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AT&T shuts down its 3G network this week, T-Mobile and Verizon to follow suit later this year

It’s the beginning of the end for 3G cellular networks in the United States. The wireless standard was the first to deliver high-speed data over the airwaves when it first rolled out two decades ago, but since then it’s been largely supplanted by faster 4G networks and, more recently, 5G which can theoretically deliver higher […]

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Lenovo ThinkPad X13 5G and Chomebook 300e with LTE coming to AT&T in September

Two Lenovo laptops with built-in support for cellular networks are heading to AT&T next month. The Lenovo ThinkPad X13 5G is a premium Windows-powered notebook with an Core i5 Intel Tiger Lake processor that goes up for pre-order August 27th and ships September 17th, while the Lenovo 300e Chromebook LTE is an 11.6 inch convertible with a […]

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Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go with 4G LTE is available from AT&T for $350

The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go is a 3.2 pound notebook with a 14 inch HD display, an Intel Celeron N4500 dual-core processor, and a starting price of $300 for a WiFi-only model. But one of the things that makes Samsung’s new Chromebook stand out is that it’s also available with 4G LTE, making it one of the few […]

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Lilbits: DSL conundrum, Pixel 2 EOL, and a $6K Android camera

My first broadband internet connection was DSL. After years of dialup, the ability to surf the web with speeds measured in MB rather than KB per second felt like living in the future. But these days DSL is aging technology that’s been largely left behind by the proliferation of cable, fiber, and cellular technologies that […]

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Lilbits 371: AT&T’s first 5G phone is coming… but not for you

When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S10 and S10+ earlier this year, the company also introduced its first 5G-ready smartphone: the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s basically the same phone with the addition of a 5G modem. But this model also has a bigger screen and a larger battery than its […]

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AT&T and Best Buy cancel Samsung Galaxy Fold pre-orders

The Samsung Galaxy Fold was originally scheduled to hit stores on April 26th, but Samsung postponed the launch after multiple reviewers reported that the screens were easy to damage on their demo units. At the time the company said it would announce a new release date “in the coming weeks,” at this point it’s not […]

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Lilbits 319: Chrome gets more secure, uses more RAM

Google’s Chrome web browser has always been something of a memory hog, which is to be expected from an application that runs a new process for each browser tab. Now Google has introduced something called “site isolation,” which means that not only does each tab have its own process, but each process can also now […]

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Red Hydrogen One smartphone launching this summer in US and Latin America

High-end camera maker Red’s first smartphone is launching this summer. The company has announced the Red Hydrogen One will be available through AT&T and Verizon in the US and from wireless carriers Claro and Telcel in Latin America. The phone went up for pre-order last year, with prices starting at $1195, and in some ways […]

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AT&T begins Airgig trials: Gigabit wireless internet wherever power lines are available

There are a growing number of companies offering gigabit internet speeds, but typically that requires running new cables to a customer’s home. Last year AT&T unveiled a different idea: piggyback on existing power lines that already crisscross the country. AT&T’s Airgig is actually a wireless technology. But instead of building new cell towers, it puts […]

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ZTE Axon Multy leak suggests dual-screen phone that unfolds to become tablet

Rumor has it that Samsung and LG are working on phones with flexible displays you’ll be able to use as a tablet or fold in half to use as a phone. Lenovo’s already shown how similar technology could be used for a foldable tablet or a phone that folds around your wrist like a watch. […]

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Unlimited data makes a comeback: All 4 major carriers onboard (again)

There was a time when it wasn’t hard to sign up for an unlimited wireless data plan in the US… and then most major carriers got rid of them. But over the past few years they started making a comeback on select carriers. Sprint and T-Mobile have been offering “unlimited” data for a while, with […]