The 5G Hocus Pocus

The launch of the iPhone 12 has focused our collective attention on “5G,” a collection of fifth-generation wireless technologies that will supersede the fourth generation (4G) wireless — including Long Term Evolution (LTE). The new 5G is supposed to be faster — so fast that people talk as if it might be magical. I usually … Continue reading The 5G Hocus Pocus

If you live in America and are dreaming of 5G to come and sizzle up your devices (which might set you back big money), it is, frankly, time to wake up and smell the hype. While U.S. wireless companies like AT&T love to talk up 5G, when it comes to sharing details on availability, they  quickly hide behind legal doublespeak. No wonder, as Ars Technica points out, they want to hide the map of 5G availability from the American public

The Scourge of Robocalls

Wired recently chronicled the rise of robocalls. In the piece, you learn that Americans got “47.8 billion robocalls in 2018” or roughly “200 per year for every adult,” and in 2019, it looks like those numbers will be much higher. It is not going away. Much of it has been enabled by open source software, cheap calling and the rise of Voice over Internet Protocol. Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of Wired, tweeted that one could fight robocalls by joining the Do Not Call registry, reporting spam calls to FCC, and getting an app that helps block the calls.

Unfortunately, as outlined in the Wired story, that doesn’t work. Continue reading “The Scourge of Robocalls”

Three times the trouble

Samsung’s press relations people sent me a test unit of their new Galaxy S4 phone, even though my colleague Kevin Tofel did a pretty in-depth review. And while, I am unlikely to do a review, I wouldn’t mind sharing my impressions, since Apple vs Samsung is the real story. First impressions: it doesn’t look anything … Continue reading Three times the trouble