AT&T and Verizon Will Work Together On Future Cell Towers

AT&T and Verizon have tapped Tillman Infrastructure to build hundreds of small cell towers around the country. Tillman already builds, owns, and operates a series of towers and small cells. Tillman will build new towers for AT&T and Verizon, which have agreed to lease and co-anchor the towers. According to Verizon, the new towers will be added in areas where others don’t already exist and will give AT&T and Verizon the opportunity to move equipment from old (expensive) towers to the new (cheaper) ones. Tillman is expected to begin work on the new towers as soon as the first quarter of 2018. AT&T and Verizon engineers will install networking equipment and turn the sites on as quickly as they can. Tillman will have the opportunity to build hundreds more sites if the initial batch are completed successfully. Neither AT&T nor Verizon said which network technologies will be installed on the towers. Separately, both companies are pursuing various paths towards 5G with technologies including mmWave.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

Cheap Three deals for Coolsmartphone readers

Cheap Three deals for Coolsmartphone readers
Whilst some will dress this up as something it isn’t, I’d rather be honest about it. Last week I had to ask you for money. I really, really don’t like doing this so we’ve had a bit of a think and come up with another way in which we can both win.

Basically, Three have sent us some deals, but if we sign up to their affiliate scheme (which we now have), we get a cut of the commission. This is great because it keeps our lights on, and it’s great for you because the deals we get are actually cheaper.

Not bad eh?

So here’s the thing. If 4GB of data is fine, you can have that on a Three Essential SIM-only 12 month deal for £10, but we can do it for £9 per month. If you want the “Advanced” version (which adds the personal hotspot, streaming and the Feel At Home additions) then it’s normally £13, but our deal is £11 per month.

For more data, check out our handy table below and hit the best deal for you 🙂 The followinig are all “Three Advanced” offers..

Deal Length Normally Our price  Get it!
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8GB, 600 mins, AYCE text 1 month £20 £13
8GB, 600 mins, AYCE text 12 months N/A £12
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Thanks in advance. If you’re not interested, that’s fair enough, but we’re always looking for better deals and if we get any more affiliate-only exclusives, we’ll pass them on.

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  • Qualcomm Rebuffs Broadcom's Takeover Bid

    Qualcomm rejected an unsolicited, $103 billion offer from Broadcom, saying that the proposal is significantly undervalued and that a tie-up between the massive chipmakers would face substantial regulatory resistance.

    Qualcomm said Monday that it’s in a unique position to grow on its own.

    “We are highly confident that the strategy (CEO Steve Mollenkopf) and his team are executing on provides far superior value to Qualcomm shareholders than the proposed offer,” said Tom Horton, Qualcomm director.

    Broadcom’s bid last week represented a 28 percent premium over the closing price of Qualcomm shares on November 2, but analysts were expecting Qualcomm to reject the $70-per-share bid.

    Broadcom said Monday that it remains committed to pursuing a deal.

    “We have received positive feedback from key customers about this combination,” CEO Hock Tan said in a company release. “We continue to believe our proposal represents the most attractive, value-enhancing alternative available to Qualcomm stockholders.”

    Qualcomm, which makes the Snapdragon chips found in smartphones and tablets, is the world’s No. 3 chip supplier, according to research firm Gartner. A combination with Broadcom would not have propelled it past industry leaders Intel and Samsung.

    Broadcom Ltd., also announced, in the company of President Donald Trump, that it would bring its corporate address back from Singapore, to Delaware.

    The company hopes the change will make it easier to get deals done and more specifically, help it avoid a cumbersome federal review process for a $5.5 billion deal for U.S. network provider Brocade Communications Systems. The deal has been delayed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which investigates proposed acquisitions of U.S. companies by foreign buyers on national security and intellectual property grounds.

    Qualcomm has a pending $28.1 billion deal with NXP Semiconductor that’s under regulatory review in Europe.

    Qualcomm, based in San Diego, rode the boom in mobile. Today’s Broadcom is the product…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    iPhone X By the Numbers: Teardown Study Estimates Costs

    As the iPhone X has made the biggest technological leap for Apple smartphones in several years, a new study has done the math to figure out just how much it costs to build.

