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    Back at the start of the month, the FCC readied itself for a showdown: it was time to address net neutrality in a way unlike the agency had approached it in the past, considering whether or not internet service should be reclassified as a utility and regulated as such. Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a plan that would use modernized Title II regulations to prohibit paid prioritization of content, as well as well as preventing ISPs from blocking delivery of otherwise legal content. Today the FCC passed those rules with a 3-2 vote. The new reclassification applies to mobile internet service as ...

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    Samsung is super-excited about wireless charging at the moment. While it's offered wireless charging accessories for its handsets going back years by now, you'd be forgiven for considering these efforts to be afterthoughts: with the need to purchase and install optional charging backs, the company's solutions didn't feel much better than hacky third-party solutions. But the tide may be turning for the Galaxy S6, and beyond theories that the phone could feature integrated wireless charging right out of the box, we've seen Samsung very publicly drawing attention to wireless charging tech in ...

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    Last fall, the movement for net neutrality got itself some major backing, as President Obama voiced strong support for regulations that would ensure an even playing field for users and content providers alike, prohibiting paid prioritization and blocking of otherwise legal content. While that was big progress, the president doesn't set these rules: the FCC does. In the months since, we've been looking forward to the agency formally addressing the matter, and we've known to expect the proposal and voting on new rules sometime this month. Today, FCC head Tom Wheeler spells out his ...

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    If you care at all about the internet, you're very interested in seeing how things play out at the FCC with its current efforts to investigate reclassifying broadband providers as common carriers subject to Title II regulations. That decision's going to have far-reaching consequences, so it's little wonder that companies that build hardware that accesses the internet – firms like BlackBerry – are speaking up to offer their opinions on the matter. But now CEO John Chen's catching a little heat for his public letter that goes off the rails a bit, losing focus of the net neutrality issue ...

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    Who's delivering new flagships at MWC? Samsung could be in, but LG sounds like it might be out. What about Sony? The company was rumored to be prepping its Xperia Z4 for CES earlier this month, but after the phone was a no-show, MWC became our next likely contender. And indeed, Sony seems to be making progress towards getting the Z4 ready for release in the coming weeks: just a few days ago we saw the FCC publish certification paperwork for a Sony handset that a few clues point to being the elusive Z4. Now an additional FCC filing seems to reveal another twist on the Z4, outing a dual-SIM ...

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    Looking back on our CES coverage from last week, we were struck by how small a role tablets ended up playing in the devices we managed to see. That's not saying that tablets weren't present, but with no big launches from Sony, Samsung, or some of the other companies whose tablet families we've come to expect new models from, it sure felt like a more meager-than-we'd-like showing. But more tablets may be on the menu very soon, and with MWC coming up in just a few weeks, we're wondering how many new ones we might hope to be introduced to there. Today, our thoughts turn to the idea of some ...

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    How do you get online when you travel? Well, with your smartphone, obviously, but when there's heavier lifting to be done, a lot of us rely on the personal hotspots our phones can generate, turning their cellular data connections into WiFi signals the rest of our personal electronics can connect to. As if smartphone users didn't face enough obstacles against easy hotspot creation from carriers (not to mention the companies behind mobile platforms being all too willing to help carriers enforce their hotspot limits), businesses with no direct stake in the smartphone market have been getting ...

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    FCC ID. Lead-free construction. Place of assembly. Do not dispose in the trash. Our mobile devices are positively littered with all sorts of messages, icons, warnings, and advisories. Manufacturers often do what they can to hide them away, tucking all this mandated gobbledygook away under battery covers or SIM trays, but there's only so much they can do. Do we really need all these symbols and text marring our phones' otherwise quite attractive rear panels? As it turns out, maybe we don't, and the US government has taken steps to reduce the burden on manufacturers to litter their handsets ...

