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US average 4G download speeds ranked 47th among 77 countries in large-scale study

A new report from Opensignal today takes an in-depth look at global 4G network performance across 77 countries. As it highlights the shortcomings of 4G, the report shares how 5G should solve many of the pain points like network congestion and widely variable network speeds. Among other interesting points, it also ranked the countries it tested with the US coming in 47th out of 77 for average download speed.

Apple is releasing the third iOS 12.2 public beta today following the developer beta release yesterday. iOS 12.2 public beta includes the latest Animoji characters — shark, owl, giraffe, and warthog options — before they’re officially released.

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We learned a little more today about Apple’s plans for Marzipan, its UIKit that will make it easy for developers to port iOS apps to the Mac.

Today’s report suggests that the project will be rolling out a little more slowly than expected, with an SDK for third-party apps launching at this year’s WWDC – but only for iPad apps …

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Anker PowerWave+ Pad arrives as AirPower competitor, available now

As the AirPower wireless charging pad continues to hang in the balance after Apple missed its self-imposed 2018 deadline, more and more brands are looking to fill the gap. The latest one is industry veteran Anker, which is known for its popular line of smartphone accessories. This week the brand launched its new PowerWave+ Pad 2-in-1 Qi Charger that’s aimed squarely at those with AirPower blues.

Anker’s latest release hits the scene with a familiar design that leans toward AirPower in looks but lacks the same place-your-device-anywhere and charger feature set. While Apple’s own wireless charging pad is said to be on the way soon, Anker is ready to bring the PowerWave+ Pad mainstream now.

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