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Exclusive: U.S. lawmakers urge AT&T to cut commercial ties with Huawei - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers are urging AT&T Inc, the No. 2 wireless carrier, to cut all commercial ties to Chinese phone maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] and oppose plans by telecom operator China Mobile Ltd to enter the U.S. market because of national security concerns, said two …

China

New York Attorney General Leads Filing of Multi-State Lawsuit to Block Rollback of Net Neutrality

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this afternoon announced that he and 22 other Attorneys General have teamed up to file a lawsuit aiming to stop the Federal Communications Commission's planned rollback of net neutrality.<p>The multi-state lawsuit [PDF] asks the U.S. Court of Appeals for the …

Net Neutrality

North Korea linked to new cryptocurrency attacks

North Korea-linked hackers targeted cryptocurrency investors and exchanges just as bitcoin started to soar to record highs, according to a new report.<p>Cybersecurity firm Recorded Future said malware used in the attacks was similar to that used in the Sony Pictures hack, the global WannaCry …

North Korea

FCC Chair Ajit Pai's latest proposal could provide $500 million in additional funding for rural broadband

Access to high-speed internet is something many of us tend to take for granted. However, according to 2016 reports, a significant one third of …

Internet

OnePlus disables credit card payment after fraud reports

Customers reported suspicious activity on their credit cards after making purchases on OnePlus' website.<p>The OnePlus 5T is one of the best phones you can buy today -- but for now, you can't buy it with a credit card.<p>Following customer complaints about fraudulent activity on their credit card after …

Identity Theft

Googles moves into Shenzhen in latest China expansion

A month after announcing plans to open its first AI lab in China, Google is expanding again through a move into Shenzhen.<p>The U.S. tech giant has opened an office in the Chinese city, which borders Hong Kong and known for being a global hardware hub, according to an internal email obtained by …

Shenzhen

The upcoming Lenovo Moto Z3 apparently leaks online in all its mod-packing glory

Another year, another set of Motorola devices from Lenovo. This year, we’re looking forward to seeing the Moto G6, Moto X5, and Moto Z3 — the latter …

Tablets

2:1 Alcatel 3v and 3c phones get full spec sheets and European price points

After showing a lot of promise but failing to deliver in terms of smartphone sales volume and profits last year, TCL kicked 2018 off with a long …

Tablets

Is DJI about to unveil its first fixed-wing consumer drone?

DJI is on the verge of announcing a brand new product, though a teaser video (above) released on Tuesday is giving little away.<p>The event takes place …

Drones

Most UK cars must be electric by 2030, climate change watchdog tells government

It ain’t easy going green<p>It was 12 years ago that David Cameron urged voters to “vote blue, go green”. Despite voting blue in the three general …

Climate

Microsoft brings 15-inch Surface Book 2 to 17 more countries

Microsoft first launched its new 13- and 15-inch Surface Book 2 models back in November, but the larger model has only been available in the US so far. Starting today, the 15-inch Surface Book 2 will be available in 17 new countries, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, …

Microsoft

Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime is designed to fuel your impulse buying habits

Samsung's latest budget phone has an interesting trick up its sleeve.<p>With hundreds of phones releasing in India every year, Samsung is looking to …

Samsung

Pre-register for Square Enix’s cute Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia at Google Play

• Square Enix announced <i>Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia</i>, a mobile spin-off of the upcoming <i>Dissidia Final Fantasy NT</i>.• <i><br>Opera Omnia</i> is a free-to-play RPG with turn-based mechanics.<br>• You can pre-register for the game on the Play Store and get bonus in-game currency when it launches.<p>We have yet to hear a …

Mobile

New law means drinking and droning don't mix in NJ

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you've had a few too many, don't even think about grabbing those car keys. And if you live in New Jersey, put down those drone controls, too.<p>A bill banning people from operating unmanned aircraft devices while under the influence of alcohol or drugs was signed by Gov. Chris Christie on …

Drones

Nomad’s new wireless charger is also a four-port USB hub

It even has USB-C<p>The Nomad Wireless Hub is another new take on wireless charging pads, combining a regular Qi charger on top with a four-port USB charging hub hidden on the bottom for an all-in-one desktop charging solution that can charge up to five gadgets at once.<p>The first thing you’ll notice …

Gear & Gadgets

[Update: APK Download] Google Maps Go shows up on the Play Store for Go phones, but you can give it a try anyway

• Update 1: 2018/01/16 11:53pm PST Maps Go finally opened up a beta program on the Play Store, which you can sign up for here. That means we were able …

Google

Galaxy Note8 Olympic Games Limited Edition comes with a white back, gold accents, and themed wallpapers

You might recall that Samsung produced an Olympic Games Limited Edition of the Galaxy S7 edge that was distributed to every Olympian competing (well, …

Olympics

Hike brings payments, news, and messaging to basic Android phones without mobile data

Mobile messaging service Hike just launched Total, a new service that lets Android users in India make payments to businesses and transfer money, read news, book train tickets, and chat with their contacts on the platform – all without mobile data.<p>The company, which claims 100 million users on its …

Mobile

Google just opened its third office in China

• <b>Google has opened a new office in Shenzen, China.</b>• <b><br>This is the third office space Google will operate in China, but it will operate in a shared office rather than a custom-for-Google space.</b>• <b><br>Shenzen is known for its hardware production.</b><p>Google has opened a new office in Shenzen, its third in China.<p>A …

