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Tech Talk: App helps drivers fight parking tickets

by Doug Delony / KHOU 11 News

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 2:30 PM

HOUSTON -- A new app is helping drivers fight parking tickets. Also, AT&T and T-Mobile are battling it out, and it’s good for customers. This and more in today’s Tech Talk.

== AT&T vs T-Mobile ==
AT&T and T-Mobile have been battling it out for your business. AT&T just announced a deal that offers new and existing customers a $100 store credit for every new line of service they open. The credit can be used toward smartphones, tablets, etc. The promotion runs through March. T-Mobile has a current deal that offers new customers $350 if they break their contract with their existing mobile provider. Earlier this month, T-Mobile’s CEO blasted AT&T for “bribing customers.”

== Nike’s 3D-printed cleats ==
On Super Bowl Sunday some players will be taking to the field wearing new technology – 3D-printed cleats. Nike says it’s shaving years off the creation process. Molds used to make older shoes can take months, but with 3D printing a design can become reality overnight. Nike’s latest design has the cleats looking a bit like a shovel. They aim to reduce how much the foot slips back when a player starts to sprint.

== Californians can fight parking tix with new app ==
Fighting a parking ticket just got a whole lot easier -- at least for some people. “Fixed” is an app that helps people contest violations on the spot. All you have to do is snap a photo of the ticket, enter some basic information, and then it does the legal work for you. It will even let you know how likely it is to get dismissed. If you lose, you won’t owe Fixed but you will have to take care of the ticket. If you win, you pay fixed 25 percent of what the fee would have been. Right now the app only works in San Francisco but there are plans to go nationwide and perhaps even help fight speeding tickets too. On the web:

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