Microsoft hit pause last week on its issuing of patches for the Spectre and Meltdown bugs after facing problems with "unbootable" AMD devices. The company is working with AMD to find solutions for users who are affected by issues caused by the Windows Update and Windows Server Update Services.
President Donald Trump issued an executive order Monday, saying that he wants to boost rural access to broadband. The order is aimed at making it easier for telecoms to build cell towers on federal property and easing rules for obtaining federal permits for broadband expansion.
A Staymobile store that recently opened in Las Vegas will serve as a K-12 device repair depot. The store, Staymobile's first in the city, will provide repair services to consumers and businesses as well as schools.
The Senate is expected to vote on the Federal Communications Commission's decision to overturn net neutrality rules after 40 senators backed the move. There is no indication, however, of when the Senate will vote, and the review would still need House approval.
U.S. Cellular has little need to upgrade its network to 5G, CEO Ken Meyers said Tuesday, noting that fixed-wireless LTE deployments have proved more than adequate in rural tests thus far. "[T]here is more than enough spectrum and technical ability in the LTE and voice over LTE world to meet the demands of this market," Meyers added.
Wireless charging might finally have its day after Powermat announced that it has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, which supports the Qi standard favored by most major smartphone-makers, including Apple and Samsung Electronics. Vendors showcased a wave of new Qi pads at CES this week.
Portable batteries made strides this year with new technology that allows a single pack to charge a number of device types -- phones, tablets, laptops and headphones. Vendors demonstrated a number of models this week in Las Vegas.
Wireless Junkies moved to White Plains, Md., from its previous shop in La Plata, Md., to meet the need for a bigger retail space. Owner Candace Vaughn started Wireless Junkies in 2010 as an online cellphone accessories retailer, then began doing repairs when the La Plata store opened.
Amazon reports having Alexa enabled in approximately 50 third-party products, offering voice control to devices like smart thermometers and competing smart speakers. Amazon has leveraged multiple partnerships in its goal to make Alexa go industrywide, including creating CPU-level Alexa support with Intel to ease the process of adding the VA to any smart device.
Augmented reality features will be more prevalent in smartphones in 2018, predicts Dan Olds of Gabriel Consulting Group. Meanwhile, artificial intelligence will help manufacturers add features to their smartphones, while analysts are not convinced that flexible displays will win over consumers.
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