Ting Mobile bringing fiber optic network to Charlottesville, VA

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Ting Mobile, a Canadian-owned wireless carrier based in Mississippi, has reported plans to buy Blue Ridge Internetworks in Charlottesville, VA, and to eventually expand the local fiber optic network. According to Ting Mobile CEO Elliot Noss, the new offering when built out may best be described as “Google Fiber lite.” New broadband plans are expected to cost less than $100 per month and will be capable of supporting speeds of up to 1 GB per second.
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Fleksy gets update, moving beyond the keyboard

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Fleksy, one of the more popular keyboard replacements out there as indicated by the 3 million downloads they have had over the past year, announced a major update today. According to Fleksy, although at its heart the app is a keyboard replacement, the company believes users should not have to switch back and forth between apps to do things that can be done via the keyboard.
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Trio of apps added to Chromecast portfolio

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Google has announced three new apps that have added support for Chromecast as of today. The apps include musiXmatch, Lyve and Fitnet. musiXmatch is an app that identifies songs you are playing and will then provide the lyrics in perfect sync with the music. The Chromecast support lets users cast the music and the lyrics, floating over the screen, to your TV via Chromecast. Lyve is an app that creates a central repository of your photos that can then be accessed from any of your devices. Now, those photos can be cast to a Chromecast device. Finally, Fitnet provides fitness videos and can use your smartphone to collect biometric data. The Chromecast support means the videos can now be displayed on your large screen TV.
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T-Mobile talks LTE coverage growth

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Earlier today T-Mobile launched Data Stash at their Un-Carrier 8 event and briefly touched on some of the improvements they have made to their data network during the past year. As a follow-up to that presentation, T-Mobile’s Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray took to the company’s official blog to share some additional details about how the carrier grew during 2014 and what to look forward to in 2015.
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Android 5.0.1 factory images now posted for Nexus 5

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The Android 5.0.1 update for a variety of Nexus devices has been rolling out to several devices since earlier this month. As is par for the course, Google’s developers have also posted factory images for different devices that can be used by those unwilling to wait for the OTA or who may need to restore their device to a factory condition. Joining the list of devices with a downloadable image available is the Nexus 5.

If you need to grab the image, you can hit the source link below and find the appropriate file for your Nexus 5 device. If the instructions provided by the Google developers seem a little daunting, you may want to check out TalkAndroid’s guide to installing a Lollipop factory image on your device without losing your data.

source: Google Developers

Voice calling problems spread for owners of HTC One (M7) and One (M8)

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Like the expansion of Mr. Smith throughout the Matrix, it seems HTC has a problem with their most recent flagship devices, the HTC One (M7) and HTC One (M8), that is causing the devices to not be able to make or receive calls using the normal cellular network. Users began noting the problem as far back as October and a post by XDA member PondaRox on November 2nd really brought the issue out in the open. Unfortunately, although HTC seems to be aware of the problem, they have made no official statement regarding its existence or a possible fix.
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T-Mobile Wideband LTE now available in New York City

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T-Mobile has announced their Wideband LTE service is now available in the New York City area, including adjoining areas like northern New Jersey, White Plains and Scarsdale. According to T-Mobile’s Neville Ray, “New Yorkers deserve a network that moves at the blazing speed of this amazing city. Our LTE network was already fastest here. Now, with the launch of Wideband LTE, we’ve widened our lead even further throughout the greater metro area.”

According to T-Mobile, their New York City area customers use an average of 2.6 GB of data per month and average 22.2 Mbps download speeds. That will increase with the expansion of Wideband LTE by about 50 percent with peak speeds in excess of 100 Mbps. The New York area becomes the 27th major market covered by T-Mobile’s Wideband LTE service. The company plans to roll-out Wideband LTE to more locations during 2015.

Hit the break to read the full press release from T-Mobile.
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Google partners with French space agency on Project Loon

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Google and Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, have announced a new collaboration to work on technologies to bring Project Loon to France. Although details have not been revealed, Google is looking for expertise from CNES in balloon technology, something the agency has been studying for several decades. Google’s contribution will include some long-duration campaigns to help CNES studies of the stratosphere and ozone.
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