As US dismantles net neutrality, will EU tighten its grip on mobile operators?


To the great dismay of internet advertisers and publishers, the US Federal Communications Commission voted to do away with regulations ensuring net neutrality in December 2017 — protections largely seen as vital to keeping the internet open and free. On the contrary, the government argued, freedom from the burden of net neutrality will help the economy flourish and innovation soar. But we all know there’s a catch: Without mandated net neutrality, internet service providers gain complete control over the flow of digital content, leaving everyone else at their mercy. Net neutrality is still alive and well, it’s just across the…

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Samsung Galaxy S9 promo video leaks ahead of official reveal

Samsung is expected to unveil its Galaxy S9 flagship tomorrow, but it looks like someone at the company jumped the gun by publishing a promo video early.

A Samsung Galaxy S9 promo video was briefly posted to YouTube, and while it’s since been taken down, Slashleaks was able to save it before it disappeared. The video is business-focused, so there’s not a ton of spec details or anything like that spilled, but there is some info contained in the video.

The promo video confirms the Galaxy S9+’s rumored dual rear camera setup and as well as the face unlock, fingerprint reader, and IP68 water protection features of the Galaxy S9. Also confirmed by this video is the new DeX dock that will lay your phone sideways and let you use it as a touchpad or keyboard while the phone powers a monitor.

While there’s not much in the way of new info contained in this promo video, it doesn’t hurt to get another early peek at the Galaxy S9 before its official reveal. Are you thinking abotu buying the Galaxy S9 or S9+ when they launch?

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Tech Deals: Galaxy S8+ For $405, $250 Off MacBook Air, $12 Wireless Charger, $20 Saving On AirPods, More

It’s that time of the weekend again when you have the opportunity to purchase some wonderful hardware without having to pay full price. Check out the available deals, find something that you like, and make sure that you act quickly before deals go or prices rise.

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[Deal Alert] Jaybird Freedom 2 down to $82.95 on Amazon

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Look, I checked the Amazon rating on these Jaybird Freedom 2 earphones and I know they don’t seem to be the best in their category. But many of the reviews and opinions are based on their original $ 150 MSRP and the expectations that come from that. By comparison, the $ 82.95 price right now puts them in a different category and they might be worth a look, all things considered.

The Freedom 2 follow Jaybird’s signature form factor: two earbuds linked by one wire that sits around your neck.

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KGI: Apple Developing High-End Over-Ear Headphones, Launching Late 2018 at the Earliest

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new research note outlining his expectations for Apple’s “acoustic accessories” pipeline, claiming the company is working on both updated AirPods and “own-brand, high-end over-ear headphones” with an “all-new design.” The new over-ear headphones are said to debut in the fourth quarter of this year at the earliest.

Apple to have own-brand, high-end over-ear headphones with all-new design; to be as convenient as AirPods with better sound quality; shipments to begin 4Q18F at earliest; Primax & SZS will be the key suppliers & will benefit from high ASPs. We believe that after AirPods and HomePod, Apple’s next addition will be high-end over-ear headphones, making its acoustic accessory lineup more complete. Existing suppliers Primax and SZS will be Apple’s partners on this new product. Primax will receive assembly orders on its familiarity with the acoustic business, and SZS is likely to use MIM technology advantages as leverage to become the exclusive or main MIM part supplier. The new headphones will be priced higher than AirPods and should help boost the business momentum of Primax as the assembly provider.

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Kuo’s prediction on upgraded AirPods follows a similar report just a few days ago from Bloomberg. Kuo says the new AirPods should launch in the second half of this year.

We think the main difference of the upgraded AirPods, which won’t look much different from current AirPods, will be the wireless charging case and the adoption of an upgraded W1 chip. We believe that the charging case will adopt different processes for the external appearance and to meet thermal requirements from wireless charging, the hinge price will rise 60-80%.

Beyond this year’s update for the AirPods, Bloomberg claimed this week that Apple is working on a subsequent AirPods update that would bring water resistance to the earphones, but that model wouldn’t arrive until 2019 at the earliest.

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