Verizon Reaches The 500th 4G LTE Market, Marks Milestone

vzwltemilestoneAfter many months (and years) of planning, releasing, and integration, Verizon Wireless has completed its initial rollout of 4G LTE in the United States. The last, and 500th market reached is Parkersburg, West Virginia, but Verizon says that Liberal, Kansas and Warren, Pennsylvania are also getting LTE service today, so the total number of LTE market reaches well over 500. So basically, Verizon has covered 99% of its existing 3G network with 4G LTE which is proportionate to 95% of the US population; about 298 million people.

 “It’s about more than just speed, we provide speed where you want it, when you want it.”
“It’s about more than just speed, we provide speed where you want it, when you want it,” said Palmer. It goes on without saying that Verizon’s LTE advertised speeds of 5-12Mbps down and 2-5Mbps up are usually always achieved on the user’s end, and in fact most of the time, surpasses those numbers.

As for complete departure of 3G? Not anytime soon; LTE-only devices will most likely make a debut starting in 2015, the same year that VZW’s 3G network will start to see less support.

Via: Verizon Wireless

And So, Minecon 2013 Will Be Hosted In Orlando

What do you do if you’re the game studio behind a game that has sold 11 million copies? Hire a PR agent to suggest the best spot to host your annual conference? Nope. Just get a sword, stick it in a globe, and find out where you’re going next. Last time, it was Paris and this time, it’s Orlando.

Specifically, Disney Orlando, just like Disney of Paris last year — they must really like Disneyland. Tickets go on sale next month for those who are interested.

The Recon Jet Is A More Serious Form Of Google Glass, Costs $499

Recon Jet_whiteWell, this is interesting.

The Recon Jet, produced by Recon Instruments is going on pre-order starting today, at $499. Designed for athletes, it is more serious incarnation of Google’s own Glass — think of it like this: Glass is for consumers, the Recon Jet is for serious-minded applications. While the regular production version will cost a full $599, the pre-order price is very attractive for those interested in the extensive reality that is wearable computing.

Specs include: a dual-core 1GHz processor, a dedicated graphics chip, Wi-Fi, built-in ANT+ for device communications, Bluetooth, GPS, an HD camera, along with a ton of sensors: an accelerometer, gyroscope, altimeter, magnetometer, and finally, a thermometer. The HD display, infrared gaze detection, a mic, and speakers round off the rest of the kit. Oh, and it comes in black or white.

Several of its main selling points include that first of all, it’s rugged and water-resistant (which is actually important), can be read in poor conditions, and doesn’t require WiFi or cellular connections in order to display social information, health monitoring, use of the camera, and has an optical touch sensor that can even be used with gloves on.

Better yet, it weighs 28 grams, which is less than full ounce! Recon Instruments has confirmed that it works like your typical HUD (heads-up display) and will also offer and SDK that will allow developers and major fitness companies who have signed on to develop apps for the Recon Jet — for example you could use them in tandem with your shoes, phone, or just alone, depending on the situation.

As for availability? Expect them to ship to the  U.S., Europe, Japan, and Australia starting this December.

Via: VentureBeat, Recon

So, Maingear Decided To Launch Liquid-Cooled Epic Desktops

Maingear EpicThere’s nothing wrong with liquid-cooling in an awesome, 4th generation Intel Haswell desktop computer, running Windows 8 in tandem with a ton of different hard drives or SSDs, NVIDIA 700-series Kepler graphics cards, and four-way SLI for either the NVIDIA or AMD Radeon cards. All the optional parts come from Corsair, with a variety of different paint builds, including a “car paint finish”. Two sizes are available: “Stock” and “Rush”, and both have their own amazing set of ultra-powerful parts for gaming, video editing, or anything else you might have in mind.

No word on cost, but expect these systems to break the back, in the three thousand range and above when heavily customized.


