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Verizon acquires rural Kentucky wireless company Bluegrass Cellular

Verizon said Monday it is acquiring “certain assets” of Bluegrass Cellular, a wireless service provider in rural Kentucky. According to a news release, Bluegrass Cellular was the first wireless provider in central Kentucky, launching in 1991. It serves 210,000 customers in 34 Kentucky counties. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it’s still subject to FCC approval, but is expected to close later this year or early in 2021, according to Verizon. The companies have had a working relationship for several years; in 2012 Bluegrass launched LTE service in Kentucky as part of Verizon’s LTE in Rural America program. As part of that program, Verizon leased some of its spectrum in rural areas. And in July, Verizon announced it was launching new home internet on its 4G LTE wireless network in some rural communities not served by its Fios or 5G Home options. The communities included Savannah, Georgia; Springfield, Missouri; and the Tri-Cities region of Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky. Bluegrass is Verizon’s second acquisition in as many months; in September the company announced it was buying Tracfone in a deal worth more than $6 billion. Tracfone is the largest reseller of wireless services in the US, with 21 million subscribers; before the deal, more than 13 million Tracfone customers were already relying on Verizon’s wireless network since Tracfone doesn’t have its own physical network in the US. The deal adds to Verizon’s lead over rivals T-Mobile and AT&T as the largest carrier in the US; at the end of…Continue readingVerizon acquires rural Kentucky wireless company Bluegrass Cellular

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Xiaomi demonstrates an 80 watt wireless charger in action

Now that Apple introduced 15-watt wireless charging with the iPhone 12, Xiaomi showed off a system that’s over five times faster. It demonstrated an 80-watt wireless charger that could bring a modified Mi 10 Pro with a 4,000 mAh battery from 0 to a 50 percent charge in 8 minutes, or up to 100 percent in just 19 minutes (via The Verge). That beats any other wireless system and even most wired charging systems, Xiaomi noted. Oppo recently demonstrated its 65W AirVOOC system that takes just 30 minutes to wirelessly charge a phone, but it has yet to appear in a commercial product. Xiaomi currently has the fastest system you can buy (in China) with the Mi 10 Ultra — a 50 watt wireless charger that can bring its 4,500mAh battery to a full charge in 40 minutes. In the US, however, the fastest option is the OnePlus 8 Pro with an optional 30 watt wireless charger. That option costs $70, and takes 29 minutes to bring the phone to a 50 percent charge, and north of an hour to fully juice it. Source linkContinue readingXiaomi demonstrates an 80 watt wireless charger in action

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Xiaomi is working on 80W wireless charging

Xiaomi has announced its next salvo in the fast charging wars, a new 80W wireless method that the company claims beats out any other competitor. The 80W solution is said to be able to charge a 4,000mAh battery up to 50 percent full in eight minutes and 100 percent full in 19 minutes. The video above shows it in action on a modified Mi 10 Pro. Xiaomi already has the fastest wireless charging on a shipping phone; the Mi 10 Ultra has 50W wireless technology that can fully charge its 4,500mAh battery in 40 minutes. Oppo recently announced a 65W solution that is said to be able to charge a 4,000mAh battery in 30 minutes, but the tech is yet to ship in a commercial device. Fast wireless charging is much less common outside China, where companies like Huawei and Xiaomi have been working to outdo each other for a while. The fastest option that’s widely available in the West is the OnePlus 8 Pro, which has an optional 30W wireless charger. Apple’s new MagSafe chargers for the iPhone 12 line charge at up to 15W. Xiaomi hasn’t announced when a phone with 80W wireless charging will actually ship, but it shouldn’t be too far off. The company has consistently released phones with ever-higher wireless power specs over the past couple of years, with the Mi 10 Ultra only coming out a couple of months ago. Source linkContinue readingXiaomi is working on 80W wireless charging

