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Watch Out: This Verizon Smishing Scam Is Crazy Realistic

Slashdot reader Iwastheone shared a warning from the editor-in-chief at How-To Geek about a "shockingly convincing" scam: The scam text message says, "Your Verizon account security needs validation" and invites you to tap a link to "validate your account." Once you do, you end up at a phishing website that looks almost exactly like Verizon's real website. The fake website asks for your My Verizon mobile number or user ID and password. After you provide those, it'll ask for your account PIN. Fina...
Tags: Verizon, Tech, Iwastheone


The new flagship smartphones are all incredibly expensive, and it's a worrying trend that suggests 5G is only for those who can afford it

Almost all top-spec Android smartphones of 2020 will come with 5G connectivity because the premium Qualcomm chip of 2020 supports 5G connectivity by default.  Samsung's latest Galaxy S20 phones with 5G start at $1,000, and there's no cheaper version of the Galaxy S20 like there was with the Galaxy S10.  The high price of Samsung's Galaxy S20 phones set a worrying precedent that the cost of entry for 5G is high, and it'll only be available to those who can afford it.  5G wireless plans are also...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Samsung, Trends, Sprint, Htc, Qualcomm, Metro, T Mobile


Samsung's new flagship smartphones are incredibly expensive and set a worrying precedent that 5G is only for those who can afford it

Almost all top-spec Android smartphones of 2020 will come with 5G connectivity because the premium Qualcomm chip of 2020 supports 5G connectivity by default.  Samsung's latest Galaxy S20 phones with 5G start at $1,000, and there's no cheaper version of the Galaxy S20 like there was with the Galaxy S10.  The high price of Samsung's Galaxy S20 phones set a worrying precedent that the cost of entry for 5G is high, and it'll only be available to those who can afford it.  5G wireless plans are also...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Samsung, Trends, Sprint, Htc, Qualcomm, Metro, T Mobile


10 features Samsung's Galaxy S20 phones have that Apple's latest iPhones are missing (AAPL)

Samsung's newly announced Galaxy S20 phones have several features that make them different from both last year's Galaxy S10 and Apple's current iPhones. They all support 5G connectivity, unlike the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, and come with larger cameras with higher-resolution sensors. Plus, their screens can reach a refresh rate of 120Hz, a feature Apple offers on the iPad but not the iPhone. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Earlier this week, Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S20...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Samsung, Trends, Sprint, United States Networks


The best prepaid cell phone plans for 2020

Looking to spend less on your cell phone? We run through the best pre-paid plans and what each has to offer.
Tags: Apple, Android, Mobile, Verizon, Trends, T-mobile, AT&T, Best Of, Buying Guides, Cell Phone Plans, Tier 4


Netflix fights new streaming rivals with Samsung partnership

As the streaming battles heat up, Netflix is hoping a new partnership with Samsung will help it fend off rivals. At Samsung’s Unpacked event this week, the mobile device maker announced a deal with Netflix that will bring to its Galaxy smartphones exclusive bonus content associated with several Netflix original shows. The partnership also allows Netflix to more deeply integrate its streaming service with Samsung devices. The latter part of the partnership involving device integration is fairly s...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Verizon, Spotify, Media, Samsung, Tech, Apple TV, Netflix, Comcast, Streaming, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Streaming Service, Samsung Galaxy, Peacock, Samsung Mobile


Netflix fends off new streaming rivals by way of Samsung partnership

As the streaming battles heat up, Netflix is hoping a new partnership with Samsung will help it fend off rivals. At Samsung’s Unpacked event this week, the mobile device maker announced a deal with Netflix that will bring exclusive bonus content associated with several Netflix original shows to its Galaxy smartphones in the months ahead. The partnership also allows Netflix to more deeply integrate its streaming service with Samsung devices. The latter part of the partnership involving device int...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Verizon, Spotify, Media, Samsung, Tech, Apple TV, Netflix, Comcast, Streaming, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Streaming Service, Samsung Galaxy, Peacock, Samsung Mobile


Catching up on China’s tech influence operations in America

It’s been a dizzying few weeks following all the China news emanating from Washington DC these days. While a “phase one” trade deal with China has been signed and appears to be moving forward as of a month ago (we covered the origins of this trade war extensively on TechCrunch in 2018 and 2019), it has also become clear that the Trump administration and its various agencies are aggressively targeting China on a variety of fronts. Here’s what’s been happening with startup funding, Huawei, univers...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Asia, UK, Wtf, Justice, Saudi Arabia, Government, China, Germany, Softbank, America, Tech, Intel, Policy, Harvard


