Google's highly publicized "moonshot" plans, including its Project Loon balloon broadband program, have hit a snag due to internal politics and bureaucracy, states a report quoting former employees of the "Google X" experimental program. These sources said the company's Alphabet restructuring has made it more difficult to get projects out of the lab.
Apple will deliver a new version of the iPad aimed at professionals next year, per a report that states that the tablet will gain greater operating system support for a stylus and offer improved performance. The company also sent out invitations to the media for a Sept. 7 event in San Francisco, where it will likely introduce the latest iPhone models and a new Apple Watch.
A US appeals court has ruled in favor of AT&T, saying the Federal Trade Commission lacked the authority to sue the carrier to obtain refunds for consumers who bought unlimited data plans but saw their service slowed after they used a certain amount of bandwidth. The court rejected the FTC's jurisdictional argument, saying the agency could not regulate a "common carrier."
Smartphones could aid urban planners in solving transportation issues, Ford and Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers found after receiving location data from nearly 2 million people in Boston. The anonymous data could provide planners with more accurate information about urban mobility patterns that can instantly tell them if experimental projects are working.
The advent of 5G technology is generating quite a bit of hype, but carriers say LTE-based 4G networks are still getting faster, while 5G may be limited initially to internet of things projects for industries, an IHS Markit survey of global telecoms has found. Nearly 80% of the carriers say 5G will focus largely on the IoT at its launch.
The internet of things knows no geographic boundaries when it comes to the introduction of new products and services based on mobile networks and devices, states a report that points to a number of new projects that have flourished in one country after being stymied by laws or regulations in another.
Verizon Wireless said its LTE-Advanced network has spread to more than 450 US cities and provides a 50% step up in peak speeds from standard LTE. Verizon offers 39 LTE-A phone models that support iOS or Android platforms.
Children who play with Apple iPads before surgery saw a reduction in their stress levels equal to when they were given sedatives, a study conducted by a French hospital has found. The researchers compared children's anxiety levels after they had been given the sedative midazolam with their anxiety levels while they were playing games on the iPads.
Developer One20 is releasing a mobile app designed to improve the lot of the 3.5 million truckers traversing US roads, saying previous apps aimed at the group have focused more on tracking fleets. The app includes a truck-safe navigational tool that tells drivers how to avoid restricted roads and low bridges and also gives them other data of interest to them.
Google's Android operating system has become more reliable than Apple's iOS, per a report from Blancco Technology Group for the second quarter. Android devices failed at a 35% rate in the period, compared with 58% for iOS-based devices, the study found.
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