Wireless

This is SpaceX’s plan to beam internet to the whole world

This is SpaceX’s plan to beam internet to the whole world

In front of a Senate hearing committee SpaceX confirmed this week their plans to create a global internet provider service using space satellites. This service would not be free, but would assist in the FCC's goal of covering the United States with at least 25 megabits per second (“Mbps”) broadband service. SpaceX is not "giving the world internet" for free - as some news sources have misunderstood and reported - instead, they're planning to profit from a service that's sorely needed by the planet.

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Sprint’s Magic Box is a signal stopgap that’s not easy on the eyes

Sprint’s Magic Box is a signal stopgap that’s not easy on the eyes

Each carrier has its share of drawbacks, but with Sprint, one of those drawbacks can certainly be network coverage. While Sprint usually offers the least expensive service, coverage can often leave something to be desired. If you find yourself in this position frequently, you may want to have a look at Sprint's new Magic Box network extender.

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Apple patents long-distance wireless charging for iPhone, iPad

Apple patents long-distance wireless charging for iPhone, iPad

Filed all the way back in 2015, an Apple patent suggests that long-range wireless device charging might be possible. This patent suggests that Apple might use patch antennas to transfer power wirelessly. They'd transfer power at microwave frequencies (or other frequencies) and could also be used "to support millimeter wave communications." While filed back in 2015, this patent application was first published today, April 27th, 2017.

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Razer Lancehead mouse uses new “tournament setting” wireless tech

Razer Lancehead mouse uses new “tournament setting” wireless tech

This week the folks at Razer have introduced the Lancehead, a wireless mouse that uses a new type of wireless technology. Razer calls this new connection method Adaptive Frequency Technology, and suggest that it "automatically selects the strongest interference-free frequencies within the 2.4 GHz band." Active switching happens whenever necessary and two editions of the mouse will be available very, very soon.

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Google’s new wireless headphones might poke fun at iPhone 7

Google’s new wireless headphones might poke fun at iPhone 7

Google has a new pair of Bluetooth (wireless) headphones coming and we've got the full specs for you well ahead of release. While we don't expect these headphones to be mind-blowing by any means, it's interesting to see how Google has more than one way of revealing or choosing not to reveal products in early testing. In this case, it would seem like Google didn't make quite as big an effort to conceal what they're about to release due to the relative small amount of market-wide impact they're going to have.

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AT&T’s unlimited data plan now includes free HBO

AT&T’s unlimited data plan now includes free HBO

When it comes to competition between the big four carriers in the US, AT&T's unlimited plan initially left a lot to be desired. Even after making some improvements, it was still difficult to call AT&T's plan the best. The company is looking to sweeten the pot even more today by tossing a free subscription to HBO into the mix.

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FreedomPop’s new prepaid family plans go light on data and cost

FreedomPop’s new prepaid family plans go light on data and cost

In a world where the big four carriers in the United States are promoting their new unlimited data plans, FreedomPop is going in the opposite direction. FreedomPop has introduced a new prepaid family plan that goes light on the data in the name of making monthly fees as small as possible. Assuming you can handle having next to no data each month, this might be the plan for you.

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AT&T launches unlimited data on prepaid plans, but prepare to be disappointed

AT&T launches unlimited data on prepaid plans, but prepare to be disappointed

This whole unlimited data renaissance we're having is pretty neat, isn't it? At the beginning of the year, Sprint and T-Mobile were the only two carriers offering unlimited data, but now you can get an unlimited data plan from any of the big four. The only problem is that you (generally) need to be on a post-paid plan to get unlimited data, which means that prepaid users are being left out in the cold.

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B&O Play Beolit 17 wireless speaker boasts more power than ’15’ model

B&O Play Beolit 17 wireless speaker boasts more power than ’15’ model

Bang & Olufsen’s B&O Play has unveiled the latest model in its Beolit line of wireless speakers, the Beolit 17. This model boasts more power than the previous Beolit 15 model, and brings with it what the company describes as ‘distinct cool Scandinavian style.’ The speaker is being offered in two different color options, Stone Grey and Natural, and it is launching across more than half a dozen countries.

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Cricket cuts unlimited plan cost, offers four free phone options

Cricket cuts unlimited plan cost, offers four free phone options

The big players in the wireless market all unveiled new or refined unlimited plans in recent weeks, and now Cricket Wireless, a smaller prepaid carrier, has announced its own unlimited plan change. The carrier is now offering its unlimited plan at a cheaper $60/month rate, helping bring it into the range of unlimited plans offered by the likes of bigger carriers. Cricket is also offering those who convert one of four free Android phones.

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Chevrolet and OnStar now offer in-car unlimited data

Chevrolet and OnStar now offer in-car unlimited data

Chevrolet and OnStar have announced a new prepaid unlimited data plan for drivers who have an OnStar 4G LTE hotspot in their cars. This announcement follows a larger shift within the wireless industry to essentially bring unlimited data plans back from the dead. TOnStar's new unlimited data plans will be available across Chevy's full retail line up beginning tomorrow, March 3.

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AT&T tweaks unlimited data plan after realizing it’s the worst

AT&T tweaks unlimited data plan after realizing it’s the worst

The unlimited data war rages on, and today we're seeing AT&T tweak its unlimited data offerings to better compete with Verizon and T-Mobile. Like the rest of the big four, AT&T was quick to roll out a new unlimited data plan after Verizon announced one of its own. The only problem was that AT&T's plan was clearly the worst, asking for more money than Verizon and T-Mobile while leaving out important features like tethering and mobile hotspot.

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