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A much more powerful Samsung fast wireless charger just passed through the FCC

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Wireless charging had always been dog-slow - that is, until Samsung introduced fast wireless charging alongside the Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. The same tech is still being used in Samsung flagships nearly three years later, but it's still noticeably slower than wired fast charging. That might be about to change, though; a new Samsung fast wireless charger has just passed through the FCC, and it's a lot more powerful than the current ones.

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A much more powerful Samsung fast wireless charger just passed through the FCC was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nokia 5.1 earns FCC approval on its way to the US

Monday, June 11th, 2018

The Nokia 5.1 has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), paving the way for a launch in the United States. It appears four variants of the device are on the way, two of which have dual SIM card support. Here are all the details.

The Nokia 5.1 was first confirmed back in May, when HMD Global, which now manufactures Nokia devices under license, promised the handset would be available in early July.

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Nokia 5.1 earns FCC approval on its way to the US was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Another LG watch appears] New LG Wear OS watch shows up at FCC

Saturday, June 9th, 2018

Documentation concerning a new Wear OS watch manufactured by LG has appeared on the Federal Communication Commission's website. The listing doesn't reveal a whole lot, but the watch is described as a "portable wrist device" with a model number of LM-W315.

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[Update: Another LG watch appears] New LG Wear OS watch shows up at FCC was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Phone tracking firms LocationSmart and Securus under fire for data breaches

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

Securus Technologies is a Texas-based company, specializing in providing and monitoring calls to prison inmates. Securus came into the spotlight earlier this month, when a former Missouri sheriff was found using the company's service to repeatedly to track people without a warrant. The New York Times reports that between 2014 and 2017, former sheriff Cory Hutcheson used the service at least 11 times, allegedly tracking a judge and members of the State Highway Patrol.

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Phone tracking firms LocationSmart and Securus under fire for data breaches was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

FCC fines robocaller $120 million for massive neighbor spoofing operation

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Ever got one of those annoying robocalls, but the number looked local or even familiar? Well, those of us that have might have some modicum of vindication. Yesterday, the FCC issued a $120 million fine to Adrian Abramovich, who was found to have made almost 100 million spoofed phone callsabout a timeshare or other travel-related things.

Proposed in the summer of 2017, this is the largest forfeiture ever imposed by the Commission.

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FCC fines robocaller $120 million for massive neighbor spoofing operation was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

New LG Wear OS watch shows up at FCC

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Documentation concerning a new Wear OS watch manufactured by LG has appeared on the Federal Communication Commission's website. The listing doesn't reveal a whole lot, but the watch is described as a "portable wrist device" with a model number of LM-W315. It's possible the filing is for LG's rumored "hybrid" watch that's said to feature both physical hands and an LCD display.

While none of the accessible documents mention Wear OS or Android by name, one does contain screenshots that give it away.

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New LG Wear OS watch shows up at FCC was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google working to open recently-freed wireless spectrum for shared use

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

A big chunk of the 3.5GHz spectrum in the US—called Citizens Broadband Radio Service, or CBRS for short—is being opened up for use later this year. Originally used by the US military, the FCC decided in 2015 that the frequencies could be put to better, shared use without obstructing its current applications, like Navy radar. And, according to Bloomberg, Google's building the systems that will allow for seamless use of these new frequencies.

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Google working to open recently-freed wireless spectrum for shared use was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

FCC warns consumers about “scourge” of scam robocalls and caller ID spoofers

Friday, March 9th, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission wants you to know that it is fighting on the side of the average American consumer, and not just devoted to appeasing the likes of Comcast and Verizon, by taking on the existentially crucial issue of scammy phone calls. Sort of. Like, they're thinking about it.

Today, the FCC announced that it will hold a joint policy forum with the Federal Trade Commission on March 23 on the topic of illegal robocalls and what these agencies, along with "private sector solutions," can do to stop them.

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FCC warns consumers about "scourge" of scam robocalls and caller ID spoofers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

FCC officially publishes net neutrality repeal, opening the door for challenges in the courts and Senate

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published its final rules gutting net neutrality today. But like most phone announcements these days, there were no real surprises. We all knew what was coming.

Why the actual publication of the repeal matters is because it is only now that states and internet freedom organizations can start taking legal action. Plus, now the Senate has 60 legislative days to block the FCC if it is so inclined, which would require help from Republican senators.

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FCC officially publishes net neutrality repeal, opening the door for challenges in the courts and Senate was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AT&T files complaint over “unsubstantiated, false, and misleading claims” in T-Mobile holiday commercial

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Back in December, T-Mobile uploaded a two minute-long short to its YouTube channel, in the style of classic stop-motion specials like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It mostly consists of T-Mobile CEO John Legere telling a story about how he saved the US wireless industry from the "abominable carriers." It's a mostly harmless video, but AT&T has decided to file a complaint with the National Advertising Division over it.

The ad only has 11,000 views on YouTube, and an additional 2.5 million views on Twitter, so the video's impact wasn't massive in the first place.

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AT&T files complaint over "unsubstantiated, false, and misleading claims" in T-Mobile holiday commercial was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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