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Google has asked the FCC for permission to run secret wireless broad tests using the 6Ghz spectrum in multiple cities across the US. That could point to future internet services using the recently released spectrum, possibly under its new Fiber WebPass banner.

Google has asked the FCC for permission to conduct secret wireless broad tests using the 6GHz spectrum in multiple cities across the US, according to a document spotted by Business Insider. It wants to run “experimental propagation testing in the 6GHz band” to see if the frequencies can provide “reliable broadband connections,” the redacted application states. That could point to future internet services using the spectrum, possibly under its new Fiber WebPass banner. Google wanted information in the public document redacted, saying that “if subject to public disclosure, would cause significant commercial, economic, and competitive harm.” It made the application for multiple cities in 17 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, N...

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When I first spent time with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, I said it felt a lot like a Galaxy S20 Ultra “with a stylus and a bit of a makeover.” What didn’t come across during that brief socially distanced demo was that, by curbing some of its wilder initiatives…

There's no shortage of amazing Android phones you can get for less than the price of a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The OnePlus 8 Pro clocks in under $1,000. Sony's oddball Xperia 1 ii, with a 4K screen and the fastest smartphone camera I've ever used, goes for about $1,200. I mention this because, ultimately, Samsung is asking you to pay a premium for the S Pen. The stylus itself hasn't actually changed since last year. It's exactly the same size and uses Bluetooth to communicate with the Note 20 Ultra when it's not close to the screen. What has changed is how quickly the Ultra responds to the S Pen. There's virtually no lag between the moment you start writing and the strokes appearing on-screen. Samsung pegs the latency at around 9ms, which makes S Pen faster than on other Notes -- even the n...

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It is time to rekindle the idea of netizens – upstanding internet citizens that band together to tackle important global problems, writes Annalee Newitz

By Annalee Newitz William West/AFP via Getty Images IT STARTED with Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the anodyne casual game where you are on an island populated by cute, talking animals. You can go fishing for bits and bobs, or try out other gentle activities like fossil collecting, shopping and chatting with your friends. Released for the Nintendo Switch in March, just as the coronavirus was spreading across the world, it became an enormous hit and continues to be a cultural obsession. Shoot-em-all games like Fortnite are still popular during what some Californians are calling “the ronie times”, but Animal Crossing is the …

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Man visited tourist attraction despite strict quarantine guidelines

An American man passing through Canada faces a fine of up to C$750,000 (£432,000) or six months in jail after violating quarantine rules. John Pennington, 40, from Kentucky crossed into Canada from Alaska in June, stopping off at the Rimrock Hotel in Banff. He was first fined C$1,200 (£690) on 25 June after hotel staff called the police to report that they suspected he may have broken quarantine. Americans are banned from travelling into Canada for discretionary reasons due to current coronavirus restrictions. They are only allowed to drive through the country to get between Alaska and the other mainland US states if its for an essential purpose such as work or going to a primary residence, providing they take the most direct route and avoid all national parks, leisure sites and tour...

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‘If Putin wants a call with me you just put him through,’ US president yelled according to Theresa May’s former chief of staff 

Donald Trump exploded with anger at one of his most senior aides about missing a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a former No 10 official. The US presidents rant about the missed call happened right in front of former prime minister Theresa May in Washington, her ex-chief of staff Nick Timothy has revealed. Mr Timothy spoke about a fairly extraordinary lunch during which Mr Trump shouted at his then-national security advisor Michael Flynn. Somebody just mentioned in passing that Vladimir Putin had asked for a call with him, and right in front us he absolutely shouted down Mike Flynn, he said. Like really shouted. This was at a formal dinner with butlers and fancy crockery and he was properly shouting at him down the table. Mr Timothy said the president ye...

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Seven million people across Japan’s south-west are ordered to evacuate while high winds cut power to almost 5,000 households in South Korea, as both nations brace for the impact of Typhoon Haishen.

Seven million people across Japan's south-west have been told to evacuate their homes as powerful Typhoon Haishen skirts the country on its way to the Korean peninsula. Key points: Four people are missing in Miyazaki, Japan after the building they were in was swept away in a landslideThirty-five people have been injured in the region and 400,000 homes remain without powerOfficials have evacuated almost 1,000 people in South Korea In Miyazaki, on the eastern side of Kyushu Island, four people are missing after the building they were in was swept away in a landslide. Another 35 people have been injured and 400,000 homes remain without power, while flights and bullet train services were suspended. At its peak, gusts of more than 200 kilometres per hour hit Nomozaki in Nagasaki Prefecture

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The season starts in earnest this weekend.

With all due respect to last weekend's slate of games, college football started in earnest last night when Miami beat UAB, 31-14, to kick off the Power 5 season. The state of play... Power 5: ACC and Big 12 begin this weekend; SEC starts on Sept. 26; Big Ten and Pac-12 are postponed until the spring. Group of 5: The American, Sun Belt and C-USA began last week; the MAC and Mountain West are postponed until spring.The state of play: Just to reiterate a line you've maybe heard once or twice by now this season's going to be pretty weird. 54 of 130 FBS Division-I teams won't be taking the field this fall.Notre Dame, famously one of the seven FBS Independents, has temporarily joined the ACC.Conference scheduling: Most seasons begin with a handful of non-conference, tune-up games, but nearly

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Man visited tourist attraction despite strict quarantine guidelines

An American man passing through Canada faces a fine of up to C$750,000 (£432,000) or six months in jail after violating quarantine rules. John Pennington, 40, from Kentucky crossed into Canada from Alaska in June, stopping off at the Rimrock Hotel in Banff. He was first fined C$1,200 (£690) on 25 June after hotel staff called the police to report that they suspected he may have broken quarantine. Americans are banned from travelling into Canada for discretionary reasons due to current coronavirus restrictions. They are only allowed to drive through the country to get between Alaska and the other mainland US states if its for an essential purpose such as work or going to a primary residence, providing they take the most direct route and avoid all national parks, leisure sites and tour...

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