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Panasonic Sells Mobile Phone Base Station Unit to Nokia

July 21, 2014 7:29 am | by Kyodo News International | News | Comments

Panasonic provides wireless control systems and related equipment to mobile communication carriers such as NTT Docomo Inc. through a subsidiary, Panasonic System Networks Co. Competition has been intensifying with domestic and overseas providers of base station equipment, including NEC Corp. and Fujitsu Ltd.

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Verizon Increasing FIOS Upload Speeds

July 21, 2014 7:09 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Current subscribers will see their upload speeds raised over the coming months, product manager Fowler Abercrombie said. He expects that 95 percent of Verizon customers will see higher speeds. For the rest, fully symmetrical speeds may not be possible for technical reasons.

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FirstNews Briefs: Assurance Wireless, Samsung, The Hunger Games, Broadcom

July 18, 2014 11:15 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Assurance Wireless, a Lifeline program that began offering service in California in 2013, is launching an enhanced free offer for eligible low-income Californians. The California FREEdom plan includes unlimited free voice minutes and unlimited free texts, an offer supported by the California LifeLine and federal Lifeline Assistance programs.

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Amazon’s First Fire Phone Ad Puts Content Ahead of Features

July 18, 2014 11:11 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The company’s choice to highlight Prime over the much-hyped features of the phone like the 3D “dynamic perspective” further proves the Fire Phone is being positioned as a shopping machine. The phone’s other big feature is a dedicated Firefly button that recognizes video, music, print and objects before telling you how to buy the related item. The device is built for showrooming.

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Ericsson 2Q Beats Street, Posts $394M Profit

July 18, 2014 10:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Looking forward, Ericsson said that its modems business will start generating sales by the end of the year, as one of its modems will be featured in smartphones and data devices. Ericsson also said that a number of key contracts and a better business mix will lead to higher sales in the second half of the year. 

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Amazon Rolls Out 'Netflix-for-Books' Style Service

July 18, 2014 9:53 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to expand its services to attract more users.

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Apple Director Bill Campbell Steps Down

July 18, 2014 9:17 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

At the time, Apple was flirting with bankruptcy. Campbell frequently served as Jobs' sounding board during one of the most resounding corporate turnarounds in U.S. history as Apple first redesigned its Mac computer line and then rolled out the iPod, iPhone and iPad to emerge as the world most valuable company.

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Google's 2Q Revenue Gains Eclipse Earnings Miss

July 17, 2014 5:13 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's earnings rose modestly in the second quarter as the Internet company's expensive ambitions devoured most of a surprisingly strong gain in revenue. The report released Thursday also showed that Google's advertising prices are still dropping to extend a nearly three-year slump.

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Firefox OS Devices Coming to Asia Pacific, Latin America Markets

July 17, 2014 12:12 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Firefox today announced Firefox OS smartphones will soon be available in Asia Pacific and Latin America markets. Spice and Intex will soon launch low-cost Firefox OS phones in India. Telenor plans to bring Firefox devices to Asia by the end of the year. Taiwan carrier Chunghwa Telecom have committed to carry the devices as well.

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SmartWatch Ep. 15: IoT Wars Erupt as Sprint, T-Mo Pool Cash for Spectrum

July 17, 2014 11:36 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

We’re back for the official start of SmartWatch: Season Two and we cannot stop talking about the possibility of a Sprint-T-Mobile merger. The latest reports have the U.S.’s third and fourth largest carriers raising $10 billion for a joint venture to bid in the FCC’s upcoming 600 MHz incentive auctions. That's more than AT&T has set aside for the auctions.

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FirstNews Briefs: Alcatel-Lucent, OwnPhones, LG, Telit

July 17, 2014 11:00 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

OwnPhones today went LIVE with a Kickstarter campaign to help complete the development of its product - wireless 3D printed, personalized smart earbuds and an accompanying mobile app for iOS (Android to follow). Designed to fit and built exclusively for each individual ear, OwnPhones earbuds combine 3D printing, Bluetooth technology and personal audio.

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Microsoft Kills Nokia X, Plans Big Job Cuts for Former Nokia Units

July 17, 2014 10:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Microsoft is putting an end to its fledgling Android-based Nokia X line and targeting its Lumia brand toward the low-cost smartphone market. Over the next year, Devices VP Stephen Elop said 12,500 factory and professional employees within the Nokia unit will lose their jobs. The losses at Nokia are part of the 18,000 company-wide layoffs Microsoft anticipates over the next year.

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Visa Launches New Service to Pay Online

July 17, 2014 9:23 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Visa has been working to expand its reach into the payments processing business with new products like Visa Checkout. The company is also opening a technology center in San Francisco in an effort to court mobile developers in the Bay Area tech community. It plans to hire 100 new technology staffers for the center.

Microsoft to Cut Up to 18,000 Jobs Over Next Year

July 17, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April. With the Nokia deal, Microsoft's employee headcount rose from about 99,000 last year to 127,000 as of last month.

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Dish, nTelos Expand Fixed Mobile Broadband Service

July 16, 2014 11:35 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Dish's Vice President of Wireless David Zufall said that it’s more than a proof of concept since it was built in a way that it could be rolled out nationwide. Dish updated its billing system and adopted procedures for its technicians specifically for the project. “We’re getting significantly greater coverage than you would for a mobile service at 2.5 [GHz],” Zufall said.

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