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MetroPCS Brings REAL 4G Network to Boston, Sacramento and NYC

posted Sunday Dec 19, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

MetroPCS Brings REAL 4G Network to Boston, Sacramento and NYC

Under normal circumstances, I'd be inclined to make fun of, downplay or otherwise have MetroPCS look foolish. With no contract, prepaid carriers, most of the time you get a service that is lackluster at best, relies on outdated technology and devices and gets placed last on the queue for connectivity to the towers, in which they do not own, only borrow when needed from the major carriers.

However, the tide has turned, as T-Mobile has been in my crosshairs for over a month. I mentioned in November how T-Mobile has lied about having a true 4G network and that MetroPCS has had a real 4G device on a real 4G network for a while now.

If you want to know how this all plays together, click the break.

P2P User Wants Damages to Drop From $1.5 Million to Zero

posted Sunday Dec 19, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

P2P User Wants Damages to Drop From $1.5 Million to Zero

It seems like only yesterday that P2P user Jammie Thomas-Rasset was monetarily attacked by the RIAA and a court ruling ordered her to pay $222,000. Then, after an appeal, another judge ruled she should pay $1.92 million and then after another appeal, $1.5 million. After the second verdict, the judge did say that all of those numbers are absolutely ridiculous and then decided that $54,000 is the maximum he could allow.

Well, clearly it appears that the jurors didn't catch that memo and because of all the confusion and crazy numbers, defendant Jammie Thomas-Rasset feels that she has suffered enough by spending her time in court and thinks she should owe absolutely nothing. Her lawyers have motioned for the judge to minimize the damage owed to zero dollars and zero cents.

For more on this crazy story, five years in the making, hit the break.

The World's First Dual-Core Phone - From LG?

posted Saturday Dec 18, 2010 by Scott Ertz

The World's First Dual-Core Phone - From LG?

I guess they just couldn't wait for CES 2011. LG this week announced the Optimus 2X, the world's first phone powered by a dual-core processor. What proc is powering this new powerhouse? The Nvidia Tegra 2, of course, running at 1GHz (times two, of course).

In benchmarks, the device obviously overpowered devices like the Nexus One, Motorola Droid X and HTC Evo (currently the three fastest handsets running Android 2.2). Not surprising, given its dual-core wonderfulness. You can see the benchmarks on the right.

What other traits does this phone have and will it be worth it? Hit the break to find out.

Media is the New Gaming

posted Saturday Dec 18, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Media is the New Gaming

Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony have planted multimedia Trojan horses in our living rooms in the form of videogame consoles. Until recently, these devices have been mainly used for gaming, but the winds are changing in video's favor.

Nielsen released some statistics recently that show video usage on the consoles is definitely on the rise. 20% of all time spent on a Wii is spent with streaming video, mostly Netflix. Xbox users spend 10% and PS3 users spend 9% of their overall time streaming video. Some of these numbers are surprising and some not so much.

To see which is which, hit the break.

Chrome Enterprise By Google, Not Starfleet

posted Saturday Dec 18, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Chrome Enterprise By Google, Not Starfleet

Cloud: the final frontier. Well, probably not. However, Google CEO Eric Schmidt has big plans for Chrome OS as we noted last week. Their goals to increase ad revenue through a simple web based OS that will effectively move your everyday computing tasks completely to "the cloud," making the user more likely to search for things, is one goal. But the most notable is Google offering MSI for Chrome enterprise deployment. To clarify, a MSI is simply an installation engine that manages the maintenance and removal of software as well.

Hit the break to see if the Chrome MSI can help Google boldly go where only really Microsoft has gone before.

Next iPad To Be More 'i' And Less 'Pad'

posted Tuesday Dec 14, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Next iPad To Be More 'i' And Less 'Pad'

The first generation of the iPad has been credited for launching the tablet market and is expected to sell 13 million units by the end of 2010, which is difficult to believe since I have only ever seen 1 out in the wild. I have even gone into various trendy places where this device would be likely to appear. The other ones were tethered to a Best Buy display. However, current part manufacturers for the iPad have been suggesting that a new version will be in the works and on shelves around April 2011.

To find out more about Apple's next up and coming "revolutionary" device, hit the break.

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