The battle over data privacy has only begun in California

Californians who have noticed new warnings, disclaimers and privacy policies on websites are experiencing the first wave of changes wrought by the rigorous new California Consumer Privacy Act. The CCPA took effect on Jan. 1. Enforcement will not begin until July, but in the meantime, Attorney General Xavier Becerra has been publishing proposed regulations and tech companies have been scrambling to understand what they can and can’t do in order to be in compliance. Under the CCPA, consumers have ...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Facebook, California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Comcast, Editorials, Social Security, Pwc, Legislature, Xavier Becerra, Chad Mayes, Becerra, Alastair Mactaggart


Swiftmile is bringing advertising to micromobility

Swiftmile, the startup that wants to become the gas station for micromobility vehicles, is getting into advertising. Swiftmile already supplies cities and private operators with docks equipped to park and charge both scooters and e-bikes. Now, the company is starting to integrate digital displays that attach to its charging stations to provide public transit info, traffic alerts and, of course, ads. “It adds tremendous value because it’s a massive market,” Swiftmile CEO Colin Roche told TechC...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Verizon, Berlin, Tech, Austin, Verizon Media Group, Colin Roche, Swiftmile, Swiftmile Swiftmile


T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Wins Approval From US Judge

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: T-Mobile's edged closer to a takeover of Sprint after a federal judge on Tuesday approved the deal, rejecting a claim by a group of states that said the deal would violate antitrust laws and raise prices. During a two-week trial in December, T-Mobile and Sprint argued the merger will better equip the new company to compete with top players Verizon and AT&T as the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier, creating a more efficient company with low pric...
Tags: Verizon, New York, California, US, Tech, Sprint, Reuters, U S District Court, T Mobile, AT T, Marrero, Victor Marrero


Sprint/T-Mobile merger gets federal judge approval

The U.S. mobile landscape is on track to look a whole lot different. A hotly contested $26 billion deal between T-Mobile and Sprint just got the go ahead from a U.S. district court judge. The merger would combine the country’s third and fourth largest mobile carriers, effectively reducing the number of key carriers from four down to three. Critics of the deal, including attorneys general from more than one dozen states, have expressed concern that such a deal would diminish competition in the...
Tags: Mobile, Verizon, Tech, Sprint, T Mobile, M&a, Justice Department, AT T, Marrero, Letitia James, Sprint T Mobile, U S District Judge Victor Marrero


Reports: Judge to Rule in Favor of Dreaded T-Mobile and Sprint Merger

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero is set to allow the $26.5 billion T-Mobile and Sprint merger to go forward, clearing the path to merge the nation’s third and fourth-largest wireless carriers into a single behemoth that would rival Verizon and A&T, reports indicated on Monday night.Read more...
Tags: Mobile, Verizon, Science, Technology, Fcc, Telecommunications, Sprint, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless, Mergers, Att, Courts, Department Of Justice, Doj, T Mobile, Victor Marrero


Here's where Google's first 21 employees are now (GOOG, GOOGL)

Most of the original employees at Google have since left the company — even founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Many early Googlers became entrepreneurs or executives at other companies. Marissa Mayer, for example, was employee No. 21 — she later became CEO of Yahoo.  Others have stayed at Google. Susan Wojcicki, Google's 16th employee, is currently the CEO of YouTube. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Only a few of Google's earliest employees still work at the internet gia...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Twitter, Elon Musk, London, Yahoo, Massachusetts, Trends, Linkedin, Cisco, Larry Page, Larry Ellison, Sergey Brin, Google Earth, Susan Wojcicki, Lake Tahoe


Develop a serious cybersecurity strategic plan that incorporates CCM

Robert R. Ackerman Jr. Contributor Share on Twitter Robert R. Ackerman Jr. is the founder and managing director of AllegisCyber, a venture capital firm specializing in cybersecurity, and the co-founder and executive at DataTribe, a cybersecurity startup foundry which focuses on launching startups based on cyber domain expertise from the intelligence community and national laboratories. More posts by this contributor ...
Tags: Security, Verizon, Column, Yahoo, Developer, Tech, Cryptography, Cybercrime, Gartner, Cyberwarfare, Computer Security, Cyberspace, CCM, Forward, vArmour, Robert R Ackerman Jr Contributor Share


China says Huawei is the victim of a 'witch hunt' as it warns European countries not to freeze the company out of their 5G networks

Six senior UK politicians wrote a letter on Saturday criticising the UK's decision to allow Huawei to build part of its 5G network. In a BBC interview on Sunday China's ambassador to the UK said the politicians were pursuing a "witch hunt" against Huawei because it is a Chinese company. The UK's decision to include Huawei in its 5G network was in defiance of the US, which has been lobbying allies to exclude Huawei's 5G equipment on the grounds it acts as a conduit for Chinese government spying...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Europe, UK, France, China, Nokia, US, Trends, Conservative, Bbc, Paris, Boris Johnson, Iain Duncan Smith, Conservative Party, Huawei


