WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior executives at T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp made the case to U.S. officials in Washington last week that they should approve a planned tie-up between the two wireless companies, arguing a combined firm would have incentives to “aggressively lower prices.”
FILE PHOTO: A smartphones with Sprint logo are seen in front of a screen projection of T-mobile logo, in this picture illustration taken April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
T-Mobile US Chief Executive John Legere, Sprint executive chairman Marcelo Claure, T-Mobile US chief operating officer Michael Sievert, and other senior executives met with Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel on Thursday, according to a federal filing on Monday.
In a presentation made public on Monday, the firms said they would “focus on taking share from Verizon and AT&T through lower prices.”
If completed, the $26 billion merger would create a carrier with 127 million customers that would be a formidable competitor to the No.1 and No.2 wireless players, Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T, respectively.
A group of eight Democratic senators and independent Senator Bernie Sanders in February urged the Justice Department and FCC to reject the deal, saying monthly bills for consumers could rise as much as 10 percent. Consumer advocates warn the deal will reduce the number of national wireless carriers to three from four.
Sources told Reuters last week that the Justice Department had concerns about the merger in its current structure.
A person briefed on the matter confirmed Legere met on Thursday with the head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, Makan Delrahim, as the government’s review nears a conclusion. A decision is likely by early June, people briefed on the matter said.
The Justice Department declined comment.
T-Mobile has said the combined company would be better and faster at building 5G, the next generation of wireless, to compete with AT&T and Verizon.
In its presentation to Rosenworcel, T-Mobile cited Verizon’s decision to charge $10 extra per month for 5G service. “This won’t happen when new T-Mobile introduces 5G,” the presentation said.
The agreement to combine the carriers, struck in April 2018, was approved by both companies’ shareholders in October and has received national security clearance, but still needs approval from the Justice Department and FCC. A number of state attorneys general are also reviewing the deal.
To win support for the deal, T-Mobile had said it would not increase prices for three years and has pledged to use some spectrum for wireless broadband in rural areas. The firms say the combined entity would add 11,000 additional employees by 2024 compared to the standalone firms.
Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien
In case you needed another reason to get excited about Avengers: End Game’s rapidly-approaching release date on April 25, you can now add a Fortnite crossover event to that list.
Today on Twitter, Fortnite teased a second crossover event with Marvel for Avengers: End Game that will start one day before the film hits theaters.
While the tweet doesn’t give us much to go off of other than the date, it’s fair to expect either new character skins or another appearance of Thanos in-game. (If you weren’t around for it last year, Fortnite ran a crossover event for Avengers: Infinity War that put Thanos in the game for a few weeks.)
The silver lining here is that we don’t have long to wait to find out what the cryptic clue means, as the update lands on Thursday. That’s good for the True Believers out there… and maybe not so good for folks who don’t like being inundated with advertising.
More bad news befell Samsung’s beleaguered Galaxy Fold on Monday after several incidents with screens last week left early-production review units unusable. Samsung confirmed it’s delaying Friday’s scheduled launch of the foldable phone, saying it will announce a new released date “in the coming weeks.”
“Initial findings from the inspection of reported issues on the display showed that they could be associated with impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge. There was also an instance where substances found inside the device affected the display performance,” Samsung said in a statement. “To fully evaluate this feedback and run further internal tests, we have decided to delay the release of the Galaxy Fold.”
News of the phone’s delayed release was reported earlier Monday by The Wall Street Journal. That report follows a tweet from Engadget’s Richard Lai on Sunday about the postponement of launch-related events in Hong Kong and Shanghai scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
The incidents with the Fold’s plastic screen have caused a kerfuffle among tech lovers, casting doubt on the durability of Samsung’s $2,000 foldable phone and on the concept of bendable devices in general.
Frequent mobile tipster Ice Universe corroborated on Sunday the postponement of “two events” — presumably the launch events — and suggested that shipments of the phone itself could be pushed back. SamMobile reported Sunday that Samsung was attributing the Shanghai event delay to problems with the venue, citing “someone claiming to be familiar with the matter.”
Samsung’s Galaxy Fold woes began Wednesday, two days after it distributed a small number of review devices to reviewers, including CNET.
Reviewers discovered that peeling the plastic film off the Galaxy Fold’s 7.3-inch interior screen, which is made of a thin sheet of bendable plastic rather than glass, instantly made the phone unusable. Another discovered that the left half of the Galaxy Fold strongly flickered, and another noticed a bulge under the screen that caused noticeable distortion in the screen’s image, possibly from debris that worked its way under the display.
