Verizon, T-Mobile Tie for Best Network, OpenSignal Report Finds

Across the U.S., Verizon and T-Mobile are practically neck and neck in terms of mobile network speeds and performance, according to the latest findings from OpenSignal’s crowdsourced monitoring.

OpenSignal also found that 4G speeds continue to rise, with typical speeds in many cities surpassing the national average. Of 36 cities the company studied from October through December, 25 now have one or more mobile service providers that deliver average LTE speeds faster than 20 Mbps (megabits per second).

The city with the fastest 4G speeds in the new study is Detroit, where both Verizon and T-Mobile average LTE download speeds of more than 25 Mbps. Minneapolis and Chicago also have at least one operator with average 4G speeds of 25 Mbps or greater. OpenSignal’s results are based on some 4.6 billion crowdsourced datapoints measured through its mobile app, which is being used by nearly 170,000 people across the U.S.

Verizon Retains Top 4G Availability — for Now

Compared to the results in its previous “State of Mobile Networks” report, released in August, OpenSignal found that Verizon had gained some ground over T-Mobile in its 4G speed rankings late last year.

“Verizon has clearly taken exception to T-Mobile’s recent attempts to steal the network spotlight,” the new report noted. “Verizon is fighting back with 4G upgrades of its own, and as our latest results in the U.S. show it’s doing so quite effectively. The two are again tied in network speeds in our tests, but T-Mobile continues to chip away at Verizon’s vaunted lead in 4G availability.”

Tests showed that Verizon currently offers the highest 4G availability rates, with those speeds available 88.2 percent of the time. T-Mobile, however, is only two percentage points behind, “the closest we’ve seen that difference,” OpenSignal said.

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Verizon Wireless Offering Same-Day Screen Repairs

Verizon Wireless today said customers who subscribe to its Total Mobile Protection plan can take advantage of same-day screen repairs at some 220 Verizon Stores across 34 states. Many of the company’s most popular phones are eligible for same-day repairs, including the Apple iPhone SE, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, and 6s Plus; Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, S7, Note 4, and 5; and the Motorola Droid Turbo and Droid Maxx. Verizon says it will add more devices to this list over time. Customers who don’t live near one of the 220 stores may be eligible for same-day repairs completed by an in-home mobile technician. The Total Mobile Protection plan costs $11 per month for smartphones and $9 per month for tablets/feature phones. Families can protect multiple lines: the first three lines are $11 each, but lines 4-10 can be added at no additional charge. Cracked screen repairs require a $79 deductible, but Verizon upped the number of yearly claims from two to three per line. All lines can take advantage of Verizon’s Tech Coach for personal/technical assistance. The new Verizon Wireless Total Mobile Protection plan is available beginning today.

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LG and Google team up on improved smartwatches

LG and Google team up on improved smartwatches

If you’re into your smartwatches and use an Android device, you’ll have noticed the lack of updates of both hardware and software recently. LG are planning to change all that with two new smartwatches, both running the new Wear 2.0 update.

They were leaked by Evan Blass but we now have official confirmation from LG directly. The LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style will both run Android Wear 2.0 and are both powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor. You’ll also get a better finger-free interface as the Google Assistant comes built-in. It’ll allow you to set reminders, ask for directions and more – just say “OK Google” to get started.

The LG Watch Sport supports Android Pay via NFC, so you can slap your wrist on the payment terminals instead of your smartphone. Meanwhile, both watches have a better UI and enhanced messaged and fitness features via Google Fit.

Both watches have a rotating side button to navigate around the interface – scroll through the app menu, notifications or messages by rotating it.

LG and Google team up on improved smartwatches

The LG Watch Sport is designed for everyone who “enjoys dynamic, athletic lifestyles” and inside you’ll find a SIM with 4G connectivity. No real need for a smartphone then, as there’s built-in GPS and it can runs apps itself. Specs include a 1.38″ circular P-OLED display and it’s made from 316L grade stainless steel. It also has a thermoplastic polyurethane band and a photoplethsmogram (PPG) sensor to track your heart rate. It’s water and dust proof.

The smaller LG Watch Style is designed “for urbanites” and comes in either silver, titanium and rose gold. You can snap bands onto it and it’s waterproof too.

Both of these will be on show at Mobile World Congress, but if you’re in the USA you can buy one tomorrow – February 10th. Key markets in Europe and Asia will see availability via the Google Store “later this month”.

Full specs below..

