AT&T is yet again teasing us with the PadFone X, having released a video to show off its smartphone turned tablet capabilities. In addition, the clip you’re about to see also has some things to say about the phone’s high-speed low-light sensitive 13-megapixel camera.
We knew Asus has been working to improve its camera software, but somehow we doubt they can compete with the likes of HTC, Nokia and Samsung. We could be wrong though, as we still wait to test out the PadFone X.
The Taiwanese company and AT&T officially announced this PadFone at CES in January, and it’s still not available. Crazy, isn’t it? Not sure what they’re waiting for. Soon enough everyone will want something better, anyway.
Broadband Internet service is still painfully expensive in the United States and to make matters worse, a new study shows that most American households aren't getting the fast data speeds they are paying for.
AT&T has come under a constant barrage of criticism from rival T-Mobile over the past year but so far it hasn't affected the carrier's bottom line. In its Q1 2014 earnings report released Tuesday, AT&T reported earnings of $0.71 per share on $32.5 billion in revenue, which beat the consensus estimate of $0.70 per share on $32.41 billion in revenue. What's more AT&T also posted a net addition of 625,000 postpaid subscribers on the quarter, which the carrier says represents its best Q1 for net postpaid additions in five years. Including prepaid subscribers, AT&T added more than 1 million net subscribers on the quarter.
Verizon isn’t leaving its DROID DNA owners in the dust. Android 4.4.2 KitKat will begin rolling out over Big Red’s airwaves this Thursday, April 24th, breathing new life into the almost two-year old device. HTC’s Sense 5.5 will be along for the ride, giving users some new bloatware to play with.
So DROID DNA owners, keep an eye on your notification bar this Thursday. As with all OTA updates, it may take some time for your device to receive its update notification. If you just can’t wait, you can always head into Settings and download the update manually.
DNA Owners! Appreciate your patience, we have technical approval for OS 4.4.2 + Sense 5.5. Expect OTA updates to start on 4/24. Thanks!
Apple has released a small update today, iOS 7.1.1. The update fixes a few bugs that reared their ugly heads after Apple’s release of iOS 7.1. The update will reportedly go live today, and will be available OTA and as a download through iTunes.
Here are a few of the bugs that iOS 7.1.1 fixes:
Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition
Fixes a bug that could impact keyboard responsiveness
Fixes an issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled
Look for the iOS 7.1.1 (Build 11D201) to land on your iPhone 5S, 5C, iPhone 4, 4S, iPad 2 and later and the 5th gen iPod touch in just a little bit.
AT&T knows that it can't beat over-the-top content providers such as Netflix and Amazon, so it figures it might as well join them. AT&T announced on Tuesday that it has joined with the Chernin Group media holding company to invest $500 million in a new venture that will "acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top (OTT) video services." This is particularly interesting because it's the first time we've really seen a company that offers pay TV services make this kind of big investment in over-the-top video. Cable companies such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable have traditionally done their best to wall off live cable TV programs from the Internet, but the popularity of over-the-top services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video has apparently grown too big for AT&T to ignore. The company's press release announcing the venture follows below.
AT&T is signaling that it has plans to aggressively expand its 1Gbps Internet service offering. Following an announcement earlier this month that it was in talks to bring its 1Gbps Internet service to North Carolina, AT&T announced on Monday that it's in talks to bring 1Gbps Internet service to 21 new major metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco.
AT&T is adding more data to its GoPhone prepaid smartphone plans without raising monthly fees in the process. If you're currently paying $60 a month for 2GB, your allotment will jump to 2.5 gigs, while those on the $40, 250MB plan will now get 500MB per month. More data is only part of the value proposition for GoPhone customers, though; the new 2.5GB plan will now offer the ability to use your phone as a WiFi hotspot.
Last week at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show, FCC head Tom Wheeler pushed broadcasters to loosen their grip on spectrum that the agency plans to auction off to give wireless internet room to grow. Now, he's laid out a draft of the rules for the auction before it takes place next year. The upcoming incentive auction will be a three stage process that, once completed, should open up more wireless spectrum for high-speed services like WiFi. WiFi operates on "unlicensed spectrum" that's open for anyone to use, and similar networks or devices could take advantage of any new frequencies the FCC opens up, while reducing interference with existing networks. That's good and bad however, since they'd fill the space in between networks, it could be harder to build up something like WiFi.
Canada got LTE relatively quickly, but that fast data currently has a big catch: since it doesn't run on low frequencies like in the US, you sometimes drop to 3G when you head indoors. Thankfully, those slowdowns won't be an issue for much longer. Rogers has officially switched on its 700MHz network in parts of Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, bringing LTE to your basement and other places where it was previously off-limits. It may help American travelers, too, since AT&T customers (who already have 700MHz support) can roam on Rogers' airwaves.