This year, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut won the annual July 4th Nathan’s hot dog eating contest for the 11th time, wolfing down a mind blowing 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes — a new world record. In 2007, when Chestnut first defeated previous champ Kobayashi, he only needed to get down 66 hot dogs to seal victory. And much like Chestnut, the most American of heroes, wireless companies too are embattled in a constant quest to feed themselves with more data, more users, more content, more everything, just to stay on top.
The count is official: JOEY CHESTNUT ATE A WORLD RECORD 74 HOT DOGS. 😱 pic.twitter.com/SFY3QYHoEj
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 4, 2018
This week’s news, fitting for the competitive eating season, reflects the frenzied, ravenous state of wireless networks and their hamster-wheel pursuit to keep stuffing themselves overfull, just to stay in the game. Happy Independence Day America, your wireless network could always use a little something to eat. Whatcha got?
Those Fun Apps Are Spying On You
Rating: Cotton Candy
Scientists in Boston studied 17,000 popular Andriod apps and found that almost half of them allowed access to their users’ device camera and microphone. Oh, and by the way, that Fortnite game you can’t get enough of? It’s what they call a “magnet for malware.” Those fun games are sweet and delicious going down, but they’re actually terrible for you.
T-Mobile Gets On Board WIth RCS
RCS Messaging, which was just announced will be supported by T-Mobile, makes texting look more standard and like messaging, but right now only Sprint and T-Mobile are on board, meaning it’s not compatible with other, larger, carriers. Are they first adopters or chasing a technology no one’s looking for? For now, there’s likely to be a group of hard core fans while most other people just don’t really get what all the fuss is about.
Sling Goes A La Carte
Rating: Turkey Burger
— Mark Holloway (@BeatCancer10) July 6, 2018
Cable is too heavy and weighs you down, but every once in a while you want to watch something and only cable will do. Now OTT player Sling offers a la carte options, without a subscription. All the gratification without the guilt.
Government Blocks China Mobile Bid For US License
Rating: Freedom Fries
Competition is cool and all, but now that China Mobile has made moves to get licenses to operate in the U.S. the government has some serious security concerns with the operator closely tied to the Chinese government.