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FirstNews Briefs: Trimble, Anritsu, Bharti Airtel, Sierra Wireless

October 16, 2014 10:20 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Anritsu Company introduces a mobile interference hunting system that helps field engineers and technicians locate sources of interference more accurately, efficiently, and economically. The solution provides wireless carriers, regulatory agencies, and broadcast and satellite operators with a tool that can help save time and money.

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Verizon Ups Edge Upgrade Cycle from 12 to 18 Months

October 16, 2014 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Verizon today confirmed that it's making some changes to its Edge program that will bring down monthly device payments but also increase the time between upgrades...                                                                

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FTC Sees Huge First Week for Refund Claims in AT&T Cramming Settlement

October 16, 2014 9:56 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has already received 359,000 refund claims just one week after an AT&T cramming settlement had been announced. An FTC spokesman said, as far as the agency can tell...

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Google’s Nexus 6 Arrives, AT&T Makes It Its First

October 15, 2014 2:11 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Google today officially announced the Nexus 6, a real-deal phablet with a 6-inch display sporting a 1440x2560 (493 ppi) resolution. Google’s new flagship contains a Qualcomm Snapdragon...

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Lenovo Creating New Smart Devices Company Focused on China

October 15, 2014 11:39 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Lenovo today announced it is creating a new company in hopes of building its smart devices and services business in China. The new company, which will operate under a separate name and brand, will start up April 1, 2015. Chen Xudong, who is currently president of China and Asia Pacific markets at Lenovo, will serve as CEO of the new company.

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Report: HP Killing Merger Talks with EMC

October 15, 2014 11:14 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

The end of the talks comes just days after HP announced it would be splitting itself into two companies, including one focused on its personal computer and printing business and another on technology services, such as data storage, servers and software, as it aims to drive profits higher.

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Qualcomm Buying UK Semiconductor Company CSR for $2.5B

October 15, 2014 11:08 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Qualcomm today announced it has reached a deal valued at $2.5 billion to acquire UK semiconductor company CSR. The acquisition is expected to give Qualcomm a leg up on products, channels, and customers in both the Internet of Things (IoT) and automotive telematics markets.

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FirstNews Briefs: Asus, AT&T, Intel, China Mobile, KPN, MediaTek, Aeris

October 15, 2014 11:05 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

ASUS, AT&T and Intel Corporation today announced the availability of the ASUS PadFone X mini, a 4.5-inch 4G LTE smartphone powered by the Intel Atom processor and Intel XMM 7160 LTE modem. The PadFone X mini transforms into a 7-inch 4G LTE tablet-like experience when docked into its companion docking station. It will be available in AT&T retail stores on Oct. 24 and in national retailers by November.

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Facebook, Apple Get into Provide Fertility Services for Employees

October 15, 2014 10:54 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Silicon Valley's biggest companies have long offered cushy perks to attract top talent and keep workers happy logging scores of hours on the job. But beyond day-to-day luxuries, Facebook and Apple will now give...                                   

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Chinese Mobile Wallet Alternative Comes to U.S.

October 15, 2014 10:50 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The move will let U.S. retailers tap into the estimated 500 million Chinese online shoppers who spent $298 billion online in 2013.                                                                                

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Sprint Launches New Loyalty Program Aimed at iPhone Users

October 14, 2014 10:46 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

According to a press release, Sprint is launching a new program that will reward our loyal existing customers and enable them to acquire the iPhone 6 for $5 per month, including their monthly service plan).                                                              

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SoftBank Continues Content Push with DramaFever Buy

October 14, 2014 10:20 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

SoftBank today announced it has acquired DramaFever, a Korean online video subscription service. DramaFever houses series and films from more than 70 broadcasters and studios across Asia, Europe and the Americas. The company also syndicates a portion of its library to Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes. DramaFever says it has a reach of approximately 20 million unique monthly viewers.

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Twitter to Be Used for Payments in France

October 14, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press | Comments

PARIS (AP) — Did someone spot you money for lunch two weeks ago? In France, Twitter users can now publicly repay debts, donate to charity or chip in for a gift with a new payment service backed by the country's second-largest banking service. Group BPCE, which includes Banque Populaire and Caisses d'Epargne, announced the service — called S-money — on Tuesday.

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FirstNews Briefs: DataXoom, Sprint, Google, Box, Vonage, Exalt

October 14, 2014 9:24 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Box today announced that Oxfam, the worldwide development organization, is bringing Box’s cloud content sharing and collaboration platform to employees working across more than 90 countries. In addition to providing mobile access to content, Box will also centralize management and security for Oxfam’s 17 international affiliates.

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Samsung Gooses Wi-Fi Transmission Speeds with 60 GHz

October 13, 2014 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Samsung Electronics said it has enabled a five-fold increase in Wi-Fi data transmission speeds by using the 60 GHz band. Samsung said its 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology enabled data transmission speeds of up to 4.6 Gbps, or 575 MB per second, a five-fold increase from 866 Mbps, or 108 MB per second, which is the maximum speed possible with existing consumer electronics devices.

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