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Verizon 5G Home Internet: Fast enough for phones, but what about your household? - CNET

CNET | Jan. 21, 2022, 4:05 p.m.

The company's cellular home broadband service offers the potential for gigabit downloads without data caps or contracts -- and availability is growing.

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How the U.S. Messed Up Its New 5G Rollout: 'It Wasn't Our Finest Hour'

Wall Street Journal | Jan. 21, 2022, 3:14 p.m.

Longstanding disagreements between federal agencies over potential risks to aircraft remained unresolved in the days leading to the 5G debut.

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DuPont ICS to introduce new laminate adhesive system for electronics

Charged EVs | Jan. 21, 2022, 12:49 p.m.

DuPont Interconnect Solutions (ICS) plans to introduce its Pyralux HP laminate adhesive system for high-performance electronics at the upcoming Institute for Printed Circuits (IPC) APEX Exposition in San Diego. The system is part of the Pyralux product line and will be available for the telecommunications, networking, medical, industrial, military and aerospace markets. The IPC-certified Pyralux... Read more »

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Intel promises massive new chip-making plant in Ohio

Light Reading | Jan. 21, 2022, 12:30 p.m.

'Today's investment marks another significant way Intel is leading the effort to restore US semiconductor manufacturing leadership,' Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said in a statement.

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Telenor inks deal with AWS to expand 5G core transformation

5G RCR Wireless | Jan. 21, 2022, 12:27 p.m.

Nordic carrier Telenor signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help expand its 5G core transformation, the telco said in a release. The telco said that the new deal will allow it to deliver new 5G and edge services to enterprise customers worldwide. As part of the agreement, Telenor and AWS […]The post Telenor inks deal with AWS to expand 5G core transformation appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

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Verizon 5G Home Internet vs. T-Mobile Home Internet: Which is best for your household? - CNET

CNET | Jan. 21, 2022, 11:11 a.m.

Both providers can get your home online with a dedicated cellular connection. Let's see how they compare.

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Vergecast: Microsoft to acquire Activision, Google building a headset, and the 5G battle with airlines

The Verge | Jan. 21, 2022, 11:03 a.m.

Image: Blizzard Every Friday, The Verge publishes our flagship podcast, The Vergecast, where we discuss the week in tech news with the reporters and editors covering the biggest stories.The biggest news in tech this week was Microsoft acquiring game publisher Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. On today’s Vergecast, Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks with games reporter Ash Parrish and senior reporter Alex Heath about the acquisition, the issues behind the culture at Activision Blizzard, and what this means for the gaming space in the future. The crew also discusses Alex’s scoop this week that Google is building an AR headset, internally codenamed Project Iris, that it hopes to ship in 2024. Later in the show, Verge policy editor Russell Brandom joins to discuss the ongoing battle between the FAA, AT&T, Verizon, and airlines over activating 5G towers around airports, as well as the tech antitrust bills developing in Congress this week. You can listen to the show here or in your preferred podcast player for the full discussion. Further reading:The US’s free COVID test website has more visitors than all other .gov sites combinedMicrosoft to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billionRead Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick’s email to employees about the Microsoft acquisitionRead Microsoft Gaming CEO’s email to staff about the Activision Blizzard acquisitionMicrosoft’s Xbox Game Pass service grows to 25 million subscribersMicrosoft’s Activision acquisition would instantly make it a force in mobile gamingA guide to Microsoft’s Xbox game studios empireIs Microsoft building a gaming monopoly?Sony expects Microsoft to ‘continue to ensure’ Activision games stay multiplatformGoogle is building an AR headsetAT&T and Verizon are limiting C-band 5G expansion around airports even moreAT&T begins 5G C-band rollout in limited number of metro areasVerizon’s faster C-band 5G is live and off to a promising startApple and Google split with startups over antitrust billTim Cook and Sundar Pichai are personally lobbying senators against antitrust legislation: reportLawmakers approve Big Tech antitrust overhaul, but with strings attachedUS competition enforcers launch overhaul of merger approval processDemocrats unveil bill to ban online ‘surveillance advertising’

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Omdia's Andreas Olah on IoT and edge services for 5G

Light Reading | Jan. 21, 2022, 10:30 a.m.

Andreas Olah explains how service providers can deliver AR/VR, edge computing, IoT and intelligent automation capabilities as-a-service to enterprise customers, and how both parties can benefit from the as-a-service delivery model.

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Semiconductors expected to be in tight supply throughout 2022

Supply Chain Dive | Jan. 21, 2022, 10:30 a.m.

Suppliers are working to ramp up production, but many planned capacity projects are not expected to be operational until 2023 at the earliest.

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Comcast Business enters the private wireless game

Light Reading | Jan. 21, 2022, 10:01 a.m.

Comcast and Nokia are building a private 4G/5G private network at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center. In addition to supporting a range of use cases, Comcast will also use the deployment to showcase its private wireless prowess.

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Lumen gets ready to rip out Huawei gear

Light Reading | Jan. 21, 2022, 10 a.m.

'It's layer one equipment that cannot be used to route or redirect customer traffic,' the company wrote in response to questions from Light Reading.

