What parts of America have the fastest broadband connections? The short answer is “Delaware.” The slightly longer answer is “somewhere in the northeastern U.S.” The Connectivist has posted data of peak connection speeds for every state in America and has found that the fastest services are in the eastern part of the country, led by Delaware and followed by Virginia, Washington D.C., Massachusetts, New Jersey and Connecticut. In fact, the only state in the top 10 that isn’t on the eastern seaboard is Washington, which has a peak connection speed of 56.6Mbps.
Although it’s probably a long overdue addition for some, the folks from Bittorrent have now updated their Android torrent client µTorrent to offer a WiFi only download option. Previously, when using the app you ran the risk of blowing through your entire data plan or racking up overage charges by leaving some torrents running, but no more. You’ll now be able to set it to download over WiFi only and never really worry about it.
If you haven’t heard of Republic Wireless, we don’t blame you. A new carrier that’s been sitting in
the ether beta for a while now, Republic is trying to take the traditional model of smartphone service and mix things up a bit. The basic premise of the service is that you get a device that’s been specially made to utilize Wifi whenever possible for data, calls and texts, and then essentially “roam” on a cellular network when you’re out of Wifi range. Probably the most interesting part of the service is that it’s just $19 per month with no contract for unlimited calls, texts and data usage.
iPad mini D-Day is November 2nd, but what about for customers looking to grab the 4G LTE model? According to 9to5Mac, buyers are reporting that preorders for the cellular data-enabled iPad mini will arrive on November 21st if they picked expedited shipping and November 23rd if they chose standard shipping. Apple’s (AAPL) website only lists “Mid-November” as the launch date for the LTE-equipped iPad mini. As with the Wi-Fi models, the iPad mini is available in 16, 32 and 64GB models for $459, $559 and $659, respectively. In the U.S., the iPad mini will be available with prepaid plans on AT&T (T), Sprint (S) and Verizon (VZ).
Sprint (S) announced on Thursday it will carry the Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy Note II on October 25th for $299.99 with a two-year contract. The Samsung Galaxy Note II is the successor to the original Note that sold over 10 million units worldwide and features a large 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 8-megapixel 4G LTE, NFC, S Pen input and Android 4.1 .1 Jelly Bean. Sprint’s press release follows below.
We’ve known about Google (GOOG) Now for months now, but Technology Review has an in-depth report on the new Android feature that details how it plans to one-up Apple’s (AAPL) popular Siri voice assistant by delivering information before you even ask for it. Anyone who thinks this sounds rather invasive is absolutely right, as Technology Review says that the software uses “the constant stream of data a smartphone collects on its owner with clues about the person’s life that Google can sift from Web searches and e-mails to guess what he or she would ask it for next.”
UK SIM-free pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 emerged some time ago, but if you’re still wondering much it’ll set you back on-contract, then wonder no more. The answer, it seems, is a lot. Independent UK retailer Phones4U has published its subsidized prices for the Note 2, which it’s offering on Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile and Orange. But if you want to pick up a Galaxy Note 2 for free, you’ll be paying at least £41 per month to one of the UK’s leading networks.
Sprint (S) launched its 4G LTE network this past summer in select markets and quickly expanded its offering to 19 cities including Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The nation’s third largest carrier on Monday revealed that “in the coming months” the company’s high-speed LTE network will become available in Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and more than 100 additional markets. Sprint also said that it plans to continue to upgrade its 3G network in various markets throughout the country, which will offer vastly improved service for its customers. The company currently offers five 4G LTE smartphones including the Galaxy S III, EVO 4G LTE and Photon Q. Sprint’s press release follows below.
It’s no secret that AT&T (T) is a terrible wireless carrier — just ask anyone who uses, or has used AT&T. Its calls drop, data is unusable in any location with more than four wireless subscribers within a square mile, and it nickel and dimes every single fucking thing. You know what set me off though? The fact that AT&T is limiting FaceTime over cellular and making subscribers switch to a new shared data plan if they want to use it. It was bad enough AT&T brazenly charges you a fee if you want to use the data you pay for on another device via tethering, but now AT&T is trying to control just what you can and can’t do with your own data, which you pay for every month, down to the specific application.
HTC has been busy trying to justify their lack of ICS on the Inspire 4G / Desire HD to users but that doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten about the device entirely. AT&T Inspire 4G owners should soon see an update notification on their device or if you’re unwilling to wait, you can download the RUU direct from the HTC website. As noted on their support site, the update has quite a few changes in it:
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