Dish Allocating $1 Billion to Build 5G Network

FierceWireless spotted a recent SEC filing from dish network that states “In March 2017, we notified the FCC that we plan to deploy a next-generation 5G-capable network, focused on supporting narrowband Internet of Things (“IoT”). The first phase of our network deployment will be completed by March 2020, with subsequent phases to be completed thereafter. We may also determine that additional wireless spectrum licenses may be required to commercialize our wireless business and to compete with other wireless service providers.”



There are a few factors working against Dish at the moment, the main being as of right now there is no approved specifications for a “stand alone” 5G network, meaning the only specifications are for those who have an existing LTE network, and wish to expand to 5G. That however is supposed to change later this year, and having even more competition in the wireless market will be a good thing.

During Dish’s earnings call with investors today, Dish’s Tom Cullen said the carrier is “making good steady progress on the network buildout.” He said Dish has already engaged with network equipment vendors, tower providers and chipset and deployment companies to build out its NB-IoT network. He said the company has also increased its workforce dedicated to its wireless effort.

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Phones At Apple Repair Center Are Calling 911 Multiple Times a Day

CBS Sacramento is reporting that phones located at an Apple repair center in Elk Grove California have been calling 911. The Elk Grove police states that they receive on average, 20 accidental 911 calls a day from the repair center, and roughly 1,600 calls since October. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Communication Center is also getting these calls, 47 since January.



Hopefully this gets resolved as soon as possible, but the fact that it has been going on since October doesn’t give me all that much hope. Apple states in the article it dies not know which devices are making the call, the iPhone, or the iWatch, which I have to doubt with as much data as smartphone manufacturers keep on usage.

In a statement to CBS13, an Apple spokesperson says:
“We’re aware of 911 calls originating from our Elk Grove repair and refurbishment facility. We take this seriously and we are working closely with local law enforcement to investigate the cause and ensure this doesn’t continue.”

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FCC Broadband Speed Map is Back Online

The national broadband speed map is back after a 4 year hiatus. It’s actually pretty decent even though the data does need some tweaks and it would be nice if it included prices as well. I put my address into the map and found out about a few providers I didn’t know about, however, it missed a few including my current fiber provider. Check it out here.



So while the FCC should be applauded for getting the broadband map back up and running – and for doing a good job of making a vast database of information easy to search and makes sense of – the truth is that we are looking at an idealized version of reality as painted by ISPs themselves.

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Now BMW is Recalling 12,000 Diesel Cars Over Emissions

Evidently BMW has a problem with software in some of their cars that could mislead regulatory tests for pollutants. They say it’s all just a big mistake that some software like that was loaded into some 5 and 7-series vehicles. This is kinda funny since BMW loves to talk about how clean their diesel cars are. Mistake or not this isn’t a good look for them. I bet Volkswagen starts screaming for an investigation.



But BMW has so far been able to trumpet clean diesel credentials. After the KBA recently found no issues with a 3-series car that environmental activists had suggested might include a defeat device, development chief Klaus Froehlich stated baldly that “vehicles from the BMW group were not manipulated. Our diesel engines are clean.”

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Bitmain May Have Made as Much as Nvidia Last Year

According to Bernstein semiconductor team analysts, Bitmain, a manufacturer of cryptomining equipment, may have made as much as $4B in operating profit last year. Compare this to Nvidia and their $3B in operating profit last year. Bitmain has gone from a small time, unknown operation, to a powerhouse in the cryptcurrency market in just four years. Also, in addition to their manufacturing they also mine bitcoin and run mining pools. You have to hand it to the founders of Bitmain because they have truly gone from rags to riches on the back of the cryptocurrency market.



Today, Bitmain sells Antminer bitcoin mining rigs that can cost several hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars each. The company also operates “mining pools” in which participants collaborate on bitcoin mining in order to cut costs. As a result, Bernstein estimates Bitmain has 70 to 80 percent of market share in bitcoin miners and asics.

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Spectrum Quietly Tries a la Carte TV Streaming

It appears that Spectrum is offering a la carte TV streaming at a very reasonable price to a select group of customers to try to bring them back into the fold. The pricing appears to be pretty good for the broadcast networks and your choice of 10 other channels from a list of around 65. If this something that interests you then give your local Spectrum center a call and see if you are eligible. Maybe this is the beginning of the cable companies finally seeing the light.



