Android Device Manager has a new name: Find My Device

Richard Lawler, Engadget, 5/20/17 Part of the Google Play Protect rollout is a new name for an old feature. Since Google introduced Android Device Manager in 2013 it has updated the feature periodically, but the latest change gives it a new name — Find My Device — and a few new features. It’s now a […]

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Posted on May 20, 2017 at 8:14 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Freshly FCC-approved LTE-U wireless rolls out on T-Mobile this spring

Devin Coldewey, Tech Crunch, 3/3/17 The FCC has given several companies the go-ahead to activate a wireless technology called LTE-U in their base stations; if all goes as planned, devices will be able to communicate cellular data over unlicensed frequencies technically overlapping with those of Wi-Fi. The basic idea behind LTE-U (and related techniques called […]

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Posted on March 3, 2017 at 8:47 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Majority of Android VPNs can’t be trusted to make users more secure

Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 2/13/17 Study of nearly 300 apps finds shocking omissions, including a failure to encrypt. Over the past half-decade, a growing number of ordinary people have come to regard virtual private networking software as an essential protection against all-too-easy attacks that intercept sensitive data or inject malicious code into incoming traffic. Now, […]

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Posted on February 13, 2017 at 9:49 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Google’s Instant Tethering Makes It Easier to Share Your Phone’s Connection

Eric Ravenscraft, LifeHacker, 1/26/17 Many Android phones can create handy hotspots to share your phone’s internet connections, but they can be tedious to set up. Google wants to fix this with its new Instant Tethering feature. The new feature is currently rolling out as an update to Google Play Services. When you have multiple devices […]

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Posted on January 26, 2017 at 5:25 pm by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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5G, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing, claims wireless comms expert

Graeme Burton, The Inquirer, 12/20/16 5G vision is flawed, claims Professor William Webb, and mobile operators can’t afford it anyway THE 5G WIRELESS VISION is flawed because technological advances are insufficient to deliver it, users won’t pay extra for the higher data rates and don’t need the greater capacity it is expected to provide – and because […]

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Posted on December 20, 2016 at 10:14 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Faster Wi-Fi will be in smartphones and laptops next year

Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, 10/25/16 Wi-Fi is about to get much, much faster. The Wi-Fi Alliance is now beginning to certify smartphones, laptops, routers, and other devices that include a super-fast Wi-Fi standard called WiGig, which nearly doubles Wi-Fi’s current top speed. The Alliance says it’ll be in “marquee” smartphones and laptops next year. WiGig […]

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Posted on October 25, 2016 at 2:16 pm by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Wi-Fi vs. LTE could be the start of a mobile rollercoaster

Stephen Lawson, ComputerWorld, 10/11/16 More mobile services will start sharing spectrum, so your speeds could vary more The long fight over LTE networks sharing frequencies with Wi-Fi may be just the first of many battles as device makers and service providers try to make the most of the limited available spectrum. Around the world, regulators and […]

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Posted on October 11, 2016 at 5:13 pm by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Wi-Fi Alliance publishes LTE/WiFi coexistence test plan

Richard Chirgwin, The Register, 9/22/16 Would-be LTE-U carriers told to take these tests, or just leave off The Wi-Fi Alliance’s long-awaited – and controversial – LTE-U Coexistence Test plan has landed. The reg-walled test plan is supposed to help work out if LTE-U – the mobile carriers’ plan to use unlicensed spectrum if nobody else […]

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Posted on September 22, 2016 at 1:03 pm by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Look out cell phone carriers, Comcast is launching its own mobile service in 2017

Lulu Chang, Yahoo!, 9/22/16 Look out Verizon, your competitive pool is about to get a bit deeper. On Tuesday, Comcast revealed that after years of delays, it is finally ready to make its official debut. Well, almost. Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference in New York, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts told an audience that a […]

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Posted on September 22, 2016 at 12:57 pm by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Malware has never been so mobile

AFP Relax News, 9/9/16 Smartphone and tablets have become the new cyberwar battleground for hackers and high-tech miscreants according to new data from Nokia. Nokia’s Threat Intelligence Report for the first half of 2016, published Thursday, shows that mobile device malware infections jumped by 96% between January and June. The report, which draws data from […]

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Posted on September 9, 2016 at 8:33 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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