FCC Settles On White Space Admins
The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday tasked nine companies with keeping track of white space spectrum (unused spectrum that resides between television channels) across the country. The nine companies approved to help monitor the white space database are Comsearch, Frequency Finder, Google, KB Enterprises and LS Telcom, Key Bridge Global, Neustar, Spectrum Bridge, Telcordia Technologies, and WSdb. By cataloging the whereabouts of white spaces, it will allow unlicensed wireless devices to identify white space spectrum and differentiate it from the neighboring TV spectrum. The FCC wants white spaces to be developed for additional broadband wireless services.
Yota Debuts White YotaPhone, Pushes Lollipop
YotaPhone today made available a white version of the YotaPhone 2 handset. The white version of the phone, announced earlier this year, ships with Android 5.0 Lollipop and revised user interface elements for the e-ink display.
Google Photos Update Adds Auto White Balance Correction
Google says a new version of its Google Photos app introduces several new editing tools for improving photographs. The Google Photos editor already automatically corrects exposure and saturation, but will now also automatically correct white balance.
Google Adds a Handful of Features to Google+
Google today improved its Google+ community space with several new tools. First, Google+ now lets users hide "low-quality" comments.
T-Mobile, US Cellular Named FCC Incentive Auction Winners
The FCC today marked the official end of the incentive auction for 600 MHz airwaves. The agency said 50 wireless companies bid a cumulative $19.8 billion on some 70 MHz of spectrum that was put on offer by 175 television stations.
FCC: Still Work to Do to Free Up More Spectrum
FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler underscored the need to find and free up more spectrum in a recent meeting with the Obama Administration. Wheeler met with Lawrence Strickling, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, to discuss the FCC's progress in finding 500 megahertz of spectrum for wireless broadband.