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FirstNews Briefs: Asus, AT&T, Intel, China Mobile, KPN, MediaTek, Aeris

October 15, 2014 11:05 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

ASUS, AT&T and Intel Corporation today announced the availability of the ASUS PadFone X mini, a 4.5-inch 4G LTE smartphone powered by the Intel Atom processor and Intel XMM 7160 LTE modem. The PadFone X mini transforms into a 7-inch 4G LTE tablet-like experience when docked into its companion docking station. It will be available in AT&T retail stores on Oct. 24 and in national retailers by November.

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Facebook, Apple Get into Provide Fertility Services for Employees

October 15, 2014 10:54 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Silicon Valley's biggest companies have long offered cushy perks to attract top talent and keep workers happy logging scores of hours on the job. But beyond day-to-day luxuries, Facebook and Apple will now give...                                   

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Chinese Mobile Wallet Alternative Comes to U.S.

October 15, 2014 10:50 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The move will let U.S. retailers tap into the estimated 500 million Chinese online shoppers who spent $298 billion online in 2013.                                                                                

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Sprint Launches New Loyalty Program Aimed at iPhone Users

October 14, 2014 10:46 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

According to a press release, Sprint is launching a new program that will reward our loyal existing customers and enable them to acquire the iPhone 6 for $5 per month, including their monthly service plan).                                                              

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SoftBank Continues Content Push with DramaFever Buy

October 14, 2014 10:20 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

SoftBank today announced it has acquired DramaFever, a Korean online video subscription service. DramaFever houses series and films from more than 70 broadcasters and studios across Asia, Europe and the Americas. The company also syndicates a portion of its library to Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes. DramaFever says it has a reach of approximately 20 million unique monthly viewers.

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Twitter to Be Used for Payments in France

October 14, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press | Comments

PARIS (AP) — Did someone spot you money for lunch two weeks ago? In France, Twitter users can now publicly repay debts, donate to charity or chip in for a gift with a new payment service backed by the country's second-largest banking service. Group BPCE, which includes Banque Populaire and Caisses d'Epargne, announced the service — called S-money — on Tuesday.

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FirstNews Briefs: DataXoom, Sprint, Google, Box, Vonage, Exalt

October 14, 2014 9:24 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Box today announced that Oxfam, the worldwide development organization, is bringing Box’s cloud content sharing and collaboration platform to employees working across more than 90 countries. In addition to providing mobile access to content, Box will also centralize management and security for Oxfam’s 17 international affiliates.

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Samsung Gooses Wi-Fi Transmission Speeds with 60 GHz

October 13, 2014 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Samsung Electronics said it has enabled a five-fold increase in Wi-Fi data transmission speeds by using the 60 GHz band. Samsung said its 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology enabled data transmission speeds of up to 4.6 Gbps, or 575 MB per second, a five-fold increase from 866 Mbps, or 108 MB per second, which is the maximum speed possible with existing consumer electronics devices.

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Iliad Drops T-Mobile Bid

October 13, 2014 2:21 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Iliad today said it is dropping its bid to acquire T-Mobile. The French mobile provider said in a press release that Deutsche Telekom (DT), majority owner of T-Mobile, and select board members of T-Mobile’s board “refused to entertain its new offer.”

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AT&T Passport Packs Together International Data, Voice, Text

October 13, 2014 11:27 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

AT&T today announced its new Passport packages that combine international talk, text and data rates in three different offerings. The packages can be added to a domestic postpaid plan and are valid for 30 days, expiring automatically and not renewing afterward.

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Flight Attendants Sue FAA to Reinstate Cellphone Ban

October 13, 2014 10:55 am | by Jessica Gresko, Associated Press | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest flight attendants union says it wants airline passengers to return to stowing cellphones and other electronics during takeoffs and landings, but the group's arguments didn't seem to fly Friday in court.

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Company Turns LED Lights into Wi-Fi Network

October 13, 2014 10:49 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

PureLiFi today announced it has built a Li-Fi network by turning off-the-shelf LED lights into wireless access points. The company by the fourth quarter plans to begin shipping Li-Flame, a ceiling-mounted unit that can turn an LED light fixture into a multi-user access “atto-cellular” communication system.

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New iPhones to Reach 115 Countries by Year’s End

October 13, 2014 10:21 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Apple today announced its new iPhones will be available in 69 countries by the end of the month and are on schedule to reach 115 countries by the end of the year. The company is calling this its fastest iPhone rollout to date.

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NYC Poised to End School Cellphone Ban

October 13, 2014 9:45 am | by Karen Matthews, Associated Press | Comments

New York City is preparing to end its ban on cellphones in schools, dooming an industry that sprang up near dozens of schools where teens could park their phones in a van for a dollar a day. Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to end the ban during his campaign and acknowledged last month that his own son brings a phone to Brooklyn Technical High School.

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Zuckerberg in Indonesia for Internet-Access Push

October 13, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Facebook CEO arrived Sunday, when he climbed Borobudur temple in Central Java and posted a widely shared photo of himself atop its stupas on his Facebook page. On Monday he met Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo, who used social media extensively in his campaign.

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