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1/19/2017

Faulty batteries reportedly caused the fires that broke out on some Galaxy Note7 smartphones, Reuters reports, quoting an internal company probe. Samsung has not commented on the report.

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1/19/2017

The global electronics repair industry will grow at a compound annual rate of 8.5% through 2024, reaching $147.2 billion that year, says Transparency Market Research. Its report says electronics users "are growing not only in numbers, but are also showing a high tendency of owning multiple electronic devices for different uses," leading to a corresponding need for repair and service providers.

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1/19/2017

Carriers bid about $18 billion in the second round of the latest stage of the Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction, meaning that the agency can close the process after its fourth attempt to match the TV stations' request with the carriers' willingness to pay. Providers offered $1.2570 per point of presence, or POP, after broadcasters requested $10 billion for 84 MHz of spectrum.

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1/19/2017

Competitive Carrier Association joined Federal Communication Commission member Mignon Clyburn in criticizing the government for failing to pass legislation that would have kept small internet service providers exempt from enhanced transparency rules that took effect Tuesday. The FCC had originally provided such an exemption under its net neutrality rules, but it did not renew the protection after it expired last month.

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Wireless Week
1/19/2017

Tests over T-Mobile's network have revealed that 4x4 MIMO antenna technologies improved performance over other LTE-based networks, said Signals Research Group, which compared data rates from two Samsung Galaxy S7 handsets.

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1/19/2017

Family plans have gained momentum among carriers in an increasingly competitive market, while prepaid offers are picking up steam with single-line subscribers, this analysis states, pointing to the launch of the T-Mobile One plan this month as an example of the trend.

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1/19/2017

Computer Concierge owner Padraic Morton's electronics repair business is open in his hometown of Hudson, Wis., where he enjoys serving the community. Morton got the idea to start his own device and computer repair shop after working at a cellphone repair store.

1/19/2017

The opening of a uBreakiFix store in Meridian, Idaho, comes after a successful 2016 in which the chain opened 114 stores, an 80% increase over 2015's openings.

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1/19/2017

E-waste increased in East and Southeast Asia by about two-thirds from 2010 to 2015, a United Nations University report finds. Shortened product life cycles and high customer demand have contributed to the problem.

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1/17/2017

Live-streaming of crisis situations, increasing cybersecurity and workplace violence concerns, and the growing use of alternative platforms besides Twitter to spread news and information are among the top crisis management trends to follow this year, writes Melissa Agnes. "Being crisis-ready means understanding all aspects that will impact your crisis preparedness and crisis management, and taking proactive steps, every day, to be prepared, vigilant and resilient," she writes.

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