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20 hours ago

Image inside iPhone 7 Plus (Pro) Features And Design Specs ‘Confirmed’ By Schematics Leak

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An Article Is There Of The Same Exact Size Of Design Draft Of So Called IPhone Pro (5.5-Inch) Which Has 5.5 Inch LCD Display In Mac Fan June, 2016 Edition .

According to the article, the size is 158.22 x 77.94 x 7.3 mm, and dual lenses will be introduced to iSight camera.

The size itself is identical with iPhone 6s Plus, but there is not the hole for head phone jack plug any more at the bottom.

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23 hours ago

Evleaks Says HTC Is Building Two Nexuses - M1 And S1

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Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, has just revealed that HTC is working on two Android N-running devices, model numbers S1 and M1, in cooperation with Google. The strong implication there? These are Nexus devices, probably both handsets.

We can corroborate that this story is likely accurate, and that HTC's internal model numbers are probably based upon the codenames Google currently plans to use for the devices: Marlin and Sailfish. Google has a long history of naming Nexus devices after aquatic life, the current 5X and 6P are Bullhead and Angler, respectively. The Nexus 6 was Shamu. The Nexus 5 was Hammerhead, and so on.

Let's go through the leak.

Confidence level

We rate this rumor an 8 out of 10 confidence level. Evan Blass's corroborating evidence this morning has greatly increased our confidence that Marlin and Sailfish are, in fact, the next Nexus phones - S1 and M1 is a heck of a coincidence. We also have one direct reference to Marlin. That said, we are accounting for the possibility that there is a chance this could be a coincidence, and the possibility that Marlin and Sailfish never come out at all. While we are confident that these devices exist in some form, it's unclear yet what Google's plans for them are.

The fact that Sailfish is the name of a mobile operating system also gives me pause for concern. While Google's codenames are 100% internal and not marketed or communicated directly to consumers in any way, it does seem a bit... odd. But that's the name we have for now. Maybe a switch to Swordfish could occur? Maybe not. Either way, an "S" fish with a pointy end.

The evidence

Our direct evidence for both of these names is not something we feel comfortable sharing - it wouldn't be any more convincing to you, either, but suffice it to say we trust the source. And we also have no idea how these phones actually... look. However, we do have one reference to Marlin in the AOSP Gerrit (a code review tool), just about a month ago, on March 30th.



The person referencing Marlin is a senior Qualcomm engineer (I have obscured this person's name out of courtesy - please don't go contacting them). Qualcomm works directly with all of its device partners during the development process, so this is not at all unusual or suspicious - Qualcomm would definitely know a lot about Google's next Nexus devices if they were using Qualcomm chips. And knowing a device codename is pretty much necessary, because you have to call it something.

We have not yet seen a reference to Sailfish.

Our third piece of evidence, and the impetus for publishing this post, is obviously what @evleaks just tweeted:
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Final thoughts

Google has kept a surprisingly tight lid on the next Nexus devices to date - we really know very little that we can state confidently at this point. But, here's the takeaway: we believe Google is, as has now been reported multiple times, working on two Nexus phones in cooperation with HTC. We believe those devices are codenamed Marlin and Sailfish. We can also probably say that HTC is internally referring to these devices as M1 and S1, respectively. (Previously, rumors had them pegged as the T50 and T55 by HTC, possibly references to display sizes, but those names seem to have been dropped.)

Unfortunately, that's all we have to share for now. There's just not much to go on yet that we trust, and we definitely don't like to go out on a limb with Nexus rumors if we don't feel the source information is trustworthy. All things considered - our source, the AOSP Gerrit reference, and evleaks' tweet - two Nexus phones is looking more and more like a safe bet. Exactly when and where we'll see them - and exactly what we'll see - remains unknown.

So, get on the #nexushypetrain everyone - Nexus season has begun.
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2 days ago

Article inside Hundreds of Spotify credentials appear online – users report accounts hacked, emails chang

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A list containing hundreds of Spotify account credentials – including emails, usernames, passwords, account type and other details – has popped up on the website Pastebin, in what appears to be a possible security breach. After reaching out to a random sampling of the victims via email, we’ve confirmed that these users’ Spotify accounts were compromised only days ago. However, Spotify says that it “has not been hacked” and its “user records are secure.”

