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LG Doubles 2Q profit on Strong Smartphone Sales

July 24, 2014 9:46 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

LG executives said solid sales of handset devices will help its mobile division stay profitable during the fall and winter, even as Apple Inc. is expected to unveil a bigger iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co. is likely to release new models.

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AT&T Adds Over 1M Subscribers, Sees Record Low Churn

July 23, 2014 5:09 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

AT&T added more than one million postpaid subscribers during its second quarter, calling it the strongest gain in five years. The subscriber growth came in due to more than 700,000 postpaid smartphone net adds and 366,000 postpaid tablet net adds. But AT&T’s tablet growth fell well short of the 1.15 million postpaid tablets Verizon added during the same quarter.

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Sprint Partners with Google for Enterprise Cloud Push

July 23, 2014 1:41 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Sprint has signed on to offer Google Apps for Business and serve as enterprise support for the cloud-based productivity suite. As a mobility reseller of Google Apps, Sprint will put its customer care, billing platform and device and network knowledge behind the offering. Besides selling varying deployment packages Sprint will offer add-ons like single sign-on.

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Digital Tattoo Will Unlock Your Moto X

July 23, 2014 10:39 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Motorola used Vivalink’s eSkin technology embedded in a small circular adhesive that sticks on the skin for five days through showering, exercise and other activities. The clear sticker shows off a shiny swirl of flexible electronics that leverage the phone’s NFC to unlock without a password when the user taps their Moto X against the tattoo.

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Target Debuts Image-Recognition Shopping App

July 23, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Target is introducing an app that lets users purchase items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. It's the latest offering from retailers looking to boost sales with the use of improving image-recognition technology.

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Microsoft 4Q tops Street, CEO Says Nokia Phones Profitable by 2016

July 23, 2014 9:47 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Losses at Nokia cut 8 cents per share from earnings. Microsoft lost another net 3 cents on restructuring and tax-related items. Excluding those items, earnings hit 66 cents per share, beating the 60 cents expected by analysts polled by FactSet.

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FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Lowe's, NetCracker, Sprint, Level 3, T-Mobile

July 23, 2014 9:32 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

AT&T announces Alcatel-Lucent S.A. and Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. as the newest vendors to join its User-Defined Network Cloud program. These two suppliers, and the previously announced Juniper Networks, will work with AT&T to build the User-Defined Network Cloud.

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Apple Sets 3Q iPhone Sales Record, Sees iPad Sales Slip

July 22, 2014 5:48 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones during its third quarter, just missing analyst estimates but handily beating the June quarter record of 31.2 million sold during the year-ago quarter. The 13.3 million iPads Apple sold during the quarter fell below estimates. The total was down annually from 14.6 million.

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No Longer Competitors, Apple and IBM a Natural Fit

July 22, 2014 4:12 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

One of the world's largest providers of enterprise software applications and services on a "mobile-first" mission, and arguably the most well-known consumer mobile device manufacturer ever, are now collaborators. It was probably a more natural union than many imagined when Apple and IBM recently announced their partnership. 

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Bluegrass Cellular Announces Timetable for LTE Network

July 22, 2014 10:54 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Bluegrass Cellular will complete its LTE rollout by late next year the company announced in a press release today. Bluegrass lit up its first markets back in November of 2012, which was made possible through its participation in Verizon's rural LTE program.

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Report: Apple Prepping for Biggest iPhone Launch Ever

July 22, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Apple is asking its manufacturers to make 70-80 million iPhones ahead of approaching launch of new 4.7- and 5.5-inch models of its smartphone, according to the Wall Street Journal. The initial order reports mark a huge increase of the 50-60 million units Apple ordered ahead of last year’s launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C.

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FirstNews Briefs: NVIDIA, IBM, Garmin, MegaPath, Alcatel-Lucent

July 22, 2014 9:31 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

NVIDIA today launched the newest members of the NVIDIA SHIELD family — the SHIELD tablet and the SHIELD wireless controller. Featuring the NVIDIA Tegra K1 with 192 GPU cores, the SHIELD tablet is built for gaming and features access to PC game streaming services and Twitch. Starting at $299 and available for pre-order, SHEILD tablet will be available in two options: 16GB Wi-Fi or 32GB Wi-Fi + LTE.

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Yahoo Acquires App Analytics Firm Flurry

July 22, 2014 8:18 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The deal announced Monday is the latest in a wave of mostly small acquisitions that Yahoo Inc. has made during the two-year reign of CEO Marissa Mayer as the company's tries to attract more traffic on mobile devices. Yahoo didn't disclose how much it is paying for Flurry, an indication that the price isn't big enough to affect Yahoo's finances.

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VZW Posts Solid 2Q with Postpaid Tablets Leading Way

July 22, 2014 8:10 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Tablets ruled the quarter. The company added 304,000 postpaid phone net additions and 1.15 million postpaid tablets. At the end of the quarter, smartphones accounted for nearly 75 percent of retail postpaid customer phone base, up from 72 percent in first-quarter 2014. 

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FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Cavium, Quortus, Octoshape, Catenoid, ARRIS

July 21, 2014 10:50 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

ARRIS Group, Inc. and Wurl, Inc. today announced the launch of ARRIS Market—a new open platform for cable operators combining over-the-top (OTT) content with traditional programming services on ARRIS set-tops. The platform is standards-based and features an HTML5 interface that integrates thousands of OTT content choices.

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