Tag Archive: Network’s


Sling TV adds Discovery Networks channels

They’re still split up between Sling’s two major plans, though.

Discovery Networks — the umbrella company of such channels as the eponymous Discovery Channel and TLC — today announced that it’s brought its suite of content to Sling TV. (Sling, by the way, is the biggest streaming service in the United States.) The channels are split between the Sling Orange and Sling Blue plans, with a few more scattered among a few of the a la carte add-ons.

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goTenna Mesh review: Private networks for going off the grid or during outages

If you’ve ever gone camping or hiking and found yourself “off of the grid” for a period of time, you likely know how refreshing it is. No phone, no Facebook, no Reddit, no text messages. On the other hand, it can be somewhat scary to be away from society for any length of time. What happens if you get lost or separated from your party?

Whether you’re in the bottom of a canyon or three miles deep into the woods,  [Read More…]

Verizon introduces Safe Wi-Fi VPN for public networks, new prepaid promo

Public Wi-Fi networks are always a risky ordeal. You’re sending all of your data over an unsecured network, and if anyone wanted to intercept that data, it really isn’t that hard. Most people don’t think about it, but it’s a substantial security risk.

Verizon is trying to combat that with a new feature called Safe Wi-Fi. This feature is basically a VPN that is only enabled when you connect to public Wi-Fi networks. A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, encrypts  [Read More…]

Why don’t more Chinese smartphones work on US networks?

There are many great smartphones out there hailing from China, but the majority don’t work in the US. But why is that exactly?

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goTenna Mesh review: Private networks for going off the grid or during outages

Stop worrying about not being able to communicate with other campers and hikers. Create your own mesh network and send and receive messages regardless of whether service is available. The goTenna Mesh works when your carrier can’t be bothered.

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T-Mobile and Sprint announce first markets to support their 5G networks

The 5G future is almost here.

The race to 5G seems to be heating up among U.S. carriers every single day, and during MWC 2018, T-Mobile and Sprint both announced their respective plans for rolling out their 5G networks over the next year.

Looking first at T-Mobile, the Un-Carrier says it’ll begin building out 5G equipment this year in a total of 30 cities, with New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Las Vegas being among the  [Read More…]

Android 8.1 now shows how fast public Wi-Fi networks are before you connect

The latest feature in Android 8.1 Oreo introduces speed labels for public Wi-Fi networks.

Google has enabled a new feature in Android 8.1 Oreo that lets you see how fast a public Wi-Fi network is before you connect to it. Previously, all you could see was the signal strength indicator, so you had to manually connect to a network to gauge its speed. With the speed labels now in place, you can now get that information without having to  [Read More…]

Google looking into Home and Chromecast devices that kill Wi-Fi networks

If your Wi-Fi derps while using Google Home or Chromecast, you’re not alone.

Google’s been trying its hand at connected home gadgets for a few years now, and now that it has devices like the Chromecast, Google Home, and soon Smart Displays, it’s clear now more than ever that this is a market it wants to dominate. Before that happens, however, Google needs to issue a fix to a bug that’s recently caused Wi-Fi networks to go dark when  [Read More…]

Carrier report card: How we rated the Big Four U.S. networks in 2017

See who passed, who failed, and who needs to stay after class when it comes to the Big Four.

As part of any year-end roundup worth its salt, it’s time for a look at how the companies who provide our phone service did over the last 12 months.

For most people, talking about a cell phone provider is not sitting high on a list of interesting things. And that’s great, maybe even the way it should be.  [Read More…]

Project Fi: What it’s like switching between three networks?

Switching between networks isn’t scary, and in fact it’s quite useful.

Usually when you sign up for a phone carrier, you’re just getting service from that one carrier. That’s not the case with Project Fi, which lets your phone actively switch between T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular. It’s a big selling point for the service, and when you add in Wi-Fi calling and texting it looks like quite the network juggling act.

After using Project Fi for  [Read More…]