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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

April 10, 2014 | by Ben Munson | Comments

Falling short of reinventing the entire smartphone industry is a current criticism that can be leveled at Samsung and basically every other OEM right now. But as long as there’s a market for big, bright and powerful smartphones that nimbly perform every job asked of them, then devices like the S5 should do just fine.

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5 Features an Amazon Phone Might Offer

April 21, 2014 10:19 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer. Amazon hasn't confirmed that it has plans for a smartphone. Introducing such a device would be tough in a crowded market dominated by Apple and Samsung.

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Droplet Could Save Enterprise Money with Cloud-Connected Sprinkler

April 16, 2014 2:58 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Without water there are no clouds. So it seems appropriate that a sprinkler could save water (and money) by leveraging the other type of cloud. The Droplet Robotic Sprinkler is a smartphone-controlled sprinkler/timer that uses real-time weather and soil sample data along with a huge plant biology database to decide when, where and how much water to dispense to grass, plants, shrubs and trees.

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IBM Hits Refresh on Its MobileFirst Initiative

April 16, 2014 2:52 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

IBM is renewing its MobileFirst initiative with a whole bunch of enhancements to existing services. The IT giant first launched MobileFirst at Mobile World Congress 2013 and has since seen the rapid shift towards mobile enterprise. Rich Esposito, general manager for mobility services at IBM, said that at the outset of enterprise mobility four or five years ago, the focus was on BYOD and MDM.

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Thieves in Plain Sight: No One is Immune to Data Attacks

April 15, 2014 4:05 pm | by Asif Ramji, President and CEO, Paymetric, Inc. | Comments

To some executives, the idea of crime against merchants and high-volume data breaches might seem like the latest Hollywood action movie. While it is a reality for retailers because those are the companies we see on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, it seems like fiction for everyone else.

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Dropbox Touts Usability as Major Asset Within the Enterprise

April 15, 2014 3:25 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

As the storage of files and other content in the cloud becomes as commonplace as backing up to a local hard drive, companies like Dropbox find themselves in the middle of an all out war with some major players. Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft, are among the biggest companies that offer extensive ecosystems...

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BYOD: Staying on Top of a Mountain of Mobile

April 14, 2014 4:40 pm | by Steve Durbin, Global Vice President, Information Security Forum | Comments

As the tectonic plates of your mobile workforce shift and swell, you may very well feel like you’re sitting on top of a volcano. While you might think that this is all part of your imagination, it turns out that this sense of impending eruption is well founded. 

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Review: Office for iPad Is Pretty and Functional

March 31, 2014 9:15 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft Office fans who've spent the last nine months using the software's suite of apps on their tiny smartphone screens are probably thrilled that they can finally create and update documents on the iPad's significantly bigger display surface.

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Review: Windows Phone Innovations Show Promise

March 27, 2014 9:34 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

In the market for smartphones, Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 system is barely there. It's dwarfed by Apple's iOS and Google's Android systems in both attention and sales. But over the past few months, I have come to appreciate many of the software's innovations...

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Bell Mobility Goes Lean: Using Performance Monitoring to Cut Waste

March 25, 2014 10:10 am | by Zlatko Zahirovic | Comments

Many network teams think of performance monitoring as an insurance policy. At Bell Mobility, we see things differently. In our world, performance monitoring is a way to cut waste from our CDMA, LTE, and HSPA+ based wireless network. For decades, businesses of all types have adopted the principles of Lean Manufacturing.

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Q&A: CCA President and CEO Steven K. Berry

March 19, 2014 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

CCA Global Expo is less than a week away and CEO Steven K. Berry is seeing more wireless carriers registered for this CCA than any prior event. The show, running March 25-28 in San Antonio, will feature keynotes from FCC Wireless Bureau Chief Roger Sherman and Sprint Chairman and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son. Ahead of the show, Wireless Week spoke with Berry about the policy issues on members’ minds and the impact from CCA’s biggest members.

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Review: Nokia Icon Manages Smartphone Excellence, Limited Audience

March 18, 2014 4:40 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

The Nokia Lumia Icon is Verizon's version of the Lumia 1520 Windows Phone. It's a sleek, shiny smartphone with a generous 5-inch display, a more than capable 20-megapixel camera, and a 2.2 GHz quad-core processor. In my opinion, the Icon is also one of the best smartphones on the market, if...

Review: Uneasy First Steps with Google Glass

March 17, 2014 10:54 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Shaped like a lopsided headband, Google Glass is an unassuming piece of technology when you're holding it in your hands. You feel as if you can almost break it, testing its flexibility. Putting it on, though, is another story. Once you do, this Internet-connected eyewear takes on a life of its own. 

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Mobile Wallet Solutions Get Mixed Grades in Muddled Market

March 5, 2014 4:54 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

The mobile wallet is an idea that seems to eternally be 12 to 18 months out, but not for lack of interest. According to a recent Yankee Group report, fully two-third of consumers surveyed are interested in mobile wallets. However, just 16 percent of mobile device owners have used their phone to make an in-store payment in the past three months.

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AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Push Back on Proposed NSA Plan

March 4, 2014 9:09 am | by Marcy Gordon & Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | Comments

When Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants united in outrage last summer over the National Security Agency's unfettered spying, telecommunications giants such as AT&T, Verizon and Sprint —whose customers are also the targets of secret government spying— remained noticeably mum.

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MWC Wrap: Connecting Everything

March 3, 2014 9:10 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

We're in the beginning of a world in which everything is connected to the Internet and with one another, while powerful yet relatively cheap computers analyze all that data for ways to improve lives. Toothbrushes tell your mirror to remind you to floss. Basketball jerseys detect impending heart failure and call the ambulance for you.

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