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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.
By Rich Woods
Amazon cancels plans for NYC headquarters
by Rich Woods
Image via Shutterstock Back in November, Amazon confirmed its plans to build new headquarters in Long Island City, New York, a part of New York City in Queens county. While the new location was expected to bring 25,000 new jobs to the area, the firm announced today that it's canceling its plans.
Just as was rumored last week, Amazon says that it was dealing with too much pushback from local politicians. While New York State Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayer de Blasio were enthusiastic about the effort, "a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose" Amazon's project, and the firm says that it can't continue on without cooperation that "will be supportive over the long-term."
The New York Times tells a somewhat different story than the one Amazon did in its official announcement. According to that report, Amazon has a meeting with union leaders and the company simply refused to compromise. State Senator Michael Gianaris said to the Times, "Like a petulant child, Amazon insists on getting its way or takes its ball and leaves. The only thing that happened here is that a community that was going to be profoundly affected by their presence started asking questions."
Amazon said that it still has over 5,000 employees in NYC, and it will continue to grow those efforts. The firm isn't going to start looking for another location to replace Long Island City, and it will continue its plans in Nashville and Northern Virginia. The Amazon Long Island City location was expected to create 25,000 jobs.