Tom’s Guide/Laptop Magazine editor-in-chief Mark Spoonauer explains how Apple’s iPhone 8 will still beat out the smartphone competition, even if its launch date gets delayed. Plus, he breaks down how augmented reality (AR) could be one of the biggest features on the next-generation model. Watch Mark’s interview here.
You may have noticed it browsing online. Nearly 80,000 websites – including big names Airbnb, Facebook, Google, and Amazon – are all protesting. The digital demonstration coincides with crowds gathering at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Why? Answer: a shared outrage over new plans to roll back net neutrality rules.
Laptop Mag editor Paul Wagenseil explained net neutrality: “The idea is that every packet on the internet, every piece of data is treated equally by the internet service providers, like Time Warner/Spectrum of Comcast or whoever you have handling your home or business data connection.”
That means the net neutrality debate impacts just about everyone who uses the internet.
Read the full article by Dan Bowens: http://www.fox5ny.com/news/267552263-story
Paul Wagenseil, cyber editor at Tom’s Guide, discusses the latest WannaCry Ransomware attack and offers advice.
“This is a cyber criminal effort, entirely for financial gain,” said Wagenseil. “You pay [the ransom to release your data] to a BitCoin address, no one knows where that address is.”
Wagenseil says that hospitals and small businesses will be the most vulnerable to the attack, since they don’t always have the capacity to update their security systems. So, what can you do?
Keep your system updated with the latest patch level and have a certain awareness of fishing attacks.
Check it out here: http://www.wnyc.org/story/wannacry-randsomeware-and-what-do/
If you’ve got the need for speed when browsing the web or downloading apps on your smartphone, turn to Verizon. For the second consecutive year, Verizon finished as the fastest wireless network in testing conducted by Tom’s Guide.
T-Mobile and its MetroPCS subsidiary were the runners-up in Tom’s Guide’s special report, finishing with the top average upload speed and coming in behind Verizon for the top download speed. MetroPCS was the top-performing prepaid carrier in the test, making the carrier an excellent choice for customers looking outside the Big Four carriers for coverage.
“Now that all the major carriers offer unlimited plans, there’s a lot of attention being paid to price,” said Mark Spoonauer, editor-in-chief of Tom’s Guide. “Our in-depth testing shows you just how much performance you’re getting for your money.”
To determine the fastest wireless network speeds, Tom’s Guide dispatched testers to six cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and Houston. The tests measured the download and upload speeds of nine mobile carriers and timed how long it took to download a typical app.
Tom’s Guide Fastest Wireless Network Winners
Fastest Overall: Verizon
Fastest Prepaid: MetroPCS
Fastest in New York: Verizon
Fastest in Los Angeles: AT&T
Fastest in Chicago: Verizon
Fastest in San Francisco: AT&T
Fastest in Seattle: T-Mobile
Fastest in Houston: Sprint/T-Mobile (Tie)
To see how all of the carriers fared and to get a city-by-city breakdown, go to our full report on the Fastest Wireless Networks in the U.S.
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