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NVIDIA SHIELD hits FCC with Avengers hat tip in code: Project THOR

NVIDIA SHIELD hits FCC with Avengers hat tip in code: Project THOR

The gaming device known as SHIELD is headed through the FCC this week with NVIDIA's original code-name attached: Project Thor. As the machine was originally called Project SHIELD when it was introduced earlier this year at CES 2013, the name Thor follows well: Marvel Comics fans the folks at NVIDIA must be. This device is headed for the hands of pre-order users sooner than later, too.

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Google H840 media streamer hits FCC to potentially replace Nexus Q

Google H840 media streamer hits FCC to potentially replace Nexus Q

Google's short-lived Nexus Q has already been left out of the Google Play Music All Access action, but there looks to be a successor in the pipeline, with a new Google media player spotted in FCC testing. The Google H840 (product code H2G2-42, an apparent play on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) WiFi-testing listing has been pared back thanks to a confidentiality request, but the wireless report does confirm that it "functions as a media player" with 2.4GHz WiFi b/g/n connectivity.

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President Obama to name Tom Wheeler as FCC head

President Obama to name Tom Wheeler as FCC head

The White House is set to announce the next chairman of the FCC, and the position will be going to telecom lobbyist and venture capitalist Tom Wheeler, according to several reports. President Obama is expected to make the announcement as early as tomorrow, which will see the Core Capital Partners managing director take over the FCC helm at that point.

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Carriers will now provide high bill alerts, says FCC

Carriers will now provide high bill alerts, says FCC

The FCC has announced that ahead of yesterday's deadline, carriers have instituted an alert system that will give subscribers a heads up when they're nearing what will be a large bill. This follows many stories about unsuspecting consumers who have gone about their daily mobile usage, only to be faced with a massive bill at the end of the month for exceeding their limits.

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DOJ requires wireless spectrum auction to give smaller carriers a competitive chance

DOJ requires wireless spectrum auction to give smaller carriers a competitive chance

The Department of Justice told the Federal Communications Commission that the upcoming wireless spectrum auction should give smaller carriers, like T-Mobile, a fighting chance to obtain spectrum in the low-frequency band. The wireless spectrum up for sale is being offered voluntarily by TV broadcasters so that wireless carriers can take advantage of them. However, with big-timers like AT&T and Verizon Wireless looming around, smaller carriers are unable to compete.

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FCC looks into cell phone radiation, decides to keep limitations same as before

FCC looks into cell phone radiation, decides to keep limitations same as before

Our cell phones go with us just about everywhere: at school, work, in our pocket, in bed. Those who have been around long enough will have heard ever-changing stances on the health safety of the handsets, with some claiming that the radiation causes brain tumors and others claiming that there are no health problems associated with phone use. All was quiet on the health front until last year, when the government said it was time to take another look at acceptable RF levels.

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FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski reportedly to announce departure tomorrow

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski reportedly to announce departure tomorrow

The FCC's Chairman Julius Genachowski has been at the helm of the agency during a time when gadgets and wireless technology have grown exponentially. During his time, the chairman has prodded the FAA to loosen its in-flight gadget restrictions, has overseen plans to open the unlicensed spectrum to wireless Internet, and has spoken fondly of the wireless industry as a whole, to name a few. And now, according to sources, he will announce his departure tomorrow.

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AT&T LG Optimus G Pro tipped in FCC post

AT&T LG Optimus G Pro tipped in FCC post

This week the LG Optimus G Pro appears to have popped its head up with AT&T 4G LTE in mind as the FCC approves with a resounding thumbs up. What we're seeing here is an FCC approval process posting with what's said to be the code-name for the LG Optimus G Pro, just a few characters away from the original Optimus G. This device, if indeed coming to AT&T this Spring, will be a competitor for the also-giant Samsung Galaxy Note II (and possibly III) the whole year long.

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FCC lays down the iron fist on illegal robocalls

FCC lays down the iron fist on illegal robocalls

We all know the feeling of receiving robocalls. These are when you receive a phone call and the other end is an automated message advertising a certain product, or in this case, attempting to get your support for a specific political candidate. It turns out that some of these robocalls have been illegal, and the FCC is cracking down on it as we speak.

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