T-Mobile USA said today that it has extended its faster wireless network to an additional 56 markets as it looks to keep pace in the speed game even with the looming takeover by AT&T.
The network, which T-Mobile last year rebranded as 4G, covers 152 markets and reaches 170 million people, which the company said exceeded its previous goal of covering 150 million people by the middle of the year.
There has been a lot of jostling for bragging rights to the fastest and largest network. Verizon Wireless next week will be able to boast of 100 markets … Read more
Research In Motion's BlackBerry App World has reached a significant milestone.
According to the mobile company, 1 billion applications have been downloaded from the mobile marketplace since it launched a little over two years ago. According to RIM, the store, which is running in some BlackBerry smartphones and the company's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, is available in over 100 countries around the world.
Verizon Wireless will hit the century mark with its 4G LTE next week, covering 100 markets with its speedy next-generation network.
Tulsa, Okla., will be the 100th market covered by Verizon's new network, which will officially be announced on July 21. The carrier will have hit the milestone after only eight months of network rollouts, compared with the 25 months it took to cover 100 markets with its 3G network.
The speed of the deployment and contrast with the slower 3G rollout is indicative of the surging demand by consumers on wireless data services. Consumers are increasingly gravitating towards … Read more
Google Voice users who have been marking calls as spam now have something to show for their troubles.
"Thanks to the help of the thousands of Google Voice users who mark calls as spam everyday--and our own spam identification tools--it is now possible to automatically redirect calls, texts, and voicemails from any of the numbers in our database directly into your spam folder," the search company said on its Google Voice blog yesterday.
Spam filtering has long been a desire of Google Voice users. Previously, when telemarketers would call a Google Voice user, they could still block the … Read more
Facebook is embracing the reality that not everyone is on a smartphone.
Consumers using standard mobile phones can now download the social network's Facebook for Every Phone app. According to the company, users will be able to see their News Feed, check for messages in their Inbox, and view photos. Users can also upload images and find friends from their contacts list.
The White House hopes the application-developer community will answer its call for help in preventing sexual assault and dating violence.
Vice President Joe Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced such a technology challenge to the development community today. Both have been advocates for the prevention of sexual assault and dating violence among young adults.
The challenge is part of the broader use of technology by the White House to get the public involved with larger government issues. White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra said there are 80 such challenges on the Web site Challenge.gov, … Read more
WALTHAM, Mass.--Verizon Wireless is looking to help tech companies large and small leverage its 4G LTE network and it's dedicating resources to make it happen.
On Tuesday the company officially opened its Verizon Innovation Center here in the suburbs of Boston. The facility offers 135,000 square feet of laboratory space over two buildings. Here more than 300 engineers and developers are on hand to work with large companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, and Cisco Systems, as well as tiny start-ups. Already more than 30 products have been developed as part of the innovation center.
Verizon is also building an innovation center in San Francisco, which will open later this year. The San Francisco innovation center will be focused on developing mobile applications for the 4G LTE network.
Verizon is building the new facilities to serve as incubators for good ideas and new technologies, said David Small, chief technology officer for Verizon Wireless.
"We wanted to open our doors to companies of all sizes to assist entrepreneurs in developing new innovative products that use the 4G LTE network," he said in an interview. "We felt it was important to make sure we could help provide resources to smaller companies too."
There is a process for getting access to the Verizon Innovation Center facilities, but Small said the main criteria is to have a good idea and a solid notion of how to make it work. From there, Verizon can help these companies bring their ideas to market. … Read more
The Android Developers Blog points out that this new interface could work better for both customers and developers. The new user interface is intended to be more engaging as it showcases top apps and games while providing a quicker path to purchasing products. For developers, this ideally means that there are more opportunities for apps to get picked up and downloaded.
(Although, doesn't the box-like new design, as seen in the side screenshot, look a tad reminiscent of … Read more
In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission late last month, Sprint said it had received subpoenas and civil investigation demands from nine states as they conduct antitrust reviews of AT&T's proposed $39 billion merger with T-Mobile.
According to the June 28 letter (PDF), Sprint said attorneys general in Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington have asked it to deliver "full, unredacted copies of all materials" that it has submitted to the FCC including its Petition to Deny, reply comments, "and all accompanying declarations." The carrier also said … Read more
It's said you have to spend money to make money. If this latest rumor is true, Nokia will be betting on a $127 million dollar marketing budget to help sell Nokia-made Windows Phones, according to Marketing Magazine.
The Finnish device manufacturer's six-month campaign set to launch in October would rebrand the company as primarily a maker of Windows, rather than Symbian and MeeGo, phones, according to the report. The timing would also coincide with the release of Nokia's first device for Microsoft's OS--likely this fall, and likely the handset known as Sea Ray.
Wearables are largely aimed at the person who just wants to maintain a good weight, sleep enough, and maybe get in a little cardio. CNET's Brian Cooley tells you why 2014 could be the breakout year for wearable tech.