New Jersey had the fastest broadband, while Maine had the slowest.
Finally some good news: The internet is getting faster, especially fixed broadband internet. Broadband download speeds in the U.S. rose 35.8 percent and upload speeds are up 22 percent from last year, according to internet speed-test company Ookla in its latest U.S. broadband report.
The growth in speed is important as the internet undergirds more of our daily lives and the wider economy. As internet service providers continue building out fiber networks around the country, expect speeds to increase, though speeds vary widely by region depending on infrastructure and whether or not an area has fiber.
New Jersey had the highest mean download speed — 121 megabits per second — while Rhode Island had the fastest upload speed — 63 Mbps — in Q2 and Q3 of 2018. Maine had the slowest mean upload and download speeds (50 Mbps download, 10 Mbps upload) of any state. California, the home of Silicon Valley, ranked 17th in downloads and 24th in uploads.
Xfinity was the fastest broadband provider nationwide, followed by Verizon, according to Ookla.
On a city level, Kansas City — the home of Google Fiber — had the highest mean broadband speeds of any city in the country, both for downloads and uploads, at 159 and 127 Mbps respectively. Memphis had the slowest mean download speed — 45 Mbps — while Laredo, Texas, had the slowest upload speed at about 9 Mbps.
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December 12, 2018 / jamie / Comments Off on Intel is bringing teraflop integrated graphics to 10nm chips in 2019
No, you didn’t read that wrong. Intel’s 11th generation integrated graphics will pack in more than a teraflop worth of computing power, the company announced today. That means you’ll actually be able to play plenty of PC games without the need for an…
December 12, 2018 / jamie / Comments Off on How to Upload Multiple Files to Dropbox at Once Using an iPhone or iPad
Dropbox is one of the most popular providers of cloud storage on the planet, and if you’re a Dropbox customer making use of an iPhone or iPad, knowing how to upload multiple files at once can be a real time saver.
You don’t need to be a so-called power user to handle multiple files at once, and as anyone who uses Dropbox will know, it’s at its best when used as a dumping ground for anything and everything you need to have available across multiple devices. Thankfully, there are two different ways of handling files that you want to upload to Dropbox (depending on what they are) and soon you’ll know them both.
Upload Multiple Photos Using the Dropbox App
The most obvious way to carry out any tasks relating to Dropbox is to use the company’s official app. The app does let you upload multiple photos at once (but only one of other types of files, so see the next section for that).
You can get the Dropbox app from the App Store if you don’t already have it, and once you sign into your account, tap the “Create” button.
Tap the “Upload Photos” button next. You’ll see all of the photos that are on your iPhone or iPad.
Select the ones you wish to upload and then tap “Next.”
The PlayStation Classic is a mistake. It’s a quick attempt by Sony to cash in on the micro-console trend, something Nintendo kicked off with the NES and SNES Classic. (Sony didn’t even try to differentiate the name from Nintendo’s systems.) There’s d…
December 12, 2018 / jamie / Comments Off on Facebook redesigns Life Events feature with animated photos, videos and more
Facebook today announced a redesign of its “Life Events” feature, which allows people to share significant milestones in their life, like an engagement, graduation, a new job, a move to a new city, and more. The feature has existed since the launch of Timeline, but has to date offered a fairly nondescript type of post. Today, that’s changing, Facebook says. Now, users will be able to add animated photos or videos, photos from the people or Page you’ve tagged (like those of your partner or your new workplace), or you you can pick an image from Facebook’s own art collection, if you don’t have your own.
The photos and videos you post will also have subtle animations, like slowly zooming in, to give the post more attention. And you can still pick an icon to represent the life event, as before.
The idea behind the redesign is to give these sorts of posts a better way to stand out from other posts, the company explains
Of course, Facebook likely wants to increase the feature’s adoption, too, as it’s a straightforward way to collect profile data on an individual that they may not have otherwise filled out – like where they live, where they work, or their alma mater, for example.
Facebook will also now alert your friends directly when you’ve shared some life events, it says.
For certain types of life events – like changes in your current city, work, education, and relationship status – your friends may receive a notification to let them know about the news. This ensures they won’t miss the update if they were just casually scrolling their News Feed. And it’s a way to make sure the event gets seen by your broader network of Facebook friends – including those acquaintances whose updates don’t regularly show in your News Feed, as Facebook’s algorithms have determined you aren’t close.
In addition, when you react to a life event someone else posted with a like, wow, heart, etc., Facebook now shows all the other reactions from friends alongside your own.
Perhaps most importantly, is that Facebook is finally giving life events a place of importance on users’ profiles.
While the feature for years has been touted as a way to remember significant events, it’s actually been fairly difficult to relocate your older life event posts from years ago. With the update, however, life events will have their own dedicated section on user profiles. (You can opt to hide a life event here by tapping the “…” button then selecting “Hide from Timeline,” if you choose).
