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Western Digital enters the router market, higher-end models include built-in hard drives

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Western Digital is no stranger to media streaming, but until now its specialty has been moving content off a set-top box and onto your television. Now, though, the company is getting into the wireless game as well: it just announced its first networking products, including four dual-band routers and...
Western Digital enters the router market, higher-end models include built-in hard drives

Rogers promises 40Mbps LTE with new hotspot and dongle

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Rogers users will soon be able to get faster LTE speeds, at least on some devices. The company has announced that it will be launching new versions of the LTE Rocket stick and mobile hotspot. These devices are the first in Canada to connect to both the 1700/2100MHz and...
Rogers promises 40Mbps LTE with new hotspot and dongle
Android this week: Nexus 4 reviewed; Droid DNA here; live TV on Galaxy Note 2

Comcast to Expand Discounted Internet for Low-Income Families

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Comcast said today it will expand eligibility for its discounted Internet Essentials service that targets low-income users and will increase the speed of the Internet service from 1.5 Mbps to 3 Mbps. The cable company also issued a progress report on the five-month old offering, which currently provides Internet service...
Comcast to Expand Discounted Internet for Low-Income Families

Portable Wi-Fi hotspots and the Windows XP 'no certificate' problem

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Rhys wants a 'travel router' to for hotel rooms, while Paul has run into problems logging on to hotel Wi-Fi networksI'm looking for a portable router that can be used in hotel rooms and houses where there is wired broadband but no Wi-Fi. I would also like to be able...
Portable Wi-Fi hotspots and the Windows XP 'no certificate' problem

Top 10 tech upgrades to make your small business run faster

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If you run a small business, you know that things happen faster than they do in the corporate world. Thats all the more reason to make sure your technology is up to date and is able to keep up with you and your employees. If you're lucky enough to...
Top 10 tech upgrades to make your small business run faster
FreedomPop announces network expansion for nationwide coverage alongside new 3G/4G 'Overdrive Pro' hotspot

Video test: Does the Linkase for iPhone 5 really boost Wi-Fi signals?

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Last month, I wrote about an interesting iPhone 5 case called the Linkase. And by interesting, I mean it claims to something that most cases can’t: Boost your iPhone’s Wi-Fi signal strength by up to 50 percent. It’s made by a company in Taiwan called Abosolute Technology. The case has...
Video test: Does the Linkase for iPhone 5 really boost Wi-Fi signals?

Rural broadband less than half urban speeds

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Omagh in Northern Ireland is worst connected area for basic broadband coverage, according to Labour party analysisBroadband speeds in rural areas are less than half those in the UK's towns and cities, while Omagh in Northern Ireland is the worst connected area for basic broadband coverage, according to analysis of...
Rural broadband less than half urban speeds
A gigabit is the loneliest number

Econ 101: Competition lowers broadband costs

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The cost of local access to the Internet is disproportionately higher than the cost of sending the same bits over long haul networks, but the price difference is far from random. A study of access prices on long haul and local transit found that the technology used and local competition...
Econ 101: Competition lowers broadband costs
Verizon preparing to raise FiOS broadband speeds and prices?

T-Mobile announces first LTE markets

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T-Mobile's LTE rollout has been a long time coming, but as of today that network is finally live. At an event in New York City, the carrier made its initial batch of LTE cities official -- seven markets in total. Now, subscribers in Baltimore, MD; Kansas City, KS; Houston,...
T-Mobile announces first LTE markets

BT claims fibre 'game changer'

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300 mbps fibre to premise connections 'on demand' will be available next year BT says....
BT claims fibre 'game changer'

Google Fiber Is Coming To Austin, Texas

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Quicklink URL:  http://googlefiberblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/google-fibers-next-stop-austin-texas_9.html Attribution:  Google Fiber Blog The goal is to start connecting homes by mid-2014. Things in Austin are about to get approximately 100 times faster. Google officially announced today, after about weeks of speculation, that Google Fiber has chosen Longhorns HQ to be its next fiber city. The...
Google Fiber Is Coming To Austin, Texas

Comcast pays $800,000 to U.S. for hiding stand-alone broadband

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The Federal Communications Commission has settled with Comcast over charges that the cable company made it hard for consumers to find stand-alone broadband packages that doesn’t cost an arm and leg. As part of the settlement Comcast paid the U.S. Treasury $800,000 and the FCC extended the length of time...
Comcast pays $800,000 to U.S. for hiding stand-alone broadband

Google Fiber Is Official; Free Broadband Up To 5 Mbps, Or Pay For Symmetrical 1 Gbps

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Google officially announced the details of its fiber service in Kansas City today. If you don't remember, after doing a nationwide search, Google chose Kansas City (both the Kansas and the Missouri ones) as a sort of testbed. For years, we've pointed out that the real problem in broadband is...
Google Fiber Is Official; Free Broadband Up To 5 Mbps, Or Pay For Symmetrical 1 Gbps