Google

TV channel Spike is no longer, so its social media manager had had a field day

Better to go out with a bang than a whimper, we guess.<p>TV channel Spike is going to be rebranded as the Paramount Network on Thursday, as owner Viacom …

TV

Moto Z3 leaks along with four others in Moto X5, Moto G6 series

Motorola may have recently built a presentation deck covering six upcoming smartphones for the current model year as those slides have seemingly …

Tablets

MirraViz shows off a revolutionary way to do split-screen gaming

MirraViz wants to bring an end to gamers screen peeking. The startup’s display technology lets different people watch different things on the same projector screen depending on where they’re sitting. The best part of this is that only you can see what’s happening on your screen.<p>The technology is …

Startups

Revolut now lets you automatically buy travel insurance based on your phone's location

One of the most overlooked parts of going abroad is travel insurance. That’s probably because there’s a massive dichotomy between how easy booking a flight within Europe is, and how tedious it is to pick out a policy.<p>London fintech startup Revolut plans to make things even easier. The company has …

Travel Insurance

BitConnect is shutting down its lending and exchange platform

Following months of red flags, Bitcoin investment platform BitConnect – which has long been suspected of running a Ponzi scheme – has officially announced its platform is shutting down.<p>In a blog post – titled “Changes coming for the Bitconnect [sic] system – Halt of lending and exchange platform” – …

Cryptocurrency

The Bitcoin community reacts to crash

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies crashed hard, and many people aren’t taking it well.<p>Down from the near-$20,000 highs of early December, Bitcoin …

Cryptocurrency

Samsung announces limited-edition Galaxy Note 8 for the 2018 Olympic Games

With the 2018 Winter Olympics just around the corner, Samsung has announced a limited-edition Galaxy Note 8 styled after the event. You might remember that Samsung did something very similar at the Rio Olympics back in 2016…<p>The celebrate the fact that this year’s Olympic games will be held in the …

Olympics

Video offers peek at ultra-wide Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope has been a long time in the making when work on its mirrors started in 2007. It's finally coming together, though. The LSST team has released a brief clip showing progress on the Chilean facility as of the end of 2017. Not surprisingly, it's huge -- that giant …

Universe

Twist, the startup behind an AirPlay-powered smart light + speaker combo, abruptly shuts down without refunding customers

Two years ago, we reported on Twist, a new smart home accessory maker aiming to take a different approach to smart home lighting. At the time, the company debuted an AirPlay-connected lightbulb and speaker system combo, but it now appears that those efforts didn’t catch on like Twist had hoped…<p>This …

Startups

Dallas Mavericks are the latest pro team to accept cryptocurrency

You don't just have to attend Sacramento Kings games if you're itching to spend some digital money on a pro sports event. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has confirmed (both to <i>Bloomberg</i> and on Twitter) that his basketball team will start accepting bitcoin and ethereum for ticket purchases during …

Cryptocurrency

The first lawsuits to save net neutrality have been filed

Attorneys general from 22 states are among those suing the FCC, which voted to gut rules protecting the open internet.<p>The first lawsuits to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's rollback of Obama-era net neutrality rules have been filed.<p>Attorneys general from 22 states filed a lawsuit on …

Net Neutrality

YouTube adds stricter rules for creator ad monetization

Every video in its elite ad program will be scrutinized by human reviewers, while the bar has been raised for joining the program.<p>YouTube is raising the bar for videos can take advertising and vowed to add human reviewers to its most popular content, part of an effort to address marketers' concerns …

New Media

Origin PC invites you to gear up and see its etchings

At CES 2018, the custom system builder showed off new ways to jazz up its systems as well as updates to the hardware.<p>Origin PC is all about the customization, so it's not surprising that the new systems it showed at CES 2018 were mostly (though not entirely) about the razzle dazzle; the company …

Autodesk Maya

Messenger pledges to cut clutter this year. Here's what needs to go

David Marcus, head of Facebook’s Messenger, today announced one of the company’s 2018 plans for the chat app is to simplify it. What is primarily supposed to be a messaging app has become, to use his word, “cluttered.”<p>It’s a good plan, considering Messenger has become weighed down with unnecessary …

Facebook

YouTube implements stricter requirements for partners

YouTube has been under fire for months over inappropriate content masquerading as kid-friendly videos and popular creators acting out of line. Now, Google has introduced stricter requirements for the video platform's YouTube Partners and Preferred programs over advertiser concerns, which could …

Advertising

You can assemble this paper booklet to create electronic music toys

An interactive booklet called Papier Machine is making beautiful STEM toys that are actually fun and accessible, by combining paper with electronic circuitry. The booklet contains pages silkscreened with conductive silver ink that can be assembled to create six electronic paper toys. It also comes …

Cool Stuff

Amazon makes it easier to find live shows on Fire TV

While most movies and TV shows on Amazon Channels are available on demand, a few of them can be watched live at the same time they're broadcast on traditional TV. If you use a Fire TV stick to watch television and movies on the big screen, you might now see a new row of available live programming …

Smart TV

One person is probably responsible for almost 600 percent of Bitcoin's price rise

Bitcoin is complicated. From what, exactly, it's good for to who created it, there remains a host of unanswered questions about the world's foremost …

Cryptocurrency