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Huawei AI Cube bakes Alexa into an odd 4G LTE router

Huawei AI Cube bakes Alexa into an odd 4G LTE router

Huawei has launched an LTE-connected smart speaker and router, the Huawei AI Cube, complete with Alexa built-in, but the weirdest thing about it is the shape. Making its debut at IFA 2018 today, the Alexa speaker may be called a cube, but in fact it's a stubby cylinder. Huawei does say the design may change before launch, but what shouldn't are the capabilities.

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Spotify Car Player leaks: Voice-controlled 4G music streamer

Spotify Car Player leaks: Voice-controlled 4G music streamer

Spotify may be preparing to launch an in-car music system, with dedicated hardware that could allow for standalone streaming direct to the dashboard. The company announced earlier today that it was planning an event in New York City on April 24, though has been tight-lipped as to what its announcement might be.

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Ford’s LTE dongle makes 2010-17 cars connected

Ford’s LTE dongle makes 2010-17 cars connected

Ford recently pledged that all its new vehicles would have 4G LTE baked in by 2019, and now it's offering existing drivers a way to get their cars connected. The FordPass SmartLink consists of a plug-in LTE dongle and Ford's companion smartphone app, and together they can bring 2010-17 vehicles up to speed with the cutting-edge in in-car tech.

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Trump nationwide 5G network mulled but FCC chief isn’t happy

Trump nationwide 5G network mulled but FCC chief isn’t happy

The US government is considering seizing the spectrum to build a nationwide 5G network, new leaks suggest, though Trump's own FCC chief strongly opposes the plans. 5G, or fifth-generation, networks are the next step in not only mobile broadband, promising much greater speeds than today's 4G LTE networks, but more ubiquitous connectivity in general, as more and more devices join the Internet of Things (IoT).

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T-Mobile wins OpenSignal mobile speed tests, yet again

T-Mobile wins OpenSignal mobile speed tests, yet again

T-Mobile USA appears to have dominated the latest batch of mobile data tests from the folks at OpenSignal, beating out bigger names like Verizon and AT&T in the process. How could this have happened, and at what point did T-Mobile begin delivering more reliable and speedier mobile data than their competitors? If T-Mobile's service is so good, why don't they have more customers than their competitors? Is it the advertising, maybe the phones they've got available - or is it something more subtle, like the shade of pink they're using?

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5G standard ratified six months early with industry push

5G standard ratified six months early with industry push

4G is dead, long live 5G! Or something to that extent. While the rest of the world is still trying to settle on the current 4G technology, the industry is already trying to push the next generation 5G forward. And while it might take years before it reaches the same reach that 4G has now, there’s really no reason not to get the ball rolling as early as possible. That’s why the standards body known as the 3GPP has just ratified a major part of the 5G standard, months earlier than it projected earlier this year.

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The secret iPhone X difference Apple isn’t talking about

The secret iPhone X difference Apple isn’t talking about

Not all iPhone X handsets are created equal, new research has demonstrated, and if you want the best LTE performance there are specific models you should be looking out for. While on the face of it there are only a few different configurations of Apple's smartphone, in reality there are more variations than simply color and storage capacity.

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This 4G LTE Extender could fix your bad Verizon signal

This 4G LTE Extender could fix your bad Verizon signal

In a world with LTE Advanced and 5G just on the horizon, you'd think we'd be beyond furiously glaring at the signal bars on our smartphones and cursing poor coverage. Sadly just because carriers may be looking to next-generation networks now, that doesn't mean you'll necessarily get a decent signal at home or in the office. Now, Verizon is rolling out its new 4G LTE Network Extender 2, aiming to fill that deadspot.

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T-Mobile’s 600 MHz LTE just went live, but it has unusual plans

T-Mobile’s 600 MHz LTE just went live, but it has unusual plans

T-Mobile has thrown the switch on 600 MHz LTE, promising a "record-shattering" roll-out of the new spectrum use as it fills in rural America's patchy connectivity. The carrier certainly can't be accused of wasting any time, having secured the 600 MHz spectrum licenses only two months ago. Usually, T-Mobile says, a customer roll-out like this would take more like two years.

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The iPhone 8 could sacrifice gigabit LTE

The iPhone 8 could sacrifice gigabit LTE

Apple's legal spat with Qualcomm might seem like background noise easily tuned out by iPhone users, but it could have a big impact on how well the iPhone 8 performs. The two companies are currently embroiled in a patent argument over cellular radio standards, with Apple threatening to withhold royalty payments that it claims are extortionate. Now, the new iPhone might end up less capable on next-generation networks as a result.

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Surface Pro has some great news (and some bad)

Surface Pro has some great news (and some bad)

At first glance, Microsoft has knocked the new Surface Pro out of the park. Coming hot on the heels of the Surface Laptop, the tablet-that's-a-notebook (and which mustn't be called the Surface Pro 5, oh no) could've been overshadowed by its Alcantara-clad clamshell sibling. Instead, Microsoft has gone down the wishlist of existing owners and ticked all the boxes. Well, all apart from one.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 brings Cat. 4 LTE to feature phones

Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 brings Cat. 4 LTE to feature phones

With all the focus on the high-end, premium smartphones, it’s almost too easy to take for granted that not everyone in the world needs or can even afford such devices. In some markets, smartphones are still a luxury. At the same time, however, Internet access is fast becoming a staple of modern life, even in those markets where non-smart “feature” phones are still more common than smart ones. To give them a fighting chance, Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 205 platform, not processor, that brings LTE Category 4 capabilities to feature phones.

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