T-Mobile has done a lot of terrific things ever since John Legere took over as CEO. The company’s early upgrade plans have set new standards in the wireless industry and have been a major boon for users who love having the latest and greatest gadgets. T-Mobile’s program to pay off new customers’ early termination fees is going a long way toward freeing customers from the burdens that come with switching carriers. However, there is simply no denying that the “Uncarrier’s” network still needs more work if it’s going to match the quality of Verizon and AT&T. More →
We’d seen some early benchmarks suggesting that NVIDIA’s new Tegra K1 system on a chip would absolutely crush the performance of any other SoC on the market and now we’ve got some confirmation. Neowin has spotted some new benchmarks for the Tegra K1 and they’ve once again found that NVIDIA’s newest chipset blows every other chip out of the water. According to the benchmarks, there are two versions of the Tegra K1: A dual-core 64-bit version that’s been clocked at 3GHz and that scored a 43617 on AnTuTu’s benchmark and a quad-core version that scored a 43851 on AnTuTu. More →
Spotify announced on Thursday that it will be acquiring The Echo Nest, a music intelligence company that has helped power Rdio, Vevo, iHeartRadio and dozens of other services in the past. Spotify has already claimed its spot near the top of the music streaming service market, but with The Echo Nest on board, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek believes his company will be able to strengthen its bonds with brands and partners even further. More →
Is the world ready for the Sculley Phone? The ex-Apple CEO largely credited with the firing of co-founder Steve Jobs back in the mid 1980s is reportedly planning to follow in his former company’s footsteps. According to an exclusive report from BGR sister site BGR India, Mr. Sculley is backing an unnamed startup that will look to develop and sell smartphones in the Indian region. More →
Samsung may be getting ready to announce more wearable devices in addition to the three new gadgets unveiled at MWC 2014, including the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. Engadget has discovered an FCC filling that describes a new Samsung wearable device called the “S-Circle” that’s yet to be officially unveiled by the company. More →
As we gear up for an era where space travel becomes more common thanks to the efforts of companies like Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s SpaceX, territory that was unchartered just a few decades ago could soon become commonplace. Even those of us with no interest in traveling to space have come to rely on The Final Frontier more so than ever before, thanks to an increasing number of services that rely on satellites orbiting the Earth. Cell phones and in-dash navigation systems rely on GPS satellites, Dish and DirecTV obviously use satellite feeds, and satellite communications systems offered by the likes of Inmarsat and Iridium continue to proliferate across various industries. Just how crowded is it getting up there above the Earth’s atmosphere?
The answer: Pretty crowded. More →
Apple’s profit growth has stalled. The company started an aggressive Chinese expansion program this winter to rejuvenate its iPhone division. Now IDC is sketching out a fairly gruesome current trend in China; smartphone growth there is collapsing right now. The noted research house now claims that smartphone unit growth in China is dropping from nearly 140% in 2012 to less than 20% in 2014… and just 10% in 2015. This is among the steepest growth rate cave-ins the industry has ever seen in a major market.
For the past few years Apple has been rumored countless times to be planning an attack on the TV industry with an actual TV set of its own – often referred to as the “iTV.” The device could be a more serious product than Apple’s billion-dollar Apple TV hobby, but the company is yet to make such plans official. However, one more piece of the puzzle seems to have been uncovered: A company with expertise in high-resolution display technology that could be used for big screen TVs was forced to admit that one of its largest clients is Apple. More →
If you aren’t on the list of cities Google is considering bringing into its fiber-optic cabal, you’re probably wondering if there are any alternatives. High-speed internet is a necessity for industry, education, innovation and so much more, yet most providers are willing to wait until demand reaches critical mass before they even consider upgrading their networks. That’s why some cities have decided to handle the situation themselves. More →
According to Bitcoin lore, the cryptocurrency got its humble beginnings in a white paper called “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” written by a man calling himself Satoshi Nakamoto. For years, though, no one knew Nakamoto’s actual whereabouts or even if he really existed at all… until now. Newsweek has done some impressive detective work and has tracked down whom it claims to be the real Nakamoto at his home in Temple City, California. More →
Titanfall is easily one of the mostly hotly anticipated Xbox exclusives of early 2014, but would this awesome mech-style first-person shooter have made an even better PlayStation 4 game? The title, developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts, takes place on a worn-torn planet and pits players against each other in head-to-head online multiplayer battles. Early reviews of the Titanfall beta for the Xbox One have been quite positive, but one industry watcher has raised a fairly interesting point that ponders if the title might have made an even better PlayStation 4 game. More →
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