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Thursday, December 14... 

T-Mobile to Launch its Own TV Service in 2018
T-Mobile announced that it will launch its own TV service in 2018, thanks in large part to its just-revealed acquisition of Layer3 TV, a specialist in the integration of TV and social networking platforms. While details on the service are relatively scarce, the company claims it will apply its "Uncarrier" philosophy to TV in much the same way it has utilized it for mobile device services. This includes the elimination of pain points such as years-long contracts, bundle plans, outdated technology, and poor customer service. Aside from this, very little is known about how the service will be delivered, what it will cost, or when and where it might be available. No terms for the acquisition of Layer3 TV were disclosed.

Google Assistant Coming to Tablets, Older Smartphones
Google announced that its Google Assistant AI is now coming to a slew of new Android powered devices. With this update, the Google Assistant will now be a available to users running Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow on Android-based tablets, and owners of Android 5.0 Lollipop smartphones. While this announcement marks the first time Google Assistant has seen a widespread launch on tablets, it also comes as a major boon to owners of older Android-based smartphones that has previously been unable to access the Google Assistant and were left with the older Google Now interface. Google said the rollout has already begun, with the first wave of users gaining access including those with devices set to English in the US, UK, India, Australia, Canada, and Singapore, as well as ones set to Spanish in the US, Mexico, and Spain. Concurrent rollout will also begin soon in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and Korea.

AT&T Announces Pair of New Ongoing Project AirGig Tests
AT&T revealed a pair of new trial projects involving its Project AirGig technology: an international test and a new endeavor in a rural market within the state of Georgia. According to the carrier, the technology is capable of delivering Internet access at speeds of up to 1Gbps by utilizing existing power lines to transmit a millimeter wave signal. AT&T claims the tech might one day be able to replace the expensive process of running conduit over power lines or under ground for new networking installations. The company noted that both projects, despite having just been revealed, are already in their final stages. Although it is not yet ready to release any details on a possible commercial application of the AirGig technology, AT&T did note that it is "encouraged and excited by what [its] seen so far."

... Michael Gariffo, Faulkner Information Services

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