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

Russian carriers and Qualcomm build Europe’s first 5G mmWave network

Until now, European and Asian mobile carriers have focused most of their 5G network development resources on so-called sub-6GHz radio frequencies — ones similar to what’s been used by 4G networks. But that’s about to change thanks to Russian carriers and Qualcomm, which today announced a collaboration on Europe’s first millimeter wave 5G network, planned […]

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ProBeat: Microsoft and Samsung move like molasses

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella didn’t say anything significant at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked this week. You could argue he didn’t have to. The CEO of a $1 trillion company showing up to your event is enough to make a statement. And the statement is that Microsoft and Samsung are strengthening their partnership in a variety of […]

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Samsung unveils the Galaxy Book S, an ultra-thin laptop with a 23-hour battery life

New smartphones weren’t the only thing Samsung announced today at its Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event in Brooklyn. The Seoul company today unveiled the Galaxy Book S, a premium Windows 10 laptop with a thin and light clamshell-style design that evokes 2-in-1s like Microsoft’s Surface Pro series. Unlike the Surface Pro, however, the Book S doesn’t […]

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AT&T adds New York City to 5G list, promises expanded coverage

AT&T’s millimeter wave-focused 5G network has continued to be somewhat mysterious since it launched in late December 2018, but the top U.S. carrier has continued to expand its coverage since then. Today, AT&T is adding New York City to its list of 5G cities, albeit with the typical caveats: The network’s footprint is limited for […]

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Samsung debuts Galaxy Watch Active2 with touch bezel in 2 sizes

Samsung’s second-generation Galaxy Watch Active may hold a record for the most repeatedly and thoroughly leaked wearable device in history, as virtually every image and detail hit rumor sites well in advance of the official announcement. But the company made the Galaxy Watch Active2 official today, and as expected, it’s a nice upgrade from the […]

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Asia’s mobile games make themselves at home in the U.S.

APAC mobile gaming brands are becoming mainstream. Not only are they setting trends globally, they are also winning big when it comes to revenue. What’s next? After achieving huge success in their home territories of China and South Korea (and to a lesser extent, Japan, as it’s long had a Western presence in mobile), the […]

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Ninja’s arrival pushes doubles Mixer’s mobile downloads

Mixer won’t say how much it spent to bring livestreaming star Tyler “Ninja” Blevins exclusively to its platform, but it is already seeing some benefits. Since Ninja’s big defection from Twitch, Mixer’s downloads have doubled on the mobile app stores, according to industry-intelligence firm Sensor Tower. The Mixer app is in the top 100 free […]

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Qualcomm and Tencent partner on games and a 5G phone

(Reuters) — Qualcomm and Tencent said on Monday they will cooperate on projects that could include making the Chinese company’s videogames play better on devices with Qualcomm chips, and create a 5G version of a Tencent-backed gaming phone. Qualcomm is the largest supplier of mobile phone chips that power many Android devices. With a market […]

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Vodafone’s deals with Telefonica and TIM show how 5G will quickly expand

If you’ve ever experienced terrible cell service despite paying $40 to $80 per line per month, you probably aren’t inclined to shed a tear for cellular carriers that claim to be too cash-strapped to improve their network coverage without assistance. But as 5G networks roll out across the world, carriers are openly struggling with the […]

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Apple releases iOS 12.4 and watchOS 5.3 ahead of Apple Card launch

A little over two months ago, Apple released the first beta versions of iOS 12.4 and watchOS 5.3 — late point releases for its 2018 iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch operating systems, which were expected to lay the groundwork for the Apple Card credit card offering this summer. Today, final versions of both releases are […]

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Slack’s desktop app now launches 33% faster, uses 50% less memory

Slack today announced it’s deploying an under-the-hood upgrade for its desktop app to boost performance for companies and teams using the app for workplace collaboration. The latest version of Slack for desktop and internet browsers is due out in the coming weeks and promises a 33% faster launch time, 10 times faster launch of VoIP […]

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iOS and iPadOS 13 beta 4 signals death of 3D Touch, rise of Context Menu

Back in 2015, Apple introduced pressure-sensitive iPhone screens alongside 3D Touch as a potentially major hardware-software innovation, but barely supported the feature, leading to informed speculation that all of 2019’s iPhones would lose their pressure-sensing hardware. Today’s release of the fourth iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 developer betas appears to put the final nail in […]

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AT&T teams with Microsoft on 5G, AI, cloud, and edge innovations

AT&T’s mobile 5G network isn’t actually attracting consumers yet, but businesses are interested in the transformational improvements 5G can bring — and Microsoft is getting out in front of the impending wave of change. The carrier and enterprise-focused software maker announced today that they’re “joining forces to innovate around 5G, AI, cloud, and edge computing,” a […]

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U.K. clears Huawei to supply some 5G gear as U.S. prepares to ease ban

Huawei’s reputation may have been irrevocably damaged by accusations of espionage, but the Chinese manufacturer appears poised to regain some of its business in both the United Kingdom and United States — albeit under continued clouds of suspicion. A key U.K. parliamentary committee is now recommending that Huawei’s gear be allowed at the edges of […]

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T-Mobile tees up 600MHz 5G launch with first commercial modem data session

While competitors focused their earliest 5G efforts on short-range millimeter wave hardware, T-Mobile steadfastly maintained that its strategy — blanket the U.S. with long-range 600MHz 5G coverage and then boost speeds with 2.5GHz and millimeter wave as needed — was a better approach to achieving truly nationwide 5G coverage. Today, the carrier took a major […]

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European challenger bank N26 launches in the U.S.

N26, the European mobile banking startup with more than $500 million in funding from big-name backers including Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures and Tencent, is finally launching in the U.S. The German company first revealed plans to expand to the U.S. back in 2017, a rollout that was initially mooted for 2018 before being pushed back […]

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Spotify Lite for Android users launches in 36 markets

Spotify wants to make queuing up your favorite tunes easier wherever you are, no matter your phone’s battery level, storage capacity, or connectivity strength. The company this morning formally announced Spotify Lite, which quietly debuted in beta last year before expanding to Asia in April. It’s available for a sizable chunk of Spotify’s roughly 217 […]

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Apple re-releases Texas Hold’em ahead of App Store’s 11th anniversary

Apple’s App Store will celebrate its 11th anniversary later this week, but the company says it’s celebrating the Store’s 10th year by re-releasing a classic iPod and iPhone app: Texas Hold’em (via 9to5Mac). Based on the globally popular poker game, the app gives players the chance to gamble fake money in 10 casino settings — including an […]

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Microsoft and Netflix release Windows 1.0 app to ride Stranger Things 3’s mid-’80s vibe

Adding to the surge of mid-’80s nostalgia sparked by the release of Netflix’s Stranger Things 3, Microsoft has created a Windows 1.0 app that lets users experience desktop computing’s earliest days. The app is the result of a promotional partnership between Microsoft and Netflix for one of the streaming service’s most successful original shows. Season […]

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