The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to strengthen phone carriers' ability to restrict automated text messages by reclassifying them as an information rather than a telecom service. Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel opposed the move, but Chairman Ajit Pai said it would allow carriers "to continue taking action against unwanted text messages."
Foldable screens, in-screen fingerprint scanners and artificial intelligence will join the development of 5G networks to drive smartphone innovation through 2019, writes Larry Dignan. Such innovations will help "spur a new era for smartphone devices and set us up for 2020," Dignan writes.
If you know your team will be short a key player for a while, prepare by assigning those tasks to people who'd appreciate new responsibility, writes Naphtali Hoff. Clarify exactly what's expected, focusing only on the core tasks to avoid overloading the people stepping up, he explains.
The US International Trade Commission has agreed to review Judge Thomas Pender's finding that banning imports of Intel-chip-equipped iPhones would not be in the public interest. The ITC also said it would review Pender's ruling that Apple violated one of Qualcomm's three patents and will issue a final decision on Feb. 19.
Huawei's woes could help Samsung strengthen its position in the 5G wireless market, said Samsung Vice President S. Abraham Kim. "Huawei has held dominance in the network market since the fourth-generation LTE era, but we're ahead on 5G technology that goes into smartphones," Kim said, although he acknowledged that the company still faces a series of technical difficulties such as signal disruption and overheating.
Apple is reportedly considering building its own modems for use in future iPhones, as suggested by several job listings targeting cellular modem engineers. The effort, which is in its initial stages, could have major ramifications for chipmakers Intel and Qualcomm.
The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday agreed on rules to auction millimeter-wave spectrum -- 37 gigahertz, 39 GHz and 47 GHz -- for 5G and internet of things use by awarding licenses in 100 MHz blocks by partial economic areas. The move came as the agency is reportedly wrapping up its 28 GHz auction, after which the FCC will begin its 24 GHz proceeding.
Altaeros successfully tested an aerial cell tower last week that could provide high-speed broadband service to rural areas more cheaply, the company said. The Massachusetts company added that the blimp-esque "SuperTower" will be tested further in the coming months.
Smartphone repair is proving to be a viable business for college student Matt Chamberlain, who started Cracked 'n Shattered Repair after noticing a lack of affordable smartphone repair providers near James Madison University. Chamberlain says he wants to keep the business going after graduation, and he hopes to find people to help him run the Harrisonburg, Va., company.
UBreakiFix has opened a new location in Missouri, making it the 11th shop for the company in the state. Diagnostics are free, and the shop is certified by Samsung and Google to work on their products.
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