FCC says streaming deals from AT&T and Verizon violate net neutrality

In sternly worded letters to AT&T and Verizon, the FCC said the carriers' policies of zero-rating -- the practice of exempting certain services from data caps -- violated the commission's net neutrality rules.
Home Theater

Hands on with DirecTV Now, AT&T’s new streaming service starting at $35

After more than eight months of speculations, AT&T finally unveiled details about DirectTV Now, its live over-the-top streaming service, including four channel packages priced between $35-$70 a month for dozens of channels.
Movies & TV

AT&T signs deal with Fox to bring the broadcaster’s channels to DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now is launching soon at $35 per month for more than 100 channels, and just signed a deal to add Fox channels to its growing lineup. CBS is the only major broadcaster not to sign on so far.

Have an iPhone 7 from Verizon? Apple may be throttling your speeds

For all intents and purposes, iPhone 7 devices using Verizon should be faster than those on AT&T's network, but researchers have recently found that they perform more or less the same.

Report: A mysterious NYC skyscraper owned by AT&T was a key NSA surveillance site

Turns out that a mysterious building in New York City known as the AT&T Long Lines Building was actually one of the NSA's most valuable assets and was involved in mass surveillance programs, according to a report from The Intercept.

Alexa texts as you talk — Amazon’s AI assistant can now send SMS messages

Amazon’s Alexa assistant can do a lot. It can play music, answer questions, call a cab, and help manage your calendar. Starting Friday, it can also send out text messages for AT&T mobile customers.

AT&T bids adieu to Address Book backups starting in January 2017

AT&T announced that its cloud-based Address Book service will come to an end starting January 2017. The retirement will arrive in phases, though customers will receive text messages of when their account is set to be retired.

AT&T Stream Saver will let you throttle video to standard-def starting next year

AT&T's Stream Saver, which launches next year, will allow subscribers to the company's wireless plan downsample all videos to standard definition. It can be disabled via the myAT&T app and from AT&T's website.
Movies & TV

DirecTV Now live TV-streaming service will feature premium channels from Starz

Starz announced eight of its premium pay-TV channels will be coming to AT&T's DirecTV Now live TV-streaming service, including video-on-demand access to the company's original series.

AT&T GoPhone customers are getting a hefty data allotment increase

Are you a GoPhone customer? AT&T has announced that you'll be getting a little more data to use each month. For $60 per month, you can get a cool 8GB, and for $45, you'll now get 4GB.
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Will AT&T’s DirecTV Now streaming offer entice even more cable cutting? 2:49

Also today: Samsung may include an A.I. agent in the new Galaxy S8, Google lets DeepMind A.I. play an odd choice of video game.

AT&T tweaks its GoPhone add-on data plans with more data for the money

AT&T customers using its GoPhone prepaid service are able to add lines and data packages to their current plans. Doing so nets the main account a multi-line discount, depending on how many lines are added.