FCC Finally Approves Siri-powered Apple HomePod

A report has surfaced on Monday saying that FCC (Federal Communications Commission), has given the green light to Apple’s HomePod. This means that Apple fans would be expecting an early launch of the smart speaker.

 

It can be recalled that Apple had publicly unveiled its smart speaker powered by Siri back in June 2017. The Cupertino-based company, however, did move the HomePod’s release date to early 2018 instead of December last year for some apparent reasons.

 

FCC finally approves Apple’s HomePod

 

Now with FCC’s approval, obviously the Apple’s HomePod is closer to its launch date. The FCC approval is a sign that the company’s smart speaker would be hitting the market the soonest.

 

The news comes after an FCC filing of the Apple’s HomePod has surfaced this week, showing the design of the soon-to-be-released Apple smart speaker.

 

At a quick glance, several FCC documents were dated September 27. Now that these documents were released, the Apple’s HomePod’s hardware suggests that there have been no changes implemented in the previous months.

 

Apple’s HomePod based on the FCC filing has a product ID of BCG-A1639. The BCG is actually an information that signifies a specific grantee code. While the A1639 refers to the model number of the Apple device.

 

Also, speculations suggest that the company’s smart speaker will be shipped within four to six weeks. And a recent report also indicated that the company’s suppliers are expecting to ship 10 to 12 million units of HomePod this year.

 

As of posting, the Cupertino-based company has yet to make an official announcement about the speculations surrounding the HomePod. That would mean that let’s all take the information with a grain of salt unless confirmed by Apple.

Oculus Go: Headset Pops Up At the FCC With Two Models

The Oculus Go headset is closer to its target for the 2018 launch date. This was revealed when an FCC listing hinted that a new standalone headset would be a reality. Although we don’t have an official detail yet about the Oculus Go but certainly the recent news is interesting enough.

 

Oculus Go: Specs, Features, and Price

 

 

Based on the FCC listing which was spotted by Mobielkopen, a German tech website, there will be two models of Oculus Go. The tech site described the two models are identical to one of its key features-memory.

 

The Oculus Go’s first model under the name MH-A32 features a 32GB of memory while the other, MH-A64 will have 64GB. This means that the higher the memory, users can actually store more games and applications compared to a 32 GB memory.

It is not yet clear until now if Oculus Go will have an expandable memory with an SD card. The company has yet to confirm if the listing is true and if, it plans to launch two versions of the device. What is certain now is that the FCC listing revealed that Oculus Go would be sold to the public.

 

Regarding price, the MH-A32 model is expected to be sold for an entry price of $199 which was announced last year’s Oculus Connect. While the 64GB version will be sold at a higher price.

 

Also, one of the features of the device is its three degrees of three (3DOF) tracking. The said feature allows users to look around and tilt their head via a Virtual Reality environment. The VR environment is only possible if you wear Gear VR.

Why Twitch Supports Net Neutrality?

On Friday, Amazon’s parent company Twitch has issued a statement supporting net neutrality. Twitch is the latest company that expressed support while threats to overhaul the internet regulations looms.

It was learned that Federal Communications Commission is planning to vote to overhaul internet regulations. Aside from Twitch, other tech companies have also come out to oppose FCC’s plan to repeal net neutrality. In its statement, Twitch has outlined some specifics related to video streaming, saying that streamers are raking profit from the web platform.

FCC’s plan remains the same since 2015. FCC officials said that it wants to reassess net neutrality protection. But tech companies, and activists ganged up to protest and oppose FCC’s plan.

They claim that FCC wants to impose a change in policy. Apart from Twitch, big tech companies like Twitter, Google, Netflix and Reddit have reechoed the same sentiment: oppose FCC ‘s plan.

In a Gamespot report, CEO Emmett Shear said that “net neutrality had played an important role in the history of Twitch. Without it, we might not be here today, and our streamers might not be here tomorrow.”

“Because our streamer community –many of which are small business owners –depend on their viewers having easy access to their channels and reliable quality of service, repealing net neutrality will erode the power of the internet to enable and create these types of jobs,” he added.

“This is why we are lending our voice to championing a free and open internet,” Shear said.

What is net neutrality?

Amid this issue, one relevant question would be: What is net neutrality? The term refers to a set of regulations that are being in place to view internet service as a public utility. This means that ISPs or Internet Service Provides should not be given the right to treat any particular website or service differently than other websites.

Since Twitch is an online web streaming platform, it consumes more internet bandwidth compared to other websites. Netflix is also being threatened by FCC’s repeal of net neutrality because it streams online videos.