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iOS 4.3 may feature Personal Hotspot, bringing wireless tethering to all iPhones

One of the big revelations about the Verizon iPhone announcement -- apart from finally confirming that the iPhone was headed to its network -- was the inclusion of the Personal Hotspot feature. Built-in, carrier-sanctioned wireless tethering for the iPhone? We like the sound of that. Now it appears as though all iPhone users may be getting the feature. Redmond Pie is reporting that an "unnamed...

Google launching a Chrome OS tablet on Verizon, goes on sale November 26

The title pretty much says it all on this one, folks. Yes, our source tells us that Google is building a Chrome OS tablet. It's real, and it's being built by HTC. No surprise there, since HTC churned out the Nexus One for Google. Yes, they plan to offer it in conjunction with Verizon -- which probably doesn't come as a shock to anybody at this point. The two recently tag-teamed that Net...

Why I was completely wrong about Google and net neutrality

Well, geez, color me embarrassed. If you've read my original post about Google's net neutrality proposal, you probably know I got hoodwinked by Google's promises of an FCC-regulated, perfectly neutral wired internet, which turned out to be nothing more than a sleight-of-hand distraction from its suspicious lack of promises of neutrality on wireless networks and future technologies. Yeah, wires...

FCC Commissioner doesn't love Google-Verizon net neutrality proposal

Although Google and Verizon's proposal for net neutrality legislation definitely suggested giving the FCC additional power over broadband communications, the FCC commissioner isn't exactly thrilled with it. The Google-Verizon plan had "many problems," said Commissioner Michael J. Copps, in a very short response (available as a PDF). Here's his whole statement: "Some will claim this...

Google and Verizon introduce net neutrality proposal

When Google and Verizon got together last week to talk about net neutrality, everyone -- including the New York Times -- freaked out and assumed that Google was trying to get Verizon to prioritize Google traffic across Verizon's broadband infrastructure. Today, the two companies held a joint press conference to say that the exact opposite is true: both companies are supporting a 7-point plan to...

The 800-pound gorillas are in secret meetings to provide premium 'go-faster' Internet service

It's been a long time since we've heard anything about the Net Neutrality Debate. The last thing we heard was that the FCC wants the Internet to remain neutral (or the American portion of it at least), but for the FCC to have authority over ISPs, and major players like Google and Amazon, the Internet would have to become more formalized. As it stands, the Internet is just an 'information service',...

Android modders beware: Droid X bricks itself if you try to modify it

Android fans love that their OS is much more freely modified than a relatively closed system like Apple's iOS, but the new Droid X is reportedly far from mod-friendly. Droid X has a self-destruct sequence built on a technology called eFuse, which disables the bootloader and bricks the phone if you try to tinker with it. The only way to get your Droid X working again after eFuse has been triggered...

Verizon's Motorola Droid users finally get Android 2.1!

After much flip-flopping from Verizon about the release date of Android 2.1 for Motorola Droid owners, our sister site, Engadget, says that Droid Does...finally get a firmware update this week. A limited rollout has already started, and most customers should see the update starting on Thursday. It's an over-the-air release, so don't worry about having to download and install it manually. Make...

Skype lands on Verizon's BlackBerry and Android handsets this Thursday

Skype and mobile devices go together like peanut butter and jelly. Why make VoIP calls on a computer when you can make them on a device that's designed for phone calls ... your phone? Until this week, the answer was "because my phone doesn't have a mobile version of Skype!" That's about to change for a lot of people, though, as Verizon customers get a mobile version of Skype for BlackBerry and...

Verizon to allow Skype VoIP calls over 3G

Verizon Wireless has announced that Hell has frozen over starting next month wireless customers with compatible phones will be able to use Skype's mobile software to make VoIP (Voice over IP) calls over Verizon's 3G wireless broadband network. In other words, you can call people on your cellphone without using any voice minutes... you'll just be eating into your data plan. Verizon and Skype...

Verizon blocks 4Chan for mobile users, asks for trouble

Of all the sites a major mobile ISP could block, Verizon has probably picked the worst. Verizon mobile customers have found themselves unable to access 4Chan's infamous prank-filled, NSFW image board, /b/, and the ISP won't say why. 4Chan's founder, Moot, has even been unable to get a straight answer about the block. However, it's been confirmed that this was an intentional move by Verizon. At...

The reviews are in: Google Public DNS performance is... OK

Google's Public DNS has been up and running for a few days now, and the reviews and benchmarks are slowly starting to trickle in. Initial results seem to suggest that it works well, but may not be a blanket solution for all, or even many, Internet users. It seems to depend wildly from ISP to ISP. If you're fortunate enough to have an Internet provider like Verizon's FiOS that runs a...

AT&T Mark the Spot: an iPhone app that lets you report sucky service

Released by AT&T themselves, Mark the Spot is an iPhone app that very simply lets you report outages in your mobile connectivity. Have a look at the screenshot -- what you see is what you get. An honest, earnest piece of troubleshooting software! Kudos must be given to AT&T for a truly humble app. Network admins have limited contact with the end-users during the best of times -- there's a...

Droid Does... only have 256MB of storage for apps

Motorola's Droid is a sweet piece of hardware that's hyped to give the iPhone a run for its money, especially since it's running the new Android 2.0 OS, and works on the Verizon network in the US. We care about software here at Download Squad though, and there's some dismaying news about the Droid on that front: it has only 256MB for app storage. Seriously. The Droid reportedly only packs a...

Android 2.0 gets Facebook integration and a car mode

When you hear that there's a new iPhone-killing Google Android phone that's coming to Verizon and has a name straight out of Star Wars - the Droid - it's easy to get so excited that you forget about the software side of things. Yes indeed, Android 2.0 is coming, and it has a spate of hot new features that might legitimately make iPhone users jealous. Gadget-blog Boy Genius Report ended up with a...