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FCC makes STIR/SHAKEN authentication mandatory to fight robocalls

FCC makes STIR/SHAKEN authentication mandatory to fight robocalls

We live in very uncertain times and while it sounds revolting, there are always those who will take advantage of that fear and uncertainty to make a quick profit. Fraudulent calls, especially the automated ones called "robocalls", have always been a menace, especially in the US, costing Americans billions per year on both wasted time as well as fraudulent transactions. There have been many proposed solutions to this problem but now the FCC is putting its foot down and is making the STIR/SHAKEN a requirement by June next year.

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FCC expands coronavirus (COVID-19) phone scams and texts list

FCC expands coronavirus (COVID-19) phone scams and texts list

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to phone scammer schemes and malicious attempts to capitalize on panic. The FCC expanded their list of scam and hoax test messages, phone calls, and related media with new coronavirus-related instances that've appeared over the last couple of weeks. These scams range from offers for "free test kits" to a rumor that President Trump will be issuing a "mandatory quarantine" for the entire USA for a 2-week period (he hasn't.)

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Verizon waiving some fees for next 60 days, but probably not yours

Verizon waiving some fees for next 60 days, but probably not yours

Today we're taking a peek at what Verizon will and will not likely do in light of the global pandemic and national emergency that is COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) here in the USA. Verizon's released some information on how they'll respond for certain customers, and have given assurances that they're doing everything in their power to keep people connected in this time of increased network traffic. What's important here - at the moment - is the ease with which the "help" Verizon can/will give will be used by the average everyday consumer.

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DirecTV satellite suffers ‘major anomaly’ putting batteries at risk

DirecTV satellite suffers ‘major anomaly’ putting batteries at risk

A DirecTV satellite has suffered a 'major anomaly' that has put its batteries at risk of exploding, according to a document recently published by the FCC. The company is working on decommissioning the satellite in order to get it out of orbit before the batteries burst, which would jeopardize other satellites.

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Moto RAZR 2019 leak biggest yet with photos and teardown

Moto RAZR 2019 leak biggest yet with photos and teardown

Motorola's Moto RAZR 2019 event is later today - but first, a giant leak! Today we're taking a peek at the foldable-display Moto Razr 2019, a device that's been a very long time coming. We've seen renders, we've seen blurry photos, we've seen basic specification lists - we've seen a lot. Motorola's "Moto Razr" 2019 just appeared in a listing on the FCC, complete with photos of the front, back, sides, and even under the hood.

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Spire gets FCC OK for 175-satellite constellation launch

Spire gets FCC OK for 175-satellite constellation launch

Spire describes their business as "a data and analytics company that collects data from space to solve problems on Earth." Per a release from the FCC today (October 18, 2019), Spire was granted regulatory rights to launch up to 636 satellites in low-earth orbit "operating at orbital altitudes from 385 to 650 km and inclinations ranging from equatorial to polar sun-synchronous (98 degrees)." What will Spire do with all of these satellites in a wide-reaching constellation surrounding our planet?

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Nintendo Switch SNES controller tips imminent retro game flood

Nintendo Switch SNES controller tips imminent retro game flood

It looks like Nintendo is planning to release a Super NES controller for the Nintendo Switch. The device recently made a pass through the Federal Communications Commission, and though the listing doesn't really tell us much on its own, it's the implication of an SNES controller for the Switch that has people excited. After all, a SNES controller must mean that SNES games are on the way, right?

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FCC says 5G is safe, wants to maintain current RF exposure limits

FCC says 5G is safe, wants to maintain current RF exposure limits

Consumers around the nation have expressed concerns about the potential health consequences associated with 5G networks. The issue arrives as cities increase the number of RF antennas to support 5G networks, spurring a letter sent in December 2018 to FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr over the matter. In a statement about the concerns published today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed that the agency maintain the current radiofrequency exposure limits for handheld gadgets.

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FCC ban targets international robocalls and text spoofing

FCC ban targets international robocalls and text spoofing

It isn't controversial to say that everyone hates receiving robocalls and spam text messages. Unfortunately for all of us in that particularly large boat, the robocalls and spam persist, and are even getting worse. The FCC today announced new rules that will give it more power when it comes to tracking down international scammers who employ such tactics, and while it's unlikely these rules will bring a stop to robocalling scams entirely, the hope is that they help curb the problem at least a little bit.

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DJI FPV racing drone with goggles appears in FCC documents

DJI FPV racing drone with goggles appears in FCC documents

DJI is preparing to release a first-person-view drone alongside goggles and a remote controller, according to documents recently published by the FCC. The filings cover three products, hinting at DJI's upcoming launch in the FPV drone racing market, something it dabbled in with its previous DJI Goggles Racing Edition, a $550 headset launched in 2018.

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Nintendo Switch at FCC with new CPU and storage sparks a little hope

Nintendo Switch at FCC with new CPU and storage sparks a little hope

Nintendo has just announced the Switch Lite and while it wasn't exactly a surprise, it may not have been the announcement some gamers were waiting for. The Switch Lite rumors came along with a Switch Pro but rumors about the latter seem to have gone silent. Instead, what dropped by the FCC is almost the same Switch but the mere indication that it will have a different processor and memory type is enough to make Switch fans hope for better days.

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FCC chair Ajit Pai proposes new rules to fight robocalls and spoofing

FCC chair Ajit Pai proposes new rules to fight robocalls and spoofing

It's 2019 and despite all our advancements in technology, we're still struggling with how to finally solve the problem of robocalls and text spoofing. It is an especially huge problem in the US where it costs citizens thousands if not millions of dollars. It falls on the FCC to create the laws and regulations to protect people from such activities but has yet to fully address the problem. Now FCC Chair Ajit Pai has come out with rules that will criminalize such activities.

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