34259_gear_sGear S will land on all four major U.S. wireless carriers

Samsung delivered a bit of bad news this morning with its Q3 2014 earnings report, but the company is at least looking forward to making some waves in the wearables market with the official U.S. launch of its Gear S smartwatch. The Gear S was first announced back in August, and is the first of Samsung’s smartwatches that can make and receive phone calls.

Samsung says that the Gear S will be available on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless starting November 7. Pricing varies depending on the carrier, but AT&T will allow you to take home the device after paying $199 and agreeing to a two-year contract. Sprint is offering the device at a full, unsubsidized price of $384 or 24 monthly payments of $16.

T-Mobile has the cheapest option if you’re looking to buy the device outright, charging $350 or $14.58/month for 24 months.

As for calling plans, AT&T will allow you to add the Gear S to your existing Mobile Share plan for an additional $10 per month. Sprint is charging an additional $10 per month as well, however, the wireless carrier will waive the fee until December 2015 if the device is added to a Family Share Pack plan of 20GB or higher.

As for T-Mobile, it’s introducing a new “wearable rate plan” that costs just $5 per month. The plan gives users unlimited talk, texting, and data (the first 500MB of data is “high-speed”, with the remaining “unlimited” data being throttled).

Pricing and plans for Verizon Wireless have yet to be announced.

The Gear S runs Samsung’s Tizen operating system, features a 2” AMOLED (360×480) display, 1GHz dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.1, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. It also incorporates A-GPS support, IP67 water/dust resistance, and can make/receive calls over 2G/3G cellular networks.

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Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 12.27.11 PMThe tech executive’s first public acknowledgement

The CEO of Apple announced he’s gay Thursday, in an essay that puts him among the highest-profile publicly out business leaders in the world.

“I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Tim Cook, who took the reins of the world’s most valuable company from the late co-founder Steve Jobs, writes in Bloomberg Businessweek.

The highly private Cook has never publicly acknowledged his sexuality, though it was widely rumored outside the company, and he writes that colleagues at Apple already knew.

“I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others,” Cook wrote. “So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.”

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App TinderMore “likes” than “nopes”

Men apparently see much more that they like on Tinder than women do.

On the popular dating app, which has users swipe right to indicate they “like” a potential match and swipe left to say “nope,” men are almost three times as likely to swipe right than women are, the New York Times reports. Men do it 46% of the time, while women do it just 14% of the time.

The Times, citing an unnamed source, reports that Tinder now has close to 50 million active users. Co-founder and CEO Sean Rad touted its more realistic appeal to physical attraction over the algorithms that other dating sites say yield compatible matches, algorithms viewed skeptically by social scientists.

“When was the last time you walked into a bar and someone said, ‘Excuse me, can you fill out this form and we’ll match you up with people here?’” Rad said. “That’s not how we think about meeting new people in real life.”

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