Verizon is the best wireless carrier, report says, but 5G could change everything

Verizon is still the best mobile network carrier for overall quality, according to a new report. The nation’s biggest consumer wireless company placed first by sweeping all six categories (with one tie) for the second half of 2019, according to mobile evaluator RootMetrics. Verizon placed first in best network overall and also won for reliability, speed, data connections, and calling, RootMetrics said. As in prior years, Verizon tied for first place with AT&T for texting. AT&T placed second nationally, with T-Mobile and Sprint bringing up the rear. The final 2019 rankings come at a time of transition for the wireless industry. The carriers have spent billions of dollars building out… Read More

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Amazon asks FCC to give swift approval to Project Kuiper satellite network despite SpaceX opposition

Multiple mega-constellations of satellites could take root in low Earth orbit over the next few years. (European Space Agency Illustration) Amazon fired its latest volley today in a back-and-forth debate over whether the company can proceed in an expedited fashion with its 3,236-satellite Project Kuiper mega-constellation for broadband internet access. Today’s letter to the Federal Communications Commission addresses objections that SpaceX, OneWeb and other mega-constellation ventures raised to Amazon’s request for an “expeditous grant” of its application to launch and operate the Kuiper satellites. “Affording equitable access to spectrum and orbital resources will increase investment, innovation, and consumer choice.” Mariah Dodson Shuman, corporate counsel for Kuiper Systems, Amazon’s satellite subsidiary,… Read More

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Best Oppo phones of 2020: pick up the best Oppo handset for you

Oppo has made large strides into the European phone market over the last two years, cementing itself as a major force. The company has been huge in its native China for years, and finally the rest of the world is getting to see what all the rightly-earned fuss is about. You can usually spot an Oppo phone thanks to its distinctive design language – pop up cameras or tear drop notches, more than one camera and glossy reflective backs mean they stand out from the crowd, and thankfully usually earn praise with top battery life, good performance and impressive cameras. The company is always showing off new tech like its… Read More

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Best running watches 2020: the perfect GPS companions for your workouts

There are plenty of wearables out there, but the best running watches tend to be some of the top performers in the whole category. While some of them are all-round smartwatches, many are designed for hardcore running fanatics and are geared towards a more active lifestyle. With longer-lasting battery life, improved performance insights and smarter design, the demand for better running watches grows each year as we gauge the newest devices from the likes of Garmin, Polar and Suunto in search of the best of the best. High on your priority list should be highly accurate GPS, idiot-grade usability for when your running brain get tired, and top-notch partner apps… Read More

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