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Tech Radar

JAYS f-Five true wireless earbuds now available in India

JAYS, the Swedish audio accessories brand, has expanded its freedom series by launching the Jays f-Five true wireless earbuds in India. Apart from a unique and a tongue twister of a name, the f-Five TWS offer up to four hours of playback, which is expected from buds in this price range.  The bundled charging case can offer up to three more charge cycles, offering up to 16 hours of playback time in all.    The JAYS f-Five TWS comes with a stem-based design that can be seen in most headphones in the market currently and offers a better in-call audio experience. The touch controls housed on the stem can also be used to control volume or to summon voice assistants like Siri or Google Assistant. The IPX5 rating on these earbuds will be liked by fitness enthusiasts and sports among others as it makes the earbuds dust and splash resistant. For connectivity, the buds come with Bluetooth 5.0 offering a wireless range of roughly 10 meters and USB Type C port on the case for charging. The buds feature a 6mm dynamic audio driver.  JAYS f-Five price and availability in India  The JAYS f-Five can be bought from HeadphoneZone apart from other major online retailers for Rs. 4,999 and is only available in Black colour option.   Source linkContinue readingJAYS f-Five true wireless earbuds now available in India

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These fantastic cheap true wireless earbuds have dropped to their lowest price

If you’re looking for some cheap true wireless earbuds, the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 are a fantastic choice – and they’ve dropped to their lowest-ever price in this early Amazon Prime Day deal. Costing $130 / £120 at launch, Amazon has slashed the price of these wireless earbuds to just $89.95 / £89.95 in the US and UK, representing a huge saving on these excellent buds. (Not in the US / UK? Scroll down for the best Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 prices in your region.) UK buyers will notice that Amazon has somewhat sneakily increased the original price on its listings – but make no mistake, this is still a fantastic deal to be had. Meanwhile, the US price had previously been reduced to $99.95, with Amazon taking off an additional $10 for Prime Day. Today’s best true wireless earbud deals US Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 true wireless earbuds: $99.95 $89.95 at AmazonWith up to 45 hours of battery life, brilliant audio quality, and a near design, the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 are a truly brilliant pair of true wireless earbuds. A $40 saving on the original launch price simply sweetens the deal. View Deal UK Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 true wireless earbuds: £119.95 £89.95 at AmazonThe Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 are among the best true wireless earbuds you can buy if you’re concerned with pure audio fidelity – and with £30 off, they’re a bargain. View Deal The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 are a pair of truly outstanding true wireless earbuds,…Continue readingThese fantastic cheap true wireless earbuds have dropped to their lowest price

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Devialet announces wireless earbuds – TechCrunch

High-end speaker manufacturer Devialet is launching its first pair of earbuds called Devialet Gemini. The in-ear earbuds feature active noise canceling and cost £279 in the U.K. — they will be available in the coming weeks. The Devialet Gemini are completely wireless, which means that there’s no cord between each earbud, like on Apple’s AirPods. The company has developed three new patents for the product. They feature cascading decompression chambers, which means that they should stick in your ears and provide adequate pressure. In-ear earbuds require a good seal. Image Credits: Devialet There are two microphones in each earbud for the active noise cancelation feature and a dedicated microphone for calls and other voice interactions. Like on the AirPods Pro, there are multiple ANC modes. You can remove background noise altogether or activate transparency modes so that you can hear what’s happening around you. You can choose between three levels of ANC and two levels of transparency mode. The company is releasing a mobile app so that you can control those settings. There’s also a touch button at the rear of the earbuds that you can use to control music playback, noise cancelation or voice assistants. The earbuds automatically adjusts the audio signal when the earbud moves. It uses a microphone to detect a change in frequency. The app can also tell you if you’re using the right tip for your ear. The company promises 8 hours of battery life without ANC and 6 hours with ANC activated. The case…Continue readingDevialet announces wireless earbuds – TechCrunch

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Your wireless router could be hacked if you have this vulnerability

A team of researchers from Synopsys’ Cybersecurity Research Center (CyRC) in Oulu, Finland have discovered a partial authentication bypass vulnerability in multiple wireless router chipsets from Mediatek, Qualcomm (Atheros), Zyxel and Realtek. The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2019-18989, CVE-2019-18990 and CVE-2019-18991, affects Mediatek’s MT7620N chipset, Qualcomm’s AR9132, AR9283 and AR9285 chipsets and Realtek’s RTL8812AR, RTL8196D, RTL8881AN and RTL8192ER chipsets. However, Synopsys was unable to identify a comprehensive list of vulnerable devices and chipsets as numerous wireless routers are affected by this vulnerability. As part of its disclosure process, Synopsys engaged with all the manufacturers of the devices it tested. After reaching out to each manufacturer, the company only received a response from Zyxel though Mediatek notified D-Link regarding the matter during the disclosure process. Both Zyxel and D-Link confirmed that they have patches ready to fix the issue and these will be made available to their affected customers. Authentication bypass vulnerability According to a new blog post from Synopsys, the vulnerability allows an attacker to inject packets into a WPA2-protected network without knowledge of the preshared key.  Upon injection, these packets are routed through the network in the same way valid packets are and responses to the injected packets return encrypted. However, since an attacker exploiting this vulnerability can control what is sent through the network, they would eventually be able to ascertain if the injected packets successfully reached an active system. As a proof-of-concept, Synopsy researchers were able to open a UDP port in a router’s NAT by injecting UDP…Continue readingYour wireless router could be hacked if you have this vulnerability

