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Will Florida pre-empt local governments to complete next-gen wireless connectivity?

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From smartphones to smart cities. The next generation of wireless connectivity will require enough signal coverage to support the exploding demand for consumer data use, and innovative new technologies such as driverless cars. But it will take a massive influx of wireless communications infrastructure to achieve, according to Beth Cooley, state legislative affairs director for CTIA, a nonprofit membership association of wireless communications companies. “Look at your iPhone or cellphone,” Cooley told a Florida House legislative panel in February. “In the…

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Opportunities and hurdles with Google’s Daydream VR vision

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Upcoming virtual-reality headsets based on Google’s new Daydream VR system won’t be as sophisticated as Facebook’s Oculus Rift. But they could give more people a taste of VR and make better games and applications affordable. On Wednesday, Google said it will develop a range of VR headsets that promise to be more comfortable and durable than its ultra-cheap Cardboard headset. Google will make one and share design guidelines with other manufacturers. There will also be a wireless motion controller —…

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AT&T announces ‘GigaPower’ service expansion, $2.7B in Florida upgrades since 2013

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Telecom giant AT&T announced Monday nearly $2.7 billion in upgrades to Florida’s cell and landline networks since 2013, including adding data capacity at more than 1,400 cell sites last year. “We’re committed to providing our customers fast, reliable, highly secure connectivity. We want them to be able to access the Internet at any moment, from almost any device and anywhere,” AT&T Florida President Joe York said. “Our continued investment in Florida brings a host of new, innovative opportunities for residents and…

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Social media helps drive historic Cuban exodus to U.S.

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As summer began to bake the central Cuban city of Sancti Spiritus, Elio Alvarez and Lideisy Hernandez sold their tiny apartment and everything in it for $5,000 and joined the largest migration from their homeland in decades. Buying two smartphones for $160 apiece on a layover on their way to Ecuador, they plugged themselves into a highly organized, well-funded and increasingly successful home-brewed effort to make human traffickers obsolete by using smartphones and messaging apps on much of the 3,400-mile…

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Google shaking up smartphone search recommendations

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Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that’s expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information. The revised formula, scheduled to be released Tuesday, will favor websites that Google defines as “mobile-friendly.” Websites that don’t fit the description will be demoted in Google’s search results on smartphones while those meeting the criteria will be more likely to appear at the top of the rankings —…

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