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Verizon Wins PCmag's Test For America's Fastest Mobile Network

I can’t say I’m shocked by these results…but what I notice more than Verizon winning was who got the silver medal. T-mobile consistently beat out the other carriers, besides Verizon, in every region that PC Mag tested.  Everyone always bashes T-mobile’s network, however these results show that T-mobile has quality speed on their nationwide network.

Verizon breaks single day sales within 2 hrs thanks to iPhone

…wow. Even though I don’t like the iPhone, I must respect its selling power and appeal. This is impressive. I mean seriously, breaking a First day sales record is one thing…but breaking that record in 2 hours is another and that is amazing.

Burnt Toast and Tech for 111810

Almost to Friday…only one day away. So I have some tech news including the new Facebook Messaging, improvements to Google’s product search, a keyboard for the iPhone 4(?!?), and LTE for Verizon. Let’s get to the tech. 

 - On Monday, Facebook announced it’s new Messaging feature (which is not e-mail) but will tie in all the different ways people can contact you. A universal inbox if you will. Well Jonathan S. Geller of, got an invite and gives a hands-on review.

 - Google is looking to improve product searches for this holiday season. If I actually shopped for holiday gifts…I’m sure I’d be pretty excited about this.


^If you’ve ever wanted a keyboard on your iPhone 4…here ya go ^

 - Verizon doesn’t have LTE yet, but that’s not stopping them from planning on how to charge customers. The plan Verizon execs are looking to put in place is an interesting one though. Charge customers for the speed of the data, much like their land lines. I can understand and go for that.

I hope you’ve been enjoying Burnt Toast and Tech…don’t worry I’m not going to end it. But I want to expand upon it. I’m looking to add longer feature stories. I’m going to try to have at least one a week. I’m a smart guy with lots to say about technology…and if I want to start my campaign to work for a large technology blog (or Wired…or TWiT) then I have to showcase some more of my skills. So I’m working on some topics, but if you have anything in particular that you’d like me to cover, drop a comment and let me know. Until tomorrow, mahalla.

Burnt Toast and Tech for 111610

^ It was all smiles for my wife and I before the game…only one of us was smiling on the way home ^

So I went to the Redskins game last night…if you watched the game then you probably know how I’m feeling. To top that off, my Fantasy Football team also lost which puts me back 2 games. Things were looking so well before Sunday night. Let’s get to some tech stories because unlike my football teams, tech news does not disappoint me.

 - One of the big stories of the day is that Facebook unveiled it’s new messaging service yesterday. Mark Zuckerberg claims, “It’s Not E-mail”, but more of a unified inbox. So no matter if someone texts you, e-mails you, of IMs you, it appears in your Messages inbox all categorized by person. It seems like a pretty novel idea…one that will be rolled out to it’s 500+ million users over time. So how many out there actually think they’ll use Facebook Messages now?  (Unless there’s a way to block out all the spam party announcements, then it will be useless to me)

 - The other big news story is from Apple. They stated yesterday that they were going to announce something that would change iTunes forever. I was hoping it was finally a streaming service. But alas, that was wishful thinking on my part. Apparently they plan to announce that the Beatles Catalog is Coming to iTunes. I’m sure some people are going to be excited by this (the people that didn’t already rip the albums into a digital format).

^Well look who has a Nexus S…I see you, Eric Schmidt (who talked up Android 2.3 and New Payment System) ^

 - Maybe having so many operating systems is a bad thing for the development of web applications? Or maybe we just need some standards that work on ALL of them…

[ The Fragmentation of Operating Systems… ]

 - And in developing news, it appears that AT&T, T-mobile, and Verizon are all joining together to create a mobile phone payment system. They have it overseas, it might as well be available here. Now you can exclude wallet in that check-list of things you can’t leave the house without.

[ WSJ: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Working on Mobile Payment System ]

Burnt Toast and Tech for 111210

We’ve made it to Friday. Good job everyone. The weekend is here, it’s payday for some, and wishing it was payday for others. I’m feeling pretty good today…except that I’m wishing I played the Falcons defense last night. Oh well I hope that won’t lead my team to another L.But enough Fantasy Football talk…there’s some tech news today. So let’s get to the tech…

Facebook is making a “Gmail Killer”? I believe that this is possible but I’m not sure how successful it’ll be. My Facebook inbox for messages is basically overrun with useless Events & invites. If a Facebook mail client is more of the same then it’ll get no play.   [ Facebook is Making a “Gmail Killer” ]

Google, if you’re going to get Google TV out of stores & into the hands of consumers then we (as the consumers) are going to need you to play ball with the tv networks. Having Fox block Google TV before the holiday buying season isn’t a good look.   [ Fox blocks Google TV ]

Microsoft bought Danger, who had developed the super successful Sidekick operating system. Microsoft had Danger work on a new operating system that was supposed to be like the Microsoft version of the Sidekick operating system. The Kin is born. The Kin have a very expensive ad campaign and is released on Verizon. The Kin is on sale for about 6 weeks before Verizon kills it off. End of story, right? Wrong. Apparently, based on a leaked Verizon roadmap the Kin is coming back to life, back to reality.  Is this an old roadmap? Have they updated the Kin? Is Verizon doing away with the required expensive data plans which probably killed the Kin?   [ Confirmed Kin One and Kin Two Returning to Verizon ]

Is an Android Market overhaul on the horizon? I definitely hope so because the Android Market is lacking compared to compeitors, and I’m not just talking about the Apple App Store either. It’s even easier to find apps on Windows Marketplace compared to Google’s Android Market (and Windows Marketpalce has only been out for a week!)   [ Android Overhaul of Market ]

Oh and before I forget…I said I was going to stop talking about the Samsung Nexus 2 until I get some more confirmation on it. Well you no longer have to worry about me talking about it. It’s not real. But the Samsung Nexus S is!!! It’s real. It’s going to have Gingerbread (Android 2.3) and supposedly it’s coming to T-mobile. YES!!!

{ A Thought On…Google }

I remember when Google was the cool, laid-back company. If Google was to be compared to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, it would’ve been Michelangelo. The party dude…always doing wild and crazy things, but well liked. Or maybe Google would’ve been Donatello since they’re so smart. Never-the-less, the times have changed and now Google is acting more like Raphael. Getting into fights with everyone, being all mad all the time. It doesn’t suit you Google…it doesn’t suit you at all. And with those words…have an awesome weekend everyone.