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    It's said that HTC is making the two Nexus phones this year. It's also being said that Huawei is making another Nexus device in 2016 as well. While something has to give, there's a whole ton of slack to get through before Google schedules its hardware launch event sometime later this quarter. Media reports are pointing to a recent FCC equipment entry as a bolster to Huawei's sequel to its Nexus 6P. Two identical phones have been logged, one likely an unlocked phone and another marked for prepaid carrier Tracfone. The device's US codenames, as designated by Huawei in FCC documents, are the ...

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    The first of two prospective BlackBerry devices powered by Android has made its way through the FCC for radios certification. A look-up of the FCC ID as leaked gives us 17 entries owing to BlackBerry. Its model name, STH100-2, corresponds to previous leaks regarding the Hamburg model. The phone, as tested, supports two major GSM bands in the US and also supports LTE bands 2, 7, 38 and 41. Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi ac is supported. That's the least we know, given FCC reporting requirements. According to Wi-Fi Alliance documents, TCL is producing the phone. As the commission published the ...

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    It's the home stretch of speculation for the Galaxy Note 7. As chipsets get tossed about and anger comes over curves and angles, we're learning that what is likely an unlocked version of the phone has made it stateside. FCC documents show that a Samsung device, SM-N930U, has antennas open for all four major carriers in the US, as well as the typical Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and Wi-Fi bands. There are specific carrier variants supposedly out there in the land of benchmarks, but a quick look at the FCC database picked up nothing. The unlocked version of the Galaxy S7 recently and officially went ...

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    The FCC has unanimously ruled that carriers have an open sandbox to play in as they muster efforts towards 5G in the US. Specifically, spectrum above the 24GHz mark will be purposed for 5G with 3.85GHz of licensed space in the 28GHz, 37GHz and 39GHz bands. A continuous, unlicensed swath between 64GHz and 71GHz has opened up, the same swath that unlicensed Wi-Fi is experimenting in right now. The commission is seeking public comment on allocating eight more bands above the 95GHz line. Satellite operators have been concerned particularly with their 28GHz operations being interfered with at ...

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    The FCC has announced the conclusion of its reverse auction for the repackaging of 600MHz spectrum. It's currently in use for TV broadcasting, but will be converted for wireless internet uses. The commission has gotten down to the cumulative minimum cash-out that broadcasters would accept in order for the auctions process to end and the amount may startle analysts and prospective bidders. The exact number? $86,422,558,704. Analysts are expecting that bids in the forward auction will only total to about $30 billion. If the $86 billion clearing target is not met by the end of the forward ...

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    Analysts are seeing the end near the first phase of the auctions process in the FCC's scheme to free up 600MHz spectrum from TV broadcasters for cellular networks' use. The first auction, expected to end this week, works in reverse, asking broadcasters the minimum offer that they would accept from wireless service providers in order to relinquish their spectrum. The commission will disclose the cumulative target amount that bidders will have to meet in order to end the auction process. Analysts estimates for that cumulative target have been varied wildly for up to a 126MHz range of ...

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    It's another release fresh out of China and, perhaps, onward to the United States. Or not. Samsung's recent HTC-likes, the Galaxy C5 and Galaxy C7, have been spotted at the FCC with application papers, but just because the commission takes a look at the devices doesn't necessarily mean we're getting sales in the US — it's happened before. Digging into the Galaxy C7's FCC ID label document, we also see markings from a Brazilian agency with an entirely different LTE spectrum than the US. The Galaxy C5's SAR report shows that the only LTE band tested was the one shared between CDMA-run ...

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    We're closer and closer to the release of the HP Elite x3, the baddest ass Windows 10 Mobile phone we have seen yet. It was originally slated to be an enterprise-only release, but the company has relented to fans with some availability planned for individuals. Meantime, the Galaxy A9 Pro may be creeping out of China with an international model to serve as an alternative to bleeding-edge flagships with its high-end, but staunchly standard feature set. Both phones are expected in the US soon with new certification papers from the Wi-Fi Alliance and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group for ...

