iPhone ‘batterygate’ settlement: There’s still time to claim your $25 – CNET

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If you have an older iPhone like an iPhone 6 or 6S you could be eligible for a settlement from a class-action lawsuit. 

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Still have your original iPhone SE or an iPhone 6, 6S, 7 or one of the Plus models? If you live in the US, you may be able to get up to $25 back from Apple as part of a class-action settlement. What is "batterygate?" In 2017 Apple revealed that it slows down iPhones as they age in order to preserve battery life. That news didn't sit well with a lot of people, who were unaware that the company's iOS software was doing this automatically. As a result, Apple apologized and made it easier to monitor battery health and, for a time, it also cut the prices for battery replacements. 

It still didn't stop lawsuits, and the iPhone-maker agreed in March to pay up to $500 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed against it, though it also denied any wrongdoing in the case. Now, those who qualify are able to submit their claims for their share at a website set up by the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

According to the site, those looking to file need to be, or were, "a United States owner of an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, and/or SE device that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later" or an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus owner that "ran iOS 11.2 or later before Dec. 21, 2017." 

Filers will also need to have had "experienced diminished performance on your device(s)." 

Those looking to make a claim, which could be worth roughly $25 per device though the exact number will vary depending on the number of claims filed, will need to do so before Oct. 6, 2020. 

While forms could be submitted online or via mail, you'll need to have your iPhone's serial number to be able to file, which could be challenging if you've since sold, traded in or upgraded your older iPhone. A search tool is available to help look up serial numbers using your Apple ID email address. 

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New Arm-powered MacBook Pro, Air may arrive this year, report suggests – CNET

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Upcoming 13.3-inch MacBook Pros may be among the first computers to run Apple's own processors. 

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Apple has teased that it will ship the first computers running its own Apple A-series Arm chips later this year. Now, a new report from notable Apple watcher Ming-Chi Kuo, of TF International Securities, suggests that the first computers packing the new processors could be a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro and possibly a new MacBook Air as well. 

In the report, spotted by MacRumors on Friday, Kuo says, "Apple will launch new MacBook models including the new 13.3-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ equipped with the ‌Apple silicon‌" in the fourth quarter of 2020, with the new Apple silicon-powered MacBook Air‌ arriving around the same time or in early 2021. 

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Beyond the smaller Pro and Air, Kuo also expects "new 14- and 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ models equipped with the ‌Apple silicon‌ and all-new form factor design" late in the second quarter of 2021 or in the third quarter of next year. 

Apple has been rumored to be working on new MacBook Pro's that take advantage of a new display technology known as mini-LED

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

The iPhone-maker previously updated its 13.3-inch MacBook Air and 13.3-inch Pro in the spring, giving each machine newly designed keyboards and, in some cases, updated Intel processors. While most of these new machines now run on Intel's 10th-generation chips, the cheaper, entry-level MacBook Pros have remained on older eighth-generation hardware. 

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Beyond the new MacBooks, Apple has also been rumored to be preparing a new iMac that potentially runs on the new Apple-designed chips. Developers looking to prepare their apps for the transition have been able to order Mac Mini-based developer kits that run MacOS on one of the company's A12Z chips. 

Announced at its WWDC developer conference last month, CEO Tim Cook said during the virtual keynote that Apple's move from Intel is expected to take "about two years," adding that the company plans to ship its first system with an Apple-designed processor "by the end of this year." 

Despite the transition, Intel-based Macs will continue to be supported, with Cook promising new versions of MacOS for these computers "for years to come" and adding that Apple has "some new Intel-based Macs in the pipeline that we're really excited about."  

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MLB playoffs 2020: Yankees vs. Indians, Dodgers vs. Brewers and how to watch today without cable – CNET

The shortened, 60-game regular season got rid of less than half of Major League Baseball's 30 teams. The expanded playoffs will see 16 teams play October baseball this year. Both the first and second place finishers in each of baseball's six divisions qualified for the postseason, along with two Wild Card teams from each league. 

