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FCC says Hurricane Michael victims in Florida deserve a month of free cell service

Malinda Graham checks her phone at a charging station while waiting out Hurricane Michael at Lawton Chiles High School in Tallahassee. The school was turned into a shelter during the storm. (Kevin D. Liles for The Washington Post) Brian Fung Policy reporter focusing on telecommunications, media, cryptocurrencies and competition October 16 at 5:53 PM The […]

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BioLite FirePit

There’s nothing like sitting around a campfire to make you appreciate the great outdoors, and with the Biolite FirePit ($ 199.95), you can capture that feeling just about anywhere. Ideal for camping, tailgating, or just sitting around in your backyard, this smart home device uses unique airflow technology, Bluetooth connectivity, and a mobile app to […]

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Iranians masqueraded as foreign journalists to push political messages online, new Twitter data shows

The Twitter logo is displayed on an iPhone screen. (Alex FLynn/Bloomberg News) Tony Romm Staff writer covering technology policy October 17 at 9:07 AM Twitter accounts originating in Iran masqueraded as foreign journalists and concerned U.S. citizens in their attempt to push political messages on the social media site until they were suspended earlier this […]

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Eve Room

The Eve Room ($ 99.95), one of several components that make up the company’s ecosystem of HomeKit-enabled smart home devices, is a pricey little gadget packed with a Bluetooth radio, sensors for air quality, temperature, and humidity, and an E Ink monochrome display. It’s easy to install, supports Siri voice commands, and performs as advertised, […]

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Amazon Echo Sub

Amazon’s Echo smart speakers put out pretty solid sound for their size and price, but they skimp a bit on deep bass and don’t even try to reach sub-bass levels. Enter the Echo Sub, a wireless subwoofer designed to be paired with one or two Echo speakers to help produce the low-end rumble the speakers […]

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Facebook says millions of users had phone numbers, search history and location data stolen in recent hack

Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) Brian Fung Policy reporter focusing on telecommunications, media, cryptocurrencies and competition October 12 at 2:46 PM An online attack that forced Facebook to log out 90 million users last month directly affected 29 million people on the social network, the company said Friday as it released […]

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Here’s how the FCC plans to defend its net neutrality repeal in federal court

After a meeting voting to end net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai answers a question from a reporter, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Tony Romm Staff writer covering technology policy October 11 at 8:01 PM The Federal Communications Commission told a federal court on Thursday that it acted […]

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Researchers say this technology could be the key to people taking hurricane warnings seriously

October 10 at 1:53 PM Thanks to immersive technology, it’s never been easier to set foot inside a hurricane without getting wet. Last month, a Weather Channel video using mixed reality technology demonstrated the effects of storm surge on an ordinary American neighborhood. The simulation — which is being used again with updated forecasts as […]

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Pentagon awards more than $2 billion in contracts for national-security-capable rocket launches

A rendering of Blue Origin’s New Glenn rocket in flight. (Courtesy of Blue Origin) October 10 at 6:10 PM The Air Force on Wednesday awarded more than $ 2 billion in combined contracts to three companies to develop rockets capable of launching national security satellites. The contracts, part of an effort to increase competition, went […]