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Most IT professionals want to replace passwords with something better, but the industry can't agree on what that is

Passwords are cumbersome, ineffective, and involved in 80% of hacking data breaches – but they are deeply entrenched in our personal and work cultures.  New research shows companies are working to get rid of passwords entirely, while new AI technologies can now authenticate identities by voice patterns or even how you text.   Next week 45,000 cybersecurity professionals convene in San Francisco to show off the latest tech vying to replace passwords – but can the security industry find consensu...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Microsoft, San Francisco, Trends, Gartner, Silicon Valley, McAfee, Aetna, Yubico, Frank Abagnale, Abagnale, FIDO Alliance, Ponemon Institute, Trusona, Steve Povolny


Verizon may shun the Pixel 4a, because not enough of you buy Pixel phones now

Verizon, once Google's exclusive carrier partner, may decide not to sell the new Pixel phones this year.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, Verizon, News, Trends, Pixel 4XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 5


4 big reasons to buy the $1,000 Galaxy S20 instead of the $750 Galaxy S10

Samsung's latest Galaxy S20 smartphones are the most expensive to date, starting at $1,000 for the base model.  Samsung is still offering the Galaxy S10 series of smartphones as lower-cost premium flagship devices. The Galaxy S10 phones make a good case for themselves against Samsung's latest and expensive offering, but the Galaxy S20 phones still have four things going for them you may want to consider.  Some of those things include the latest and most powerful specs, totally refreshed camera...
Tags: Verizon, Samsung, Trends, Qualcomm, AT T, Only T Mobile


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


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


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


T-Mobile-Sprint merger might be renegotiated after underwhelming Sprint financials, but doing so could also hurt T-Mobile's growth

German telecom Deutsche Telekom is seeking to renegotiate the merger deal between its US subsidiary, T-Mobile, and rival Sprint, due to the latter's underwhelming financial performance, according to The Financial Times. This follows on the heels of the decision earlier this week in the protracted antitrust lawsuit against the proposed merger, which ruled in favor of T-Mobile and cleared the merger to move past one of its final hurdles. For context, since the merger's announcement in April 2018,...
Tags: Verizon, Softbank, US, Trends, Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, Mvno, T Mobile, T Mobile Sprint, MVNO Ting 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


What Verizon’s Super Bowl Strategy Shows About Blurring the Lines of Sports and Esports

As Super Bowl ad spends continue to climb, with an estimated $435 million (nearly $100 million more than last year) spent during this year's Big Game, brands are looking for other ways to leverage the spectacle of the Super Bowl. One prime example from this year was Verizon. As a partner of the NFL, Verizon...
Tags: Verizon, Advertising, Esports


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 Best Cell Phone Plans

I’ve had a Verizon plan for years. Never actually tried another plan. My friends have given me endless grief over this. T-Mobile is cheaper! Look at what you can get with AT&T! But I hate having to worry about reception or data speeds. Or hidden fees. I want to pay for quality and then never think about it again. That’s how I pick my plan. You might have a different set of priorities. And that’s great! To make the decision easy, we’ve broken down the best plans and when to choose each below. Th...
Tags: Verizon, Hbo, Mexico, Miscellaneous, Marketing, Canada, United States, AARP, T Mobile, AT T Sprint T Mobile Verizon, T Mobile Magenta Best, AT T Unlimited Elite Plan Best, Google Fi Best, National Carriers National, AT T Metro from T Mobile Total Wireless, Verizon Virgin Mobile


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


Samsung's new smartphone lineup will be a litmus test for 5G's consumer appeal

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Connectivity & Tech subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they're published on Business Insider, click here. Samsung hosted its Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event in San Francisco, where it showed off its latest foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip, and revealed details of its S20 flagship phone lineup. The new flagship devices will be available in three tiers: the Galaxy S20 ($1,000)...
Tags: Verizon, US, Samsung, San Francisco, Trends, Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider Intelligence Connectivity Tech


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


Judge clears a major path to T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion Sprint bid

By TALI ARBEL NEW YORK — A federal judge has cleared a major path to T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint, as he rejected claims by more than a dozen states that the deal would mean less competition and higher phone bills. Though the deal still needs a few more approvals, T-Mobile expects to close it as early as April 1. Once that happens, the number of major U.S. wireless companies would shrink from four to three. T-Mobile says the deal would benefit consumers as it becomes a fiercer com...
Tags: Verizon, Japan, New York, Obama, California, Sport, Soccer, Sprint, Federal Communications Commission, Gigi Sohn, Donald Trump, Consumer Reports, Justice Department, Trump, John Legere, T Mobile


Sprint surges 73% after its megamerger with T-Mobile gets the go-ahead

Sprint stock rocketed more than 70% on Tuesday. The rally came after a federal judge approved Sprint's megamerger with T-Mobile. The two mobile carriers had agreed in April 2018 to merge, but authorities worried the deal would reduce competition and raise prices. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Watch Sprint trade live. Sprint stock rocketed more than 70% on Tuesday after a federal judge approved the company's proposed megamerger with T-Mobile. America's third- and fourth-l...
Tags: Verizon, Facebook, Softbank, US, Trends, Netflix, Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Journal, T Mobile, Victor Marrero, Watch Sprint, Mobile America, 10256 T Mobile


