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Samsung Gear 2 Review

June 18, 2014 10:46 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

The Gear 2 is a strong step up from its hurried and much-maligned predecessor and the functionality, though limited, works like it’s supposed to. For those pairing it up with an unwieldy phablet, this will be a relief. But the lack of apps and likelihood of waning interest in all features except the notifications, weather, alarm and clock means the Gear 2 might begin to outweigh the trouble it takes to charge it.

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Cell Towers Go Stealth with More Sophisticated Camoflauge

June 13, 2014 9:49 am | by Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press | Comments

So-called stealth cellphone towers have been around for more than two decades and appear to be growing in popularity. They have been concealed in a wide variety of ways, including in a stop sign in New Orleans, a pine tree in Kinnelon, New Jersey, and a water tower in San Dimas, California.

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Connected Cars: Driving a World of New Mobility

June 12, 2014 9:01 am | by Lars Thyroff, Head of Automotive, Gemalto | Comments

Today, we are only scratching the surface of the power of connected car technology to improve our way of living and provide new revenue streams. A new breed of connectivity solutions and services does more than just enable connected car technology – it delivers increased safety, improved performance and a more enjoyable driving experience in the smart mobility world of tomorrow.

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IoT Summit Seeks Balance Between Being Cautious and Not Falling Behind

June 11, 2014 4:57 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

In an effort to establish a pathway toward higher IoT acceptance that balances respect for consumer trepidation while pacing the speed of innovation, TRUSTe is launching the Internet of Things Privacy Summit. The July 10 event will draw speakers including McAfee CPO Michelle Dennedy, Intuit CPO Barbara Lawler, and Future of Privacy Forum Executive Director Jules Polonetsky.

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The Top 5 Mobile Video KPIs for Operators

June 11, 2014 2:38 pm | by Jay Hinman – Head of B2B Marketing, Opera Software | Comments

When an operator needs to dig into what users are actually doing on their networks, there are a number of key performance indicators (KPIs) that’ll let them know whether their customers are having a pain-free video viewing experience – or if they’re suffering from excessive video buffering, stalling and long start times. 

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Semantics Aside, IoT Offers Huge Possibilities

June 11, 2014 1:39 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Granted, IDC defines IoT broadly, as a "network of networks of uniquely identifiable endpoints (or "things") that communicate without human interaction using IP connectivity – be it 'locally' or globally." But perhaps the that kind of obtuse definition only speaks to the impermanence of the term and not the underlying technologies that are driving the market for these types of solutions.

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App Watch: New Instagram Tools Make Pics Pop

June 11, 2014 9:39 am | by Mae Anderson, Associated Press | Comments

When Instagram gave its app 10 new editing tools last week, I was apprehensive. Sure, these tools give me more controls, the types available with more sophisticated editing apps. But I don't want to see the simplicity of Instagram go away.

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Ups and Downs of Mobile Cloud Services

June 4, 2014 10:15 am | by Pavel Andreev, Quality Assurance Team Lead, A1QA | Comments

The issue of acceptable application functioning is becoming more and more essential within the mobile testing industry. Various platforms, operating systems, screen sizes and mobile devices complicate the process of app adaptation and cause new issues. As a result, mobile cloud services are becoming a more popular option for mobile device testing.

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Does Mobile Have a Seat at Your Boardroom Table?

June 2, 2014 10:05 am | by Rich Esposito, General Manager, IBM Mobility Services | Comments

The impact that mobile devices are having today is perhaps best exhibited by the consumer, who is turning to these devices to shop, interact with friends and conduct business. Case in point, on Cyber Monday, mobile sales accounted for more than 17 percent of total online sales, an increase of just over 55 percent year-over-year. 

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Apple's Beats Buy Is Two-Sided for Music Streaming

May 30, 2014 10:26 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Comments

Streaming-music companies like Beats Music, which charge users up to $10 a month, can sometimes pay as much as 70 percent of their revenue in artist royalty fees. That leaves little left for advertising and promotional campaigns to explain to consumers the benefits of paying for a music service.

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Alcatel-Lucent Talks About Push for Multi-Vendor VNPaaS

May 8, 2014 3:32 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent, Fujitsu and NTT are working together to show off a proof of concept for a new Virtual Network Platform as a Service (VNPaaS). Guy Shemesh, with Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand team, talked with Wireless Week about how NTT Labs put the focus for the platform on openness customization. The idea is to create an industry initiative as opposed to a single-vendor push while addressing the Japanese market’s demand for customization.

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The Evolution of NFV – Maximizing Long-Term Benefits

May 8, 2014 3:00 pm | by Leonard Sheahan, Senior Director, Product Management, Oracle Communications | Comments

Network function virtualization (NFV) is a CSP-led industry movement intended to help them accelerate the convergence of their IT and network domains. NFV’s promise is in its ability to shorten the development cycle and ultimately help lower capital and operating costs. 

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SDN, NFV Set to Fundamentally Change the Network Landscape

May 8, 2014 2:52 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

The effort to virtualize the networks has moved beyond hype. Carriers have identified the many benefits of moving to an all-IP, software-based network, and vendors are clamoring to meet their needs. Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN), and Juniper Networks recently announced a partnership that will bring together...

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Review: Pregnancy Apps Track Baby, Mom's Progress

May 8, 2014 10:02 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | Comments

If you're the kind of new mom who frets when you haven't felt the baby move for a while, the answer might be yes. Personally, I not a big fan of these things. Just like the one at the doctor's office, they involve smearing that sticky ultrasonic-gel on your belly, which I've come to hate. The gel is included with the device.

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Mobile Operators Should Be Enterprising with VoLTE Strategy

May 7, 2014 4:28 pm | by Michael Tessler, President and CEO, Broadsoft | Comments

The opportunity for mobile operators to capture enterprise customers and revenues is tangible; and while consumer services should always be a core offering, mobile operators should remain enterprise-focused as its VoLTE strategy is developed and executed.

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