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Will You Talk To Your Smart Fridge, Or Text It?

As the world’s big tech firms and appliance makers vie for space in our smart homes, one small and present detail remains unsolved – will we command our appliances by voice or text, or not at all? ‘Dim lights’; ‘fill ice-tray’; ‘fast-cool my drink’. These are the things we will ... Read More »

Google Pays $1.1B To Acquire HTC’s Pixel Team, Intellectual Property Rights

Under a $1.1 billion collaboration agreement announced today, HTC employees who helped develop Google’s Pixel smartphone will soon become official Googlers. In return, the struggling, Taiwan-based consumer electronics firm receives a financial shot in the arm to help it advance other technologies such as augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and the ... Read More »

New Phones Make Debut at Day 1 of Mobile World Congress

The first day of Mobile World Congress (MWC 2017) in Barcelona today saw a slew of new phone announcements from BlackBerry, Huawei, LG, Nokia and Sony, including a retro reboot of the classic Nokia 3310 that first came out in 2000.

Running this week from Feb. 27-March 2, MWC is the largest annual conference and expo for the mobile industry. Organized by the GSMA (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association), this year's event features more than 2,200 exhibitors and is expected to draw more than 100,000 attendees.

In addition to seeing some of the world's leading mobile device makers unveil their latest phones, tablets and other gadgets, MWC attendees will hear industry leaders talk about new developments, tech trends and future challenges. Today's opening keynote, for example, featured CEOs from the Softbank Group, Telefonica and KT Corp. discussing the road to 5G, the Internet of Things and the impact of mobility on society.

Nokia 3310 Blast from the Past

One of the new devices making a big splash in Barcelona this year is a feature phone, rather than a smartphone: the Nokia 3310 (pictured above), an homage to the iconic device first launched by the Finnish company in 2000. Described as "a modern classic reimagined," the updated version of the Nokia 3310 will be priced at 49 Euros (about $52) and will come in four colors: dark blue, gray, red and yellow.

The original Nokia 3310, which had a reputation for being virtually indestructible, sold around 126 million models until it was discontinued in 2005. Since then, Nokia itself has experienced something of a reboot. After losing its number one position in the mobile phone market to Samsung in 2012, Nokia was sold in part to Microsoft, which then sold the company last year. Licensing for Nokia devices is now held by a... Read More »

Verizon To Bring 5G Tests to 11 Cities this Year

Between now and mid-year, Verizon expects to begin pilot tests of next-generation, 5G wireless services in 11 metropolitan regions across the U.S. Aimed at select customers in those regions, the tests will explore a variety of deployment scenarios.

Compared to today's 4G technology, the next generation of wireless communication promises far faster speeds with lower latency and many times more network capacity. Those working to advance 5G say it will enable a wide range of new broadband services for entertainment, education, mobility and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Launched in collaboration with its 5G Technical Forum (5GTF) partners, Verizon's pre-commercial tests are set to take place in Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville, NJ, Brockton, MA, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

'Industry Groundswell of Support'

Since launching the 5GTF in late 2015, Verizon has seen "an industry groundswell of support for 5G," said Sanyogita Shamsunder, the company's director of network infrastructure planning. Together with its forum partners, Verizon began early-stage testing of the technology last year.

Verizon's 5GTF partners include Apple, Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, LG, Nokia, Samsung and Qualcomm.

"In this phase of the trial, we are going beyond the prototype equipment in exactly the configuration that we will be eventually building out our commercial network," Shamsunder said. "We wanted to be able to test and understand the challenges as well as the opportunities in various geographies, various topographies, various building materials."

Based on the specification developed by the 5GTF, Verizon said, forum partners are "well on their way to commercializing chipsets, infrastructure products and consumer devices" for the next generation of wireless broadband.

FCC Spectrum Rules Promoted 5G

Verizon is not the only wireless company testing 5G services in the U.S. AT&T last December claimed to have launched the nation's first 5G business customer trial in Austin, TX, and it... Read More »

Woman paraded on donkey, 39 arrested in Rajsamand

Udaipur : In yet another shocking incident of putting humanity to shame, a woman’s face was blackened, hairs defiled and paraded in the village after mounting her over a donkey. The incident took place at Thali ka Talab atThurabad village under the Charbhuja police station area of Rajsamand District on ... Read More »