AT&T CEO: Our 4G LTE network is 2-3 years behind Verizon’s [updated]

By on June 3, 2011 at 1:00 PM.

AT&T CEO: Our 4G LTE network is 2-3 years behind Verizon’s [updated]

Speaking during a D9 press event in California on Thursday, AT&T Mobility’s CEO Ralph de la Vega said it will take AT&T between 2 and 3 years to bring its LTE network coverage up to a par with Verizon Wireless’ 4G offering. AT&T has already announced that it plans to deploy its 4G LTE network to five cities this summer, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. However, Verizon’s network is already available in 55 markets, it plans to deploy in 23 more this month, and the carrier has promised full 4G LTE coverage across its current 3G network by the end of 2013. According to CNN, Ralph de la Vega said AT&T “can’t say when” its 4G network will match Verizon’s but said “in the next two to three years they will probably be indistinguishable.” The carrier also reaffirmed that if its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile is approved, customers should see a large improvement the in overall quality and reliability of AT&T’s service.

UPDATE: AT&T spokesperson Seth Bloom provided BGR with the following comments via email: More →

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Microsoft demos tablet-friendly Windows 8 at D9 conference

By on June 1, 2011 at 7:09 PM.

Microsoft demos tablet-friendly Windows 8 at D9 conference

During the D9 conference in California, Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky began showing off Redmond’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system, fully optimized for tablets. According to AllThingsD, which got an early peak at the OS, Microsoft’s ultimate goal was to create an OS that could run on a home computer just as well as it could run on a portable 8-inch tablet. The new start screen, pictured above, shows a tile-based interface that’s strikingly similar to Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system and makes use of the company’s Metro UI. Windows 8 includes Internet Explorer 10, and can run applications that are designed for desktop use, as well as HTML 5 and Java applications that will run better on tablet-sized devices that may provide less power. Sinofsky told AllThingsD that Windows 8 will deliver a new business model for developers, an app distribution mechanism — assumed to be a storefront — and a touch interface. Microsoft reportedly started working on the operating system when it shipped Windows Phone 7. “We really did take a step back after Windows 7,” Sinofsky told AllThingsD. “We were clearly influenced ourselves by phones.” The current demo products run on devices with Intel processors, although Microsoft reportedly also has devices powered by ARM processors, too. There’s still no word on when we’ll see the first Windows 8 devices hit the market, but we’re definitely excited with what we’re seeing so far.

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Twitter to announce photo-sharing service this week

By on May 31, 2011 at 10:15 PM.

Twitter to announce photo-sharing service this week

Last week Twitter confirmed its purchase of the third-party TweetDeck application, and now the social network is set to break more news. According to AllThingsD and Tech Crunch, Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo will announce a new photo-sharing service this week during the D9 technology conference in California. Typically, users flock to photo-sharing sites such as TwitPick or Yfrog to share images on Twitter, and so the move sounds a bit like a huge blow to developers that created these platforms to help make Twitter more robust. Details surrounding the service are not yet available, but we’ll hear plenty more on Wednesday when Costolo takes the hot seat during D9. More →

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Microsoft says Ballmer’s Windows 8 in 2012 comment was a ‘misstatement’

By on May 25, 2011 at 5:17 PM.

Microsoft says Ballmer’s Windows 8 in 2012 comment was a ‘misstatement’

During a press event in Japan recently, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that Windows 8 would would launch sometime next year. His firm says otherwise. “It appears there was a misstatement,” a Microsoft spokesperson recently said in a statement. “We are eagerly awaiting the next generation of Windows 7 hardware that will be available in the coming fiscal year. To date, we have yet to formally announce any timing or naming for the next version of Windows.” Despite Microsoft’s statement, we could still hear more about Windows 8 much sooner — even if it doesn’t actually launch in the coming fiscal year. “As we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8,” Ballmer said in his speech. “Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors.’ According to ZDNet, we could see an early build of the operating system as soon as the D9 conference, which begins on June 31st. More →

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