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Boingo Inks Deal for World Trade Center Wi-Fi

August 12, 2014 11:01 am | by Associated Press | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say commuters and visitors at the World Trade Center will be able to take advantage of free WiFi. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced an agreement with Boingo Wireless on Monday. In May, the board authorized the installation of Wi-Fi at the World Trade Center.

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Facebook Messenger: Myth Vs. Reality

August 12, 2014 10:58 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The fear and confusion stem from a message that greets owners of Android devices when they install the app. It explains that the app requires permission access to the device's camera, microphone, list of contacts and other information. Here's what Facebook's mobile messaging app does and doesn't do.

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Report: Claure Focusing on Cost Efficiency at Sprint

August 12, 2014 10:30 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

As was reported earlier this month when Claure's appointment was announced, Sprint is backing off a proposed acquistion of T-Mobile. In the memo, Claure said that consolidation makes sense in the long-term but noted that Sprint will have to focus on growing and repositioning Sprint. 

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Verizon Bets on Video, VoLTE and Tablets for Growth

August 12, 2014 10:09 am | Comments

In a talk at the annual Oppenheimer Investor Conference that was broadcast online, Shammo said Verizon is looking to new technologies like LTE Multicast and Voice over LTE as potential growth areas. He also said tablets pose an opportunity.

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FirstNews Briefs: Alcatel-Lucent, Pioneer Cellular, T-Mobile, Sony

August 12, 2014 9:47 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent is to deploy a complete 4G LTE overlay network in the Midwestern U.S. states of Oklahoma and Kansas to enable Pioneer Cellular, an affiliate of Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, to offer ultra-broadband mobile access to its customers.

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Sprint Intros Samsung Galaxy Tab as First Spark-Enabled Slate

August 11, 2014 11:15 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Starting Aug. 15, the Tab will be available for zero down and $12.50 a month. Sprint for a limited time is offering a $10 credit for 24 months to customers who buy the new tablet and sign up for a tablet data plan of $10 a month or more. The $10 plan comes with only 100MB. Other tablet data plans offer 1GB for $15, 3GB for $35, 6GB for $50, 12GB for $80, and 30GB for $110.

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T-Mobile Buying 700 MHz A Block Spectrum from Actel

August 11, 2014 10:27 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

T-Mobile is acquiring 700 MHz licenses from Actel, a subsidiary of CenturyLink. The 12 MHz licenses (698-704 MHz and 728-734 MHz) cover markets in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana and New Mexico. As TmoNews points out, the licenses cover about 6.1 million POPs.

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FirstNews Briefs: Small Cell Forum, Skully, Syniverse, Altair

August 11, 2014 10:24 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

SKULLY today announced the company has begun production of its AR-1 motorcycle helmet, a vertically integrated smart HUD helmet for consumers. In addition to a Heads Up Display system that displays information approximately 10 feet in front of the rider, the AR-1 helmet features a near 180-degree rearview camera, turn-by-turn GPS navigation, smartphone pairing and voice control.

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Microsoft Attacks Feature Phone Market with Nokia 130

August 11, 2014 8:51 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Microsoft today launched a new line of ultra-affordable feature phones under its recently acquired Nokia Lumia brand. The Nokia 130 sells for just 19 euros ($25 USD) and features a built-in video player, music player with up to 46 hours continuous playback on a single charge, flashlight, FM radio and USB charging.

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Judge Rejects Settlement over Tech Hiring Practices

August 11, 2014 8:33 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The settlement would have been paid by Apple, Google Inc., Intel Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. The lawsuit alleges they and three other companies — Intuit Inc., Pixar Animation and Lucasfilm — secretly agreed not to recruit each other's workers at various junctures from 2005 through 2009.

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FCC Expands Text-to-911 to Smaller Carriers, Messaging Apps

August 8, 2014 3:28 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

In a push to make the service more uniformly available, the new rules expand availability beyond the U.S.’s big four carriers, all of which agreed to support the service by May 2014. Now all other carriers will have to make the service available and “interconnected” text messaging providers including OTT apps like Whatsapp.

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FCC Streamlines Tower Regulations

August 8, 2014 2:27 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

The Commission said that the order adopted today puts the FAA in charge of overseeing rules regarding the marking and lighting of cell towers so that planes can see them. It also makes changes to Commission rules such as allowing tower owners to provide tenants with antenna structure registration (ASR) information via mail, email or other electronic methods. 

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FirstNews Briefs: IBM, NetMotion, DataXoom, Virtual Piggy

August 8, 2014 10:35 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

IBM unveiled a neurosynaptic computer chip to achieve an scale of one million programmable neurons, 256 million programmable synapses and 46 billion synaptic operations per second per watt. At 5.4 billion transistors, this production-scale chip is currently one of the largest CMOS chips ever built, yet, while running at biological real time, it consumes 70mW.

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Gemalto Beefs Up Data Protection Game with $890M SafeNet Buy

August 8, 2014 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Gemalto today announced it is buying data protection company SafeNet for $890 million. The deal to acquire 100 percent of the SafeNet’s share capital from Vector Capital will allow Gemalto to leverage SafeNet’s encryption services, authentication servers and authentication as a service, and its software license management and monetization solutions. 

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Report: Tango Receives $1.5B Valuation

August 8, 2014 10:08 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

While the amount is nowhere near the $19 billion Facebook paid for WhatsApp, it is quite a bit more than Tango has seen in the past. According to a report from Reuters, the new valuation is one-third more than the valuation Tango recieved just five months ago. 

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