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Comcast revives ‘E.T.’ to hawk cable and internet service

Sponsored Links Comcast Tech companies often like to mine nostalgia for a few quick bucks, but Comcast is probably pushing that emotional exploitation a little too far. The telecom has posted a short film that reunites E.T.‘s namesake alien with human pal Elliott to pitch Xfinity internet and TV service. Yes, it’s exactly as cheesy …

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Verizon’s new 5G coverage maps show just how sparse the network is

Enlarge / Verizon 5G in Boston’s Fenway/Kenmore area. Verizon Verizon has continually touted its rollout of 5G as it reaches more cities with the latest cellular technology, but new coverage maps confirm what consumers have experienced: Verizon’s 5G network is only sparsely deployed even in major cities. You can check out Verizon’s new coverage maps …

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Verizon will preload Snapchat on ‘select’ 5G phones

Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS Snap Inc. and Verizon (Engadget’s parent company) announced today that they are “official 5G innovation partners.” As part of the alliance, Verizon will preload the Snapchat app on “select” 5G devices and offer exclusive deals through its Verizon Up rewards program. Snap will develop new AR features and experiences at Verizon’s …

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After Math: Hoping against hope

Sponsored Links ipopba via Getty Images In uncertain times like these, staying optimistic can be a real challenge. But whether you keep yourself centered with meditation, daily affirmations or sheer stubbornness, take a cue from this week in rose tinted headlines. Netflix quietly tests variable playback speed in Android app A full 30 minutes per …

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AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon team up to push next-gen RCS texting

Sponsored Links Future Publishing via Getty Images For years we’ve been hearing about the potential of RCS, a protocol replacement for SMS that would bring iMessage and Whatsapp-like features to texting. Unfortunately there’s been very little to show for it, with spotty support among carriers, and only Google and Samsung showing any real movement. Today …

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Verizon’s 5G network can’t cover an entire basketball arena, either

Enlarge / A Verizon booth at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles in September 2018. Verizon Verizon on Friday announced that its 5G network is now available in three NBA arenas and is coming to seven more by the end of the 2019-2020 basketball season. But there’s a big caveat, just like there is …

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Yahoo is deleting all content ever posted to Yahoo Groups

Enlarge / The Yahoo Groups home page. Yahoo Yahoo Groups is shutting down after more than 18 years, and the Verizon-owned company is deleting all content from the site in mid-December. “Yahoo has made the decision to no longer allow users to upload content to the Yahoo Groups site,” the company said in a notice …

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AT&T and other carriers want to hide detailed 5G maps from FCC and public

Enlarge / Screenshot from an AT&T commercial. AT&T AT&T and other mobile carriers are trying to hide detailed 5G maps from the public despite constantly touting the supposed pace and breadth of their 5G rollouts. With the Federal Communications Commission planning to require carriers to submit more accurate data about broadband deployment, AT&T and the …

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Yahoo’s redesigned Mail app aims to bring order to your inbox

Sponsored Links Yahoo The way we use email has changed a lot over the years, evolving from person-to-person communications to an all-in-one depository for newsletters, coupons, travel receipts and (a lot of) miscellaneous junk. This can lead to an overwhelmingly messy inbox, making it that much harder to find that e-ticket right before the concert. …

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This week in tech history: Android turns 11

At Engadget, we spend every day looking at how technology will shape the future. But it’s also important to look back at how far we’ve come. That’s what This Week in Tech History does. Join us every weekend for a recap of historical tech news, anniversaries and advances from the recent and not-so-recent past. This …

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