ItÂ’s unclear, then, where these particular account details were acquired, given that they are specific to Spotify, rather than a set of generic credentials that just happen to work on Spotify.

In addition to the email and login information, the Pastebin post also details the type of account (e.g. family, premium), when the subscription auto-renews, and the country where the account was created. The list of accounts is not limited to the U.S., but includes a number of users from all over the world.Spotify has dealt with security incidents in the past, so one canÂ’t immediately assume that a list of emails like this is related to a new data breach. It could have been that a list of previously compromised accounts is still circulating. And only one of the accounts we tried actually permitted a log in, which also left room for doubt about the recency of this particular incident.

But the victims we reached out to told us otherwise.

So far, over a half-dozen have responded, confirming that they did experience a Spotify account breach recently. They became aware of the breach in a number of ways – for example, one said he found songs added to his saved songs list that he hadn’t added.

Another also found his account had been used by an unknown third party.

“I suspected my account had been hacked last week as I saw ‘recently played’ songs that I’d never listened to, so I changed my password and logged out of all devices,” the victim, who preferred to remain anonymous, told us.

everal others said they were kicked out of Spotify – one even in the middle of streaming music.

When trying to log back in, these users found that their account email had been changed to a new email address not belonging to them.

To resolve the matter, users said theyÂ’ve had to work with Spotify customer service to get their account access restored.

In none of the reported cases so far did Spotify reach out to the victims immediately following the breach, nor were their passwords proactively reset for them on their behalf by Spotify.

This seems to contradict the statement a Spotify spokesperson provided us today when asked about this possible breach:

“Spotify has not been hacked and our user records are secure. We monitor Pastebin and other sites regularly. When we find Spotify credentials, we first verify that they are authentic, and if they are, we immediately notify affected users to change their passwords.

But it could be that Spotify is still in the process of verifying the account credentials, which takes time.

According to many of the users we spoke to so far, this issue occurred last week. The Pastebin is dated April 23, however. (TechCrunch is declining to link to the Pastebin page to protect the victims.)

Some of the victims are only now dealing with the fallout. A couple said they received the email notification that their password had been reset on Sunday.

“…I was definitely hacked and later tried googling ‘Spotify hack news’ last night to no avail,” one victim told us. “I noticed it last night when I opened Spotify on my phone and saw someone was using my account somewhere else.”

The unknown party reset their email address, deleted a playlist, saved music to their device, and started following a new playlist.

Others are still in the process of trying to prove to Spotify they are the legitimate account owner.

“…The person was able to change my email address without a second verification, and now I’m jumping through hoops to close my account,” another told us.

“I had to reach out to Spotify first, and it’s still ongoing,” a third said. “They’ve not been helpful, and I’ve only succeeded in getting my account locked so far.”

Because of SpotifyÂ’s delay in resetting usersÂ’ passwords, many of the victims told us theyÂ’ve had problems that extend beyond the streaming service.

Unfortunately, because people often re-use their passwords on other sites, several reported their other accounts have been hacked into as well, including their Facebook, Uber, Skype and even their bank account.

It’s unclear why the unknown third-parties responsible for this incident would want to actually use the Spotify user log ins to play music – especially as that alerts the users to the breach. Typically, a hacker would want to simply collect then re-sell the credentials, which makes this particular incident odd.
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2 days ago

Article inside iPhone Sales Decline For The First Time Ever As Stock Plunges In Q2 2016

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Apple reported quarterly earnings and revenue that missed analysts' estimates on Tuesday, and its guidance for the current quarter also fell shy of expectations.

The tech giant said it saw fiscal second-quarter earnings of $1.90 per diluted share on $50.56 billion in revenue. Wall Street expected Apple to report earnings of about $2 a share on $51.97 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters.

That revenue figure was a roughly 13 percent decline against $58.01 billion in the comparable year-ago period — representing the first year-over-year quarterly sales drop since 2003.

