Free Data Plan Approaches One Million U.S. Users

The use of 4G LTE cellular data has become a way of life for people who want to experience the internet in quicker, more efficient ways. Whether at home, in the office, or in a mobile hotspot, users can access high speed 4G LTE with Wi-Fi. High speed internet has become a necessity in both business and personal lives as more people stream videos, download movies, and upload pictures to Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and other programs.

What is 4G LTE?
4G LTE, provided by the four major national carriers, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and Sprint, make internet surfing the fastest available today. 4G is the fourth generation of data technology for cellular networks. LTE, short for Long Term Evolution, is the technical process for high-speed data for phones, tablets, and notebooks.
Both AT&T and T-Mobile claim to have “the nation’s largest 4G network;” Verizon Wireless says it is the fastest. Sprint claims to have the first 4G network. Whatever the carrier, 4G LTE promises to have the speed to download more pictures, stream movies, and video chat at home, or office, or on-the-go. Cellular modems and Wi-Fi hotspots can connect anywhere on any other device that is Wi-Fi enabled. But all this speed and data comes with a cost, depending on the user’s internet needs.

Free Data Plan Arrival
Data plans can start out as low as $30 and stretch into the hundreds. But now, there is a free option. FreedomPop guarantees free mobile service with 4G LTE high speed on all your devices. Working with Sprint, it comes with 200 minutes, 500 text messages and 500MB of data. If you go over the limit, a cost of one cent per minute or 2.5 cents per MB is charged. For those who want more data, there is an “Unlimited Everything” plan for a mere $20 a month—a bargain for any user.

Access to Hotspots

Stephen Stokols, the CEO and co-founder of FreedomPop, says mobile users consume 90% of data by Wi-Fi, rather than a cellular data plan. Therefore, they have added a WiFi service for unlimited use and automatic sign-on to 10 million hotspots for only $5.00 a month. The Wi-Fi service —a stand-alone product—can be used on multiple devices, and is available through FreedomPop’s Android app. An iPhone app is forthcoming; there are no plans for a Windows Phone app at this point.

FreedomPop: A Freemium Carrier

National carriers provide high speed service priced at a premium. FreedomPop, now approaching one million users in its third quarter this year, provides FREE service at a PREMIUM, i.e., “freemium,” meaning they offer their product for free to a large group of users and sell premium products to a smaller fraction of this user base. Although half of their users do not pay a dime, the other half receives value-added services for extra data, voicemail, or texts.

Hasbro Projected to be Tops in Toy Business

Hasbro is second best when it comes to toymakers, next is Skout,  but that is projected to change in the next few years. Mattel has had less than stellar sales for its world renowned Barbie doll, but Hasbro has deals with all of the hot movie franchises. Hasbro is making the toys for Jurassic Park, X-Men, and Marvel. Better than all of those franchise licenses is the fact that Hasbro will be making the toys for the new Star Wars films. A Yahoo finance article estimates that the Star Wars toys alone may make Hasbro three quarters of a billion dollars a year. Hasbro is expected to sell ten percent more next year than this year, and should overtake Mattel in about five years to become the biggest toy company. Hasbro will also be making toys of Disney princesses in 2016. Slowing sales for the Barbie doll and Hasbro’s great partnerships with these moneymaking franchises have the companies swap positions in the next few years, and that looks like good news for Hasbro’s stock value.

Kendrick Lamar Releases New Video for “Alright”

There was a time when people would release an album, and it would fail to be recognized for lots of singles. Since people are downloading albums on the web the single did not seem as important for rappers. Kendrick Lamar, however, sees the game a bit differently. Instead of holding back, he is putting videos out for a plethora of songs. The “Alright” single now has a video to go along with this song.

Lamar has 2 videos out and a 3rd video on the way reports Brian Torchin in this article. He is growing his fan base with multiple videos, and that seems to be the thing that has allowed him to keep a spotlight on his music. The “Alright” video was created as a black and white video. There are obscure scenes, but these are eye-catching all the same. There is a scene where officers are carrying a car as Kendrick sits inside and raps. There are also some scenes where other people with Kendrick are looking into the camera and spitting. It is the hardcore imagery and the honest raps of Lamar that reign through and make this a video that is worthy of viewing.

