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Yep, America’s wireless networks still suck

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Two new reports on mobile internet speeds are here, and the news is bad for the Greatest Country in the World Ever. The US is 28th in global mobile internet speeds in one report, and lagging in about 40th place behind Chile and Panama in the other.

The news isn't all bad, however. As the Beatles once said, I've got to admit it's getting better: the US is now 4th in network availability as measured by OpenSignal, which is an impressive achievement for a country that's approximately one million times bigger than Panama.

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Chris Mills

June 7th

Mobile

AT&T Launches Fake 5G Network in Desperate Attempt to Seem Innovative

Have you heard? AT&T is going to “pave the way for the next generation of faster speeds” with something called 5G Evolution. No, it’s not actually a new 5G network, the much hyped successor to 4G that’s supposed to change the way we connect to the internet. It’s just a re-branded 4G offering, and AT&T’s sad attempt at…

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Adam Clark Estes

April 25th

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goTenna Series B fuels vision to make local communication possible anywhere on the planet

 Founded in 2012 with the small goal of enabling connectivity-free communication, goTenna has ballooned to over 23 employees and delivered real hardware to market in the process. Today the startup is adding another $7.5 million to its coffers in the form of a Series B led by Union Square Ventures. goTenna’s full suite of products effectively convert phones into walkie-talkies, allowing… Read More

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John Mannes

April 13th

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Wireless earbuds explode on flight, so now that’s something we have to worry about

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Smartphones spontaneously combusting is certainly terrifying, but it's nothing we haven't seen a hundred times before. The good thing about a handset lighting itself ablaze is that you can usually just drop it, throw it, or dump it out of your pocket in the extremely rare case that it decides to catastrophically malfunction. Wireless earbuds, on the other hand, are affixed to your head, and as one international traveler recently discovered, they can seriously ruin your day if they have a meltdown.

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Mike Wehner

March 15th

Mobile

Verizon just swept every RootMetrics award category that matters

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Every wireless carrier is constantly ranting about how they are the best of the best — except for Sprint, which has recently adopted an "everyone's great!" philosophy — but when it comes to network testing there can be only one winner. RootMetrics just released its report rounding up all the facts and figures regarding the second half of 2016, along with the subsequent rankings of the top four major wireless companies in the United States. The results might not shock you. In fact, they probably won't. 

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Mike Wehner

February 23rd

Mobile

This room can charge gadgets without wires

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Wireless charging has slowly gaining traction in the smartphone industry for a while, but the nature in which most "wireless" charging system work — having to place a device on a contact pad — is far from a dream come true. Developers at Disney Research have built something that is far more impressive than anything currently on the market; an entire room that can power electronics without a single cord or cable.

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Mike Wehner

February 17th

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The Sengled Pulse is a clever but problematic take on whole-home audio

bulb_page_b_sec_1 Sengled is the latest manufacturer to jump into the smart bulb space and their products, while a bit behind the curve, are clever and – most important – cheap. Their smartest smart bulbs are $10 cheaper than the arguably top-of-the-line Philips LIFX bulbs and they also offer the Pulse, a pair of bulbs containing an LED light source and JBL Bluetooth speakers for about $100.… Read More

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John Biggs

January 17th

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Estimote uses their new mesh network of BLE beacons to decorate a yuletide tree

screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-5-34-18-pm Everyone knows the holiday season means three things: family, friends and interconnected low-energy Bluetooth devices connected using a simple mesh network. Estimote, a beacon company, has given us the last thing by creating a small mesh network of wireless beacons that they proceed to hang on a Christmas tree. The new beacons run Bluetooth Low Energy and connect to each other automatically.… Read More

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John Biggs

December 8th

Gadgets

The R.Pi IoT Shield adds IoT connectivity to your DIY project

04c888b6b4d246306f48ec4de6a01b08_original Of all the things in this great green world which we desire the most important is connection. That’s why the R.Pi IoT family is pretty cool. Built by the team that brought us Tinylab, these clever GPRS, GPS, XBee, and LTE shields allow tinkerers to add wireless connectivity to their projects. The shields – what the Raspberry Pi world calls add-on cards – start at $19 and go up… Read More

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John Biggs

November 16th

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The R.Pi IoT Shield adds IoT connectivity to your DIY project

04c888b6b4d246306f48ec4de6a01b08_original Of all the things in this great green world which we desire the most important is connection. That’s why the R.Pi IoT family is pretty cool. Built by the team that brought us Tinylab, these clever GPRS, GPS, XBee, and LTE shields allow tinkerers to add wireless connectivity to their projects. The shields – what the Raspberry Pi world calls add-on cards – start at $19 and go up… Read More

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John Biggs

November 16th

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