California’s new privacy law is off to a rocky start

California’s new privacy law was years in the making. The law, California’s Consumer Privacy Act — or CCPA — became law on January 1, allowing state residents to reclaim their right to access and control their personal data. Inspired by Europe’s GDPR, the CCPA is the largest statewide privacy law change in a generation. The new law lets users request a copy of the data that tech companies have on them, delete the data when they no longer want a company to have it, and demand that their data isn’...
Tags: Security, Verizon, Twitter, Europe, Privacy, Law, California, Government, Tech, United States, Comcast, Davis, Data Protection, Facial Recognition, Data Security, Jean Yang


Doritos Airs “Cool”est Ad in Ipsos’ Exclusive Real-Time Biometric Ranking of Big Game Ads

Doritos, Google and Michelob Ultra were the big winners in Ipsos’ annual ranking of Super Bowl commercials. The ranking uses a unique set-up that measures passive emotional response in real-time and in the context of the game itself. An audience of 40 people were recruited to watch the entire Super Bowl at a private screening event in New York City, including commercials. Participants could bring friends and family in order to recreate a realistic viewing environment, with snacks and bever...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Technology, Featured, Microsoft, France, Doritos, New York City, Advertising, Paris, Reuters, Michelob Ultra, Winona, Ipsos, Alice Johnson, Facebook Google Amazon


The 5 coolest features of Motorola's new $1,500 Razr phone — which launches today

Motorola just launched a new version of its iconic Razr flip phone from the early 2000s.  The new Razr has a foldable screen, but maintains a design that's very similar to the original. Based on what we know about the new Razr, it seems like it could offer some benefits over rival foldable phones, like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X. Its flip-phone-inspired design feels more natural to use, and the crease where the screen folds doesn't seem as noticeable, for example. Visit Business...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Motorola, Samsung, Trends, Netflix, Lg, Huawei, Qualcomm, Cnet, Motorola Razr, Samsung Galaxy Fold, Razr Motorola


Huawei files patent infringement lawsuits against Verizon Communications

Huawei has filed two patent infringement lawsuits against Verizon Communications in U.S. District Court. The Chinese telecommunications equipment giant wants Verizon to compensate it for the use of technology it says are covered by 12 Huawei patents, including ones related to networking, security and video communications. Before the lawsuits were filed, Huawei claims it negotiated with Verizon in a series of meetings from February 2019 to January 21, but was unable to reach a license agreemen...
Tags: TC, Mobile, Verizon, South Korea, Tech, Telecommunications, Patents, Pentagon, Huawei, Verizon Communications, Commerce Department, Europe Japan, Verizon Media, Song Liuping, Verizon Communications in U S District Court, Verizon Communications Huawei


Disney+ already has 28.6M subscribers

The Walt Disney Company just announced that its streaming service Disney+ has 26.5 million paying subscribers — ahead of the already impressive 25 million predicted by Wall Street analysts. (Update: On the earnings call, CEO Bob Iger said the Disney+ subscriber number has grown to 28.6 million as of February 3.) Disney+ launched on November 12 and is not yet available globally. The day after the launch, the company said the service already had more than 10 million subscribers. Disney also rel...
Tags: Verizon, Media, Entertainment, Disney, US, Tech, Netflix, Earnings, Walt Disney Company, Iger, Espn, Hulu, TechCrunch, The Walt Disney Co, Robert Iger, Bob Iger


Disney+ already has 26.5M subscribers

The Walt Disney Company just announced that its streaming service Disney+ has 26.5 million paying subscribers — ahead of the already-impressive 25 million predicted by Wall Street analysts. Disney+ launched on November 12 and is not yet available globally. The day after the launch, the company said the service already had more than 10 million subscribers. Disney also released subscriber numbers for ESPN+ (6.6 million) and Hulu, where it owns a controlling stake (27.2 million for subscription ...
Tags: Verizon, Media, Entertainment, Disney, US, Tech, Netflix, Earnings, Walt Disney Company, Espn, Hulu, The Walt Disney Co, Robert Iger, ESPN Disney, Disney ESPN


Disney+ Has Raked in Over 25 Million Subscribers Since Launching Last Fall, But Will They Stick Around?