    The United Kingdom-based analytics company IHS Markit tore apart the iPhone X to examine how much each part costs. It concluded the overall cost to construct an iPhone X at 64 gigabytes was $370.25, the most expensive in iPhone history and $75 more than its most expensive predecessor, the iPhone 8 Plus with 256 gigabytes. When compared to its direct competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S8 with 64 gigabytes of memory, the iPhone X costs $68 more to construct.

    IHS Markit has been deconstructing iPhones for several years now. In 2014, IHS calculated the cost of materials inside the 16-gigabyte iPhone 6 at just above $200.

    While the $370.25 bill of materials is the highest seen on an iPhone, the cost does not even represent half of iPhone X’s $999 retail price. The iPhone X’s $628.75 difference between the retail price and bill of materials per unit is still higher than that of the $799 iPhone 8 Plus’s 64 gigabyte model and the $729 Samsung Galaxy S8.

    These calculations are rudimentary and do not take into consideration engineering and research costs. Yet the increase in profit margins per unit for the iPhone X illustrates Apple’s vision of creating a lucrative premium iPhone in its steady march toward potentially becoming the first publicly traded company with a $1 trillion market capitalization.

    “Typically, Apple utilizes a staggered pricing strategy between various models to give consumers a tradeoff between larger and smaller displays and standard and high-density storage,” said IHS Markit’s principal analyst for mobile devices, Wayne Lam. “With the iPhone X, however, Apple appears to have set an aspirational starting price that suggests its flagship…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    iPhone X Face ID Fooled with a $150 Mask

    Cybersecurity researchers have claimed they can fool the iPhone X’s Face ID feature with a simple mask. Face ID allows iPhone X users to unlock their phone just by looking at it.

    Reviews of the phone widely noted issues with the feature, which uses infrared light to map users’ faces and unlock the phone when the correct owner is looking at it.

    Now, hackers at Vietnamese cybersecurity firm Bkav say that the biometric security feature is less secure than Apple has suggested — and claimed to have fooled it with a mask made from $150 (£114) in supplies.

    Back in 2016, the FBI paid more than $1m to a non-government party to hack into the phone of the San Bernadino shooter.

    Bkav’s claims come despite Apple’s statement that the engineering team had collaborated with “professional mask makers and make-up artists in Hollywood to protect against these attempts to beat Face ID”.

    Mr Ngo Tuan Anh, the company’s vice president of cybersecurity, said the team created the mask using a combination of “3D printing with make-up and 2D images” to dupe the facial recognition system.

    “After nearly 10 years of development, face recognition is not mature enough to guarantee security for computers and smartphones,” the researchers warned.

    The frame of the face was created with 3D printing, with the nose being produced by a third-party artist and moulded in silicone.

    Other than that, the eyes were represented with printed 2D images, with a little extra special processing done on the cheeks and other areas of the face where there are large areas of skin.

    Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    The company’s researchers said that the iPhone X’s fingerprint sensor was the most secure biometric security feature.
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Qualcomm Rejects Broadcom's Acquisition Offer

    Qualcomm’s board of directors today unanimously rejected Broadcom’s Nov. 6 offer to buy the company in a deal that would have been valued at approximately $130 billion. The “proposal is not in the best interests of shareholders and dramatically undervalues Qualcomm,” said the Snapdragon maker in a prepared statement. Broadcom’s offer was unsolicited, meaning Qualcomm isn’t actively selling itself. What’s unclear is how aggressive Broadcom will be about buying Qualcomm. It could raise its offer or back down. Broadcom hasn’t yet publicly responded to Qualcomm’s decision.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

    Review: HTC U11 Life for T-Mobile

    HTC’s U11 Life is a mid-range handset disguised as a flagship smartphone. This affordable Android device steals its good looks and many of its features from HTC’s more expensive U11. Despite the watered down components, this phone is a compelling option if you’re on a budget. Here is Phone Scoop’s full review.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

    iPhone X: Breaking Old Habits To Embrace the Future

    The future of the smartphone, as Apple calls its new iPhone X, means breaking old habits. With no more home button, this mostly means replacing presses with swipes and the fingerprint ID sensor with facial recognition.

    In my 10 days with the iPhone X, I tried to fool its Face ID feature. I bought three sandwiches, popcorn and a ruler with Apple Pay. I read an e-book and listened to podcasts. I ran a marathon. I followed that with a Netflix marathon on the couch.

