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Amazon Buys Game Network Twitch for $970M

August 26, 2014 10:56 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The deal is the latest example of Amazon expanding into new commercial arenas. It introduced its own smartphone, the Fire, this month. Earlier this summer, it added same-day delivery, a set-top video streaming device to its list of services for members of Prime, its $99 annual loyalty program.

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FirstNews Briefs: Syniverse, Peregrine, LitePoint, ZTE, Marvell

August 26, 2014 10:21 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Syniverse today announced a leadership transition under which Jeffrey S. Gordon has stepped down from his role as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, effective immediately. In connection with this change in leadership, Stephen C. Gray, a member of the Syniverse Board of Directors since January 2011, will become interim President and Chief Executive Officer.

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T-Mobile Offers Up to 5GB of Tablet Data for $10

August 26, 2014 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

When T-Mobile Simple Choice customers add a tablet to their plan for $10 a month, the carrier says it will now match their smartphone data plan up to 5GB and set it aside for use on the tablet. Beginning Sept. 3, any tablet added gets the LTE data plan match for a limited time as well as the 200MB free per month T-Mobile has previously offered for tablets.

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Verizon Promises Nationwide VoLTE in 'Coming Weeks'

August 26, 2014 10:00 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

In a post on the carrier's website, Verizon said that "in the coming weeks, Verizon Wireless customers can begin to see what Advanced Calling 1.0 -- HD Voice and Video Calling -- can mean to their wireless experience when tightly integrated with their 4G LTE smartphones."

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Mozilla Announces New $33 Firefox Smartphone for India

August 26, 2014 9:13 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

The Intex Cloud FX comes running Firefox OS, and packs a modest 1 GHz processor and expandable memory of up to 4GB. It also boasts dual-SIM capabilities, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for easy connectivity, and built-in functionality for users to monitor data usage. 

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T-Mobile Offers Simple Starter Plans 1.5GB More for $5

August 25, 2014 11:26 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

T-Mobile will begin offering Simple Starter customers an additional 1.5GB of data for an extra $5 a month. Beginning Sept. 3, subscribers opting for T-Mobile’s $40 Simple Starter plan can bump their 500MB cap to 2GB. The limited-time offer is available to new and existing Simple Starter customers and once customers sign up, they get the 2GB cap indefinitely.

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LG Looks to Be Announcing Round Smartwatch Soon

August 25, 2014 11:03 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

LG will apparently next week unveil a new circular smartwatch at IFA in Berlin. In a new teaser video, the company clearly displays a round watch and says it’s “coming soon” to IFA 2014. LG’s hint of a new smartwatch comes only months after the company released the G Watch, a squared-faced wearable that was one of the first devices to show up with Google’s new Android Wear operating system.

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Jawbone Proves Power of Wearable Data with Quake Insights

August 25, 2014 10:43 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

According to information from Jawbone, about 90 percent of its users were asleep when the quake hit and the closer users were to Napa the more likely they were to wake up. Around half of the users in San Francisco woke up, but almost no one did 100 miles away from the epicenter in Modesto. 

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FirstNews Briefs: Verizon, Magpi, Trimble, Telit Wireless

August 25, 2014 9:50 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Verizon today announced it will invest nearly $40 million to expand the on-site green energy program that it launched in 2013. This year, Verizon will install 10.2 megawatts of new solar power systems at eight Verizon network facilities in five states – California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.

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Fitbit Denies Claims It Sells Personal Data

August 25, 2014 9:39 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The San Francisco-based fitness wearables company spelled out its privacy policy on its website after Schumer warned of a potential "privacy nightmare" relating to concerns that the makers of fitness monitoring devices could sell users' data to advertisers.

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Thermal Imaging Coming to iPhone

August 25, 2014 9:36 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple stores started selling the $349 FLIR One this week. It puts thermal imaging within reach of people who probably have never considered it before, and it opens up a whole new way of looking at the world. Warm things show up bright on the iPhone screen, while cold things are dark. It's like everything glows with its own light.

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Cricket Offers $100 to Subs Switching from T-Mobile, MetroPCS

August 22, 2014 11:42 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Cricket Wireless has joined the current wireless bounty bonanza by offering a $100 bill credit to customers who switch over from T-Mobile or MetroPCS. From August 24 to October 19, customers who switch will get the credit. The promotion is only available for customers coming over from T-Mobile or MetroPCS but there’s no limit on the amount of lines a single customer can switch over and get the credit.

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Report: iPhone 6 Display Woes Could Limit Availability

August 22, 2014 11:06 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Production for the iPhone 6 display disrupted as Apple is redesigning a “key component,” according to Reuters. The report points to a display backlight needing to be reworked because it was not bright enough. Reuters sources couldn’t say if the redesign would delay the device’s launch or limit the availability of the new iPhones during the initial release.

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FirstNews Briefs: Samsung, Sprint, Trimble, Wireless Ronin, Creative Realities

August 22, 2014 10:18 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Samsung is soon releasing a Multi-Charging Wall Charger that allows users to charge up to three micro USB devices at once. The Multi-charging cable optimizes the total charge across all three devices, dividing the 2A charge evenly. In other words, if you’re only charging two devices, power flows faster to each than if you were charging three simultaneously.

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Ixia Taps Bethany Mayer for CEO Spot

August 22, 2014 9:09 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Mayer comes to the company from HP where she held several key executive roles since 2010. Most recently, Mayer served as HP’s senior vice president and general manager of its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) business and led the company’s NFV initiative. 

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