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When Net Neutrality dies: FCC final rule release

When Net Neutrality dies: FCC final rule release

February 22nd, 2018 was the day when the FCC released their "final rule" document to destroy Net Neutrality. This document came with the name "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" attached to it. It announced the date when the effective enforcement of the elimination of rules imposed by the Title II Order. Effective date for this order's enforcement is April 23rd, 2018.

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Verizon phone locking is 2018’s unwelcome return

Verizon phone locking is 2018’s unwelcome return

Verizon has started the week by making a big announcement, revealing today that it will begin locking phones later on this year. This is somewhat surprising because Verizon has historically offered its phones unlocked from the start, putting it in distinct contrast to the three other big carriers in the US. However, this may not be as big of a change as it seems at first blush, and on the surface, Verizon has at least a somewhat justifable reason for doing so.

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Huawei P20 Lite at FCC has an unusual screen, small battery

Huawei P20 Lite at FCC has an unusual screen, small battery

Thanks to Samsung’s declaration of an MWC 2018 press event, which will most likely be about the Galaxy S9 and S9+, other OEMs seem less enthusiastic about making a big splash there as well. LG is definitely sitting this one out but Huawei isn’t passing up the opportunity for attention. Instead, it is reportedly holding its own event far away from Barcelona. And while it’s expected to unveil the Huawei P20 there, it might also have a P20 Lite in store, a lesser flagship with some odd features.

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Embrace Watch smartband gets FDA approval for detecting seizures

Embrace Watch smartband gets FDA approval for detecting seizures

Empatica has announced that its Embrace smartband, which was first introduced in 2014, has been approved by the FDA as a medical device. The smartband is able to detect seizures, among other things, sending alerts to caregivers so that rapid support can be provided. The FDA has very strict requirements for a gadget to get a medical device designation, but Embrace has managed to satisfy them.

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Hawaii missile alert was intentional due to misunderstanding says FCC

Hawaii missile alert was intentional due to misunderstanding says FCC

The missile alert that sent Hawaii residents into a panic earlier this month was triggered intentionally, according to the FCC. The Commission has published the preliminary results of its study, stating that a misunderstanding of an emergency drill given without notice resulted in one official sending the live warning. This was because, based on the FCC's report, the phrase "this is not a drill" was used during the drill.

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FCC proposes $500m funding to speed up rural broadband rollout

FCC proposes $500m funding to speed up rural broadband rollout

On Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai introduced a proposal to commissioners that would provide more than $500 million in funding for accelerating the rollout of broadband in rural regions. In addition, according to a release, this proposal would also "put in place strong new rules to prevent abuse of the high-cost program." Included in it are also multiple reforms to the program, which the FCC says will improve the existing program's "effectiveness and efficiency."

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Galaxy S9, S9+ makes a surprise appearance at FCC

Galaxy S9, S9+ makes a surprise appearance at FCC

All commercial devices in the US that make use of any sort of communications technology has to pass by the FCC. As such, it is often seen as a way to get a first look at some of the still to be announced products. But while FCC filings don’t yield as much information, unlike its Chinese TENAA counterpart, there are still some nuggets to be discovered from time to time. This might just be the case when the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ make their way to the FCC, way earlier than anyone expected.

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Energous WattUp over the air charging gets FCC nod

Energous WattUp over the air charging gets FCC nod

Fumbling for charging cables and even charging pads could soon become a thing of the past. That is if Energous will be able to take advantage of the door that has just been opened for it. The company’s WattUp Mid Field Transmitter has just gotten the approval of the Federal Communications Commission, making it the first “power-at-a-distance” wireless charging tech to get the green light. Should actual commercial products get created from this tech, it could mean we’d be charging devices from as far as three feet away from the charger.

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GOP Open Internet Preservation Act is NOT Net Neutrality

GOP Open Internet Preservation Act is NOT Net Neutrality

This week Representative Marsha Blackburn introduced a the "Open Internet Preservation Act" in an effort to lock Trump/Pai repeal of Net Neutrality into law. Several major news outlets have taken Blackburn's bait in suggesting this new OIP Act would bring Net Neutrality back after the FCC removed it. Said the Washington Post: "Days after the FCC repealed its net neutrality rules, the GOP has a bill to replace them." Instead, this act would enshrine what the FCC did earlier this month.

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FCC Blue Alert warns mobile users of threats to law enforcement

FCC Blue Alert warns mobile users of threats to law enforcement

The Federal Communications Commission has expanded the US's emergency alert systems by adding a new alert option dubbed Blue Alert. With Blue Alert, both local and state-level authorities can push out notifications that warn the public to "threats to law enforcement." In explaining this, the FCC says the authorities are able to push out Blue Alerts across a variety of devices, including cell phones/smartphones, satellite, cable, and through broadcast providers.

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Net Neutrality Vote: What do we do now?

Net Neutrality Vote: What do we do now?

The FCC just voted 3/2 in favor of a declaratory ruling which effectively destroys Net Neutrality protections in the USA. Under the guise of a user-friendly name "Restoring Internet Freedom," the three Republican board members of the FCC voted to destroy the rules set in place by the previous FCC board. This Trump-installed board just destroyed the most important set of rules ever made for the internet - put there by the FCC during the Obama administration.

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Speaking on FCC and Net Neutrality at Thanksgiving is your civic duty

Speaking on FCC and Net Neutrality at Thanksgiving is your civic duty

Speaking about Net Neutrality with your friends and family is your civic duty this week - today we're going to run down how to do it. Whether you're back to your parents house this holiday season or hosting Thanksgiving yourself, there's a few very simple arguments that you're honor-bound as a citizen of these internets to share with your fellow turkey-devourers. What better way to be thankful for your rights as a United States citizen then by informing your fellow citizens about the death of the internet as we know it?

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