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FAQ: What is 802.11ay wireless technology?

Products based on the IEEE 802.11ad (WiGig) standard have really only begun rolling out over the past year, but an effort to deliver an enhancement dubbed 802.11ay in the unlicensed 60 GHz spectrum band that promises to deliver faster...

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802.11ay Wi-Fi: “It’s going to be a very scalable spec”

The lowdown on the emerging IEEE 802.11ay gigabit wireless technology standard, an enhancement to 802.11ad that promises higher speed and longer range to support a slew of new applications.

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Samsung may retake momentum with the S8 smartphone

Samsung has a lot riding on its next smartphone, the Galaxy S8, which debuts on Wednesday at an event in New York City.

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Mingis on Tech: All about the new Moto G5 Plus

Not every smartphone has to skimp on features or cost a small fortune. Case in point: The Moto G5 Plus, which reviewer Dan Rosenbaum says is a good bargain buy.

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Moto G5 Plus: Economy class that gets you there (with video)

The new Moto G5 Plus may not set any speed records, but it's a solid, useful Android phone with no bloat and a pleasingly low price.

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Mingis on Tech: A closer look at the new Moto G5 Plus

Looking for an Android phone that won't break the bank but still has the features you need? The Moto G5 Plus is a real bargain buy, says reviewer Dan Rosenbaum.

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How to choose a prepaid mobile data plan

Pre-paid data SIM cards are a great way to get 4G LTE data on a device without paying for a long-term contract. Here are seven options if you're looking for a contract-free, pre-paid SIM card for your unlocked smartphone or tablet.

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Google cites progress in Android security, but patching issues linger

The chances of you installing malware on your Android phone is incredibly small, according to Google.

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CBRS workshop to focus on burgeoning shared spectrum ecosystem

The Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) gold rush is on, and the Wireless Innovation Forum is hosting a workshop in Las Vegas next week for those interested in becoming part of this new shared spectrum ecosystem.

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What does my iPhone reveal about me?

Recent studies have found that iPhone users are a unique bunch. Are we smarter but less honest? Here are some personality traits they are more likely to have than their Android counterparts.

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Samsung unveils Bixby voice assistant for upcoming Galaxy S8

Samsung revealed Monday that Bixby, an intelligent voice assistant, will run on the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone being unveiled next week.

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'Candy-bar' phones will get smartphone features with new Qualcomm chip

Qualcomm believes there's an untapped opportunity in candy bar phones, and believes it can bring smartphone-like power to these handsets. So it has made the 205 Mobile chip, which will bring LTE capabilities, better graphics and more...

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Cornell has a radio for the whole world with software filtering

Researchers at Cornell University have developed a new type of radio-on-a-chip that could mean cheaper, more flexible wireless systems.

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Is Snapchat building the iPhone killer?

Snapchat's parent company has hired mobile engineering and design talent away from Apple, HTC, and Google. Could a Snapchat phone be in the works?

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DOJ: No, we won't say how much the FBI paid to hack terrorist's iPhone

The Justice Department says it should not have to reveal the maker of a tool used last year to crack an alleged terrorist's iPhone or disclose how much it paid.

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Say goodbye to the camera bump with this smartphone concept

Engineers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute have developed a smartphone camera module that's thin enough to be squeezed inside a smartphone, removing the need for a 'camera bump' without compromising on quality.

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Logitech ZeroTouch review: This Android smartphone holder puts Amazon's Alexa in your car

Anything you can do with an Amazon Echo inside your home you can now do with your Android phone inside your car.

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Mingis on Tech: A madcap MWC 2017 recap

Computerworld's Matt Hamblen, just back from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, details the big announcements from the show. Hint: It's not only about smartphones.

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