SEGA's Sonic Forces: Speed Battles out now on Android and iOS

When you own such a popular franchise as Sonic, you’ll have less to worry about people not trying it out. SEGA keeps pouring Sonic titles in the App Store and Google Play, so if you’ve managed to keep track of them, here is one that follows the same endless runner formula.

Sonic Forces: Speed Battles is perhaps the first game in the series that contains loot boxes, an aspect that has been embraced by many publishers and developers who want to keep players engaged long after they’ve completed the content (I’m looking at you EA).

Also, unlike other titles …


Minneapolis may be cold, but it has the fastest 4G speed among 35 major U.S. cities surveyed

Minneapolis is a cold, cold city during the winter. But when it comes to mobile data speeds, Minneapolis is a hot, hot city. Data compiled by Open Signal has discovered that during the third quarter of this year, the average download speed in Minneapolis was 21.5Mbps. Detroit was second with an average speed of 20.77Mbps. Minneapolis and Detroit were the only major stateside cities to average an LTE download speed of 20Mbps or higher during the three month period.

The slowest of the 35 major cities on the list was Las Vegas, which had an average LTE download speed of 11.65Mbps, a bit more …

Google adds playback speed option on YouTube for Android and iOS

A brand new feature is slowing rolling out to YouTube users on Android and iOS devices, one that will surely make them happy. Google has just announced it is now allowing YouTube users to choose the playback speed of the videos they are watching.

Variable speed playback is available on the desktop app for several years now but only made it to mobiles this week, even though it was the most highly requested features.

Once Google finishes rolling out the new feature, YouTube users will be able to speed up or slow down videos in the iOS and Android apps. According to developers, the playback …

YouTube for Android rolls out speed controls for video playback on some devices

One of the special features that YouTube reserves for its desktop version only is speed controls: being able to speed up or slow down a video is especially useful for those trying to learn moves from videos, or just looking for those tiny details that are not easily noticeable.
Now, YouTube seems to be mulling adding speed controls to its mobile application. 9to5Google has noticed the option to select video speed on YouTube for Android, version 12.29.57, but the option is not yet available to everyone out there (we don’t have it yet).
The …

OpenSignal: Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint LTE speed and reliability Q2 report

Gather around, carrier fandom, we’ve got the latest Q2 metrics on speed, availability, latency and 3G fallback for the big four US networks, courtesy of the OpenSignal’s communal methodology. There are some notable changes since the info that came out before unlimited plans took over, namely that T-Mobile took all the glory for itself, while Verizon and AT&T are still making most of the money there is to make in the industry.
Our measured average speeds on Verizon and AT&T’s networks have clearly dropped, almost certainly a result of new unlimited …

Speed, coverage, or price – what do you look for most when choosing a carrier? (results)

We asked you last week what is the most important feature for you in a carrier network – speed, coverage and reliability, or pricing – and the preferred extra was overwhelmingly the breadth and strength of coverage. We deliberately excluded the “all of the above” option, so pricing turned out to be the second most important argument for choosing this and that network, while less than 10% of our respondents cited top speed as top preference when shopping around for a carrier.

Until recently, it seemed that you can’t have your cake, and eat it too, as a vast and speedy network …

Is Verizon capping Netflix and YouTube at a data speed of 10Mbps? (UPDATE)

Several Verizon subscribers are claiming that Big Red is imposing a speed cap of 10Mbps on video streaming services Netflix and YouTube. To prove that this is indeed happening with Netflix, we copied a test that was published elsewhere on Friday morning. With our Moto Z Force connected to Verizon’s network, we ran Ookla’s Speedtest app and scored a download speed of 48.22 Mbps on Big Red’s 4G LTE network.

The next thing we did was run Fast.com. This is actually an app available from the Google Play Store that is offered by Netflix. The app measures download speeds for Netflix only, so in …

Speed, coverage, or price – what do you look for most when choosing a carrier?

According to the latest survey by research shop Jefferies, the number one priority for carrier subs is network performance and reliability (46%), followed by monthly costs (30%), while unlimited data plan was cited as most important by only 8% of those surveyed, and those were skewed heavily towards the Sprint camp. 

Until recently, it seemed that you can’t have your cake, and eat it too, as a vast and speedy network requires significant capital outlays that have to be recouped with higher prices. Now that the bulk of 4G LTE investment has been done by carriers, and all …

Is Verizon capping Netflix and YouTube at a data speed of 10Mbps?

Several Verizon subscribers are claiming that Big Red is imposing a speed cap of 10Mbps on video streaming services Netflix and YouTube. To prove that this is indeed happening with Netflix, we copied a test that was published elsewhere on Friday morning. With our Moto Z Force connected to Verizon’s network, we ran Ookla’s Speedtest app and scored a download speed of 48.22 Mbps on Big Red’s 4G LTE network.

The next thing we did was run Fast.com. This is actually an app available from the Google Play Store that is offered by Netflix. The app measures download speeds for Netflix only, so in …

Kayak's emoji search function brings the speed and fun of texting to travel

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Travel should be fun, not a hellish slog through dystopian security checkpoints and zombie-service employees with penal institution levels of charm. 

That’s why Kayak’s decision to add a bit of whimsy into the travel process by adding an emoji search function is more than welcome. 

If you’re not emoji fluent, this is the perfect excuse to step up your emoji game and learn about some of the more obscure symbols hiding in your texting arsenal. 

The function doesn’t work for all cities yet, but the first cities included are New York (🗽), Tokyo (🍣  sushi!), Chicago (🐇  O’Hare Airport), Dublin, Ireland (☘️ ), Las Vegas (slots! 🎰 ), Easter Island (🗿 ), Amsterdam (🚨 red light, get it?), Los Angeles, San Francisco (📱 yep, that’s a smartphone), and Toronto (🍁 ).  Read more…

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