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Verizon to improve San Francisco LTE speeds with ‘small cells’

Verizon to improve San Francisco LTE speeds with ‘small cells’

The typical transmitters used by mobile carriers are built to cover large areas, but in turn are expensive and require lots of space. "Small cells" are the exact opposite. They are small transmitters that only cover a radius of 250 to 500 feet, but the trade off is that they are cheaper to build and maintain, and their size means they can be installed in places and remain inconspicuous. In the coming months, Verizon will be installing 400 of these small cells in San Francisco in order to improve its 4G network speeds.

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Imgur rolls out ‘Topics’ to help you find photos faster

Imgur rolls out ‘Topics’ to help you find photos faster

Imgur has made some changes lately, with the most exciting being their move away from a tiered Pro offering to a completely ad-based experience, wherein all Pro services were offered up for free. The service is still a firehose, though, with popularity and tagging being your best bets for finding what you want. To better help you navigate Imgur, there is now a new feature called ‘Topics’, which could lead you to the pics you want to find quickly.

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AT&T unveils new 7GB mobile share data plan

AT&T unveils new 7GB mobile share data plan

We've seen a few different carriers introduce new data plans in recent times. Cricket, AT&T's prepaid carrier, introduced a new plan recently in addition to boosting the data available on some of its existing plans. Verizon followed soon after with its own data tweaking, and now there's AT&T, which is etching its own spot with a new 7GB data sharing plan. The plan is limited and won't be around for long, but while available it is offering 7GB of data to be shared across three lines.

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Snapchat update causing app to chew through data

Snapchat update causing app to chew through data

Snapchat is often a litany of updates and issues, and that pattern has repeated itself with this latest update. If you've recently updated the app, and have also noticed your data usage has skyrocketed, the two might be related, at least if reports from other users prove to be a trend. Following the update released in late January, users have started noticing that Snapchat is using quite a bit of background data, enough to deplete some users' monthly data allotment in a week or two.

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Sprint just beat T-Mobile everywhere it doesn’t matter

Sprint just beat T-Mobile everywhere it doesn’t matter

Each time a new study comes around regarding domestic carriers, there’s one overarching theme: the big guys keep getting bigger, and Sprint is constantly a distant last place. AT&T and Verizon might jostle for the top spot now and then, but when it comes to things we actually care about on a day-to-day basis, Sprint is almost always dragging well behind the rest. The energetic, upwardly mobile T-Mobile often (routinely, really) makes a solid showing, too. Sprint got over on T-Mobile this time, though.

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Cricket ups its game with new data caps and 20GB plan

Cricket ups its game with new data caps and 20GB plan

Just in time for the new Deezer partnership, AT&T's prepaid carrier Cricket has revealed newly updated data caps for existing plans that give subscribers more mobile broadband without a boost in monthly rates. In addition, the carrier has also introduced a new plan that gives subscribers the highest amount of high-speed data thus far offered by Cricket: 20GB/month, double the previously available 10GB option. All the while, the wireless carrier isn't ashamed to take a quick jab at T-Mobile.

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Apple to repurpose Arizona Sapphire plant as data center

Apple to repurpose Arizona Sapphire plant as data center

Remember that failed Sapphire plant in Arizona, where Apple was supposed to churn out tons of their favorite screen material for use on iPhones and every other gadget they could think up? When GT Advanced failed to make good on their deal with Apple for Sapphire glass, Apple promised to repurpose the building. Initially, it wasn’t as clear as Sapphire what they’d do with their owned warehouse space, but now we know. Apple is planning a $2 billion data center where Sapphire once was.

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BlackPhone vulnerability left users open to attack

BlackPhone vulnerability left users open to attack

BlackPhone, that ultra secure phone for the spies and paranoid among us, promises a lot of things, all of them revolving around data security. As with most things, however, reality turned out to be a bit different than perfect-world promises and a bug was discovered -- one that left BlackPhone users and their data open to attackers. The issue was discovered by Azimuth Security's Mark Dowd who spotted the issue on his own BlackPhone, later detailing his findings on Azimuth's website.

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FTC issues $40 million fine to TracFone for false ‘unlimited data’ claim

FTC issues $40 million fine to TracFone for false ‘unlimited data’ claim

TracFone has been issued a $40 million fine today by the FTC, who have ruled on a complaint regarding ‘unlimited’ data. The carrier was selling ‘unlimited’ data plans to customers, but heavy throttling made those plans unusable at a certain point. Though this ruling is limited to TracFone, it sets a precedent moving forward. According to the FTC, TracFone broke a promise to its customers, and is guilty of throttling data speeds by as much as 90% for some users.

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1Password gets even better, now has easier login creation

1Password gets even better, now has easier login creation

For the security-conscious among us, 1Password has proven itself an indispensable tool. The app — available for iOS, Android, Windows, and OS X — both manages and generates secure passwords for you, and their new TouchID features are promising. An update, rolling out for iOS users today, brings in the ability to generate one-time passwords as well as some new features for their app extension. Sync is also improving , as is 1Password’s language support, in what the AgileBits team calls their ‘awesomesauce’ update.

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