SoftBank just made $12 billion after Sprint's stock rocketed 70%

SoftBank made about $12 billion after Sprint's stock price rocketed 70% on Tuesday. The Japanese conglomerate is Sprint's parent, owning nearly 85% of the wireless carrier's shares. The stock surge boosted the value of SoftBank's holding from about $17 billion to $29 billion. Sprint's shares shot up after a federal judge approved its mega-merger with T-Mobile. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SoftBank made about $12 billion this morning, courtesy of Sprint's surging stock p...
Tags: Verizon, Facebook, Softbank, Trends, Bloomberg, Netflix, Sprint, WeWork, AT T


Sprint is set to skyrocket 75% after its megamerger with T-Mobile got the go-ahead

Sprint stock rocketed more than 75% on Tuesday in premarket trading. The rally came after a federal judge approved Sprint's megamerger with T-Mobile. The two mobile carriers had agreed in April 2018 to merge, but authorities worried the deal would reduce competition and raise prices. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Watch Sprint trade live. Sprint stock rocketed more than 75% in premarket trading Tuesday after a federal judge approved the company's proposed megamerger with ...
Tags: Mobile, Verizon, Facebook, Softbank, US, Trends, Netflix, Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Journal, T Mobile, Victor Marrero, Watch Sprint, Mobile America


Sprint is set to skyrocket 75% after its mega-merger with T-Mobile got the go-ahead

Sprint stock rocketed more than 75% in pre-market trading on Tuesday. The rally came after a federal judge approved Sprint's mega-merger with T-Mobile. The two mobile carriers agreed to merge in April 2018, but authorities worried the deal would reduce competition and raise prices. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Watch Sprint trade live. Sprint stock rocketed more than 75% in pre-market trading on Tuesday after a federal judge approved the company's proposed mega-merger wi...
Tags: Mobile, Verizon, Facebook, Softbank, US, Trends, Netflix, Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Journal, T Mobile, Victor Marrero, Watch Sprint, Mobile America


T-Mobile and Sprint just got approval from a federal judge for a merger

The potential merger of T-Mobile and Sprint passed a major hurdle on Tuesday when a US District Judge ruled in favor of the merger.  The merger was getting pushed back by several State Attorneys General who claimed that a merger between T-Mobile and Sprint would stifle competition and lead to higher prices and worsened wireless networks. US District Judge Victor Marrero found that Sprint was falling behind as a competitive entity among other wireless carriers such as Verizon and Sprint.  Visi...
Tags: Verizon, Post, Fcc, US, Trends, Sprint, T Mobile, Marrero, Southern District of New York, Ajit Pai, Victor Marrero, State Attorneys General


T-Mobile’s $26.5 Billion Sprint Merger Approved Despite Competition Concerns

T-Mobile US Inc. won court approval for its $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint Corp., defeating a state-led lawsuit that sought to block the industry-altering wireless deal. The decision by a district judge in Manhattan is a huge win for T-Mobile and its owner Deutsche Telekom AG, as well as SoftBank Group Corp., Sprint’s parent. The combined company, which will operate under the T-Mobile name, will have a regular monthly subscriber base of about 80 million — in the same league as AT&T Inc., ...
Tags: Verizon, New York, News, Fcc, California, Washington, Uncategorized, Bloomberg, Frankfurt, Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, Manhattan, Mergers and Acquisitions, Justice Department, John Legere, T Mobile


Verizon Launches $5 Million Fund for Women Filmmakers (EXCLUSIVE)

Verizon has earmarked $5 million in production budgets for female-led entertainment projects — with the twin goals of burnishing its brand and encouraging filmmakers to tap into the capabilities of its 5G wireless network. The telco’s Future Fund will support emerging female talent behind the camera, focused on up-and-coming creators. The purpose is to create […]
Tags: Verizon, News, Verizon Media, Dyllan McGee, Not Done


T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint approved by federal judge

A federal judge has approved T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint. Long opposed by consumer advocates, the mega-merger will combine America's 3rd and 4th-largest wireless carriers. In the decision filed Tuesday, Judge Victor Marrero wrote, “The resulting stalemate leaves the Court lacking sufficiently impartial and objective ground on which to rely in basing a sound forecast of the likely competitive effects of a merger.” From CNBC: The ruling clears one of the final hurdles for the dea...
Tags: Verizon, Post, Business, News, Fcc, US, America, Telecommunications, Sprint, New York Times, Telecoms, Mergers, Cnbc, Alex Sherman, T Mobile, David Shepardson


Sprint is set to skyrocket 60% on reports its mega-merger with T-Mobile is about to get the go-ahead

Sprint stock rocketed more than 60% in pre-market trading on Tuesday. The rally came after The Wall Street Journal reported a federal judge will approve Sprint's mega-merger with T-Mobile. The two mobile carriers agreed to merge in April 2018, but authorities worried the deal would reduce competition and raise prices. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Watch Sprint trade live. Sprint stock rocketed more than 60% in premarket trading on Tuesday after the Wall Street Journal re...
Tags: Mobile, Verizon, Facebook, Softbank, US, Trends, Netflix, Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Watch Sprint, Mobile America, 10256 T Mobile


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