    I’m still adjusting. Most of the changes aren’t necessarily better — just different, forced upon me to accommodate a larger display and other forward-looking gizmos.

    Swipe, Swipe, Swipe

    Fortunately, the new gestures are mostly simple. Instead of pressing the home button to return to the home screen, you swipe up from the bottom. Swiping up used to get you settings in the Control Center; now you swipe down from the top right instead.

    I knew I’d mastered it when I thought an old iPhone was defective because I couldn’t swipe. Use the home button — duh!

    It can still be confusing while watching video horizontally, as the swiping edge moves to the new bottom. I’m used to the home button on the right — and tried to swipe there. It’s also more convoluted to close unresponsive apps with a combination of swipe, hold, press and tap; good thing I don’t need to do this often.

    Face ID

    Facial recognition works fairly well for unlocking the phone, even if you’re sweating and shaking during a run. It also works in the dark — if you align your face just right. I’m nearsighted, so I hold my phone close when checking in bed without glasses. I have to remember to hold the phone several inches back for Face ID. And I have to avoid squinting;…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Hospitals Have a New Way To Ease Your Wait During Surgery

    Have you ever sat for hours in the hospital, anxiously waiting for news about a loved one who is undergoing surgery? Well now, there’s an app for that — an app that makes it quick and easy for surgical staff to provide updates throughout the procedure.

    EASE, which stands for “Electronic Access to Surgical Events,” is a mobile app that allows clinicians to send customized texts, photos, and videos from the operating room to family and friends in the waiting room and beyond.

    It uses secure encryption that complies with HIPAA and HITECH healthcare privacy regulations. It also uses 256-bit encryption (the same level of security used by banks and credit card companies) to protect all communications. For added security, all texts, photos, and videos disappear 60 seconds after they are viewed, with nothing saved to a device. “It’s like Snapchat from the operating room.”

    How It Works

    The EASE app was designed by anesthesiologists who understand what goes on in a busy operating room. They designed it to be easy for everyone involved to use, and to ensure that it does not disrupt the surgical procedure in any way.

    To send updates, EASE is connected to the patient’s medical bracelet and updating is as simple as scanning the patient’s wristband with the EASE app. The app sends an audible update reminder every 30 minutes to the circulating nurse, who can then send a quick text to waiting family by scanning the patient’s wristband barcode to send HIPAA compliant updates.

    Updates can also be sent throughout the entire hospital experience, such as during pre-op, post-op recovery, or from an intensive care unit (ICU) or other location that may be off-limits to family members.

    EASE is free for patients, their families and friends — the service is setup and paid for by participating hospitals. Family…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Skyworks Enables Next Generation Tracking Devices

    IRVINE, Calif. — Nov. 13, 2017 — Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: SWKS), an innovator of high performance analog semiconductors connecting people, places and things, today announced that its connectivity solutions are enabling next generation tracking devices, a new and exciting Internet of Things application. Specifically, Skyworks’ high efficiency, front-end systems have been adopted by XY Findables, a market leader in nearable technology, to increase battery life and nearly double the range when compared to other personal item finders.

    “By leveraging Skyworks’ fully integrated solutions, we were able to accelerate the introduction of the most powerful Bluetooth® item finder available today,” said Arie Trouw, chief executive officer of XY. “The XY4+ platform radically improves performance and extends battery life up to five years, supporting our goal of providing consumers both peace of mind and assistance when locating their most valuable items.”

    “Advancing Bluetooth® wireless performance in premium products like XY4+ demonstrates our commitment to pioneering breakthrough technologies and addressing demand for connectivity across a broad array of IoT applications,” said John O’Neill, vice president of product marketing for Skyworks. “As part of our ambitious vision to connect everyone and everything all the time, we are delighted to partner with innovative companies like XY Findables to offer our system-level expertise and broad product portfolio.”

    According to XY, the average person spends approximately five hours a month searching for misplaced items like TV remotes, keys, smartphones, eyewear, wallets and purses. In a recent report from the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency, personal tracking devices are expected to become the fastest growing market within the Location Based Services (LBS) sector with an expected compounded annual growth rate of 18 percent between 2016 and 2025.

    About Skyworks’ Front-End Connectivity Solutions

    XY4+ item finders utilize Skyworks’ highly integrated front-end modules designed for Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) range extension devices operating…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today