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FCC gives carriers more tools to fight illegal robocalls

Have you ever received a call from the IRS tell you that you owe a ton of money? What about from a “Microsoft support specialist” telling you that your computer is infected with viruses? These are (almost always) illegal robocalls that use phone number spoofing to get you to pick up. It has become a huge problem over the last couple of years, with companies like T-Mobile going so far as to label suspected bad actors when they call you. Now, the FCC is getting involved.

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While T-Mobile’s naming and shaming move is a step in the right direction, it’s not enough. These calls still get through and not ever carrier alerts its customers. Plus, even if you are being alerted, it’s pretty frustrating to get five calls a day you have to immediately dismiss. To help telecoms out, the FCC passed a new rule allowing them to block robocalls which use caller ID spoofing. These spammers will no longer be able to impersonate phone numbers that do not exist, are not allocated to subscribers, or are in-bound phone numbers only.

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The new rules let telecoms automatically block calls that spoof the number to show up as 911 or 411 as well. Also on the list are numbers with unassigned area codes, numbers that do not have the correct number of digits, and unassigned repeating numbers like 000-000-0000.

These new rules are going into effect right now. Companies that utilize robocalls to alert customers that prescriptions are ready or that a repairman is on the way should not be affected by these new rules. Carriers will only have the ability to block robocalls that do not give subscribers an opt-in method.

What do you think of these new rules? Do you think it’ll actually cut down on the number of illegal robocalls or is it an empty gesture? Let us know down in the comments.

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Google’s Preview Program now gives Google Home owners first dibs on upcoming updates

It is not unusual for companies to provide its users several features before the rest of us. One of the ways Google does this is through its Preview Program, which was first introduced for the Chromecast last year. Now, the search giant has expanded the program to include the Google Home.

As previously alluded to, the Preview Program gives folks early access to new features, but Google stresses that the program is not a beta – the updates they receive are the same as those the rest of us receive. Rather, people who sign up for the Preview Program are first in line for these updates and, as such, are encouraged to provide Google with feedback.

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If you want to sign up for the Google Home’s Preview Program, here are the steps you need to take:

  1. From your phone or tablet, open the Google Home app
  2. In the upper right corner of the home screen, tap Devices to see your available Chromecast and Google Home devices
  3. Scroll to find the device card for the device you’d like to enroll in the Preview Program
  4. In the top right corner of the device card, tap the device card menu
  5. Tap Settings > Preview Program. If you don’t see Preview Program, we aren’t accepting new members at this time. Please continue to check back as opportunities become available.
  6. Choose whether to receive email notifications by moving the slider to the right or left. Note: We recommend allowing email notifications so you’ll know when new updates are pushed to your device.
  7. If you opt-in to email notifications, you’ll be asked to sign into your Google account if you haven’t already.
  8. Review the contents of that page, and tap Join Program.
  9. Review the contents of the page, then tap OK, GOT IT.

When we checked out the Google Home, we thought it showed plenty of promise that might be fulfilled with future software updates. This Preview Program is a chance for folks to possibly see that potential realized ahead of other folks while being able to help Google fix some kinks along the way.

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Update: Samsung Galaxy S8 Active render gives us a better look at the rugged flagship

Update (7/30): We may already have a pretty big list of leaked Galaxy S8 Active specifications, but now, thanks to a new press render revealed by @evleaks, we’re getting a much better look at the upcoming rugged device.

As you can see in the tweet below, the device looks to feature one of Samsung’s new 18.5:9 aspect ratio displays, complete with rounded corners. What’s notably absent, however, are the curved edges on the left and right sides of the screen. This makes the device’s front panel almost look like an LG G6.

Original post (7/28): Photos of the rumored Samsung Galaxy S8 Active leaked only a few days ago, so we already have some idea of what it will look like. Now, more images have popped up online, potentially revealing the key specs of the device.

What appear to be leaked Samsung slides appeared on Chinese social media website Weibo (via fonearena) earlier today, and they look legit. The S8 Active would sport a 5.8-inch shatter resistant display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and 2960 x 1440-pixel resolution. It would not, however, be curved on the sides like the one on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus (as the earlier photos had also indicated).

The images also suggest that the unit would be powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset and come with 4 GB of RAM. Other details include a 12 MP primary camera, an 8 MP selfie snapper, 64 GB of internal storage, Android Nougat, and the same awkwardly positioned fingerprint scanner as found on the back of the S8 (it’s off-center, next to the camera).

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Of course, there are also a few differences between the Galaxy S8 Active and the standard version of the device. The leak reveals that the Active model will have a bigger battery with 4,000 mAh capacity, a full 1,000 mAh larger than the battery in the Galaxy S8. In addition, the device would be slightly larger and heavier: coming in at 152.14 x 74.9 x 9.9 mm and weighing 207 grams, compared to 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm and 155 grams.

True to series tradition, the Galaxy S8 Active is anticipated to be a far more rugged variant of Samsung’s regular flagship as well. The device should be able to take a beating thanks to MIL-STD 810G standard protection and polymer bumpers on all four corners. Just like the other two Galaxy S8 smartphones, it would also sport an IP68 rating, which means it could survive under 1.5 meters of water for a period of 30 minutes. You can check out all the leaked images that show us the specs of the device in the gallery below.

When it comes to colors, the Galaxy S8 Active is said to arriving in Meteor Gray and Titanium Gold. There’s no word on exactly when it will be released, but given how much has already been leaked, a reveal should be just around the corner. Like its predecessors, expect it to be another AT&T exclusive.

What do you think about the Galaxy S8 Active? Would you consider getting it? Let us know in the comments.

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Xiaomi gives us a sneak peak at the Mi Max

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If size doesn’t matter, why is the whole industry wondering how big the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Max will be? Large screen lovers are said to be in for a treat, with a rumored display size of 6.4 inches, but Xiaomi is not giving us the exact details quite yet. What they are giving us is a sneak peak at the device, which is displayed poking out of a regular sized pocket.

We have seen both renders and leaked images, and while we can’t say the 6.4-inch screen size is legitimate, we can definitely tell it’s larger than the conventional phablet. MIUI continues to beat around the bush, telling us the “Mi Max is a brand new product line for Xiaomi meaning that the size of 4.7 inches , 5.0 inches, 5.15 inches, 5.5 inches and 7.9 inches are out of choice.”


There is one new piece of news coming from this teaser blog post, though. Now we know the Xiaomi Mi Max won’t have a Mi logo in the front. Not a big deal, but definitely nice to hear for those of us who worry about aesthetics.

Another rumor says it should come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, so be prepared to be blown away. And in usual Xiaomi fashion, expect it to easily undercut the competition in terms of price.

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As we can see in the image, the phone will be able to fit in a pocket, but we do have to wonder just how comfortable it will be. One-handed operation is probably out of reach… literally. Unless you have huge hands or something. Would you purchase a 6.4-inch phone? I happen to like large screens, as they are easier to type on, so I would definitely consider it if all the other components are right.

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