Ina Fried Feb 20
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More cars were added to US cell networks in 2017 than phones

A woman uses a tablet in a 4G-equipped connected car
A woman uses a tablet in a 4G-equipped connected car. Photo: GM

When we think of wireless networks, we now think of smartphones. But in 2017, for the first time, more cars than phones were added to US cellular networks, according to a new report from industry consultant Chetan Sharma.

Why it matters: While there were more cars added, the money is still in smartphones, which have a higher monthly service fee and generate the bulk of carrier revenue and profits. Nonetheless, as smartphone sales level off, other types of devices will become increasingly significant in the wireless network market.

"AT&T dominates the connected car segment," Sharma said, noting that the company has added more than 1 million cars to its network for each of the past 11 quarters.

Other findings:

  • Data consumption in the U.S. reached 6 GB/month in the U.S.third behind Finland and Korea on that metric and tops among countries with a population of more than 60 million.
  • T-Mobile is still outgrowing the competition, accounting for more than three quarters of the net growth in phones.
Kim Hart 10 hours ago
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Tech's terrible week

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Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

From a fatal car crash to a data nightmare, turning-point scenarios played out in several corners of the technology industry this week.

Why it matters: The utopian promise of technological progress is giving way to the very thorny challenges of balancing innovation with social accountability. That means congressional hearings, investigations, probably at least some regulation — and a lot more skepticism about the promise of the tech-driven changes that are transforming our lives.

Zachary Basu 11 hours ago
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What to watch for in Egypt's sham election

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A billboard in Cairo voicing support for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the upcoming election. Photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images.

Egyptians will vote March 26-28 in a presidential election that is sure to see incumbent strongman Abdel Fattah el-Sisi handily defeat Mousa Mostafa Mousa — the sole challenger who hasn't been jailed or intimidated into dropping out.

The backdrop: Sisi, the former minister of defense and commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces, led a military coup to topple President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. He formally came to power in 2014 after winning 96% of the vote in the presidential election, but has since seen his popularity wane under deteriorating economic conditions and an oppressive human rights record.