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    As a site that exists solely on the internet, whose focus is on devices that let you stay online and remain connected as you go about your lives, the state of the internet is understandably of paramount important to us. That's why we've been so eager to talk to you about net neutrality, the common sense position that the networks that keep us all talking to each other should be equally open to all users, to all forms of traffic, without letting any preferential treatment degrade some services or block access to others. The US has been back-and-forth with its support for strong net ...

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    For the past week or so, our Nexus-device attention has been directed at the Motorola-made Nexus 6, with more and more imagery of the unreleased Android leaking online. And while we are very excited to pick up more information on that handset, it's not the only upcoming Nexus model we've been following. Last month also brought us a fair share of rumors concerning an HTC Nexus 9 tablet, which could also be preparing to launch in just a few more weeks. Today we've got a double dose of Nexus 9 news for you, taking a look at what sure seem to be the tablet's FCC paperwork, while also getting a ...

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    One of the big questions facing the still-quite-new smartwatch market concerns the idea of fully independent wearables, not reliant on a connection to a smartphone or any other device. It's not clear just how much demand there is from consumers, nor how much interest from manufacturers, and even probably the most mainstream-such model to be announced, the Samsung Gear S, still requires pairing with a Samsung phone for certain operations. In time, the market will provide us with those answers, and today we see what looks to be one new manufacturer getting ready to enter the ...

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    Waiting for the Asus PadFone X to launch on AT&T was rather disappointing. Both companies kept promising the launch, and it took longer than most people were willing to wait. As a result, even though we found this product to be "decent" in our review, it was a little too late to keep the amount of buzz that surrounded it. What's interesting is that it seems that Asus and AT&T weren't finished with what was started, and new rumors point to more products in the pipeline. The Asus PadFone X mini just stopped by the FCC, and judging by the cellular bands that it supports, it's clear ...

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    Info about Sony's next Xperia flagships have been just pouring out of the woodwork lately, as we've picked up new details on not just the Xperia Z3, but also the Xperia Z3 Compact. As we wait to see if Sony really intends to release this pair at its IFA 2014 event in just a few weeks, we're continuing to pick up new details on the models, all in the hope of confirming some of these rumors. Yesterday, the FCC published some new certification docs on what sure seems to be the Z3 Compact, and in doing so the agency appears to confirmed the phone's rumored screen size. The FCC's got listings ...

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    Rumors about Sony's follow-up to the Xperia Z2 sure are moving along swiftly, and in just a few weeks we've gone from early talk about possible model numbers to images of actual hardware. Just how could soon could this presumptive Xperia Z3 be ready for release? One carrier leak suggested the possibility of a launch before the end of September, and today we check out some new evidence pointing to the phone arriving sooner rather than later, as the FCC publishes some Sony certification docs. The paperwork in question references Sony model PM-0800 as well as PM-0801, otherwise known as D6603 ...

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    Last month, HTC launched its One Mini 2, a scaled down, 4.5-inch, 720p version of its metal-bodied flagship. Right before that new arrived, however, we started hearing whispers of a new HTC handset for Verizon, the HTC One Remix. It wasn't long before we were putting two and two together, and rumors quickly attempted to identify the Remix as Verizon's version of the Mini 2. Since then we've had the opportunity to check out a few renders, but we haven't heard anything since the very start of June. Just when might the One Remix become available? We're not quite there yet, but a recent FCC ...

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    Samsung got June started by launching the Samsung Z, its first Tizen smartphone to be positioned for commercial release. This announcement had been a long time coming, and the hardware we got to see sounded pretty decent, with a modern chipset and even the same heart rate sensor found on the flagship Galaxy S5. But the Z wasn't always what we were expecting the first Tizen phone to be, and long before its arrival we had our eyes out for the Samsung ZEQ 9000. While that phone never managed to find a home on carrier shelves, we finally get a chance to check out some detailed pics of what may ...

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    Are you excited for the arrival of Android Wear hardware? You should be, especially with all the news we're likely to get out of Google I/O this week, including (hopefully) confirmation about when devices like the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360 will go up for sale. Last week we briefly looked at how the G Watch will get its power, checking out a pic of the wearable that seemed to suggest a clip-on cradle will attach to its rear set of contacts, allowing for the attachment of a Micro USB cable. For the Moto 360, on the other hand, we've been expecting a much more exotic charging system ...

