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U.S. Said to Investigate AT&T and Verizon Over Wireless Collusion Claim

“The eSIM technology is supported by gadget makers including Apple, Google and Microsoft, as well as several wireless carriers globally and in the United States” writes Cecilia Kang for nytimes.com. The eSIM technology, which was introduced in early 2016, is embedded in mobile phones and other devices so that people do not need SIM cards anymore. Source: nytimes.com Share This:

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Department of Justice reportedly investigating AT&T and Verizon over collusion against eSIM technology

“An unnamed device maker and mystery wireless carrier complained to the Justice Department, which led to the investigation” writes Apr Edt for theverge.com. AT&T and Verizon are accused of working with GSMA to develop standards that would allow them to keep devices locked to their networks, even if it used eSIM technology.The Department of Justice would not comment on the existence or nonexistence of this investigation to The Verge. Source: theverge.com Share This:

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Save on power banks and re-charge your devices anywhere you go

“Amazon has plenty of power banks on sale today to keep just about anything juiced up” writes Carlos Cadorniga for mashable.com. This smartphone power bank doesn’t heat up when in use, so overheating shouldn’t be an issue.Banish this forever with a power bank to keep you charged.For tablet and smartphone users, this power bank has got you covered. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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Amazon’s new ‘Alexa Skill Blueprints’ feature allows anyone to create custom questions & responses

“As reported by The Verge, Alexa Skill Blueprints make it so a household can create custom Alexa responses that only work on their devices” reports 9to5google.com. The Alexa Skill Blueprints framework includes a variety of templates for trivia games, jokes, house guests, and short stories.The feature is the latest to come to Alexa devices, following other recent additions such as intercom features and a Follow-up Mode . Source: 9to5google.com Share This:

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Motorola’s brand-new $250 Moto G6 makes me question why I pay so much for a smartphone

“Every time I check out a new Moto G smartphone, I question why I pay so much for the high-end flagships” writes Antonio Villas-boas for businessinsider.com. Usually, there are tell-tale design elements that Moto G devices are in the “mid-range” of the smartphone spectrum, like a plastic back. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Microsoft has run out of Windows Phone stock

“Even if you really wanted to buy a Windows phone, Microsoft has run out of Windows Phone devices to sell to you” writes Emil Protalinski for venturebeat.com. There could also be more stock sitting somewhere that will eventually end up at the Microsoft Store.It likely took so long to get to this “out of stock” stage because Windows 10 Mobile products simply aren’t selling.The third option for $169, the Alcatel Idol 4S with VR Goggles, is of course also out of stock. Source: venturebeat.com Share This:

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Chinese consumers forecast to spend more time on their phones than watching TV this year

“Chinese adults are expected to spend nearly a third of their daily digital activity watching digital video by 2020” writes Ryan Browne for cnbc.com. Chinese adults will spend two hours and 39 minutes a day on average on their mobile devices, compared to two hours and 32 minutes watching TV, a forecast of media usage in the country by eMarketer showed.People in China will spend more time on their smartphones and other mobile devices than watching television for the first time this year, according to a study.The prominence of digital…

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Microsoft Translator AI powers now work offline on mobile

“Now, however, it has made enough optimizations that the same AI-powered offline language packs can be used on any phone with a powerful enough processor” reports slashgear.com. Recognizing the increasing power for smartphone hardware, Microsoft worked to make its neural machine translation (NMT) available offline first for a few Android phones equipped with dedicated AI chips. This can also work offline but developers looking into this capability will most likely have to pay for a subscription service.Taking that into consideration, Microsoft is proudly announcing that its new Translator app for…

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Nano-C raises $11.5 million for new wave of nanotech electronics and solar cells

“These materials will drive the next wave of innovative products for electronics, solar, power, medical devices, and automotive parts” writes Dean Takahashi for venturebeat.com. Nano-C makes nanostructured carbon for energy and electronics applications, and today the company is announcing it has raised $11.5 million in funding to make possible a new wave of electronics and solar power products.The company is working with Nantero, which is using Nano-C’s carbon nanotubes in its new non-volatile random access memory (NRAM) chips. Source: venturebeat.com Share This:

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Alexa for Business can now make phone calls in hotel rooms

“A trial of phone calls with Alexa for Business is currently taking place at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess hotel in Arizona” writes Khari Johnson for venturebeat.com. Volara, the creator of a hotel concierge service powered by AWS’ Alexa for Business, today announced it has extended calling capabilities to hotel guests.When paired with Alexa for Business, Volara acts as a virtual concierge and hotel assistant, able to answer questions and requests from hotel guests that in the past often involved picking up a hotel phone.Volara isn’t the first hotel concierge service…

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