LG Watch Sport Key Specifications:
• Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 2100 featuring 4G LTE
• Operating System: Android Wear™ 2.0
• Display: 1.38-inch P-OLED Display (480 x 480 / 348ppi)
• Size: 45.4 x 51.21 x 14.2mm **
• Memory: 4GB eMMC / 768MB LPDDR3
• Battery: 430mAh
• Network: LTE / 3G /Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.2 LE / NFC
• Sensors: 6-Axis (Accelerometer / Gyro) / Barometer / PPG / GPS / Ambient Light Sensor
• Colour: Titanium / Dark Blue
• Other: Dust and Water Resistance (IP68) / Speaker / Microphone / Wireless Charging

LG Watch Style Key Specifications:
• Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 2100
• Operating System: Android Wear™ 2.0
• Display: 1.2-inch P-OLED Display (360 x 360 / 299ppi)
• Size: 42.3 x 45.7 x 10.79mm
• Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB LPDDR3
• Battery: 240mAh
• Network: Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.2 LE
• Sensors: 6-Axis (Accelerometer / Gyro) / Ambient Light Sensor
• Colour: Silver / Titanium / Rose Gold
• Other: Dust and Water Resistance (IP67) / Microphone / Wireless Charging

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  • Security Ops Platform Adds Integrated Threat Intelligence

    CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 9, 2017 — Demisto, Inc., an innovator in Security Operations technology, today introduced the Demisto Enterprise 2.0 Security Operations Platform, the industry?EU?s first comprehensive incident management platform to offer integrated threat intelligence. The new capabilities enable customers to integrate leading threat feeds with Demisto to manage indicators and automate threat hunting operations, saving time and significantly reducing the risk of exposure.

    With this new release, Demisto offers the industry?EU?s most comprehensive Security Operations Platform with automation playbooks, 100+ product integrations, incident case management, threat feed aggregation and incident correlation, and ?EU?Demisto Insights?EU? — the first-of-its-kind machine learning to help analysts with best next steps during an investigation.

    ?EU?Demisto?EU?s comprehensive incident response and automation platform has allowed Cylance® to architect an adaptable, security capability that allows me to capitalize on the innovation of my streamlined team of security experts,?EU? said Steve Mancini, Senior Director of Information Security at Cylance. ?EU?With Demisto?EU?s latest release, the enhanced CylancePROTECT® integration strengthens our collaboration and enables us to quickly gain valuable threat intelligence about the malicious code that Cylance prevents from executing.?EU?

    The incident response (IR) process in security operations has suffered from a long mean time to resolution (MTTR) and lack of security skillset availability. DBot, the Demisto security chatbot, utilizes machine learning to acquire and analyze data about analysts?EU? typical actions during investigations. With this advanced learning, DBot can now help analysts with the best next steps during the course of an investigation, accelerating the IR process and increasing the efficacy of response, especially important with inexperienced analysts.

    The new Indicator Repository, unique to Demisto, allows customers to manage threat indicators on the same platform where they perform investigations. Customers can import indicators (using STIX and other formats) and leverage Demisto?EU?s automation and playbooks with historical threat…
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    Demisto Raises $20M to Meet Growing Global Demand

    CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 9, 2017 — Demisto, Inc., an innovator in Security Operations technology, today announced that it has closed its $20 million Series B round of funding. As a part of this round, the company also announced the appointment of ClearSky Managing Director Jay Leek to its Board of Directors. Round participants also included Accel, Slack Fund and other strategic investors.

    The funds will be used to expand operations to accelerate new product innovation and customer rollouts, and ramp sales and marketing to meet growing global demand for incident response management, automation, and real-time collaboration across security teams. Today?EU?s funding brings the company?EU?s total funding to $26 million.

    ?EU?Demisto was built to make security analysts?EU? lives easier with its combined incident response case management and security orchestration platform, which is unrivaled in the industry,?EU? said Slavik Markovich, CEO of Demisto. ?EU?This new funding is a testament to the tremendous and unbelievably fast growth we?EU?ve already experienced, in less than a year since we first launched our product. We are also excited to add security visionary Jay Leek to our Board of Directors, and we will leverage his exceptional leadership and guidance as we grow our business.?EU?

    According to a recent report published by MarketsandMarkets, the incident response market size is estimated to grow from USD $13.09 Billion in 2016 to USD $30.29 Billion by 2021, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 18.3 percent. In 2016 Demisto saw rapid adoption of its incident response solution due to expanding market demand and a significant partner ecosystem which now includes more than 100 integration partners.

    ?EU?Demisto simplifies the way enterprises manage incident response with its automated and collaborative incident response platform that delivers unprecedented insight and resolution into complex threats,?EU? said Jay Leek, managing director at ClearSky and former CISO of Blackstone. ?EU?I have…
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    Three help to reconnect the disconnected

    UK network Three has launched a new scheme called ‘Reconnected’ which aims to get smartphones into the hands of everyone, especially those out there who do not have one and want to improve their daily lives.

    The scheme targets disadvantaged people, with free donated phones provided to the homeless or those who’ve just left the military or suffering from domestic abuse.

    Three will also give anyone receiving one of these devices a full 3 months connectivity so they can use to sign up for job alerts, get back online and into the world again.