Shares in the company fell more than 8 percent in after-hours trading, erasing more than $46 billion in market cap.
That after-hours loss is greater than the market cap of 391 of the S&P 500 companies.

Importantly, the company announced a 10 percent dividend increase and a $50 billion increase to its capital return program. Under that new plan, Apple expects to spend a total of $250 billion of cash by the end of March 2018, it said.

On the dividend, Apple said its board had declared a dividend of $.57 per share, payable on May 12, 2016 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 9.


A key reason for the declining revenue was Apple's year-over-year decrease in iPhone sales. Despite this, Apple CEO Tim Cook told CNBC Tuesday that the company is in "the early innings of the iPhone."

In fact, Apple beat Wall Street's estimates on iPhone shipments, reporting 51.19 million for the quarter. Analysts had expected 50.3 million, according to StreetAccount.

Still, that iPhone unit count was a 16 percent decline from the 61.17 million shipped during the same period last year. For his part, however, Cook described the iPhone business as "healthy and strong" on the call.

In fact, Cook said the company added more switchers from Android and other platforms in the first half of the year than in any other six month period ever.

On Apple's "services" business, Cook said that segment saw its best ever revenue in the March quarter (ignoring sums from a patent settlement in an earlier quarter). Services brought in $5.99 billion in Q2 — topping analyst estimates of $5.78 billion, according to StreetAccount.

Services was Apple's second-largest source of revenue (behind the iPhone) in the quarter, the company said. And unlike the 18 percent decrease in iPhone revenue against the comparable year-ago period, services revenue grew 20 percent year-over year.

The Apple Watch, one of the company's primary bets on capturing growth outside of the iPhone "has quickly become the best-selling and most-loved smartwatch in the world," Cook said.

"We believe it has an exciting future ahead," he added.

Looking ahead to the fiscal third quarter, Apple said it expects revenue between $41 billion and $43 billion — Wall Street had expected $47.42 billion on average, according to StreetAccount.

Apple CFO Luca Maestri pointed to the ongoing quarter's tough comparison against an "incredible strong" June quarter in 2015. Additionally, he cited a "continued weak macro environment this year, and a stronger U.S. dollar."

Cook sounded an optimistic note about the company, concluding his prepared remarks by saying "the future of Apple is very bright."

At the top of the company's earnings call, Cook said that Apple had seen "continued currency weakness in the vast majority of our international markets." And Maestri, said that the average iPhone price fell from $659 in the year-ago period to $642 in the fiscal second quarter.

The difference was largely attributable to "weak international currencies, and very popular mid-tier and entry offerings," Maestri said.

One area of weakness for Apple in its second-quarter was the Greater China segment — comprising mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Revenue for that region fell 26 percent year-over-year to $12.49 billion. Previously, that area had posted consistent growth for China.

Still, "we feel good about China," Cook told CNBC.

"We remain very optimistic about the China market over the long term, and we are committed to investing there for the long run," Maestri said.

The "vast majority" of the weakness in that geographic segment has come from Hong Kong, Cook said on the call, explaining that the city has seen international tourism fall as a result of its currency being pegged to the U.S. dollar. Mainland China, on the other hand, was only down 11 percent on a reported basis — 7 percent on constant currency.

"China is not weak, as has been talked about," Cook said. "I see China as — we may not have the wind at our backs that we once did, but it's a lot more stable than what I think is the common view of it."

Apple shares have struggled of late, falling about 20 percent over the last year.

Part of that decline is attributable to stalling iPhone sales. The device usually accounts for more than half of Apple's revenues, but it struggled to achieve significant year-over-year growth during the fiscal first quarter, and analysts were even less optimistic about the second quarter.

Many analysts, however, say they expect iPhone sales to grow again when the company releases its expected iPhone 7 model.
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4 days ago

Article inside Samsung reportedly testing Galaxy Note 6 variants with curved and non-curved screens

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Samsung reportedly testing Galaxy Note 6 variants with curved and non-curved screens, 4000 mAh battery

While we're still months away from an official announcement regarding a new Samsung Galaxy Note - most likely called Galaxy Note 6 - we're already hearing many things about the device.