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700KL with LTE hands-on: 25 Mbps down in Deutschland

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We knew (as of a few days ago) that ASUS' Transformer Pad Infinity TF700KL was coming to Germany with LTE on Vodafone's network, but now we have an idea of just how schnell those speeds are. We got our hands on a unit that notched 10.7 Mbps up and...
ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700KL with LTE hands-on: 25 Mbps down in Deutschland

Internet speeds drop around the world according to Akamai, adoption rate up

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Here's an odd one: average connection speeds around the globe dropped 14 percent to just 2.3 Mbps during the last quarter of 2011. The drop off remains something of a mystery since the data used to calculate that result doesn't include mobile broadband (so its increased adoption can't be...
Internet speeds drop around the world according to Akamai, adoption rate up

Netflix Reviewed: The iPad’s First “Killer App?”

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I’ve used the free Netflix iPad software daily since Saturday’s iPad launch, and I can honestly say I’ve watched more content in the past three days than I did in the prior three weeks. My Netflix account ($8.99/month) gives me access to the more than 12,000 titles in its Instant Streaming...
Netflix Reviewed: The iPad’s First “Killer App?”

Netgear A6200 review: A cost-effective and fast 802.11ac adapter

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If you need to connect several wired clients to your 802.11ac network, you should set up a wireless bridge. If you have just one client--especially a laptop, or maybe a home-theater PC--Netgear offers a better, cheaper alternative: Plug its A6200 USB Wi-Fi adapter into your PC and establish a...
Netgear A6200 review: A cost-effective and fast 802.11ac adapter

Android this week: Google X phone; Flipboard goes big; Galaxy gets Grand

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Results of Google’s Motorola purchase haven’t yet appeared in any new products, possibly to avoid issues with other Android hardware partners. That may be changing in 2013. A Wall Street Journal report indicates that Google and Motorola resources are designing an Android handset to better compete against Apple and Samsung....
Android this week: Google X phone; Flipboard goes big; Galaxy gets Grand

When "4G" Stands For "Shitty 3G"

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When "4G" Stands For "Shitty 3G": Marco Arment: I can confirm: my AT&T iPhone shows “4G” now, and I just benchmarked the connnection at a blazing 0.63 Mbps down and 0.07 Mbps up. Yeah, that is total bullshit. AT&T has been doing this on Android phones for months, but Apple had been...
When "4G" Stands For "Shitty 3G"

T-Mobile's plan to supercharge LTE: A whole lot of antennas

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T-Mobile USA has been talking some smack lately about how its brand-spanking-new LTE network gives it an edge over the competition. Being the last major U.S. carrier to launch LTE means T-Mobile is using the most up-date-to-date radio access gear and is thus better positioned to implement future LTE-Advanced techniques...
T-Mobile's plan to supercharge LTE: A whole lot of antennas

How fast is your mobile internet? Help us crowdsource it

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4G has reached the UK, but how fast is your mobile phone's internet? Test it here and help us crowdsource it• Test your mobile speed NOWToday, to mark the arrival of 4G and cut through the marketing noise, we are asking Guardian readers to help create a mobile internet speed...
How fast is your mobile internet? Help us crowdsource it

EE switches on 4G in 11 UK cities, offers fiber broadband to 11 million sites and opens 700 stores

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Today marks the launch of the UK's first 4G network, with EE switching on its service in 11 cities: London, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Southampton. If you don't have access immediately, you might not be waiting long, as the company promises 2,000 square...
EE switches on 4G in 11 UK cities, offers fiber broadband to 11 million sites and opens 700 stores

Huawei Ascend 330 appears at IFA, looking for smartphone first-timers (hands-on)

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Perhaps obscured by Huawei's other new -- and bigger --smartphone, the Ascend 330 also made it's first appearance here in Berlin. For a smaller price tag (200 euros, around $250) you'll be getting a slightly humbler 4-inch smartphone, with a 1GHz dual-core processor and up to 5.76 Mbps through...
Huawei Ascend 330 appears at IFA, looking for smartphone first-timers (hands-on)
CenturyLink gets gigabit fever .. in Omaha
Verizon announces ultra-high speed FiOS “Quantum” service, up to 300 Mbps for $210 a month

Google confirms Google Fiber coming to Austin, Texas by mid-2014

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We already knew that Google was getting set to announce its Gigabit Google Fiber internet service for Austin, Texas today after an initial successful launch in Kansas since last November. Reports claimed invites started going out this month, but today Google has officially announced Google Fiber will be coming...
Google confirms Google Fiber coming to Austin, Texas by mid-2014
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