T-Mobile says its LAA rollout brought 5-10x increase in network speeds

We launched LAA in 4Q 17 and have seen material impacts in speed performance – increasing speeds 5-10X— Neville (@NevilleRay) February 8, 2018 
T-Mobile introduced Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) as part of its LTE Advanced Pro network upgrades in the previous quarter, and is already picking the fruits of those labors, it seems. LAA uses carrier aggregation to bind together unlicensed 5GHz spectrum with LTE in the licensed band, enlarging the data pipe significantly.
Verizon and AT&T are also stepping up their LAA efforts, and plan to roll …

Samsung brought 'almost finished' foldable Galaxy X to CES, 7.3" display in tow

Where there is smoke, there is probably fire, and we’ve been hearing about Samsung’s foldable phone in the last two days more than in the last two months. Turns out that Samsung has actually brought the phone, and showcased it to interested partners at the CES 2018 expo. Granted, Samsung has done this at the previous CES, too, but now the phone looked “almost finished,” tipped insiders, at least from a hardware standpoint, and ready for mass production in November.
Samsung brought both infolding and outfolding prototypes, but will likely retail the infolding type, …

The 2017 holiday shopping season brought record sales to Amazon

Many consumers feel that they get a good value by spending $99 a year for a Amazon Prime membership. With a subscription, members get same day, one day or two day delivery of certain products. Subscribers also get free access to Amazon Prime streaming video and streaming music. During one week of this year’s holiday shopping season, the company added 4 million new subscribers who signed up for a free trial or paid membership to Prime.

According to Amazon, the company set a record for holiday sales this year. Amazon sold millions more of new devices in 2017 compared to 2016’s figures. In …

Unlimited plans introduction brought both good and bad news to U.S. Cellular

US Cellular, which is the fifth largest carrier by subscriber numbers, after Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, released very pleasant for investors quarterly results last week, and saw its stock jump significantly. It turns out, unlimited data plans are to “blame” for the carrier’s stellar performance. After introducing them back in February, U.S. Cellular saw a 51% data consumption increase on its network, but also a jump in subscriber rates.
Nearly a third of its Total plan users are on the unlimited option now, and the average subscriber goes through 3.1 GB …

'Game of Thrones' brought back someone we've sorely missed, and we're screaming


Spoilers below for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 5. So don’t act like you haven’t been warned.

Game of Thrones is in the business of reunions and resurrecting old favorites this season, and “Eastwatch” brought back none other than King Robert Baratheon’s beloved bastard Gendry.

The blacksmith’s apprentice who fled King’s Landing with Arya Stark and sailed away from Stannis Baratheon waaaaayyyyy back in Season 3 reunited with Davos Seaworth in Fleabottom in tonight’s episode… and then gets into another freaking boat.

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Some original Apple Watch models brought in for servicing are being exchanged for Series 1 units

If you bring your original Apple Watch in for service, you could end up getting a Series 1 Apple Watch back in return. Apple has informed retail store employees and Authorized Service providers that some original generation Apple Watch units brought in for repair can be substituted with a Series 1 model instead. The substitution will only take place in certain countries, although these markets were not listed by Apple. Additionally, the Series 1 substitutions are limited to Apple Watch units in Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold.

Those who purchased the original Apple Watch are no longer …