For those of you who've been waiting for Nvidia to start shipping its Shield gaming tablet with 32GB of on-board storage and 4G LTE connectivity baked in, the wait is now over -- you can order the Shield 32GB LTE gaming tablet for $399 direct from Nvidia's website. That's twice as much storage as the 16GB model, plus you get LTE connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi access, additions that come at a $100 premium.
Wireless carrier to crack down on P2P file sharing
T-Mobile said it knows which subscribers are "heavy data users" and engaging in disallowed activities such as peer-to-peer file sharing and tethering outside of the wireless carrier's terms and conditions. Beginning August 17, T-Mobile will throttle 4G LTE data connections to unlimited subscriberswho use the service in ways the company doesn't allow. That includes using the service for continuous webcam posts.
Verizon's decision to throttle data for certain users grandfathered in to the company's older unlimited data plans has drawn the ire of the Federal Communications Commission. In an open letter, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler tells Verizon that he is "deeply troubled" by its recent announcement and finds it "disturbing" that the wireless carrier would try to take advantage of a loophole to bring in more money.
New top-end mobile chips from Qualcomm bring the boom
Qualcomm just threw down the gauntlet in the mobile handset space by announcing some potent parts. More specifically, Qualcomm unveiled its Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615 chipsets for high-end smartphones. According to Qualcomm, the 615 part is the world's first commercial octa-core solution with integrated LTE and 64-bit capabilities, while the 610 offers the same in a quad-core package.
The Tegra 4i processor, previously codenamed Project Grey, features 60 custom Nvidia GPU cores.
Nvidia's firing on all cylinders today. The GPU maker made waves early this morning by formally introducing the world to its GeForce GTX Titan graphics card, which is supposed to offer comparable performance to the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690 part for the same price, and now Nvidia is announcing its first fully integrated 4G LTE mobile processor, the Tegra 4i (codenamed Project Grey).
Verizon Wireless already boasts the nation's largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, and it doesn't appear interested in relinquishing that bragging right any time soon. In fact, VZW today announced the expansion of its 4G LTE network into 46 totally new markets, along with better coverage in 22 existing regions. If you're keeping count, that's a total of 304 markets to date being served by VZW's 4G LTE network.
Certain InterDigital subsidiaries will receive a $375 million cash payment from Intel in exchange for handing over roughly 1,700 patents and patent applications related to 3G, Long Term Evolution (LTE), and 802.11 wireless technologies. Intel plans to use its newly acquired wireless patents to help support its strategic investments in the mobile segment, the Santa Clara chip maker said. By adding to its already large and diverse patent portfolio, Intel also puts itself in better position to avoid costly lawsuits.
It's official, the smartphone with a baker's dozen syllables -- otherwise known as the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE -- is headed for Big Red, Verizon Wireless revealed today at the International CTIA Wireless 2012 show in New Orleans, Louisiana. HTC's Droid Incredible 4G LTE will bring the number of 4G LTE-enabled devices on VZW's network to 23, but high-speed Internet access isn't the only thing this smartphone brings to the table.
Thinking about signing up with Verizon Wireless? If so, you may want to hold off a few days before inking a two-year service agreement with Big Red. Word on the Web is that Verizon is resurrecting its double data promotion for 4G LTE smartphones, which means instead of being allotted a rather snug 2GB data cap for $30/month, you'd be given room to breathe in a 4GB cap for the same monthly fee.
Verizon and Motorola turned some heads at CES 2012 when they announced an update to the just released Droid Razr, the Droid Razr Maxx. Verizon has finally cut short the waiting game and announced that the Maxx is out on January 26 for $299 on-contract. To the great annoyance of Razr owners, the Maxx brings some notable spec bumps, and sells for the same price users paid for the first Razr a few months ago.