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MetroPCS is now Metro by T-Mobile

It’s been five years since T-Mobile picked up MetroPCS, and now the prepaid service is finally getting a fresh coat of paint. The “PCS” bit is getting the old heave-ho, while the brand’s owners are letting you know who’s boss with the new Metro by T-Mobile brand name. The new ...

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US ISP RCN stores customer passwords in cleartext

RCN, one of the largest internet and cable service providers in the US, admitted today on Twitter that it stores users’ passwords in cleartext, passwords to which its customer support employees have access at any time during technical support requests. An RCN spokesperson said that “[customer support] agents need to ...

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Happy 10th anniversary, Android

It’s been 10 years since Google took the wraps off the G1, the first Android phone. Since that time the OS has grown from buggy, nerdy iPhone alternative to arguably the most popular (or at least populous) computing platform in the world. But it sure as heck didn’t get there ...

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Spark lights up Cat M1 IoT network

New Zealand’s incumbent telecommunications provider Spark switched on its LTE Cat M1 network across its 4G network on Monday. The telco said the network is running in its 700 and 1800MHz bands, and would be deployed across the rest of the country in the next six months to eventually cover ...

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Answering its critics, Google loosens reins on AMP project

Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, has been a controversial project since its debut. The need for the framework has been clear: the payloads of mobile pages can be just insane, what with layers and layers of images, JavaScript, ad networks, and more slowing down page rendering time and costing users ...

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Instagram may divide hashtags from captions to end overhashing

Geofenced sharing, Quiz stickers, Stories Highlight stickers and a separate interface for adding hashtags to posts are amongst a slew of new features Instagram has prototyped or is now testing. The last one could finally #cure #the #hashtag #madness that’s infected many of Instagram’s 1 billion users, causing them desperately ...

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Optus confirms mobile outage

(Image: Optus) Optus has confirmed that its mobile network is experiencing an outage across Australia. “Some Optus customers this morning may have been experiencing intermittent disruptions to their mobile services,” an Optus spokesperson said on Friday. “We have been progressively restoring services since 10am. “We apologise to our customers for ...

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Inside Facebook Dating, launching today first in Colombia

Does deeper data produce perfect matches? Facebook is finally ready to find out, starting today with a country-wide test in Colombia of its Dating feature. It’s centered around an algorithm-powered homescreen of Suggested romantic matches based on everything Facebook knows about you that other apps don’t. There’s no swiping and ...

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Telstra CTO unveils cells on wings

Telstra CTO Hakan Eriksson (Image: Corinne Reichert/ZDNet) Telstra has announced that it is designing and testing drones kitted out with small cells to be used as portable mobile base stations that provide 4GX coverage to a wide area. The telco, which has dubbed the offering a “cell on wings”, said ...

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