The top four teams in each league will host the other four playoff teams in a best-of-three game series for the Wild Card round. Baseball will move to a bubble format for the remainder of the playoffs with games played at neutral sites. American League teams will play in Los Angeles and San Diego; National League teams will play in Houston and Arlington, Texas. The World Series will be played in Arlington at Globe Life Park, the new home of the Texas Rangers.

The Wild Card round began Tuesday for the American League. The Astros beat the Twins, the White Sox beat the A's, the Rays beat the Blue Jays and the Yankees beat the Indians. A packed slate is on tap for Wednesday when all 16 playoff teams will be in action. The four National League series get underway, and the four American League series will each play Game 2. Here's the schedule for today:

Wild Card games on Wednesday, Sept. 30

  • Reds at Braves, Game 1 at 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT) on ESPN
  • Astros at Twins, Game 2 at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) on ESPN2
  • Marlins at Cubs, Game 1 at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) on ABC
  • White Sox at A's, Game 2 at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) on ESPN
  • Blue Jays at Rays, Game 2 at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT) on TBS
  • Cardinals at Padres, Game 1 at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT) on ESPN2
  • Yankees at Indians, Game 2 at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) on ESPN
  • Brewers at Dodgers, Game 1 at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) on ESPN

Read on for details on how you can watch today's games along with the rest of the 2020 MLB playoffs without cable.

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Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers finished the regular season with the best record in baseball and enter the postseason as the top seed in the National League.

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What are the Wild Card matchups?

In recent years, only five teams from each league qualified for the playoffs. This year, eight teams from each league are playing past the regular season.

American League

  • (1) Tampa Bay Rays vs. (8) Toronto Blue Jays
  • (2) Oakland Athletics vs. (7) Chicago White Sox
  • (3) Minnesota Twins vs. (6) Houston Astros
  • (4) Cleveland Indians vs. (5) New York Yankees

National League

  • (1) Los Angeles Dodgers vs. (8) Milwaukee Brewers
  • (2) Atlanta Braves vs. (7) Cincinnati Reds
  • (3) Chicago Cubs vs. (6) Miami Marlins
  • (4) San Diego Padres vs. (5) St. Louis Cardinals

What channels do I need to watch the MLB playoffs?

The Wild Card round games will be shown on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and TBS. The Division Series will be on FS1, TBS and MLB Network. The ALCS will be on TBS, and the NLCS will be on Fox and FS1. The World Series will be broadcast on Fox.

What's the schedule for the rest of the Wild Card round?

Game times and the TV broadcast schedule have been announced through the Wild Card round that ends Friday. Here's the schedule for the next two days:

Thursday, Oct. 1

  • Reds at Braves, Game 2 at 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT) on ESPN
  • Astros at Twins, Game 3* at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) on ESPN2
  • Marlins at Cubs, Game 2 at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) on ABC
  • White Sox at A's, Game 3* at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) on ESPN
  • Blue Jays at Rays, Game 3* at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT) on TBS
  • Cardinals at Padres, Game 2 at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT) on ESPN2
  • Yankees at Indians, Game 3* at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) on ESPN
  • Brewers at Dodgers, Game 2 at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) on ESPN

*If necessary. 

Friday, Oct. 2

  • Marlins at Cubs, Game 3* at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) on ABC
  • Reds at Braves, Game 3* at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) on ESPN
  • Brewers at Dodgers, Game 3* at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT) on ESPN
  • Cardinals at Padres, Game 3* at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) on ESPN

*If necessary.

If you're looking ahead, here are the key dates for the MLB postseason:

  • Monday, Oct. 5: ALDS begins
  • Tuesday, Oct. 6: NLDS begins
  • Sunday, Oct. 11: ALCS begins
  • Monday, Oct. 12: NLCS begins
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20: World Series begins

How can I watch the MLB playoffs without cable?

You don't need cable or satellite TV to watch the MLB postseason. Most or all of the channels that show playoff games are offered on the major live TV streaming services, and all of them offer Fox for the World Series. Not every service carries your local Fox station, however, so check the links below to make sure it's available in your area.

