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.
FCC Commissioner Wants More Spectrum for WiFi
FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel today said the government needs to do a better job of allocating spectrum for unlicensed access, such as WiFi. Rosenworcel, speaking at the State of the Net Conference, emphasized the importance of WiFi and the role it plays in the economy.
FCC Sets Draft Rules for 600MHz Incentive Auction
The Federal Communications Commission today adopted draft rules that will eventually govern the Broadcast Television Incentive Auction. The auction, planned for mid-2015, will offer television broadcasters the opportunity to sell their airwaves back to the federal government, which will then be auctioned off to wireless network operators for mobile broadband.