Tom and Maggie talk about the culture in Iran, “Middle-Eastern hospitality” and what their favorite food was — watch the video below to find out more:
NEW YORK (AP) — Streaming video from Netflix, HBO and other leading services will no longer count toward data limits under T-Mobile’s higher data plans.
T-Mobile already exempts many streaming music services from data limits, but audio doesn’t use as much data as video. Video is among the leading uses of data on phones. A few hours of video can quickly eat up an entire month’s allotment under some plans.
The data exemption, dubbed Binge On, applies to 24 services, including most of the major ones, plus two from T-Mobile’s competitors, Verizon and AT&T. But not YouTube. T-Mobile said YouTube isn’t covered because the company couldn’t reliably tell yet that it’s video. Also not covered is video shown on Facebook feeds, as T-Mobile has no good way of distinguishing video traffic from musings about lunch.
Unlimited video streaming is restricted to those who have data plans of at least 3 gigabytes, which are a step up from the most basic plans. T-Mobile CEO John Legere said those with smaller plans probably weren’t streaming much video anyway.
But all customers will benefit from T-Mobile’s new video-optimization technology, which the company says means three times as much video for the same amount of data. Streams will maintain DVD-level quality on a phone without transmitting as much data. Although DVD quality is short of high definition, which many phones are capable of displaying, the company doesn’t believe most people will notice.
Normally, “data is wasted because on smaller-screen devices, you don’t need to get all that data to get a great picture,” said Andrew Sherrard, T-Mobile’s chief marketing officer.
Higher-resolution video, he said, is more important for larger TV screens. Viewers who want that higher quality can turn the feature off, but the data exemptions wouldn’t apply.
New customers can sign up starting Sunday. Existing customers will get it automatically later next week.
T-Mobile is also doubling data speeds for new customers, though in some cases, it means paying $5 to $15 more per line. The price increase doesn’t apply if all members in a family plan sign up at the same data level. Existing customers won’t get double the data automatically unless they switch to the new plans and prices.
DETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit-area police chief testified Tuesday that nothing on dashcam video seems to justify a bloody, 16-punch beating of a motorist by one of her officers last winter.
“I was uncomfortable with it,” Vicki Yost said of the video during cross-examination by a prosecutor. “The video is hard to watch. Anyone would be foolish to say otherwise.”
Yost testified in the trial of William Melendez, who is charged with assault and misconduct in office. He was an Inkster officer, and Yost was chief, when Floyd Dent was pulled from his car and repeatedly punched in the head last January.
Yost said she never talked to Dent, 58, about the beating because he didn’t file a complaint.
The public didn’t know about the incident until WDIV-TV aired the video in March. It led to an investigation and a quick $1.4 million settlement between Inkster and Dent.
Asked if the punches were justified, based on what’s shown in the video, Yost told jurors: “No.”
She said she resigned as police chief because of other issues. Melendez was fired.
Yost was first called as a defense witness Monday after prosecutors finished presenting evidence. She said officers struggled to arrest Dent because he was resisting.
Melendez is accused of putting Dent in a chokehold, which is contrary to Inkster police policy, but Yost described it as a “head restraint” across the chin, not under it.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Three officers who were placed on leave after videos showed them using a stun gun and a baton to break up a post-football game party were identified on Tuesday.
Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steven Anderson issued a statement identifying the officers as James Kent, Phillip Champion and Gregory Pimm.
Police were called to an apartment building about a block away from Bryant-Denny Stadium about 3:20 a.m. Sunday because of a noise complaint after the University of Alabama’s win over Louisiana State. The building’s residents said fans celebrated into early Sunday morning.
The videos, from varying angles, show an officer at the apartment’s door, arguing for several minutes with occupants who refuse to exit.
After nearly two minutes of discussion and arguing, officers enter the residence and drag out two young men and a screaming woman. An officer uses a stun gun on at least one of the men; another officer hits him repeatedly with what appears to be a baton.
A police statement identified the three students as 21-year-old Brandon James Williford, of Collierville, Tennessee; and two 22-year-olds, Matthew Gimlin Macia, of Johns Creek, Georgia, and Caroline Elizabeth Giddis, of Collierville, Tennessee.
All three are charged with obstructing governmental operations, Anderson said. Williford is also charged with harassment and resisting arrest; Macia also is charged with resisting; and Giddis is also charged with harassment, the chief said.
Anderson told a press conference that he was disturbed by the video and disappointed by how officers handled the situation.
Police haven’t specified the roles Kent, Champion and Pimm each played in the arrests. The officer who responded to the initial call about a noise complaint is an eight-year veteran, the officer who used the stun gun is a 12-year veteran and the officer who used the baton is a two-year veteran, Anderson said.
Tuscaloosa police are expected to undergo additional conflict de-escalation training and Anderson urged patience from the public during the department’s internal investigation.
A phone number for Pimm couldn’t be found. Calls and messages to phone numbers listed for Champion and Kent weren’t answered.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Political opponents are criticizing billionaire Jim Justice, a Democrat running for governor in West Virginia, for calling a police officer a “total lunatic” during a December 2014 traffic stop.
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph obtained video of the incident through a Freedom of Information Act request and posted it to the newspaper’s website on Sunday (http://bit.ly/1PxFlNO). The video drew criticisms from gubernatorial campaigns for Democrat Jeff Kessler and Republican Bill Cole.
Justice’s campaign says he has apologized to the police chief.
The 12-minute video shows Justice exit his car and talk to the Lewisburg Police Department officer, who stopped him for driving 54 mph in a 40 mph zone. The officer couldn’t find Justice’s vehicle tags on file.
Justice owns Appalachian coal mines and The Greenbrier resort.
In the video, Justice also says he’s not too big for the law.
Maggie and Tom share their most memorable moment from their trip to Iran in this behind-the-scenes commentary — watch the video below to find out what it was: