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Verizon responds to AT&T by offering more data on $80 & $100 plans, $150 port-in credit

Craving more data for your money? Verizon has just announced that it is upping data allotment on its midrange More Everything plans for a limited time. $80 will now score you 10GB of data per month, while $100 will net you 15GB. Perhaps even better, the deal isn't limited to new customers; existing More Everything customers can get in on the action too.

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Trent Reznor talks a bit about his new role at Apple

Nine Inch Nails frontman and Trent Reznor has spoken a bit about his new role at Apple. Reznor acted as the chief creative officer of Beats Music until it was purchased by Apple earlier this year, and the company asked him to come on board for a special project. What that is exactly isn't clear, but Reznor said that it's an evolution of his role at Beats, and in the realm of music delivery, according to an interview with Billboard:

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AT&T upping data available on $40 and $70 plans

AT&T is bumping up data allotments on their $40 and $70 plans from 2 GB to 3 GB and 4 GB to 6 GB, respectively. The change kicks in November 2 and applies to Mobile Share Value plans.

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Jony Ive talks design challenges of the Apple Watch

Apple design head Jony Ive has given some insight into how Apple approached the design of the Apple Watch. Ive spoke about designing the Watch at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art this week. He said that the project was more challenging than the iPhone, in part due to the societal views on watches, according to the Wall Street Journal:

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BBM update will bring Message Retraction, Timed Messages and more

BlackBerry's instant messaging service BBM will be seeing an update across all OS platforms in the next few days. It has been available through BlackBerry Beta Zone for some users from a few weeks now and it now ready for everyone. The most notable new feature is Timed Messages which allows users to send a 'secret' message to a contact for a pre-set duration of time. You will also be able to retract any accidentally sent messages. We've all been there, so that may be a handy addition.

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Court rules that cops can compel you to surrender your fingerprint to unlock iPhone

A Virginia Beach Circuit Court judge ruled that law enforcement officials can compel you to unlock your smartphone with a fingerprint, but that they can't force you to enter in your passcode or password to unlock your device. Judge Steven Frucci says that obtaining a fingerprint is like obtaining a DNA sample or a physical key, things that would have to be surrendered in an investigation anyways. Passcodes would be considered knowledge, and not a physical object, so they deserve more protection under the law.

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Banks exploring their own solutions to compete with Apple Pay

It looks like major banks are working on their own mobile payment app that would rival Apple Pay and other solutions on the market today, like Google Wallet and Softcard/ISIS. A MasterCard executive stated that banks are beginning to explore technology that would allow it to offer their own solution.

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Seth Rogen set to join Christian Bale in Jobs biopic as Steve Wozniak

Seth Rogen is set to be Christian Bale's "Robin" in a new biopic about late Apple co-founder Steve Job's life that's based on Walter Isaacson's biography. According to a report on Variety, Rogen is set to star as Steve Wozniak alongside the Batman star in the movie that will be directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin.

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Despite Apple's protests, judge orders GT Advanced's bankruptcy papers unsealed

In a legal defeat for Apple, a bankruptcy judge has ordered that the papers spelling out the exact reasons why its former sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies had to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection be unsealed.

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MCX partner Meijer not abandoning Apple Pay, NFC readers stay on

CurrentC partner Meijer isn't abandoning Apple Pay, unlike most other CurrentC retailers. The regional grocery chain has decided not to switch off its NFC readers, something that has been done in other retailers planning to accept CurrentC, like CVS and RiteAid. Meijer's NFC readers were installed years ago for its own branded MasterCard and Visa cards, and a Meijer spokesperson confirmed that they can be used with Apple Pay

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