A listener takes exception to our naming of Bing fans. But in actual news, Nicole Lee schools us on the big items from the CTIA mobile phone show; Apple facing possible rash of smashed iPhone back glass; and the Better Business Bureau gives Google a C-.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Almost everywhere you turn, one major wireless carrier or another is talking about its 4G wireless network.
Verizon Wireless says it will launch its 4G network by the end of the year. Sprint Nextel has been touting its 4G network for more than a year. And now all of a sudden T-Mobile, which on a few years ago didn't even have 3G service, is talking about 4G speeds on its network.
One reader wants to know what it all means. Another reader wants to know when Verizon will actually start selling 4G wireless smartphones. And finally I try to … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Verizon Communications' recently named No. 2 executive, Lowell McAdam, was at the 2010 CTIA Enterprise & Application trade show here on Wednesday to announce the initial 38 markets for the company's much-anticipated 4G wireless network.
The network, which uses a technology called Long Term Evolution, or LTE, promises download speeds of between 5Mbps and 12Mbps and latency of 30 milliseconds. COO McAdam announced the initial markets for the launch expected later this year. And he provided details about how many people are expected to have access to the network. On day one, at least 110 million potential customers … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Verizon Wireless provided more detail today about the launch of its long awaited 4G wireless rollout, but the company still didn't reveal pricing or device information.
At the CTIA fall 2010 trade show here, Verizon Communications Chief Operating Officer Lowell McAdam said the company plans to launch its 4G wireless network in 38 markets by the end of 2010 and it will cover about 110 million people with the 4G service when the service is launched later this year.
Markets that will be in the initial launch include New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and San Francisco … Read more
An app called Tango promises to bring cross-platform video calling to Android and iOS devices, but apparently you can only talk to turtles and hipsters. Also, Windows Phone 7 coming October 11, Google TV event-a-palooza happens Wednesday, and Verizon will give wronged customers a whopping six bucks each to make them feel better. --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--New 4G networks and cool wireless gadgets like the iPad aren't just for playing games and watching movies, companies large and small are looking for ways to leverage this technology to make it work for their businesses.
While many technology trends have traditionally flowed from the corporate environment into the consumer market (think e-mail and voicemail as just two examples), many of the latest trends in mobility over the past few years have originated for consumers.
The Apple iPhone and Google Android phones, and the mobile app craze that has followed, have predominately been focused on meeting the … Read more
Sprint Nextel executives have stepped down from their posts as Clearwire board members, Clearwire said Thursday. The move could clear the way for other investors in Clearwire, which is currently building a nationwide 4G wireless network.
Clearwire said today that Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and two other top Sprint executives--Keith Cowan and Steven Elfman--have resigned from Clearwire's board of directors. The company will name temporary members to the board. There are four Clearwire board members Sprint previously appointed who are remaining on the board.
MetroPCS Communications opened its second 4G LTE market today, this one in the Dallas-Forth Worth area.
The new service follows the carrier's initial 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) launch in Las Vegas last week. As in Vegas, the Dallas-Forth Worth service will offer prepaid monthly plans starting at $55, which include unlimited talk, text, and data, and require no contract.
But Dallas-Forth Worth customers will also get a few additional features. MetroStudio, available through the $60 monthly plan, will offer downloads and ringtones as well as video content from NBC Universal and other providers, MetroPCS said. A new combined … Read more
Popular Mechanics magazine today unveiled its sixth annual Breakthrough Awards winners, honoring 10 products that its editors identified as solving existing problems in all new ways.
The products range from two different approaches to electric cars to the smallest ever camera with interchangeable lenses to a thermostat that can provide a wealth of data even as it responds automatically to changing conditions. The magazine will name the individuals it chose for the Breakthrough Leadership award and Breakthrough Innovators awards later this week.
For six years, a group of the magazine's editors have sifted through countless products, looking for the selections for the year's best inventions. According to science editor Jennifer Bogo, the team tasked with choosing the 2010 awards--which comprised editors from Popular Mechanics' automotive, home, technology, science and online departments--searched for a roster of products that they felt satisfied their rigorous criteria.
Each of the editors on the team nominates their favorite candidates, and then the list is vetted to ensure that each winning product is "really, truly unique," Bogo said.
"We look at things that do more than work well," she explained. "We look for things that actually solve a problem and things that do that in a genuinely new way. [These are] products that take advantage of new materials, or which are networked in a new way, or which can pack more processing power into a small space."
And while the precise variety of selections varies from year to year, it's clear from this year's choices that the editors are sticking with the same general set of themes that Jerry Bellinson, the magazine's deputy editor, spelled out in an interview with CNET in 2009: alternative energy and products and designers that push categories forward. … Read more