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FirstNews Briefs: Alcatel-Lucent, Telefonica, Federated Wireless, GreenPeak

September 2, 2014 9:53 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Federated Wireless, which develops technologies to maximize the utilization of spectrum resources, today named Iyad Tarazi, the former Sprint Corp. executive who spearheaded that company's Network Vision network modernization project, as its new Chief Executive Officer.

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Apple Working with Banks, Retailers on NFC-Capable Mobile Wallet

September 2, 2014 9:26 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reports that when paired with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint reader, users will be able to pay securely for items by simply placing their finger on the home button. While rumors of NFC capability have preceded the launch of the last three iPhone models, Apple has yet to include the functionality in its smarpthones. 

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Confirmed: Apple Event Set for September 9

August 28, 2014 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Re/code's John Paczkowski was first to report that Apple would launch its next iPhone on September 9. Just yesterday, Paczkowski reported that the event may produce a wearable, possibly an 'iWatch.'Most reports now have Apple eventually releasing two versions of its iPhone—one with a 4.7-inch display and one with a 5.5-inch display. The latter is expected later in the year. 

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Report: Apple Unveiling Wearable Device at iPhone Event Sept. 9

August 28, 2014 11:26 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Apple will unveil a wearable alongside its new iPhones on Sept. 9, according to Recode. Recode doesn’t specify what kind of wearable but it likely will be Apple’s rumored “iWatch.” The report does indicate Apple’s wearable will feature heavy integration of both the HealthKit and HomeKit frameworks unveiled for iOS 8.

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LG Announce Circular G Watch R, Available Early Fourth Quarter

August 28, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

LG today officially announced the G Watch R, its new Android Wear smartwatch with a circular face. The device features a 1.3-inch plastic OLED display. Inside, it’s got a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM and a 410mAh battery.

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FCC Slaps T-Mobile with $819,000 Fine

August 28, 2014 10:59 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

The FCC has levied a $819,000 fine against T-Mobile, citing the carriers has for more than two years failed to offer its customers enough hearing aid-compatible digital wireless handsets. Originally spotted by Phone Scoop, the FCC’s complaint against T-Mobile alleges the carrier “willfully and repeatedly” violated the mandate toward carrying hearing aid-compatible phones.

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The Samsung Gear S has a Curved Display and Can Make Voice Calls

August 28, 2014 10:53 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Samsung today unveiled the Gear S, a smartwatch with a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display (360 x 480) and a 3G connection allowing it to make calls without the need for a smartphone. Users will have the option to switch between Bluetooth and cellular in order to sync the watch with a phone. The Tizen-based watch also packs an on-screen keyboard for responding to alerts and messages and enhanced S Voice functionality.

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nTelos Launches $45 Single-Line Plan with 10GB

August 28, 2014 10:31 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

nTelos today launched a promotional single-line plan that pairs unlimited talk and text with 10GB of data for $45 a month. For an extra $10, customers can upgrade to unlimited data. The promotional plans are available to new and existing customers eligible for upgrade. Subscribers have to opt for nTelos’ Equipment Installment Plan (EIP). Device charges for EIP run $35 a month.

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Apple Loses Bid to Block Sales of 9 Samsung Phones

August 28, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Wednesday's rebuff comes nearly four months after a jury awarded Apple Inc. $119 million in damages for Samsung's infringements on technology used in the trend-setting iPhone. The amount was well below the $2.2 billion in damages that Apple had been seeking in the latest round of legal wrangling between the world's two leading smartphone makers since the tussle began four years ago.

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FirstNews Briefs: ZTE, SWAN, Anite, CTIA, Telstra, Global Wireless Solutions

August 28, 2014 9:35 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

ZTE Corporation has signed a contract with Slovak operator SWAN for a nationwide LTE network project. ZTE will exclusively construct core CS/PS (circuit-switched/packet-switched) network, and a GSM/LTE mobile communications and VAS (value added services) network, involving over 1,100 dual-mode GSM/LTE base stations to SWAN.

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CTIA Preps Super Mobility Week Keynote Stage for iPhone Launch

August 27, 2014 3:45 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

"When you think about it, the forty thousand people in the industry who will be affected most by this announcement will not be in Silicon Valley, they're going to be in Las Vegas at the Sands Expo," Mesirow said, referring to the throngs of mobile executives in attendance at Super Moblity.

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Best Buy CEO Doesn’t Expect “Huge Lift” From iPhone 6

August 27, 2014 12:07 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

The struggling electronics retailer had earlier in the year displayed cautious excitement over what new Apple products could mean to its sales. But Joly said the impact from phones coming out this year will be minimized because many consumers already have them and Best Buy is unsure about how many devices it will receive.

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Los Angeles Schools Halt iPad Deal Amid Criticism

August 27, 2014 11:55 am | by Associated Press | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Faced with criticism about the planning and rollout of a $1 billion effort by the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide iPads to all students, Superintendent John Deasy on Tuesday suspended future use of a contract with Apple Inc.

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CTIA Chief Urges FCC to Revise Wireless Siting Process

August 27, 2014 11:00 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

CTIA CEO Meredith Attwell Baker implored the FCC to revise rules in order to speed up the process for building and updating cellular network sites. In an op-ed, Attwell Baker said a “commonsense national approach to further streamline and modernize the wireless siting process is long overdue.”

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T-Mobile Adds Streaming Services to Music Freedom Program

August 27, 2014 10:32 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

T-Mobile today added AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark, Radio Paradise, Rdio and Songza to the list of streaming music services that won’t affect its customers’ data buckets. The carrier also revealed Google Play Music won its online poll to find another service to exempt. Google’s streaming music service will be added to Music Freedom later this year.

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