If you just want to watch the Wild Card games on ABC, or the World Series on Fox, you can do so with an over-the-air digital antenna. We have a few cheap suggestions for the best indoor antennas.

YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes all seven channels for postseason baseball. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area. Read our YouTube TV review.

AT&T TV Now's basic $55-a-month Plus package includes all of the postseason baseball channels except MLB Network, which is part of the $110-per-month Choice package. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live. Read our AT&T TV Now review.

Hulu with Live TV costs $55 a month and includes all of the postseason baseball channels except MLB Network. Click the "View channels in your area" link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code. Read our Hulu with Live TV review.

FuboTV costs $65 a month and includes all of the postseason baseball channels except TBS. Click here to see which local channels you get. Read our FuboTV review.

Sling does not offer ABC and offers Fox only in a handful of areas. Otherwise its $45-a-month Blue/Orange package includes all the postseason baseball channels except for MLB Network. To get MLB Network, you must spring for the $10-a-month Sports Extra add-on. Read our Sling TV review.

Other ways to watch baseball online

MLB.TV is great for watching out-of-market baseball games during the regular season, but it's less useful for tuning into baseball's postseason because you must be a subscriber to a participating pay TV provider. The list is short and can be found here. If you are a subscriber to one of the pay TV providers listed, the MLB.TV Postseason Package will run you $25. To sweeten the deal, the Postseason Package includes spring training games next year. 

Another option if you're a cable subscriber is using the Fox Sports Go app. Unlike the MLB.com At Bat, you can watch the World Series for free -- well, for no more than you're already paying for cable. The Fox Sports Go app works with iOS devices, Android devices and the Amazon Kindle Fire as well as with Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Roku and Xbox. You can also access Fox Sports Go from a computer.

You can use the free Watch TBS app or TBS.com to watch the ALDS and ALCS but you'll need to prove you pay for cable. The TBS app works with the Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku platforms.

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Verizon has fastest 5G downloads, T-Mobile best 5G coverage in OpenSignal awards – CNET

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The latest OpenSignal report gives a look at the current state of US 5G. 

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Which US carriers are doing best with their early 5G performance? A new report from wireless tracking firm OpenSignal gives a good look at where things currently stand as all three major wireless providers begin to ramp up their new networks. 

In its latest awards, released Tuesday, OpenSignal crowned Verizon's millimeter-wave 5G network the fastest download speeds while giving T-Mobile the top prize for having the best coverage and availability. Neither result is surprising: Verizon's higher-frequency technology is known for its significantly better speed but limited coverage, in 35 cities; T-Mobile's low-band 5G is available to over 200 million people across the US. 

When it comes to "download speed experience," which factors in 5G as well as 4G and the time people are connected to both networks, AT&T had a "statistical tie" with Verizon for the top spot. 

According to the report, which used OpenSignal's database of over 2.4 million active devices, Verizon's average download speed was 494.7 megabits per second, significantly faster than the low-band 5G from AT&T and T-Mobile, which came in at 60.8Mbps and 49.2Mbps, respectively. Sprint, which is now part of T-Mobile, had an average download speed of 49.5Mbps. 

On availability, T-Mobile users were connected to its 5G network 22.5% of the time, over twice the percentage of AT&T (10.3%) and nearly double Sprint (14.1%). Verizon, whose millimeter-wave network doesn't currently extend beyond certain blocks in 35 cities, had users connected to its 5G network just 0.4% of the time, according to OpenSignal. 

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It's still early days for 5G, with these numbers likely to change dramatically over the coming months as carriers continue to improve their networks. 

AT&T is expected to have a nationwide 5G network this summer, taking advantage of a new technology known as Dynamic Spectrum Sharing to share its 4G airwaves with 5G and improve performance. Verizon has announced plans to expand its millimeter-wave 5G network to 60 cities in 2020, and has similar plans to use DSS to launch a nationwide 5G network on its lower-band spectrum this year. 

T-Mobile, fresh off its recently completed Sprint merger, is continuing to deploy Sprint's midband 2.5GHz spectrum having most recently put the airwaves to use in Philadelphia and New York.