Sharp Unveils Its 70″ Aquos Ultra HD LED TV In New York City

aquosuhdtvToday at a press conference in New York City, Sharp announced its 70″ Ultra HD LED TV, which is also the only THX 4K Certified television on the market. Coming out to the general public in the next few weeks, the 70-inch UHD LED TV features not only your run-of-the-mill 4K video quality, but also an upscaling feature that makes use of a dual-core processor in order to refine current regular HD content that most users would find on the cable or in entertainment today.

Moving to the aesthetic detail, Sharp is incredibly proud of their metallic build and stand, with a lightweight build and forward-facing speakers, of which there are six 35W different speakers that give as many ranges as possible. SmartCentral allows the user to also muse the dual-core processor for a split screen mode, a full web browser, and a variety of entertainment apps, like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, including a wallpaper mode, which function when the Aquos Ultra HDTV is turned off. For input, there are 4 HDMI ports, built-in SD card reader, and 2 USB inputs. Sharp is also promising consumers that their flagship 4K LED TV consumes “as little energy as possible”.

Available in mid-August, Sharp’s flagship Ultra HD TV will be available at major retailers nationwide for a solid $7,999.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra: 6.4-Inches, 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800, Global Q3 Launch = Whoa

sony-xperia-Z-ultra-xlThere’s a limit to what a smartphone’s size can be and a tablets, but while this phablet category has been increasingly blurred over the past 2 years, Sony just made it completely new, all over again. The Xperia Z Ultra is a device (we’ll call it that for now) that has a 6.4-inch, Sony’s Triluminos 1920 x 1080p screen, a ridiculous 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor (we’re getting dizzy now), and 4G LTE to top it all off (we fainted).

It weighs 212 grams, is 6.5mm thin making it one of the thinnest phones in the world, has 16GB of built-in storage, 11GB of which is user-accessible, while a microSD slot will add an additional 64GB to that number. A massive 3,000 mAh battery was added by Sony in an effort to maintain long-term battery life in a day’s usage, and support HSPA+ pentaband radios as well as LTE, making it a global phone depending on where it’s launched. Oh, and the whole thing is waterproof. Software-wise, it is running Android 4.2 with Sony customisations.

The launch date for this beast in America, Europe, and Asia? Sometimes in the third quarter, Sony says. Press release, after the break.

Apple Releases iOS 7 Developer Beta 2, Adds iPad Support

ios-7-2-xlFor those of you using the iOS 7 beta, the first beta was fun no doubt, but the second will be even better. Besides the particularly well-advised “bug fixes and improvements” that beta 2 of iOS 7 provides, support for the iPad and iPad Mini has been added as well. New voices for Siri in English, as well as increased improvement to the Voice memo app are also featured, so it’s time to get downloading. Via:  TUAW

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Family Arrives In The States July 7th

GALAXY TAB 3 10.1 GOLD BROWNThe Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 family is coming to the United States — for those interested — starting July 3rd at $199. Sizes include 7, 8 and 10.1 inch versions will be available from Best Buy, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Office Depot,  and Samsung’s own store. As a refresher, the entry-level Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is priced up at $199 and sports a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 8GB of storage (plus microSD expansion), and with a 7-inch 1,024 x 600 TFT display. Samsung’s built-in software improvements to Android 4.1 are also included.

The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 bumps the specs a bit more: an Exynos 1.5GHz dual-core processor, higher-resolution (1,280 x 800) TFT display, Android 4.2, a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera capable of 720p video capture, 16GB internal storage, and with extra space available through microSD and 1.5GB of RAM. This also bumps the price to $299.

As for the cream of the crop, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 goes for $399, with an Intel Z2560 processor configured at 1.6GHz dual-core, 1GB of RAM, and the same display setup as the smaller 8-inch model, but with a 5-megapixel back-facing camera. Like the rest of the Tab 3 family, the 10.1″ model has an IR blaster for using the Samsung WatchON TV app to control home entertainment devices. All models will come in white or brown; pre-orders start tomorrow.

*Editor’s Note: Revised to reflect accurate info. Thanks, Kimberley!