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SK Telecom signs 5G and 6G R&D deals with Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung

While 5G networks are just beginning to go live across the world, South Korean carrier SK Telecom is already working to guarantee its role in the next-generation cellular technology expected in 2030: 6G. Today, the carrier announced that it has signed memorandums of understanding with network hardware providers Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung to conduct joint […]

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Palm opens preorders for its unlocked standalone smartphone for $350

Palm announced today that you can now preorder an unlocked standalone Palm smartphone through its website. For a limited time, customers who preorder a device for $350 will also get a free palm leather case with neck and wrist lanyards ($30 value). This unlocked version of Palm will be available for U.S. customers only and […]

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Kuo: Only 2 iPhones will get 5G in 2020, but all will use OLED screens

While 2019’s iPhones are expected to be relatively conservative upgrades from 2018’s iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, early reports have suggested that Apple’s 2020 models will be substantially different. Respected supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors) is adding additional color to the 2020 reports today, reinforcing claims of three devices with […]

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Ericsson updates 5G cell tower software to improve speed and coverage

Only a few companies are making the 5G cell tower hardware that will connect billions of devices to next-generation cellular networks, so when one of them issues a major software update, it can impact a huge number of people. That’s why Ericsson’s announcement today of “cutting-edge Standalone New Radio (NR) software” is actually a big […]

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Huawei CEO says U.S. ban hit harder than expected, warns of $100 billion revenue dip

(Reuters) — Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said the impact of a U.S. ban on the Chinese company was more severe than expected and warned that revenue would dip to around $100 billion this year and the next. This is the first time that Huawei has quantified the impact of the U.S. action against […]

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Huawei delays its first 5G phone Mate X until September

Huawei’s first 5G phone, the $2,600 foldable tablet-phone hybrid Mate X, will miss its originally expected June release date in favor of a revised September release. The troubled Chinese smartphone maker told CNBC that the delay is based on the need for “extra” tests following the highly publicized failures of Samsung’s similar Galaxy Fold, but […]

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AT&T kills Samsung Galaxy Fold orders, offers Galaxy S10 5G only to businesses

AT&T has some bad news for serious Samsung fans: the carrier’s pre-orders for the troubled Galaxy Fold have been cancelled, and though Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S10 5G will be available next week, AT&T will sell it only to businesses. In other words, average people will need to find another carrier — such as Verizon — […]

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LG claims Qualcomm licensing dispute imperils entire 5G market

(Reuters) — Sales of LG Electronics’ new 5G smartphone looked uncertain on Wednesday after the firm said it was unable to narrow differences with Qualcomm to renew a chip license deal that is due to expire this month. In a U.S. court filing late on Tuesday, the South Korean firm opposed Qualcomm’s efforts to put a […]

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South Korea hits 1 million 5G subscribers in 69 days, beating 4G record

Claims that 5G adoption would outpace early uptake of 4G networks appear to be coming true, at least in South Korea, where the government announced a new milestone today: 1 million 5G subscribers in only 69 days, markedly faster than the 80 days required to get the first 1 million Korean 4G subscribers in 2011. […]

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Vive Cosmos gets vague release date as HTC offers development guidance

HTC’s Vive Cosmos has remained enigmatic ever since its name leaked in a trademark filing last year, and despite a somewhat perplexing unveiling at CES in January. Now the VR headset has a general release date — the “Q3 timeframe” — as HTC is offering guidance to help developers ready existing titles for the impending […]

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By calling Huawei Android fork a security risk, Google contradicts its own open source arguments

Google is reportedly pushing for an exemption from the U.S. government’s Huawei trade ban, arguing that an Android-based operating system developed by the Chinese tech titan could pose a significant security threat. According to a report in the Financial Times, which cites “three people briefed” on the matter, Google is arguing that forcing it to […]

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Facebook will no longer preinstall its apps on Huawei phones

(Reuters) — Facebook is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones, the latest blow for the Chinese tech giant as it struggles to keep its business afloat in the face of a U.S. ban on its purchase of American parts and software. Customers who already have Huawei phones will still be able […]

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HTC releases Vive Pro Eye in North America for $1,599

Having already released Vive Pro Eye in China and Europe, HTC today began selling the enterprise-class virtual reality headset in North America, and there’s one surprise: it starts at only $1,599 U.S., rather than its roughly $2,000 price elsewhere. But there may be other costs for U.S. and Canadian customers to consider, as well. Featuring […]

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iOS 13 and watchOS 6 hands-on: As 5G looms, Apple takes small steps forward

Earlier today, I posted a hands-on look at Apple’s macOS Catalina and iPadOS 13, the unexpected stars of this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose. But there were three other major operating system releases during the same (long) keynote, and though they frankly weren’t as exciting as the Mac and iPad announcements, they’re worth digging into […]

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Canalys: U.S. ban on Huawei lowers global smartphone forecast almost 5%

In the wake of the decision by the U.S. to ban businesses from working with Huawei, research firm Canalys has slashed its forecast for the global smartphone market by almost 5%. The firm now projects smartphone shipments of 1.35 billion units in 2019, a year-over-year decline of 3.1% from 1.3931 billion units in 2018. That […]

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Oppo and Xiaomi tease ‘under-display’ selfie cameras with no notches or punch-holes

Xiaomi and Oppo have today given a glimpse into what smartphone selfie cameras may look like in the not-too-distant future. Over the past few years, we’ve seen phone makers iterate with the front-facing shooter layout, as they look to minimize the bezel and maximize screen real estate. This has led to so-called “notched” phones that […]

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Apple raises iPhone cellular download bar to a still-miserly 200MB

Back when downloads from Apple’s own servers were iPhone users’ biggest hits on cellular networks, the company set cellular download limits to ease the strain on carrier partners: 10MB, then 20MB, then 50MB early in the 4G era, jumping to 100MB in 2013 and 150MB in 2017. This week, the company has again modestly raised […]

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Motorola’s Moto Z4 is available June 13 starting at $499

If you ask Motorola, people love Moto Mods — they’re the doodads that magnetically affix to the back of handsets in its Moto Z lineup. In fact, the company claims the majority of its customers say they’d recommend handsets with Moto Mods, and it pegs the Z series’ satisfaction rate at over 80 percent. Perhaps […]

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In death, 3D Touch shows Apple has innovated without an endgame

When Apple introduced 3D Touch as one of the bigger innovations in 2015’s iPhone 6S, I was optimistic about the hardware, but concerned about the software. 3D Touch combined a pressure sensitive display with a more robust haptic vibration system, enabling iPhones to register gentle, moderate, and strong finger presses, then provide a light tap […]

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