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Beyond Netflix: Disney Plus joins the streaming fray

Nov. 12, 2019 3:06 AM EST

Disney is throwing its hat into streaming Tuesday with the debut of its Disney Plus service. It is hoping the $7-a-month service, years in the making, will attract millions of subscribers with its mix of Marvel and Star Wars movies and shows, classic animated films and new series. There's a lot riding on the...

Got a weird text? A telecom vendor says it's to blame

Nov. 8, 2019 4:15 PM EST

If you woke up to a weird text that seemed totally out of place, you aren't alone. A mysterious wave of missives swept America's phones overnight, delivering confusing messages from friends, family and the occasional ex. Friends who hadn't talked to each other in months were jolted into chatting. Others briefly...

People puzzled by peculiar texts, and no one can say why

Nov. 7, 2019 9:03 PM EST

If you woke up Thursday to a weird text that seemed totally out of place, you aren't alone. A mysterious wave of missives swept America's phones overnight, delivering largely unintelligible messages from friends, family and the occasional ex. Friends who hadn't talked to each other in months were jolted into...

Beyond Netflix: A look at what you get with new streamers

Oct. 30, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

Attention binge watchers: There's life beyond Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. Streaming choices are about to proliferate with the debut of Apple TV Plus on Friday and Disney Plus in two weeks. HBO Max and Peacock arrive next year. With discounts and other incentives, consumers can sample them all to figure out which...

Freebies are the key hook in new 'streaming wars'

Oct. 30, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

If you make it free, will they come? Apple, Disney and AT&T's WarnerMedia want to jump-start their challenges to Netflix by offering freebies and deep discounts on emerging streaming plans. That includes a free year of Apple TV Plus for customers of new Apple devices and a free year of Disney Plus to...

Verizon adds more cellphone customers in 3Q

Oct. 25, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon added more cellphone customers after trimming prices for unlimited plans this summer. The country's largest wireless company said Friday that it gained 444,000 phone customers who pay a monthly bill in the third quarter, up from a gain of 295,000 in the same period last year....

Verizon offers free year of Disney Plus in swipe at Netflix

Oct. 22, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is offering new and current customers a free year of Disney's new video streaming service. The offer announced Tuesday is worth nearly $84, based on $6.99 monthly subscription fee for the Disney Plus service, which debuts Nov. 12. It extends to certain new and existing unlimited 4G...

Court: FCC can dump net neutrality, but can't bar state laws

Oct. 1, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has cleared the way for state and local governments to bar internet providers from favoring some services over others, even as the court affirmed the Federal Communications Commission's right to dump national rules. Even so, legal experts say state and local efforts will...

Indiana manufacturers feel sting of US-China trade war

Sep. 21, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The tit-for-tat economic dispute between the U.S. and China is hurting manufacturers in Indiana, the nation's top manufacturing state. The trade quarrel between the world's two largest economies began in July 2018 when the U.S. imposed a tariff on certain Chinese imports. Since then,...

Why you don't need a 5G phone just yet

Sep. 20, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — No 5G iPhone? No problem. You probably don't want one anyway. For most people, it's smart to stick with a smartphone that isn't compatible with speedier 5G wireless networks, which are just starting to roll out. That's the case even if you think you'll be hanging on to your next phone for a...