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FCC takes step towards opening up more of the 5GHz spectrum for unlicensed use

FCC takes step towards opening up more of the 5GHz spectrum for unlicensed use

The FCC as launched a proceeding over its plan to open more of the 5GHz spectrum to alleviate wireless Internet congestion. This is a rule-making proceeding, and although there's still no word on when the expansion will roll out, it's a step in the right direction. In doing this, not only could wireless congestion ease up, but speeds could also increase to 1GBps.

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FCC Wifi expansion sees slight Auto Industry hold-up

FCC Wifi expansion sees slight Auto Industry hold-up

This week the FCC's proposal for opening up a new large bit of spectrum in the USA reserved for wifi internet having some car trouble. The auto industry - via the Transportation Society of America (ITSA) has sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission asking them to to heed their warning. Their warning, in this case, was that these new wifi networks could potentially interfere with vehicle-to-vehicle communications networks coming in the near future.

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Subsidy scam: Lifeline phone program misuse rife as FCC weighs fines

Subsidy scam: Lifeline phone program misuse rife as FCC weighs fines

Lax self-certification rules and poor record keeping have seen the Lifeline program - the subsidized cellphone scheme aiming to give low-income Americans access to a mobile phone - taken advantage of, according to new research. The program - which spent roughly $2.2bn on subsidized phones in 2012 - has seen rules tightened by the FCC after concerns that carriers were not doing due-diligence on whether participants were actually eligible. However, according to research by the WSJ, there are suggestions a sizable portion of those still using Lifeline may not, in fact, fall within its remit.

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Samsung Wireless Charging Pad clears FCC (but will the Galaxy S4 need it?)

Samsung Wireless Charging Pad clears FCC (but will the Galaxy S4 need it?)

Samsung is apparently making a renewed push into wireless charging, with a new Qi-compatible charging accessory spotted clearing the FCC and potentially tipping native support in the upcoming Galaxy S4. The Samsung Wireless Charging Pad, as the user manual included in the filing names it, offers a simple, straightforward way to rejuice a mobile device, with an off-white plate holding a single phone on your desk.

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Google patent filing shows off multi-flash smartphone camera

Google patent filing shows off multi-flash smartphone camera

Smartphone cameras have come a long way in a relatively short period of time, progressing from sub-1-megapixel sensors incapable of taking images in anything but the brightest locations to modern sensors that are challenging the point-and-shoot camera market. Earlier today, a patent filing from Google cropped up showing a multi-flash camera model for smartphones, an intriguing idea that may never see the light of day.

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Apple TV shows up at the FCC as the smaller model A1469

Apple TV shows up at the FCC as the smaller model A1469

An FCC filing has popped up showing a new Apple TV model smaller than the current version, dubbed model A1469. As far as design goes, not much appears changed besides the smaller dimensions, although there isn't much to go on at this point. Not surprisingly, Apple hasn't said anything about the device. You can check out its diagram after the jump.

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Alcatel One Touch Evo 7 pops up in FCC filing

Alcatel One Touch Evo 7 pops up in FCC filing

When it comes to Alcatel's new tablet line up, the One Touch Evo 7 HD is arguably the more exciting one. Today, however, its standard resolution sibling is making an appearance at the FCC, with all kinds of information about the tablet on display in the filing. Most of this is stuff that we already knew, but if you've been waiting for the One Touch Evo 7, this FCC filing means that it's one step closer to release.

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