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Of all the social networks that one might have expected to flop, Pinterest is probably in that list. But, what is lacks in convention it makes up for in uniqueness, and obviously the user base is just exploding. Now, those who use the service will find it to be even more useful. The company has today launched "more useful pins," and it's also making it easier to pin regardless of where you are. The company has aligned itself with various websites in order to institute product pins, recipe pins and movie pins. These were already amongst the most popular items pinned, and now it seems that the company... Read more...
Sprint lost a lot (a lot!) of time in the 4G war by selecting WiMAX while everyone else waited for LTE to become the de facto choice of carriers. Now, the carrier's trying to right the ship, and it's slowly but surely introducing a swath of new LTE markets. This week, it introduced one of its largest chunks to date, as it looks to drop LTE coverage over 21 new markets. Sprint's network holes have become glaringly obvious of late, and it's clearly on a lower level (along with T-Mobile) in the coverage game. Adding LTE, however, could help the customer bleeding that has been happening in recent quarters.... Read more...
What do you get when you mesh LinkedIn and Pulse? InPulse? Perhaps, but it looks as if this is a real question now that LinkedIn has snapped up Pulse for a cool $90 million. That's right -- the job location board has acquired a news reading service. It may seem like an odd marriage at first, but it's just one (major) step in LinkedIn's agenda to becoming more than just a place where people connect to one another in order to locate new and exciting job opportunities. Pulse has grown into quite the popular app, delivering news in segments in a beautiful interface. The program was launched in 2010,... Read more...
Twitter started as a social network. Now, it's both a communication tool and a news delivery service. But what will it evolve into? As the company strives to pick up revenues, the sky seems to be the limit. This week, Twitter acquired a unique company with a unique name: We Are Hunted. In a nutshell, We Are Hunted was a music discovery engine, and we use the term "was" because We Are Hunted is shutting things down immediately in order to work with its new overlord. The team intends to continue creating new products in the music arena, but they'll be channeled via Twitter -- in other words, you... Read more...
T-Mobile has a major press event scheduled for this coming Tuesday, and if you wanted a clue at what the carrier may be revealing, take a look at this. The so-called "UNcarrier" has revealed some new pricing plans early, and they're actually fairly compelling coming from a postpaid network operator. The company, which is set to merge with MetroPCS in the coming months, has been on a rampage of late, attempting to boast about its lack of restrictions and competitive pricing compared to the likes of AT&T. Humorously, T-Mobile and AT&T were set to merge as well not too long ago, but since... Read more...
In a way, America and Canada have a lot in common. Including a ton of land borders, and some pretty great political relations. It's hardly a surprise that visitors from the Great White North visit the U.S. quite a bit (and vice-versa), but technology lovers have no doubt found it frustrating when crossing from one nation to another. Despite our similarities, our mobile networks are very different. They're compatible, sure, but the roaming rates you'll pay can be completely outrageous. Rogers, a Canadian carrier, is hoping to ease some of that pain. The company announced this week a new plan to... Read more...
Google filed an application with the FCC to build an experimental wireless network at its headquarters in Mountain View. Google has asked for many of the details of this network to be kept confidential, but a few details have been made public. Google's application with the FCC reveals the company's plans to place about 50 base stations on its campus to support 200 user devices over the next two years. According to the application, Google plans to use LTE for the experiment, with devices that access frequencies between 2524-2546 and 2567-2625MHz. In one of the documents Google filed with the FCC,... Read more...
Storage -- it's a wild and wonderful thing. But can small businesses and enterprises every truly have enough? LaCie doesn't think so, and has today unveiled the 5big NAS Pro as well as a 20TB Thunderbolt RAID drive. The latter is a massive, five-bay RAID solution, offering up to 20TB of storage and speeds up to 785MB/sec. It manages that by shipping with fve 7200rpm/64MB cache hard disks preconfigured in RAID 0, and the company's marketing this towards A/V professionals that need the speed and storage. It'll ship in 10TB / 20TB capacities, with prices starting at $1,199. On the other side of the... Read more...
Hurricane Sandy did a number on the eastern seaboard of America, and it sure feels like these times bring people together in a way that they otherwise wouldn't. Heck, even rival carriers are coming together. AT&T and T-Mobile, two companies that could have been bedfellows had a proposed merger gone through last year, are joining hands in order to make calling a bit easier for those in dire situations. In the wake of destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, AT&T and T-Mobile have entered into an agreement to enable roaming on their networks to customers of both companies in the heavily impacted... Read more...
After all of these years, there's still a time and a place for PowerLine networking. When routers just won't reach, and you really don't feel like running 100 feet of CAT5 cabling through your living room, D-Link's new PowerLine AV+ Mini Adapter kit is en route to the rescue. The company claims that the kit, which acts to extend your Internet's reach by using the power cabling within the walls of your home, is some 35% faster than conventional PowerLine products. The bundle ships with two adapters, two Ethernet cables, and a push encryption button. The PowerLine AV+ Mini Adapter Starter Kit (DHP-309AV)... Read more...
These days, a disappointing router can ruin just about all of the fun within your home. Slow transfers, wonky connections; we've all been there. Amped Wireless is producing a new piece of gear that aims to make those woes a thing of the past. The AP20000G dual-band Wi-Fi access point delivers up to 7,500 square feet of Wi-Fi coverage, which ought to cover even that wild mansion you've been eying down the street. The unit has a 620MHz processor, 600mW 2.4GHz amplifiers, high power 5.0GHz Wi-Fi amplifiers and two dual band high gain antennas. There's a USB port here as well for sharing files on a... Read more...
Still relying on AT&T's aging 2G network? Better hurry and make those final calls / texts. As the world collectively moves on to 4G, and even 3G in some places, 2G technology is becoming more expensive to maintain and less frequently used. Based on a new filing from AT&T, the world is being told that the carrier's second-gen wireless networks will be shut down by 2017. Only around 12% (~8.4 million people) of its customer base is still using 2G handsets, but that's still quite a few to push over to 3G / 4G. The company is promising to work "proactively" to transition them, but it stopped... Read more...
Now that Facebook's a properly official public company, it'll be doing things it never had to do before. Things like "being transparent." With the world watching, the company is a much different place, but even before the IPO, it looks as if Facebook was tracking something that'll be highly important in the years ahead. Following in the footsteps of countless other technology mainstays, Facebook has just announced its 2011 carbon footprint, energy mix and energy use. Why? According to the company, it's making the move because it "believes in the power of openness, and because it hopes that adding... Read more...
NVIDIA is a pretty huge company, and it's becoming more monumental by the day. Having its support can make or break a product, and so it's probably causing a lot of smiles in the wireless streaming arena now that NVIDIA is tossing its weight behind Miracast. If you haven't heard that term before, fret not. The Wi-Fi Alliance is expected to launch the Miracast wireless display certification program in the coming months, and Miracast has the kind of early steam that really see it grow as a true rival to AirPlay and WiDi. The idea is to enable mobile devices to stream video and audio to HDTVs without... Read more...
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