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    After hearing those rumors about Google Fit just a little earlier this morning, our wearables kick continues, and now we've got a new development from Samsung to check out. Samsung's already got more wearables than pretty much anyone else out there, and from the signs of it, its pace isn't about to start slowing down. Last month we looked at a leak that identified Samsung's model SM-R382 as an upcoming Gear model – but that's all we had. This week, that model number makes a reappearance, as the watch's FCC certification paperwork goes public. So, what is this thing? Well, it's probably ...

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    Whether Samsung ends up calling its quad HD handset the Galaxy F or the Galaxy S5 Prime is still up in the air (and you may have noticed us going back and forth on the naming, with no clear front-runner having yet emerged) but what no one seems to be doubting anymore is that it's coming, one way or another. We've had a couple opportunities recently to share with you possible images of the hardware, but this afternoon we put the pics to the side and start digging through some paperwork, checking out the FCC certification for the phone. We're looking at Samsung models SM-G906S, G906K, and ...

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    When we saw NVIDIA slash the price on its Shield Android-based portable gaming console back in March, it started to feel like this model was on its last legs; what was supposed to be a “limited time” discount ending over a month ago is still available to this day, as if NVIDIA is clearing stock. All this had us expecting a Shield successor to be arriving shortly, and sure enough it wasn't long before we were hearing hardware rumors about a Shield 2. This week, those rumors get some teeth, as we spot a new NVIDIA model hitting the FCC that sure appears to be another Shield system. While ...

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    The days are counting down fast until next week's LG G3 launch event, and despite how much about the phone that's already emerged thanks to the many leaks we've seen to date, more information just keeps coming. Following up last night's news about some possible pricing, we check out a trio of new G3 finds, including some details on the phone's dimensions. Those come to us courtesy of Spigen's new G3 case, and while the listing for the accessory doesn't directly reveal the G3's size, the case measurements it offers can be used to come up with a likely guess. One theory is that the G3 will ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Verizon's silent launch of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2, aside from our own Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 coverage. We then talk about the renders of the Nokia Lumia 630, and what this means for the platform as we also discover some leaks of Windows Phone 8.1 with a smaller keyboard. Then we talk about the Wello case, which plans to make the iPhone a medical-grade health monitor. We then go through the FCC submission of an S Circle device from Samsung. We end today's show talking about the patent of the Samsung Galaxy Glass. All this and more after ...

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    Does Nokia have a launch event scheduled for April 19? That's a big fat “maybe” for the moment, but if it does end up taking place, two of the phones we might hope to see are the Lumia 630 and 635. Leaked specs have talked about things like an FWVGA 4.5-inch display, 1GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 400, so while we're looking at lower-end hardware, there's still cause to be excited: dual-SIM support should be available for one model, and both are expected to run Windows Phone 8.1, dropping their hardware Windows keys in the process. As we wait to learn what becomes of those April launch ...

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    We've got three weeks and one day to go until HTC's all new One launch event (at least that had better be what it is), and as you've no doubt already seen, the still-unannounced smartphone has been all over the place lately. That video hands-on was truly remarkable for amount of detail it offered, and even HTC itself has been publishing some teaser vids of its own. This evening we switch from video previews to some more traditional advertising, while also checking out the new One's FCC paperwork. HTC's UK account shared the image above, which is promoting some sort of launch event tie-in ...

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    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the regulatory body that oversees the Internet in these United States. Some times it does a good job, and sometimes it doesn't. Most of the time it depends on which side of the debate you're on. Nonetheless, there is a "Right" on the Internet that most tech writers and Internet surfers around the world will probably agree on: Net Neutrality. Around the globe, regardless of what continent you're on, what country you're in, or what language you speak, the Internet is the same. How you get there, how fast your connection speed it, how much it ...

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