World Bulletin / News Desk
Almost all smartphones have FM radio chips installed inside of them, but manufacturers have largely left them deactivated. Pai said the radio chips should be turned on for emergency communications. Specifically, he said the transmitters would be critical during disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
“When wireless networks go down during a natural disaster, smartphones with activated FM chips can allow Americans to get vital access to life-saving information,” he wrote in a statement. “I applaud those companies that have done the right thing by activating the FM chips in their phones.”
Some smartphone models from companies including Samsung, LG and HTC now ship with activated FM radio chips.
“Apple is the one major phone manufacturer that has resisted doing so,” Pai said.
If the transmitter was activated, iPhone owners would be able to listen to local radio stations for free, while Apple’s internet radio service, Apple Music, requires a paid subscription.
“I hope the company will reconsider its position, given the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria,” Pai wrote. “That’s why I am asking Apple to activate the FM chips that are in its iPhones. It is time for Apple to step up to the plate and put the safety of the American people first.”
Apple said, however, that the newest models do not even have radio chips.
“iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models do not have FM radio chips in them nor do they have antennas designed to support FM signals, so it is not possible to enable FM reception in these products,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement. Apple seemed to indicate that it had no plans to enable FM radio on older phones either, saying that the iPhone already includes other safety features.
Also on Thursday, Pai cleared another hurtle toward serving a five year term as FCC chair. Pai joined the commission in 2012 and was then selected as chair in January by President Donald Trump. Although some Democrat Senators harshly criticized Pai’s decisions in his first nine months, the Senate voted to end debate on Pai’s confirmation 55-41. He is expected to be confirmed for another term next week.
2-day congress and fair will host thousands of delegates, high level bureaucrats and CEOs in Ankara Congresium Center
Spy can easily track activities with $1,000 mobile advertising purchase
The project, which was first announced more than two-and-a-half years ago, would be the biggest private investment in western Ireland.
In first of three October spacewalks, astronauts work to repair important robotic arm
The scientists were rewarded for having successfully observed universe’s never-before-seen gravitational waves
Contract valued at approximately $1.9 billion, Turkey's Yapi Merkezi says
Ajit Pai says that activating FM radio chips in smartphones is crucial in emergencies
Change will initially be available to random sample of users
Google will take on half of HTC's research and development staff -- about 2,000 people -- many of whom have already been working on the Silicon Valley firm's Pixel handset, as well as intellectual property (IP) licensing.
After 13 years orbiting the ringed planet, NASA crashed probe into Saturn’s surface
Cassini, an international project that cost $3.9 billion and included scientists from 27 nations, disintegrated as it dove into Saturn's atmosphere at a speed of 75,000 miles (120,700 kilometers) per hour.
Company reveals 3 new iPhones, including new flagship model with facial recognition software
The firm along with SAIC Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen are calling back the vehicles owing to a faulty fuel pump, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said on its website.
The platforms will also have to strengthen their oversight over all published information, deleting all illegal content while also alerting authorities to the postings.
An H-IIA rocket blasted off at about 2:30 pm (0530 GMT) from the Tanegashima space centre in southern Japan, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).