This week, Spotify gets free users to pay for music, Google may not "like" your blog but Bing thinks it's relevant and Sprint wants to go back to its old logo but T-Mobile won't let them.
With over ten years of audio engineering experience, Nick's addition to PLuGHiTz Corporation is best served when he is behind the mixing board every Sunday night to produce the audio side of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Piltch Point and PLuGHiTz Live Night Cap. While mixing live every week, his previous radio show hosting experience gives him the ability to co-host as well, giving each show a unique flare with his slightly off-center, yet still realistic take on all things tech. An integral part of the show, you can find Nick always enveloped in coming up with new (and sometimes crazy) ideas and content for the show and you can always expect the most direct opinion on the stories that he feels need to be shared with the world. During the few hours where Nick isn't sleeping or working on ways to improve the company, he spends his free time going to hockey and football games and playing the latest titles on Xbox 360. Email him for his gamertag and add him today for a fun escape from the normal monotony and annoyance that the Xbox LIVE gaming community can sometimes be!
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLuGHiTz Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the DDR community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bar Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and judging engineering notebooks at competitions. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors.
Avram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.
T-Mobile has a weird way of staying in the news, whether it be for good or for bad. Two years ago they started the deceitful trend of lying about 4G networks and it kind of has snowballed from there. They were able to make $4 billion off the failed AT&T merger and while they waited for the spectrum transfer to be approved, closed seven call centers. Now, the company looks ahead in order to save itself from potential implosion and has inked a deal with MetroPCS to merge forces.
While the news of T-Mobile purchasing MetroPCS has come as a bit of a shock to some people, it really shouldn't. At first it does seem surprising that a GSM carrier would be interested in a CDMA network, especially considering the absolute disaster that was the Sprint/Nextel merger. This is where the sense starts to be made. T-Mobile said they would use AT&T's money to establish an LTE network, and it looks like they have. This purchase has less to do with customers, though it will combine the 4th and 5th largest carriers in the country into a new but still 4th largest network (42.5 million), and more to do with picking up MetroPCS's existing LTE network.
The announcement of T-Mobile's planned purchase of MetroPCS may have come as a surprise to most of the industry, though it shouldn't have. It has also stirred up some old emotions with an ex-suitor of MetroPCS, Sprint. A few months ago, we found out that Sprint had considered purchasing the carrier.
If the all-white PlayStation Vita bundle and the new PS3 bundle wasn't convincing enough for you to pick up your copy of Assassin's Creed III, Ubisoft upped the ante this week by announcing a couple of interesting things in one short and sweet blog post. Taking a small page out of EA Sports' Season Ticket book, Ubisoft is introducing what they call the Season Pass.
Despite the FCC's feelings, Bing has decided that online journalists can be experts in their particular fields and have decided to add us to the social bar on the right-hand side of your search results. In the future, as you search for topics of importance, in addition to your social network connections and the things they have said about the topic, you will also see high profile journalists and the things they have said on the topic.
Despite the company's love for Windows Phone, an open platform and great partnerships with big names, Spotify still manages to get a bad rap. Be it the lack of pay for the artists who deliver the content to the platform or due to the periodic outages, vinyl lovers everywhere are always quick to knock the European-based company more than the rest of the music streaming services. The good news is that the NPD recognizes that people listen to digital music and look at guys like Pandora and Spotify with an unbiased eye. This week, NPD had some good news for the boys in green as far as what Spotify's subscribers end up doing after they listen to a track on the service.