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Ultimate Ears Fits True Wireless Earbuds

Most true wireless earbuds come with a selection of ear tips, giving you a good chance to find a pair that fits your ears well. As good a fit as they deliver, though, it’s never a perfect fit, since people’s ears are as unique as our individual fingerprints. Because ear buds never wear perfectly flush, that opens it to the possibility of dislodging at some point. The UE Fits solves this problem by having tips that perfectly conform to the contours of your ears. That’s right, these earbuds come with customized ear tips that are molded to the specific shape of your ears. And no, you don’t have to come in to a shop for a custom-fitting or wait weeks to get your custom-sized buds, as you can do the custom molding all by your lonesome. The UE Fits actually comes with ear tips covered in a shapeless blob of gel. As such, when you pop it in your ears for the first time, it will automatically conform to the natural shape of your ears. From there, you launch the companion app and connect it to the earbuds, which will then initiate the molding process. As it turns out, each of the ear buds have their own set of embedded LEDs, which will emit UV light and cause the gel to harden as they sit in your ears. The app will inform you once the molding process is finished, at which point, the ear tips assume a permanent shape. According…Continue readingUltimate Ears Fits True Wireless Earbuds

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Sonos sues Google for infringing five more wireless audio patents

Sonos has filed another patent lawsuit against Google, alleging that the search giant is infringing five wireless audio patents across the entire line of Nest and Chromecast products. The move comes on the eve of Google’s fall hardware event on September 30th, where it is expected to announce a new Chromecast and Nest smart speaker alongside new Pixel phones. Sonos filed its first patent lawsuits against Google in January in California federal court and the International Trade Commission; the federal case has been put on hold while the ITC reaches a decision on whether to block Google’s allegedly infringing products from market. The new case is filed only in the federal court for the Western District of Texas — an emerging patent lawsuit hotspot — and represents a more aggressive approach from Sonos. “We think it’s important to show the depth and breadth of Google’s copying,” said Eddie Lazarus, Sonos’ chief legal officer. “We showed them claim charts on 100 patents that we claimed they were infringing, all to no avail.” Google, of course, says it will fight back; it has countersued Sonos in the initial case. “Sonos has made misleading statements about our history of working together,” says Google spokesperson Jose Castaneda. “Our technology and devices were designed independently. We deny their claims vigorously, and will be defending against them.” Sonos has long been vocal about the power of big platform companies like Google to push around smaller companies. In particular, Sonos alleges the tech giants routinely copy technology…Continue readingSonos sues Google for infringing five more wireless audio patents

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds Live wireless earbuds are $35 off at Woot

Samsung’s fantastic Galaxy Buds Live, lovingly referred to as “Galaxy Beans” due to their shape, are $35 off at Woot if you’re an Amazon Prime member. This brings the cost from $170 down to $135 (just make sure you’re signed in with your Prime account on Woot). If you aren’t a Prime member, you can still get a great deal. It’s $25 off, so $145 at checkout. These sale prices will last until later tonight, unless it sells out before then. My colleagues Chris Welch and Becca Farsace spent quality time with the Galaxy Buds Live, and you can check out the video review above or the written post here. What stands out in this model, compared to the cheaper Galaxy Buds Plus and other models, is their unconventional design, lengthy battery life and powerful sound. They boast noise cancellation, but they agree that you shouldn’t count on the buds much to silence your surroundings. Apple The new Apple Watch SE usually starts at $279, but you can get a small but welcome $10 discount on the 40mm GPS version at B&H Photo, bringing it down to $269. Anything that narrows the gap between this newer, faster model and the older Series 3 is a good thing in my book. Source linkContinue readingSamsung’s new Galaxy Buds Live wireless earbuds are $35 off at Woot