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AT&T refuses to pay the FCC the $100 million fine it got slapped with, claiming that it didn't keep data throttling a secret from its subscribers at all. Ma Bell was given with such a hefty penalty, because the agency determined that it slowed down subscribers' "unlimited" internet connections...

July 30th 2015 at 1:52am 0 Comments
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Just a couple of days after the DoJ said the deal could go through and FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler recommend its approval, the FCC voted to make the $49 billion AT&T / DirecTV combo official -- with a few conditions. As we'd heard, the approval comes with strings (in place for four years) inc...

July 24th 2015 at 3:07pm 0 Comments
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As first reported by the Wall Street Journal, the FCC is gearing up to approve AT&T's $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV. Commission Chairman Thomas Wheeler confirmed that he is set to call a vote on the matter with the FCC's other four commissioners. According to Wheeler, the proposal will "d...

July 21st 2015 at 6:17pm 0 Comments
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Microsoft promised that there would be a version of its entry-level Surface 3 tablet with LTE data, and it's finally here... well, almost. AT&T has announced that the cellular-equipped Windows slate will launch on July 24th for $30 per month on a 20-month Next plan ($600 total), or $400 if yo...

July 21st 2015 at 11:40am 0 Comments
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The Financial Times reports that Samsung and Apple are both in talks with the GSMA, the mobile telecom telecom industry association, to begin employing electronic SIM cards in their mobile devices. Electronic SIMs (or e-SIMs) differ from their physical predecessors in that they don't lock users in...

July 16th 2015 at 12:44pm 0 Comments
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Even though AT&T's busy trying to merge with DirecTV, the company is still focused on improving its current home entertainment product, U-Verse. Starting today, customers who are subscribed to a television package can access iHeartRadio, the popular radio-streaming service. Once you tune in to...

July 8th 2015 at 3:22pm 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: The Sandia National Labs robot that walked for two and a half hours on 350 watts of power; the amazing Halo 5 HoloLens demo that makes me want to pick up a gun (virtually of course); and the new electromagnetic aircraft launcher the Navy is having way too much fun t...

June 18th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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If you're a BlackBerry-toting American, you're about to get a ton of Android apps on your plate. As promised, BlackBerry has started the US rollout of an update that gives all BB10 devices access to the Amazon Appstore, saving you from having to sideload some of the Android titles you can't live w...

June 17th 2015 at 10:06pm 0 Comments
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Microsoft might have given the boot to device leader Stephen Elop, but it's still going full steam ahead with its Windows phone launches. AT&T has announced that it will carry the Lumia 640 XL, giving the carrier its first gigantic Windows handset (5.7 inches, to be exact) since the Lumia 152...

June 17th 2015 at 3:07pm 0 Comments
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When a software update is ready for your smartphone, you usually get a friendly notification that lets you refuse the fix if you're anxious or just busy. At least some LG G4 owners aren't getting that option, however. Customers on both AT&T and T-Mobile are reporting surprise "mandatory" patch...

June 11th 2015 at 12:59am 0 Comments