“While many reviewers shared with us the vast potential they see, some also showed us how the device needs further improvements that could ensure the best possible user experience,” Samsung said Monday. “We will take measures to strengthen the display protection. We will also enhance the guidance on care and use of the display including the protective layer so that our customers get the most out of their Galaxy Fold.”
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Foldable phones are a brand-new concept rocking the phone world. The design is supposed to give people double the screen space on a device that’s small enough to carry around, unlike today’s pocket-busting devices. But the enormous expense — the Galaxy Fold starts at $1,980 — and concerns over the durability of a bendable screen and hinge could threaten the ability of foldable phones to get off the ground. Huawei has also announced a foldable device, the Mate X, and Motorola is rumored to have a foldable Razr in the works.
The incidents with the Galaxy Fold are also putting Samsung under intense scrutiny as consumers and industry pundits draw parallels with Samsung’s double recall of 2016’s Galaxy Note 7, after numerous reports that its battery overheated and sometimes caught fire. Screen issues tied to the Galaxy Fold have “broken” the phones, but have not been reported to cause a fire or any other damage to people and property.
Samsung said last week in a statement that it’s investigating the review units in person to determine the cause of the screen issues: “A limited number of early Galaxy Fold samples were provided to media for review. We have received a few reports regarding the main display on the samples provided. We will thoroughly inspect these units in person to determine the cause of the matter.”
The company also told CNET in a statement last week: “We are taking all necessary measures to ensure that information about protective layer is clearly delivered to our customers. Materials in the Galaxy Fold box, including the quick-start guide, will include information about the protective layer. Samsung.com will have a dedicated Galaxy Fold FAQ for consumers to learn more about caring for the Galaxy Fold, including information about the protective layer. Retail representatives and customer care are trained with information about the top protective layer.”
CNET is keeping an eye on developments with the Galaxy Fold. While we’re continuing to review the early production device, we will not assign a rating until after we test the final production phone we ordered. See how it’s going with our Galaxy Fold so far.
Originally published April 21. Update, April 22 at 7:52 a.m.: Adds the WSJ report about the launch delay. Update, April 22 at 10:22 a.m.: Adds confirmation from Samsung.
FILE PHOTO: Small toy figures are seen in front of a displayed Huawei and 5G network logo in this illustration picture, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Huawei Technologies launched on Monday what it said was the world’s first 5G communications hardware for the automotive industry, in a sign of its growing ambitions to become a key supplier to the sector for self-driving technology.
Huawei said in a statement that the so-called MH5000 module is based on the Balong 5000 5G chip which it launched in January. “Based on this chip, Huawei has developed the world’s first 5G car module with high speed and high quality,” it said.
It launched the module at the Shanghai Autoshow, which began last week and runs until Thursday.
“As an important communication product for future intelligent car transportation, this 5G car module will promote the automotive industry to move towards the 5G era,” Huawei said.
It said the module will aid its plans to start commercializing 5G network technology for the automotive sector in the second half of this year.
Huawei has in recent years been testing technology for intelligent connected cars in Chinese cities such as Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuxi and has signed cooperation deals with a swathe of car makers including FAW, Dongfeng and Changan.
The company, which is also the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker, is striving to lead the global race for next-generation 5G networks but has come under increasing scrutiny from Washington which alleges that its equipment could be used for espionage. Huawei has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Reporting by Yilei Sun in Beijing and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman
We suppose you could say that it’s still the Game of Thrones calm before the ultimate storm, but things are certainly going in the right direction. With conflicts between pretty much every character you can think of being set up, the second episode is now ready for you – and you can see your options to watch Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2 online.
Game of Thrones season 8, Episode 2: when and where?
The date to mark for the second episode is Sunday 21. It was aired in the US on HBO at 9pm ET, 6pm PT and if you were hoping to watch as it was broadcast…we’re afraid you missed it.
Below, you can see all your options for catching up on episode 2 together with a more thorough list of countries and where to watch from.
Luckily for you, you’re in the right place for all your how to watch Game of Thrones episode 2 know-how. We’ve tracked down the streaming services, costs and times for the second episode so you can be ready with your bowl of popcorn before it starts – you can find a full guide for several countries down below.
We would attempt to catch you up on seasons 1-7 in preparation for the new episode but considering there’s 2 days, 15 hours and 30 minutes worth of content…it might take us a while. Just know, this season is going to be big!
So with the first episode now live and the second imminent, this is the place to be to see how to watch Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2, no matter where you live.
Watch Game of Thrones episode 2: stream from outside your country
Want to watch Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2 in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, India, UAE or New Zealand? We’ve found all of your best options and listed them below.
