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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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    Those worrying about cascading impacts from the still-new zero-rated data programs have been looking toward what the FCC might assess them as. Are they net neutral policies or not? T-Mobile has had a colorful month in defending its own Binge On scheme from criticism while AT&T and Comcast have their own programs as well. The Commission asked representatives from the three companies to meet with them for discussions. Republican commissioners called it a "witch hunt" for shaming and regulation. But, after the discussions were done and over with, an FCC spokesperson has said that: FCC ...

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    Those who are looking forward to getting over the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL already are hoping that a mid-range device will save every one of us. The hope is that Windows 10 Mobile will work way better here than it did on those flagship products. And it better be better-built while the folks are at it! Now, FCC certification documents don't really tell of anything in those veins, but we do have one of Microsoft's products through the commission labelled "RM-1152," supposedly what we're calling the Microsoft Lumia 650. Certification is also not an indicator of release date, but hey, the ...

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    T-Mobile claims that its zero-rated data scheme for video is not "throttling," a claim YouTube and the Electronic Frontier Foundation don't agree with. But whether or not you appreciate the delicate regulatory aspects of such programs like Binge On — and believe you me, the FCC is certainly interested — is irrelevant here. If you're a T-Mobile subscriber, be it for a capped or unlimited LTE data plan, you're automatically opted-in to Binge On. And if what the EFF found out about the program irks you, you do have the option to turn it off. Thing is, T-Mobile doesn't make it easy. There ...

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    This development may put the FCC's meeting with T-Mobile in a new light — and perhaps the meetings with AT&T and Comcast as well. After YouTube took first spat against T-Mobile's Binge On program that zero-rated end users' costs for access to 480p video. That's so long as video providers ask to be on the program, which is free to participate in. YouTube was and is not a partner in the program and the company is claiming that its video is being "throttled" down to 480p. T-Mobile responded with a different term, "downgraded," which supposedly conforms with net neutrality. The ...

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    Just because HTC is asking us to ease our excitement for an off-schedule release of its virtual reality offspring with partner Valve doesn't mean that we shouldn't get excited about seeing the cogs in motion. That said, the hardware doesn't mean too much when everything's a peripheral for your power-packed computer and has been in development for a long time. But does it have to be all strings attached? Could we see you break from them? [gallery columns="4" ids="459123,459124,459125,459126"] Software will likely be the real culprit of HTC's success or failure based on this early turn of ...

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    With a device name that rhymes and a great vibe going into the largest trade show on earth, Huawei only needs to sort its paper affairs before it can start selling the Mate 8 in the United States. All neon lights are pointing to Las Vegas and to CES for an announcement to happen and this development gives that thought a nudge. The Huawei Mate 8 has passed its certifications FCC. The model number, as suggested by the FCC ID tag, seems to be NXT-L09, which differs from the international version's NXT AL-10. Other than antennas, we're not certain of what changes lie ahead of us, though the ...

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    Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler previously spoke of T-Mobile's new Binge On service rather kindly, calling the paid-for streaming data perk "highly innovative and highly competitive." The FCC is also eyeing AT&T as it has a Data Perks program that trades filling sponsored surveys for up to an extra gigabyte on your account each month. And in those veins, Comcast has introduced an unlimited access "Stream TV" program that is described as "a cable service that only works in the customer's home." Today, Wheeler announced that he's requested meetings with the three ...

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    Samsung's got a bevy of new Galaxy A smartphones on the way, including both new models and rehashes of some of the first-gen Galaxy A-series devices. In terms of the latter, we've been expecting new versions of the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7, with new evidence for these devices arriving all the time. Over the course of the past week, that's meant a number of appearances for the new Galaxy A7 in regulatory paperwork, popping up at both the Bluetooth SIG and at China's TENAA. Now it's the FCC's turn to weigh in, and its own docs shed a little new light on the smartphone's hardware. Manufacturers ...

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    Earlier this month T-Mobile announced its latest Un-carrier hook, giving users access to streaming video that didn't count against their data plan with its Binge On system. No sooner was Binge On announced, though, than it seemed like the service brought all manner of critics out of the woodwork. Beyond our own concerns over reduced video quality, and statements from other carriers about possible network congestion, we saw plenty of you readers sounding off in the comments with questions about net neutrality: was this free pass for certain streaming video services (but not others) going to ...

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    T-Mobile has been chasing tails from the beginning of this spectrum auction process. It's been fortunate so far to have had a fairly clear berth from its smaller counterparts. It also claims to have up to $10 billion in its arsenal ready to bid — with more cash ready to go as the carrier sells some of its cell towers. Now, it's once again going after the nation's most popular network to put a cap on its quest for the 600MHz band. Specifically, we're talking about the reserve band of the 600MHz: approximately 40MHz of spectrum  reserved for carriers that own less than one-third of a ...

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