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Kyocera DuraSport 5G UW review: tough choices

The Verge | Jan. 21, 2022, 9:45 a.m.

The DuraSport 5G is one of the few rugged options available After releasing the tank-like $899.99 DuraForce Ultra 5G UW in April 2021, Kyocera is back with a more subtly rugged (and more affordable) phone — the $579.99 DuraSport 5G UW. If you want a sub-$600 rugged phone that works on Verizon’s millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G network, the DuraSport 5G UW is really your only choice. Roughly the size of the Google Pixel 5A with 5G, the DuraSport is small but strong: it’s dust, sand, and waterproof in up to 6.5 ft of water for 30 minutes (IP68), as well as MIL 810H-certified to survive five-foot drops. Underneath that toughness, the DuraSport is a sub-$300 phone at heart. It shares similar specs as the $239.99 OnePlus Nord N200 5G: they both use the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. But the DuraSport has a smaller 4,500mAh battery and comes with some unique outdoor apps and camera features. This leads to the obvious question: is a budget rugged phone worth the premium, or are you better off getting a cheap 5G phone and adding a very protective case around it? DuraSport 5G UW DesignAt a time when every new budget phone seems to be over 6.5 inches tall, the DuraSport is surprisingly compact. It’s similar to the Google Pixel 5A with 5G but thicker and slightly more narrow (6.09 x 2.78 x 0.39-inch or 154.7 x 70.7 x 9.9mm). They even look alike, with the same rounded corners and fingerprint sensor on the back — handy for unlocking the phone when you’re wearing a mask. This phone fits nicely in my small hands, and I can stuff it into most pockets.For a phone built to survive the rigorous military-grade tests for dust, sand, water, and drop protection, the DuraSport’s design doesn’t scream rugged. Unlike its more expensive sibling, the DuraSport has normal dimensions and proportions. But it still obviates the need for a separate case: not only is its screen protected by Gorilla Glass 6, but it has reinforced corners, water-tight seams around its buttons, and a Dragontrail Glass over its rear cameras. Despite its extra bits of engineering, the Kyocera weighs about the same as the Pixel 5A. The DuraSport has some texture on its sides to help with grip, but it’s not very comfortable to hold. While the DuraSport’s hard plastic shell can withstand a lot of abuse, it’s not the most comfortable to hold. Kyocera added some light texture to its back cover and along the sides, but they don’t provide much substantial grip to the device. Not that this phone needs the extra protection, but a case would make the phone easier to hold.Among the many ways you can customize this phone, the most obvious is the programmable button on the left side. You can set it to open the exact camera mode you need in a hurry (underwater shutter button) or open a particular app if you double-press the button. I kept hitting the programmable button by accident because that’s where my thumb lands when I hold the phone; the actual power button is a bit too low for my liking. The included suite of outdoor apps can provide useful information, but they require constant access to your location, even when you’re not using them. DuraSport 5G UW PerformanceDespite its mid-range price tag, the DuraSport has low-end internal components. Its processor is the budget-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 with 4GB of RAM, which makes the DuraSport just a beat slower to open a webpage or switch between portrait and landscape mode when watching a YouTube video. This was particularly evident when playing a round of Pokémon Unite, where the middle of a battle slowed to such a crawl that I couldn’t move my Pokémon out of the way to dodge an attack. While a sub-$300 phone can get away with just 64GB of storage, it’s mismatched to the DuraSport’s nearly $600 price tag, even if it has a microSD card slot for expansion.The DuraSport somewhat redeems itself with a 6.1-inch 1080p IPS LCD display that is quite bright (500 nits), making it possible to use the screen at just 60 percent brightness in direct sunlight. When you look at high-res photos like The Verge’s 2021: A Year in Art, the images look smooth and detailed even when you pixel-peep, thanks to this screen’s over 400PPI pixel density. Best of all, the touchscreen is functional when I’m wearing gloves or there is water on the screen, which is a huge help during winter. This phone is preloaded with apps for outdoor enthusiasts: an Outdoor Portal, Compass, Barometer, Sun&Moon, Weather, Tide (if you fish or have a boat), and Solunar (if you want to meet or avoid certain animals). In my case, I skate on an outdoor rink in the winter but am extremely picky about when I do so: the temperature needs to be at least 32 degrees or below the night before and throughout the day, with minimal wind, and after sunset so the ice has a chance to harden. I used the Outdoor Portal to monitor my local weather and sunset / sunrise data rather than cycle between multiple apps. While I appreciate the convenience of having these apps on my phone, I was not impressed that I had to give the apps non-stop access to my location, even though they said I could just limit the data collection to when I use the apps. If you don’t care to use these apps at all, you don’t have to worry about the location tracking, but they are a big part of the DuraSport’s selling points. The included outdoor apps. Beyond these outdoor apps, the DuraSport essentially runs an unmodified version of Android 11. As one of the phones selected for the Android Enterprise Recommended program, Kyocera is already committed to providing quarterly security updates to the DuraSport until November 2023. This, along with the fact Kyocera provides two years of warranty, compared to the industry standard of just one year, means this phone should last you a few years.The DuraSport’s 4,500mAh battery is actually quite energy-efficient and able to go without a charge after two days of use — and that’s from using mostly 4G LTE. After listening to a couple of hour-long podcasts, taking some photos and videos, posting and scrolling through social media, and reading various articles, I got about 15.5 hours of screen time out of the DuraSport over two days. Using the included charger, I was able to recharge the phone within 2.5 hours, which isn’t particularly fast. The DuraSport also lacks wireless charging — you have to step up to the Ultra model if you want that. The DuraSport’s camera is budget-level, despite its mid-range price tag. DuraSport 5G UW CameraLet’s get this out of the way: if you’re serious about photography, then you won’t like the cameras on the DuraSport. The phone has two cameras on the back, a 48-megapixel main and a 16-megapixel ultrawide, as well as an 8-megapixel front camera. The cameras take perfectly fine photos in good lighting conditions, but they’re not designed for anything challenging like low-light or action photography. Its cameras share the same problems that plague other sub-$300 phones. Not only do the colors differ between the main and ultrawide camera, but the main camera also sometimes has trouble focusing and separating the subject from the background in portrait mode. I’ve also noticed that photos from low-light environments look as if there is vignetting around the edges — whether they were captured with the main, ultrawide, or selfie camera.The DuraSport tries to make up for its technical deficiencies with some unique video interfaces like the Action Overlay and beauty filters. (I did not have access to ANT Plus compatible fitness sensors, so I could not test the Action Overlay being linked to my fitness data in real-time.) Ultimately, it’s let down by a camera app that is slow at switching between cameras and will randomly close for no reason, which makes it frustrating to take photos with it. The Kyocera DuraSport 5G UW There is no doubt you’re paying a premium for the rugged design of the $579.99 DuraSport 5G UW — despite the fact it has cheap components that are more common in sub-$300 budget phones. It’s a shame it doesn’t use a faster processor or feature better cameras for a phone that is almost $600.There are plenty of other, better phones in this price range, including Google’s own Pixel 6. But if you’re looking for a rugged phone and want to use Verizon’s faster mmWave 5G network, the DuraSport is really the only budget rugged 5G phone available.If having excellent cameras on your phone is more important to you, and you are willing to accept a water-resistant (IP67) rather than a waterproof one (IP68), then the $449 Pixel 5A with 5G would be a better choice. After all, they look and feel almost identical to each other, anyway.The peace of mind of having a phone that can handle serious spills and drops without needing to be replaced within a few years, thanks to Kyocera’s two-year warranty, is worthwhile, but most of us are better off just investing in a durable case for another phone.Photography by Gloria Sin / The Verge