What Lamar has carved is an album that is getting more clarity through videos. The previous album was not at the same degree of mainstream content, and there were fewer videos. Kendrick has more money to express himself through videos this time.

Music Chairs for Singers

Sometimes a song is written for someone, but it gets sung by someone else. It might remind someone of a game of music chairs. Many artists may walk around the song and have it passed around, but only one artist or group will get the chance to sing it. MTV has compiled a list of songs that have been big hits, but the songs were meant for other people.

The Kelly Clarkson hit “Since you Been Gone,” for example, was not written for Kelly. It was written for Pink. It was Clarkson, however, that took control of the song and made it a super hit after Pink passed on it. It was Clive Davis that wanted Clarkson to do it. She brings forth the type of sound that Pink would have had if she would have picked up the track. Hillary Duff also had access to it, but Amen noted she passed on it.

“Umbrella” became the groundbreaking hit that would take Rihanna from R&B to the pop world. She would be launched to a whole new world with this song, but it was originally written for Britney Spears. Few people could imagine Spears singing the song. For Britney it was supposed to be on the 2007 album called “Blackout,” Spears already had enough songs for the album. It was a shame that she passed on it because the “Blackout” album would go on to flop.

James Horner Dies in Plane Crash

James Horner, the Oscar-winning composer of Titanic has died in a plane crash on Monday. Remnants of the small air craft were scattered along the desert in Ventucopa, California. Although he was a trained pilot, something went awry causing the plane to crash. His assistant, Sylvia Patrycja confirmed the news of his untimely death via social media.

 

Although he was a trained pilot, Horner was probably most well-known for his work on the Titanic says Ivan Ong on LinkedIn. He was the mastermind behind the original motion picture film’s best original song, “My Heart Will Go On.” The song was a tremendous hit amongst both movie fans and the general public. Celine Dion sang the song adding an amazing and lovely spin to the already beautifully composed song.

 

Horner worked on other film scores, winning an additional eight Oscars. Such films included Apollo 13, Braveheart, and Field of Dreams. Several Hollywood names were tweeting about Horner’s death. Ron Howard, for one sent a message of condolence to Horner’s family.

 

Crews have been investigating the scene to see what may have caused the horrific crash. Pictures show the land after the wreckage was cleared. Chard pieces of desert remain in the wake of the crash. Fire crews were on scene to ensure the fire was maintained and did not spread amongst the dry brush in the area. Emergency crews responded to the area just around 9:30am Monday morning.

Chris Brown Gives Nia A Chuck Of Cash For Her Birthday

Chris Brown has been doing his best to balance being a father and and entertainer. Lately he has been putting his heart into his daughter Royalty and spending as much one on one time with her as possible. When the news that Chris Brown was a father Royalty was already 9 months old and the news came as a shock to both Chris and his then girlfriend Karrueche.
Ever since Royalty was thrust into our lives, we have watched Chris shower her with loves, gifts and kisses. There has not been a better time in Chris’s life than this. Without Royalty we are used to Chris being wild, emotional and inappropriate, now we are getting a more sensitive and mature sider of Chris and it is not a moment too soon.

Lately Chris has been trying to keep everything on the up and up with Royalty’s mom Nia Guzman, the last we’d hear Nia was livid with Chris for missing Royalty’s 1st birthday party because he was busy shooting a music video with Tyga and Mia Pia reports Shaygan Kheradpir. Even after Chris tried to fly Royalty and her family to LA for a belated birthday celebration at Disneyland Nia declined, it was simply too little too late.

Now Chris is once again trying to prove himself to be a caring and giving father, his latest attempt at making Nia happy is his best yet. Apparently for Nia’s birthday, Chris sent her a card filled with a check for 5k. In the care he sweetly told her what a great mom she is and thanked her for being there for Royalty. Now that Chris has tossed a little money Nia’s way, he may be able to see Royalty more often without the drama over money.

Real Bono Performs With Fake Bono

Bono, the lead singer for rock band U2, Pulled a man who impersonates him from the audience at an Los Angeles U2 gig recently and performed the song “The Sweetest Thing” with him. For most of the song, the impersonator films the band with a cell phone while the real Bono sings. Near the end, the real Bono gives the microphone to the impersonator who takes over the vocals and does a good job of it.

