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.
Home Theater

DirecTV Now will launch in November, offering 100+ channels for $35 per month

Next month, the AT&T-owned DirecTV will face off against its rival Dish Network with the launch of DirecTV Now, which will cost just $35 a month for more than 100 channels, including mobile streaming.

AT&T’s spying practices may be larger than previously thought, report says

It looks like AT&T's citizen-spying practices are far more wide-reaching than was previously thought. Not only that, but the company could be making a profit by spying on its customers, according to a report from The Daily Beast.

AT&T buys Time Warner for $85 billion

Telecommunications giant AT&T has agreed to buy Time Warner for $85 billion. The purchase would provide an instant menu of television channels and films. AT&T bought DirecTV in 2015 to expand services from pure communications.