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Sony Xperia, LG G Flex Smarpthones Manage Niche Appeal

January 13, 2014 3:58 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

One of the reasons Android phones have become popular is the choice they offer: Want a big screen? There's a phone for you. Want cheap? There's one for you, too. New phones from Sony and LG continue that trend. Although I personally find their distinctive features unnecessary, consumers looking for those specific attributes will welcome them.

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CES: Case Makes iPhone a BlackBerry Clone

January 9, 2014 10:04 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Comments

If you love your iPhone but would prefer a physical keyboard, Typo could be for you. But you might want to order soon. BlackBerry, the company that made physical typing on mobile devices an addictive craze, is suing Typo Products LLC, accusing it of copying its world-famous keyboard.

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Camera Phones, Other Tech Get Big Improvements in 2013

January 2, 2014 9:13 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

As I look back at the more than 100 tech products we reviewed in 2013, a handful of gadgets and services deserve a second look. It's become clear that one brand rarely stands out any more in whatever product category you look at. Competition is more intense than ever, which means consumers have more choices than ever. 

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Tablets a Hit with Kids, but Experts Worry

December 26, 2013 9:33 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Tablet computers are so easy to use that even a 3-year-old can master them. And that has some pediatricians and other health experts worried. Since navigating a tablet generally doesn't require the ability to type or read, children as young as toddlers can quickly learn how to stream movies, scroll through family photos or play simple games.

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Mobile Applications as Actual Gifts

December 20, 2013 4:08 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Mobile applications have earned their throwaway reputation. Or at the very least, they most often deserve the low level of commitment they require. That makes it a seldom occurrence in which an app is given as an actual gift, outside of a $25 gift card burned through buying $1 and $2 mobile games.

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Next Generation Wireless: Riding On the Back of Millimeter Waves

December 19, 2013 9:46 am | by Renaissance Electronics and Communications | Comments

Of all the wavelengths in the spectrum used for wireless data transmission, perhaps the least well known is the millimeter wave band.  However, it is precisely this band (and the continuous bandwidth it provides) that enables wireless data transmission at speeds and bandwidth that compare to the high quality of fiber optic communication systems. 

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Kyocera Showcases Durability, While High-End Players Remain All Wet

December 11, 2013 10:11 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

As a manufacturer of mid-range Android smartphones, Kyocera has had to get creative with how it differentiates its products. That creativity is realized in the November U.S. launch of the Kyocera Elite (Verizon). On the phone side of things, this is vanilla Android with run-of-the-mill specs thrown in for good measure. 

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Antenna Isolation Testing for Systems With Multiple Radios

December 10, 2013 3:40 pm | by Chris Anderson, Vice President, Engineering, Taoglas | Comments

If your product has more than one radio and at least one of them is a transmitter, your device is at risk of intermittent radio performance problems. To ensure this does not happen, or the affects of it are limited, proper antenna isolation testing needs to be performed during the design of your product. 

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An FCC Update on Its Network-Measuring Speed Test App

December 10, 2013 3:37 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

It’s been almost a month since the FCC released its Speed Test mobile application and the Commission has already released some of the early data sets gathered from the app. A week after releasing the crowd-sourced cellular network tool, the FCC announced 40,000 collections of broadband measurements covering upload, download, latency and packet loss.

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Testing: Ensuring LTE Advanced Goes Without a Hitch

December 10, 2013 2:31 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

LTE Advanced may bring a number of novel new features to mobile networks. Carrier aggregation and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) are two aspects of the standard that have arguably created the biggest headlines recently and for good reason. 

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Mobile Device Lab Testing Becomes Scalable, Smart and Subscriber-Centric

December 10, 2013 1:28 pm | by Amit Malhotra, Azimuth Systems, Inc. | Comments

Today’s mobile user experience is driven by a complex series of interactions between networks, devices, services and applications, all of which are tested prior to products being introduced to the market.  The industry is undertaking an unprecedented number of technology changes at each of these layers. 

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Keynote Opens Up Mobile App Testing with Project Pricing

December 10, 2013 12:54 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

The time-honored tradition of testing mobile applications by calling up people you know and asking them to look at your app or mobile site on their device works to a certain degree. It’s also a good way to stay connected with friends but for a more comprehensive mobile testing solution, Keynote System’s DeviceAnywhere looks like a better route.

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Breaking Down AT&T's New Mobile Share Plans

December 6, 2013 9:31 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

AT&T is joining T-Mobile in reducing monthly fees for people who pay for their own devices. It's the latest break from a longstanding practice of offering subsidies on devices to lock customers into two-year service agreements. Many customers have been forgoing those subsidies anyway as they choose plans that allow frequent phone upgrades.

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From Network Provider to Mobility Concierge: The Changing Operator Landscape

December 5, 2013 2:09 pm | by Sunil Marolia, VP of Product Management, Smith Micro Software | Comments

Since the day that Apple turned the wireless industry on its head, nearly all assumptions about how the industry operates have changed.  From a market that was primarily controlled by wireless operators, to a flattened market driven by innovative devices and applications, operators now struggle to maintain differentiation and face significant challenges with...

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Wireless Week Predictions for 2014

December 4, 2013 11:24 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

It’s that time of year again, as we say goodbye to the old and look to the future. In this year’s predictions for 2014, we hear from some of the industry’s top executives. From small cells and virtualization to the cloud and the Internet of Things, the coming year promises to bring more challenges, innovation, and disruption.   

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