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T-Mobile starts to detail in-home 5G goals, plans to take on Charter and Comcast

September 21, 2018 Alex 0

Back in June, T-Mobile and Sprint announced that as part of their intended merger, they were planning to offer in-home internet based on 5G service, with the goal of becoming the fourth largest ISP in America by 2024. Based on statements to the FCC from T-Mobile’s COO Mike Sievert, we now have more details about what that service may look like, via Fierce Wireless.

According to Sievert, the combined Sprint and T-Mobile entity is setting its sights high when it comes to entering the home internet market. Its goal is to cover “52% of the zip codes across the county by 2024,” a chunk of that market that would include “64% of Charter’s territory and 68% of Comcast’s territory.” It’s an ambitious plan that would see the fledgling 5G service…

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Etymotic’s ER3 line of headphones is for the budget audiophile

September 21, 2018 Alex 0

Etymotic has launched its latest ER3SE and ER3XR in-ear headphones as affordable alternatives to its high-fidelity, noise-isolating ER4 line. The ER3SE are the Studio Reference model, while the ER3XR Extended Response provide enhanced bass. Both headphones in the ER3 line costs $179 — a much more affordable alternative to the $349 ER4 line — while still providing noise isolation and studio-grade sound.

My colleague Vlad Savov provided a detailed history of the company back in April when he reviewed the Etymotic ER4 line of headphones. Etymotic originally started as an acoustics research and hearing aid company, and its focus on providing accurate sound reproduction has transferred over to the well-reviewed ER4s.

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Protecting Against ‘Natural’ Cybersecurity Erosion

September 21, 2018 Alex 0

Every child who's ever played a board game understands that the act of rolling dice yields an unpredictable result. In fact, that's why children's board games use dice in the first place: to ensure a random outcome that is — from a macro point of view, at least — about the same likelihood each time the die is thrown. Consider for a moment what would happen if someone replaced the dice used in one of those board games with weighted dice — say dice that were 10 percent more likely to come up “6” than any other number. Would you notice?

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iFixit’s iPhone XS and XS Max teardown shows off the revamped batteries

September 21, 2018 Alex 0

Today is the official launch day for Apple’s latest iPhone XS and XS Max phones. And, as is practically a tradition, iFixit is ready with a full teardown to show off all the secrets inside Apple’s latest phones.

As expected, the new phones are pretty similar to last year’s iPhone X (the XS Max’s larger size notwithstanding), but there are a few tweaks and changes for the eagle-eyed observer to note between the two devices.

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The biggest change is the battery. While last year’s iPhone X had two battery cells for a total charge of 2,716mAh, the iPhone XS has a single, L-shaped cell, with a slightly lower 2,659mAh capacity. (Apple claims that it’ll still offer slightly better battery life than the X does.)…

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