The End of Unlimited Data – And What to Do About It

Unlimited data has been like manna straight from heaven, especially if you’re a super geek that loves to be on the go with your smartphone. However, it’s obvious that all of the major carriers are starting to bring the party to a halt. It doesn’t make them as much money — let them tell it. Unfortunately, us mere mortals are pretty much going to have to either look for an unlimited plan that seems like it’s going to be here to stay (as is the case with Sprint’s Simply Everything plan), or you’re going to need to try to make do with the new quotas.

Not sure how to do that? Don’t worry, we have things pretty much covered for you!

First and foremost, you should understand that most of the data crunch is coming on the 3G or 4G side of things. This means that you should switch over to Wi-Fi instead. We’re living in a Wi-Fi playground — even restaurants that never though to have Wi-Fi are now starting to have Wi-Fi. This is a pretty big deal as you can imagine, because you’ll be able to use your data for free and avoid those pesky data overcharges.

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Using a server-assisted web browser like Opera could help you avoid pulling down too much data, because this is a browser that uses server-side preprocessing to reduce the load. That might sound a little too tech, but it’s really straightforward; instead of your smartphone doing all of the heavy lifting, the server in question will pick up some of the slack.

Video is something that tends to really be a data hog. If you’re going to be connected to YouTube and other video sites, but you might not realize that looking at YouTube could be eating your data link alive. That’s because many times these videos are sent to your phone in high quality. That means that you will have to make sure that you select lower quality videos. They’re not going to be as sharp, but hey — you also get to avoid those heavy overages! If you must watch in high quality, make sure that your phone is on Wi-Fi first. Your cell phone bill will thank you later! (more…)

Disney Snags Lucasfilm for 4.05B – What’s On the Horizon, Really

This is old tech news, but in case you missed it: Disney has your childhood memories on lock. Seriously — they bought Marvel, now they’ve bought Lucasfilm. A few people are still a bit confused on how this will affect things, but we wanted to clear up a few things.

The reality is that it takes money to keep these staples of childhood alive and well. Why not release the brand to someone who can really bring it to life? Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to have a lot of empty intellectual properly just hanging around.

The Disney-Lucasfilm deal is huge — 4.05 billion dollars, to be exact. A lot of geeks are assuming the worst will come out of this deal but we don’t think so at all.

Disney has indicated that they are going to make sequels to the Star Wars series. The first will be delivered in 2015 — though with obviously Hollywood slowdowns, who knows if that will actually happen.

It’s apparently a great day for charity as well, as George Lucas plans to donate much of it to charity once everything closes. The deal is to be distributed in terms of cash as well as Disney shares.

Star Wars is a franchise that is definitely not going to go anywhere. Securing the rights to the empire is definitely a strong move on Disney’s side of things. They have the distribution channels to really bring good things to the table. They have plenty of TV, theme parks, and everything else in between.

So relax, Star Wars fans. The deal just got greenlighted on December 5th. It’s going to be all about getting things together for some real big stuff to actually happen. Don’t give up — just stay tuned and watch!