There has been talk about the new 5G network coming out. It promises speeds up to 20 times faster of what we are getting now with 4G. You would be able to download a full HD movie in less than 10 seconds. It also promises longer battery life. AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint have all promised 5G devices in the first half of 2019. T-Mobile states that a nationwide network will launch in 2020. Apple iPhones may not support it until 2020. It seems that for 2019, 5G network availability will be limited.
Yahoo has recently agreed to pay $50 worth of damages to 200 million people in the US and Israel, whose personal data was breached. On top of that, Yahoo has to provide credit monitoring services for two years. Since 2013, Yahoo has had a history of being hacked and breached on multiple occasions. Since Verizon purchased Yahoo last year, Verizon will have to pay half of the settlement.
Even though Verizon has purchased the Yahoo Mail during the 2017 buyout, it doesn’t necessarily mean much has changed with Yahoo Mail. If you still have a Yahoo email account, more than likely it is still spying on you. Analysts claim that Yahoo continues to scan the contents of users emails in order to sell information onto advertisers. Yahoo’s parenting company, Oath, claims that it only scans promotional emails and states that free email comes with some associated costs. In other words, if you don’t pay for a product, you are the product. As The Verge highlights, Yahoo also does this form of email scanning on its premium mail platform, which costs users $3.50 per month.
This past week, Verizon Wireless severely throttles the wireless internet speeds of the Santa Clara Fire Department, unless the department paid double. Verizon says it was a mistake and had nothing to do with new net neutrality rules. Throttling the fire department is a danger to public safety. But it will take years to settle in court, if it even goes at all.