Tidal burns through its third CEO in two years

Yet another Tidal CEO is out. Jeff Toig, who took over the position from interim CEO Peter Tonstad in 2016, has reportedly left the company. Which means Tidal is now looking for its fourth chief executive in two years.

What is mobile gigabit and why should you care?

You may have heard about this thing called a gigabit phone recently. The term was thrown around a lot during the launch of Samsung's Galaxy S8, since that's the first commercially available handset to support the technology. But gigabit will also be…

SoftBank and Saudi Arabia tout the world’s largest tech fund

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Bloomberg: Sprint and T-Mobile are talking about a merger again

Sprint and T-Mobile are reportedly trying to pick up where they left off a few years ago. According to Bloomberg, the mobile carriers and their parent companies, Softbank (Sprint) and Deutsche Telekom AG (T-Mobile), have been unofficially talking abo…

Sprint will launch its 5G network in late 2019

Sprint isn't going to sit by the wayside while AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon make a fuss over their 5G wireless plans. The carrier has revealed that it's working with its parent company SoftBank and Qualcomm to launch its 5G network in late 2019. De…

Sprint Partners With Qualcomm and SoftBank to Launch Wide-Scale 5G Network By End of 2019

Sprint today announced plans to develop and deploy a wide-scale 2.5GHz 5G network in partnership with Qualcomm and SoftBank, with the intent to provide the service and products compatible with it to customers in “late 2019.”

Sprint’s 5G network is said to use the New Radio standard developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project, a group of telecommunications organizations that oversee the development and maintenance of major communication networks.



Otherwise, Sprint’s press release today is notably sparse on details.

Qualcomm Technologies, SoftBank and Sprint have jointly agreed to develop technologies for 5G, including the 3GPP New Radio (NR) standard in Band 41 (2.5GHz) for accelerated wide-scale 5G deployments.

The companies plan to provide commercial services and devices in late 2019. Additional details will be provided by the companies.

Like previous advances in network technology, 5G will grant users faster data speeds and lower latency on smartphones and other cellular-enabled devices. Other companies — including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile — have announced plans and tests for 5G networks, but the advanced technology isn’t expected to become a reality until after 3GPP establishes the initial standards for 5G.

After the standards are developed (which will be a focus of 3GPP’s work in the second half of 2017), and after carriers finish testing and launch support for the advanced 5G network infrastructure, it’ll take some additional time for Apple to create and debut an iPhone that could connect to 5G. For these reasons, widespread commercial adoption of 5G is still estimated for 2020 or later.

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Sprint Announces ‘Magic Box’ to Improve LTE Data Download and Upload Speeds By 200%

Sprint today announced the “Sprint Magic Box,” a small plug-and-play device that the carrier said will “dramatically improve” LTE data services and connections for any Sprint customers in its range. The indoor consumer device is built to be placed near a window, and is free for qualifying customers, with no installation, labor, or rental costs attached to its use.

The Magic Box doesn’t require a router or Wi-Fi to use — Sprint also mentioned that it doesn’t interfere with established Wi-Fi networks — and it automatically connects to the nearest Sprint cell site to guide users through installation. Once it’s up and running, Sprint said that users will see a better data experience while streaming videos and surfing online, with up to 200 percent increases in download and upload speeds.



The carrier also said that the Magic Box will be additionally beneficial in cities, as one device will boost the densification of Sprint’s network for any Sprint user nearby.

So why did we name it Sprint Magic Box? Because the product is so simple, it just plugs in and works like magic to create a better experience by virtually eliminating hard-to-reach indoor areas. Within minutes customers see an average increase of 200% in download and upload speeds. The early feedback from thousands of customers who’ve been using Sprint Magic Box has been tremendous, and we’re excited for more customers to benefit from this amazing new innovation.

One Magic Box has more than enough coverage to provide faster speeds for any average-sized home or business. According to Sprint, this means the device can cover an indoor area of around 30,000 square feet, and reaches up to 100 meters of outdoor coverage, with up to 64 simultaneous user connections sustainable on one Magic Box.



Users interested can fill out a request form to see if they qualify for the Magic Box, which can be found on Sprint’s website. The form asks for a Sprint number and description of how users heard about the offer, among the usual name and email requirements.

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BlackBerry KEYone reaches the US on May 31st

To say that the launch of the BlackBerry KEYone has been protracted would be an understatement. BlackBerry and TCL teased the high-profile phone in January, dished out proper details in February, and has left people wondering about a specific US rele…