iPhone 12 reparability test by iFixit reveals that the camera module on the latest Apple offering is not swappable. If the iPhone 12 camera module is transferred to another iPhone 12, it becomes entirely unusable. iFixit says that Apple may be looking to come down hard on third-party repairs with this iPhone 12 camera issue.
Samsung had its best smartphone quarter for years as the overall market grew sequentially by 35%. The global smartphone market hit 365.6 million units shipped in the third quarter of 2020, having only managed 271.4 million the previous quarter. It declined slightly year-on-year, but still represented an impressive rebound after the COVID-19 depression that dominated
GSMA THRIVE NORTH AMERICA: Executives from WarnerMedia and the National Basketball Association (NBA) highlighted how the entertainment and sports industries are using 5G to overcome Covid-19 (coronavirus) challenges, noting changes are likely to remain permanent features. WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar (pictured) said the health crisis accelerated adoption of 5G to enable distributed content production, explaining
Otter.AI has launched live video captions for Zoom calls. Zoom users will now be able to reduce the chances of miscommunication during conference calls and webinars as Otter.ai has rolled out a live video captioning feature that displays all spoken words as captions at the bottom of the screen. Available to Otter for Business users
Reliance Jio now has a base of 40.56 crore subscribers, Reliance Industries revealed while announcing its earnings for the second quarter ending September 30 on Friday. The telecom operator, which is already the biggest telco in India, had added 73 lakh subscribers in the quarter, down from the 99 lakh new customers added in the previous quarter
Remember when murder hornets were peak 2020? Whatever happened to them, anyway? Well, the Washington Department of Agriculture has been trying to find their nests in order to eradicate the striped beasties before they can get more than a foothold in the Pacific Northwest. They’ve done this by trapping live hornets and attaching tiny Bluetooth
Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, and Twitter have all just published their quarterly numbers and, while fortunes differed, yet more wealth was moved up the food chain. The superstar of the night was by all measures Amazon, which broke all of its own records set last quarter. The total revenues reached $96.1 billion, up by 37%,
Samsung plans to expand the price range of foldable smartphones, as per a report. The company revealed this in its conference call for the quarter, and added that it will continue to strengthen its portfolio in the foldable category in 2021. Since Samsung’s currently available foldable phones are priced at a premium, a wider price
A Canadian judge has decided to allow Meng’s assertion that the US misrepresented evidence in accusing her of fraud. The US has been trying to extradite the Huawei CFO from Canada ever since it called for her to be arrested two years ago. It alleges that she was complicit in sanction-busting by enabling Huawei to
GSMA THRIVE NORTH AMERICA: UScellular president and CEO Laurent Therivel (pictured) urged operators to prioritise efforts to close the nation’s digital divide during 5G deployments, noting rural users are increasingly concerned about being left behind as technology marches ahead. The industry needs to “focus separately on 5G and coverage”, he argued, adding “government coverage plans
Beijing-based ByteDance announced a standalone education technology (edtech) brand Dali for the Chinese market on Thursday, becoming another major tech player looking to capitalise on the sector’s boom driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dali, meaning “forceful strength” in Chinese, will host all the education business of ByteDance and already has 10,000 employees, Dali Chief Executive
Vi (formerly called Vodafone Idea) has expanded its prepaid recharge plan portfolio by bringing eight new value-added service options. Namely Games, Sports, Contest, Star Talk, Games Long Validity, Sports Long Validity, Contest Long Validity, and Star Talk Long Validity, the new Vi packs are available as an add-on along with benefits such as ad-free access
“The opening up of new markets, foreign or domestic, and the organizational development from the craft shop and factory to such concerns … illustrate the same process of industrial mutation–if I may use that biological term–that incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one. This process
The UK’s largest fixed line and mobile operator has reported improved half year performance and raised its full year outlook. BT reported its half year (to 30 September) and Q3 (Q2 in its financial year) results with reasonably reassuring performance. The half year revenue of £10.6 billion ($13.7 billion) was 8% down from a year
Vivo is reportedly replacing Funtouch OS with an all-new avatar and a name i.e. Origin OS. Noted tipster Digital Chat Station says that Vivo has confirmed this via its official WeChat account that they will launch Origin OS soon. The exact launch date is now known but Vivo will speak more about this brand new
The Senate hearing on internet censorship was largely a waste of time, but at least one company is daring to resist the authoritarian tide. Of course it was never going to be otherwise. Give politicians a public forum and they’re always going to prioritise posturing and maximum personal exposure over substance. It’s what they do.
