Verizon has announced today that it will be lighting up a new batch of markets with its 4G LTE coverage on December 15. The carrier has been rolling out its blazing fast network at a breakneck pace and will already be surpassing its year-end target of 175 markets by November 17, when it has scheduled another set of new LTE markets.
The next step forward in having the mobile world adopt a connection speed isn't always necessarily straight to the newest high for specs, and the Samsung Stratosphere is here to prove it. Fitted with a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard complete with Android menu shortcuts and coming in as the second Samsung handset to work on Verizon's 4G LTE network, the Samsung Stratosphere isn't here to win any benchmark wars with its single-core 1GHz processor and relatively thick chassis, but it IS the only 4G LTE device on the market with a full QWERTY keyboard, and the 4-inch 800 × 480 Super AMOLED display doesn't hurt none either. Will the Stratosphere access a market just waiting to be tapped? We shall see!
Have you see the view of Google Maps with the buildings that pop out at your face as you're driving through the city with your mouse clicker? It's time to take a look. Google this week has enabled MapsGL, an option that will allow you to see 3D buildings rendered to replicate the buildings that are actually standing on site throughout their massive mapping of the earth. Through the power of WebGL, those of you using Firefox beta, Chrome, Safari (if you enable it), and starting today Opera 12 Alpha, can all see the buildings, the lovely, lovely buildings.
This week Verizon has announced a new wave of 4G LTE expansions and activations including one set on October 20th and another on November 17th, these together combining to one again solidify the USA's largest carrier as also the nation's "most reliable" 4G network. What we've got here is LTE activation in 22 new cities and network expansion in four cities on Oct. 20, then LTE activation in 13 cities and network expansion in five cities on Nov. 17, this making Verizon's LTE total at 178 cities active in their 4G network by December.
Today Barnes & Noble have announced their newest sales partner for the NOOK Color and what's now called the NOOK Simple Touch Reader. It is Target, the superstore based right here in my home city of Minneapolis, with both versions of the NOOK now available at Target stores nationwide. This makes the NOOK one of the most widely in-store available ereaders on the circuit, currently sitting in stores at Best Buy, Books-A-Million, Fred Meyer, Office Max, P.C. Richard & Sons, Radio Shack, Staples, Target, Walmart, and of course Barnes & Noble. This addition began on October 2nd and you should start to see the tablets in stores across the USA soon.
Your humble narrator is here down on the South side of the United States for the next couple of days as a guest of HP for their Making of Elite Tour 2011. I'll be documenting my experience here in several ways, most of them being hands-on and eyes-on looks at how HP goes about bringing you their "most reliable, toughest and highest quality computers ever built", straight from the HP Houston Campus. Stick with us here on SlashGear for the full experience - for now though, look at this fabulous presentation of information we've got right off the bat!
Verizon has been rapidly expanding its 4G LTE network coverage with the next major roll-out scheduled for September 15, less than a month after its August 18 expansion. The carrier plans to cover its entire 3G network with 4G by 2013 with at least 175 markets by year-end. This next batch of markets cover mostly the northern and midwestern US regions.
If you're not aware that Netflix is raising their prices in all sects, you're not a Netflix customer. On the other hand, you'd have to not be Netflix customer to give a hoot what Blockbuster was doing with their video plans. But that's just the plan Blockbuster has, to scoop up the Netflix customers who've recently left the movie rental group because of the rising prices they've recently revealed. What Blockbuster has here is a 30-day free trial of their normally $9.99 to $14.99 per month service known as Blockbuster Total Access.
Oh dear god WHY?! My favorite of all formats, the MiniDisk, will be officially shunned by Sony starting in September of 2011. This news comes as a shock to absolutely noone, or at least it should, since this format has been essentially on a downward spiral into obscurity since the 90's when it first started taking a foothold. As I'm sure you've already guessed, the advent of the MP3 being played on the now still gigantic iPod line all but signed a death warrant for this mystical, magical format, and Sony's stopping production of the MiniDisk compatible Walkman will certainly knock in the last nail in the coffin.
So you thought you had a lot of markets, you carriers you? Check out a bit of the ol' expansion at the hands of T-Mobile! Here we've got a list of 56 markets that T-Mobile will be expanding their HSPA+ 42 network into. That's T-Mobile's bigtime 4G network, incase you did not know, and with the sweetness already hitting 170 million Americans in 152 markets, one ocean to the other. This exceeds what T-Mobile is saying was their initial goal of reaching 150 million Americans with increased 4G speeds by the middle of this year and, keeping in mind that they've already reached 200 million Americans in more than 190 markets, we're gonna go ahead and say they're doing pretty well.