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2022 is the year of the electric car. Here are the new models you should know about - CNET

CNET | Jan. 21, 2022, 9 a.m.

If you're about to buy an EV, you might be too early -- these are the new ones you might want to wait for.

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What you need to know about the FAA's beef with 5G - CNET

CNET | Jan. 21, 2022, 8 a.m.

The drama continues as AT&T and Verizon deploy a new version of 5G but have to scale back around airports amid concerns about interference with airplane altimeters.

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The Netflix outlook is turning blurry

Light Reading | Jan. 21, 2022, 6:45 a.m.

The video-streaming firm often grouped with the Internet giants remains a one-trick pony while competition is rising.

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Samsung reclaims crown, overtaking Intel as top chip seller of 2021

TechHQ | Jan. 21, 2022, 6:12 a.m.

Memory sales for Samsung rose by 34.2%, while Intel only recorded 0.5% growth — the lowest among 25 companies. 2021 was also the first year that global semiconductor revenues surpassed US$500 billion. Overall, worldwide semiconductor revenue increased by 25.1% in 2021, reaching a total of US$83.5 billion. The semiconductor shortage, triggered by an excess of... Read more »The post Samsung reclaims crown, overtaking Intel as top chip seller of 2021 appeared first on TechHQ.

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5G SA adoption not living up to hype - Dell'Oro

Light Reading | Jan. 21, 2022, 5 a.m.

Research firm finds most network operators currently content with 5G NSA and DSS to deliver next-gen connectivity.

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China consumer 5G connections soar

Mobile World Live | Jan. 21, 2022, 4:59 a.m.

The three major mobile operators in China closed 2021 with a combined 729.5 million 5G ...The post China consumer 5G connections soar appeared first on Mobile World Live.

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Busy, Busy, Busy

Connected World | Jan. 21, 2022, 12:01 a.m.

Not every infrastructure company has been waiting for governments to fund new programs. One, AECOM, has been starting projects, winning bids, and preparing for the future increase in business the carious infrastructure bills will provide. The company is leading the effort to obtain the consents and permits for the Humber Zero project, which will contribute [...]The post Busy, Busy, Busy appeared first on Connected World.

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Galaxy S22 vs. Galaxy S21 FE: All the difference you could expect - CNET

CNET | Jan. 21, 2022, midnight

The biggest differences between Samsung's Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S21 FE could come down to camera specs, battery life, performance and price.

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