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Monday, March 18...
Samsung Confirms Plans for Complete "Full-Screen" Device
Samsung has confirmed plans to release a new smartphone with a complete, "perfect full screen" display. Company VP, Mobile Communication R&D Group Display, Yang Byung-duk confirmed the news in a briefing, as reported by South Korea's Yonhap News Agency. This device would feature sensors, including a front-facing camera, that are actually embedded beneath the screen, as opposed to the practice of adding a hole in the OLED display. A punch-hole in the display is prominent with the Galaxy S10 Infinity-O display. The exec also noted that a true full-screen unit could be manufactured "in the next 1-2 years," and that "the technology can move forward to the point where the camera hole will be invisible, while not affecting the camera's function in any way."
FCC "Takes Steps" to Fight Rural Call-Completion Issues
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken a series of steps to "combat rural call completion problems." This Report and Order, which the agency noted is based on new authority granted to it by Congress, would build on the 2017 Improving Call Quality and Reliability Act. The rules would specifically set clear service-quality standards for intermediate providers. Steps would include the creation of new measures to make sure calls are delivered; the monitoring of performance for other contracted providers; addressing issues with those providers; and ensuring that intermediate providers to which they hand off calls are registered. The FCC can also remove non-compliant providers from its registry, thus making them ineligible for use.
Sprint Opens "5G Experience" Center at Kansas City
Sprint opened a new "5G Experience" center at its Kansas City headquarters. The 5G Experience would serve as a "dedicated immersive center" to focus on helping "showcase and explain how 5G works." In particular, the location will feature more than a dozen stations and demonstrations of AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality), and simulated display technology. The Sprint 5G Experience will also provide an overview of "the foundation for 5G," including wireless spectrum, fiber-optic networks, Massive MIMO technology, and 5G lower latency. The news comes in advance of the carrier's planned launch of commercial 5G services in Kansas City and "other markets" in May.
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