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Is Verizon right to temp-lock their phones?

Is Verizon right to temp-lock their phones?

Temporary locks for all new phones released by Verizon will go into effect soon if OK'ed by the FCC. A message was released today publicly, but addressed toward the FCC, from Ronan Dunne, executive vice president and group president of Verizon Wireless. In this message, Dunne suggests that it is because of identity thieves that Verizon is requesting that the FCC allow them to lock phones to their network for 60 days after purchase.

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5G Moto Mod release gets FCC go-ahead – but it’s complicated

5G Moto Mod release gets FCC go-ahead – but it’s complicated

Motorola was early aboard the 5G train, at least with the promise of the 5G Moto Mod, and so as US networks prepare to light up coverage for subscribers it's no surprise to see the Moto Z3 add-on get the regulatory nod. Announced last year, the 5G-toting backpack for the Android smartphone is actually a lot more complicated than it first appears.

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FCC proof Galaxy S10E isn’t “Lite” to Samsung

FCC proof Galaxy S10E isn’t “Lite” to Samsung

The FCC just revealed new Galaxy S10 family details along with a list of devices headed to Samsung's upcoming event. Samsung will be revealing the lot of these devices for sale inside the United States within weeks of the event itself. The devices include smartphones, watches, at least one tablet, and a pair of bluetooth headphones for good measure. What's interesting here is the amount of each device that's on said list - three of each special case, for example.

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FCC’s Net Neutrality kill didn’t increase broadband investment

FCC’s Net Neutrality kill didn’t increase broadband investment

There's good news and there's bad news when it comes to the fallout after the FCC's kill of Net Neutrality. We expected the worst - that internet providers would start making companies pay for fast lanes and that lower-class content would get caught behind throttled speed internet. That didn't happen - or at least it didn't happen to the degree to which we were worried, yet. The bad new is that none of the GOOD stuff the FCC promised has happened.

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Ring Beams outdoor lighting might finally be close to launch

Ring Beams outdoor lighting might finally be close to launch

Last year at CES, Ring revealed a new line of outdoor lighting. The line was created following Ring's acquisition of a company called Mr. Beams, and though that CES reveal suggested an impending launch, we went through all of 2018 without hearing anything more. A look at Ring's website shows a notable lack of outdoor lighting, but that may all be changing soon.

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Google Soli no-touch phone tech greenlit by FCC

Google Soli no-touch phone tech greenlit by FCC

In Google's future, smartphones and such won't necessarily need touchscreens to operate. Instead, with the technology they call Soli, users will be able to control their smart devices with a wave of their hand. While this sort of technology isn't technically completely new, the level to which these gestures will operate is now being taken out a whole new door.

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FCC hits Swarm with $900k fine over unauthorized satellite launch

FCC hits Swarm with $900k fine over unauthorized satellite launch

Earlier this year, a startup called Swarm Technologies was accused of launching four small satellites without permission. The revelation came from FCC documents, which also revealed that Swarm had lost its authorization for a mission that had been scheduled in April 2018. Now, several months later, the startup has been hit with a big fine.

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FCC greenlights SpaceX to launch 7,000 satellites for broadband services

FCC greenlights SpaceX to launch 7,000 satellites for broadband services

A couple years back SpaceX was talking up a plan that would see it put 4,425 satellites into orbit to roll out global broadband connectivity. That promise is closer to reality today with the FCC announcing that it has approved the requests of four different companies to roll out new and expanded broadband services using satellites. The four companies include SpaceX, Kepler Communications, Telesat Canada, and LeoSat.

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T-Mobile Mini set-top box appears at FCC ahead of TV service launch

T-Mobile Mini set-top box appears at FCC ahead of TV service launch

T-Mobile is working on a TV service that it plans to launch before the end of the year, at least based on comments it made back in January. The Uncarrier previously acquired Layer3 TV, helping position it to launch its own service, and now newly surfaced FCC documents indicate something big is underway.

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Google Pixel Slate FCC sighting hints at earlier launch

Google Pixel Slate FCC sighting hints at earlier launch

The Pixel Slate is arguably one of the most exciting Chromebooks to land in the market. Or rather, that would be landing in the market. Although Google has basically revealed all at its Pixel event last month, the Chrome OS 2-in-1 remains out of reach of everyone. Unlike the Pixel 3 smartphones, Google’s replacement for Android tablets has yet to actually hit store shelves, both virtual and physical, with nothing but a “later this year” promise to hold on to. Fortunately, Google might not be waiting for the 11th hour to bring the Pixel Slate to the public, as it was just listed by the FCC, suggesting that we might just be a week or two away from actual launch.

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LG V40 ThinQ hits FCC, still barely has any leaks

LG V40 ThinQ hits FCC, still barely has any leaks

Leaks are really just that, unofficial and often mistaken information about unreleased products. But their existence, and especially their overabundance, may also hint at interest in that upcoming product. If that’s the case, then LG’s recent smartphones aren’t feeling the love. Even the LG V40 ThinQ, with its rumored triple cameras, haven’t had much in the way of such leaks. That might not matter because that phone might be arriving soon if this FCC sighting is any indication.

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California approves net neutrality bill considered the strongest in the country

California approves net neutrality bill considered the strongest in the country

Friday was a day of celebration for net neutrality proponents, as California’s legislature approved a bill that, once passed into law, is widely seen as the strongest protection in the country. The bill, SB822, not only restores the net neutrality rules that were put into place by former President Barack Obama, but goes even to ban internet service providers from practices like throttling in favor of select content and zero-rating services.

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