The latest details concerning the upcoming handset come from Dutch website GSM Helpdesk. Reportedly, Samsung is currently testing two Galaxy Note 6 variants: one with a regular, flat display, and another one with a curved screen. Both, however, offer similar specs - even the screens are of the same size and pixel resolution (5.8 inches, Quad HD).

Interestingly, it's said that Samsung will launch only one of these Galaxy Note 6 versions - so we should have either a new Note with a regular screen (like the Note 5 - seen above), or one with a dual-curve screen (like the Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, and Galaxy S6 edge). As you may know, Samsung already released a Note that features a curved screen: the Galaxy Note Edge from 2014. However, the display of the Note Edge (pictured below) is curved only on the right side, giving the device an asymmetrical look, and we don't really think Samsung wants to go back to that.

GSM Helpdesk also mentions that the Galaxy Note 6 will come with a 4000 mAh battery. This would be significantly larger than the 3000 battery that's found inside the Note 5, and could offer talk and standby times never seen before on a Note.

Screen and battery aside, the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 may feature a 12 MP rear camera (likely the same that debuted on the Galaxy S7 series), 6 GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 823 or Exynos 8890 processor. Moreover, the device might have a water-resistant body and an iris scanner.

A recent report from Korea had it that Samsung could be ready to release the Note 6 in July, thus less than 1 year after the Note 5 was introduced (August 2015). Regardless of exactly when it's going to hit the market, the new handset should be available from all major US carriers, and many other mobile operators around the world.

Would you prefer a Galaxy Note 6 sporting a curved screen, or a regular screen? Let us know in the comments below!

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6 days ago

Image inside China wants Apple's Source Code, but the Company Refused

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IN BRIEF

Apple's head of legal has denied all rumors about providing its complete source code or any backdoor to the Chinese government.

Apple officially confirmed that the Chinese government has asked Apple twice in the past two years to hand over the source code for its operating system, but the company refused in both the cases.



In a Tuesday hearing entitled "Deciphering the Debate Over Encryption: Industry and Law Enforcement Perspectives," the police officials put allegations on Apple for handing over user data to Beijing while refusing the authorities at its home in the US.

However, speaking under oath at the congressional hearing, Apple's General Counsel Bruce Sewell denied the claims, saying "We have been asked by the Chinese government" for the source code behind the iPhone. But, "we refused."

The response came just after Indiana State Police Captain Charles Cohen accused Apple of providing its source code to China.

Neither Captain Cohen presented any evidence of his allegation, nor he claimed to know whether this was accurate. Instead, he cited media reports to prove his point.

"I saw several news stories that said Apple provided the source code for the iOS [operating system for iPhone and iPads] to China," Cohen said without pinpointing the publications.

The allegations on Apple have continued due to the company's refusal to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) gain access to the iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.

The law enforcement officials have started accusing Apple of handing over its users information to the Chinese government for business purpose while refusing to cooperate with U.S. authorities for access to private data in criminal and terror investigation.

However, Apple's Swell apparently said: "We have not provided source code to the Chinese government. We did not have a key 19 months ago that we threw away. Those allegations are without merit."

On one hand where authorities want Apple to provide them access to valuable data in serious crimes, like terror, deaths, and rapes. On the contrary, technical experts argue that if the company creates a hole in its security, it will open all its customers to not just the government but also the potential hackers.

However, when it comes to complying with government request in serious crimes, Apple has provided data in 80 percent of cases originating from law enforcement in North America and 66 percent from China.

It was previously reported that in the wake of its legal battle with the US Department of Justice, Apple was working on encrypting iCloud backups that only the account owner would have access.

However, Mr. Sewell denied the reports, saying the company had made no such announcements about iCloud encryption plans. Moreover, such moves would further frustrate law enforcement agencies, who now can obtain iCloud data with a court warrant.


 
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6 days ago

Article inside Opera Browser Now Offers Free and Unlimited Built-in VPN Service

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Opera becomes the first web browser to offer a built-in Free, unlimited and 256-bit encrypted VPN service for everyone.

