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SmartWatch, Episode 6: The Next iPhone, Amazon’s 3D Dreams, and Pessimism

April 17, 2014 11:20 am | Videos | Comments

In this edition of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we contemplate whether a lack of headline-grabbing smartphones in 2014 will allow Apple to jack up the price of its next iPhone (iPhones?) as much as $100. And before the show is over, Ben will address his pessimism regarding Amazon’s rumored 3D smartphone before coming face to face with his more optimistic self, who thinks the feature sounds kind of neat.

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Facebook Rolls Out Location-sharing Feature

April 17, 2014 3:13 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Called "Nearby Friends," the optional tool will only be available to people who choose to turn it on. The feature uses your smartphone's GPS system to tell your Facebook friends you are nearby — provided they have the feature turned on. Rather than share your exact location, it will only show that you are nearby, say, within half a mile.

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IBM Posts Lower 1Q Earnings Amid Hardware Slump

April 17, 2014 10:51 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — IBM's first-quarter earnings fell and revenue came in below Wall Street's expectations amid an ongoing decline in its hardware business, one that was exacerbated by weaker demand in China and emerging markets. The world's largest technology services company has been working to expand into new areas as its hardware business falters, but the latest results show that these efforts have yet to fully pay off.

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FirstNews Briefs: Omnilink, Verizon, Audi, Fujitsu, Northwestel, Time Warner Cable

April 17, 2014 9:39 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Omnilink, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) tracking and monitoring solutions, has been named to the Verizon Partner Program as a Silver member. Omnilink FocalPoint Offender Monitoring is an electronic monitoring solution that gives government agencies the ability to track and monitor the location and status of their entire offender caseload across the U.S. on virtually any device.

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Lowering the Cost of Wireless Manufacturing Test

April 16, 2014 12:56 pm | by By Kurt Williams | White Papers

This paper explores the basics of non-signaling test, the various models of implementing a non-signaling test setup and approaches to lower the overall cost of test in manufacturing.

Volvo Taps AT&T for In-Car Connectivity

April 16, 2014 11:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T has signed a multi-year agreement with Volvo to provide connectivity to Volvo's vehicles. According to a press release, AT&T will power Volvo's 2015 model year connected car solution with Sensus Connect, an embedded infotainment service. 

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FirstNews Briefs: Alcatel-Lucent, Elisa, D-Link, Getac, The Hartford, IBM

April 16, 2014 10:57 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent and Elisa, a provider of mobile and fixed broadband services in Finland, today announced a significant network upgrade that will give Elisa the broadband capacity needed to meet the demands of next-generation services and applications.

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Samsung Launching First Tizen Smartphone in 2Q

April 16, 2014 10:31 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A Samsung executive told Reuters that the company will release a high-end smartphone running the Tizen operating system near the end of the second quarter. Shortly after Samsung will launch a second mid-range Tizen device to drive volume, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung's product strategy team, told Reuters.

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Burger King Launching AT&T Wi-Fi in All U.S. Locations

April 16, 2014 10:28 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Burger King today announced it is putting AT&T’s Wi-Fi Ready Zone access points in all of its U.S. locations. Blessed with the tasty name “Whopper Wi-Fi,” the AT&T hotspots are promising an “easier to use and more robust experience” for Burger King customers.

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CTIA Partners with Big Tech on Voluntary Anti-Theft Program

April 16, 2014 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Called the "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment," the program counts as signatories a high-profile list of carriers and device OEMs, including Apple, Asurion, AT&T, Google, Samsung, Huawei Device USA, Motorola Mobility, Microsoft, Samsung, Nokia, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, U.S. Cellular and Verizon. 

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Yahoo's 1Q Highlighted by Alibaba, Modest Ad Gains

April 16, 2014 9:37 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Yahoo is prospering from its lucrative investments in Asia while the Internet company's listless advertising sales are picking up, if ever so slightly, under CEO Marissa Mayer. The positive signs in the Yahoo's first-quarter report overshadowed a 20 percent decline in the company's earnings during the opening three months of the year.

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Intel Revenue Climbs Amid Shift to Mobile Devices

April 16, 2014 9:35 am | by Barabara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Intel's earnings fell in the first three months of the year amid a continued slump in the worldwide PC market, but revenue grew slightly because of solid demand for tablet processors and its data center services. Intel Corp. is the world's largest maker of microprocessors, which act as the "brains" of computers.

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Analyst: Dearth of Hero Phones Could Net $50-$100 “iPhone 6” Price Hike

April 15, 2014 10:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple might be able to leverage a $50 to $100 price hike for its upcoming “iPhone 6” given the lack of headline-grabbing smartphones hitting the market in 2015. Jeffries analyst Peter Misek said that the current state of smartphone saturation and low differentiation could mean the next iPhone, rumored to be significantly bigger, could be a big enough blockbuster that Apple can force carriers to bow to raised prices.

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BlackBerry Takes QNX to Healthcare With NantHealth Investment

April 15, 2014 10:31 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While financial details of the investment were not provided, BlackBerry said in a statement that the two companies intend to collaborate on the development of HIPAA and other government privacy certified, integrated clinical systems for medical care.  

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Motorola Solutions Sells Enterprise Business to Zebra for $3.45B

April 15, 2014 10:04 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Zebra Technologies is a provider of barcode and enterprise printing, asset tracking, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, and motion and location sensing. The combined Zebra Technologies with Motorola’s Enterprise business would have had pro-forma sales in 2013 of approximately $3.5 billion. 

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Google to Use Drones to Improve Wireless Broadband Coverage

April 15, 2014 9:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google Monday announced its acquisition of Titan Aerospace, a high-altitude drone company, which it plans to integrate with its on-going Project Loon initiative, according to the Wall Street Journal. Through Project Loon, Google is deploying large balloons in order to relay wireless signals.

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