Tag: category-/Internet & Telecom

Amazon sends Alexa developers on quest for ‘holy grail of voice science’

At Amazon’s re:Mars conference last week, the company rolled out Alexa Conversations in preview. Conversations is a module within the Alexa Skills Kit that stitches together Alexa voice apps into experiences that help you accomplish complex tasks. Alexa Conversations may be Amazon’s most intriguing and substantial pitch to voice developers in years. Conversations will make […]

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ProBeat: Google finally admits single camera defeat with Pixel 4

New Pixel phones always leak long before they are announced in October. Last year, the Pixel 3 leaked more than any flagship in recent memory. So this time, after the first Pixel 4 leaks began, Google tweeted an official image of the Pixel 4’s back. “Well, since there seems to be some interest, here you […]

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Qualcomm’s Dean Brenner explains 5G spectrum and the ‘game-changer’ DSS

Understanding cellular technology begins with one key piece of information: Cell phones, personal hotspot pucks, and other cellular devices are all sophisticated two-way radios, such that each new generation (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G) adds additional ways to speed up the radio communications between your device and nearby towers. One way to boost speeds is to […]

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Yandex promises 100 driverless cars on the road by 2020

Russian tech giant Yandex has been testing autonomous vehicles on public roads since December 2017, starting in Moscow and later expanding to Innopolis, Skolkovo, and Las Vegas. The program’s next phase saw cars reach Tel Aviv’s city limits, and now, after five months of successful testing in Israel, the company’s prepping for further expansion. Yandex […]

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Facebook promises new Portal devices this fall

Facebook’s Portal division will introduce multiple new devices this fall, Facebook VP of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth said at the Code conference in Phoenix, Arizona. CNBC first reported the news and a company spokesperson that VentureBeat followed up with declined to provide more details. Portal and Portal+ devices for Facebook Messenger video calls and conversations with […]

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FCC names winners of $2.7 billion 24-28GHz millimeter wave auctions

Millimeter wave spectrum will deliver the fastest version of 5G services, and after six months of semi-secretive auctions, the Federal Communications Commission has finally announced the winners of 28GHz and 24GHz U.S. spectrum. The commission raised over $2.7 billion across the auctions, and the winners were mostly major players in the telecom industry: AT&T bid […]

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Google makes it easier for Box customers to migrate to G Suite

Google is making it easier for Box cloud customers to transfer their files over to G Suite. Though there are numerous third-party tools that help enterprises migrate between competing services, Google is touting the “first party” credentials of its new offering. Indeed, the Box migration tool constitutes part of a service called G Suite Migrate, […]

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BBC blames 5G data caps and ‘bizarre’ issues for live broadcast flops

Despite 5G’s widely acknowledged potential to revolutionize communications with high-speed, low-latency connections, inconsistent performance has continued to mar early launches, and the U.K. just had its first public examples of the phenomenon. BBC reporters attempting to use EE’s just-launched 5G network for live broadcasts have already experienced major hiccups twice today, leading an anchor to cut […]

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Finland’s Elisa says 5G pricing will vary with data speed and latency

Finnish carrier Elisa has been working to establish its 5G bona fides for over a year, promising 5G networks in two Finnish cities by May 2018 and later proclaiming itself the world’s first to launch a 5G network, notably without actual 5G hardware. Having previously debuted 5G broadband services this April, the carrier today announced that it […]

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