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Have we hit peak smartphone?

Have we hit peak smartphone? Last Halloween, we broke down some “good news” from a Canalys report: the smartphone industry saw one-percent year-over-year growth — not exactly the sort of thing that sparks strong consumer confidence. In short, 2019 sucked for smartphones, as did the year before. After what was nearly an […]

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Samsung acquires TeleWorld Solutions to help build 5G infrastructure

Samsung acquires TeleWorld Solutions to help build 5G infrastructure Samsung this morning announced that it has completed the acquisition of TeleWorld Solutions. The Virginia-based telecommunications company provides wireless networking and consulting services. It’s TWS’s 5G solutions that Samsung is clearly the most interested in as part of this deal. The electronics giant […]

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Razer shows off Sila, the first 5G router built for gaming

Razer shows off Sila, the first 5G router built for gaming Gaming — with its huge demands on bandwidth, graphics and overall processing power — is likely to be one of the big use cases for 5G networking in the future, and today one of the big players in consumer gaming hardware […]

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TCL teases a 5G device, headset and its first foldable at CES

TCL teases a 5G device, headset and its first foldable at CES TCL is hardly a household name in the smartphone space. That’s hardly surprising, however, as the Chinese electronics company is better known for sub-brands like Alcatel and BlackBerry (hardware, not software — long story). Late last year, the company began […]

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Samsung shipped more than 6.7 million Galaxy 5G smartphones in 2019

Samsung shipped more than 6.7 million Galaxy 5G smartphones in 2019 Samsung Electronics announced today that it shipped more than 6.7 million Galaxy 5G smartphones in 2019, surpassing expectations set by the company earlier. In September, Samsung Electronics vice president JuneHee Lee suggested that more than two million Samsung 5G smartphones had […]

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China nears completion of its GPS competitor, increasing the potential for Internet balkanization

China nears completion of its GPS competitor, increasing the potential for Internet balkanization On Friday, China announced that it would complete its competitor to the U.S.-operated global positioning system network by the first half of next year, increasing the pace of its decoupling from U.S. technologies. China’s Beidou network of satellites — […]

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Verizon’s 5G comes to (parts of) Los Angeles

Verizon’s 5G comes to (parts of) Los Angeles The clock is ticking on Verizon’s plans to bring 5G to 30 cities. Short of an actual Christmas miracle, things are looking rough. On the upside, the carrier (and, disclosure, parent of TechCrunch) just brought the next-gen technology to a 19th city. And it’s […]

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Qualcomm launches the XR2 platform for 5G-connected AR and VR devices

Qualcomm launches the XR2 platform for 5G-connected AR and VR devices At its Snapdragon Boondoggle Summit in sunny Maui, Hawaii, Qualcomm today announced the launch of its XR2 platform, which it describes as the “world’s first 5G-supported extended reality (XR) platform.” The company’s older XR1 platform, which already powers a number of […]

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What we know about Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 865 and 765 chips

What we know about Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 865 and 765 chips Qualcomm’s holding its big annual get-together this week in Hawaii, portioning off Snapdragon news, piece by piece. Yesterday’s event was the big unveiling of the Snapdragon 865 and 765, the chips that will power most of next year’s premium and mid-tier […]

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New 5G flaws can track phone locations and spoof emergency alerts

New 5G flaws can track phone locations and spoof emergency alerts 5G is faster and more secure than 4G. But new research shows it also has vulnerabilities that could put phone users at risk. Security researchers at Purdue University and the University of Iowa have found close to a dozen vulnerabilities, which […]

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