While many of us are looking forward to Samsung’s official unveiling of the Galaxy S6 on March 1st at MWC, the Korean manufacturer has been busy getting its ducks in a row with regards to its accessories. An example of this would be the wireless charger that has been approved by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). As seen from the image above, the wireless charger has a circular design.
We already know Samsung is working on a new 8-inch Galaxy Tab 4 tablet device thanks to a GFXBench entry that was discovered last month. While the chip used is the mid-tier Snapdragon 410, that is a 64-bit chip meaning the device can fully support Android Lollipop. Based on a new FCC filing for the device, the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 should be headed to U.S. markets.
Although Google is currently in a major state of flux with their Google Glass platform as the company looks to retool their efforts, others are working on getting their version of a face-worn device ready for consumers. One of those companies is Sony which showed off a couple models of their Sony SmartEyeglass product at CES 2015. Following that reveal, one of the models has now passed through the FCC and Sony has released a couple social media apps meant for the device.
In a statement issued today, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler says he is “proposing that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open internet protections.” This move to effectively reclassify Internet service providers as common carriers will be pursued as a way to “preserve the internet as an open platform for innovation and free expression.” The proposal culminates a long process the FCC has been involved with, including examination of long-standing regulatory principles, the marketplace, and a public comment process that yielded close to 4 million comments on the concept called “Net Neutrality.”
The FCC recently completed an auction of AWS-3 spectrum raising almost $45 billion in bids in the process. The amount raised was quite a bit more than the FCC’s last big spectrum auction held in 2008 when they raised $19.1 billion selling 700MHz spectrum. The big player in this round turned out to be AT&T which bid nearly $18.2 billion for 251 licenses. The biggest chunk of those were in the New York City metro area. AT&T says the new spectrum helps them cover 96 percent of the U.S. population with AWS-3 spectrum.
In a bit of surprise, the second largest bidder was DISH which grabbed $13.3 billion worth of spectrum. DISH has been hoping to start up a terrestrial LTE network to augment their satellite offerings, so this latest purchase may help them with that goal. The other large bidders included Verizon and T-Mobile who also hope to strengthen their networks in anticipation of expanding their advanced network offerings in the coming years. Sprint did not participate in this auction as they prepare to invest in 600MHz spectrum in an auction scheduled for next year.
source: The Verge
Marriott’s efforts to block its customers’ personal WiFi hotspots have ended, according to a statement from the company.
Last month, Microsoft and Google expressed concern over the issue, and Marriott is finally backtracking.
In an email to Inc., a Marriott spokesperson said, “Marriott International listens to its customers, and we will not block guests from using their personal Wi-Fi devices at any of our managed hotels,
The FCC had also filed a complaint against Marriott, so that was likely part of the decision to stop using cell jammers as well.
Last week at CES 2015, the LG G Flex 2 was introduced to the world. Both Sprint and AT&T were quick to confirm the handset’s availability to their customers. We can add U.S. Cellular to the list of carriers offering the G Flex 2 because an FCC filing reveals that the carrier has its own variant. It supports LTE bands 5 and 12 in addition to the 850 and 1900 CDMA bands. All of these are supported by U.S. Cellular. The exact model number for the handset in this FCC filing is LG-US995.
Via: Android Headlines
Motorola took the budget segment by storm last year when it announced the Moto E smartphone in developing markets. And today, a new device has popped up over at the FCC with the ID IHDT56QF1, bearing all the markings of a successor. The device comes with the model number 4583 which is very vague and leaves much to our imagination.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson
In a bit of legal tap-dancing, AT&T has filed a motion to dismiss the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) lawsuit against AT&T over data throttling on the grounds that the regulatory body lacks authority to do so. The legal grounds AT&T is basing this on is Section 5 of the FTC Act, in which a portion of that section helps draw distinction between the FTC’s jurisdiction and the U.S. Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) jurisdiction.
AT&T argues that because of its company’s status as a common carrier in mobile voice communication, then its data service should as well. Mobile data has not traditionally fallen under the purview of the FCC, but AT&T is claiming that data should be under FCC authority.
DIRECTV has been quite busy lately with its products. Just last week, DIRECTV added 13 new streaming channels to its Android apps, which brought its total streaming content channels to 110. This week brings us DIRECTV’s Yaveo, an internet TV program that caters to the Spanish-speaking world.
Yaveo will provide channels like Univision, beIN sports, Cine Sony Television, Nickelodeon and a few others. This service will only cost $8 and will be available on PCs, Macs and Android, with iOS support coming later. New subscribers will also get a free month to start out with.