Networking

T-Mobile: 'Minor software issue' causes slow network speeds

Very small # customers saw slower data recently and only when downloading very large files. Minor software issue; Fix going in place today

— John Legere (@JohnLegere) November 26, 2013

T-Mobile customers in the US were affected by a "minor software issue" that caused slow network speeds, the company's CEO confirmed.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere posted to his Twitter account on Tuesday that a "very small number of customers saw slower data recently and only when downloading very large files." Legere said that the issue had been identified and a fix put into effect on Tuesday.

Although … Read more

FCC chairman: US phone system needs Internet makeover

The Federal Communications Commission is getting ready to dial up an Internet update to the nation's telephone system.

New FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced Tuesday that the commission will begin a "diverse set of experiments" next year aimed at replacing the telephone system's traditional phone lines with networks that are based on Internet Protocol. While many consumers already make phone calls on the Internet using voice over IP, which transmits large amounts of data in packet form, much of the nation's telephone infrastructure still employs less-efficient analog technology.

Wheeler, who won Senate confirmation as the … Read more

Twitter decides to close down the direct-message floodgates

Twitter users no longer can send direct messages to those folks who don't follow them.

The folks over at The Next Web and some Twitter users have found that the check box under user settings that allowed them to receive direct messages from those they don't follow has been removed. The change essentially turns Twitter back to its old functionality, which required that a direct-message recipient be following the sender for it to be successfully transmitted.

Twitter made waves last month after testing out the feature. It was historically unavailable for fear of certain popular users, like celebrities, … Read more

Silver Spring seeks new profits from smart-city infrastructure

Wish your hometown had network-enabled streetlights? A company called Silver Spring Networks does, and Tuesday it unveiled a service designed to make the technology and other networked infrastructure more affordable.

Municipalities that want to network things like traffic lights, parking meters, natural-gas pipe monitors, water-main flow gauges, and public transit status boards now can subscribe to a service under which Silver Spring Networks installs and maintains the network. The option expands the company's business from selling technology to selling a service; that means cities can buy the service with steady payments, rather than a large investment up front to … Read more

Court: Homeland Security must disclose cellular shutdown protocols

The US Department of Homeland Security's ability to seek a shutdown of cellular and wireless networks in times of crisis, such as the potential of a remote detonation bomb threat isn't new. Exactly how and when that authority can be used, however, must be disclosed, thanks to a new ruling by a Washington, D.C.-based court.

The US District Court for the District of Columbia has rejected Homeland Security's argument that its reasoning and protocols for the so-called "kill switch" were exempt from public disclosure.

The court ordered the release of the protocol in … Read more

With Moto G phone, Google's mobile revolution now plausible

Google's inexpensive, new Android phones mean the company has a real chance at transforming the wireless industry -- something it attempted to do nearly four years ago with the Nexus One.

In October, the company released the Nexus 5, a top-end phone built by LG Electronics that has a remarkably low price of $349 for a 16GB model -- unlocked and with no contract. On Wednesday, Google announced the Moto G, which costs $179 for an 8GB model, also unlocked and off contract. … Read more

Smssy to Twttr to Twitter: A look back at what could have been

To tweet or not to tweet? That never would have been the question if the company's co-founders had chosen another name.

According to the author of "Hatching Twitter" and New York Times columnist Nick Bilton, the company considered a series of names for the social network before eventually landing on Twitter. The company's co-founders considered Twitch, Smssy, Twittr, and the oh-so-pleasant Friendstalker, according to Bilton. Twitter also explored the possibility of adding a tagline to the logo: "An Odeo Thingy." The tagline referenced where the company's co-founders were working when they hatched the … Read more

It's game on for PlayStation Network on Amazon

Sony's PlayStation Network is now on Amazon.

The massive e-retailer on Tuesday launched its PlayStation Network storefront. The marketplace allows users to access PlayStation Network digital games and downloadable content from Amazon.com and play those on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, or PlayStation Vita.

To kick things off, Amazon is offering a $5 PlayStation Network credit on select games. The marketplace has more than 100 titles, including access to recently launched titles, like Call of Duty: Ghosts.

(Via Engadget)

YTL CEO Wing Lee bets on 4G in Malaysia (Q&A)

AMSTERDAM -- How does a national-scale carrier go from nonexistent to profitable in five years?

There's probably no single, simple path. But in the case of YTL Communications in Malaysia, the answer combines aggressive construction of a 4G network, a government boost for new network operators, and a business that embraces the services that many carriers don't like.

That's according to Chief Executive Wing Lee, who sat down to talk with CNET News' Stephen Shankland during a visit to Europe. Lee, who previously worked for 15 years at Sprint and Clearwire, was named CEO of YTL CommunicationsRead more

Facebook said to be placing ratings higher up on Pages

Facebook is considering placing a company's five-star rating in a prominent place on Pages.

The social network is quietly testing placing the rating under the company's name on a business page, TechCrunch reported on Thursday. The startup blog was tipped off to the change by an unidentified source and published an image showing the feature in action.

Facebook has been allowing users to rate businesses on a five-star scale for quite some time. Those ratings, however, weren't displayed so prominently. If the changes reportedly being tested by Facebook are rolled out globally, it could put a the … Read more