GSMA THRIVE NORTH AMERICA: Executives from Nokia and Intel urged the US to quickly free more mid-band spectrum for 5G, arguing an upcoming auction of 280MHz of C-Band airwaves won’t be sufficient to meet rising data demand. Speaking during day two of the CTIA 5G Summit, Nokia’s Americas CTO Mike Murphy said the company projected
Apple is reportedly fast-tracking the development of a search engine to take on Google Search. Although there has been speculation for some time now that the Cupertino company is building a Google Search alternative, the latest report is based on the enhanced search functionality offered on iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, which doesn’t require Google
TCL 10 5G UW, a carrier-specific variant of the TCL 10 5G for the Verizon Wireless US network, is the most affordable 5G smartphone that users in the US can purchase, the US telecom giant says. The TCL 10 5G was launched in April, and it is slightly different from the TCL 10 5G UW
Today in the United States, the three Tier 1 service providers are all offering “nationwide” 5G coverage. T-Mobile is using its 600 MHz and AT&T and Verizon are delivering with Dynamic Spectrum Sharing. And with the recent release of the iPhone 12 lineup, which supports sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave 5G across all four models,
Telecoms.com periodically invites expert third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues. In this piece Olivier Avaro, CEO of cloud gaming provider Blacknut, argues Apple’s position blocking cloud gaming services from iOS isn’t sustainable and only hurts its own customers as more carriers launch gaming services. In the battle to win
Samsung spins the new Galaxy S20 FE, or “Fan Edition”, as a model that offers all the features that fans care most about in a more affordable package. As the prices of flagship phones have skyrocketed to well over Rs. 1,00,000 over the past few years, the “flagship killer” segment at around Rs. 40,000 to
Later today the US internet giants will be grilled by the Senate over how they censor their platforms, with Section 230 protections at stake. The most immediate catalyst for this increased state scrutiny is the recent suppression of a piece of reporting from the NY Post newspaper, alleging corruption on the part of one of
GSMA THRIVE NORTH AMERICA: Larry Kudlow, director of the US National Economic Council (pictured), insisted President Donald Trump’s administration is not seeking to nationalise 5G infrastructure, aiming to allay fears among telecoms players the government might pursue such a plan. During a CTIA 5G Summit keynote, Kudlow said the administration is “going to keep its
“IoT as it relates to the telecoms industry has grown up,” said Matthew Hatton, Founding Partner of Transforma Insights, introducing today’s Total Telecom Congress panel on revenue opportunities for telcos through the IoT. The telecoms sector at large has shown immense interest in the development and expansion of the IoT, from simple yet valuable
Crash Bandicoot: On the Run! now has an expected release date: March 25, 2021. Additionally, King — the developer behind mobile games such as Candy Crush Saga — has also opened registrations for its free-to-play Crash Bandicoot game on the App Store, having done so for Android users on Google Play a few months ago.
Indian telecom operator Bharti Airtel reported its highest ever quarterly consolidated revenue on Tuesday, driven by higher tariffs and a rise in data usage from a coronavirus-fuelled shift to remote working. Indian telecom operators, grappling with low tariffs due to a price war that ensued after Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio entered the space, hiked prices
Dr. Paul Carter is CEO of network benchmarking and analysis company GWS. RCR Wireless News recently reached out to GWS to discuss testing millimeter-wave 5G networks. The following Q&A was conducted via email and has been lightly edited. How is benchmark testing different in mmWave, and how is GWS preparing for benchmarking mmWave 5G networks?
US semiconductor company AMD has decided to roll the mega-merger dice once more with the acquisition of Xilinx, which will bring it into contact with the telecoms sector. Xilinx is the inventor of the FPGA, an adaptable type of chip that you can reprogram even when it’s already installed. This is the type of chip