5G network in the U.S. to be under governmental control?

Some of the advantages 5G has over 4G, including less energy consumption and wider signal coverage
There’s no doubt that 5G is the future of mobile networks. And why shouldn’t it – it will be faster and more reliable while also enabling futuristic technologies such as self-driving cars, and remotely performed surgeries. Sounds great, but we are still a couple of years away from the full implementation of 5G, and countries and network companies alike are still figuring out the best way to adopt it. In the case of the U.S. things have become …


Apple will add new iPhone parental control features to tackle child smartphone addiction

Apple has vowed to introduce new parental control features to iPhones and other iOS devices. These tools will help parents control and limit phone use in order to prevent child smartphone addiction. 
Cupertino’s declaration comes as a response to a public letter published by two major shareholders who urged the tech giant to investigate the negative effects of excessive smartphone use with younger users and take direct action against it. 
An Apple spokesperson issued the following statement to Bloomberg:

We think …

Now you know what Control Center's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth buttons really do

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When Apple released iOS 11 with a redesigned Control Center in September, they also quietly made a change to how the shortcut buttons for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth worked.

On iOS 10 and earlier, tapping them turned these wireless connections completely on and off. But on iOS 11, it merely disconnected your devices temporarily, while still allowing features like AirPlay and AirDrop to work.

Apple hasn’t changed how the buttons work back to the old way, but at least it’s more clear what’s happening on iOS 11.2.

On iOS 11.2, when you go to turn off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth in Control Center, it now says that it’s “disconnecting nearby Wi-Fi until tomorrow”. The same goes for Bluetooth. Read more…

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Not regulators, but jostling for control behind the failed Sprint merger with T-Mobile

Sprint’s merger with T-Mobile didn’t go through not because the carriers were afraid that the deal will face too much anti-monopoly backlash from the regulators, and they’ll have to make too many concessions, as was the official explanation, but rather because the carriers’ parents couldn’t agree about the custody rights. 

T-Mobile’s Deutsche Telekom owner, it turned out, planned to keep the controlling stake in the resulting mobile industry behemoth, which didn’t sit well with Softbank’s Masayoshi Son, who happens to be the current chairman of Sprint Corporation, too. …

iPhone volume buttons no longer control your ring volume? Here's how to fix that!

Anyone owning an iPhone out there, either old user or newcomer, who has iOS 11 on their device has probably noticed something weird since updating — the phone’s volume buttons don’t control its ring volume.

Wha-a-at?

Yeah, for some reason, Apple thought that it’s better to have the volume buttons only control media volume, not ringtone or alarms. But fear not, that’s easily remedied with the touch of a setting. In fact, it’s a toggle that has been there for quite a while, it’s just now that Apple decided to reverse its default position. Here’s where to find …

Fossil launches its first sporty smartwatch, the Q Control

Fossil is absolutely relentless this year. After announcing no less than 300 smartwatches earlier this year, the company launched yet another wearable device, the Q Control. Unlike any of Fossil’s other smartwatches, this one is aimed at a certain category of buyers.

Fossil Q Control is the company’s first sporty smartwatch. As expected, it runs Android Wear 2.0 and fully supports iPhones and Android handsets running OS 4.3 or later. Fossil also confirmed the smartwatch features connected GPS and compatibility with Strava, as well as Google Fit.

Hardware-wise, …

YouTube TV gains voice control on Google Home and Google Home Mini

Google has just announced it has improved its YouTube TV service with voice control support on Google Home and Google Home Mini. The search giant also confirmed Google Home Max will receive the same feature soon.

Obviously, you can only use it in those U.S. cities where Google’s YouTube TV service is available, and you’ll also require a subscription. If you don’t have a YouTube TV subscription yet, you can get one now ($35 per month) and receive a Chromecast for free (limited-time offer).

In order to cast YouTube TV on your TV, you must set up your Google …

Google Assistant can now control Chromecasts from your Android or iOS handset

The Google Chromecast allows you to stream content through your television set by plugging it into your set’s HDMI port. Simple as that. But only a Google Home smart speaker would allow you to bark a command to Google Assistant demanding that Chromecast stream a particular bit of content. Not even your expensive edge-to-edge models like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the Essential Phone could do that.

Well folks, those days are over. Late last night, Google confirmed that you can now control Chromecasts with Google Assistant on your Android or iOS flavored handset. For example, you can specify …

Best remote control apps for Android (2017)

A few years ago, it seemed as though smartphones with IR blasters were the way to go. In an ever increasingly smarter and interconnected world, it would only make sense for us to be able to control pretty much everything from the pocket computers that we carry on us everywhere. Alas, most smartphone manufacturers would beg to differ (*cough* Samsung *cough*), and thus we see less and less devices out there, properly equipped with the hardware needed to control the devices in your house. …