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FCC waiver granted to AT&T for WiFi calling

FCC waiver granted to AT&T for WiFi calling

Following AT&T's letter to the FCC last week essentially tattling on rivals T-Mobile and Sprint for offering WiFi calling without actual permission, the carrier has announced that it was finally granted its waiver from the government organization, and can also launch its own WiFi calling in the right and clear. According to the FCC's rules, a waiver is required in order offer WiFi calling, as the feature does not support teletypewriter (TTY) for those with hearing impairments, something else the FCC enforces.

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AT&T calls out T-Mobile, Sprint for offering WiFi calling without FCC approval

AT&T calls out T-Mobile, Sprint for offering WiFi calling without FCC approval

Apple's iOS 9 and new iPhones now have support for WiFi calling, a feature that lets users place voice calls over a WiFi connection instead of using cellular. US carriers Sprint and T-Mobile have already launched the feature on their networks, but some are wondering why AT&T hasn't when it was expected to debut with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Well, as AT&T is putting it, their rivals have implemented WiFi calling without the approval of the FCC.

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New Amazon Fire TV with microSD leaked in FCC listing

New Amazon Fire TV with microSD leaked in FCC listing

An FCC listing has once again spilled the beans on an upcoming tech device, this time a possible new Fire TV from Amazon. The listing, discovered by Dave Zatz, refers to the device as a "HDMI Digital Media Receiver." Amazon's original Fire TV is listed as out of stock, so this FCC listing aligns perfectly with a new device rollout sometime this fall. The most notable new feature mentioned for the set-top box is a microSD slot.

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FCC fines Smart City $750k for blocking WiFi hotspots

FCC fines Smart City $750k for blocking WiFi hotspots

The FCC doesn’t take kindly to jamming activities of any sort, including the kind that block personal hotspots. The commission announced today that it is fining Smart City Holdings, LLC $750,000 USD for blocking hotspots at convention centers. Smart City provides Internet service at convention centers throughout the U.S. for what the FCC calls “substantial fees”. It, as others before it, deployed technology that blocked mobile hotspots, forcing visitors to pay for Smart City’s own Wi-Fi service rather than using their own personal data connections.

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New Apple mouse, keyboard incoming with Bluetooth LE

New Apple mouse, keyboard incoming with Bluetooth LE

New Apple accessories for desktop computers appear in FCC listings, likely headed for release later this Summer. Today we're seeing two wireless devices, on Apple mouse, the other an Apple wireless keyboard. The keyboard has not had a refresh since 2011 while the mouse (also known as the Magic Mouse) has not had a refresh since the year 2009. It's about time for that to happen. Inside these devices is no longer the Bluetooth 2.1 (BCM2042 inside) they originally came packed with, but Bluetooth 4.2 with Bluetooth LE Low Energy.

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New 10-inch HP tablet tipped by FCC and Bluetooth SIG

New 10-inch HP tablet tipped by FCC and Bluetooth SIG

Several images have turned up online that show a new HP branded tablet as it makes way through the FCC and Bluetooth Sig for the approvals needed to come to market. The tablet is called the HP 10 G2 and the name of the device tips a screen size of 10-inches. The tablet is thought to run Android as an operating system because the HP naming scheme for Windows tablets is different.

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iRobot lawn mower given FCC approval in US

iRobot lawn mower given FCC approval in US

There's been rumors for years that iRobot has been working on adapting the technology behind the popular Roomba vacuum cleaner to create a robotic lawn mower. It turns out that the company has just been granted permission from the FCC to do just that, so now we know the plans are real. The approval revealed a few details about how the mower will work, but it seems we're still years away from having a flat, round robot take care of our lawn.

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AT&T says throttling your data is harmless

AT&T says throttling your data is harmless

Last month AT&T was hit with a $100 million fine from the FCC due to its erstwhile data throttling plan (which hadn’t won it any favors with subscribers). The problem with the throttling was where AT&T chose to apply it: to “unlimited data” plans, which, per their name, should not be subjected to data limitations. AT&T doesn’t offer unlimited data plans any longer, and it has made it clear it doesn’t want the remaining grandfathered plans to remain. As such, the wireless carrier is now pushing back against the FCC.

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T-Mobile reaches settlement with FCC over 911 outages

T-Mobile reaches settlement with FCC over 911 outages

Back in mid-March, Verizon settled with the FCC over 911 service outages that happened in April of last year. Verizon wasn’t the only wireless carrier that was swept up into some 911 outages, however, and now T-Mobile has followed in the carrier’s footsteps with its own FCC settlement. The big difference, though, is how much it will pay to settle the matter. While Verizon settled for $3.4 million, T-Mobile will be paying $17.5 million to settle the legal matter.

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Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge Plus certified in US, Singapore

Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge Plus certified in US, Singapore

It seems that the ball has truly started rolling for Samsung. Although the exact dates of the announcement is still all but a rumor, the manufacturer is dotting it's i's and crossing its t's in preparation for the imminent arrival of the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge Plus. Proof of that comes in the appearance of the two smartphones in certification agencies not only in the US but also in Singapore, heralding the two phablets and confirming their availability on some carrier's catalogues.

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Looks like Google Glass 2, but it’s not for you

Looks like Google Glass 2, but it’s not for you

This morning an FCC listing for what appears to be Google Glass 2 has appeared. But it doesn't matter. The first version of Google Glass was a hit on the tech news circuit - people even spend a bunch of cash to be the first to own the device. But it didn't work out in ideal a fashion as Google had hoped. Unchecked enthusiasm and a never-ending stream of stories about Glass-holes made sure of that. The second edition of this device won't be made for the average consumer.

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PayPal rewords user agreement after robocall criticism

PayPal rewords user agreement after robocall criticism

Paypal has announced that it is clearing up the wording in user agreement after being called out the FCC for illegal practices violating consumers privacy with the potential for invasive robocalls. Users worried that the because the text in the user agreement indicated they would be subjected to robocalls, that PayPal could be selling the personal data to external call lists. The previous language made it seem as though PayPal was violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

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