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Mi TV Stick makes surprise appearance on Portuguese Xiaomi store

Almost every detail about Xiaomi's upcoming budget Android TV device, the Mi TV Stick, has already been leaked in one way or another. The hardware was confirmed by Google earlier this month, but now the stick has been approved by the United States FCC, and a listing for it has appeared on Xiaomi's own Portuguese store.

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First live photos of Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra shared on Twitter

We got our first proper look at the design of the Galaxy Note20 when Samsung itself accidentally (or otherwise) posted renders of a fetching bronze model on its Russian website last week. Now we're getting what is very likely our first glimpse of a real-life unit in photos posted to Twitter by @jimmyispromo.

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FCC declares Huawei and ZTE as 'national security threats,' nothing changes

In the past few years, the FCC has made overtures against Huawei and ZTE, characterizing them as national security threats. Well, now it's official: the commission has passed an order officially declaring the two Chinese tech giants as national security threats to the United States.

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FCC shares Pixel 4a certification docs, in case Google ever decides to release the damn thing

We were all expecting the Pixel 4a to be a thing by now, but 2020 has derailed everyone's plans. Google submitted the Pixel 4a to the FCC a while back, and now that filing is available for all to see. Admittedly, there's not a lot to see, but we'll take what we can get at this point.

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T-Mobile's outage explained: A single circuit failure that led to an 'IP traffic storm'

Following the outage on June 15th, which drew both anxiety and anger from both customers and regulatory officials alike, T-Mobile's Neville Ray has detailed what precisely went wrong with its network. It turns out, a single leased circuit from a third-party provider in a specific area was to blame, but the problem quickly spiraled into a network-wide overload.

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Two robocall ringleaders face record $225 million FCC fine

Robocalls may be the bane of any decent person. Industry players and regulators have committed to stopping and punishing those evildoers. Indeed, the FCC has been going after them and just proposed a record $225 million fine against two telemarketers who spoofed about 1 billion robocalls over the course of four-and-a-half months in 2019. There's also a lawsuit led by seven state attorneys general that could cause some more damage. But will these dastardly dialers end up paying anywhere close to these numbers? The short answer is probably not.

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US carriers forgiving late payments, continue to bolster benefits during coronavirus fallout

Cellular carriers have earned many negative impressions over the years for poor billing practices, unfair contracts, and some dubious attempts to insert themselves where they might not belong; but there's no denying that they have a good track record for giving a little back in times of crisis. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, carriers in the U.S. have committed to not terminate customers' lines and provide more data and cheaper plans to those who need them.

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FCC opens up 6GHz bands, drastically increasing Wi-Fi spectrum and paving the way for Wi-Fi 6E

The FCC has just approved rules allowing unlicensed use of 1,200MHz of spectrum around the 6GHz band. This very technical-sounding government announcement has huge consumer implications, though. The frequencies will pave the way for a new generation of Wi-Fi — likely to be called Wi-Fi 6E — that will provide plenty of benefits. While your existing devices can't use it, it will mean faster and better Wi-Fi performance, especially in congested city environments where the existing 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands are stretched to their limits.

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FCC reportedly fining AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon at least $200 million for selling location data

The nation's big four carriers felt free to broker their customers' cellphone location data to third parties for years in order to make an easy secondhand buck off of the people who already pay them to deliver expensive wireless internet to their expensive devices. Turns out that the FCC isn't happy with their behavior and, according to Reuters's sources, may be prepared to levy an eight-digit fine against the networks.

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FCC reveals its plan to free up old satellite TV spectrum for 5G

Late last year, the FCC said that it was going to open up access to a whole chunk of valuable but poorly utilized spectrum in the so-called "C-band" for 5G use, repurposing frequencies currently used (read: mostly wasted) by American satellite service providers. Today the FCC has announced the details behind that plan. Though the particulars are subject to change, the move would free up a sizable 280MHz for a future auction, and the FCC says satellite providers are even on board with the decision.

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