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    Google wants a piece of the Amazon-controlled smart speaker action, the latter in turn plans to go after Apple and Spotify in the uber-challenging, jam-packed music streaming arena, while Samsung may also have something akin to the Echo in the pipeline. Bottom line, no tech giant, regardless of its size, financial status and profit margins, is content resting on existing laurels, with product innovation and originality nowhere near as important as a robust presence in as many potential-brimming market segments as possible. So what if a mysterious Samsung Scoop gadget recently sighted at ...

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    We have little idea what exactly Sony will throw at consumers this IFA around, but among the rumored wares is the so-called Xperia XR (nee F8331), benched and tracked to sport some high-end hardcore hardware. The XR make take the shape of one of the two new devices that Sony has submitted test documents to the FCC. Yes, one of them is a phone that has been tested for cellular low-band transmissions and is marked with WCDMA, GSM and LTE. The other device has a port layout (namely, Ethernet) that basically screams a gaming console. That second device might be the "PlayStation 4 Neo" that ...

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    The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which laid accusations against T-Mobile's Binge On zero-rate program not being net neutral, is calling out said T-Mobile again for more bits of anti-net neutrality. This time, its targeting T-Mobile One, the carrier's new one-for-all unlimited data plan. Senior staff technologist Jeremy Gillula believes that an extra $25 per month to bypass speed throttling on streaming video, music and gaming is a no-go in terms of the FCC's Open Internet Order. "From what we've read thus far it seems like T-Mobile's new plan to charge its customers extra to not ...

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    A new Samsung Galaxy On7 is on the way for the US, at least a global version is. The SM-G610F (the F usually denotes a globally compatible or unlocked version of a device model) has been spotted at the FCC with a few documents and an device e-label in the settings. Of course, when we head into the settings of the device, we get a few other takeaways like the device name — which is how we confirmed the name and identity of the device — and the battery capacity. In this case, we're looking at some 3,300mAh. Previously disclosed features include a 5.5-inch full HD display, a Snapdragon ...

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    Documents have popped up at the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology for two new HTC devices. We are certain that these are the much rumored Nexus devices. NM8G-2PW2100 is what we're assuming to be the smaller "Sailfish" model while G-2PW4100 will be the "Marlin". The Draft User Manual submissions required for both devices mention the Google Nexus support site. The special "G" notation for the models is something new — something we haven't seen for last year's Nexus devices nor on HTC's Nexus One. Update: Droid Life is reporting that cellular testing documents show off universal ...

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    Anyone remember when Tegra SoCs powered such varied and popular devices as the Motorola Atrix 4G, OG Nexus 7, Microsoft Surface and Surface 2, HTC One X and One X+? Those were the times for NVIDIA, which then inexplicably lost the battle for smartphone and tablet processor supremacy with Qualcomm, also failing to compete against the likes of MediaTek on affordability. Nowadays, you can count on the fingers of one hand the semi-relevant commercial products packing Tegra K1 or X1 punch: the homebrewed NVIDIA Shield Tablet, HTC Nexus 9, Google Pixel C, and another one of the Santa ...

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    The race to gigabit home internet speeds has been on for years and conventional ISPs have only recently attempted to respond to Google's expansion of its Fiber service by (finally) improving their services. Could the search giant also be looking to shake up the cellular industry as well? Well, with an FCC application to vaguely "operate in and adjacent to" the 3.5GHz band of shared-use spectrum for "experimentation", it definitely could seed a native footprint for its Project Fi service — perhaps with 5G infrastructure from scratch — and not have to piggy back off of three existing ...

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    Surely, we’ve heard way too little (nothing, actually) about a prospective third-generation ZenWatch thus far for a new take on one of very few surviving rectangular Android Wear designs to debut at the pre-IFA Asus Zenvolution conference in Berlin, Germany on August 31. But surprise, surprise, a not-so-cryptic device has just been sighted swinging by the FCC for mandatory certification ahead of a no doubt imminent US commercial launch, and it’s got the Asus ZenWatch 3 name plastered on its rear housing in an unexpectedly revealing blueprint. This also previews a long overdue form ...

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    Show of hands, who here remembers when flagship smartphones and high-end 10-inch tablets from certain Android device manufacturers shared the same processors and general specifications? It’s been forever, or at least that’s how it feels, with exactly zero products over 6 inches or so packing Snapdragon 820 power these days. Meanwhile, above-average gadgets like the Galaxy Tab S2 come in Exynos 5433 and SD652 derivations, compared to the 8890/820 S7 and Note 7. There’s probably no reason ergo to expect the world from the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, tipped a little while back for a ...

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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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