This will give people visiting your profile for the first time a way to get to know you, by way of the most important moments you’ve shared through this feature. That may not be something everyone is comfortable with, though, so you’ll want to check to see if there are any older life event posts you need to hide or delete.
The updated life events are rolling out worldwide on iOS, Android and desktop beginning today, and completing in the days ahead.
With the year fast coming to an end, it’s time to reflect on the bests and the worsts of the year, ignoring all the in-betweens that failed to make a dramatic impression one way or other. As new Mac games sometimes slip under the radar, we decided to round up the best Mac games to have come out in 2018, allowing those with the silent squidgy keyboards and the mono-button mice to also enjoy them. (That being said, you should really get a proper mouse if you want to properly enjoy these games.) The following is our ranked list of the best Mac games of… Read more
Skullcandy is hopping aboard the bandwagon for all-wireless earbuds. It’s releasing Push, a Bluetooth earbud set that aims to liberate you from cords without paying as much as you would for the usual alternatives. They offer six hours of listening by…
We were promised jetpacks, but let’s be honest, they’re just plain unsafe. So a nice drone ride is probably all we should reasonably expect. Lift Aircraft is the latest to make a play for the passenger multirotor market, theoretical as it is, and its craft is a sleek little thing with some interesting design choices to make it suitable for laypeople to “pilot.”
The Austin-based company just took the wraps off the Hexa, the 18-rotor craft it intends to make available for short recreational flights. It just flew for the first time last month, and could be taking passengers aloft as early as next year.
The Hexa is considerably more lightweight than the aircraft that seemed to be getting announced every month or two earlier this year. Lift’s focus isn’t on transport, which is a phenomenally complicated problem both in terms of regulation and engineering. Instead, it wants to simply make the experience of flying in a giant drone available for thrill-seekers with a bit of pocket money.
This reduced scope means the craft can get away with being just 432 pounds and capable of 10-15 minutes of sustained flight with a single passenger. Compared with Lilium’s VTOL engines or Volocopter’s 36-foot wingspan, this thing looks like a toy. And that’s essentially what it is, for now. But there’s something to be said for proving your design in a comparatively easily accessed market and moving up, rather than trying to invent an air taxi business from scratch.
“Multi-seat eVTOL air taxis, especially those that are designed to transition to wing-borne flight, are probably 10 years away and will require new regulations and significant advances in battery technology to be practical and safe. We didn’t want to wait for major technology or regulatory breakthroughs to start flying,” said CEO Matt Chasen in a news release. “We’ll be flying years before anyone else.”
The Hexa is flown with a single joystick and an iPad; direct movements and attitude control are done with the former, while destination-based movement, take-off and landing take place on the latter. This way people can go from walking in the front door to flying one of these things — or rather riding in one and suggesting some directions to go — in an hour or so.
It’s small enough that it doesn’t even count as a “real” aircraft; it’s a “powered ultralight,” which is a plus and a minus: no pilot’s license necessary, but you can’t go past a few hundred feet of altitude or fly over populated areas. No doubt there’s still a good deal of fun you can have flying around a sort of drone theme park, though. The whole area will have been 3D mapped prior to flight, of course.
Lifting the Hexa are 18 rotors, each of which is powered by its own battery, which spreads the risk out considerably and makes it simple to swap them out. As far as safety is concerned, it can run with up to six engines down, and has pontoons in case of a water landing and an emergency parachute should the unthinkable happen.
The team is looking to roll out its drone-riding experience soon, but it has yet to select its first city. Finding a good location, checking with the community, getting the proper permits — not simple. Chasen told New Atlas the craft is “not very loud, but they’re also not whisper-quiet, either.” I’m thinking “not very loud” is in comparison to jets — every drone I’ve ever come across, from palm-sized to cargo-bearing, has made an incredible racket, and if someone wanted to start a drone preserve next door I’d fight it tooth and nail. (Apparently Seattle is high on the list, too, so this may come to pass.)
In a sense, engineering a working autonomous multirotor aircraft was the easy part of building this business. Chasen told GeekWire that the company has raised a “typical-size seed round,” and is preparing for a Series A — probably once it has a launch city in its sights.
We’ll likely hear more at SXSW in March, where the Hexa will likely fly its first passengers.
Like with all pieces of software, the default settings in Chrome won’t please everybody. Most people will only need to change settings normally accessible through the menu. Others know about a hidden page, accessible by typing chrome://flags/ in the address bar. But you have a third option to change Chrome’s behavior. What Are Chrome Command-Line Switches? These are simply parameters passed to an executable file. You can test them now. Open a command line prompt: press the Windows logo key, type “cmd” and open Command Prompt. Change the active directory to Chrome’s installation path. cd “Program Files (x86)GoogleChromeApplication” Now launch the browser in… Read more