I’m excited. A few weeks ago I noticed that my phone showed a 4G connection at school. Then at a local mall. Sunday I saw it at church. And tonight, tonight I found it in my neighbourhood.
For those of you not tech savvy, 4G refers to how your phone or other mobile device connects to the internet, phone services, messaging, pretty much everything. I usually explain 4G as the equivalent of broadband versus dial-up. It isn’t a perfect or complete metaphor, but it works.
So, why does this matter to me? Mostly because I live on my phone. Blog posts? Written on my phone. Tweets? Phone. Netflix? Phone. Games? Phone. Note taking? Phone. Emails? I think you get the picture. I’m very excited to have excellent, fast service no matter where I go.
For those of you wondering, I have an HTC EVO 4G LTE. I loooove it to death. HTC puts out some quality phones, and the EVO line is my favourite so far. The Samsung Galaxy SIII is a lovely phone too, in case you’re in the market to buy a new phone.
It should also go without saying that I’m Team Andriod. Apple is pretty, but Droids have my heart.
So, this is something that I thought everyone knew about, but since I still answer questions about it every shift and they are expanding the program of late, let’s talk technology and coffee.
A few years ago, Starbucks and Apple formed an entertainment partnership. Honestly, it was a match made in heaven. Coffee and free music! What could go wrong? The answer: nothing. As time has gone on, they’ve done weekly picks, daily picks, special collections (this summer we were handing out cards for a free Frappuccino mix with 10 songs on it! And nine of them were awesome), and so on.
Every Tuesday your local Starbucks will put out a stack of small, grey, business-card looking things. Those are your key to musical happiness; on the front it tells you what you are getting, and on the back is your redemption key and download instructions. It is super simple, super easy, and totally wonderful.
Recently, Starbucks and iTunes expanded this from just music to apps as well! If you’re anything like me, ,you love a good free app. And that is what your Starbucks put out today: a game app. So run in, have fun, enjoy your coffee, grab a card, and happy downloading!
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