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BlackBerry Bolsters Security Offerings with Secusmart Buy

July 29, 2014 9:21 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

John Chen, executive chairman and CEO for BlackBerry, said in a statement that the acquisition of Secusmart underscores his company's focus on addressing security costs and threats ranging from individual privacy to national security. 

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Quick Look: AsusTek's PadFone, A Phone-Tablet Hybrid

July 29, 2014 9:09 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

There's a case for the PadFone, though, if you're someone who uses a tablet only at home. You can carry the phone with you during the day and attach it to the tablet screen when you get home. You don't have to worry about what apps and data are on which device.

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nTelos CEO James Hyde Retires

July 28, 2014 11:16 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

nTelos today announced that CEO James Hyde is retiring effective immediately. The company’s board appointed Director Rodney Dir to serve as president and COO. Board Chairman Michael Huber will “oversee strategic relationships and external communications,” according to a statement.

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FirstNews Briefs: Red Pocket, Zipmark, ViaSat, NetMotion, Luso

July 28, 2014 11:11 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

NetMotion Wireless, provider of mobility management software and solutions, today announced a partnership with Mobizen, a Mexico-based reseller of enterprise mobility solutions. The agreement will make NetMotion's Mobility and Locality platforms available to enterprise customers in Mexico.

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GM Bringing Wireless Charging to Cadillac Models

July 28, 2014 10:35 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Wireless charging is moving into the driver's seat with General Motors' (GM) announcement today that it will add the technology to Cadillac's 2015 model ATS sport sedan and coupe launching this fall. In a statement, GM said that its solution will be compatible with "Powermat and other in-phone wireless charging technologies. 

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Obama Applauds Passage of Unlocking Bill

July 28, 2014 10:10 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

In a statement, Obama said the White House had laid out steps that the FCC, industry, and Congress should take to ensure copyright law does not undermine wireless competition, and worked with wireless carriers to reach a voluntary agreement that helps restore consumers' rights to unlock their phones. 

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T-Mobile Challenges with $100 10GB Plan

July 28, 2014 10:00 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

T-Mobile is launching a limited-time offer of $100 per month for unlimited talk and text plus 10GB of LTE for four lines. In a blog post, T-Mobile CEO John Legere gets in his customary shots at AT&T, calling the carrier’s similar plan for $160 a “joke.”

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EU Regulators Approve Apple's $3B Beats Deal

July 28, 2014 9:36 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The 28-nation bloc's executive Commission said Monday the transaction does not threaten competition because the firms' combined European market share in both fields will be low while facing strong competitors. The takeover of Beats Electronics and Beats Music announced in May for $2.6 billion in cash and $400 million in stock is the most expensive acquisition in Apple's 38-year history.

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Samsung's Tizen Phone Delayed

July 28, 2014 9:33 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

In a brief statement, Samsung said the postponement is to further enhance the Tizen "ecosystem," which encompasses developers, consumers and devices using the mobile OS. The delay is a blow to Samsung's push to reduce reliance on Google's Android operating system, which powers Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

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Advisory Firm Protests Sprint CEO’s $49M 2013 Pay Package

July 25, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

It’s worth noting that the $18.7 million Sprint CEO Dan Hesse was awarded in 2013 will not vest or be paid out until 2018 and that a portion of the $16.7 million has not been vested or paid out yet either. Because the $18.7 million is tied to equity, the amount paid out when it vests in 2018 will be dependent on the stock price at that time, meaning it could be subject to change.

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Amazon Shares Continue Slide as Fire Phone Launches

July 25, 2014 10:40 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

In its second quarter earnings, Amazon reported a $126 million loss even as revenue jumped by 23 percent. Shares fell 10 percent on the report. Many believe that continued investment in big projects like the development of the Fire Phone and the a new grocery delivery serivce are weighing profits at the company. 

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FirstNews Briefs: IBM, Voxox, tw telecom, MapQuest

July 25, 2014 10:00 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

IBM today announced that PLM, a Latin American health sciences publisher, launched a library of mobile apps to deliver medical information on conditions such as cancer and heart disease. PLM used the IBM MobileFirst application development portfolio to help convert its medical reference guides into 35 mobile apps.

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Amazon's Spending Habits Worry Investors, Stock Falls on 2Q Report

July 25, 2014 9:18 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Amazon posted a loss of $126 million, or 27 cents per share, compared with $7 million, or 2 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 13 cents per share.

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Report: China Concludes Qualcomm Is A Monopoly

July 25, 2014 9:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

China is the world's biggest manufacturer of mobile phones and other wireless devices. The communist government has complained about the high cost of licenses for foreign technology. It has tried to reduce dependence on foreign know-how by investing billions of dollars to develop its own phone, encryption and other technology.

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Study: Over Half of Americans Prefer Weather Alerts on Their Phones

July 24, 2014 11:11 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

A new online Harris Poll found that 59 percent of Americans said they were more likely to pay attention to alerts on the mobile devices than any other delivery method. Of the 2,100 adults surveyed, 67 percent said they would like to receive real-time SMS notifications.

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