magic happens. It will cost you a $50 installation fee, then you’re all set to stick it to the man.

The service is in beta right now, but when it’s available later in the year, you will have a few options. You can view shows for free with advertising attached, or buy them to watch ad-free shows. And yes, some big names are attached, like NBC Universal, Disney, 20th Century Fox Television, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. Sounds awesome.

Comcast testing free Wi-Fi for subscribers

Posted in Comcast by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2009

Comcast testing free Wi-Fi for subscribersComcast giving something away for free? They’re thinking about it, performing Wi-Fi hot spot trials near NJ Transit rail stations to grant subscribers access to the Internet on their mobile devices. This, according to a DSLReports post. The service in the Wi-Fi Hot Zones requires that subscribers sign in using their Comcast.net usernames and passwords.

Comcast confirmed the trials, and says it is gauging user interest. They may offer it as an added-value service to high-speed Internet customers. No word on when or if Comcast will launch the hot-spot service, but the trial is reportedly running until December. Judging by the length of the trial, some think Comcast is gearing up for a much larger hot-spot service.

AT&T sends out SMS to confirm free iPhone WiFi at Starbucks

Posted in AT&T by Conner Flynn on October 29th, 2008

AT&T sends out SMS to confirm free iPhone WiFi at StarbucksSeveral people are getting SMS messages from AT&T reminding them of the long-awaited “free wireless at Starbucks” plan. It was first announced in February with a target launch spring 2008, the service has been quietly running on and off since April, including two hours of daily access at any Starbucks store or AT&T hotspot.

T-Mobile users with existing hotspot accounts are supposed to have ongoing access to the network in Starbucks stores. The service has been available on a spotty basis, but this is an official “yes it’s working” announcement that has been a while in coming. Hopefully we can put an end to this chapter and the service stays on at long last.

Denver airport censors free Wi-Fi connection

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on March 5th, 2008

Denver airport censors free Wi-Fi connection
Denver International Airport is the biggest airport in the world to offer free Wi-Fi. Problem is, now a Denver newspaper reports that the connection is being censored. The airport is blocking certain blogs like BoingBoing.net, perezhilton.com and other “potentially racy sites.” The airport’s position is that they would rather deal with complaints about censorship, than complaints about people viewing objectionable content on their laptops. What now? Why not censor radio broadcasts while you’re at it?

The Seattle Times quite correctly points out that Denver International Airport stores sell hard-core porn magazines, but they block the Sports Illustrated swimsuit site online. Word is they have also blocked the Vanity Fair magazine web site.