For now, Spectrum TV Choice is little more than a lure, most likely for internet subscribers who gave up cable TV long ago, or for ones who are about to cut the cord. I’m not even sure if Spectrum could offer this package to everyone, given that networks have previously put subscriber caps on skinny bundles and shut down attempts to make sports networks like ESPN optional.

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Intel Didn't Tell Government About Meltdown/Spectre Because They Couldn't Help

Back in January after the Meltdown/Spectre threat became public knowledge members of Congress sent letters to Intel and others to ask them why they didn’t tell the government about the problems. According to letters sent back to Congress it came down to the fact that Intel didn’t feel it was necessary because the government couldn’t help them fix it. While I can kind of understand the response I still think Intel (and others) owed it to the government (and tax payers) to let them know that something was wrong with their processors that could affect national security. Check out all the letters here.



That meant the cabal felt none of the US government, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team or the Computer Emergency Readiness Team Coordination Center would be useful in preparing a response to the mess it made. Once news of the flaws broke, Intel “expedited its plans to deploy the mitigations and promptly briefed governments and others about the issues.”

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Net Neutrality Rules Officially Repealed and Now the Legal Fight Begins

Effective yesterday the 2015 net neutrality rules were officially repealed in the federal register. The Electonic Frontier Foundation, 22 Attorneys General and others, are now going to court to fight this repeal. Individual states are contemplating their own net neutrality laws as well. This is going to be an interesting fight.



First, under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress can reverse a change in regulation with a simple majority vote. That would bring the 2015 Open Internet Order back into effect. Congress has 60 working days—starting from when the rule is published in the official record—to do this. So those 60 days start now.

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Intel Didn't Tell Government About Meltdown/Spectre Because They Couldn't Help With Fix

Back in January after the Meltdown/Spectre threat became public knowledge members of Congress sent letters to Intel and others to ask them why they didn’t tell the government about the problems. According to letters sent back to Congress it came down to the fact that Intel didn’t feel it was necessary because the government couldn’t help them fix it. While I can kind of understand the response I still think Intel (and others) owed it to the government (and tax payers) to let them know that something was wrong with their processors that could affect national security. Check out all the letters here.



That meant the cabal felt none of the US government, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team or the Computer Emergency Readiness Team Coordination Center would be useful in preparing a response to the mess it made. Once news of the flaws broke, Intel “expedited its plans to deploy the mitigations and promptly briefed governments and others about the issues.”

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Scientists Turn Smartphone Into Food Poisoning Detector

Scientists at the University of Massachussetts Amherst have figured out how to turn a smartphone into a food poisoning detector. All you have to do is add a $30 microscope attachment to your smartphone and run their app after rinsing the suspected food with water. The microscope and app work together and detect the presense of dangerous bacteria in 30 minutes. If you cook a lot of chicken, raw vegetables and the like then this would be nice to have. It’s not available yet, but once it’s out in the market I bet it sells well to consumers and restaurants alike.



“Right now, this is really preliminary,” said McLandsborough. “We can detect bacteria with the iPhone, but we don’t know if they’re pathogenic – if they’re harmful bacteria or good bacteria.”

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Rhode Island State Representative Wants to Tax Violent Video Games

A Rhode Island State Representative is proposing a 10% tax on violent video games to fund counselling and mental health services in schools. However, the Secret Service says less than 20% of school shooters played violent video games. So why tax video games if they have no real evidence of them causing school shootings? Just another knee jerk “solution”. In my opinion he needs to propose some reallocation of funding in the state budget and take care of those services that way. Taxing video games is stupid.



American states don’t have the power to legislate against the sale of M-rated games to minors. Nardolillo’s proposal aims to offset this by increasing tax and funnelling that money into mental health provisions.

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Nissan Testing Easy Ride Service

Nissan is testing their new autonomous vehicle ride-sharing service called Easy Ride. They have developed in-house software that hails a ride like Uber or Lyft. The test starts in Japan next month and once everything checks out they plan to offer the service across Japan in the early 2020’s. Can the Ubers of the world compete with the automakers in this market? We’ll soon see.



Nissan wants to launch ‘Easy Ride’ in Japan in the early 2020s and has designed it to feel more like a concierge service on wheels, making restaurant recommendations, for example, while the car is on the move.