Later today, The Walt Disney Company will hold one of their regular earnings calls with shareholders to show how the company has been performing over the last quarter. But we already know one of the encouraging pieces of information they’ll be revealing: the number of subscribers to their new streaming service, Disney+. Disney is expected to announced that somewhere between 25 million and 30 million subscribers have signed up for Disney+ since launching in November last year. That’s a staggerin...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Verizon, Movies, Disney, Walt Disney Company, Marvel Studios, Matt Ellis, The Walt Disney Company, Netflix Hulu, Disney Disney, Michael Nathanson, Disney/Pixar, MoffettNathanson told Variety


What a terrible result from this year's Super Bowl. Can you believe it? Awful. Yes, we're talking about the tech ads

Verizon's hypocrisy, Amazon's negging, odd targeting from Google Comment It all looked so good. A stunning third quarter in Sunday’s Super Bowl left the San Francisco 49ers looking like dead certs for the armored rugby trophy. And then it all fell apart: the Niners pulled a WeWork, and got crushed like an orange in a Juicero by the Kansas City Chiefs.…
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, San Francisco, Software, Kansas City Chiefs, Niners


Here are all the Super Bowl commercials than ran in 2020

Super Bowl ads don't come cheap. Fox charged as much as $5.6 million for a 30-second spot in the game this year. Some like Facebook and hummus maker Sabra advertised for the first time, while others like Snickers and Squarespace returned after a few years. The advertisers also include regulars like Anheuser-Busch InBev and Pepsi and presidential candidates Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg. Here are all the commercials that aired during the Super Bowl 2020. Visit Business Insider's homepage ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Sodastream, Microsoft, Mexico, Boston, Office, Michael Bay, Disney, NFL, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends


Here are all the Super Bowl commercials that ran in 2020

Super Bowl ads don't come cheap. Fox charged as much as $5.6 million for a 30-second spot in the game this year. Some like Facebook and hummus maker Sabra advertised for the first time, while others like Snickers and Squarespace returned after a few years. The advertisers also include regulars like Anheuser-Busch InBev and Pepsi and presidential candidates Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg. Here are all the commercials that aired during the Super Bowl 2020. Visit Business Insider's homepage ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Sodastream, Microsoft, Mexico, Boston, Office, Michael Bay, Disney, NFL, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends


Here are all the Super Bowl commercials running this year

Super Bowl ads don't come cheap. Fox is charging as much as $5.6 million for a 30-second spot in the game this year. Some like Facebook and hummus maker Sabra are advertising for the first time while others like Snickers and Squarespace are returning after a few years. The advertisers also include regulars like Anheuser-Busch InBev and Pepsi and presidential candidates Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg.  Here's everything we know about the commercials airing during the Super Bowl 2020. Visit...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Microsoft, Mexico, Boston, Office, Michael Bay, Disney, NFL, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Walmart


Carriers ‘violated federal law’ by selling your location data, FCC tells Congress

More than a year and a half after wireless carriers were caught red-handed selling the real-time location data of their customers to anyone willing to pay for it, the FCC has determined that they committed a crime. An official documentation of exactly how these companies violated the law is forthcoming. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai shared his finding in a letter to Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee that oversees the agency. Rep. Pallone has been active on...
Tags: Mobile, Verizon, Fcc, Privacy, Congress, Government, Tech, Verizon Wireless, Pai, Ajit Pai, Pallone, Energy and Commerce committee, FCC s Enforcement Bureau, Jessica Rosenworcel, Frank Pallone D NJ, Verizon Media


Google Pixel 4 is one of the best Android phones — here's how much every model costs, from Pixel 3a to Pixel 4 XL

Google was slow to enter the smartphone game with house-made products, but its superb Pixel 4 phones set the bar high for the next iPhone and Samsung phones. The Pixel phones stand among the best Android devices you can buy, and the new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are up for preorder today for $799.00 and $899.00, respectively. Below, we break down the differences between all the available Pixel smartphone models to answer the question: How much does the Google Pixel cost? Given that Google is the...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Android, Verizon, Samsung, Trends, Sprint, Ram, Mp, Ssd, CPU, Pixel, Joe Osborne, Project Soli, Google Pixel


Here are all the Super Bowl commercials that will run this year

Super Bowl ads don't come cheap. Fox is charging as much as $5.6 million for a 30-second spot in the game this year. Some like Facebook and hummus maker Sabra are advertising for the first time while others like Snickers and Squarespace are returning after a few years. The advertisers also include regulars like Anheuser-Busch InBev and Pepsi and presidential candidates Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg.  Here's everything we know about the commercials airing during the Super Bowl 2020. Visit...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Microsoft, Mexico, Boston, Office, Michael Bay, Disney, Nbc News, NFL, America, San Francisco, Trends, Walmart



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