August 18, 2014 8:48 am
Foursquare began five years ago as a tool for letting people tell friends where they are. You can check in to a restaurant, a movie theater, rides in a theme park or even the "hot dog man" at Penn Station. The more you check in, the more points, badges and mayorships you earn. They mean little in the real world, but users have competed fiercely for such honors.
August 15, 2014 10:08 am
Although the discounts are typically less than the subsidies you're forgoing, it's the reverse for plans with at least 10 gigabytes of data. So big families sharing lots of data are probably better off with a full-price plan. That's also the case if you don't need a high-end phone, as the monthly fees for voice, text and data services factor in the costs of subsidizing the most expensive phones.
August 12, 2014 10:59 am
That's starting to change with Android devices, though. Windows tablets do let you run multiple apps side by side, but Windows phones do not. The iPhone and iPad don't, either. In this installment of A Closer Look, I assess some of the Android devices that offer limited multitasking. These approaches aren't as smooth as what I'm used to on Mac and Windows personal computers, but they are a start.
July 31, 2014 3:36 pm
Carrier aggregation is only one component of the emerging LTE-Advanced feature set but it’s received the most attention so far. Maybe that’s because it’s more fun to say than Relay Nodes but more likely it’s because of the phone-melting downlink speeds it’s capable of producing. South Korea’s SK Telecom earlier this year successfully stitched together three LTE bands (one 20 MHz and two 10 MHz) and was able to support speeds up to 300 Mbps.
August 5, 2014 9:41 am
They're a pain to use, and they aren't secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don't bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking apps and more. Fortunately, phone makers have started to come up with alternatives to passcodes.
July 24, 2014 3:01 pm
The growing difficulty in identifying new spectrum for the exclusive use of wireless networks, and the length of time the reallocation process takes, has precipitated a growing interest in using shared spectrum for offloading some broadband network traffic.
July 24, 2014 2:57 pm
A recent New Street Research study found that the share of U.S. smartphone data traffic traveling over Wi-Fi increased from 15 to 63 percent between 2011 and 2013, and a recent Comcast survey found that consumers would choose Wi-Fi over free food at retail locations.
July 21, 2014 4:56 pm
With minimal market share in both tablets and phones, Microsoft has its work cut out for it. Yet a focus on design over compatibility under new CEO Satya Nadella means Microsoft can make products and services for non-Windows platforms, such as Apple's iOS and Google's Android, and still retain the look, feel and functionality of the Microsoft brand.
July 15, 2014 2:06 pm
"Each individual automaker will decide what's the best choice for them," Penrose said, noting that while GM is leaning heavily on AT&T's existing offerings-including day passes for those that don't want to commit to using data all the time-other automakers, like Tesla, have decided to include, or subsidize data, in the purchase price of the car.
July 15, 2014 1:53 pm
A fundamental question that needs to be asked is: Does devoting countless engineering hours and huge financial resources to build and rebuild basic communications functions really make sense? When each new solution requires the integration of processors, modems, and memory, and the piecing together of all of the software components for an application, as well as testing and validation, it becomes a costly undertaking.
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