Midband spectrum is seen as a key ingredient for a strong 5G network as it provides faster speeds than low-band while offering much better coverage than millimeter-wave. 

An upcoming spectrum auction by the Federal Communications Commission is expected to make 3.5GHz midband spectrum available to cell phone providers in the US for the first time. In tests overseas, where 3.5GHz is more commonly being used for 5G, OpenSignal found download speeds averaged between 120-240Mbps, at least double the average performance of US low-band 5G networks.  

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Rejected for an Apple Card? Apple wants to help – CNET

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The Apple Card works as a physical card or on an Apple Watch or iPhone. A new Path to Apple Card program can help those who've been rejected reapply. 

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Apple on Monday added a new feature to its Apple Card to help those who were previously rejected from opening a card.

Called Path to Apple Card, the new program sends those who have been rejected details on why their application was not approved, which the company says is much easier to understand than the generic rejection information most financial institutions provide. Apple will also send out a monthly email with specific steps people can take to boost their chances if they reapply, with the process expecting to take roughly four months on average. 

Apple also has an updated financial health section on the Apple Card website that details the factors that go into Goldman Sachs, its Apple Card partner, approving or rejecting Apple Card applicants. These might include your FICO score, payment history with utilities such as gas or electric companies, your annual income and your history of paying down debts. 

The new Path program is another part of Apple working to stand out as a credit card provider by trying to be more transparent with customers, providing them with financial tools to help them manage their spending and cutting down on annoying fees. Apple isn't the only card provider making such changes, with major banks doing more over the years to provide credit scores and budgeting tools to their customers.

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Apple Card offers 3% cash back at a host of stores (including its own), and 2% everywhere else, when paying with Apple Pay, all without charging an annual fee. 

As the issuing bank, Goldman Sachs handles the application process and is the one with access to that data. At launch, the Path feature will be invite-only, with Goldman Sachs choosing which applicants can take part in the program. 

Once completed, you can reapply for an Apple Card and the bank will reevaluate your application. 

Priding itself on being "designed to support your financial health," the new feature is the latest Apple Card update to help with the company's goal, following previous initiatives in the Wallet app such as a color-coded system for breaking down where you're spending money and an intuitive wheel that clearly details how much interest would be owed depending on how much of your monthly balance you pay off. 

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OnePlus’ next phone will reportedly have two front cameras – CNET

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OnePlus has a new phone coming. The company has already taken to teasing its next device on Twitter and Instagram, with CEO Pete Lau posting on Tuesday that the phone will arrive first in Europe and India. Now, we have some more details on the front cameras, with a new report indicating the forthcoming phone will have two selfie cameras. 

According to Android Central, quoting an "insider source," the next OnePlus phone will have dual 32- and 8-megapixel cameras on the front, a first for a OnePlus device. The cameras, the site notes, will be located in a cutout in the top-left corner with the 32-megapixel camera the main shooter and the 8-megapixel sensor a wide-angle lens.

The company's current OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro each have a single, 16-megapixel front camera. 

OnePlus declined to comment.

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Expected to be introduced at a July 10 event, the new OnePlus has been rumored to be called the OnePlus Z, OnePlus Lite or OnePlus Nord, with the company's Instagram playing into the rumors with the username OnePlusLiteZThing

In addition to the dual front cameras, rumors suggest the phone will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor and feature a 6.55-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and in-screen optical fingerprint sensor, support for 5G, either 6GB or 12GB of RAM and three rear cameras anchored by a 64-megapixel main shooter. 

Pricing is rumored to start at $299, the same as the company's first phone, the OnePlus One

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Microsoft to close most of its retail stores, turn flagships into ‘Experience Centers’ – CNET

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The Microsoft Store in Manhattan will become a Microsoft Experience Center, while most other locations will be shut down. 

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Microsoft is shuttering its retail stores around the world, the company said Friday, transitioning its direct sales focus to online outlets like Microsoft.com and the stores inside Xbox and Windows. 

Flagship Microsoft Store locations, including stores in London, New York, Sydney and at the company's Redmond, Washington headquarters will become "Microsoft Experience Centers." 