Opera's Free VPN protects unencrypted browser session from leaking on public WiFi networks and will also let unblock firewalls to improve privacy and security.


Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have become an important tool not just for large companies, but also for individuals to improve web privacy, dodge content restrictions and counter growing threat of cyber attacks.

Opera has released an updated desktop version of its web browser with a Free built-in VPN service to keep you safe on the Internet with just a click.

That's a great deal!

For those unfamiliar, VPNs are easy security and privacy tools that route your Internet traffic through a distant connection, protecting your browsing, hiding your location data and accessing restricted resources.

Free VPN Service with Unlimited Data Usage

Unlike several other free VPN services, Opera's built-in free VPN service will offer you unlimited data usage as well. You just have to turn on a virtual switch in the Settings menu to enable the feature.

So you required to install no third-party extensions, pay no monthly fee as well as set no limit on data usage.


"By adding a free, unlimited VPN directly into the browser, no additional download or extensions from an unknown third-party provider are necessary," Opera's engineering chief Krystian Kolondra wrote in a blog post.

"So, today, our Opera desktop users get a handy way to boost their online privacy, as well as easier access to all their favorite online content no matter where they are."


Opera's Free VPN Offers 256-bit Encryption

Opera's Free VPN service uses 256-bit encryption to hide all your connection details and replaces your IP address with a virtual one, making it difficult for the government or anyone to trace your location, identify your computer or block content they do not want you to see.

The free VPN feature in Opera has been made possible after the company acquired VPN provider SurfEasy last year.


Here's How to Try Opera's Free VPN

To give Opera's Free VPN a try, install the latest developer version of Opera for Windows and Mac, look for the 'Privacy & Security' tab and toggle this feature ON.

Since Operas Free VPN service is available in the latest developer version of Opera, the service lets you switch between three virtual locations: The United States, Canada, and Germany.

However, the company says it will add more countries in the stable version of its browser.


 
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1 week ago

Apple settles long-running Siri lawsuit for $24.9 million

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Apple has elected to pay $24.9 million to Dallas-based company Dynamic Advances to settle a four-year-old lawsuit relating to Siri. The company raised the suit in 2012, arguing that Apple's Siri assistant violated a patent owned by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, and licensed to Dynamic Advances. Apple's decision comes a month before the case was due to go to trial, and will see the tech giant pay $5 million at first to Dynamic Advances' parent company Marathon Patent Group once the case is dropped, before it follows up with the rest later.

The patent was the work of a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor, and described a "natural language interface using constrained intermediate dictionary of results" when it was issued in 2007 — four years before Apple introduced Siri in 2011. Around half of the money given to Dynamic Advances' parent is expected to go to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, but the research university has yet to agree to a final figure with the company that gained the exclusive license to its patent.

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1 week ago

Android security report shows why you should stick to Google Play

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Many security-conscious types will tell you to only grab apps from Google Play if you want to avoid malware, and Google just provided a good reason why. The internet giant has released its second-ever annual Android security report, and it's clear that how secure you are depends heavily on where you go for software. Attempts to install malware within Google Play dropped significantly between 2014 and 2015, with no more than 0.15 percent of users grabbing some kind of rogue code. However, that figure shoots up to 0.5 percent when you consider all Android users -- Google says it saw an uptick in attempts to compromise devices beyond its app store.

A lot of that discrepancy stems from what Google can do to clamp down on malware outside its own walls. Google Play already had screening to prevent hostile apps from getting through, and Google says that it reduced the chances of installing those apps by 40 percent last year alone. There are security measures beyond the store (such as post-install app verification), but they're limited -- the same freedom that lets you use non-Google Play apps also lets people write malicious apps that Google can't always catch. Many third-party app stores can't or won't screen as thoroughly.

Things should get better this year. Google's monthly security updates are increasing the likelihood that you'll be safe against attacks, even if the patches don't always arrive on time or on every device. Also, the rising adoption of newer Android flavors (namely Lollipop and Marshmallow) both gives Google more control over web code and increases the odds of spotting suspicious behavior before it's too late. You'll know that these were effective if next year's security report is all sunshine and roses.

