Carrier executives warned they may be more reluctant to take part in future spectrum auctions if the Federal Communications Commission misses its 39-month deadline for TV stations to vacate their frequencies. Broadcasters have continued to press the FCC to postpone the repack cutoff date.
Fans of the iPhone are generally waiting for the more advanced X model to ship in November rather than bite at the new iPhone 8, which reached stores last week, analysts say while warning that buyers may face iPhone X supply shortages. KGI Securities reports unexpectedly strong preorders on the Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS + LTE.
Carriers will begin selling 5G smartphones in 2019, Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf said at a German trade show this week, citing unusually strong demand from consumers and businesses. "[T]here are multiple operators wanting to be first and not be left behind," he said.
Shrinking smartphone bezels show that manufacturers are running out of ways to transform phone designs, says Mark Rolston, co-founder of argodesign. Smaller bezels allow more room for photo and video content when screen space is at a premium.
T-Mobile US and Sprint reportedly have returned to merger talks, with sources saying negotiations are focusing on an all-stock deal that would give T-Mobile control of the combined entity. "It makes sense not to have just two with such big market share and two little ones," Masayoshi Son, CEO of Sprint parent SoftBank, said in reference to the US wireless market.
Facebook is addressing brand safety concerns by introducing new standards that will prevent ads from being shown inside "fake" or objectionable video and articles, and is working with third parties, such as Integral Ad Science and DoubleVerify. Advertisers will be able to "blacklist" individual publishers or types of content from their media buys and will receive post-campaign reports that detail where ads appeared.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai lauded wireless carriers for their actions during the recent hurricanes, saying at an industry event, "It would have been a lot worse if it weren't for wireless communications." Also, the FCC extended its Disaster Information Reporting System data collection area to 21 counties in Georgia and Alabama.
Google has partnered with uBreakiFix to offer free repairs on Pixel smartphones to those who were affected by Hurricane Harvey, with the offer effective at seven uBreakiFix locations in the Houston area through the end of the month. Meanwhile, Google plans to launch its Pixel 2 smartphone Oct. 4.
Sinclair Broadcast Group's proposed purchase of Tribune stations will not delay the repack of TV stations that are under a 39-month federal deadline to vacate their airwaves in the wake of last year's spectrum auction, the company's Harvey Arnold insisted. Also, a broadcasters group said it would not ask Congress to extend the deadline but did ask that stations be protected.
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