The impersonator aside, I like the stage setup U2 uses on during this song. It’s just the band on a simple stage playing their songs. Sam Tabar feels like it’s nice to see them perform in a stripped-down context.

The impersonator is shorter than Bono and hasn’t dyed his hair peroxide blond. However, in my opinion, he has a better voice. It’s interesting to speculate about impersonators. If they can do a better performance than the performer himself, then why don’t people go to see them more? For example, if you see a young Elvis impersonator perform today at Las Vegas, he’s working with a better sound system than the real Elvis ever did and is less likely to be spaced out on drugs. Yet, it’s still not as good as seeing the bloated Elvis in the 1970’s would have been.

T.I. and Chris Brown Unite for Private Show

What T.I. has managed to do as the King of the South is stay relevant in the world of rap. One way that he does this is by surrounding himself by the hit makers that can get him on the radio. Chris Brown is one of these guys. Brown joined T.I. for the new single called “Private Show.” Anything that Chris Brown is on is bound to get a lot of attention. That means that the song should be hitting the radio and blowing up airwaves soon.

What really is going to help the song take off is the video. The “Private Show” is referencing some women that are giving a private show. There are a lot of people that are going to be interested in seeing these two together. It really is one of the better collaborations for the summer.

BusinessWire reports that Brown has become one of the most successful producers. He is constantly on the radio. When T.I. combined with Pharrell and Chris Brown he was bound to have a hit. That is why most fans were looking forward to the “Paperwork” single. T.I. has certainly managed to keep himself relevant with these type of collaborations.

This is another summer jam video with ladies in lingerie that dance over nice beats. It could easily be another summer anthem. That is what most rappers are gearing up for. They want to take over the summer.

Ice Cube Talks Eazy-E on the Heels of NWA Movie Release

Ice Cube and Dr. Dre may be the biggest success stories from the NWA group. They transitioned passed this group and went on the make millions outside of the rap world. Now Ice Cube is taking a look back at fellow member Eazy-E on the 20th anniversary of the death of Eazy-E.

Cube and Eazy parted ways as they took roles as solo artists. Flavio Maluf said that they would eventually become enemies, but Ice Cube reached out to Eazy before he died. It was 20 years ago when Eazy died from complications from AIDS. In a recent interview Cube talked about the first time that he met Eric “Eazy-E” Wright. Ice Cube mentions the demeanor of Wright as he talks about the vision that he had for the group. Ice Cube also talks about the songs that he wrote for the group.

There is a lot of history in what the group did for the west coast. When it came to gangster rap this is the group that comes to mind. They are the pioneers. Everything that has come out of Compton so far can be traced back to the NWA sound. That says a lot about their influence. Cube remembers all the challenges and controversy that came about with the group.

Most people that were fans knew about how they parted ways. A lot of people fail to remember the early friendship that built this group.

More Blurred Lines For Robin Thicke

The Hit Song Has Created more Controversy

Believe it or not, Robin Thicke is still getting media attention for his 2013 hit, “Blurred Lines”. But this time, it’s not because it’s constantly being played on the radios, but instead for infringing on copyrights stated Slideshare.net. The song that is well known for it’s collaborators, Robin Thicke and Pharrell has copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit, “Got To Give It Up”. Thicke’s lawyer is saying that he’s going to be working every post-trial remedy to make sure that the verdict does not stand”. Pharrell testified in court that he did not directly copy Gaye, but tried to mimick the feel that the era gave to its musicians. “I must’ve been channeling,” Pharrell said while under oath, “that feeling, that late 70’s feeling. Sometimes when you look back on your past work, you see echoes of people. But that doesn’t mean that’s what you were doing.”

It’s reported that the pair owe $7.4 million to the Gaye family, though Howard E. King told Fox Business News that he will be appealing that decision. “We owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure that this verdict does not stand”.

It’ll definitely be interesting to see how this case plays out for the rest of its time! Both songs are undeniably catchy, so it’s no surprise that they both have such a feel-good vibe to them.