Verizon Just Bumped Its LTE Three Times Faster In Big Cities

4g lte verizonIf you’re keeping track, Verizon bought $3.6 million worth of spectrum last year, and it’s putting it to good use starting today. Starting in New York, Verizon has switched on its Band 4 frequencies in other cities, including Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle and Washington, D.C. What those citizens will be seeing is a potential tripling of LTE speeds, with 80Mbps for now and 100-150 Mbps theoretically possible — which is of course, totally fast and crazy.

West of the Mississippi will see a 40MHz of spectrum boost (double what Verizon was using before), but others, like San Francisco and LA only get 30MHz, so their speed bumps are just 150 percent; not bad, but definitely not 300% faster. Verizon also made note that the speed may fluctuate for a while, but it will be widespread in time.

Via: GigaOM

Android 4.4.1 Is Arriving On The Nexus 5 To Fix That Moody Camera

DSC01312It’s been deemed the ultimate Android phone, by many critics and users, but there was really only one thing wrong with the Nexus 5: the camera. Well, it’s been fixed, with improvements made to speed up the autofocus, less shutter lag, white balance, better low-light performance, exposure , and increasing camera speed, plus the ability to pinch-zoom in the viewfinder during HDR+ mode.

While I am still waiting for the update on the Nexus next to the keyboard responsible for this post, you can see just how drastic the improvements are, by checking out the source link that points to the “big V” tech site.

ViaThe VergeGoogle+

Ford Announces The Smoking 2015 Mustang 6th Gen Pony Car

09-2015-ford-mustang-1This is really crazy. Ford is feeling the spotlight after announcing the new 2015 Ford Mustang, the sixth-generation of the famous pony car. By completely revising its dimensions and styling, Ford has creating a serious looking car that might also be incredibly fast and energy-efficient. Even the convertible model will see improvements, instead switching to electric mounting instead of hydraulics.

New tech to use in the cockpit includes Intelligent Access with push button start, switches for the stability control settings, steering program and driving mode, along with a new smaller wheel featuring Bluetooth controls and an instrument cluster.

The new engines include a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with 305 horsepower, a 3.7-liter V6 as the base engine, and the GT will featuring the sweet 5.0-liter Coyote V8. Transmissions include the classic Getrag six-speed manual gearbox from the current car and the option for a six-speed automatic, with paddle shifters. Also the suspension has been completely redesigned, and the rear set is independent, which is great.

Official pricing isn’t a reality yet, but it will be when dealerships start selling the 2015 Mustang near the end of 2014. Check out more shots of the new ‘Stang, after the break.

Google Invites Existing Glass Users To Get Their Free Upgrade

google-glass-curlyNext-generation Google Glass hardware is approaching, and the users who were given invites and invested $1,500 into the program to be beta testers as well as part of Glass development, are now being offered free upgrades to the new gear. Including a small micro USB port for adding a stereo or mono headset, the new Google Glass will also feature new hardware capabilities, including compatibility with prescription eye-wear, going into the new year.

One thing to make note of is that past accessories might not even work with the newer version(s) of Glass, so technically Google is forcing its Explorers to get with the program.

Sounds good, if you ask us.


Beats Music Subscription Service Will Launch In Spring, Username Reservations Begin

beats-music-claimThe Beats Music subscription service will compete with Spotify, Rdio, and Google Play All Access for who garners the most attention and users, starting in Spring of 2014. Currently in private beta, the service will open up to the general public come spring, but for now, they’ve allowed for the reservation of usernames.

Meanwhile, Trent Reznor of the Nine Inch Nails who has been working with Beats says that the service, “uses mathematics to offer suggestions to the listener… [but also] would present choices based partly on suggestions made by connoisseurs, making it a platform in which the machine and the human would collide more intimately.”

So, with that out of the way, there’s no telling what will make Beats Music unique in comparison with other services; guess we’ll have to wait, or slowly find out the truth.

Via: Beats Music

Google’s Next Gig: Building Robots, Thanks To The Man Who Brought Android

ar-googleGoogle has revealed this gloomy autumn morning in New York City, that Andy Rubin, the father of Android, will be leading Google’s charge into the realm of robotics. In only the last six months, Google has managed to claim seven different technology companies en route to its very real robot plans, which Rubin exclaimed in an interview with the NYT, “You have to think of time as a factor” and that, “We need enough runway and a 10-year vision.”

If you’re wondering if Rubin has any sort of technical experience besides what si arguably the world’s most popular mobile operating system, then take this fact: he was already a robotics engineer for Carl Zeiss, of world-class camera lens fame.

Both Larry Page and Andy Rubin seem keen to begin showing the world what Google can really do besides search, social, storage, advertising, self-driving cars, augmented reality headsets, tablets, laptops, and phones — by adding robotics to the list.

ViaNew York TimesGoogle Plus (Larry Page)

The Next-Gen USB Connector Will Be Reversible And Smaller Than Ever

usb-type-cMaking their technology even better, the parent body regarding USB cables has announced an upcoming change: the use of ultra-fast 10Gbps USB 3.1 standard into the next gen of slim devices, called the USB Type-C connector. It’ll be similar in size to existing USB 2.0 Micro-B connectors you see today in phones or cameras, while bringing USB 3.1 speeds, as well as being reversible like Apple’s Lightning ports, so you won’t have to worry about which  which way you put it in. Other included features will be scaled charging and support for future standards, despite the fact it won’t be compatible with past iterations.

But, really: A reversible cable that can go in any way we want it to? Give it here, please.


So, YouTube’s Purported Subscription Music Service Has Been Delayed Till Next Year

 youtube-logoThe rumors of a YouTube music subscription service have been on and off lately, but now something else has been added to fuel that fire: that it’s been delayed until next year, the cozy 2014.

According to All Things D, it’s not that YouTube doesn’t have the licenses for the music it wants users to subscribe to, but more that the software doesn’t work as intended, so a sure 2013 release has been delayed toll Q1 of 2014.

It’s interesting that something like this would happen, considering that this YouTube service would not only compete with the likes of Spotify and Rdio, but even with Google’s own Play All Access service, which on its own is already great and purportedly a success. Time will tell.

Via: AllThingsD