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Wrestling the Subsidy Challenge

April 30, 2014 2:07 pm | by Reuben Chaudhury, Partner, A.T. Kearney | Comments

In mature wireless markets around the globe, the subsidy model has driven operators’ revenue growth by both attracting new subscribers and enticing them to upgrade their service plans. But today the subsidy model faces challenges. Some operators have experimented with an alternate...

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5 Features an Amazon Phone Might Offer

April 21, 2014 10:19 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer. Amazon hasn't confirmed that it has plans for a smartphone. Introducing such a device would be tough in a crowded market dominated by Apple and Samsung.

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Droplet Could Save Enterprise Money with Cloud-Connected Sprinkler

April 16, 2014 2:58 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Without water there are no clouds. So it seems appropriate that a sprinkler could save water (and money) by leveraging the other type of cloud. The Droplet Robotic Sprinkler is a smartphone-controlled sprinkler/timer that uses real-time weather and soil sample data along with a huge plant biology database to decide when, where and how much water to dispense to grass, plants, shrubs and trees.

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IBM Hits Refresh on Its MobileFirst Initiative

April 16, 2014 2:52 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

IBM is renewing its MobileFirst initiative with a whole bunch of enhancements to existing services. The IT giant first launched MobileFirst at Mobile World Congress 2013 and has since seen the rapid shift towards mobile enterprise. Rich Esposito, general manager for mobility services at IBM, said that at the outset of enterprise mobility four or five years ago, the focus was on BYOD and MDM.

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Thieves in Plain Sight: No One is Immune to Data Attacks

April 15, 2014 4:05 pm | by Asif Ramji, President and CEO, Paymetric, Inc. | Comments

To some executives, the idea of crime against merchants and high-volume data breaches might seem like the latest Hollywood action movie. While it is a reality for retailers because those are the companies we see on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, it seems like fiction for everyone else.

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Dropbox Touts Usability as Major Asset Within the Enterprise

April 15, 2014 3:25 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

As the storage of files and other content in the cloud becomes as commonplace as backing up to a local hard drive, companies like Dropbox find themselves in the middle of an all out war with some major players. Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft, are among the biggest companies that offer extensive ecosystems...

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Review: Siri-like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap

April 15, 2014 9:28 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way. Microsoft takes some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants and adds a few useful tools of its own. The result is Cortana, named after an artificial-intelligence character in Microsoft's "Halo" video games.

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BYOD: Staying on Top of a Mountain of Mobile

April 14, 2014 4:40 pm | by Steve Durbin, Global Vice President, Information Security Forum | Comments

As the tectonic plates of your mobile workforce shift and swell, you may very well feel like you’re sitting on top of a volcano. While you might think that this is all part of your imagination, it turns out that this sense of impending eruption is well founded. 

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

April 10, 2014 3:43 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Falling short of reinventing the entire smartphone industry is a current criticism that can be leveled at Samsung and basically every other OEM right now. But as long as there’s a market for big, bright and powerful smartphones that nimbly perform every job asked of them, then devices like the S5 should do just fine.

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Old Habits at Samsung, LG Embarrass Them Abroad

April 3, 2014 9:38 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

When Samsung unveiled a new smartphone at the storied Radio City Music Hall, the Broadway-style spectacle was memorable not for technology but for a cast of giggling female characters who fantasized about marrying a doctor, fretted about eating too much cake...

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Advancing Mobile Solutions With Low-Power DDR4

March 31, 2014 10:12 am | by Reynette Au, Micron Technology | Comments

The increasing complexity of mobile smartphones brings with it new design challenges.  While today’s mobile system-on-chip (SoC) devices integrate advanced functionality in an efficient way, they also increase bandwidth requirements to external memory resources. In addition, new features must be implemented without increasing power consumption...

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Review: Office for iPad Is Pretty and Functional

March 31, 2014 9:15 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft Office fans who've spent the last nine months using the software's suite of apps on their tiny smartphone screens are probably thrilled that they can finally create and update documents on the iPad's significantly bigger display surface.

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Review: Windows Phone Innovations Show Promise

March 27, 2014 9:34 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

In the market for smartphones, Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 system is barely there. It's dwarfed by Apple's iOS and Google's Android systems in both attention and sales. But over the past few months, I have come to appreciate many of the software's innovations...

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Bell Mobility Goes Lean: Using Performance Monitoring to Cut Waste

March 25, 2014 10:10 am | by Zlatko Zahirovic | Comments

Many network teams think of performance monitoring as an insurance policy. At Bell Mobility, we see things differently. In our world, performance monitoring is a way to cut waste from our CDMA, LTE, and HSPA+ based wireless network. For decades, businesses of all types have adopted the principles of Lean Manufacturing.

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Q&A: CCA President and CEO Steven K. Berry

March 19, 2014 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

CCA Global Expo is less than a week away and CEO Steven K. Berry is seeing more wireless carriers registered for this CCA than any prior event. The show, running March 25-28 in San Antonio, will feature keynotes from FCC Wireless Bureau Chief Roger Sherman and Sprint Chairman and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son. Ahead of the show, Wireless Week spoke with Berry about the policy issues on members’ minds and the impact from CCA’s biggest members.

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