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Cable lobbyist asks FCC not to redefine broadband as 25Mbps connection

01/26, 12:49pm

Claimed lack of justification for proposed FCC broadband speed definition

Cable companies do not believe customers need to have connection speeds faster than 25Mbps, according to a letter sent by a cable lobbying group to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The letter from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) asks that the FCC avoids defining broadband as a 25Mbps downstream, 3Mbps upstream connection, due to a lack of justification.

Apple blamed for lack of fingerprint sensor on Google Nexus 6

01/26, 10:26am

Acquisition of AuthenTec by Apple prompted removal of planned Nexus 6 function

The Google Nexus 6 was going to have a fingerprint sensor, but Apple forced a change in the phone's design, the ex-CEO of Motorola claims. The Android smartphone was initially going to have a fingerprint reader on the back, where a Motorola-branded dimple now resides, but Apple's acquisition of AuthenTec is said to have put a stop to those plans completely.

Samsung to produce 75 percent of processors for next iPhone

01/26, 10:13am

TSMC will presumably fill in remaining 25 percent

Samsung will indeed be the chief supplier of processors for Apple's next iPhone(s), according to South Korea's Maeil Business Newspaper. The company is expected to take about 75 percent of orders. Maeil doesn't mention how much the deal is worth, or who else will be producing chips, but Samsung's manufacturing will reportedly take place at its plant in Austin, Texas, the original home of Apple's A-series processors.

Cablevision launching Freewheel Wi-Fi carrier in February

01/26, 7:21am

Cable service moving into mobile phone business with Wi-Fi carrier

Cablevision is moving into offering mobile phone services, albeit without cellular connectivity. Launching in February, Freewheel is said to be mobile phone operator that works on Wi-Fi alone, with customers able to use public hotspots while away from home in order to use the service for phone calls, texts, and using the Internet.

Briefly: Sprint targets T-Mobile customers, T-Mobile Score! discounts

01/26, 5:57am

Sprint offers T-Mobile customers $200 minimum trade-ins for switching

Sprint is refocusing its trade-in offer directly against main rival T-Mobile. Running until April 9, Sprint will offer T-Mobile customers a minimum instant trade-in value of $200 for their smartphone if they transfer their number over. Sprint is also allowing the offer to work alongside another granting up to $350 per line to cover early termination fees or installment billing balances.

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