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T-Mobile confirms data breach but isn’t sure what was accessed

T-Mobile confirms data breach but isn’t sure what was accessed

2021 didn't start out great for T-Mobile, and it seems that its luck isn't turning for the better just yet. In addition to the severe winter freeze earlier this year and increased scrutiny over its Sprint acquisition, it is facing not one but two severe hacking incidents. T-Mobile just confirmed that it has indeed been the victim of a data breach, but it is still investigating what data was illegally accessed and if that data really included customer information.

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Kindle e-readers will lose 3G connectivity in December

Kindle e-readers will lose 3G connectivity in December

Amazon's Kindles have long been the device of choice by voracious readers, especially those that want to take their books with them anywhere. Of course, the books they hold inside don't come from thin air and have to be downloaded directly to the device or transferred from a computer. The former naturally requires an Internet connection, which almost all Kindles have. Unfortunately, some older models support don't support anything beyond 3G networks, and those will lose their ability to connect to the Internet by the end of the year.

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Japan breaks Internet speed record with 319 Tbps figure

Japan breaks Internet speed record with 319 Tbps figure

The need for speed on the Internet has never been greater than before, and not just because of video streaming or game streaming. From mass video conferences to real-time collaboration on a multimedia project, much of today's society has become dependent on the Internet. While network operators and carriers push 5G and WiFi 6 forward, computer scientists and engineers are setting their sights on even bigger numbers, numbers for which Japan's National Institute of Information and Communication Technology or NICT just set a record.

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This $60 mesh router is Vilo’s fix for home WiFi’s biggest headache

This $60 mesh router is Vilo’s fix for home WiFi’s biggest headache

Mesh routers have arguably been the secret weapon for successful remote working and home-schooling over the past 18 months, but upgrading your network for maximum coverage has so far come at a price premium. Not so with Vilo, a new name in networking, and one betting that a lot more people would go mesh if they could get a three-pack for under sixty bucks.

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I just opted out of Amazon Sidewalk: Here’s how and why

I just opted out of Amazon Sidewalk: Here’s how and why

Amazon Sidewalk launches this month, but I just headed into the Alexa app to make sure I wasn't automatically enrolled into the controversial shared neighborhood network. Part of Amazon's Echo and Ring products, Sidewalk makes big promises about more resilient connectivity, useful features like lost object tracking, and even helping get new smart home devices online. At the same time, though, Sidewalk and the way Amazon is launching it has given many users pause.

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Amazon Sidewalk Wi-Fi sharing experiment goes live next month

Amazon Sidewalk Wi-Fi sharing experiment goes live next month

It might not be as big a name in tech as Google or Apple or Microsoft or in social networking like Facebook but it's hard to argue that Amazon may have actually trumped them all. Best known for its e-tailer business, Amazon's empire actually covers a whole range of industries and there seems to be no stopping its ambitions even in the face of controversy, criticism, and lawsuits. Its latest will surely put it under a microscope once more as it prepares to flip the switch on its controversial Internet sharing experiment known as Amazon Sidewalk.

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Linksys’ WiFi 6E mesh router hits shelves with an eye-watering price

Linksys’ WiFi 6E mesh router hits shelves with an eye-watering price

Linksys' latest mesh network system has arrived on shelves, and if you need broader coverage and are willing to pay handsomely for WiFi 6E, you're in luck. Announced at CES 2021 at the start of the year, the Linksys Atlas Max 6E (AXE8400) system looks at first glance like the familiar mesh totems we've seen from Linksys before.

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Huawei eyes software business like Google amid US sanctions

Huawei eyes software business like Google amid US sanctions

Huawei's fall from the world's top 5 smartphone vendors naturally didn't go unnoticed. Shoved out of networking infrastructure, especially 5G, in many countries, the company also found itself struggling in the smartphone market because of its inability to buy parts and components necessary to make those devices. Huawei isn't giving up, though, but does have another Plan B in place and, quite amusingly, it will reportedly be following Google's model in expanding its business to software, the cloud, and cars.

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Google Wifi app shutdown is coming: Here’s what to do

Google Wifi app shutdown is coming: Here’s what to do

Google is warning Google Wifi users that it'll be axing the app they use to control and monitor the mesh networking system, part of a push to condense smart home and IoT control into a single place. The current Google Wifi app will be deprecated, Google confirmed today in an email to users, with its role taken over by the Google Home app instead.

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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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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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Huawei’s fate won’t change yet under Biden administration

Huawei’s fate won’t change yet under Biden administration

The change in the US political landscape will naturally send ripples through all aspects of the country's life and business, especially those more contentious policies and views that Donald Trump left behind. Some of those have already been reversed while others remained. Naturally, that also gave some companies recently added to the country's dreaded Entity List a bit of hope for a reprieve. Unfortunately for Huawei and other Chinese company's on that list, President Joe Biden's pick for the Commerce Department isn't that keen on changing the status quo.

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