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Nextivity CEO Talks Magic Behind Uncarrier 7.0

September 24, 2014 9:21 am | Comments

“There’s never been a tool like this for carriers to solve buyer’s remorse for the customer who signs up for a big postpaid plan and then gets home and realizes they don’t have coverage in their living room,” Sievers said. “Now there’s Cel-Fi and better than 95 percent of the time it will solve your problem.” 

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Review: Why I Chose the iPhone 6 over the S5 and Lumia 1020

September 24, 2014 9:19 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

After having been an iPhone user since the launch of the 3Gs, I wanted to test the other operating systems on the market. I had no problem leaving the Android-based S5 behind, but I have to admit that when iPhone launch day came around, I was a little hesitant to give up the Lumia 1020.

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Belkin Eases the Consumer Into the Connected Home

September 23, 2014 4:14 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

The connected home can look like a complex space to enter for consumers. But companies like Belkin and its WeMo products favor a step-by-step process that it hopes will simplify things for end users. WeMo’s focus is on bite-sized, cost-of-entry connected home solutions that make it easier for consumers to slowly immerse themselves in home automation.

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Timex’s Ironman ONE GPS+ Nicely Fills a Niche

September 23, 2014 3:47 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Apple hijacked all wearables conversations with the introduction of its Apple Watch. The monolithic tech giant tends to do that when it enters a new product category. But some of that extra hype tends to trickle down to other deserving smartwatches, products like Timex’s Ironman ONE GPS+, which will be priced around $400 when it comes out this fall.

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A Closer Look: Ways to Hide, Secure Data on Phones

September 23, 2014 10:11 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple got a lot of attention last week when it released a new privacy policy along with a declaration that police can't get to your password-protected data. Essentially, your photos, messages and other documents are automatically encrypted when you set up a passcode, with or without a fingerprint ID to unlock the phone. Apple says it cannot bypass that passcode, even if law enforcement asks.

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Super Mobility Week: A Show of Contrasts

September 22, 2014 6:00 am | by Elliott Drucker | Comments

Analyst Elliott Drucker went to CTIA's Super Mobility Week in search of the kinds of "deep tech" he hopes will save the wireless networks. Instead, he found contrasting themes that he says illustrate the problems that the industry is likely to face over the next few years.

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For Mobile Carriers, a Slow Home Page Can Kill Business Before It Starts

September 18, 2014 12:34 pm | by Dritan Suljoti, Chief Product Officer, Catchpoint Systems | Comments

The format in which the mobile web page is designed can play a big role in determining how much latency end users experience. Responsive web design has become an in-vogue practice and may seem like a good idea, but it’s something mobile carriers should probably avoid. 

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'Minecraft' Could Boost Microsoft's Mobile Reach

September 16, 2014 9:38 am | by Mae Anderson and Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writers | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. But the move carries risks, as gamers can be fickle. Although the Lego-like multiplayer game is currently the top paid app for the iPhone and Android devices in the U.S., today's popular hit could be tomorrow's dud.

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Zappos CEO is Organically Creating Innovation

September 11, 2014 4:20 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh faced a problem all growing companies face. He had to maintain a good environment for innovation and not let it get lost in widening scale. “How can Zappos be organized and function more like a city and less like a company?” Hsieh asked during his CTIA Super Mobility Week Day 3 keynote.

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Mobile Drives New Levels of Sports Engagement

September 11, 2014 4:10 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Andrea Kremer, chief correspondent for the NFL Network, spoke with Colin Smith, managing director of digital media at NASCAR; John Kosner, executive vice president of digital and print media at ESPN; Emmitt Smith, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back and chairman and founder of Prova; and Simon Wardle, chief strategy officer at Octagon.

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SMW: Handset Financing: Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Opportunities

September 10, 2014 5:00 pm | by Patrick Reemts | Comments

With all the options that exist for financing, carriers need to look at some core areas to help them determine which route they want to go. At a high level, it’s all about weighing the chosen economic model with the risk involved to determine whether or not the carrier has the resources to handle the new approach. 

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SMW: Channel Quality: The Other Factor in Broadband Performance

September 10, 2014 11:00 am | by Elliott Drucker | Comments

To enter a discussion of the balance between spectrum bandwidth, network loading, channel quality, and QoE we should probably first dismiss any importance that might be attached to mythical “up to” peak speeds. The only speed that is of significance to a user is the one he or she experiences.

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SMW: Multi-Screen Advertising Poised for Greatness

September 10, 2014 11:00 am | by Craig Kuhl | Comments

The mass appeal of mobile devices and the multiple screens they bring to consumers is driving the advertising and T-commerce markets and their evolving technologies and business models into uncharted waters. Content and service providers, along with many in the video delivery eco-system, are paying close attention to the advertising and commerce upsides in the blossoming multi-screen space.

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Accenture Expects Complex Future as IoT Flourishes

September 10, 2014 12:00 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

A recent study from Accenture shows that 69 percent of consumers are planning to buy an in-home device in the next five years. By the end of next year, a total of about 13 percent of consumers will own an in-home IoT device such as a thermostat or in-home security camera.

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SMW: BlackBerry’s John Sims Maps the Enterprise Road Ahead

September 9, 2014 10:30 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

John Sims hasn’t been with BlackBerry long but he goes way back with CEO John Chen. BlackBerry's president of global enterprise services is excited to be a part of Chen’s quest to rebuild BlackBerry. Ahead of his Day One CTIA talk outlining new mobile challenges for IT and the risks of not making mobility a boardroom-level priority, Sims spoke with us about his transition from SAP, BlackBerry’s focus on security and the evolving MDM space.

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