But, if you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstances where you’ve booked a holiday over the air time of the first episode, then things get a bit more difficult. For those unlucky fans, all hope isn’t lost yet. You will find that watching it won’t be an option thanks to geo-blocking. This means that broadcasters do tend to try and stop you from watching in other countries, putting up some virtual roadblocks.
But, thanks to a little bit of working around, there is still a way to catch all the episodes while you’re away. By using a VPN, you will still be able to catch up on the show by changing your IP address to a location back where you live, allowing you to watch that important first episode (assuming that doesn’t breach any TS&Cs, of course) – and that’s without finding some dodgy stream on Reddit.
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Watch Game of Thrones episode 2 online in the USA
With HBO having the rights to Game of Thrones, it is absolutely no surprise that they are the place to go to watch it in the US. Unfortunately, it will probably also be no surprise that this means you will have to sign up to a HBO subscription to watch the show.
HBO does offers a few packages, all of which are pretty flexible. That means you can sign up for one month, finish the second episode and then cancel if needs be.
Not to mention, HBO offers free trials on all of its packages, which helps soften the blow. Prices start at $14.99 a month with HBO and go up depending on which package you choose.
Season 8, episode 2 will air on HBO on Sunday, April 21 at 9pm ET, 6pm PT.
Option 1: watch live on Sky Watching it live will require going with Sky Atlantic as Now TV is only offering catch up. Unfortunately, the air time for episode one wasn’t brilliant in the UK and episode 2 will be exactly the same. You can tune in to watch season 8, episode 2 on Monday, April 22 at 2am.
Make it through the whole day without finding out the spoilers of episode 2 and you can watch the episode once again live on TV at 9pm on Monday.
We all know that Sky can be expensive, so be sure to check out our dedicated Sky TV deals and packages guide to make sure you’re getting today’s best prices and offers.
And if you’re out of the country and still want to watch shows from your Sky or Now subscriptions, then you’ll need to download and install a VPN as described above.
Watch Game of Thrones episode 2 online in Canada
The second episode will be airing on Sunday, April 21 at 9pm ET, 6pm PT in Canada on Crave.
You can pay for Crave on a monthly basis or get an annual subscription. Unlike HBO, Crave doesn’t seem to do trials but if you do pay for a subscription, they will throw in one free month.
Prices vary for Crave but you can get packages including HBO from around $20 for the month.
Watch Game of Thrones episode 2 online in Australia
If you’re trying to catch the second episode as it airs in Australia, there are only two options for you, and that’s either signing up to Foxtel’s cable service or the company’s streaming service, Foxtel Now. Episode 2 will be airing at 11am on Monday, April 22 on Foxtel.
Like all of the streaming services above, you will have to pay to get a subscription and there are a host of different packages available, but Foxtel Now offers a free 10-day trial if you haven’t already signed up.
Watch Game of Thrones episode 2 online in New Zealand
New Zealand fans have SoHo to go to for season 8, episode 2 of Game of Thrones. The Sky premium entertainment channel will be the place to be. Tune in at 1pm on Monday, April 22 to catch the episode, or catch it at 8.30pm on catch up later the same day.
Unfortunately, SoHo doesn’t do trial subscriptions. So if you don’t already have it you’ll have to dive on in on a TV package or upgrade your current one to a plan with SoHo.
Packages including SoHo start as low as $24.91 a month and go up from there depending on how much you decide to include.
Watch Game of Thrones episode 2 online in India
Fans in India have probably bagged the best situation of the bunch, with the cheapest service for watching Game of Thrones. Simply log onto Hotstar and sign up for a premium account. This will cost you either ₹299 (around $3) for a month or ₹999 ($14) for an entire year.
Episode 2 of Game of Thrones will be airing in India at 6.30am on the Monday, April 22. Not the best of time slots we know, but after its aired you will be able to find it on catch up throughout the day.
Watch Game of Thrones episode 2 online in the UAE
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Winter’s been coming for an awfully long time, but now the Game of Thrones crew has a new catchphrase: The Night King is coming.
A preview for the third episode of the final season showed all our favorites prepping for battle against forces that seem unstoppable. Fires burn and catapults are prepped, Grey Worm grimly dons his helmet. Sansa notes that it’s time to “look the truth in the face.” Jon Snow looks horrified, Theon draws a bow and Brienne of Tarth rallies the troops.
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“The dead are already here,” Daenerys declares. Yikes.
