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FCC fines Smart City $750k for blocking WiFi hotspots

FCC fines Smart City $750k for blocking WiFi hotspots

The FCC doesn’t take kindly to jamming activities of any sort, including the kind that block personal hotspots. The commission announced today that it is fining Smart City Holdings, LLC $750,000 USD for blocking hotspots at convention centers. Smart City provides Internet service at convention centers throughout the U.S. for what the FCC calls “substantial fees”. It, as others before it, deployed technology that blocked mobile hotspots, forcing visitors to pay for Smart City’s own Wi-Fi service rather than using their own personal data connections.

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New Apple mouse, keyboard incoming with Bluetooth LE

New Apple mouse, keyboard incoming with Bluetooth LE

New Apple accessories for desktop computers appear in FCC listings, likely headed for release later this Summer. Today we're seeing two wireless devices, on Apple mouse, the other an Apple wireless keyboard. The keyboard has not had a refresh since 2011 while the mouse (also known as the Magic Mouse) has not had a refresh since the year 2009. It's about time for that to happen. Inside these devices is no longer the Bluetooth 2.1 (BCM2042 inside) they originally came packed with, but Bluetooth 4.2 with Bluetooth LE Low Energy.

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New 10-inch HP tablet tipped by FCC and Bluetooth SIG

New 10-inch HP tablet tipped by FCC and Bluetooth SIG

Several images have turned up online that show a new HP branded tablet as it makes way through the FCC and Bluetooth Sig for the approvals needed to come to market. The tablet is called the HP 10 G2 and the name of the device tips a screen size of 10-inches. The tablet is thought to run Android as an operating system because the HP naming scheme for Windows tablets is different.

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iRobot lawn mower given FCC approval in US

iRobot lawn mower given FCC approval in US

There's been rumors for years that iRobot has been working on adapting the technology behind the popular Roomba vacuum cleaner to create a robotic lawn mower. It turns out that the company has just been granted permission from the FCC to do just that, so now we know the plans are real. The approval revealed a few details about how the mower will work, but it seems we're still years away from having a flat, round robot take care of our lawn.

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AT&T says throttling your data is harmless

AT&T says throttling your data is harmless

Last month AT&T was hit with a $100 million fine from the FCC due to its erstwhile data throttling plan (which hadn’t won it any favors with subscribers). The problem with the throttling was where AT&T chose to apply it: to “unlimited data” plans, which, per their name, should not be subjected to data limitations. AT&T doesn’t offer unlimited data plans any longer, and it has made it clear it doesn’t want the remaining grandfathered plans to remain. As such, the wireless carrier is now pushing back against the FCC.

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T-Mobile reaches settlement with FCC over 911 outages

T-Mobile reaches settlement with FCC over 911 outages

Back in mid-March, Verizon settled with the FCC over 911 service outages that happened in April of last year. Verizon wasn’t the only wireless carrier that was swept up into some 911 outages, however, and now T-Mobile has followed in the carrier’s footsteps with its own FCC settlement. The big difference, though, is how much it will pay to settle the matter. While Verizon settled for $3.4 million, T-Mobile will be paying $17.5 million to settle the legal matter.

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Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge Plus certified in US, Singapore

Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge Plus certified in US, Singapore

It seems that the ball has truly started rolling for Samsung. Although the exact dates of the announcement is still all but a rumor, the manufacturer is dotting it's i's and crossing its t's in preparation for the imminent arrival of the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge Plus. Proof of that comes in the appearance of the two smartphones in certification agencies not only in the US but also in Singapore, heralding the two phablets and confirming their availability on some carrier's catalogues.

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Looks like Google Glass 2, but it’s not for you

Looks like Google Glass 2, but it’s not for you

This morning an FCC listing for what appears to be Google Glass 2 has appeared. But it doesn't matter. The first version of Google Glass was a hit on the tech news circuit - people even spend a bunch of cash to be the first to own the device. But it didn't work out in ideal a fashion as Google had hoped. Unchecked enthusiasm and a never-ending stream of stories about Glass-holes made sure of that. The second edition of this device won't be made for the average consumer.

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PayPal rewords user agreement after robocall criticism

PayPal rewords user agreement after robocall criticism

Paypal has announced that it is clearing up the wording in user agreement after being called out the FCC for illegal practices violating consumers privacy with the potential for invasive robocalls. Users worried that the because the text in the user agreement indicated they would be subjected to robocalls, that PayPal could be selling the personal data to external call lists. The previous language made it seem as though PayPal was violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

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Federal broadband subsidies for the poor approved by the FCC

Federal broadband subsidies for the poor approved by the FCC

This week was an important week in rule making for the FCC, not only did the FCC clarify an 1991 ruling that makes it easier for carriers to block spam texts and robocalls, it has also voted to allow the federal government to give a broadband subsidy to the poor. Under the plan proposed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the Lifeline program currently used to provide phone service to the poor could be used to pay for internet service as well.

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FCC’s new plan will let carriers block robocalls and spam texts

FCC’s new plan will let carriers block robocalls and spam texts

Few things are more annoying to receive on your smartphone than spam texts or robocalls trying to get you to buy something. The FCC has made a move to stop both of those things from happening with the adoption of a new rule this week. The new rule gives telephone companies more power in preventing robocalls and spam texts from happening to consumers on landlines and wireless phones.

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AT&T “vigorously disputes” FCC fine

AT&T “vigorously disputes” FCC fine

AT&T sends a response to the FCC regarding a $100 million dollar fine for throttling Unlimited Data users on their network. FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc made clear earlier today that "the Commission is committed to holding accountable those broadband providers who fail to be fully transparent about data limits." AT&T has responded with a statement which suggests they will fight back against the FCC in this matter "vigorously", going on to say that they've gone above and beyond the FCC's requirements in this matter, informing consumers of their data speed limits when they have Unlimited Data allowances more than the FCC required.

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