The Federal Communications Commission is planning to collect a $51.1 million fine from a phone company accused of using “widespread enrollment fraud” to collect improper payments from a program designed to help poor people. Since 2014, Total Call Mobile (TCM) has requested and received $9.7 million in payments by signing up tens of thousands of duplicate or ineligible consumers “despite repeated and explicit warnings from its own employees, in some cases compliance specialists, that company sales agents were engaged in widespread enrollment fraud,” the FCC said in an announcement yesterday . Further Reading FCC says TracFone and other cell companies defrauded US program for the poor The alleged fraud targeted the Lifeline program, which provides discounted phone service to people with low incomes. Lifeline, part of the Universal Service Fund, is paid for by US residents through surcharges on phone bills. The FCC said its investigation into Total Call found that … [Read more...] about FCC: Carrier pocketed $10M in bogus cell phone subsidies
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The Federal Communications Commission yesterday accused five wireless service providers of obtaining duplicate payments from a federal fund for low-income consumers. The FCC wants the companies to repay the extra money and, in addition, to pay $14.4 million in fines. The wireless providers allegedly violated rules of the Lifeline program, which has helped people afford basic telephone service since 1985. It was expanded to cover pre-paid cell phone service in 2005 under former President George W. Bush. "The violations involve thousands of consumers who had more than one Lifeline subscription from the same provider, resulting in duplicative support requests and payments," the FCC said. "In each case, the carrier knew or should have known, based on its own internal data, that the consumers were ineligible under Lifeline program rules. ... To protect the integrity of the Lifeline program, the Commission’s rules prohibit, among other things, Lifeline service providers from requesting … [Read more...] about FCC says TracFone and other cell companies defrauded US program for the poor
3D renders of Samsung’s upcoming smartwatches, the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, have appeared online thanks to leaker Evan Blass and 91Mobiles , a month ahead of their expected launch in August. The renders show the two watches from every angle, and line up with other leaked details about the two devices. First up is the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, the more premium of the two and the rumored successor to last year’s Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. The bad news is that the rumors about the watch no longer featuring a physical rotating bezel appear to be true — there’s no sign of the fan-favorite mechanism in these renders. There’s also only mention of one model size, 45mm, rather than the two sizes we saw last year (46mm and 44mm). Then there’s the standard Galaxy Watch 5, which has a simpler design. It’ll reportedly be available in two sizes; 44mm and an unspecified smaller size. Both it and the Watch 5 Pro will reportedly feature a pair of physical buttons to the right … [Read more...] about Galaxy Watch 5 leak gives best look yet at Samsung’s upcoming smartwatches
Après son lancement chinois en avril puis indien en mai, le Vivo X80 Pro est maintenant disponible à la vente en France - mais il vous en coûtera 1 299 €. Ce qui le rend légèrement plus cher que le modèle standard du Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra . Ce dernier affiche un prix de départ de 1 199 €, soit 100 € moins cher que le Vivo X80 Pro. Vous bénéficiez toutefois de 12 Go de RAM et de 256 Go de stockage avec le X80 Pro, une configuration facturée au même prix chez Samsung. Reste que la marque Vivo a aujourd’hui moins d’attrait que Samsung. En Europe, tout du moins. Quant à la configuration photo, elle embarque un quadruple objectif qui a été conçu en collaboration avec la marque d'objectifs Zeiss. Il s’agit d’un capteur principal de 50 Mpx f/1,6, un ultra grand-angle de 48 Mpx f/2,2, un téléobjectif de 12 Mpx f/1,9 (avec zoom optique 2x) et un périscope de 8 Mpx f/3,4 (avec zoom optique 5x). Il y a également une caméra frontale de 32 Mpx, un capteur d'empreintes … [Read more...] about Le nouveau smartphone Vivo coûte plus cher qu’un Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra – devez-vous vous ruer dessus ?
Alors que le cours de l'Ethereum s’effondre, la société chinoise Bitmain vient de révéler sa nouvelle plateforme de minage Antminer E9. Selon l'introduction du produit sur Twitter, l’Antminer E9 pourrait égaler les performances de 25 GeForce RTX 3080. Ces affirmations, aussi impressionnantes soient-elles, semblent exactes car un Antminter est déjà capable de délivrer un taux de hachage de 2 400 MH/s contre 100 MH/s pour une RTX 3080 . #BITMAIN announces #ANTMINERE9, equipped with a hashrate of 2400M, 1920W power consumption, and power efficiency of 0.8J/M, utilizing the Ethash algorithm for ETH/ETC. E9 is equivalent to 25 RTX 3080 graphics cards. Sales start on July 6, 9:00 AM (ET). https://t.co/Cmx6MJQUuP pic.twitter.com/PU9lvtNEEL July 5, 2022 See more Ce n'est pas la première fois que le mineur d'Ethereum Antminer E9 est mentionné, puisque Bitmain en parlait déjà en 2021. Cette machine impressionnante coûte 9 999 $ (environ 9 800 €), ce qui s’avère nettement … [Read more...] about Bitmain lance la plateforme de minage Antminer E9 et c’est une bonne nouvelle pour les joueurs PC… Attendez, quoi ?
