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AT&T, Verizon sued for giving businesses discounts on 911 fees

Calling 911 is one of those things you just expect to work regardless of the circumstances. A new lawsuit alleges that mobile carriers including AT&T and Engadget parent company Verizon are shortchanging the indispensable emergency service, however. Show More Summary

FCC hopes to speed up 5G rollouts by cutting red tape

The FCC really, really wants to get the ball rolling on 5G mobile networks, and it's willing to make an end run around some of the usual bureaucracy to make that happen. The Commission's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has struck a deal that will skip historic preservation reviews for small 5G cell sites across the US. Show More Summary

Qualcomm chip security holes affect most Android phones

If you own vaguely recent Android smartphone, there's a good chance that at least one of Qualcomm's many chips powers it... and if so, you might be at risk. Check Point has revealed four vulnerabilities, bundled under the QuadRooterShow More Summary

AT&T ordered to pay $7.75 million for bogus directory assistance tools

US telecom providers have a pretty bad rap, and today we're finding out that some AT&T customers ended up paying money they shouldn't have thanks to some scammers. The FCC just released a statement noting that it reached a settlement...Show More Summary

On-demand drone insurance launches in the US

Drone accidents can be even more expensive than the drones themselves. However, giving your robotic flyer full insurance coverage might be overkill when you may only fly in short bursts every now and then. What to do? Verifly has an unusual answer: get insurance only when you need it. Show More Summary

This popular Japanese snack can teach you how to code

Glico, that Japanese company that makes a bunch of popular snacks like Pocky, has created what's probably the most delicious way to learn basic coding. It has launched a new app called Glicode, which features a character you can control by taking photos of your noms. Show More Summary

BlackBerry releases its Hub+ apps on Android

Even if Kim K ends up ditching BlackBerry, she could still replicate part of the BB experience with an Android phone. The Canadian phonemaker has released its Hub+ suite of applications on Google Play for devices running Android Marshmallow. Show More Summary

Android's social watch face closes down in September

With the looming update to Android Wear 2.0, legacy apps (and devices) are going the way of the buffalo. In this case, it's the Together watch face that included one-to-one communications like doodles and photos with another person using Google's wearable platform. Show More Summary

SoftBank: Japan's most interesting tech company

Japan and technology are often mentioned in the same breath. Bullet trains, robots, only-in-Japan phones that'll never leave the island, digital pop-idols and so on. Tech legends like Sony, Nintendo, Panasonic, Sharp, Nikon, Canon, Toyota and more were born here, but most have had mixed fortunes in recent decades. Show More Summary

Google wants to standardize Android password managers

Security is more important than ever, but people still don't love typing passwords into phones. As such, Google is teaming with Dashlane and other password managers on the "Open YOLO" (You Only Login Once) project. The idea is to create...Show More Summary

Facebook starts testing live photo and video filters

Facebook has launched a new, experimental feature for its mobile apps that adds Snapchat-esque live filters over the videos and photos you take. Before you get too excited, though, you should know two things: first, its "creative effects" filters are very limited, and the ones already out (which include masks and frames) are Olympics-themed. Show More Summary

Ting made its pay-for-what-you-use data rates cheaper yet

Folks looking to save a few bucks on their cellphone bill might want to take a look at Ting. It's an alternative to the likes of pre-paid offerings from the big carriers and the company's approach might be enough to sway you. Ting operates on a pay-what-you-use basis, and it recently announced drops in rates ranging from $2 to $10 for its data plans. Show More Summary

Disney launches its own family-friendly messaging app

Although there's already a crowded field of messaging apps out there, Disney has just announced its own contribution: Disney Mix, which aims to stand out from the pack by being safest, most family-friendly one of the bunch. That means...Show More Summary

Microsoft just changed its toy gun emoji to a real pistol

Looks like Microsoft and Apple may not be on the same page about firearm emojis afterall. Right after Apple changed its gun emoji to a water pistol in iOS 10, Microsoft replaced its toy pistol emoji with an actual revolver. Via: Emojipedia

FCC program that gives tech to deaf, blind Americans is permanent

The FCC's iCanConnect program, which provides communication equipment to low-income deaf and blind Americans, is now permanent after four years in pilot form. Known formally as the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program,Show More Summary

The next Google Maps update could show how bad the parking is

Google's next iteration of its popular Maps app looks to be adding a whole bunch of new functions, if the recently released 9.34 beta is any indication. The big news is that the update could include text-based alerts informing users to parking shortages at their destination. Show More Summary

Calvin Klein thinks Apple was paid fairly in Samsung patent case

The exhausting brawl between Apple and Samsung over patents simply refuses to die the horrible, gruesome death it deserves. Samsung is the more bloodied, you may recall, having paid Apple a $548 million settlement for violating a bunch of patents (not that Cupertino is done squeezing money from the Korean company). Show More Summary

LG unveils the first Android Nougat phone on September 6th

Earlier this month, LG announced its quirky V20 smartphone would be the first to ship with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, beating the upcoming Nexus refreshes to the nougat-y punch. Now we know the dual-screen, dual-selfie camera successor to the V10 will officially be unveiled in San Francisco on September 6, 2016.

Google's iOS GIF keyboard now supports more languages

GBoard, Google's kooky iOS keyboard that lets you push GIFs and emoji to your friends is getting a multilingual update. Starting today, the service will now work in French, German, Italian and Spanish as well as Portuguese and its Brazilian dialect. Show More Summary

Engadget giveaway: Win an Axon 7 smartphone courtesy of ZTE!

It's getting easier to find high-quality phones at affordable prices these days and this week's giveaway offers one of the latest in that category. ZTE's Axon 7 smartphone just launched this month and offers a series of premium features just $400. Show More Summary

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