The logo of Toyota is seen on a car during the Prague Autoshow in Prague, Czech Republic, April 13, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny
BEIJING (Reuters) – Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp said on Sunday it was setting up a research institute in Beijing in partnership with Tsinghua University to study car technology using hydrogen power and other green technologies that could ease environmental problems in China.
The initiative, outlined by Toyota’s President and Chief Executive Akio Toyoda in a speech at Tsinghua University, is part of the Japanese carmaker’s efforts to share more technology with China as it seeks to expand its business in the country by beefing up manufacturing capacity and distribution channels, a source close to Toyota said.
The Tsinghua-Toyota Joint Research Institute will conduct research into cars and new technology to solve environmental problems in China, including reducing traffic accidents, Toyota said in a statement.
The institute will “cooperate in research not only related to cars for Chinese consumers, but also in research related to active utilization of hydrogen energy that can help solve China’s energy problems,” the company said.
The move dovetails with Toyota’s announcement this month that it would offer carmakers and suppliers around the world free access to nearly 24,000 patents for electric vehicle technologies.
Executive Vice President Shigeki Terashi told Reuters earlier this month that the automaker intended to become a tier 2 supplier of hybrid systems and that it had already received enquiries from more than 50 companies.
Reporting by Norihiko Shirouzu in Beijing; Editing by Susan Fenton
There are two pieces of tech that are arguably vital for a connected existence in the modern world; smartphones are part of our daily routine, as a tool to communicate with the wider world (as well as serving as a portable entertainment device), while for many, a laptop or computer is crucial for work.
Tablets are meant to fit both these tasks – they’re portable like smartphones and share the same operating systems, but they’re large enough to comfortably run word processors and spreadsheets like a computer.
But can you actually use a tablet as a replacement for a smartphone? To find out I locked my smartphone away, and spent a few days using my iPad (2017) as my only form of portable tech.
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When I’m commuting, I always use my phone to stream music or podcasts on Spotify, but since my tablet had to go in my bag rather than my pocket, my headphone cable couldn’t reach it. So, I walked to work in silence, sans tunes, and sans casts.
I say silent, but my music would normally allow me to ignore the horrible sounds of London’s Euston Road, so I swapping my smartphone for a tablet made me more in-tune with my surroundings – which wasn’t a good thing.
Taking the London Underground was a whole different story however – while previously I’d squinted at ebooks or Netflix shows on my phone, with a tablet I had a portable cinema on my lap, and I made sure to make the most of it.
I always loaded up the tablet with the best Netflix shows I could find (which were always longer than my commute, annoyingly), and since people often bring laptops onto the tube I felt no shame having my moderate-sized handheld.
Ditching my laptop in order to work on an iPad felt like a real trial by fire, as it’s a very different beast to a laptop.
Typing on the iPad’s on-screen keyboard took a while to get used to, as when I touch-typed on it like I would a laptop keyboard, I’d often lose letters in words or accidentally swipe down on keys, selecting symbols instead of letters.
You definitely can’t use tablet keyboards in the same way as physical ones, although my tablet typing pace definitely got closer to my usual keyboard-enabled speed after a while.
The iPad was a blessing when it came to working in different places though – it’s always a chore having to assemble and boot up a chunky laptop when working on the go, but with the iPad I could whip it out and have it running in a matter of seconds.
I also really enjoyed the lack of distraction brought about my ditching the smartphone – the absence of a gadget to fiddle with and browse on meant I was more focused on work and less likely to lose large chunks of time to doing nothing.
Playing it call
The biggest issue with using a tablet as a phone, is that a tablet isn’t exactly a portable texting and calling device and while that’s certainly true, who really needs to text and call nowadays?
All my communication is done through WhatsApp, emails, Slack, video calls and actual human face-to-face interaction, and I’d estimate that I only make or receive one phone call a week.
That’s not a lot, and after my tablet-exclusive time I didn’t have a single missed call or text, which shows how unimportant these phone features have become to me (of course I had WhatsApp calls and messages, but I rarely if ever dip into my phone contract).
Using a tablet did reduce my communication in one major way, as the inability to whip out my phone and scroll through apps meant I spent a lot less time on social media – but I’d say that’s actually a good thing, and I spent more time on non-phone activities and real-life conversations.
I’m a big mobile gamer, and have been known to disappear into a quick game from time to time of something light like a puzzle game or sometimes heavier fare, like PUBG Mobile.
Having an iPad didn’t change that, but it was like playing a HD remaster of a childhood classic – the bigger screen made games play quicker, look better, and feel more immersive.
