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Review: 5 Shopping Apps to Get You the Best Prices

December 2, 2013 10:17 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | Comments

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.

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LTE Tablet Holiday Face-Off

November 27, 2013 9:15 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

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.

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When Will LTE Be a ‘No-Brainer’ for Tablet Shoppers?

November 26, 2013 3:51 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

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. 

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Review: HTC, Nokia Offer Good, Giant Choices

November 26, 2013 8:57 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

 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.

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Review: Nexus 5 Delivers Basics at Great Price

November 21, 2013 3:51 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

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.

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Carriers Lose Out with New NFC Tech in Android

November 20, 2013 3:19 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

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?

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Performance Optimization for VSAT Technologies

November 15, 2013 10:46 am | by Paul Andersen, Director of Marketing, Array Networks | Comments

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...

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Is Wi-Fi Friend or Foe for Operators – Can the Cloud Save Them?

November 11, 2013 2:05 pm | by Jim Hudmon, Nexius Solutions | Comments

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.

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Review: Oplink TripleShield Proves Powerful, Affordable, Potentially Creepy

November 8, 2013 9:34 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

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.

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Review: New Kindle Is Strong Challenge to iPad Air

November 7, 2013 9:11 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

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.

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AetherPal Raises $6M for Live Smartphone Customer Care, Hires New CEO

November 6, 2013 2:33 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

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.

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Holiday Season 2013: Capitalizing on Mobile and the Cloud

November 6, 2013 11:13 am | by Michael Masterson, Director, Solution Strategy, Compuware APM Business Unit | Comments

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.

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Checking in with IBM’s Cloud After the SoftLayer Acquisition

November 5, 2013 4:35 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

IBM’s not new to the cloud. The IT giant began accelerating its efforts in 2009. But in the competitive public cloud landscape as it is now, with Amazon on the tips of everyone’s tongue and major carriers like Verizon floating their own clouds, IBM has a new ally in recently acquired SoftLayer.

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Opinion: Carriers Missed Boat on Cloud Storage but There’s Still Time

November 5, 2013 4:23 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Cloud storage provider Funambol offers a white label cloud storage solution to some of the largest operators on the planet, but the company admits that only "a fraction" of wireless subscribers are using their operator’s personal cloud service. 

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Ericsson Spotlights Tokyo as Model for Smart Cities

November 4, 2013 2:27 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Japan has emerged as one of the world leaders in mobile broadband deployments. Home to 35 million people, Tokyo is one of the largest, most sophisticated and connected cities on the planet. It is Tokyo's density, as well as its technological savvy that made it the perfect site for Ericsson's fifth annual Business Innovation Forum last week.

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