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The New Wireless Battleground: Carrier Wi-Fi

July 24, 2014 | by Dr. Derek Peterson, Chief Technology Officer, Boingo Wireless | Comments

A recent New Street Research study found that the share of U.S. smartphone data traffic traveling over Wi-Fi increased from 15 to 63 percent between 2011 and 2013, and a recent Comcast survey found that consumers would choose Wi-Fi over free food at retail locations. 

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Microsoft Refines Design Philosophy for New Devices

July 21, 2014 4:56 pm | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Comments

With minimal market share in both tablets and phones, Microsoft has its work cut out for it. Yet a focus on design over compatibility under new CEO Satya Nadella means Microsoft can make products and services for non-Windows platforms, such as Apple's iOS and Google's Android, and still retain the look, feel and functionality of the Microsoft brand.

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Google Glass Could Offer Sports Fans First-Person Perspective

June 30, 2014 10:28 am | by Jay Cohen, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Your favorite team is playing for the title, and you are in the middle of the field. You have a ticket in the very top row for an NBA playoff game, and a courtside seat. The referees are reviewing a big play in the final seconds, and you are right there in front of them.

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The LG G3’s Brilliant Quad HD Display is a Sight to Behold

June 27, 2014 3:33 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

We were lucky enough to get our hands on an LG G3 well before it’s even been announced for U.S. release. The unit LG sent over for review is a Korean version, so there’s no cellular connection and that makes it tough to write a full review. But then quality isn’t what we want to talk about anyway: the main attraction of the G3 is the quad HD display.

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App Watch: Facebook's Slingshot for Fleeting Posts

June 18, 2014 4:58 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is taking another stab at ephemeral mobile messaging with an app called Slingshot. The app is designed to appeal to fans of Snapchat and other messaging apps that let people send self-destructing messages to friends. Slingshot draws inevitable comparisons to Snapchat. Facebook even tried to buy Snapchat's maker — for $3 billion, according to published reports. But there are some key differences between the two.

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Samsung Gear 2 Review

June 18, 2014 10:46 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

The Gear 2 is a strong step up from its hurried and much-maligned predecessor and the functionality, though limited, works like it’s supposed to. For those pairing it up with an unwieldy phablet, this will be a relief. But the lack of apps and likelihood of waning interest in all features except the notifications, weather, alarm and clock means the Gear 2 might begin to outweigh the trouble it takes to charge it.

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Cell Towers Go Stealth with More Sophisticated Camoflauge

June 13, 2014 9:49 am | by Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press | Comments

So-called stealth cellphone towers have been around for more than two decades and appear to be growing in popularity. They have been concealed in a wide variety of ways, including in a stop sign in New Orleans, a pine tree in Kinnelon, New Jersey, and a water tower in San Dimas, California.

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Connected Cars: Driving a World of New Mobility

June 12, 2014 9:01 am | by Lars Thyroff, Head of Automotive, Gemalto | Comments

Today, we are only scratching the surface of the power of connected car technology to improve our way of living and provide new revenue streams. A new breed of connectivity solutions and services does more than just enable connected car technology – it delivers increased safety, improved performance and a more enjoyable driving experience in the smart mobility world of tomorrow.

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IoT Summit Seeks Balance Between Being Cautious and Not Falling Behind

June 11, 2014 4:57 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

In an effort to establish a pathway toward higher IoT acceptance that balances respect for consumer trepidation while pacing the speed of innovation, TRUSTe is launching the Internet of Things Privacy Summit. The July 10 event will draw speakers including McAfee CPO Michelle Dennedy, Intuit CPO Barbara Lawler, and Future of Privacy Forum Executive Director Jules Polonetsky.

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The Top 5 Mobile Video KPIs for Operators

June 11, 2014 2:38 pm | by Jay Hinman – Head of B2B Marketing, Opera Software | Comments

When an operator needs to dig into what users are actually doing on their networks, there are a number of key performance indicators (KPIs) that’ll let them know whether their customers are having a pain-free video viewing experience – or if they’re suffering from excessive video buffering, stalling and long start times. 

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Semantics Aside, IoT Offers Huge Possibilities

June 11, 2014 1:39 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Granted, IDC defines IoT broadly, as a "network of networks of uniquely identifiable endpoints (or "things") that communicate without human interaction using IP connectivity – be it 'locally' or globally." But perhaps the that kind of obtuse definition only speaks to the impermanence of the term and not the underlying technologies that are driving the market for these types of solutions.

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App Watch: New Instagram Tools Make Pics Pop

June 11, 2014 9:39 am | by Mae Anderson, Associated Press | Comments

When Instagram gave its app 10 new editing tools last week, I was apprehensive. Sure, these tools give me more controls, the types available with more sophisticated editing apps. But I don't want to see the simplicity of Instagram go away.

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Ups and Downs of Mobile Cloud Services

June 4, 2014 10:15 am | by Pavel Andreev, Quality Assurance Team Lead, A1QA | Comments

The issue of acceptable application functioning is becoming more and more essential within the mobile testing industry. Various platforms, operating systems, screen sizes and mobile devices complicate the process of app adaptation and cause new issues. As a result, mobile cloud services are becoming a more popular option for mobile device testing.

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Does Mobile Have a Seat at Your Boardroom Table?

June 2, 2014 10:05 am | by Rich Esposito, General Manager, IBM Mobility Services | Comments

The impact that mobile devices are having today is perhaps best exhibited by the consumer, who is turning to these devices to shop, interact with friends and conduct business. Case in point, on Cyber Monday, mobile sales accounted for more than 17 percent of total online sales, an increase of just over 55 percent year-over-year. 

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Apple's Beats Buy Is Two-Sided for Music Streaming

May 30, 2014 10:26 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Comments

Streaming-music companies like Beats Music, which charge users up to $10 a month, can sometimes pay as much as 70 percent of their revenue in artist royalty fees. That leaves little left for advertising and promotional campaigns to explain to consumers the benefits of paying for a music service.

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Alcatel-Lucent Talks About Push for Multi-Vendor VNPaaS

May 8, 2014 3:32 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent, Fujitsu and NTT are working together to show off a proof of concept for a new Virtual Network Platform as a Service (VNPaaS). Guy Shemesh, with Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand team, talked with Wireless Week about how NTT Labs put the focus for the platform on openness customization. The idea is to create an industry initiative as opposed to a single-vendor push while addressing the Japanese market’s demand for customization.

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