For the few days my tablet was my only piece of portable tech, I probably played more games than I usually would on my phone, because the experience was more like playing on a console with a big TV screen.
The iPad was superior for all kinds of media too – as I’ve already said it was like having a portable theatre for watching content at all times of day, so much so that sometimes I’d stay in bed to watch Netflix instead of making my way to the living room TV (I have a very active lifestyle, I know).
Similarly audio quality was great – I love using my smartphone as a speaker when I’m cooking, cleaning or showering, and the audio quality on my iPad was better that on most phones I’ve used.
What did I miss?
I quickly got used to not having a phone, but there were a few things I did miss about my smartphone.
I’ve recently got into smartphone photography, but the iPad (2017)’s 8MP camera, and its massive footprint, didn’t exactly lend itself to taking photos.
Flicking through social media, games and work apps while in bed wasn’t very easy with a tablet that weighed double that of a phone, and I dropped it on my head multiple times while trying to have a leisurely browse.
Some apps that work great on phones aren’t optimized for tablets either, and they looked pretty horrible with tiny windows on a massive screen.
Overall though, I quickly forgot what it was like to use such a small and dainty device like a smartphone as my regular handset, as my tablet all but consumed my life, and its lack of portability meant I spent way less time looking at screens and way more time staring into the distance instead.
I’d really recommend putting down your phone once in a while to see if a tablet is good for you – of course that’s a big ask, what with the price of tablets, but if you’re looking for an upgrade from your old phone, maybe a tablet is the way to go.
Google is marking Earth Day by highlighting a few of the more extreme living things we share the planet with.
Google’s Monday Doodle features an animated slideshow exploring six different endangered organisms from different Earth elevations, some of which have only recently been discovered by humans. The Doodle also includes fun facts about the organisms and offers the curious the chance to learn more about them in search.
Earth Day, which is observed on Monday this year, was founded in 1970 in response to an oil spill that occurred a year earlier off California’s coast, spewing more than 3 million gallons of oil and killing more than 10,000 seabirds, dolphins, seals and sea lions. The annual one-day celebration aims to raise awareness of environmental issues, with events around the globe promoting recycling, pollution reduction and care for the planet.
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The theme of this year’s Earth Day is Protect Our Species and is intended to draw attention to the rapid global destruction and reduction of the world’s plant and wildlife populations. EarthDay.org links the declines to human-driven phenomena such as climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides.
“All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life,” EarthDay.org said in a statement. “We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species.
“If we do not act now, extinction may be humanity’s most enduring legacy.”
The organisms featured in this year’s Doodle include the Wandering Albatross, which has the largest wingspan of any living bird; the Coastal Redwood, the tallest tree in the world; the Paedophryne Amauensis, the smallest frog and vertebrate; the Amazon Water Lily, among the world’s largest aquatic plants; the Coelacanth; a rare fish that at 107 million years old is one of the world’s oldest living species; and the Deep Cave Springtail, an eyeless insect that’s among the world’s deepest-dwelling terrestrial creatures.
Some of these species were discovered in the past decade, and one thought extinct for 66 million years was rediscovered 80 years ago.
Google also shared some of the most searched for questions about wildlife, including how many teeth do snails have, how do octopuses mate, and is a gorilla a monkey. Do you know the answer to these questions? Have fun learning about our often delicate neighbors on the planet Earth.
(Reuters) – Elon Musk’s SpaceX suffered an anomaly in one of its Crew Dragon capsules while conducting engine tests at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Saturday, the company said.
FILE PHOTO – A SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft sits on launch pad 39A prior to the uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., March 1, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake
“The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand,” the company said in a statement.
The issue was earlier reported by Florida Today, which said orange smoke was seen rising above SpaceX’s facilities, and that the anomaly was contained with no injuries.
SpaceX said its teams are investigating and are working closely with U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) partners.
“NASA has been notified about the results of the SpaceX Static Fire Test and the anomaly that occurred during the final test,” its administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a tweet here
“This is why we test. We will learn, make the necessary adjustments and safely move forward with our Commercial Crew Program,” he added.
NASA has awarded SpaceX and Boeing Co a total of $6.8 billion to build competing rocket and capsule systems to launch astronauts into orbit from American soil.
In March, the privately owned SpaceX successfully completed its mission of sending an unmanned capsule to the International Space Station and returned safely to Earth, a mission seen as crucial to NASA’s plans to resume human space flight from U.S. soil.
SpaceX’s first crewed test flight is slated to launch in July with U.S. astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken.
Reporting by Bhargav Acharya and Sabahatjahan Contractor in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel Wallis
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