Crime and Punishment
The Real TechStars of New York
A Verizon worker recently learned the hard way that yes, he can hear you now–even in underground vaults.
Mike Hathaway parked his van on 71-year-old Howard Cook’s lawn, CBS Boston reports. The cranky Mr. Cook got so pissed he trapped Mr. Hathaway in an underground storage vault, slammed the door, and then, as if that wasn’t enough, piled huge rocks on top of it.
You know what they say about karma, so don’t make us repeat it. It looks like good intentions backfired with Karma, a 4G hotspot provider initially founded in Amsterdam that presented this morning at TechStars Demo Day.
In press materials for the spring class, Karma’s one-line descriptor was: “Simple, honest 4G provider,” a sentiment repeated throughout its introductory blog post. But shortly after Demo Day ended, Travis Kalanick, the CEO of request-a-ride car app Uber, tweeted that Karma’s CEO Robert Gaal had not been honest in mentioning a partnership with Uber during the company’s pitch in front of crowd of more than 700 at Webster Hall.
2G isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? Not having to rely 2G . . . in 2012. We imagine it’s that kind of realization–coupled with a steady stream of tweets like these (once AT&T users can get a signal, that is)–that has prompted the company to improve bandwidth in New York City. AllThingsD reports Read More
Verizon’s LTE has the power to amaze; see Chris Dixon’s video of employees at the Hunch office browsing around–“faster than high speed wired broadband,” he wrote. Hat tip to PC Mag for putting some context to the meaningless buzzwords “3G” and “4G” with their ranking of the fastest mobile networks in the country, and confirming what we already knew about AT&T.
As of its “Fastest Mobile Networks 2011” package, PCMag road-tested eight 3G and 4G networks in 21 U.S. cities, including all five boroughs of New York. Surprising no one, the news was not good for AT&T customers.
In NYC, we got some of the slowest AT&T speeds, and least-reliable AT&T connections, of all Read More