After weeks of exclusive negotiations, talks between U.S. cable operator Charter Communications and wireless network carrier Sprint have broken down. Multiple sources reported on Sunday that Chart has backed out of the talks, saying it has no interest in acquiring Sprint, which leaves the network’s majority owner, SoftBank Group Corp, with limited options.
If it had gone through, the new conglomerate would have been controlled by SoftBank and might have given Sprint more leverage in its ongoing merger discussions with T-Mobile. It’s expected that SoftBank will again focus its attention on trying to convince T-Mobile to foin forces, but that is seen as a long shot still.
In a statement delivered to multiple media outlets, Charter spokesman Alex Dudley said that the company plans to hold onto its current mobile virtual network operator deal with Verizon. That deal allows Charter to piggyback off of Verizon’s network to provide wireless service to Charter customers as early as next year. Verizon has a very similar deal in place with Comcast, which is currently available to its customers.
For a time, it was believed that Charter and Comcast would work together to negotiate some sort of Sprint acquisition. The two companies would have likely invested equally in Sprint and shared the company’s network. With both now in bed with Verizon—a better-rated network in terms of coverage and reliability—it’s hard to see them moving in any other direction.
Take on AR
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This has to be the best application of Apple’s ARKit that we’ve come across to date. Someone has taken the iconic 1980s song/music video “Take On Me” and turned it into an AR application. In a video (below) the user sees a tiny window open up right in their living room that shows an animated pencil-drawn scene unfolding before them. That scene acts almost as a filter for what’s actually in the room, and the user walks around in it as if they’re actually stepping into the music video.
It’s another playful way of showing off the possibilities of augmented reality—a la Pokémon Go. But what we’re looking at is an incredibly-well executed AR application for a platform that isn’t even publicly available yet. This gets me all kinds of giddy for the launch of iOS 11 this fall.
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