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Verizon rolls out LTE Advanced across the US

Verizon rolls out LTE Advanced across the US

T-Mobile isn't the only carrier with announcements to make today, as Verizon has rolled out increased LTE speeds across the United States. This new initiative is being called Verizon LTE Advanced (otherwise known as LTE-A), which is essentially just another phrase for carrier aggregation, and Verizon says it's now live in 461 locations from coast-to-coast.

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Unimpressed by Uncarrier, T-Mobile fans force data backtrack

Unimpressed by Uncarrier, T-Mobile fans force data backtrack

Just recently, T-Mobile announced its new ONE plan, which claimed to give unlimited data to all of its postpaid subscribers through one plan. Of course, there were some problems with this plan, in that it downgraded video streams to 480p, requiring those who wanted to stream in higher resolutions to shell out an extra $25 per line. That apparently didn't sit well with some T-Mobile customers, and prompted by that feedback, T-Mobile has announced some add-ons that might bring more value to that $25 monthly charge.

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Netgear’s Orbi system looks to shake up the WiFi router space

Netgear’s Orbi system looks to shake up the WiFi router space

Dead zones in home WiFi networks can be a rage-inducing problem, but Netgear is looking to make that issue a thing of the past with its latest router. The Orbi functions a bit differently from most WiFi routers you'll come across, as it's more of a "WiFi system," featuring both a router and an accompanying satellite meant to offer a more consistent wireless signal throughout your entire home.

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T-Mobile One unlimited data plan announced, but there’s a big catch

T-Mobile One unlimited data plan announced, but there’s a big catch

T-Mobile has announced Un-Carrier 12, and it's a big one. The company is revamping its plans, getting rid of data caps and offering one new unlimited plan for everyone, appropriately named T-Mobile One. The new One plan, which offers up unlimited talk, text, and unlimited 4G LTE data for everyone on the service, will become available for post-paid subscribers on September 6, while T-Mobile CEO John Legere say the One plan will go live for pre-paid subscribers a short time after.

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Intel’s WiGig VR prototype cuts Oculus’ cord

Intel’s WiGig VR prototype cuts Oculus’ cord

Intel's Project Alloy might be the wireless virtual reality headset everyone is talking about at IDF 2016, but there's actually another take on the idea that's fresh from the company's labs. Where Project Alloy may rely on a full Core processor and graphics card inside its black and white body, Intel's prototype WiGig VR headset leaves the heavy lifting to a separate PC as normal, but simply cuts the cord.

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Microsoft bringing built-in Xbox Wireless support to Windows 10 PCs

Microsoft bringing built-in Xbox Wireless support to Windows 10 PCs

For most PC gamers, if a keyboard and mouse won't do, the choice of controller seems to fall to either the Xbox 360 or the Xbox One gamepads. This isn't exactly a coincidence, as the level of compatibility between Windows and Xbox - both being developed by Microsoft - means that gamers can usually just plug the controller in and get to playing. Microsoft is looking to make Xbox One controllers an even easier choice for gamers, announcing today the first Windows 10 PC with built-in support for Xbox Wireless.

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You have to wait a little longer for Samsung’s Gear IconX earbuds

You have to wait a little longer for Samsung’s Gear IconX earbuds

Bad news if you were waiting for Samsung's Gear IconX headphones, with word today that Samsung has decided to slightly delay the launch of the cable-free earbuds. Announced back in June alongside the Gear Fit 2 smartwatch, the battery-powered 'buds each connect wirelessly to your smartphone with no cables connecting them, though they also have a fitness angle too.

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T-Mobile expands Binge On with Apple Music and Disney

T-Mobile expands Binge On with Apple Music and Disney

T-Mobile users who take advantage of Binge On might like to know that the carrier has expanded it once more, this time adding Apple Music and offerings from Disney to the list of services subscribers can stream without worrying about data usage. The biggest addition today will almost certainly be Apple Music, but T-Mobile is actually adding a sizable number of video streaming partners with this update, boasting that Binge On now offers four times what it did when it rolled out eight months back.

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New Android feature aims to reduce emergency response times

New Android feature aims to reduce emergency response times

When an emergency arises, getting your location to dispatchers can be the difference between life and death. That isn't always the easiest thing to do, especially if you're injured or you don't know where you are. With the significant majority of emergency calls coming from mobile phones, finding a caller's location by using cell towers or GPS isn't the most reliable solution, so Google is rolling out a new Android feature called Emergency Location Services to help with the issue.

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AT&T CEO says he’s ready to help FCC stop robocalls

AT&T CEO says he’s ready to help FCC stop robocalls

Recently, Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler decided it was time to get serious about stopping robocalls, writing letters to the major wireless and landline carriers in the US giving them 30 days to come up with a plan of action. AT&T seems to be hitting the ground running in the search for solutions, with chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson saying that he'll lead a "Robocalling Strike Force," which would bring the major players in the industry together to develop solutions that halt robocalls from ever reaching consumers.

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FCC urges US carriers to help in the fight against robocalls

FCC urges US carriers to help in the fight against robocalls

There are few things in this world we can label as "unanimously hated." However short that list is, though, robocalls would most likely be at or near the top of it. The FCC has working for years to get consumer discontent with robocalls and robotexts sorted out, and the agency's latest attempt at doing so involves urging carriers in the US to give consumers more options when it comes to blocking them.

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Apple ‘AirPods’ wireless headphones get trademark filing

Apple ‘AirPods’ wireless headphones get trademark filing

While new leaks and rumors about the upcoming iPhone 7 are abundant these days, there's also been growing speculation that this year's smartphone from Apple will also introduce a pair of wireless in-ear headphones called "AirPods." The expectation is that the new headphones will come along side the iPhone 7's removal of a standard headphone jack, making the wireless feature a big selling point.

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