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Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+ Review

Given the misfortune Samsung went through last year with the Galaxy Note 7, the company undoubtedly needed to bring its A-game for 2017. Intro the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the company’s latest flagships to help consumers forget that it accidentally shipped out devices that could set a house ablaze and not regular ol’ smartphones.

Instead of a Edge variant like last year, we’ve got two identical devices, with exception to the battery size and display size. Other than that, it’s the same phone, so we’ll kill two birds with one stone in this review.

This is our Galaxy S8 / Galaxy S8+ review.

The Good


Specs

As I said, both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the same device, minus the display size and battery size. Inside both devices you will find a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB built-in storage, microSD

... read more at: http://www.droid-life.com/2017/04/27/samsung-galaxy-s8-review/

[Updated: AT&T, too!] T-Mobile and Verizon update Galaxy S8 and S8+ just in time for launch

The two phones may not have even come out until today, but T-Mobile and Verizon have been on their toes. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ on everyone’s favorite red and magenta networks have already been updated. T-Mobile is a bit scant on details, but Verizon has obliged with plenty of their own. Either way the timely frequency of updates thus far bodes well for the future of the device.

T-Mobile’s notice for the update landed yesterday (note, before the phone was officially released) and Verizon’s hit today. Neither looks like it’s got any big changes, though. T-mobile’s update has resulted in some time-traveling humor, since the release dates of the different builds on T-Mobile’s site now progress backwards. Their log shows the new software is still just Android 7.0 Nougat,

... read more at: http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/04/21/t-mobile-verizon-update-galaxy-s8-s8-just-time-launch/

T-Mobile Just Picked Up the 600MHz “Spectrum Mother Lode” to Bring Their Network Everywhere

tmobile coverage map

T-Mobile just made its largest investment ever by spending nearly $8 billion(!) to acquire 45% of the FCC’s available 600MHz low-band spectrum that was up for auction. This is the type of spectrum that penetrates buildings better and also reaches further from a tower, which in turn gives wireless customers a better overall experience no matter where they are. This is a huge day for T-Mobile customers and those in markets that have questioned whether or not T-Mobile could keep up with Verizon and ATT. 

See that map at the top of this post? That’s what T-Mobile says their LTE network will look like by the end of 2017. They’ll do that with this new spectrum purchase and by moving into new LTE markets. For those of you in areas that T-Mobile isn’t even offered, you should probably get ready

... read more at: http://www.droid-life.com/2017/04/13/tmobile-600mhz-spectrum-speeds-network-lte-verizon/

AT&T’s new ‘unlimited’ plan sucks

As of this morning, all four major wireless carriers offer data plans described as “unlimited” to all their customers. But while I’m reluctantly willing to describe the Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint plans as unlimited (despite some restrictions), ATT’s plan could better be described as a “22GB data plan but you can’t actually use that data to watch pretty videos or do work on your laptop” plan.

Admittedly, it’s not such a catchy description, but it does have the alternative benefit of being true.

When ATT announced the plan yesterday, it didn’t give us all of the pricing details or restrictions on that unlimited data. But now that the plan is available, we can see specifics, and it suddenly looks like less of a good deal.

Let’s start with the fine print. There’s a lot of it, which you can examine in detail here, but two

... read more at: http://bgr.com/2017/02/17/at-t-unlimited-plan-hotspot-details-vs-tmobile/

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

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Have you heard? ATT 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 ATT’s sad attempt at seeming innovative.

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If you already feel confused, don’t worry. ATT probably isn’t offering 5G Evolution for your phone or in your area. The rollout is starting in certain parts of Austin, Texas and will only work with Samsung Galaxy S8 devices. ATT promises to offer the new service in 20 metro areas by the end of the year. The company also promises that that 5G Evolution will offer speeds “up to twice

... read more at: http://gizmodo.com/at-t-launches-fake-5g-network-in-desperate-attempt-to-s-1794645881

FCC: DirecTV Now Plan Appears to Violate Net Neutrality Order

A new report out of the FCC’s Wireless Bureau advises that ATT’s DirecTV Now sponsored data plan appears to violate the Open Internet order per its general conduct standard. But a new, Republican-led FCC, is unlikely to second that opinion.

 

The Wheeler FCC concluded its long-standing review of zero rating business plans Wednesday (Jan. 11) expressing “no concern with zero-rating per se,” but plenty of concerns with ATT’s sponsored data plan and Verizon’s FreeBee Data 360.

 

The Wireless Bureau report concluded that: “The limited information we have obtained to date…tends to support a conclusion opposite from ATT’s contentions – namely, that ATT offers Sponsored Data to third party content providers at terms and conditions that are effectively less favorable than those it offers to its affiliate,” and said that “the structure of Verizon Wireless’s FreeBee Data 360 sponsored data program offering may pose concerns for the same reasons as ATT’s Sponsored Data

... read more at: http://www.multichannel.com/news/fcc/fcc-directv-now-plan-appears-violate-net-neutrality-order/410119

AT&T: Google is an evil empire that must be stopped

Following up on the Federal Communications Commission’s continuing investigation into the legality and regulatory positioning of Google Voice, telecommunications giant ATT addressed the FCC with a document entitled, “The Truth About Google Voice and the Open Internet Principles.” (PDF available here, hosted by the Washington Post.) It reads quite like any other publication with a title like “The Truth About…” complete with all the shock and vitriol of a propaganda pamphlet.

ATT claims that Google needs to stop blocking certain outbound Google Voice calls. Google claims that it blocks certain connections which are too expensive for a free service to connect to; and furthermore, as an Internet-based service, the issue is out of the FCC’s jurisdiction anyway.

ATT’s problem with Google Voice is that it, as well as the other national telephone companies, cannot block these access numbers, and have to pay the high fees that Google Voice has been

... read more at: https://betanews.com/2009/10/15/at-t-google-is-an-evil-empire-that-must-be-stopped/

Why Google Is the New Evil Empire

“We don’t need you to type at all because we know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less guess what you’re thinking about … Is that over the line?” – Google Chairman Eric Schmidt

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a Galactic Empire, a beady-eyed Emperor and his heavy-breathing sidekick, Darth Vader. Ever since, we’ve identified the corporate villains we love to hate. We had ATT (T) in the 70s, IBM (IBM) in the 80s, and the evil empire of the 90s was of course Microsoft (MSFT)and Bill “The Conqueror” Gates.  

Today we have Google (GOOGL). Don’t let the geeky façade, whimsical multicolored logo and “don’t be evil” mantra fool you. Google may very well be the most sinister threat and wicked incarnation of them all.

In an interview with the Atlantic almost five years ago,

... read more at: http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2015/04/20/why-google-is-new-evil-empire.html

T-Mobile Takes Aim at AT&T with Death Star for Google Chrome – Android Headlines

As any Star Wars fan would let you know, today, May 4th, is Star Wars Day. The Internet will once again be filled with “May the Fourth be with you” wishes and memes, and a lot of popcorn will be popped by fans of the series who may plan a new Star Wars viewing marathon by the end of the day. Funnily enough, this year it looks like T-Mobile also decided to use this opportunity to target ATT with another wacky joke. As you may already know, T-Mobile CEO, John Legere, previously referred to ATT as the Death Star due to the carrier’s logo, but now the company went one extra creative step forward and launched an extension for Google Chrome which, when active, replaces the “ATT” text on nearly any webpage with the text “The DeATTh Star”.

The Chrome extension can be downloaded on the desktop version

... read more at: https://www.androidheadlines.com/2016/05/t-mobile-takes-aim-att-death-star-google-chrome.html

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