Which country has the fastest 4G service? Hint, the U.S. is eighth!

Which country has the fastest 4G service? Hint, the U.S. is eighthIn the U.K., OpenSignal is a company that uses crowdsourcing through its Android app to collect data. Thanks to this data, we can tell you that Sweden, the first country to launch LTE service, has the fastest 4G network with an average download speed of 22.1 Mbps.

Right behind is Hong Kong with an average download speed of 19.6 Mbps. Denmark and Canada are third and fourth with average download speeds of 19.1 Mbps and 18.1 Mbps. What about the U.S.? With an average download speed of 9.6 Mbps, the States finished 8th.

Some of the reason for the low U.S. score is that some carriers in the U.S. built their 4G networks around 20MHz for their initial rollouts (Verizon and AT&T) and the LTE networks for Sprint and MetroPCS were built around 10MHz. Meanwhile, the European operators used 40MHz when they built their 4G LTE pipelines.

Sweden has the fastest LTE service on the planet - Which country has the fastest 4G service? Hint, the U.S. is eighth

Apple releases iOS 6.1 with more LTE support and Siri improvements + How To Jailbreak iOS 6.1 ?

On Monday afternoon, after 5 beta versions. iOS 6.1 was released by Apple. The update brings more carrier support for 4G LTE and includes a new featurethat allows Siri to buy your movie tickets using Fandango. The update also returns the ability of iTunes Match subscribers to download individual songs from iCloud. This function had been removed in a previous update. 36 new carriers have 4G LTE support for the Apple iPhone and 23 now have it for the Apple iPad following the update. These carriers are in countries and regions like Italy, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, the Philippines and the Middle East.

Apple has released iOS 6.1Apple iOS 6.1 also makes some minor changes in how boarding passes are stored in Passbook and some adjustments are made to Safari. As we told you previously, the music controls on the lock screen are set up differently to make them easier to use. Apple’s mapping software will also be the subject of some much needed improvements as well.

One bug that was repaired fixed a problem that was causing the JavaScript setting on the iPhone to change without any input from the phone’s owner. This problem came about after Apple added “Smart App Banners” to iOS 6. If a specific app is not found on an iPhone, a banner directs the user to install the app. While helpful to app developers, it was not helpful to Apple iPhone users who saw their JavaScript settings change on their own. The update also allows you to reset your Advertising Identifier which controls how advertisers track your movements on the web using Safari. You can find the feature by going to Settings > General > About > Advertising.

The update to iOS was the first one since iOS 6.0.2 in the middle of last month. That update removed the static lines from the virtual QWERTY, killed a bug that prevented the Apple iPhone from receiving OTA updates, and one that deleted meetings from calendars. Today’s update was pushed out OTA and also via iTunes. To see if you have received it, go to Settings > General > Software Update. The update is about 107MB in size although Apple suggests that you have 1GB of storage available, and takes 30 minutes to install using Wi-Fi. Once you install it, you will have to re-boot and re-enter some passwords for features like iCloud, iMessage, and FaceTime.

How To Jailbreak iOS 6.1 :

First, it must be mentioned that this is a tethered jailbreak for pre-A5 devices only. That means only the iPhone 4, the iPhone 3GS, and the iPod touch 4th generation are supported. If you want something a bit more robust, I suggest waiting until Sunday.

Step 1: Upgrade your device to iOS 6.1. Since this is now public firmware, all users will be able to do this.

Step 2: Download the iOS 6.0 firmware for your device. The reason we need to do this is because RedSn0w 0.9.13b5 doesn’t support iOS 6.1 as of yet. We’re expecting the iPhone Dev team to update this after the untethered jailbreak releases.

Step 3: Download RedSn0w 0.9.15b3 .

Step 4: Connect your eligible device to your computer and place the device into DFU mode.

Step 5: Open RedSn0w, and click Extras > Select IPSW > and select the iOS 6.0 IPSW for your device as mentioned in Step 2 above. Click OK, and RedSn0w should successfully identify your iOS 6.0 firmware. If not, you are using the wrong firmware, or you downloaded the wrong version of RedSn0w.

Step 6: Click back, and then click the Jailbreak button. After a brief load, ensure Install Cydia is selected and then click Next. The jailbreak will commence, and eventually you should see your iPhone come alive.

Step 7: Once your device is back to the Lock screen, place it back into DFU mode.

Step 8: Click back in RedSn0w, and again, use Select IPSW to identify the 6.0 firmware as we did in Step 5. Once this is completed, click Just boot at the top of the Extras menu. This will perform a tethered boot on your device. As your device boots, you should notice a pwnapple logo that replaces the traditional Apple logo as you boot up.

Step 9: Once your device is back at the Lock screen, swipe to the second Home screen page, and you should see the Cydia app icon. Open Cydia, select Developer, and start using it.

Keep in mind, that again, this is a tethered jailbreak only. Hence, every time you want to reboot, you will have to perform the tethered boot portion of this tutorial to get back to the Home screen.

If this doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time, then by all means, wait a few days, and the real untethered jailbreak should be released.

The wait is almost over: 4G-LTE Soon in Lebanon !

After years of entering the era of third generation 3G, Lebanon is preparing to go further with the start of the initial steps towards fourth generation 4G – LTE, what would make a quantum leap in the economic model of Lebanon, as well as employment opportunities it presents.

