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October 4, 2017

All Yahoo 3 Billion Accounts Hacked in 2013 Breach

Oath Inc, a subsidiary of Verizon which now owns Yahoo, revealed in an announcement earlier in  the week that all of its users may have been affected in the 2013 data breach. This expands the number of affected accounts from the previously estimated one billion to three billion. An email has been sent to all Yahoo account holders who’s accounts were compromised during the hack.

Breached information include personal identifiable information including the name of the account holder, email address, encrypted passwords (not plain passwords), birthdays, and encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. Oath assures its users that no banking and credit [...]

 
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October 4, 2017

Google Announces Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL Smartphones Starting at $649

Google Pixel 2 XL

It’s been a year since Google’s “Made by Google” event and it appears that Google is still very serious about their entry into the hardware market. At their latest “Made by Google” event, Google recently released the highly anticipated Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, the successor to the highly successful Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones launched last year.

The new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are fairly similar in design to the originals however, have significantly updated specifications and some unique software enhancements which differentiate them from the [...]

 
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August 3, 2017

T-Mobile Takes All Awards in Latest OpenSignal Network Report

OpenSignal recently released their August 2017 State of Mobile Networks: USA report and for the first time ever, T-Mobile swept every single category which includes 4G Download Speed, 3G Download Speed, Overall Download Speed, 4G Latency, 3G Latency, and 4G Availability.

According to the report, T-Mobile testers were able to utilize a 4G LTE signal about 90.9% of the time and were able to achieve average LTE speeds of 17.5 Mbps. This is up from the average of 16.65 Mbps in February’s report. Verzion and AT&T on the other hand have shown significant speed decreases after re-introducing their unlimited plans. Verizon experienced the most significant drop in [...]

 
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April 29, 2017

Verizon Explains Decision Not to Bid in 600MHz Spectrum Auction

Earlier this month, the FCC concluded their 600MHz spectrum auction and T-Mobile walked away with 45% of the spectrum, spending nearly $8 billion. While this was no surprise, it was a surprise to see that both Sprint and Verizon didn’t even bother to bid. Sure, it’s understandable that Sprint may not want to finance a potentially costly bid for additional spectrum, but Verizon on the other hand is very wealthy and could easily afford to throw money at spectrum, begging the question, why?

In a recent blog post written by Verizon Wireless Chief Network Officer, Nicola Palmer, she explains that Verizon didn’t bid because “We simply don’t need [...]

 
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March 9, 2017

T-Mobile Increases Unlimited Data De-Prioritization Threshold to 30GB

High data users, rejoice! T-Mobile’s “unlimited plans” just got slightly more unlimited as a T-Mobile employee recently notified the T-Mobile sub-reddit community that T-Mobile raised the threshold for data de-prioritization for unlimited data users from 28GB to 30GB.

T-Mobile adopted a data de-prioritization strategy several years ago, during a time when the industry accepted practice was to throttle data speeds for high data users. In response to the displeasure many wireless customers voiced across all carriers in regards to throttling, T-Mobile instead began de-prioritizing data for users who surpassed a certain data threshold. Previously this [...]

 
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October 25, 2017

How to Test Internet Speed, Ping, Jitter, and What Do These Numbers Mean

As we live in a more and more connected world, being able to conduct an internet speed test and subsequently interpret the results is one of the most important computer skills to have.

This is important for many reasons as it’s not only the first thing to do when troubleshooting a connection issue, it’s also necessary to determine if you’re getting the correct internet speeds you’ve paid for from your ISP.

 

What is Internet Speed, Ping, and Jitter

Before we begin, let’s first discuss bandwidth and latency, which are the two components that make up “internet speed”.

Bandwidth, which is most commonly [...]

 
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February 23, 2017

Verizon Ranked Best Mobile Network, T-Mobile Ranked Worst in Latest Rootmetrics Study

Source: Rootmetrics

Rootmetrics recently released their mobile networks report for the 2H2016 and in line with their 1H2016 results, Verizon once again swept every single category, scoring #1 in overall with a score of 93.9 points while T-Mobile on the other hand arrived in last place scoring a total of 81.2 points.

In order to arrive at these results, Rootmetrics conducted 3,690,123 tests over 249,935 miles across the United States and 4,283 indoor tests covering 100% of the US population. According to Rootmetrics “These are comprehensive, unbiased results that you can trust to give you a complete and accurate [...]

 
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February 15, 2017

T-Mobile Crushes Earnings: 8.2 Million Net Adds, Revenues Up 16%, Profits up 99%

4Q2016 and 2016 Annual Earnings

T-Mobile recently reported 4Q2016 and 2016 annual earnings, and proves once again that the magenta carrier is a machine that simply can’t be stopped.

According to the results, T-Mobile added 2.1 million customers in 4Q2016, making it the 15th quarter in a row where the company has added over a million subscribers. For the year 2016, T-Mobile added a total of 8.2 million customers bringing the total subscriber count to 71.5 million and marking the 3rd year in a row of adding more than 8 million customers.

Looking at total branded postpaid additions, T-Mobile added 933,000 in 4Q which is significantly more than its competitors [...]

 
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February 13, 2017

T-Mobile Responds: Adds HD Video, 10GB Mobile Hotspot into ONE Plan

Verizon, the company best known for championing data caps, made a complete 180 reversal recently by offering a $80 unlimited talk, text, and data plan. In the plan, Verizon advertises HD video and mobile hotspot as among the features, which seems to have gotten T-Mobile’s attention.

As a direct result of Verizon’s move, T-Mobile is countering by making HD video and 10GB of 4G LTE Mobile Tethering included in their ONE plan. Previously, video was downgraded to standard definition and mobile hotspot was limited to slower speeds when using T-Mobile’s ONE plan.

In addition to the changes, T-Mobile is also running a new promotion starting [...]

 
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February 13, 2017

Verizon Admits Defeat, Announces $80 Unlimited Talk, Text, Data Plan

You know those people who think they’re too cool to show up to your party because they think their party is going to be better, but then everybody shows up at your party instead and they kind of show up too?

Yeah, that just happened to Verizon. After spending years trying to convince everyone that unlimited data plans were stupid, recently going so far as to even make a commercial about how stupid limited data plans are, Verizon is finally coming to their senses.

Starting today, Verizon will begin offering unlimited talk, text, and data for $80 per line or $45 per line for four lines, but you must also subscribe to paperless billing and autopay, just like [...]

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