Tag: category-/Internet & Telecom/Mobile & Wireless

CBRS Alliance plans U.S. 5G service on global 3.5GHz band in 2020

Across most of the world, early 5G networks are harmonizing on a specific stretch of wireless spectrum — the 3.5GHz band — but in the United States, that spectrum was reserved years ago for naval radar systems and named the “Citizens Broadband Radio Service” (CBRS). Following years of technical and legal work to enable the […]

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Security firms detail Android and Google Photos vulnerabilities that exposed user data

Researchers recently uncovered two unrelated vulnerabilities in Google products. Imperva found a way to perform a side-channel attack on Google Photos that lets bad actors glean key location, time, and identifying information from personal accounts. The other, found by Positive Technologies, is a more dangerous Android exploit. It, too, exposes user data, and Google ranked […]

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Apple debuts new AirPods with H1 chip and wireless charging case option

One and a half years after announcing that it would release a wireless charging case for its AirPods headphones, Apple is finally ready to ship the accessory — along with a second-generation version of AirPods. The company said today that it will sell two versions of the “new AirPods:” AirPods with Charging Case, and AirPods with […]

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U.S. jury finds Apple infringed 3 Qualcomm patents

(Reuters) — Mobile phone chip supplier Qualcomm on Friday won a legal victory against iPhone maker Apple, with a jury in federal court in San Diego finding that Apple owes Qualcomm about $31 million for infringing three of its patents. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Qualcomm last year sued Apple alleging […]

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Apple’s response to Spotify complaint: ‘it wants all the benefits of a free app without being free’

(Reuters) – Apple on Thursday responded to Spotify’s complaint with EU antitrust regulators, saying the audio streaming service “wants all the benefits of a free app without being free”. Spotify, launched a year after Apple unveiled its first iPhone in 2007, said on Wednesday the company unfairly limits rivals to its own music streaming service. […]

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AppOnboard launches creative studio for playable ads

AppOnboard has helped pioneer playable ads on the Google Play store, where players can now instantly play a demo of a game before deciding to download it. And now AppOnboard is launching AppOnboard Studio, a set of tools that allow creative designers to build an app demo without engineering resources or knowing how to code. […]

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Spotify files complaint against Apple in Europe over ‘unfair’ fees and restrictions

Spotify has announced that it’s filing a complaint against Apple with the European Commission (EC), citing anti-competition practices and a business model that gives Apple an “unfair advantage”. “In recent years, Apple has introduced rules to the App Store that purposely limit choice and stifle innovation at the expense of the user experience — essentially […]

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Huawei racks up 5G network deals at MWC 2019 despite U.S. pressure

The United States spent 2018 mounting a historic international lobbying effort to stop Huawei hardware from being used in 5G network build-outs, but cellular carriers appear to be sending a message at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: Huawei is here to stay. For now. As the mobile industry’s top annual event for carriers […]

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VR and cloud gaming frenzy seizes MWC as 5G hype builds

With 5G networks rolling out, the telecom industry and its partners are trying to identify use cases that will justify the trillions of dollars they are spending on this infrastructure. MWC Barcelona 19 this week left little doubt what many believe to be the answer: virtual reality and cloud gaming. Across the sprawling showroom floors […]

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Lego Hidden Side uses ‘haunted’ toys to advance AR on Android and iOS

Though Apple and Google both improved their augmented reality tools for developers last year, AR didn’t have a particularly strong 2018, as consumers largely shrugged off new AR apps and hardware. But the Lego Group announced an intriguing new initiative today: a collection of eight “haunted” building sets that can be enjoyed by themselves, or paired […]

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Apple is forced to use Qualcomm chips in older iPhones after German lawsuit

(Reuters) — Apple said Thursday that it will resume selling older iPhone models in its stores in Germany after they were banned last year, but only with chips from Qualcomm, which is in a global legal battle against the Cupertino company. Apple said it had “no choice” but to stop using some chips from Intel […]

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Apple apparently files for bizarre ‘Bald Eagle 5G’ trademark

In one of Apple’s most unusual 5G developments to date, the company appears to have filed for a new 5G-related trademark in the Netherlands: “Apple Bald Eagle 5G,” specifically listed as being used for mobile telecommunications network services in Benelux. The trademark filing with Benelux’s Office for Intellectual Property (spotted by LetsGoDigital) superficially appears to be legitimate, […]

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iPad mini 5, 2019 iPhones, and AirPods 2 reportedly have only minor changes

Despite flat — if not modestly declining — sales in 2018, Apple will continue its tradition of iterative rather than major improvements for 2019 devices, including the iPad mini 5, iPhones, and AirPods 2, according to a trio of reports this morning from Asia. While there will reportedly be processor bumps and other small tweaks […]

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Google launches Adiantum to bring encryption to low-end devices

Google officially unveiled a new form of encryption today, designed to secure data stored on lower-end smartphones and other devices with insufficient processing power. Ensuring that information stored on mobile phones is locked down is a big selling point for people who store personal data on their device. That is why most Android phones have […]

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Apple is reportedly planning its own 5G modems — but is it too late?

When it comes to Apple developing its own modems for iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches, the writing’s been on the wall for so long that further confirmations hardly seem like news. That’s why I was only slightly surprised when Reuters reported today that Apple’s processor chief Johny Srouji began leading an in-house modem development team […]

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Skype’s background blur feature brings video bokeh to mass market

The humble camera is now one of the core selling points of most modern smartphones, with manufacturers battling to top each other with fancy new features and effects. “Bokeh,” specifically, has become something of a buzzword in smartphone photography, due in large part to improved depth-sensing capabilities that help blur the background while keeping the […]

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U.S. deems EU allies ‘top priority’ in cutting Huawei out of 5G networks

(Reuters) — The United States sees the European Union as its top priority in a global effort to convince allies not to buy Huawei equipment for next-generation mobile networks, a U.S. State Department Official said on Tuesday. After meetings with the European Commission and the Belgian government in Brussels, U.S. officials are set to take a […]

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This mobile thermal printer can help you stay organized and productive

In an increasingly digital world, paper is becoming more obsolete by the day. Messages are sent by texts instead of memos, newspapers are read on iPhones and laptops instead of print, and letters take only milliseconds to arrive via email as opposed to taking days to show up in your physical mailbox. The rise of […]

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