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UK phone masts attacked over bogus 5G coronavirus conspiracies

Sponsored Links AP Photo/Matt Dunham Unfounded beliefs about 5G are leading to real damage to the UK’s telecom network. People have torched cellular towers in multiple parts of the country in attacks possibly linked to debunked conspiracy theories claiming that 5G masts could play a role in spreading COVID-19. On top of this, telecom engineers …

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T-Mobile family plans will include Quibi free for one year

Sponsored Links Denise Truscello via Getty Images Just yesterday, T-Mobile finally completed its Sprint merger. Today, it has more big news. When Quibi launches on April 6th, T-Mobile customers on the Magenta family plan will get a free year of the mobile-first video service. After a year of both free Netflix and free Quibi, those …

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FCC vote on 6 GHz WiFi will take place April 23rd

Sponsored Links DA4554 via Getty Images On April 23rd, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to allow WiFi devices to access the 6 GHz band. The band is currently being used by companies like broadcast firms and utilities to beam video signals and monitor electric grids, among other things. But if the FCC …

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Nextdoor allows businesses to reach out about pandemic relief efforts

Sponsored Links ERIC BARADAT via Getty Images Facebook isn’t the only site that added ways for people to help out their community during the pandemic. Nextdoor is doing the same thing, with several new updates that’ll let you and fellow community members lend a hand to local businesses that might be in need. Starting today, …

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FCC will require phone carriers to authenticate calls by June 2021

Sponsored Links Rafael Abdrakhmanov via Getty Images The FCC announced today all carriers and phone companies must adopt the STIR/SHAKEN protocol by June 30th, 2021. The regulatory requirement is designed to combat robocalls, specifically those that try to hide their phone numbers by allowing carriers to authenticate caller IDs. The agency says the widespread adoption …

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UCSF app wants to use your biometric data to track the spread of coronavirus

Sponsored Links Chainarong Prasertthai via Getty Images A new UC San Francisco initiative will give you a way to help advance our understanding of the coronavirus pandemic, even if you’re not a scientist or a medical professional. The COVID-19 Citizen Science project welcomes contributions from anyone over 18, so long as they have a phone …

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‘HQ Trivia’ makes a surprise return

Sponsored Links HQ Trivia — the once-popular mobile game that turned your random knowledge into a few bucks — abruptly shut down earlier this year after an investment deal fell through. As such, players that still had the app on their phones were probably surprised to receive a push notification last night alerting them to …

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UK internet providers will lift data caps during COVID-19 pandemic

Sponsored Links CristinaNixau via Getty Images The UK is echoing others in lifting internet restrictions to keep people online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Major telecoms like BT/EE, Openreach and Virgin Media have struck an agreement that will remove “all” data caps on current landline broadband services. Mobile and fixed providers also have to offer “generous” …

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Watch Huawei’s P40 launch event right here at 9AM ET

Sponsored Links Huawei Huawei’s P40 series launch event starts today at 9AM ET. You can watch the livestream below or follow along as we write about the proceedings. Be sure to check the website afterward as well, as we’ll have all the biggest highlights. Thanks to the usual assortment of pre-release leaks, we have a …

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European mobile carriers will share location data to track COVID-19 spread

Sponsored Links AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti More governments are relying on phone location tracking in a bid to track and contain the spread of COVID-19. Eight European carriers, including Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile), Orange and Vodafone, have agreed to share phone location data with the European Commission to help measure the coronavirus’ reach. That immediately raises privacy …

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