Data

Google CEO: what the…? We don’t give the feds your data

In case you've missed some of the crazy news this week, news that we've been steering clear of, apparently Verizon Wireless gives the NSA access to all our calls. A court document leaked revealing they give the NSA access to all our 'metadata' on an ongoing daily basis. Then to top that a new report surfaced that the NSA has a program calls "PRISM" that does this for tons of other major companies.

EFF report slams Verizon and AT&T over user data protection

A popular Digital Rights Advocacy group called the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is back this year and have released their annual report card. It's called "Who has your back" regarding companies who protect their users - and their data - from the prying eyes of the government. Surprisingly, Verizon scores dead last and didn't receive a single star, while AT&T only had 1 out of 5 themselves. It's not looking good for wireless carriers.

Google Fiber headed to Texas – can my town be next?

Reports are beginning to surface this week that Google's blazing fast gigabit internet service is headed to Texas, and we could be getting the official details as soon as next week. Reports are claiming Austin Texas is up next, and I'm just wondering when Vegas will get it. That's all I need to know. For more details on Google Fiber read on past the break.

AT&T goes big with Mobile Share data plans up to 50GB

AT&T seems to have stepped things up quite a bit in terms of data allotments for Mobile Share plans. With the previous plans offering data options from 1GB up to 20GB, AT&T has since announced plans that offer up to 50GB. More specifically, the carrier has added a 30GB, 40GB and 50GB option. The one catch -- they don't come cheap. These new higher data plans are going for $300, $400 and $500 per month.

T-Mobile beefs up 4G coverage in New Orleans ahead of Super Bowl

The Super Bowl, as any American football fan will excitedly tell you, is coming up this weekend in New Orleans. Tons of fans will be flocking to the city to watch the big game take place, many of them with smartphones in their pockets. Of course, it isn't everyday you get to go to the Super Bowl, so we imagine many of them will be using those smartphones for all sorts of things during the game. Luckily, T-Mobile is up to the challenge faced with thousands of football fans tweeting, sharing, and plusing, boosting its 4G network in New Orleans before kickoff.

T-Mobile 4G LTE speeds spotted in Kansas City

We've been hearing that T-Mobile is dangerously close to launching its 4G LTE network, and today, some users in Kansas City are reporting that the company has at least partially flipped the switch. One T-Mobile user is claiming on the XDA Developers Forum that he now has access to the company's 4G LTE network, putting it through Speed Test and showing the outcome to the world. The results will probably be underwhelming to those who are used to blazing fast 4G LTE, but there's a pretty good reason for that.

Verizon turns on 4G LTE in 29 new markets

We've been talking a lot about AT&T's aggressive 4G LTE roll out lately, but today it's Verizon's turn. The nation's largest carrier announced today that it has launched 4G LTE service in a whopping 29 markets, bringing the total number of LTE markets up to an absurd 470. At last check, AT&T had just under 200 markets where LTE service was up and running, so Verizon has quite a large lead on the other carriers in the US.
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