We've seen glimpses of Sony's next flagship before, but now it seems that it might be coming sooner than expected. A certain PM-0800-BV, also known as the Sony D6603 and speculated to be the Xperia Z3, entered the FCC database, giving rise to speculation that Sony might make the upcoming smartphone available in the US earlier than usual.
An FCC filing was recently discovered, and it’s got Apple written all over it — literally. Their application for iBeacon hardware has many scratching their head, wondering why Apple would jump into a hardware sector meant for more back-end utility. The device being powered by a USB connection is even more confusing.
The FCC has approved a funding grant that will bring WiFi to more schools. The $2 billion influx has come under fire, and likely won’t leave key groups happy. Still, the FCC is pushing forward with improving Internet access to schools nationwide.
Calls made to 911 from a wireless device may not be as accurate as they need to be. A new study shows that roughly 10% of calls made to 911 from mobile phones in Washington D.C. have the necessary data for responders to help those in need. Just over 385,000 calls were made to 911 from mobile devices, with just shy of 40,000 having the right information.
Dish has come out in opposition to the proposed Comcast/Time Warner merger. Speaking to the FCC, the satellite provider says the deal presents “serious competitive concerns” for the industry. They also don’t see how any damage would be mitigated or reversed.
Google Fiber users may soon have access to a new set-top box. A recently spotted FCC filing shows a “GFHD200” box, likely replacing the GFHD100 box Fiber owners are currently using. New specs are incoming, too, along with a rumor regarding the remote.
Things have been quiet from media streamers Slingbox of late, but thanks to the FCC we've got a glimpse of a new model, the Slingbox M1, which looks set to release soon. Packing WiFi connectivity in a compact footprint, the M1 will presumably continue Sling's tradition of placeshifting video, taking content you already have access to in one location, such as through a cable PVR, and squirting it elsewhere in the home or to various mobile apps.
With their new net neutrality proposals in place, the FCC is allowing us to say our peace about it ahead of any actual implementation. The website set up to handle our comments has failed, and is apparently down for the count. You can still get hold of the FCC, but you’ll have to revert to old methods.