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GSMA: North American Mobile Industry Accounts for 3% of GDP

September 22, 2014 10:53 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

The North American mobile industry accounted for $550 billion, or three percent of the GDP in the region in 2013, according to a new report from the GSMA. The GSMA expects that total to grow to $620 billion by 2020. It found that mobile ecosystem directly supports 1.1 million jobs—and another 380,000 indirectly—while contributing more than $63 billion in public funding. That funding total does not include regulatory or spectrum fees.

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Samsung May Launch First Tizen Phone in India

September 22, 2014 9:58 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., which faces a slowdown in emerging market smartphone sales, will release its long-delayed Tizen-powered handset in India before the end of this year, a report said Monday. Samsung's first Tizen-based device will be launched in November in India, said Tarun Malik, director of Samsung's Media Solutions Center in Southwest Asia, in an interview with Economic Times.

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Attwell Baker Says Existing Open Internet Rules Sufficient

September 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

In comments made at the kickoff of a GSMA event in Atlanta today, Attwell Baker said that under existing Open Internet rules, which allow exceptions for wireless providers, "we see new plans, new options, new exciting pro-consumer services like Music Freedom, and Sponsored Data. Consumers can pick the best service and network for them."

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Apple: 10 Million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Sold

September 22, 2014 9:54 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale. A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold 9 million of the then-new iPhone 5C and 5S models. The iPhone is available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the U.K.

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FirstNews Briefs: MediaTek, OneAccess, ClairPhy, ams AG

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

MediaTek today launched MediaTek Labs, a global initiative that allows developers to create wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The new program provides developers, makers and service providers with software development kits (SDKs), hardware development kits (HDKs), and technical documentation, as well as technical and business support.

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AT&T Sees the Body Becoming the Hub for Wearables

September 19, 2014 1:49 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Aside from doubts about smartphones being able to continue supporting wearables as new use cases and form factors keep emerging, Garver saw limited value in a smartwatch simply tethering to smartphone and recreating its functions on the wrist.

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Launch Day: iPhone Fans Queue Up for new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

September 19, 2014 11:16 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

I had time to hold both phones, and while tempting, the iPhone 6 Plus is probably not going to appeal to as wide an audience as the iPhone 6. An informal survey of most of the people that I was standing in line with indicated that they would be opting for the smaller model. 

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Yahoo Rakes in Another Jackpot from Alibaba's IPO

September 19, 2014 10:04 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The latest windfall will be delivered with Alibaba's record-setting IPO completed late Thursday, which is expected raise up to $25 billion for the e-commerce company and its early backers. Alibaba's shares will begin trading for the first time on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange.

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FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, IBM, Qorvo, BigMarker, EXFO

September 19, 2014 9:47 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

AT&T and IBM are extending AT&T NetBond services to the SoftLayer platform. This extension of the IBM and AT&T alliance will allow businesses to create hybrid-computing solutions. AT&T Virtual Private Network (VPN) customers can use AT&T NetBond to connect their IT infrastructure to SoftLayer's cloud services. The service allows customers to benefit from secure connections.

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Qualcomm Releases AR SDK for Gear VR, Epson, BDG

September 18, 2014 5:42 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO – Qualcomm released an SDK for its Vuforia augmented reality (AR) platform. The Vuforia SDK for Digital Eyewear is designed specifically to work with Samsung’s Oculus-powered Gear VR, the Epson Moverio BT-200, and the ODG R-7.

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Oracle CEO Ellison Resigns

September 18, 2014 4:29 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Ellison will reclaim the title of chairman at Oracle and is also taking the role of chief technology officer. Oracle says Ellison wants to focus on product engineering, technology development and strategy. Jeff Henley, Oracle's chairman since January 2004, is now its vice chairman.

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Facebook Using LTE Broadcast to Streamline App Updates

September 18, 2014 3:14 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Jay Parikh, vice president of infrastructure at Facebook, said that in terms of helping support the frequent updates to Facebook’s mobile platform, Parikh saw LTE Broadcast as uniquely equipped to handle the massive amounts of data transmission that goes along with that process.

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Qualcomm Outs General Availability of LTE Broadcast SDK

September 18, 2014 3:06 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

During his keynote at Qualcomm’s annual Uplinq developer conference, CEO Steve Mollenkopf said network operators are using the LTE Broadcast SDK in combination with Qualcomm’s middleware in order to build applications. He added that 30-plus developers are working with the SDK today.

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Apple Pulls HealthKit Apps Over iOS 8 Bug

September 18, 2014 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Apps like MyFitnessPal and CARROT Fit, which had released updates that would work with HealthKit, were forced to pull those apps. Apple said that it expects new versions of those apps that will connect with HealthKit to be available by the end of the month. 

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Alibaba Sets Sights on Global Market, Major Players

September 18, 2014 11:06 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

As Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba readies what could be the biggest initial public offering ever on the New York Stock Exchange, it is quietly hinting at plans to expand into the U.S. The company controls nearly 80 percent of all e-commerce in China, and founder and chairman Jack Ma has ambitions that go beyond the country's borders.

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