Qualcomm, ZTE and China Mobile report successful test of first 5G New Radio system

Qualcomm, ZTE and China Mobile announced early Friday morning that it had a successful test of the world’s first end-to-end 5G New Radio system. The system allows data to run at multi–gigabit per second speeds (> 1 Gbps) with latency of under 4ms. That compares to the 20ms latency that is the standard for current LTE networks. The system is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards. That group is made up of telecommunications companies that set the standards for 3G, 4G and now 5G networks and equipment.

Because 3GPP standards will be the ones used by the industry …


Report: Apple's AR headset rumored to use "reality Operating System", codenamed T2888


The latest rumors about Apple’s AR powered headset have the company ready to offer such a product in 2020. However, comments from Quanta, the company that assembles the Apple Watch and MacBooks, suggest that such a device could be ready for market by 2019. At an earnings conference for its latest three-month results, Quanta vice chairman C.C. Leung said that his company sees the device launching no later than 2019.

This is the product that former analyst Gene Munster says will be bigger than the iPhone. Quanta’s Leung described it as a headset equipped with transparent lens that allows …

Some iPhone X owners report crackling sounds coming out of earpiece speaker

The iPhone X packs a good amount of tech that we haven’t seen on an Apple smartphone before. Cupertino’s $1,000 flagship is the first iPhone to feature an OLED display, a nearly bezel-less design, the new Face ID authentication system, and a unique gesture-based version of iOS 11.
Given the amount of new stuff present, the news of some iPhone X owners experiencing issues at launch isn’t exactly surprising. One of these issues came in the form of a green line running down the outer edge of the handset’s OLED panel. While the problem is …

Newscaster uses Taylor Swift lyrics to deliver her traffic report

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Taylor Swift’s latest album is touching everybody, including your local traffic reporter.

Laura Hettiger provides traffic coverage for KMOV St. Louis. On Friday, Hettiger decided she would spice up her coverage by sprinkling in lyrics from Taylor Swift’s newest album, Reputation.

No matter how you feel about Taylor Swift, you’ve got to stand behind this wordplay.

Swift was so touched she even retweeted the broadcast.

My cousins in St. Louis sent this to me. I LOVE YOU @LauraKHettigerhttps://t.co/OvC349nq8y

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 11, 2017 Read more…

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Will the OnePlus 5T be more expensive than the OnePlus 5? New report says no

 

The OnePlus 5T will be announced on November 16 and released
on November 21 – OnePlus itself confirmed these details yesterday. The company
also said that the phone would bring “a new view” – most likely, this
is a vague confirmation of the fact that the handset has a 6-inch screen with 1080
x 2160 pixels and thin bezels, an obvious departure from the 5.5-inch, 1080 x
1920 pixels screen of the OnePlus 5.  

 

We recently assumed that the OnePlus 5T would be more
expensive than the OnePlus 5 – not just because of its new design and larger
screen, but also because OnePlus has …

Report: Qualcomm to receive unsolicited takeover bid from Broadcom as soon as this weekend

According to a report in the WSJ, Qualcomm, currently embroiled in a number of lawsuits with Apple, is apparently about to receive an unsolicited takeover bid from semiconductor designer Broadcom. The deal could be announced as soon as this weekend and is expected to be made up of 80% to 90% cash, with the remainder in stock. Qualcomm’s shares soared 12.71% on the rumor, or $6.97, to $61.81. Broadcom’s stock also rose on the report, adding $14.13 or 5.45% to $273.63.

Qualcomm is known for its Snapdragon chipsets used to power many smartphones. The company’s modem chips have been used by …

Report: SoftBank calls off Sprint-T-Mobile merger talks

A report out of Japan this morning states that SoftBank, majority owner of Sprint, has called off talks that were being held to merge Sprint and T-Mobile. Last week, there was word that both U.S. based carriers and their respective corporate parents (Deutsche Telekom is the majority owner of T-Mobile) had worked out the broad outline of a transaction which would have left Deutsche Telekom as the majority owner of the combined company. T-Mobile president and CEO John Legere was apparently set to run the wireless operator that would rise from the merger of the third and fourth largest U.S. carriers.  …

More problems: Pixel 2 XL owners report terribly tinny, distorted audio recording in videos

The Pixel 2 XL has been off to quite a bumpy start. From clicking sounds to faulty displays, the hits appear to keep on coming. Fortunately, the latest reported issue — distorted audio quality in video recording — should be easily fixed with a software update.

First reported among owners on Google’s Pixel Community website, the audio quality in video recordings is described as “tinny”, “overly compressed”, and “unusable” among many other descriptors from a growing number of users. Some describe it as a sometimes intermittent issue, leading many …

Report: Microsoft's foldable tablet to focus on note-taking, may be released in 2018

A lot of ink has been spilled in the topic of Microsoft’s spectacular failure in the smartphone realm, though one would imagine such musings would stop now that Windows 10 Mobile is pretty much officially dead. And yet, there’s that one rumor that has simply refused to die: the one about the foldable Surface device that’s been in development seemingly forever.

But if a new report from Windows Central is to be believed, the reason as to why it persists is simple: Microsoft is actually working on such a prototype. Commonly referred to as “Andromeda” (though …

T-Mobile, Sprint cancel post-earnings report conference calls; is merger imminent or delayed?

The four major U.S. carriers usually hold a conference call on the phone with analysts and financial reporters immediately following the release of their latest quarterly earnings report. This morning, when T-Mobile announced its Q3 numbers, it cancelled the conference call. Wells Fargo said that the nation’s third largest carrier wanted to “let the 3Q results speak for themselves.” But that might not be the real reason for the cancellation.

A little bit after T-Mobile cancelled its conference call, the wireless operator’s rumored merger partner Sprint revealed that it will report its third …