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Google is opening its first retail store in New York City this summer
by João Carrasqueira
Google has been selling its own hardware through the online Google Store for a few years now, but perhaps surprisingly, it's never joined any of its competitors in also selling them at physical retail stores. That's changing this summer, though, as the Mountain View giant has just announced that it's opening its first-ever retail location in New York City soon.
The store will be located in Google's Chelsea campus on the west side of Manhattan, where the company currently has over 11,000 employees. New York City is one of the prime locations for retail stores like this, with Microsoft and Apple also having their own.
As you might expect, the retail store will be used to showcase all kinds of Google products, including Pixel phones, Nest smart devices, and the fitness trackers from newly-acquired Fitbit. In addition to shopping, customers can also get service and support for their devices at the store, and Google says it will also have some workshops throughout the year to teach users about certain aspects of their devices.
You probably also expect some restrictions to still be in place in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that will apparently be the case. Google will be requiring masks and social distancing for users in the store, as well as the use of hand sanitizer to use the devices on display. Additionally, capacity will be limited so that everyone can keep a safe distance from other visitors.
Google didn't give a more concrete date for its store to open, but summer isn't too far off, so we may hear more in the near future.
By Rich Woods
Sprint's 5G is now live in New York City, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.
by Rich Woods
At an event in New York City today, Sprint announced that it's expanding its 5G network to four new cities. Naturally, New York is one of them, along with Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. That makes the 5G service from Sprint available in nine cities, including Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, and most recently, Chicago.
The carrier says that its average download speed on 5G is 203.8Mbps, six times faster than its average 4G speed, 35.2Mbps. Between all nine cities, 5G covers a spread of around 2,100 square miles with 11 million people in the coverage areas.
"We’re proud to give Sprint customers their first truly mobile 5G experience in some of the biggest cities in the U.S.," said Sprint CEO Michel Combes. "With our initial nine market launches complete, it is just the start of what we can achieve with T-Mobile, together building a better, faster, nationwide mobile 5G network that benefits all U.S. businesses and consumers."
As usual, it's not the whole cities that are lit up. In New York, it's various parts from Central Park to the southern tip of Manhattan. It works in Times Square, Chelsea Piers, Rockefeller Center, around the Jacob Javits Center, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. There are also parts of Queens where it works, such as by JFK and LaGuardia airports. In NYC, it should cover 1.7 million people.
The Los Angeles 5G network will cover 1.2 million people at launch, from Marina del Ray to downtown Los Angeles, along with West Hollywood to Culver City. Sprint says it will cover USC, UCLA, West L.A., midtown, and downtown Los Angeles.
Over in Phoenix, 5G is opening up to 740,000 people in the greater Phoenix metro area, along with parts of Tempe, Scottsdale, and Glendale. Finally, 520,000 people will get access to 5G in Washington, D.C., with service around the Capitol, White House, National Mall, and many more notable landmarks.
Here's how to watch Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event
by Paul Hill
Samsung will be hosting its Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event on Wednesday in New York City to unveil the newest Galaxy Note devices. There have been several leaks surrounding the devices including video footage of one of them being used as well as a detailed rundown of the specs included in the planned Galaxy Note10 and Galaxy Note10+.
While a lot of the surprises have been ruined by the leaks, some of you may still want to sit and watch the presentation just in case other products get shown off. To watch, you’ll need to be available at 16:00 EDT (convert to local time).
Live streams of the event will be available at Samsung Newsroom, Samsung Mobile Press, and Samsung.com. You’ll also be able to watch on the Samsung Newsroom and Samsung Global Facebook pages, as well as the Galaxy Unpacked Twitter page.
If you miss the live stream of the event it’ll likely be rewatchable at the above sources but if you don’t want to sit through the whole event you can just check-in on Neowin for all the important news about the event and what was shown off.
By Rich Woods
AT&T lights up 5G in New York City but only for businesses
by Rich Woods
One of the cities that's frequently left out of 5G announcements is New York. Unlike Chicago, which actually has 5G served by more than one carrier, New York City seems to get left out of the loop. The good news is that AT&T announced today that it's 5G network is now available in parts of the Big Apple.
The bad news is that it's still only for businesses. If you want access to what AT&T is calling 5G+ (it's just regular 5G), you'll need to be on the Business Unlimited Preferred plan.
"As a densely-populated, global business and entertainment hub, New York City stands to benefit greatly from having access to 5G, and we’ve been eager to introduce the service here," said Amy Kramer, president, AT&T New York. "While our initial availability in NYC is a limited introduction at launch, we’re committed to working closely with the City to extend coverage to more neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs."
The carrier says that its 5G network is now live in 21 cities, with the addition of New York. AT&T has been using millimeter wave (mmWave) technology for this, and that only works outdoors. However, the company confirmed that it will be rolling out sub-6GHz bands in the coming months, and it plans to have nationwide 5G coverage within the first half of 2020.
If you don't have any 5G in your area just yet, just be patient. Carriers definitely have some ambitious plans for quick rollouts.
Facebook is making it easier to give blood donations in the U.S.
by Paul Hill
Facebook has announced that it is launching its blood donation feature for users within the United States. The firm said that blood banks in the country are seeing a decline in blood donors and now hopes that its measures can encourage people to start donating again.
The new feature begins rolling out today in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, Baltimore, and Washington D.C., it will then roll out across the whole country in the months after that. Facebook has partnered up with America’s Blood Centers, the American Red Cross, Inova, New York Blood Center, Rock River Valley Blood Center, Stanford Blood Center, Versiti, and Vitalant in order to deliver the service.
Discussing the development, Mitzy Edgecomb, vice president of marketing and communications at Vitalant, said:
In order to sign up, those in the supported areas can go to the Blood Donations section in the About section of their profile. When a blood center needs a donor, it can send out a notification to those nearby who can then voluntarily go and donate their blood. The feature is already available in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, and Pakistan where 35 million people have already signed up to be blood donors.