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IDC: Over 300 Million Smartphones Shipped in 2Q

August 14, 2014 11:10 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Android and iOS together accounted for 96.4 percent of the shipments, meaning bad news for competitors, particularly BlackBerry. The Canadian OEM shipped 1.5 million smartphones to grab 0.5 percent share. That number is down from 2.8 percent share in the year-ago quarter and paltry enough to mark a -78 percent annual growth rate for the company’s smartphone shipments.

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Cisco Announces Intent to Cut 6,000 Jobs

August 14, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The San Jose, California-based company on Wednesday reported a 1 percent decline in profit, to $2.25 billion, as revenue dipped to $12.36 billion from $12.42 billion. Its adjusted earnings for the three months ended July 26, its fiscal fourth quarter, came to 55 cents per share, which was two cents more than analysts expected, according to Zacks Investment Research.

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FirstNews Briefs: Pioneer, Anritsu, Broadcom, GUESS, Martian Watches

August 14, 2014 10:22 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

GUESS Watches, an international fashion watch company, and Martian Watches, an award-winning California-based smartwatch developer, today announced a global strategic partnership to develop interactive, voice-command wrist accessories. The companies expect to announce specific products by early 2015.

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Smartphones Boost Lenovo Profits by 23%

August 14, 2014 8:56 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

Lenovo Group, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday its latest quarterly profit rose 23 percent on strong growth in sales of smartphones and other mobile devices. The company said it earned $214 million, or $2.06 per share, in the three months ended June 30. Global revenue rose 18 percent to $10.4 billion.

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Apple Nixes Toxic Chemicals from iPhone

August 14, 2014 8:53 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

A four-month investigation at 22 factories found no evidence that benzene and n-hexane endangered the roughly 500,000 people who work at the plants, according to Apple. No traces of the chemicals were detected at 18 of the factories and the amounts found at the other four factories fell within acceptable safety levels, the Cupertino, California, company said.

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T-Mobile’s Next Uncarrier Event Coming Before End of Summer

August 13, 2014 1:33 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter said the next Uncarrier announcement will come before the end of summer. Speaking at an Oppenheimer conference that was broadcast online, Carter didn’t offer details on what will be “Uncarrier 7.0,” only saying that it is “coming up very quickly.”

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AT&T's Stankey Pans Passpoint Technology for Residential Environments

August 13, 2014 12:46 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Stankey said that the experience of using the technology, which is called Passpoint and is being developed by Qulacomm, wouldn't be up to AT&T's standards if it was deployed to improve capacity in a residential area. He said that customers walking between houses in a neighborhood would plagued by intermittent connectivity and interference due to the complexities of Wi-Fi. 

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T-Mobile Urges FCC to Reserve Half of 600 MHz Spectrum for Smaller Carriers

August 13, 2014 11:42 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

T-Mobile is asking the FCC to consider reserving half or more of the 600 MHz spectrum cleared for auction for smaller carriers to bid on. In an FCC filing, T-Mobile said adjusting the spectrum reserve based on different clearing scenarios would “promote robust competition among service providers and ensure the continued vitality of four nationwide providers.”

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FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, AirPatrol, VMware, ViaSat, LG, Boost

August 13, 2014 10:44 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Starting today in company-owned retail stores, AT&T is offering a new promotion  for iPhone 5s and 5c buyers who choose AT&T Next to get $200 off a new iPad purchased on a 2-year wireless agreement. The customer must sign a two-year wireless agreement for the iPad and use AT&T Next to purchase the iPhone.

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Samsung Outs 4.7-inch Metal-Frame Galaxy Alpha

August 13, 2014 10:16 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Samsung today took the wraps off the Galaxy Alpha, a 4.7-inch smartphone that eschews the OEM’s propensity toward plastic in favor of a metal-framed design. The Alpha’s 6.7 millimeter-thick body and 115 gram heft bring it in well under the size and weight of Samsung’s current flagship, the Galaxy S5. Of course the Alpha’s display is smaller than the S5’s 5.1-inch screen.

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Amazon Goes After Mobile Payments with 'Local Register'

August 13, 2014 9:36 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Called Amazon Local Register, the payment solution consists of a secure card reader and mobile app that will allow local businesses to accept credit and debit cards from a smartphone or tablet and keep track of their business. Amazon Local Registers sees the online retailers directly competing with payment providers like PayPal, Square and others. 

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WeChat Parent Company Tencent Posts $949M Profit

August 13, 2014 9:21 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Tencent's online games revenue rose 7 percent over the previous quarter, driven mostly by higher revenue for smartphone games integrated with WeChat. Revenue from social networks rose 15 percent over the previous quarter, also driven by mobile services.

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Cook: Apple Employee Diversity Unsatisfactory

August 13, 2014 9:03 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

A breakdown released Tuesday by Apple Inc. showed 54 percent of the company's technology jobs in the U.S. are filled by whites and another 23 percent by Asians. Men make up 80 percent of Apple's technology workforce throughout the world. The iPhone and iPad maker didn't provide racial statistics for its global workforce of 98,000 employees.

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T-Mobile “Simply Prepaid” Putting Four Brands “Under One Roof”

August 12, 2014 5:50 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

T-Mobile could soon be bringing its prepaid brands together under one offering called “Simply Prepaid.” In a description of a T-Mobile booth on the CTIA Super Mobility Week website, Simply Prepaid is described as “a new concept that brings together four amazing brands under one roof.” It says further that Simply Prepaid customers will be able to choose from T-Mobile, GoSmart Mobile, Univision Mobile, or Ultra Mobile for their service.

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Pantech Files for Bankruptcy

August 12, 2014 11:05 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Pantech has filed for bankruptcy, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Korean OEM ended the first quarter with nearly $1 billion in debt, which the report points out is almost double the worth of the company’s assets. Pantech now has to come up with a plan to get back on track.

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