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Parrot ANAFI Ai early access program revealed for pro-droning

Parrot ANAFI Ai early access program revealed for pro-droning

There's an early access program coming to the likes of the Parrot ANAFI Ai 4G LTE-connected drone. This is the sort of program you get in on if you're a hardcore drone user, if you're the sort of professional who uses drones for high-level visuals or 3D scanning, and for those that wish to be the first users of the Parrot ANAFI Ai 4G robotic UAV. Parrot does make clear that this is for "professional drone operators"... but that's you, right?

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T-Mobile 3G network shutdown has a new and hopefully final date

T-Mobile 3G network shutdown has a new and hopefully final date

5G has been the battle cry of network operators and device manufacturers for a few years now, but the push hasn't been as fast or as easy as they had hoped. In addition to setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, wireless carriers' plans to retire old networks and technologies to free up resources have also been met with some resistance and delays. That said, the deadline for 3G networks is can no longer be delayed, and T-Mobile is finally setting its foot down on when it will shut down not only its own 3G network but also Sprint's 3G and LTE networks.

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This new FCC mobile broadband map compares carrier coverage claims

This new FCC mobile broadband map compares carrier coverage claims

Confusing cellphone coverage maps with misleading graphics and incomprehensible claims may be getting its comeuppance, with the FCC launching its first mobile broadband map to help consumers figure out what service they're actually likely to get. While cellular networks have been steadily improving, particularly with the arrival of 5G, it's still fair to say that carrier maps tend to be more promotional than educational.

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Best running watches to meet your fitness goals

Best running watches to meet your fitness goals

Vigorous exercising, especially running, has well-described benefits. Whether you run to sweat or meet your fitness goals; tracking and monitoring your pace, distance and health is important. Running watches are an optimal and convenient way to monitor your daily regime. These smartwatches are specially made to be worn while running, whether indoors or outdoors, and to track associated metrics including time, speed, distance and in some cases even heart rate, O2 levels and sleep.

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PSA: Don’t put a Starlink satellite dish on your car

PSA: Don’t put a Starlink satellite dish on your car

There's a saying that goes: if you see a warning sign, no matter how absurd, it exists because someone performed the action advised against. That's the case with this new warning against putting a Starlink satellite dish on your car's exterior, an action that recently earned one customer a moving violation citation.

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LG Velvet 4G finally gets its Android 11 update

LG Velvet 4G finally gets its Android 11 update

With LG's formal withdrawal from the smartphone market, there have naturally been questions about the company's ability to support the phones it already has out in the wild. Of course, LG promised that it would indeed continue to update at least some of its phones but that remained to be seen. As if to dispel those doubts, LG has finally launched the LG UX 10 with Android 11 update for the LTE-only version of the LG Velvet, almost half a year after the LG Velvet 5G received it.

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Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE and 55 launch with opposite goals

Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE and 55 launch with opposite goals

Smartwatches have come into focus in the past few weeks thanks to Google I/O's big Wear OS announcement but that is hardly the only wearable platform available in the market today. Almost every big name in fitness and smartwatches, like Fitbit and Garmin, utilize their own custom OS to squeeze out as much as they can from smartwatches' minuscule batteries. Not to be left out from all the attention, navigation expert Garmin has announced the Forerunner 945 LTE and the Forerunner 55, occupying two opposite ends of the GPS smartwatch spectrum.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is surprisingly old-school

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is surprisingly old-school

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is a tiny tablet with low-end specs and a nearly-newest version of Android. This tablet has an 8.7-inch TFT tablet with 1340 x 800 pixel resolution with 60Hz refresh rate. This is the sort of tablet you buy if you want a simple, yet updated tablet-sized presentation of Android from Samsung.

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T-Mobile SyncUP TRACKER device rides the AirTag wave

T-Mobile SyncUP TRACKER device rides the AirTag wave

It would appear that T-Mobile USA is ready to roll with a tracker device that'll do battle with Apple's AirTag and Tile. T-Mobile revealed the SyncUP TRACKER this week with connectivity to the T-Mobile LTE network. The device is tracked with an app on Android and iOS devices, and does not need to be within a specific range of a smartphone to work.

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Verizon 3G CDMA network shutdown gets a final date again

Verizon 3G CDMA network shutdown gets a final date again

Network operators have a tendency to redefine common words and give them new meanings. "Unlimited" is not unlimited when it comes to data and "indefinitely" definitely has an end. To be fair, Verizon did leave the door wide open for when it will shut down its 3G network and now it is officially giving notice to the old technology's remaining users. Big Red is finally shutting down its 3G CDMA network at the end of 2022, three years after its initial plan.

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Galaxy S20 FE LTE with Snapdragon 865 is a confusing rumor

Galaxy S20 FE LTE with Snapdragon 865 is a confusing rumor

Last year's Galaxy S20 wasn't exactly the heavy hitter that Samsung had hoped, at least not compared to how much interest and sales the Galaxy S21 this year garnered. It was even eclipsed by its own "Fan Edition", the Galaxy S20 FE that was announced just a month after the Galaxy Note 20 series. Its success may have encouraged Samsung to launch yet another Galaxy S20 FE, one that doesn't have 5G capability but runs on the same 5G-capable Snapdragon 865 as the 5G model.

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Verizon CBRS 4G reported to be better than its 5G

Verizon CBRS 4G reported to be better than its 5G

5G has been the battle cry of network operators and phone manufacturers for more than two years now but the next-gen network still doesn't have the ideal coverage and speeds that proponents would have liked. In some cases, carriers have even had to make do with "Dynamic Spectrum Sharing" or DSS 5G, a.k.a. Verizon's "nationwide 5G", which is a far cry from the 5G that many people have in mind. And then there's still the ongoing improvement on 4G networks that, somewhat ironically, is making Verizon's new 4G look better than its existing 5G performance.

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