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Dear smartphones: Why use any cord at all?

Dear smartphones: Why use any cord at all?

In the future, cords will only be used to run power across long distances and to facilitate the transfer of data only when the fastest transfer will do. Aside from those two items, everything else will be done without the ubiquitous USB, or Lightning plug, or headphone jack. No company can stop this from happening, and only the most extremely rare company will stick around to create retro hardware.

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Facebook is using its communications tech to get Puerto Rico back online

Facebook is using its communications tech to get Puerto Rico back online

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the company is sending teams to get Puerto Rico back online, a necessary step for helping emergency crews communicate and helping affected residents get in touch with loved ones. The move follows Hurricane Maria's devastating blow to the island; during its passage, the storm took out more than 90-percent of the cellular towers on the island.

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AT&T’s rural fixed wireless Internet service arrives in 9 more states

AT&T’s rural fixed wireless Internet service arrives in 9 more states

AT&T has a fixed wireless Internet service designed specifically for rural regions, and it has announced that it is now available in another 9 states. This brings the total number of served states up to 18, all of them with rural regions where people struggle to get decent Internet service. AT&T kicked off this service earlier in 2017 as part of the company's own FCC Connect America Fund effort.

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Plantronics BackBeat Fit headphones get sporty in the wireless age

Plantronics BackBeat Fit headphones get sporty in the wireless age

This week the folks at Plantronics have gone to the wireless side with a collection of active/sport oriented earbuds and headphones. Their new lineup includes the BackBeat FIT 300 Series, the BackBeat FIT 500 Series, the BackBeat FIT Training Edition, and the BackBeat FIT Boost Edition. The BackBeat FIT 300 Series will be available starting today in four lovely colors, while the other three series will be made available "in early October."

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T-Mobile data cap raised to 50GB as “unlimited” war rages [Update]

T-Mobile data cap raised to 50GB as “unlimited” war rages [Update]

Ever since Verizon and AT&T introduced unlimited plans earlier this year, each of the big four have been tweaking their plans and trying to make it the most attractive for consumers. T-Mobile is the one doing the tweaking today, confirming rumors that we heard earlier this morning. Today's changes deal with T-Mobile's "prioritization point," otherwise known as the point where T-Mobile begins throttling your data speeds.

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T-Mobile ONE plan limits Apple Watch Series 3 to slow data speeds

T-Mobile ONE plan limits Apple Watch Series 3 to slow data speeds

T-Mobile users who have their hearts set on the new Apple Series 3 with LTE are facing some unfortunate news: the carrier is limiting the wearable to 3G-ish speeds. The carrier doesn't go out of its way to underscore that reality, instead listing it among various tidbits of fine print. According to that fine print, you'll get 512Kbps speeds with your shiny new Apple wearable.

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iPhone 8 and X have a sort-of secret weapon in NFC

iPhone 8 and X have a sort-of secret weapon in NFC

Both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X have a new feature that Apple says doesn't come with any previous iPhone - for now. This feature is an opening up of the hardware that's already in quite a few iPhones from the past few years, a piece of hardware that allows Apple Pay to function. I'm speaking, of course, of the iPhone's NFC reader.

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Intel WiGig products are dead, long live Intel WiGig for VR

Intel WiGig products are dead, long live Intel WiGig for VR

If you haven’t heard of WiGig yet, don’t fret. It might not matter anymore anyway. Advertised by the Wi-Fi Alliance last year as the future of Wi-Fi and the IoT industry, WiGig just lost one of its biggest supporters. Well, somewhat. Intel has just told partners that it will be discontinuing controllers and cards for what is formally known as 802.11ad Wi-FI. That said, what it isn’t saying, formally or otherwise, is that it may still plan to use WiGig for making wireless VR headsets not only possible but also usable.

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Verizon, ATT, T-Mobile, Sprint team up (for mobile security)

Verizon, ATT, T-Mobile, Sprint team up (for mobile security)

Here's something you probably weren't expecting: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have announced that they're all joining forces. No, they aren't coming together to summon some kind of 4G LTE demon that will end the world as we know it, but rather to work on a new mobile authentication solution. The new group they've formed is called the Mobile Authentication Taskforce, and while that name may be a bit silly, the group serves an important purpose.

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Sennheiser HD1 Free wireless earbuds: stainless steel and a leather case

Sennheiser HD1 Free wireless earbuds: stainless steel and a leather case

Sennheiser has introduced its new HD1 Free, a pair of wireless earbuds in the maker's HD1 lineup. The HD1 Free feature a 'traditional' Bluetooth earbuds design -- that is, they're a pair of ear pieces connected by a cable rather than the less popular plastic neckband design. Though the model features a lower battery life rating than some of its newest competitors at 6 hours, it does bring with it a stylish design that stands out from the crowd.

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Fitbit Flyer wireless headphones launch alongside Ionic smartwatch

Fitbit Flyer wireless headphones launch alongside Ionic smartwatch

The reveal of the Ionic smartwatch isn't the only big announcement Fitbit is making today. The company also revealed its new Flyer wireless headphones, which are meant to be go hand-in-hand with the Ionic. In fact, one of the biggest draws of these headphones for Ionic users will likely be the fact that they can be connected directly to the smartwatch itself, with no phone necessary.

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Optoma NuForce BE2 Earbuds Review: Premium quality with budget cost

Optoma NuForce BE2 Earbuds Review: Premium quality with budget cost

Last week, company Optoma launched a new pair of earbuds called the NuForce BE2. The earbuds were hawked as a premium product with a less-than-premium $49 price tag, seemingly offering the best of both worlds. On paper, at least, there's a lot to like about this model: water-resistance, AAC audio support, a 10-hour battery life, wireless functionality, and more. Does it live up to those promises in the real-world, though?

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