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    Broadband internet will remain a utility that the Federal Communications Commission can easily and strictly regulate, so ruled two judges to one in a federal appeals court. The decision tossed out petitions from AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and other telecom companies challenging the courts' earlier agreement with the FCC's declaration. "We have always expected this issue to be decided by the Supreme Court, and we look forward to participating in that appeal," said David McAtee II, AT&T's senior executive vice president, also acting as general counsel for the company. Internet service ...

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    The last markdowns are in place for the Nexus Player at many retail stores. ASUS isn't making a device anymore that used to be sold at the Google Store. Now what? Apparently, it's due for a software update. Liliputing first reported its findings of another application at the FCC for a device looking like another Nexus Player. But don't get your hopes up. The thing is that this application retains the same FCC ID code as the original product that was approved on October 19, 2014. Why would ASUS submit a new FCC application for an old product? Well, the FCC currently requires that if a ...

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    If you feel that wireless charging has seeped into the background for a bit, you may have to readjust your expectations and wait a little bit longer. Energous, the company backed by mobile phone pioneer and virtuist Dr. Marty Cooper, has just gotten FCC approval of a miniature transmitter. That transmitter is part of the company's over-the-air wireless charging system that should be able to deliver power to devices at ranges beyond existing standards like Qi and Powermat. The Miniature WattUp transmitter "can be as small as a USB thumb drive" and can juice low power consumption device, ...

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    Broadcasters don't think they can make the moves they would need to make in the 39 months the FCC allotted them after the end of the 600MHz spectrum auction. So, how does T-Mobile think it can take advantage of spectrum it won't be able to feasibly work on past 2020? Well, at a MoffettNathanson summit in New York, the Un-carrier thinks that broadcasters have one big motivation for repacking as fast as they can: money. // f;f++)a[f].apply(i,r);var s=c[w[n]];return s&&s.push([h,n,r,i]),i}function p(e,t){g[e]=l(e).concat(t)}function l(e){return g[e]||[]}function d(e){return ...

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    Two phones. Two places. One fate. Sounds dramatic, but the Moto G4's upcoming arrival hasn't come without some decent hype — including the assertion that a Moto G4 Plus could also on the way. And while a Moto launch event in India is just days away, we're following another flurry of activity on the phones. First up is an FCC certification award to a couple of Motorola Mobility phones, one being model number XT1622, the other XT1642 and both filed under the same FCC ID. While these may be the model numbers for the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, the certification also means that we should be ...

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    When it’s not busy investigating carriers for their dubious mobile security update practices, the US Federal Communications Commission often acts as an official tipster of sorts, revealing precious information on as-yet unreleased products. The latest such device to break its cover while seeking the FCC’s regulatory approval is likely the highly anticipated and long overdue follow-up to the 2014-dispatched 8-inch NVIDIA Shield. Technically, the compact gaming tablet was already refreshed last fall, but with only a lower price tag, no stylus support and everything else staying the same, ...

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    When not busy trying to force Apple’s hand to needlessly undermine its own mobile OS encryption and device security, the US government occasionally gets a half-decent idea of actually acting in the service of the people. Case in point, a joint FTC/FCC examination of the way smartphone and tablet manufacturers, as well as wireless operators stateside, look for, identify and ultimately address vulnerabilities in products designed by them or supported on their networks. Though the two independent government agencies are in this together, the Federal Trade Commission aims to “better ...

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    When you're out shopping for a snack, standardized nutritional labels make it easy to see how your available options stack up: from calories, to fat, to serving sizes, these easily recognizable labels arm consumers with the tools they need to decide if that pack of deep-fried Snack Curlz (now with extra “cheez”) is really worth it, or if they might be better off with a nearly-as-tasty but much healthier selection. That's well and good for food, but now the FCC wants to take that same kind of info-at-a-glance approach and apply it to the all-too-confusing broadband market, with the ...

