It’s that time of year again, as we say goodbye to the old and look to the future. In this year’s predictions for 2014, we hear from some of the industry’s top executives. From small cells and virtualization to the cloud and the Internet of Things, the coming year promises to bring more challenges, innovation, and disruption.
You're not getting the best or the latest technology with Motorola's $179 Moto G smartphone. What you do get is a great price for something close. Motorola bills the Moto G as the phone for the rest of us — the ones who can't afford $500 to $700 for a high-end smartphone.
I should preface this review with some context: my everyday device is an iPhone 5. I’ve become less adamant in my love for all things Apple in recent years. Part of that has to do with improvements to Android and Windows, and part of that has to do with Apple’s tunnel vision.
Many retailers, for instance, will match deals you find elsewhere, so these apps can help you find better prices to show the cashier. Some let you search for coupons, while others tell you whether you're better off buying online instead. And one keeps track of all those promotional fliers that do little good if you forget them at home.
The price gap between cellular and Wi-Fi-only tablets stands prohibitive to most folks scooping up a slate with an LTE chip. But In case anyone’s thinking about picking up a cellular-ready tablet—on/off contract or month-to-month—we put a few LTE slates up against one another and see how comes out as the winner of a spot on a holiday wish list.
When consumers are tablet shopping this holiday season, they'll likely still notice a significant price difference between the LTE-capable models and those with Wi-Fi only; Apple charges a $130 premium for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version of the iPad Air. In short, the cost of picking up a tablet with cellular connectivity is still prohibitive for many.
I find giant phones hard to carry and use, but I'm well aware that many people like the bigger images and text they offer. These so-called phablets, with screens measuring about 6 inches diagonally, are nearly as big as the smallest tablets. Unlike tablets, they can make phone calls over cellular networks.
You don't get a lot of frills with Google's new Nexus 5 phone. There's no fingerprint reader, no waterproof covering, no sensor to detect eye movement or hand gestures. What you get is an Android phone that's very good at the basics — for an excellent price.
A lot of analysts and media started prepping eulogies for the Near Field Communications (NFC) this year when Apple announced iOS 7. The company once again passed up NFC, while embracing Bluetooth LE for iBeacons, confirming that the new iPhones would not be featuring NFC. And so, NFC was dead, right?
With Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Internet connections, a company's WAN is no longer restricted to offices in the middle of towns and cities. WANs are extending their reach to include a variety of hard-to-connect locations such as construction sites, oil rigs, remote monitoring sites and ad-hoc emergency response camps...
Mobile operators everywhere are at a crossroad. With their advantages of mobility slipping away, it’s time for mobile operators to identify the next generation of business opportunities that they are uniquely qualified to pursue. It’s time for operators to look to the cloud.
The fact that I was able to freak out my with with the Oplink TripleShield is a testament to just how far consumer wireless technologies have come. A complete home security system in a box,TripleShield takes about 15 minutes to set up and I found that it pretty much does what it says it will do.
On the heels of Apple's new, lighter iPad, Amazon has come out with a full-size tablet that weighs even less yet sports a sharper display and a lower price tag. Although Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 hasn't received as much attention as the iPad Air, it is emerging as the strongest challenger yet to Apple's device.
AetherPal announced a fresh round of fundraising and a new CEO to go along with its on-device customer care cloud-based platform and application. New CEO Daniel Deeney said that the $6 million Series A AetherPal just raised—from Point Judith and New Venture Partners, Deeney’s firm—will accelerate the company’s go-to-market activities both direct and through channel partners.
As consumers flock to the mobile web en masse over the next few months, not only will companies — particularly those in online retail and travel — experience more mobile web traffic, but traffic spikes will also become more unpredictable.