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Company Turns LED Lights into Wi-Fi Network

October 13, 2014 10:49 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

PureLiFi today announced it has built a Li-Fi network by turning off-the-shelf LED lights into wireless access points. The company by the fourth quarter plans to begin shipping Li-Flame, a ceiling-mounted unit that can turn an LED light fixture into a multi-user access “atto-cellular” communication system.

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New iPhones to Reach 115 Countries by Year’s End

October 13, 2014 10:21 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Apple today announced its new iPhones will be available in 69 countries by the end of the month and are on schedule to reach 115 countries by the end of the year. The company is calling this its fastest iPhone rollout to date.

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NYC Poised to End School Cellphone Ban

October 13, 2014 9:45 am | by Karen Matthews, Associated Press | Comments

New York City is preparing to end its ban on cellphones in schools, dooming an industry that sprang up near dozens of schools where teens could park their phones in a van for a dollar a day. Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to end the ban during his campaign and acknowledged last month that his own son brings a phone to Brooklyn Technical High School.

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Zuckerberg in Indonesia for Internet-Access Push

October 13, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Facebook CEO arrived Sunday, when he climbed Borobudur temple in Central Java and posted a widely shared photo of himself atop its stupas on his Facebook page. On Monday he met Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo, who used social media extensively in his campaign.

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FirstNews Briefs: NetScout, Accenture, GSMA, Alcatel-Lucent, KT

October 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

NetScout Systems, Inc., a provider of performance analytics and operational intelligence solutions, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Communications business of Danaher Corporation, comprising Tektronix Communications, Arbor Networks, and certain parts of Fluke Networks. 

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Verizon to Help Connect GE's Industrial Internet

October 10, 2014 1:48 pm | by Brian Santos, CED | Comments

GE has been pushing the Industrial Internet idea, it’s version of the Internet of Things, or the Internet of Everything. Earlier this year, it allied with AT&T, Cisco, IBM, and Intel to form an Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). 

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FirstNews Briefs: Verizon, Slacker Radio, Boost, Yellowbrick, AT&T

October 10, 2014 11:09 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Slacker Radio offers Verizon Wireless customers a customizable mobile music shop with Slacker Radio Tones, a subscription service for Ringtones and Ringback Tones. The new service allows Verizon users to customize their phone with music from a library of songs and Slacker radio stations. Slacker Radio Tones is available now for all Verizon customers for $2 per month.

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China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom Form Connected Car JV

October 10, 2014 11:00 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Deutsche Telekom (DT) today announced it is forming a joint venture with China Mobile for a strategic connected car initiative. DT will provide “telematics expertise, the Connected Car platform technology and customer insights.” China Mobile will provide its massive scale in network coverage, subscriber numbers and resource channels.

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NSN Inks $970M Deal with China Mobile

October 10, 2014 10:43 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Markus Borchert, president of the Greater China region at NSN said in statement that the contract marked a "milestone" in the strategic partnership between China Mobile and Nokia Networks. 

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Survey: Comparing on Mobile a Challenge for Retailers This Holiday Season

October 10, 2014 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

According to the survey more than one-third of shoppers (36 percent) said they would shop this year using a...                                                                                          

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Sprint Leading Race to 1 Terabyte, Offering Businesses 800GB

October 10, 2014 10:03 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

At the current rates the major carriers are one-upping each other on double-data promotions, it’s basically become a race to see who can offer one terabyte first. Sprint is now in the lead with its new double data promotion for businesses that tops out at a mind-boggling 800GB a month—across up to 100 lines—for $1,350.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Makes U.S. Bigger Part of Company's Mobile Strategy

October 10, 2014 9:24 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Sony's phones are hitting U.S. stores on the heels of their unveiling last month at a trade show in Berlin, as Sony ramps up efforts to expand its tiny market share by getting to the American market faster.

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Microsoft's Nadella Gets Women in Tech Discussion All Wrong

October 10, 2014 9:14 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | Comments

He had been asked to give his advice to women who are uncomfortable requesting a raise. His response: "It's not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along."

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T-Mobile, Sprint Urge Extra Scrutiny of AT&T Spectrum Deals

October 9, 2014 3:12 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

The group, which also includes representatives from Comptel, Public Knowledge, and CCIA, is concerned that AT&T will control more than one-third of the available low-band spectrum in some markets should the transactions be approved.

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Live in Chicago or New York? Your Wireless Taxes are Crazy High

October 9, 2014 10:42 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Wireless consumers living in Baltimore, Chicago, New York City, and Omaha pay tax rates in excess of 25 percent on their wireless service. A new study from the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan research think tank in D.C., specifically cited regressive per-line taxes as a reason for the high rates in those areas.

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