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Pluto Wants To Become Like The Discord Of VR

Until now VR didn’t have a Discord-like social app to converse with friends. Pluto is looking to change that and is available now in Steam Early Access. Pluto runs as a background app alongside SteamVR. After you create an avatar, friends can start a call with you, if you toggle on your Pluto avatar,, friends will see your head tracked face and hands moving around, mimicking your actions in game, but superimposed into their environment.



Anything that can increase the social aspect of VR will inevitably lead to more widespread VR adoption. Even though single player FPS are my personal favorite games, BSing with friends while you’re playing even different games is one of the most enjoyable aspects of gaming to me. You can get Pluto on Steam here, for free.

Luckily it really, really works well. A well-known blemish on the report card of VR right now is that it’s an inherently isolating experience unless you’re in a dedicated social VR app like VRChat, Rec Room, or even Bigscreen. Now with Pluto, anything can be social.

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Elmnator Finishing Up Project Venus for PDXLAN

@Elmator is finishing up his copper hard piped computer system for PDXLAN that he calls “Project Venus.” He is getting the pumps installed, doing leak testing, firing it up for the first time, then doing a bunch of finish work that includes a lot of cable sleeving. Give him a look and find out how a pro does it. On the upside, there will be no re-re-re-re-bending of copper pipe tonight.

Watch live video from Elmnator on www.twitch.tv

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Metal Gear Survive Is Charging $10 For a Second Save Slot

Just when we thought it was impossible for Konami to sink any lower, Kagemasa Kozuki says “hold my sake” and decides that extra save slots in Metal Gear: Survive should cost $10. Metal Gear Survive requires you to create an avatar, which is tied to both single and multiplayer saves/accounts, and you only get one. So if you want to do another playthough of the game, you have to delete your character, or buy 1,000 SV Coins which can be had at the price of 1,150 for $10, or 550 for $5.



Absolutely disgusting. And don’t forget, Metal Gear Survive is not only a terrible game, it also has the usual assortment of aid cosmetic items, paid XP boosters, and paid loadout slots. Seriously #FucKonami. A big thank you to @SPARTAN VI for the story.

Ramping up the ridiculousness even further, if you share your Steam, Xbox Live, or PSN account with family members, each additional player will have to spend that extra $10 to play with their own character.

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Watercool HEATKILLER IV Pro Water Block Flow Redux

We had the opportunity to reshoot this Watercool HEATKILLER IV PRO flow video. The first time I did it, it was not focused perfectly on the flow channels so I corrected that, and I slowed it down a bit more in parts. (Getting used to a new camera.) This time the flow itself was not as dramatic in terms of visuals, but you can see the exact flow much better. Enjoy.



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UPS Teaming Up With Workhorse to Deploy 50 Electric Delivery Vans

UPS has already committed to purchasing 125 Tesla semi trucks and now they are looking into deploying 50 custom made electric delivery vans as well. They’re working with Workhorse to make this happen and the goal is to be able to match the cost of existing conventional-fuel vehicles. Testing will occur in cities for the most part and if it works well they will end up replacing the majority of their delivery fleet with electric-powered vehicles.



“Electric vehicle technology is rapidly improving with battery, charging and smart grid advances that allow us to specify our delivery vehicles to eliminate emissions, noise and dependence on diesel and gasoline,” said Carlton Rose, president of global fleet maintenance and engineering for UPS. “With our scale and real-world duty cycles, these new electric trucks will be a quantum leap forward for the purpose-built UPS delivery fleet.

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SpaceX Successfully Launches Two Test Sats for Starlink Internet Service

SpaceX strikes again and successfully launches a Paz satellite for a Spanish operator into orbit. However, SpaceX decided they were also going to launch two test sats into orbit for another Elon Musk venture called Starlink. Starlink is a satellite based internet service that he hopes will bring service to people all over the world. Also, in another first for SpaceX they tried to use a drone ship to catch the fairing from the rocket, but missed it by a few hundred meters. The rocket fairing costs $6M per launch so it makes sense to try and reuse that has well to further drive down launch costs. I bet they catch it next time.



The two experimental craft will help get SpaceX’s Starlink satellite-internet constellation off the ground. If everything works out, this meganetwork, which company founder and CEO Elon Musk first announced in 2015, will eventually consist of thousands of satellites. Together, these spacecraft will provide low-cost internet to people around the world, with services beginning in 2020, on at least a limited basis, SpaceX has said.

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