    Mary, from Hertfordshire, received a phone from the Reconnected scheme and tells us…

    Before I got my Reconnected smartphone, I was terrified of technology. I wanted a job, so I knew I needed to get online. My employment advisor helped me to develop my confidence and by the end of the three-month programme, I was emailing prospective employers and talking to my employment advisor via email. I set myself up with a Three SIM package at the end of the three months and it’s opened so many doors for me.

    Three help to reconnect the disconnected

    Here’s a video showing a bit more detail…

    Anyone with a phone sitting in the back of the drawer or boxed up in the wardrobe gathering dust? Why not help someone out by asking at your nearest Three store how to recycle it.

    Full details below..

    NEW SCHEME HELPS DISADVANTAGED PEOPLE FIND THEIR CALLING

    Three UK has today announced the launch of a new scheme called Reconnected which will see some of the UK’s most disadvantaged people connected to the digital world thanks to free mobile devices.

    The scheme, which launches today (1st February 2017), asks members of the public to donate their unused smartphones to Three, who will then work closely with partners to give the handsets to disadvantaged members of the community, such as those who are at risk of homelessness and looking for work, people who have just left the military or victims of domestic abuse.

    Three has teamed up with charities and recycling partner GSUK so that the handsets can easily be distributed to those who need to get online. Business in the Community’s Ready for Work scheme for example has helped over 4,000 people get into work since 2001.The Hyde Group is a leading provider affordable housing, and Good Things Foundation helps people with digital skills support and advice on finance and literacy through the thousands of partners in its Online Centres Network.

    Those who receive a device via the Reconnected Scheme will also be given three months free access to the Three network allowing them to go online, sign up to job alerts and make important calls without having to worry about the costs.

    It’s estimated that over 20 million* phones are left unused in homes, and it’s handsets like these that Three wants to redistribute to those in need. There are over 15 million** adults who don’t have smartphones in the UK, which can leave people feeling isolated or behind when it comes to using technology, applying for jobs and staying in touch with their friends and family.

    Other unused phones end up as electronic waste, which is a huge loss of valuable materials, and also contributes to a mounting and costly problem in the UK where electronics are not recycled properly.

    Vicki Blenkarn, Director of Engagement at Three says, “Reconnected is a simple but very effective way to help those in need to get online. Initially, we rolled the scheme out internally and the feedback from our employees has been fantastic. We are therefore so excited to launch Reconnected with the public to get even more people involved. Whether it’s keeping in touch with family or checking updates on job websites such as LinkedIn, phones have become part of our lives. Handing over an unused phone is a small gesture that can make a huge difference.”

    Mary, 58, from Hertfordshire received a phone via the Hyde Group in conjunction with the Reconnected scheme, “Before I got my Reconnected smartphone, I was terrified of technology. I wanted a job, so I knew I needed to get online. My employment advisor helped me to develop my confidence and by the end of the three-month programme, I was emailing prospective employers and talking to my employment advisor via email. I set myself up with a Three SIM package at the end of the three months and it’s opened so many doors for me.”

    Helen Milner, Chief Executive from Good Things Foundation, a partner in the Reconnected scheme says, “We support some of the UK’s most disadvantaged people to improve their lives through digital. Alongside developing their skills, we help people to compete for jobs, connect with friends and family, access money savings and much more. Now that we’re joining forces with Three’s customers as part of the Reconnected scheme, their unused phones can help the people we work with become more confident with technology and make the most of our support programmes.”

    To donate an old phone, ask how in your local Three store. To find your nearest store, visit www.three.co.uk

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  • Would You Buy A High-Tech Bag That You Can Connect With Your Gadgets?

    Mezzi, a brand that makes beautiful hand bags has now upgraded their products in to something you will never think of. The brand was able to combine fashion and technology in the form of beautiful, high-tech bags. The company is already well-known to design leather bags that are inexpensive but are high in quality. Just…
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    Windows 10 to Windows Cloud 10: What’s the Update?

    Computers are one of the best inventions ever invented. We rely on computers to do most of our tasks like documentations, recording, etc. from the basic tasks to the most complex, computers can help you get through.  Microsoft, the leading operating system developer in the world, is currently designing a new operating system to compete…
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    Online Retailer Amazon.com Announced Opening of 100,000 Jobs to the Nation

    Amazon.com is one of the leading online stores worldwide. Running four years in the business, Amazon has gathered more than four million customers. With this great number of audience, Amazon has to live up to its consumers by increasing their workforce. Last January, Amazon announced that they will be hiring 100,000 workers to join their…
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    Kai Created Smart Glasses with a Voice Assistant

    Companies that created smart glasses never realized two things: They tried to cram a computer into those glasses which was almost next to impossible, and, like the smart watch, smart glasses will never be the next big thing, not even by a long shot. But what is happening now is that with Snap and Google…
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