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Was Microsoft Smart to Play It Safe with CEO Pick?

February 5, 2014 10:51 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

After compiling a list of more than 100 CEO candidates, Microsoft settled on Satya Nadella a home-grown leader who joined the software maker in the early 1990s. That's back when Google's founders were teenagers and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in elementary school.

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Which OEMs Could Use a Big MWC

February 4, 2014 3:28 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Mobile World Congress isn’t for every phone maker. Hyped-up standalone product events from big players like Apple and Samsung have discouraged many companies from using annual trade shows as a venue for product announcements. Still, a few struggling OEMs could use the boost a high-profile MWC turn can provide, and more will show off products just to parse out the sheer volume of devices they’ll be launching during the coming year.

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MWC: Why Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg Matter to the Wireless Industry

February 3, 2014 4:37 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Just three years ago, the name Facebook might have been filed under “Web-based” social networking service, conjuring pictures of a Facebook homescreen displayed on a desktop PC. Things have changed. It has most definitely taken Facebook awhile to realize its potential as a "mobile-first" company.

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FCC Inundated with Passionate Pleas to Save LPTV

January 23, 2014 1:17 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

For many, it’s become a legitimate concern that many of the free TV stations simply won’t continue on after the broadcast incentive auction. In the last few days, the FCC has seen a considerable uptick in comments from frustrated citizens. 

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If Dish Wins the H Block Auction, What’s Next?

January 21, 2014 4:04 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Smaller regional carriers like nTelos and C Spire are in the running to snatch up some of the H Block licenses, but large competitors like Sprint and T-Mobile have sworn off participating in the auction. Dish could very well walk away with the most licenses. A win for Dish would put more spectrum in the hands of a business without an apparent idea of what to do with it. So what’s the endgame for Dish?

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Net Neutrality’s Death Could Play a Role in Squashing a T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

January 17, 2014 10:42 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Rumors surrounding a possible Sprint bid for T-Mobile are ramping up again. But a recent blow to net neutrality might end up giving regulators another reason to say no to the potential merger. “If [the FCC] can't regulate an open Internet, then the more significantly-sized operators they can keep in existence the better to ensure that competitive pressure will keep large operators from abusing their power,” analyst Rich Karpinski said.

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AT&T Could Muve Subscriber Base for Beats

January 16, 2014 5:07 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

While Beats appears to have done a good job with its new streaming music service (see below for hands-on impressions), it’s the company's tie-up with AT&T that could make it a contender out of the gate. That's saying something considering wireless operators' poor track record when it comes to content.   

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Is the New Best BYOD Policy No BYOD Policy?

January 14, 2014 10:49 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

A major U.S. carrier contacted Kevin Burden to ask if he had noticed anything strange in the BYOD market lately. As a matter of fact Burden, director of mobility at Strategy Analytics, had picked up on a peculiar anomaly. Although BYOD was still rapidly growing, the number of corporate-liable device purchases was going up as well.

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FCC Begins Process to Review Rules for In-Flight Wireless Services

January 14, 2014 10:20 am | by Angela E. Giancarlo and Howard W. Waltzman | Comments

On December 12, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) officially launched its proceeding to consider a proposal that would permit airlines to install equipment on aircraft that could expand the availability of in-flight wireless services to passengers.

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Sony Xperia, LG G Flex Smarpthones Manage Niche Appeal

January 13, 2014 3:58 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

One of the reasons Android phones have become popular is the choice they offer: Want a big screen? There's a phone for you. Want cheap? There's one for you, too. New phones from Sony and LG continue that trend. Although I personally find their distinctive features unnecessary, consumers looking for those specific attributes will welcome them.

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CES: Case Makes iPhone a BlackBerry Clone

January 9, 2014 10:04 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Comments

If you love your iPhone but would prefer a physical keyboard, Typo could be for you. But you might want to order soon. BlackBerry, the company that made physical typing on mobile devices an addictive craze, is suing Typo Products LLC, accusing it of copying its world-famous keyboard.

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Camera Phones, Other Tech Get Big Improvements in 2013

January 2, 2014 9:13 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

As I look back at the more than 100 tech products we reviewed in 2013, a handful of gadgets and services deserve a second look. It's become clear that one brand rarely stands out any more in whatever product category you look at. Competition is more intense than ever, which means consumers have more choices than ever. 

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Tablets a Hit with Kids, but Experts Worry

December 26, 2013 9:33 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Tablet computers are so easy to use that even a 3-year-old can master them. And that has some pediatricians and other health experts worried. Since navigating a tablet generally doesn't require the ability to type or read, children as young as toddlers can quickly learn how to stream movies, scroll through family photos or play simple games.

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Mobile Applications as Actual Gifts

December 20, 2013 4:08 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Mobile applications have earned their throwaway reputation. Or at the very least, they most often deserve the low level of commitment they require. That makes it a seldom occurrence in which an app is given as an actual gift, outside of a $25 gift card burned through buying $1 and $2 mobile games.

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Next Generation Wireless: Riding On the Back of Millimeter Waves

December 19, 2013 9:46 am | by Renaissance Electronics and Communications | Comments

Of all the wavelengths in the spectrum used for wireless data transmission, perhaps the least well known is the millimeter wave band.  However, it is precisely this band (and the continuous bandwidth it provides) that enables wireless data transmission at speeds and bandwidth that compare to the high quality of fiber optic communication systems. 

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