Earlier today, Minister of Telecom Mr Nicolas Sehnaoui announced that live 4G tests will start on Novemeber 16 at Beirut Digital District, and the service will be commercially launched on April 23rd 2013 in selected areas.( You can read about Sehnaoui’s announcement on Annahar Newspaper here and watch him tonight talking about it in “Talk of The Town” on MTV Lebanon.)

Alfa Telecommunications has just posted on their official Facebook page that they’re the first to test the 4G-LTE in Lebanon, with 20 LTE sites installed in Beirut and download rates have reached 100Mbit/second so far:

 

It’s definitely about time we get 4G, but I admit I wasn’t expecting we will be getting the service anytime soon given how slow such projects go in Lebanon! It’s such a great news for Lebanon and the Lebanese people !

 

Motorola announces 2 new Phones and the Motorola DROID RAZR HD goes official!

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Motorola is pushing forward with the second generation of its DROID RAZR family brand and just announced the Motorola DROID RAZR HD. The trademark slender body of the handset has been changed up a big, but it’s still more compact than a Samsung Galaxy S III or HTC One X.

The RAZR HD measures 131.9 x 67.9 x 8.4mm and weighs 146g, so it’s thicker than the previous one, but the thickness is more uniform.

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As the name suggests, the DROID RAZR HD has a larger 4.7″ edge-to-edge Super AMOLED display of 720p resolution.

The back of the device is again made of Kevlar, but this time it wraps around the edges of the headset too. The camera here is an 8MP snapper with 1080p video recording and LED flash.

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The RAZR HD is powered by a Qualcomm chipset with a dual-core Krait CPU, 1GB RAM and Adreno 225 GPU. It will be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. It will be upgraded to Jelly Bean later on – of course, Motorola is a Google company and we expected nothing less.

Chrome will come pre-installed on the new DROID RAZRs, and Motorola was keen to point out how fast it is.

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The battery on the Motorola DROID RAZR HD is 2,530mAh, so battery life should still be good with the power-efficient 28nm Qualcomm cores. For example, it offers 16 hours of talk time.

There will be a Motorola DROID RAZR HD MAXX too, with the same 3,300mAh battery as the previous version. It measures 131.9 x 67.9 x 9.3mm and weighs 157g. Battery life is listed as up to 21 hours of talk time, 27 hours of music streaming and 10 hours of video streaming. Impressive indeed.

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Other interesting features on the HD include NFC connectivity, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and an HDMI port. The RAZR HD will have 16GB of built-in memory, while the RAZR MAXX HD will have double that. Both have microSD card slots.

The LTE-touting Motorola Droid RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD will launch on Verizon before the holidays. There will be a GSM version of the RAZR HD too, but not the RAZR MAXX HD for now.

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The RAZR M and DROID RAZR M are Moto’s latest phones

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As US events usually go, today’s Motorola announcement was centered around the new phones they will be releasing through the local carrier Verizon. We already told you about the RAZR HD and RAZR HD MAXX, but Motorola also unveiled the most compact of the family – the RAZR M or the DROID RAZR M, as it would be known in the US.

Both phones are based on the powerful Snapdragon S4 chipsets, featuring 1.5Ghz dual-core CPUs and 1GB of RAM. They will run Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but are promised Jelly Bean updates by the end of the year.

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As the most compact of the trio of phones announced today, the RAZR M has a 4.3-inch almost bezel-less screen with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. According to Motorola the RAZR M dimensions are typical for smartphones with 3.5″ screens. The RAZR M and DROID RAZR M are also pretty slim at just 8.3mm.

On the back of the Motorola RAZR M duo, you will find an extra beefy 2000mAh battery and an 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording. Internal user-available storage is 4.5GB plus there’s the usual microSD slot for expanding that.

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The Motorola DROID RAZR M has support for Verizon’s CDMA+LTE network plus quad-band HSDPA and quad-band GSM support. Motorola doesn’t quote the network connectivity support of the international RAZR M (“Bands vary by country”), but we’d guess it’s the same as on the DROID RAZR M but sans the CDMA (and possibly LTE) support.

The Motorola DROID RAZR M will start shipping on September 13 with Verizon accepting pre-orders for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate starting today.

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iPhone 5: The Final Rumors Roundup

Apple’s iPhone event is now less than three weeks away, and the rumor mill is in full swing. It seems like every day we hear new rumors regarding what the handset will look like and do.

And while the constant speculation can be exasperating, it does help paint a picture of what we can expect. Keep reading to see what the tech world thinks we’ll see in the new iPhone…

Our friends over at Nowhereelse.fr put together this awesome infographic of predictions for the next-gen iPhone. The data in the graphic comes from 5 different tech sites, iDB included:

As you can see, most everyone seems to agree on a number of the rumors we’ve heard over the past few months. Thanks to consistent part leaks and reports, the iPhone is widely expected to have a larger display, a smaller dock connector, LTE, and an all-new two tone design. The 5 tech sites put the chances of these features materializing in upwards of 90%.

On the other hand, we haven’t heard much about the internals of the handset. Things like processor speed, RAM and camera sensors are all fairly unknown at this point. Processor bump is likely, but will it be the A5X or A6? Camera upgrade is a tough one to call because the 8MP shooter in the iPhone 4S is already one of the best on the market. And RAM is also a toss up.

Then of course, we could all be way off.