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Android games can play nice with iOS

CNET Update is waiting for Player 2:

In this episode of Update:

- Don't let different operating systems determine who can be your Player 2. Google gave Android game developers the power of cross-platform multiplayer support, along with other perks like Game Gifts.

- Change the Google Play Store password permissions if you worry about kids making purchases on your device.

- Download a free version of Microsoft OneNote for Mac and Windows.

- Have more choice in your Surface shopping, now that the Microsoft is selling an 4G LTE version of the Windows tablet.

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Microsoft Surface 2 4G LTE tablet lands at AT&T

Microsoft's Windows RT tablet-darling is the latest to join AT&T's growing family. Rocking a $679 price tag, the Microsoft Surface 2 4G LTE hits Microsoft Retail Stores, MicrosoftStore.com, and Best Buy starting March 18.

Powered by a Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and 2GB of RAM, the 4G LTE version of the Surface 2 packs the same internal and external specs as the Wi-Fi only version -- for the most part. Microsoft simply added a GSM micro-SIM card slot just south of the volume rocker, on the left edge.

The Windows RT 8.1 slate houses … Read more

T-Mobile to upgrade 2G network to 4G LTE, takes on Verizon

T-Mobile isn't slowing down when it comes to its network upgrade.

The upstart wireless carrier said on Thursday that it plans to add 4G LTE to its slower 2G network, adding coverage and speed to additional customers. The company also reiterated its intent to use the wireless spectrum it is acquiring from Verizon to further expand its coverage later this year.

Oddly enough, T-Mobile also said it was taking legal action against Verizon in an effort to get it to stop using its network coverage map in its advertising, which T-Mobile argues is "cherry-picking" a single technology (… Read more

Best Buy sale trims price on cellular iPads

Consumers looking for a 3G or 4G iPad can save some cash via Best Buy.

Starting Wednesday and running through Saturday, the retailer's latest sale brings down the cost of a cellular iPad to that of a Wi-Fi model. The details of the sale are tricky, but here's how it all plays out.

Buy any cellular model iPad at Best Buy, and you instantly get a $30 discount. Activate the tablet and data plan in the store, and you save an additional $100 off the price at checkout. Further, the usual activation fee of $35 is waived. Activate … Read more

Report: LTE speeds drop in US over the last year

The download speeds of 4G LTE networks dropped in the US over the last year, according to measurements from network monitoring app OpenSignal.

In the February 2014 report, the United States ranked 15th of 16 countries for download speeds, losing ground as the average data rate dropped to 6.5Mbps from 9.6 megabits per second in the February 2013 report.

Of the country's major network operators, T-Mobile had the best data rate, at 11.2Mbps. AT&T rated 8.9Mbps, Verizon 7.6Mbps, and Sprint 4.2Mbps. However, Verizon, followed by AT&T, rated much better … Read more

Ericsson to show off 450Mbps LTE mobile networking

Telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson will show a new variety of LTE mobile networking next week that can reach data rates of 450 megabits per second.

The demonstration, at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, uses a technology called carrier aggregation, which broadly speaking combines signals from multiple base stations and multiple radio frequency bands.

Carrier aggregation is used in the current LTE (Long-Term Evolution) Advanced standard for 4G networks, which generally don't surpass 100Mbps and rarely even come close, but Ericsson goes farther by connecting a single device to three separate carriers, the company said Thursday. It'll … Read more

Signs point to first Microsoft Surface tablet with LTE

Microsoft appears to be working toward adding 4G/LTE to its Surface tablet for the first time.

In an FCC filing (via Neowin), a device that appears to be a Surface product (see photo at bottom) has emerged, a possible indication that a new Surface model may be imminent.

The FCC documentation states that the device was tested with WindowsRT8.1, so that could mean it's the Windows RT-based Surface tablet, not the Surface Pro, which runs full-blown Windows 8.1.

And this comports with comments Microsoft made to CNET last year. "Windows RT will...be a strong … Read more

Verizon unveils LTE Nexus 7 tablet for $250

Google's LTE Nexus 7 is now officially part of Verizon's network.

As of Thursday, Verizon is selling the tablet for $250 with the usual two-year contract, or $350 on a month-to-month off-contract basis. The Nexus 7 is now available online and will land in Verizon retail stores as well.

Further, current owners of the 4G LTE Nexus 7 can now officially activate it on Verizon's network courtesy of a software update that sailed forth on Wednesday. Though users were already able to "unofficially" activate the tablet, the new update comes with Verizon's blessings.

Owners … Read more

Aio Wireless shows Moto G, Lumia 520, ZTE Sonata some love

Prepaid carrier Aio Wireless becomes three smartphones stronger this February 14. That's when the AT&T-owned wireless provider adds a trio of new smartphones to its lineup -- the Motorola Moto G, Nokia Lumia 520, and ZTE Sonata 4G.

We've spent a long time with Nokia's Lumia 521 for T-Mobile and 520 for AT&T, and Motorola's budget Moto G is already marching across the major carriers. The ZTE Sonata 4G -- which we saw at CES -- is the only one of the new Valentine's Day handsets that's exclusive to Aio. … Read more

Microsoft SkyDrive becomes OneDrive

CNET Update has its head in the cloud:

Bridget is back in this episode of CNET Update. Many thanks to Jeff Bakalar and Shara Tibken for being fantastic guest hosts for the past few days. In today's tech-news roundup:

- Learn why Microsoft changed the name of its online storage service.

- Score free online storage from Pogoplug if you're a Sprint customer.

- Tap into Sprint's faster 4G LTE speeds in more areas and learn about the Spark service.

- Discover how Google is growing its artificial intelligence talent with the acquisition of DeepMind.

- See … Read more