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Which is the fastest US network? It’s complicated

Which is the fastest US network? It’s complicated

Smartphones and tablets are faster and more capable than ever, but without a similarly speedy internet connection - usually LTE - they're still hamstrung. Unfortunately carrier maps are generally more interested in breadth of coverage than quality, hence third-party testing has stepped in to help answer the question of "Which US carrier is the best?" As you might expect, though, the results are complicated.

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Galaxy S 5 Active launches at AT&T

Galaxy S 5 Active launches at AT&T

Samsung's Galaxy S 5 Active has officially launched, arriving both online at Samsung and through AT&T. The smartphone, which has leaked repeatedly over past weeks, is a rugged variant of the company's Galaxy S 5, and brings with it such things as shock and water resistance, and, as tipped, three physical buttons.

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ASUS PadFone X hits AT&T in brand’s big phone return to states

ASUS PadFone X hits AT&T in brand’s big phone return to states

If you’ve seen an ASUS-made smartphone here in the United States in the past few years, it’s been a real oddity. Today the folks at AT&T are about to make that change with their announcement of the ASUS PadFone X. This device brings on the heat with a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel 5-inch display on a phone that can slide into and dock with a tablet that then uses said phone’s abilities.

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Apple bests Samsung in overall sales for Q1 2014

Apple bests Samsung in overall sales for Q1 2014

Dominating the sales demographics on most carriers, Apple remains the top smartphone vendor, helping push smartphones to an 87% market share in the US. The Q1 2014 numbers also show a 7% growth versus last year, and highlight a breakdown of sales by OEM and carrier. Though there are some suprising statistics, Apple’s dominance is not one of them.

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AT&T DirecTV buy confirmed

AT&T DirecTV buy confirmed

AT&T has inked a deal to buy DirectTV, the carrier has confirmed, spending $48.5bn to grab the pay TV service in what it says will be an unprecedented evolution in on-demand video. The agreement, a mixture of cash and stock, will be used to push non-cable broadband into new areas, as well as deliver premium TV content for whose who don't necessarily want traditional service.

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