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Zappos CEO is Organically Creating Innovation

September 11, 2014 | by Ben Munson | Comments

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh faced a problem all growing companies face. He had to maintain a good environment for innovation and not let it get lost in widening scale. “How can Zappos be organized and function more like a city and less like a company?” Hsieh asked during his CTIA Super Mobility Week Day 3 keynote.

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For Mobile Carriers, a Slow Home Page Can Kill Business Before It Starts

September 18, 2014 12:34 pm | by Dritan Suljoti, Chief Product Officer, Catchpoint Systems | Comments

The format in which the mobile web page is designed can play a big role in determining how much latency end users experience. Responsive web design has become an in-vogue practice and may seem like a good idea, but it’s something mobile carriers should probably avoid. 

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'Minecraft' Could Boost Microsoft's Mobile Reach

September 16, 2014 9:38 am | by Mae Anderson and Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writers | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. But the move carries risks, as gamers can be fickle. Although the Lego-like multiplayer game is currently the top paid app for the iPhone and Android devices in the U.S., today's popular hit could be tomorrow's dud.

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SMW: Handset Financing: Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Opportunities

September 10, 2014 5:00 pm | by Patrick Reemts | Comments

With all the options that exist for financing, carriers need to look at some core areas to help them determine which route they want to go. At a high level, it’s all about weighing the chosen economic model with the risk involved to determine whether or not the carrier has the resources to handle the new approach. 

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SMW: Channel Quality: The Other Factor in Broadband Performance

September 10, 2014 11:00 am | by Elliott Drucker | Comments

To enter a discussion of the balance between spectrum bandwidth, network loading, channel quality, and QoE we should probably first dismiss any importance that might be attached to mythical “up to” peak speeds. The only speed that is of significance to a user is the one he or she experiences.

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SMW: Multi-Screen Advertising Poised for Greatness

September 10, 2014 11:00 am | by Craig Kuhl | Comments

The mass appeal of mobile devices and the multiple screens they bring to consumers is driving the advertising and T-commerce markets and their evolving technologies and business models into uncharted waters. Content and service providers, along with many in the video delivery eco-system, are paying close attention to the advertising and commerce upsides in the blossoming multi-screen space.

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SMW: BlackBerry’s John Sims Maps the Enterprise Road Ahead

September 9, 2014 10:30 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

John Sims hasn’t been with BlackBerry long but he goes way back with CEO John Chen. BlackBerry's president of global enterprise services is excited to be a part of Chen’s quest to rebuild BlackBerry. Ahead of his Day One CTIA talk outlining new mobile challenges for IT and the risks of not making mobility a boardroom-level priority, Sims spoke with us about his transition from SAP, BlackBerry’s focus on security and the evolving MDM space.

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SMW: CTIA CEO Meredith Attwell Baker Puts Spectrum First

September 9, 2014 10:00 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Meredith Attwell Baker has returned to CTIA in time for its biggest show yet. Stepping in for departing CEO Steve Largent, Attwell Baker brings her experience at the FCC, NTIA and Comcast-NBC Universal along for her second CTIA stint. Ahead of Super Mobility Week, Attwell Baker spoke with Wireless Week about her focus on finding available mobile broadband spectrum, spectrum report cards and preserving the open internet on mobile networks.

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User Manipulation or ‘Network Optimization’?

September 3, 2014 9:26 am | by Elliott Drucker | Comments

In a highly publicized letter to Verizon, Wheeler raised concerns over the carrier’s policy of limiting downlink throughput to a certain class of user when localized traffic demand exceeds network capacity. Affected users are those with legacy “unlimited” data plans and who fall within the top 5 percent of monthly data consumers. 

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Tablets Vs. eReaders: Do We Need Both?

August 26, 2014 10:20 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Of course, you can simply install Nook and Kindle reading apps on an iPad or a non-Nook Galaxy. The iPad even comes with iBooks installed. Are reading-centric tablets really a better way to experience the printed word? Let's take a closer look.

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Connecting the Home Creates New Security Risks

August 25, 2014 1:29 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

The connected home is built largely on a promise of heightened security. But by adding smart capabilities to the home, we’re opening it up to new threats. Gary Davis, vice president of global consumer marketing at McAfee, will address these concerns during his Day One talk at CTIA.

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Connected Home, Connected Everything: Fragmentation Poses Opportunities

August 22, 2014 11:39 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Research firm IDC expects IoT to open up many IT vendors to the consumer market, providing B2B2C services to connect and run homes and automobiles or virtually any place that where electronic devices will have a networking capability. IDC estimates that the technology and services revenue from IoT to expand...

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What Samsung Got When It Bought SmartThings

August 22, 2014 11:37 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

The move looks smart especially as competitors like Apple are ramping up their connected home efforts and Google is putting up $3.2 billion for connected home companies like Nest Labs. But what exactly did Samsung get when it bought SmartThings and how will it factor into the Korean giant’s foray into the smart house?

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Foursquare Revamps App with New Features

August 18, 2014 8:48 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Foursquare began five years ago as a tool for letting people tell friends where they are. You can check in to a restaurant, a movie theater, rides in a theme park or even the "hot dog man" at Penn Station. The more you check in, the more points, badges and mayorships you earn. They mean little in the real world, but users have competed fiercely for such honors.

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Contract's Up? What To Do Now

August 15, 2014 10:08 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Although the discounts are typically less than the subsidies you're forgoing, it's the reverse for plans with at least 10 gigabytes of data. So big families sharing lots of data are probably better off with a full-price plan. That's also the case if you don't need a high-end phone, as the monthly fees for voice, text and data services factor in the costs of subsidizing the most expensive phones. 

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A Closer Look: Multitasking on Mobile Devices

August 12, 2014 10:59 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

That's starting to change with Android devices, though. Windows tablets do let you run multiple apps side by side, but Windows phones do not. The iPhone and iPad don't, either. In this installment of A Closer Look, I assess some of the Android devices that offer limited multitasking. These approaches aren't as smooth as what I'm used to on Mac and Windows personal computers, but they are a start.

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