T-Mobile Spends $8 Billion to Upgrade Its Wireless Network

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T-Mobile recently won an FCC wireless auction for a chunk of the wireless airwave spectrum, spending US$8 billion to expand its network. It acquired over 1,500 wireless licenses in the 600MHz range, which is high-quality. Andrew Orr tells us what this means for the future.

DeltaWalker 2 Pro for Mac: $29.95

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DeltaWalker 2 on Mac

We have a deal on DeltaWalker 2 for Mac (there’s a Windows version, too, if that’s your thing). This software allows you to compare, edit and merge files side-by-side. You can get it through us for $29.95, half off retail.

Why Apple Should Eventually Build Family Service Robots

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Several things have become clear regarding AIs in our lives. There is little regulation. AIs can be manipulated in clever ways. Small devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo have very indirect business models so that they can be priced for the middle class, but have hidden drawbacks. John wonders where all this will lead with family service robots if Apple doesn’t step in and do it right.

Leaked iPhone 8 Schematic, Apple's Diabetes Blood Sensor - TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-13

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If the schematic that leaked today is real, Apple is putting the Touch ID sensor on the back of the iPhone 8. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on rear-facing smartphone fingerprint sensors, plus they look at a report claiming Apple designed a blood glucose sensor that doesn’t require a finger prick.

First iPhone 8 Schematics Finally Leak, Maybe

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Schematic supposedly from a Foxconn factory shows a schematic of the iPhone 8

The first of what claims to be an actual iPhone 8 schematic hit the web on Thursday showing a super-slim bezel for the display, and a Touch ID sensor on the back of the phone. Assuming the rendering is legit, the iPhone 8 will look a lot like Samsung’s Galaxy S8 smartphone.

Apple has a Secret Team Designing Diabetes Monitoring Sensors

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Apple has a team making noninvasive blood sugar sensors for diabetes patients

Apple has a secret team working on non-invasive sensors to track blood glucose levels for diabetes patients. If the iPhone and Apple Watch maker is successful, it won’t be necessary to pierce the skin to get accurate blood sugar readings any more—something no other company has been able to figure out.

A Very Nice Concept Video for Apple's Next Mac Pro

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There will be many challenges for Apple as it designs the next generation Mac Pro. It will have to present with Apple’s unique design language, but the form will also have to follow the function as a modular device. For the practical minded user. The low end will have to be affordable, but it will also have to support the very best CPU/GPU/ and bus architecture. Here’s a concept video that pays homage to the (2008-2012) Mac Pro, has a modest desktop footprint, and still looks like it would be big enough to contain kind of power we drool for. Amazingly, it reminds me of HP’s Z2 Mini as well.

Could Facebook Become the New Web of Trust? Maybe!

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Jeff Butts has never been a fan of OpenPGP, because the Web of Trust it relies upon is, well, unreliable. That might change, because Jeff has discovered a feature in Facebook that could allow the social media giant to become the new Web of Trust.

A New Drone Is Coming To Apple Stores

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A new drone on the market called the Hover Camera Passport will soon be sold in Apple retail stores. Made by Chinese startup Zero Zero Robotics, and it will soon be available for in-store purchase at retail locations around the world.

Blackberry Scores $814M Win for Qualcomm Overcharging Patent Royalties

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Qualcomm paying Blackberry $814.9 million for overcharging patent royalties

Qualcomm has agreed to pay Blackberry US$814.9 million for overcharging patent royalties. Blackberry entered into arbitration with Qualcomm over claims it was being forced to pay too much to use the company’s patent protected technologies in its smartphones, which sounds exactly like Apple’s current lawsuit against Qualcomm.

8 Ways to See the Charge Level of Your AirPods

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If you’ve got a pair of Apple’s bluetooth headphones, dubbed “AirPods,” then it’s good to know that there are tons of ways to check their battery levels. Considering that the AirPods don’t have a physical indicator of how much charge they’ve got, that’s a good thing! In today’s Quick Tip, Melissa Holt’s gonna go over a number of methods for finding out how much more listenin’ you can do.