Tout droit venue d'Estonie, la start-up technologique Äike présente en avant-première sa nouvelle trottinette électrique qui met l'accent sur la durabilité et le respect de l'environnement. L'Äike T est actuellement disponible en précommande (opens in new tab) , avec des frais de réservation entièrement remboursables de 69 €. Le prix de lancement, quant à lui, démarre à 999 € et augmentera en fonction de l'ajout d'une assurance ou d’un coloris plus premium. Les livraisons commenceront en novembre 2022, mais il faut faire vite car il n'y aura que 500 unités mises en circulation. Facile à recharger En ouvrant les précommandes, Äike a posté une vidéo de présentation (opens in new tab) de la trottinette électrique - le PDG de la société, Kristjan Maruste, y dévoile les principales caractéristiques du mode de transport. L'Äike T, "über strong", est doté d'une structure robuste qui peut supporter jusqu'à 150 kg, ainsi que de pneus de 10 pouces résistants aux perforations. Il … [Read more...] about Cette trottinette électrique peut être rechargée avec votre chargeur mobile
Lithium-based batteries are great , with different electrode chemistries allowing them to be slotted into a variety of uses. The problem with them has nothing to do with their performance. The challenge we face is that we want to make a lot of batteries; if all of them use lithium, we're undoubtedly going to face supply crunches. One potential solution to that is to simply replace lithium with a different ion. Alternative batteries may not be as good as lithium variants in all the different places we currently use them. They just have to be good enough at one task to take away some of the need to stick lithium everywhere. That's the reasoning behind some interest in sodium-based batteries. Sodium is very plentiful and correspondingly cheap and can be made to behave a bit like lithium when used in a battery. But sodium batteries always carry risks associated with sodium's tendency to react explosively. But a recently developed solid electrolyte suggests that at least some of the … [Read more...] about Researchers seem to stumble across an electrolyte for a sodium battery
Censoring peaceful protesters isn’t the only reason governments have deliberately shut down the Internet in 2022, but researchers say it is the primary objective and is costing the most to the global economy. According to a report from Top10VPN, the cost of government-ordered Internet shutdowns in 2022 has cost the global economy more than $10 billion. That figure nearly doubles 2021 costs, and it’s only halfway through the year. At a cost of $8.77 billion, the biggest drain on the global economy is Russia. That country’s ongoing social media blackouts began shortly after the Ukraine invasion and are designed to limit peaceful protest and press freedoms by preventing access to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. So far this year, Top10VPN has tracked government shutdowns in 16 countries, measuring costs per day of shutdowns specifically preventing protests that range from hundreds of thousands in Pakistan to hundreds of millions in Russia. Other reasons for government … [Read more...] about Internet shutdowns cost global economy $10B so far in 2022, VPN report says
At midnight ET on Tuesday morning, the American federal government shut down operations as a result of the Congressional budget impasse. Currently there's no immediate end in sight, so a mish-mash of government agencies are open and closed. National parks and museums are off, but mail is still being delivered to American households. On Saturday, Ars took a quick look at which US government agency websites would be going dark during the shutdown. Those included the Federal Trade Commission, the Library of Congress, and the National Park Service sites. They all planned to go dark and have done so. The federal court system is remaining open , as it has a financial reserve that should last around two weeks. Similarly, the United States Patent and Trademark Office could stay open for approximately four weeks. However, we have now conducted a more thorough examination of 50-plus different .gov websites. In the chart below, we have highlighted whether they are up or down, and … [Read more...] about Shutdown of US government websites appears bafflingly arbitrary
Despite temperatures well below freezing, Antarctica's Deep Lake remains unfrozen thanks to its extremely high salt content. The lake was isolated from the oceans about 3,500 years ago, when the continent lifted up around it. As inhospitable territory goes, this is pretty high on the list, a lake both colder and more saline than most living things can survive. The extremophiles that inhabit these waters belong to a group called haloarchaea, microbes that actually require high salt concentrations. A team of Australian and American scientists who set out to study the genetic diversity of the lake's microbes discovered that the haloarchaea have responded to their extreme environment with extremely high rates of genetic exchange with other species, even other genera. The microbes use horizontal gene transfer—passing sections of genetic code to one another—to rapidly adopt any changes that help them adapt to this harsh environment. They found four distinct genera had adapted to life in … [Read more...] about In Antarctic lake, extreme conditions lead to extreme genetics