The Windows-maker says that the closing of the physical locations will "result in a pre-tax charge of approximately $450 million, or $0.05 per share, to be recorded in the current quarter ending June 30, 2020."

All Microsoft Stores have been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company said that employees from the store locations will "continue to serve customers from Microsoft corporate facilities and remotely providing sales, training, and support."

First opening in 2009, Microsoft's retail stores were once seen as a rival to Apple Stores and offered a modern showcase for Windows and Xbox devices, as well as a way for people to get in-person customer support for their devices. According to Microsoft's site, the company currently operates 80 physical Microsoft Stores around the world

"Our sales have grown online as our product portfolio has evolved to largely digital offerings, and our talented team has proven success serving customers beyond any physical location," Microsoft Corporate Vice President David Porter said in a statement. 

"We are grateful to our Microsoft Store customers and we look forward to continuing to serve them online and with our retail sales team at Microsoft corporate locations."

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Apple shares new App Store rules changes as regulators eye policies – CNET

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Apple is making some changes to its App Store rules and appeals process. 

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While new versions of iOS, iPadOS, MacOS and the upcoming switch from Intel to Arm processors dominated the opening of Apple's WWDC virtual developers conference, the iPhone-maker has more subtly revealed some changes it is making as its App Store comes under fire from developers and regulators. 

Included inside a press release on new developer tools, Apple details how it will no longer hold up bug fix updates for apps that are already on the App Store "over guideline violations except for those related to legal issues," instead allowing developers to be able to "address the issue in their next submission."

Apple will also allow developers to not only "appeal decisions about whether an app violates a given guideline of the App Store Review Guidelines," but also "have a mechanism to challenge the guideline itself." 

Both changes are set to be "implemented this summer." 

The updates come as Apple faces increased regulatory and developer pressure about its App Store policies. The company recently had a public dispute with email app Hey, blocking a recent bug fix update to the app because developer Basecamp did not offer an in-app option to purchase the $99 per year service. 

Apple takes 30% of in-app purchases for apps in its App Stores. On Monday, shortly before WWDC kicked off, the update to Hey was approved

Spotify has similarly accused Apple of abusing its App Store power and 30% fee, with the Swedish music company's complaint eventually leading to a European Union antitrust investigation into the issue.

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NBA Finals: How to watch Lakers vs. Heat Game 6 tonight on ABC – CNET

After an unprecedented 2020 NBA season, marked by play inside the Orlando bubble due to the coronavirus, a compressed schedule and upsets galore in the playoffs, the Finals have suddenly gone from yawner to potentially historic. The heavily favored LA Lakers raced out to a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-seven matchup against the Miami Heat before the Heat made it a must-watch series, taking two games on the back of Jimmy Butler. The Miami star has played every bit as well as arguably the best player of all time, LeBron James, capping it off with a historic triple-double in Miami's epic Game 5 victory on Friday. 

Tonight, the two go head-to-head again. A win by the Heat would bring the series to a Game 7 Tuesday and give Miami the chance to become only the fifth team in NBA history to overcome a 0-2 deficit to win the championship. A Lakers win would give the franchise its 17th NBA title and first since 2010. 

Game 6 of the 2020 NBA Finals between the Lakers and Heat is tonight, Sunday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. PT) on ABC. Keep reading to learn how you can watch without cable.

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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are (still) one win away from the NBA title. 

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How can I watch the NBA Finals on TV without cable?

The best-of-seven NBA Finals are being broadcast on ABC. Here's the schedule:

  • Game 6: Sunday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET (4:40 p.m. PT)
  • Game 7*: Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT)

*If necessary.

Four of the five major live TV streaming services offer ABC (all but Sling TV), but not every service carries your local ABC station, so check the links below to make sure it's available in your area.

Alternatively, if you live in an area with good reception, you can watch ABC for free on over-the-air broadcast channels just by attaching an affordable (under $30) indoor antenna to nearly any TV.

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T-Mobile down: Carrier says calling and texting outage was caused by ‘IP traffic storm’ – CNET

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T-Mobile was having nationwide issues Monday. 

