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Comcast removes data caps during pandemic, has no trouble meeting increased demand

So a funny thing happened after internet service provider Comcast temporarily suspended data caps in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: nothing much at all. Or to put it another way, the company says it saw a 32-percent increase in peak traffic, a 212-percent increase in VoIP and video conferencing traffic, and a 38-percent increase in […]

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Amazon plans to launch 3,236 satellites to provide broadband internet

For a company that started out as an online bookstore, Amazon sure has its fingers in a lot of pies these days. Thanks to Amazon Web Services, the company is one of the biggest players in cloud computing. Amazon makes and sells its own tablets, media streamers, and other devices (including eReaders, of course). Amazon […]

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T-Mobile launches home broadband trial (50 Mbps for $50 per month)

US wireless carrier T-Mobile is getting into the in-home internet space, but the company is starting small. T-Mobile is launching an invitation-only pilot program that will let up to 50-thousand households in “rural and underserved areas of the country” use the company’s 4G LTE network in their homes by the end of the year. Those […]

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Qualcomm’s next-gen camera tech includes depth-sensors and iris scanners

Smartphone cameras have gotten better and better over the past few years, allowing you to take some pretty amazing photos or even shoot feature films using just a smartphone. But these days smartphone cameras do a lot more than simply let you capture still photos and moving pictures. Cameras can help your device sense depth, […]

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Microsoft to bring internet to rural areas through unused TV signals

Plenty of companies have come up with interesting ways to help bridge the digital divide by delivering internet access to areas that aren’t well served by wired or cellular networks. Google is trying balloons. Facebook is trying drones (something that Google has already tried and abandoned). Now Microsoft has another idea: TV signals. The New York […]

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Google may offer wireless home internet service to supplement Google Fiber

Google makes most of its money by showing ads to users of its online services. So it makes sense that the company has been exploring ways to help users get online, ranging from internet-delivered-by-hot-air-balloons to an unusual cellular service that lets subscribers access the internet using a range of mobile and WiFi networks. But one of […]

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Google Fiber-free? Alphabet wants to deliver gigabit internet without wires

Google Fiber offers high-speed internet service to customers in select US markets… and when I say high-speed, I mean Google Fiber is one of the fastest internet service providers in the country, with speeds up to 1 gigabit (1,000 Mbps) for both downloads and uploads. But part of the reason Google Fiber is only available in […]