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Sprint Rolls Out 4G LTE in Four More Cities

posted Sunday Sep 2, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Sprint Rolls Out 4G LTE in Four More Cities

In July Sprint turned on its first round of true 4G LTE towers around the nation. Soon after, more and more of their high-speed deployment was turned on and, while the network is faster than Verizon's 4G in some areas, it still lacks the coverage its red counterpart had almost two years ago.

This week, Sprint rolled out more 4G to more areas. Baltimore, Gainesville, GA, Manhattan/Junction City, KS and Sedalia, MO are now live with true 4G LTE. Sprint also said that more of Texas will get 4G coverage in the coming weeks. In Baltimore, 4G LTE will now be available from Fells Point, to Inner Harbor, Federal Hill and Pikesville, with more towers being powered up in the next few days. For my 3G users, Sprint still hasn't forgotten about you and officials have said that smartphone users in both Boston and Washington, D.C. should expect better coverage on their 3G towers, which means less roaming and quicker data.

Senior VP of Sprint's network division, Bob Azzi, said,

Our customers are enjoying new applications and devices that increase the demand for mobile data. The network build-out that today is playing out in four new cities will provide nothing less than a state-of-the art network platform for the next generation of customers. Customers across the country will begin to experience better 3G service on their devices and will be able to take advantage of 4G LTE on cutting-edge devices as we continue to launch more cities.

To me, it seems like even though Sprint's 4G LTE is far superior to that of AT&T's or Verizon's, the coverage is more important. It feels like Sprint is still lagging behind, even after being the first to roll out an actual 4G network (WiMAX), and that was back in 2008. Is an unlimited data plan worth it if you're confined to only 3G and/or roaming speeds? Some people may wait it out for the better network, especially Sprint loyalists, but others may find greener pastures, albeit limited to 5 or 10GB.

What about you? Sprint users, is it worth sticking around, hoping 4G LTE comes to your city two years after Verizon's already entered your market? Sprint said by the end of 2013, they expect to have their new LTE network "largely completed" but will also have improved its 3G service. At least they're not lying about their 3G network being 4G. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section. We'd love to have some Sprint users chime in.

40 Games Coming to Xbox Games on Windows 8

posted Sunday Sep 2, 2012 by Scott Ertz

40 Games Coming to Xbox Games on Windows 8

As much as I enjoy playing the Solitaire Collection, Minesweeper and Mahjong, I long for some more substantial games on Windows 8. I know that the OS is technically not out except to manufacturers and developers, which is why I'm using it, so I am not worried about the lack of titles right now. The question that I have had, as have many online, is will there be titles available at or around launch?

Microsoft answered this question this week, announcing a lineup of 40 titles coming to the platform. Among the titles are several Microsoft exclusives; in addition to the titles already available, we will also get titles like Hydro Thunder Hurricane, Wordament and Adera. While everyone knows what the first titles are, Adera is a new puzzle title that will integrate multi-touch, accelerometers and the power of Xbox Live. The title comes from HitPoint Studios, makers of 130 mobile and social gaming titles. This one seems like it could have a very Myst feel to it, which I am excited about.

Those aren't the only titles. Hit the break to check out the whole list.

Apple Attempts to Expand Its Win Against Samsung

posted Saturday Sep 1, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Apple Attempts to Expand Its Win Against Samsung

As if Apple's win over Samsung wasn't offensive enough, Apple has decided to try and expand the win, targeting new devices in their other legal battle. After proving the concept of shiny and round being exclusive, they have now decided to add the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 10.1 to the list of banned devices. Currently, the Galaxy Nexus has been banned within the US, pending an appeal. Apple believes that these other devices infringe in the same way and are attempting to block the sale of these devices.

While the patents in question here are different from those in last week's decision, the fact that Apple won the other battle might help them get this ban on the books. Clearly Apple is afraid of Samsung and the wild success they have had with their Galaxy S III, especially just ahead of the launch of the iPhone 5 (or whatever name they give it this time). What Apple doesn't quite understand is people. While they might understand how to produce a commercial to make unimpressive technology successful, they do not understand what makes people do things.

So, what result has this threat of a ban created? Hit the break to find out.

Pirate Bay Founder, Gottfrid Svartholm, Arrested

posted Saturday Sep 1, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Pirate Bay Founder, Gottfrid Svartholm, Arrested

In the months since his 12-month sentence was supposed to begin, Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm has been evading an international warrant for failing to appear for his sentence in Sweden. According to Cambodian officials, he has officially been detained, possibly found in his riverside apartment in Phnom Penh. As of now, no one has commented on the grounds of the arrest, but Svartholm's lawyer said,

As far as I understand it is because he is on an international wanted list.

In addition, he said that he believes his client will be returned to Sweden, despite the countries' lack of extradition agreements.

One issue is Svartholm's health; he was even too sick to attend his own appeal in 2010, having to stay in a Cambodian hospital. After then missing another hearing without medical excuse, the verdict was upheld and a one year jail sentence was ordered, plus a $1.1 million fine. With bad health and a massive legal problem, it seems like trying to evade the international police is a terrible idea. Even worse is hiding in a place where people know you have lived in the past.

All of that in, there is no telling what will happen with this 27-year-old over the next few months. He might serve time in Cambodia, he might be sent to Sweden to serve time there or he might be too sick to serve any time.

So, do you think he should have gone back to Sweden to serve his time or did he make the right decision to stay in Cambodia? Sound off in the comments.

NFL Sunday Ticket Returns to PS3

posted Saturday Sep 1, 2012 by Scott Ertz

NFL Sunday Ticket Returns to PS3

This announcement from DIRECTV and PlayStation is good news for all football fans. DIRECTV's NFL Sunday Ticket is coming to PlayStation 3 in just 3 days. If you are a current DIRECTV subscriber with the NFL Sunday Ticket Max, you will have unlimited, free access to the PS3 application and all of the game streaming you could want. You will also get access to the Red Zone Channel included. If you like to see the scoring action from the field, this channel is for you.

If you are a cord cutter or want to see out of market games from back home, don't worry - you can gain access to the service as well. For $299.95, you too can access every out of market game through your PS3. This service, like so many on the PS3, streams in full HD for all users, whether a DIRECTV customer or not.

If you're a fantasy football fan, there are features for you as well. The app provides live stats to help you plan your team so you can beat your friends. If you play through NFL.com, you also have the ability to directly keep track of your team in real-time right on your TV without having to leave your game.

This is a big deal for anyone who is majorly into the NFL, especially for non-DIRECTV customers. For example, I live in an apartment facing the wrong direction and couldn't get DIRECTV if I wanted to and our cable provider doesn't even offer the NFL Network, so there is little chance of seeing anything that is out of market. For the normal price of Sunday Ticket, I could get the package without having to move. It is a good thing.

Open webOS Beta Goes Live

posted Saturday Sep 1, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Open webOS Beta Goes Live

I don't entirely know what to say about this. Last week, HP announced that they would be creating a webOS-based internal start-up, Gram. An ambitious idea, for sure, trying to breathe new life into Palm's baby through an internal revival. The big question that the announcement left us with was: what about the Open webOS Project?

Not to be outdone, HP's Open webOS Project, the decision to release webOS under the Apache license, made their own announcement. As was the original plan, webOS was to be released in Beta form by the end of August and that commitment was met. This week, the Open webOS Project released Open webOS Beta 1.0 to the masses.

So, what does Open webOS Beta 1.0 contain and how does it differ from the newly announced webOS derivative Gram? Hit the break for more details.

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