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1 week ago

’60 Minutes’ asked a security firm to hack an iPhone and we’re all basically screwed

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AppleÂ’s battle with the FBI may have whipped the tech world into a frenzy of establishment-hating wannabe anarchists, but itÂ’s this Â’60 minutesÂ’ segment that should really piss you off.

Wanting to find out just how safe our phones are from hackers, the 60 minutes team sought professionals from Security Research Labs to break into Congressman Ted LieuÂ’s iPhone. Lieu, a member of the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Information Technology (an acronym thatÂ’s dangerously close to spelling h-o-r-s-e-s-h-i-t) agreed to be the teamÂ’s guinea pig.

While security professionals are abuzz with theories — ranging from deep freezing the flash memory to creating its own operating system — on how the FBI accessed the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, it turns out all Security Research Labs needed to access secure data was Congressman Lieu’s phone number.

ItÂ’s not apples-to-apples; the researchers werenÂ’t accessing encrypted files or attempting to gain access to the physical device, but what they were able to accomplish with just a phone number is still incredible.

With those digits alone, the team was able to hear and record LieuÂ’s phone calls, track his movement, view his contacts and create a log of all incoming and outgoing calls.

For the Apple haters out there, hold on to your hatsÂ… the hack perpetrated on Lieu will work on any phone, using any carrier, running any operating system, and itÂ’s all thanks to a security flaw in a piece of technology youÂ’ve probably never heard of.

Signaling System 7 (SS7) is a global network that connects all phone carriers around the world into a singular hub, of sorts. The hack exploits a known security flaw in SS7, but one thatÂ’s proven relatively difficult to fix due to the way SS7 is governed, or not governed, in this case.

Currently, SS7 is used by all the worldÂ’s cellular carrierÂ’s, but itÂ’s not governed by any of them, or any single government entity either. Instead, itÂ’s a sort of global collaboration with a ton of red tape and no real solution on how to close the security holes that plague the worldÂ’s cell phone users.

It should put you at ease that the worldÂ’s best hackers probably arenÂ’t all that interested in your $300 bank account balance and your impressive collection of reaction GIFs, but itÂ’s a scary time to be a smartphone user, nonetheless.

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Article inside Verizon will reportedly launch its next-gen TV service this year

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Massive multimedia conglomerate Verizon is reportedly looking to overhaul one of its key consumer offerings. According to Variety, the company is preparing a next-generation "IP TV service," with a planned launch in one of its existing FiOS markets later this year. Details are sketchy on how exactly this new service will work, but it sounds like it'll be centered around a new set-top box. Earlier this week, Verizon filed FCC documents for a new box that would include the OnCue internet video technology that the company picked up from Intel over two years ago.

Variety says that this new box will offer a totally new interface that combines paid TV services alongside internet video options like Netflix. It also seems plausible that the new Verizon service will pull in online video programming from the company's recent purchase of AOL (Engadget's parent company). That combo of live paid TV services along with popular streaming options has been the holy grail that cable companies and consumer technology companies have been chasing for some time, but it remains an elusive goal.

Indeed, one of the big innovations for this next-gen service won't really be consumer-facing: Verizon is reportedly planning to move to an entirely IP-based delivery system rather than the current QAM format. QAM pushes all the content that a provider offers at all times, whereas an IP-based solution only delivers exactly what the customer is watching at a given time -- this could lead to major bandwidth savings for Verizon. This move is apparently a big part of why Verizon purchased OnCue from Intel in the first place.

One change that would definitely be noticed by consumers is a potential new name -- as Variety notes, the released FCC documents contain no mention of the FiOS brand. Of course, it's worth noting these documents are redacted and don't really point to Verizon's branding strategy. But it's entirely possible that Verizon will take this opportunity to banish FiOS and start fresh.

Yet another part of this strategy could relate to Verizon's ambitions to build a large-scale ad network to compete with the likes of Google and Facebook. A new internet-based TV service could provide the company with a new place to serve ads to its customers, but that's just speculation at this point. Either way, we should find out what Verizon is up to before the year is out, at least for customers in some of the company's markets.

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