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No contract, but a $20 fee for new Verizon phone lines

No contract, but a $20 fee for new Verizon phone lines

Pesky fees are nothing new in the cell phone industry. It seems like for every action you take, there is some kind of fee attached to it. When Verizon first announced their new contract-free plans, it was refreshing to see a lack of activation fees attached to them. Unfortunately it looks like that is no longer the case.

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Bluetooth range to quadruple in 2016 as IoT war escalates

Bluetooth range to quadruple in 2016 as IoT war escalates

Bluetooth is set to get faster and deliver whole-home range, without a hit on battery life, as the race to own interconnects in the IoT gets fiercer. The Bluetooth Smart roadmap for 2016 has been previewed today by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), and if your preconception of the wireless connection is of short-range links between your phone and a wireless headset, it might be time to reconsider.

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Qualcomm: 11ad wireless docks due 2015 for Snapdragon 820

Qualcomm: 11ad wireless docks due 2015 for Snapdragon 820

Is it finally the time for wireless docks to come of age? Qualcomm believes so, with the first 802.11ad WiGig docks based on the company's technology potentially going on sale before the year is out. The chipmaker showed off its newest WiGig tech alongside the Snapdragon 820 in New York City today, baking a tri-wireless chipset into a compact desktop router that could turn a smartphone into a desktop replacement.

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SoftBank tightens Sprint’s fiscal belt

SoftBank tightens Sprint’s fiscal belt

Thousands of jobs are at stake this week as Sprint receives word from parent company SoftBank that they'll be needing to cut costs significantly. Straight from a SoftBank earnings call this week for the quarter ending at the end of September, 2015, it would appear that though Sprint is the "only carrier with growth" in the USA for Postpaid devices - though their charts don't actually have numbers attached. Despite this, Sprint will be needing to cut back on cash spent to keep their business running.

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Nokia and Artemis testing pCell tech to add 50x the capacity to LTE networks

Nokia and Artemis testing pCell tech to add 50x the capacity to LTE networks

Nokia and Artemis Networks have announced that they are going to begin testing pCell technology next year in a deal that sees pCell a step closer to deployment. The agreement will see the two firms performing proof-of-concept tests of the pCell tech inside indoor stadiums and other places where high numbers of mobile devices put a significant strain on the capacity of wireless networks.

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Sonos’ new $499 PLAY:5 ships from November 20

Sonos’ new $499 PLAY:5 ships from November 20

Sonos' new flagship all-in-one speaker, the 2015 PLAY:5, will go up for preorder from today and ship from November 20th, the company has confirmed. The wireless speaker, which sits atop Sonos' line-up of multiroom entertainment products, was announced last month with upgraded drivers, a new design with more comprehensive controls, and the promise of better sound.

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Project Fi invites opened (24hr) as the Nexus 5X ships

Project Fi invites opened (24hr) as the Nexus 5X ships

To celebrate the release to shipping of the Nexus 5X as made by LG, today Google is opening the floodgates for Project Fi. This is a limited-time situation, where for 24-hours users will be able to sign up for Project Fi just sol one as the program is active in their area. Normally Google works with a waiting list for this program - today Google has opted in on allowing people to jump in and try to fly as fast as possible.

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B&O’s BeoPlay H7 headphones are wireless, beautiful

B&O’s BeoPlay H7 headphones are wireless, beautiful

Bang & Olufsen has introduced its new BeoPlay H7 wireless headphones. This latest pair of headphones features a wire-free design coupled with advanced features like a touch-based control pad. As with the maker's other products, the functionality is joined by sleek form, with both aluminum and leather making its way into the construction. On top of it all, B&O promises the headphones offer "amazing sound quality."

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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless is a blimp-shaped speaker without the dock

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless is a blimp-shaped speaker without the dock

Bowers & Wilkins Apple-compatible Zeppelin speaker, with its large, bulbous shape, has seen a few revisions since it was first introduced in 2007. While it originally featured a dock for the then-ubiquitous iPod, the company's latest model, the Zeppelin Wireless, ditches any form of wired or direct connection. The high-end speaker's industrial design remains the same, but it now focuses on streaming audio with support for AirPlay, Spotify Connect, and Bluetooth aptX.

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Beats Pill+ wireless speaker features an Apple-inspired design

Beats Pill+ wireless speaker features an Apple-inspired design

Other than a few revamped headphone models, Beats hasn't really released a new product since its acquisition by Apple. That changes today, as Beats has just announced the Pill+, a wireless Bluetooth speaker that clearly has an Apple-influenced design, not to mention a Lightning port for charging. Featuring a slightly evolved pill shape, although with flatter top and bottom, the Pill+ replaces and is slightly bigger than the previous Pill speaker, but not as big as the discontinued Pill XL.

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Nest’s huge IoT ambitions see Weave stitch up the smart home

Nest’s huge IoT ambitions see Weave stitch up the smart home

Nest is expanding its "Works with Nest" smart home platform, offering third-party device manufacturers access to the Weave wireless used in its own thermostat. Its APIs already used by over 11,000 developers, Works with Nest is now looking to broaden its net to devices that may so far have fallen outside of the automation portfolio: gadgets that run on batteries, for instance, or which have humble processors.

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Yale Linus Lock uses Nest Weave to speak a CO leak

Yale Linus Lock uses Nest Weave to speak a CO leak

Yale is diving into the connected lock space, and it's so confident in its new smart security gadget it's named it after the company founder. The Yale Linus lock owes its title to Linus Yale Jr. who established the firm in 1843 after inventing the cylinder pin-tumbler mechanism, but while the name may be a nod to history, the technology is bang up to date.

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