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If your T-Mobile service was having issues on Monday, you were not alone. The third-largest wireless carrier was having widespread issues around the country impacting the ability to make calls and send text messages starting shortly after noon ET. 

After spending over 12 hours offline, at 1:03 a.m. ET Tuesday morning Neville Ray, T-Mobile's president of technology, tweeted that texting and calling were once again working. 

Users across the country took to Twitter to note the outage, with T-Mobile and #TMobiledown rising to the top spot on the site's US Trending Topics for several hours Monday. The main issue appeared to be with calls and texts, with users saying that data was working normally. 

After speculation throughout the day blamed the outage on a network configuration gone bad or a Distributed Denial-of-Service (or DDoS) attack, T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert wrote in a blog post late Monday night that the outage was caused by an "IP traffic related issue that has created significant capacity issues in the network core" throughout the day. 

T-Mobile confirmed to CNET that the issue was not a DDoS attack. 

"I can assure you that we have hundreds of our engineers and vendor partner staff working to resolve this issue," he continued, adding that "our team will be working through the night as needed to get the network fully operational."

In an update on Tuesday, Ray provided more details, saying the outage was triggered by a fiber circuit failure that T-Mobile leases from a third-party provider in the Southeast. The carrier has redundancies set up to handle this kind of issue, according to Ray, but in this case, the redundancy failed and created an "overload" situation.

"This overload resulted in an IP traffic storm that spread from the Southeast to create significant capacity issues across the IMS (IP multimedia Subsystem) core network that supports VoLTE calls," Ray wrote, referring to Voice over LTE calls. Ray said VoLTE and text in all regions were fully recovered by 10 p.m. PT on Monday. 

Ray acknowledged in a tweet at 4:18 p.m. ET Monday that the carrier was having an outage and said that the carrier "hopes to have this fixed shortly." 

In a tweet sent shortly after 6 p.m. ET, Ray said the carrier was still working to fix calls and texts, while recommending that users use apps like FaceTime, WhatsApp and iMessage to communicate. In his post, Sievert echoed that recommendation. 

Those apps, unlike traditional SMS text messages or voice calls, send messages and calls through the data side of the network which is still operational. 

In tests on Monday afternoon, T-Mobile's data services appeared to be working normally in northern New Jersey, though I was unable to send text messages and had issues making calls on a OnePlus 8 5G. 

A CNET editor in New York City was able to send texts and iMessage using an iPhone, but calls were not working on either device. An editor in the San Francisco Bay Area noted that calls were not working over Google Fi, the cell phone service offered by Google that relies on T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular's respective networks. Data and texts over Fi, however, was working. 

In addition to Google Fi, T-Mobile is the underlying network providing service for several other carriers such as its Metro prepaid brand as well as for Mint Mobile and Simple Mobile.  

In tests early Tuesday, the OnePlus 8 5G in New Jersey was able to make and receive calls and text messages as well as browse the web and open videos on YouTube over 5G.   

Downdetector.com, a site where users can report outages, noted issues with all major wireless carriers -- AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint.

AT&T and Verizon each said that their respective networks were operating normally and without issues. Tests in northern New Jersey on AT&T and Verizon phones showed no issues with calls, texts or data except when trying to text or call a T-Mobile phone.  

"Verizon's network is performing well. We're aware that another carrier is having network issues," a Verizon spokeswoman told CNET in a statement. "Calls to and from that carrier may receive an error message." 

The company also took issue with Downdetector's spreading that its network is having outages. "Sites such as Downdetector.com utilize limited crowdsourced data drawn from sample social posts which are often statistically insignificant or factually incorrect," the spokeswoman said. 

"A lot of factors can contribute to a false report on a third-party website," adding that by simply aggregating this data "the result can be faulty reports of network performance interruptions causing wide-spread miscommunication for wireless users."

Sprint, which is now owned by T-Mobile, didn't respond to a request for comment.  

Speaking Tuesday, FCC chair Ajit Pai called the T-Mobile outage "unacceptable" and said the FCC will be investigating. "We're demanding answers -- and so are American consumers," Pai tweeted.

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