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    April is finally upon us, and that means we're finally in the home stretch leading up to the launch of HTC's next smartphone flagship. The company has already confirmed an April 12 date for its announcement, and continues to release new teasers in the days leading up to the grand unveiling. We very much look forward to seeing what the next of those has to offer, but in the meantime we've got some launch-related HTC 10 news on a different front, as the smartphone appears to make its regulatory stop-in with the FCC, revealing a pair of model numbers in the process. Yesterday the FCC ...

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    When you pay Netflix to connect you with streaming on-demand entertainment each month, do you assume you're getting the same experience as every other customer? Of course; why wouldn't you think that? So it came as a big surprise last week when we learned that Netflix had taken it upon itself to artificiality limit the bandwidth made available to users accessing Nextflix over AT&T and Verizon wireless networks, throttling connections to a mere 600kbps as part of some self-imposed role to help “protect consumers from exceeding mobile data caps.” If that sounded all sorts of wrong to ...

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    At 6pm Eastern on March 29, all the possible US TV stations that would like to sell their broadcast spectrum will have committed to do so. From there, the Federal Communications Commission will work on a blueprint to sort out how that spectrum in the 600MHz band can be put together for sale. That leads up to the next step for the commission in the auctions process, setting up a clearing target. The order of things The clearing target is the total amount of spectrum the FCC thinks can be sold in auction. The government currently estimates a high-end of that total to be 126MHz. Analysts ...

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    Samsung's latest flagship smartphones are here, as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are already showing up in the hands of users, but we've been following rumors suggesting that the manufacturer's not quite done with its new launches just yet. For the past few weeks now, we've taken to assembling a growing body of evidence pointing to the company's plans for the Galaxy A9 Pro, a solidly-equipped six-inch mid-ranger. Last week we got to take a look at the model as it swung by China's TENAA for certification-duty, and now we're watching the smartphone make another stop on its regulatory ...

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    Honesty is the best policy, but it didn't appear on Verizon Wireless's policy until a year ago. We're talking about "Supercookies," Unique Identifier Headers attached to traffic made through Verizon's network used in order to serve ads from Verizon's vendor network. The FCC found that Big Red had implemented UIDHs as early as December 2012 and did not tell its customers until October 2014. Its privacy policy only started to cover UIDHs from March 2015. At least one of Verizon's ad vendors used the UIDHs for replanting cookies on users that chose to deny that vendor's cookies. UIDHs also ...

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    Right now, Samsung's Galaxy S7 is casting a shadow so large, it's difficult to keep the rest of the company’s lineup in sight. But soon our myopia will begin to pass, and with the GS7 going official in just a few days, we can begin to return some much-needed attention to the other devices starting to make their way out of Samsung's development pipeline. One we've been keeping an eye our for lately is the 2016 edition of the Galaxy J7, which early specs outed as a very respectable upper mid-ranger. Some of the details are still up in the air (and recent reports raise questions about our ...

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    With the upcoming Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, we're hoping that Samsung has learned some important lessons from last year's flagship offerings. To that end, we're not expecting any big, radical changes from either model, but instead a refinement of existing designs, and correcting some oversights that left us wanting just a little bit more last time around. That extends to the batteries in these phones, and while it's nice to see that Samsung plans on releasing some battery-boosting accessories, we've also been pleased to hear that both GS7 phones should be landing with some generous ...

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    The fallout from the defense of T-Mobile's Binge On program streams on. In its short existence as an Un-carrier feature, the zero-rated video streaming service has gotten into hot water from the EFF while piquing the interest of the FCC. All the while, the company's CEO John Legere ferociously stood ground in not only the net neutral status of the program, but in its good value to customers and content providers. Stanford University Professor and Director of the school's Center for Internet and Society Barbara van Schewick has published a whitepaper arguing that Binge On does not comport ...

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    So much of the conversation surrounding the movement for net neutrality has focused on the idea of preventing the ascension of a two-tiered internet system: a “good” internet for players willing to pay up, and a second-rate internet for everyone else. So it's no surprise that as more and more mobile providers strike deals with content providers that promise to bring users free (or not counting against monthly data allowances) access to their services, federal regulators have been taking note. The FCC has been meeting with carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile over the issue, and while we ...

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