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

Google: 80% of Android apps now encrypt network traffic by default

Google has announced that 80% of Android apps now encrypt all traffic by default, thanks to the increased uptake of transport layer security (TLS). TLS is a cryptographic protocol used by all HTTPS domains to secure traffic over a network. Since the launch of Android 7 back in 2016, Google has allowed developers to configure […]

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AI Weekly: With AI-empowered devices, consider what you’re buying

It’s Black Friday, and throngs of people are shopping for deals on virtual assistant-powered smart home devices from the likes of Amazon and Google. The initial appeal of smart speakers, smart displays, voice-controlled lights is obvious, and according to Strategy Analytics, growth in the smart speaker segment alone is expected to grow 57% by the […]

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Apple expands Indian manufacturing, will export iPhones and components

(Reuters) — Finland’s Salcomp, a supplier to U.S. tech group Apple, is to invest 20 billion rupees ($278.67 million) in India to make mobile chargers and other smartphone components from March 2020, the country’s technology minister said on Monday. Salcomp has reached an agreement to take over a facility, formerly owned by Nokia, in the […]

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Google quintuples top reward for hacking Android to $1 million

Google, which has already paid security researchers over $15 million since launching its bug bounty program in 2010, today expanded its Android Security Rewards program. Most notably, the company is introducing a top prize of $1 million. The previous top prize was $200,000. That’s technically a quintupling, although the maximum reward could be even higher. […]

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N3twork raises $40 milllion for platform to help mobile games gain traction

N3twork, the maker of the hit mobile game Legendary, has raised $40 million for its live games publishing platform, which helps mobile game developers scale up their games and reach wider audiences. San Francisco-based N3twork has a big hit with Legendary, and it is applying the learnings behind it to help other mobile games take […]

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Google kicks off Assistant on the Web with movie ticket purchases

Earlier this year at its I/O 2019 developer conference, Google revealed that Google Duplex, its AI chat agent that can arrange appointments over the phone, would expand to the mobile web to handle things like car rentals and movie ticket bookings. Mum’s been the word since September, when select users reported seeing a Duplex-powered service […]

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Apple’s NFC problem is bigger than Germany, the EU, or Apple Pay

I’ve loved NFC technology for almost as long as I’ve known about it, and it’s been around for quite some time. Not only is the Near-Field Communications concept brilliant — tiny radio antennas transfer small quantities of data at sub-1.5-inch distances — but the execution has also been impressive: Today, NFC enables phones to make […]

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Samsung’s VASTA system uses AI to let users program smartphone tasks visually, without coding

Assistants like Samsung’s Bixby are fairly versatile where task automation is concerned — they’ll perform multi-step commands like “Open Facebook and share the three most recent photos” without complaint — but they’re not perfect. It’s incumbent on developers to program these tasks, which means that for users, it becomes more or less a waiting game. […]

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Apple releases iOS 13.3, iPadOS 13.3, tvOS 13.3, and watchOS 6.1.1 betas

Now that the nearly simultaneously releases of iOS 13.0 and 13.1 are fully in the rearview mirror, and the final version of iOS 13.2 has been making its way onto eligible devices, Apple is today releasing the first developer beta of iOS 13.3, alongside related betas for iPadOS, tvOS, and watchOS 6.1. The point releases […]

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China Mobile leaks cheap 5G plans with data caps and 3 speed tiers

China’s launch of commercial 5G services has been one of the year’s more unusual stories: A national multi-carrier rollout that was planned for October 1 shifted to November 1, and the top three carriers reportedly pre-registered 10 million 5G customers before revealing service prices. Now one of the carriers appears to have leaked pricing plans, and […]

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Amazon expands Alexa Gadgets toolkit to 12 more regions

Ever heard of Alexa Gadgets? They’re Bluetooth devices meant to “enhance” voice interactions with compatible Amazon Echo devices, like connected lightbulbs synced to a killer soundtrack. Amazon made available a software development kit in September 2017 and launched the Alexa Gadgets Toolkit in beta in September 2018, but today marks the rollout of the Gadgets Toolkit […]

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Apple releases iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS 13.2 with support for AirPods Pro

Less than a month after debuting the first developer betas of iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS 13.2, Apple today released the final versions of all three operating systems to users. In addition to bug fixes, the releases include a collection of small but welcome improvements that were removed from 13.0 and 13.1 releases at the eleventh […]

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T-Mobile’s 600MHz 5G rollout may disappoint on speed and compatibility

If you’ve followed my prior coverage of early 5G networks and devices, you know that I’ve worked hard to provide a fair perspective on the transformative new wireless technology: Beyond reporting the news, my opinion pieces have praised companies for taking real steps forward with 5G, while offering measured concern or criticism whenever it’s been warranted. I’ve […]

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Verizon’s new 5G home router has Wi-Fi 6, Alexa, and self-setup option

If you live in one of a handful of U.S. cities, Verizon has some exciting news today: It’s now offering customers a true second-generation 5G home broadband router with substantial new features, including integrated Wi-Fi 6 support, Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant, and the ability to be self-installed without waiting for a Verizon appointment. As a successor to […]

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Huawei is in early talks about licensing 5G tech to U.S. firms

(Reuters) — Blacklisted Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei is in early-stage talks with some U.S. telecoms companies about licensing its 5G network technology to them, a Huawei executive told Reuters on Friday. Vincent Pang, senior vice president and board director at the company said some firms had expressed interest in both a long-term deal or […]

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Today’s 4G LTE puts you on the pathway to tomorrow’s 5G

This article is part of the Technology Insight series, made possible with funding from Intel. Terms like 3G, 4G, and 5G draw definitive lines in the sand between one generation and the next. In reality, the transition is far more gradual. And because what we call 5G comprises many capabilities, it’s becoming clearer that the […]

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Verizon debuts GPU-based 5G edge services for mobile VR/XR developers

As the 5G era kicks off, all signs point to dramatic improvements in virtual and mixed reality experiences as computing shifts from hardware worn on your body to nearby “edge” cloud servers. Since much of the processing will be visual and used by numerous users at once, Verizon has been preparing for the shift by developing […]

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SureCall reveals first FCC-compliant 5G mmWave cellular signal booster

If you’ve heard of millimeter wave 5G transmitters — the key enabler of next-generation cellular networks — you’re probably aware that they offer super fast speeds and ultra-low latency, but operate over relatively short distances and have difficulty penetrating certain types of glass and building materials. To improve 5G performance, SureCall today announced the first […]

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Google discontinues Daydream VR

Google’s Daydream, Android’s built-in virtual reality platform, is as good as dead. Following the company’s annual hardware event today, Google confirmed to VentureBeat that the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL do not support the VR platform. Furthermore, Google stopped selling the Daydream View headset today. There are also no plans to support Daydream in […]

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Reshuffle aims to speed app development by handling the frontend, backend, and data

Reshuffle’s goal is to help eliminate some of the most time-consuming pain points of developing applications. The idea is to let developers create full end-to-end React applications almost instantly using live templates. Reshuffle handles frontend, backend, and data, ostensibly leaving developers free to rapidly test and iterate on things like user interfaces. Based on Create […]

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Apple wins smart ring patent covering Amazon Echo Loop-like wearables

Amazon may beat Apple in bringing a wearable “smart ring” to market, but Apple has just successfully patented multiple iterations on the concept — a development that could disrupt the young market for finger-based smart accessories. Granted today, Apple’s patent has been in progress for at least three and a half years, and reveals everything […]

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