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Microsoft Has a New Nokia Phone: The Entry-Level Nokia 215 – Microsoft announced on Monday that its next Nokia device will be one of the cheapest ever released. The Nokia 215 is a $29 Internet-ready phone designed specifically for newcomers to the world of mobile devices. Equipped with the Opera Mini browser, Bing search, MSN Weather, Twitter and Facebook, this dirt-cheap device has many smartphone essentials at just a fraction of the cost. However, the Nokia 215 won’t be the speediest browsing experience around as it only supports 2G networks.
Samsung CEO Sees Big Things for Internet of Things – Samsung is making a big bet on the “Internet of Things,” or Web-connected products. The company said Monday that 90 percent of its products – which includes everything from smartphones to refrigerators – would be able to connect to the Web by 2017. In five years, every product in the company’s entire catalog would be Internet connected, said B.K. Yoon, the company’s co-CEO. But for the Internet of Things to actually take off, devices from different companies must be able to work together. So Yoon vowed that all of Samsung’s products would be built on platforms that are open and compatible with other products. “We will make sure that others can easily connect to our devices,” Yoon said during a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show.
At CES, FCC Chief Outlines Benefits of Broadband Reclassification – The nation’s top telecommunications regulator indicated Wednesday his agency sees consumer benefits in expanding regulatory authority over broadband Internet providers as part of its net neutrality initiative. Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler gave his strongest hints to date his agency is planning to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service, rather than keeping it as a lightly regulated information service. The broadband industry, Republican lawmakers and some conservative groups oppose reclassifying broadband, arguing that doing so would saddle Internet-services providers with a litany of unnecessary regulations. But Wheeler noted sectors of the wireless network industry have been regulated under Title II of the Communications Act for years and has been “monumentally successful” for the past two decades. He also publicly committed his agency to a February 26 vote on new net neutrality regulations but indicated he will circulate the proposed rules to the agency’s commissioners on February 5.
Sources: Washington Post, online; Associated Press; Bloomberg; Reuters; CNET; Forbes, online; Business Insider; Fast Company; Light Reading, online; Ars Technica; Consumerist; Electronista; Engadget; Re/code; TechCrunch; The Verge. The Wall Street Journal, online; USA Today, online
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