Owners of unlocked AT&T iPhone 5 units who implemented the recent carrier update to enable LTE connectivity on the iPhone 5 may have been suffering on slow data speed while using T-Mobile’s refarmed PCS 1900MHz network. Well, don’t lose hope since there is a newfound solution you can use to solve this problem.
Two mobile geniuses, known by their twitter names @joe012594 and @cooldayr2, managed to hack the carrier update and increased the bandwidth on the handset including T-Mobile and unlocked AT&T iPhone 5 units. The hack results in better data connection and throughput performance that was bogged down by the update. It also works well on both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iPhone 5 units.
There is a complete step by step guide you can implement to recover lost speed on the refarmed 4G HSPA+ network. The fix doesn’t require any jailbreak of the phone and will retain features on the carrier update. In a nutshell, the hack will enable Release 9 DC-HSPA+ on the handset that will result in better data speed that could increase from 3mbps up to 8mbps on the downlink. In addition, it fixes weakened signal experienced by some users on the PCS/AWS bands by setting the band preference to “auto”.
If you have questions about the procedure/setup, you may forward your questions here.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 will reach the hands of consumers in a couple of days and the buzz surrounding the handsets are starting to grow to fever pitch. Samsung’s new flagship phone will arrive in four flavors and the company was quick to point out that regardless of what model a consumer gets, whether it comes with an 8-core Exynos chip or the Snapdragon 600, it will all be good.
The four models of the Galaxy S4 can be basically broken down into the GT-I9500, the I9502 and the SHV-E300 which are all powered by the Exynos 5 Octa 5410 chip. The last one, the I9505, runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600. But Samsung is focusing more on the GT-I9505 these days, which makes sense since this is the model that will arrive in the American, Australian and UK markets. The handset will be carrying the reliable Qualcomm chipset that can hit speeds of 1.9GHz.
Even though three of the four are running on Exynos, they do have some differences. The GT-19500 and the GT-I9502 are both powered by the Exynos at a maximum speed of 1.6GHz but with a slight twist, the latter is dual-SIM capable to satisfy China’s huge market. On the other hand, the SHV-E300 is the faster of the Exynos-powered trio at 1.8GHz and is geared exclusively for the Korean market. The GT-I9500 is Samsung’s international model, which means this is the device that will hit most markets and the one with the capability to access most LTE networks around the world with its Exynos 5410 LTE radio chip.
I guess the question that begs to be asked is how do the two chips stack up against each other? Based on Samsung’s explanation, the bottom line is there’s no discernible difference. At no time will the Exynos Octa-core really use all its 8 cores at the same time since it’s simply not designed to run that way.
Whatever model is available in your country, rest assured that your Galaxy S4 will still have the 5-inch Super AMOLED screen, a 13mp camera and a powerful 2600mAh battery. With regards to the price tag, the GT-I9500 will cost around $ 790 for the 16GB model, $ 850 for the 32GB and $ 890 for the 64GB. The I9505 will probably cost around $ 10 more.
Boeing and the U.S. Air Force brought together the fourth successful hypersonic flight via the unmanned X-51A Waverider scramjet. The aircraft is a combined project with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that aims to provide cost-effective ways of travelling into space as well as future defense systems.
The X-51A is a whopping $ 300 million project and become another milestone for the USAF Research Laboratory since the successful hypersonic flight record was made in 2010. The Waverider was launched at 50,000 feet, over Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range, using a B-52H Stratofortress. From this point, the X-51A was released and using its onboard rocket booster accelerated to Mach 4.8, and 60,000 feet, in just 26 seconds; at this point both the booster and interstage were released from the aircraft.
The X-51A further accelerated to mind boggling Mach 5.1 (traveling 5 times the speed of sound at 1735.479 m/s) by using its scramjet engine. The total flight time was recorded at 370 seconds – a historical feat compared to the previous 300-second hypersonic flight.
After using all of its fuel, the X-51A Waverider made its controlled descent into the Pacific Ocean. Both Boeing and USAF were proud to say that the hypersonic test flight is a smashing success. It has opened new possibilities for future advancement in aviation technology.
Instagram has just released a significant update to their iOS app, bringing a revamped camera with a number of improvements, a new “Willow” filter, new grids to make it easier to line up shots, Foursquare integration, and more!
What’s New in Version 3.2.0
App Store release notes:
A new filter! Willow
Take photos faster with Instagram’s all-new camera
Improved quality of tilt-shift
Scroll infinitely on user profiles and other grid views
We added a Foursquare button on location pages that opens the Foursquare app (or Foursquare mobile website) with details about the venue
Filtered photos are now saved to a separate album called “Instagram” in the camera roll
New welcome screen design
Between the new features and the speed enhancements, this should be a must have update for any Instagram user! The update is available now from the App Store.
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Rogers Communications has come up and made a deal with the SamKnows in order to carry out a broadband internet speed test. This speed test will be based on the data of the consumer collected at their residential. Rogers Communications has made investments of above $ 10 billion in terms of the network infrastructure and the company since then is putting efforts to come up with a number of broadband features and facilities.
According to Rogers, its will be able to take the measurement of the Hi Speed Internet speeds of the actual customers on basis of consistent. SamKnows, said, “With Internet usage exploding, speed is more important than ever to the customer experience.” It also added, “We are committing to long-term in-home testing as an additional quality measure to ensure customers are getting world-leading Internet experiences. We encourage other ISPs to do the same.”
SamKnows has carried out a lot of tests for the regulators which include FCC in the U.S. and Ofcom in the U.K and this time, will be making use of a custom hardware device named as the Whitebox and this is something which plugs-in to the current internet connection of a consumer. SamKnows is likely to carry out measurement of the Internet uploads as well as downloads and their performances along with special performance indicators like what we call, the latency.
Alex Salter, chairman of SamKnows,said, “We are excited to have this opportunity to bring the proven SamKnows methodology for measuring broadband speeds to Canada.” Alex Salter, added, “We will be testing the actual Internet speeds Canadians experience in their homes. We are pleased that Rogers is the first Canadian ISP to commit to such a large home-based testing program.”