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Microsoft acquires startup Affirmed Networks

Earlier today, Microsoft announced that it will be acquiring a startup called Affirmed Networks for an undisclosed amount. The company offers complete virtualized, cloud-native mobile network solutions. Based on Microsoft’s announcement, they intend to integrate the startup’s technology into Microsoft Azure so that the telecom industry will be able to deploy and maintain 5G networks over the cloud instead of using hardware and software. 

Wireless networks have started borrowing spectrum to improve network capacity

Now that so many people are turning to work from home, cellular networks will likely see an increase in traffic. This is caused by the sheer volume of users who want to stay connected with their loved ones around the world. To make sure that the networks continue to work smoothly, some carriers have already made the initiative to get extra spectrum. 

Samsung offering free service to sanitize your phone

With the ongoing threat of the coronavirus disease, there’s only one sure way you can protect yourself: by practicing good hygiene. But good hygiene does not only mean washing your hands. It also means making sure that your smartphone is disinfected. 

T-Mobile sends out alerts for latest security breach

T-Mobile has just been hit by a data breach attack. 

Big four US carriers will be fined by the FCC

The big four US carriers appear to be in big trouble with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Earlier this week, the government agency announced that it will be fining the four wireless networks a total of over $200 million for selling customer location data. 

Google expands Stadia gaming service to more devices

Last year, Google launched its cloud-based gaming streaming service to the Pixel. After its successful launch, Google has decided to make Stadia available to more devices. 

Earlier today, Google revealed that they will be making Stadia available to over a dozen devices by February 20th. The full list of devices that will support Google Stadia later this month include the following:

MWC 2020 officially cancelled

It’s official. There won’t be any Mobile World Congress (MWC) event happening in Barcelona this year. 

T-Mobile hints at new Un-carrier announcement soon

T-Mobile is planning to make a big Un-carrier move real soon. 

In its Q4 2019 earnings call, CEO John Legere teased about a new announcement that they plan to make later in the quarter. Unfortunately, that’s all that T-Mobile shared about this. The CEO did not give any further information on what its announcement will be. 

US DOJ taking action on 5 VoIP companies involved in robocalls

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is taking action against a number of American companies that have been found to be involved in a robocall scheme. 

Earlier today, the government agency announced that it is seeking temporary restraining orders that it can use against five voice over internet protocol (VoIP) carriers from New York and Arizona. These carriers served as “gateway carriers” for fraudulent calls to be made from abroad. 

Seattle is first district to offer option to vote via smartphone

King County, Washington is hitting a milestone not just for the state, but the country as a whole. For the first time ever, all residents of the county have an option to vote in an official election using purely their smartphone. The election is for the King Conservation District Board of Supervisors.