Cryptocurrency investor Michael Terpin is understandably upset that he lost a combined $US24 million in two different hacks of his phone over the course of seven months. Terpin alleges that the hacks were only possible because the hackers had an inside person at AT&T who provided access to Terpin’s account. And he’s suing the telecommunications giant for both the money he lost and $US200 million in punitive damages.
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Four years ago, the Federal Trade Commission accused AT&T of throttling the speeds of unlimited data plans. On Thursday, Reuters reported AT&T finally dropped its legal challenge against that complaint -- and more broadly, the FTC's ability to protect net neutrality -- and is in talks to settle with the agency.
It's a confusing time for net neutrality legislation. Since the FCC voted to repeal Title II protections for the open web in December, a lot of solutions are being thrown around. One good rule is to never trust any arguments presented by telecoms. Alas, on Wednesday, AT&T issued a laughable statement saying it supports net neutrality, but it might need "fast lanes" to keep self-driving cars from slamming into each other.
President Donald Trump denied on Saturday reports that he had ordered the Department of Justice to halt the $US85.4 billion ($1,275 billion) merger between AT&T and Time Warner unless the combined company sells off Turner Broadcasting, a group of cable channels which includes Trump's hated arch-enemy CNN.
Get ready, because rumours are saying that Apple, Samsung, and others have plans to bring actual bendable phones to market within the next few years. But before than can happen, there's some important prep that needs to get ironed out first. That's where the dual-screen ZTE Axon M comes in.
Have you heard? AT&T is going to "pave the way for the next generation of faster speeds" with something called 5G Evolution. No, it's not actually a new 5G network, the much hyped successor to 4G that's supposed to change the way we connect to the internet. It's just a re-branded 4G offering, and AT&T's sad attempt at seeming innovative.
The future of net neutrality in the US looks pretty bleak right now. Next week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will step down after leading the commission for the last three years. During his time as chairman, Wheeler issued the 2015 Open Internet Order, a set of rules that protests net neutrality by prohibiting ISPs from blocking or throttling web traffic. All indications show the new US FCC will work to undo the current commissions work "as soon as possible".
AT&T will purchase Time Warner for over $US80 ($105) billion, the Wall Street Journal reports. "According to people familiar with the plans," the two companies will likely announce this as soon as Saturday night. AT&T will reportedly pay between $US105 ($138) and $US110 ($145) a share for Time Warner. According to another anonymous source, the deal is half-cash, half-stock.
Two of America's largest wireless providers suspended their replacement programs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 this weekend following reports of "safe" replacement phones igniting. In separate statements, AT&T and T-Mobile announced on Sunday that they would continue to accept Note 7s to be exchanged but would only replace them with other devices.
The funny thing about buying a smartphone in 2016 is that it's hard to go wrong. Not too long ago, even great phones could have terrible battery life, be bogged down by gobs of unwanted software, have an awful camera, or be missing a crucial feature or two. Now, we find almost every major handset will last till bedtime, take decent photos, display them on an excellent screen, blaze through apps with a speedy processor, and browse the web with fast 4G/LTE connectivity.
One month ago, we tried Google's experimental cell phone service in New York. It was a disaster. But I guess the second time's a charm. After spending two weeks with Project Fi in the San Francisco Bay Area, I'm just about ready to ditch my old carrier.