The various Snowden leaks have revealed widespread spying by the United States government, with various tech companies and service providers being compelled to aid in these surveillance practices. It is for this reason the German government has elected to drop Verizon as its ISP of choice.
Yesterday, it came to light that the Chromebook Pixel LTE was having its free data shut off. The Verizon service users were promised for two years was being shut off after 12 months. Google has responded, offering users a credit for their trouble.
Chromebook Pixel owners who purchased the LTE model did so with the implicit understanding they’d get two years of LTE data from Verizon the day they activated the data plan. A year in, those customers are seeing their free data vanish. Verizon and Google have conflicting impressions of what has been going on, with Google taking steps to cover their tracks on the matter.
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.
Earlier this week Netflix made a point of calling out Verizon for what they suggest was the wireless company’s slow network speeds. In a message to users whenever their smart device on a Verizon network was going slow, Netflix suggested that "The Verizon network is crowded right now." Today, Verizon fires back.
Netflix is calling out Verizon for its network slowing streaming video, showing viewers with jerky playback a message blaming the ISP for being over-saturated. Suggesting that "The Verizon network is crowded right now," the pop-up comes on the heels of a deal signed between the two companies supposedly for faster video streaming, though one which Netflix itself was loathe to agree to.
HTC One (M8) fans, two new colors are coming for your favorite handset. The company has announced their flagship will come in two new colors, starting June 5. Just in time for Father’s Day, one of the best Android phones available is getting a paint job — or two.
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.