First News Briefs for September 14, 2012
Sprint will add to its Samsung Galaxy lineup on Sunday with the addition of the Galaxy Victory 4G LTE. The LTE device sports a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch touchscreen, NFC and front- and rear-facing cameras. The "powerful yet affordable" Android smartphone will go on sale for about $100 after $50 mail-in rebate and new two-year contract on Sept. 16.
U.S. Cellular plans to use Devicescape's Wi-Fi offload service for its Android smartphones. The Wi-Fi offload company said Thursday its software will be preloaded onto new U.S. Cellular phones. Phones already on the market will have access to the service through a free download.
Barclaycard US said yesterday it will be the latest credit card company to support Google Wallet. Its U.S. customers are now able to save their cards to Google Wallet from their online Barclaycard account. The mobile wallet service will initially be promoted to Barclaycard customers in its co-branded L.L. Bean and US Airways programs, with additional programs coming in the future.
Akamai Technologies has purchased FastSoft for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition of FastSoft, a maker of software that improves website performance, will bolster Akamai's video optimization offerings. FastSoft's employees will become part of Akamai's engineering group and will work at a facility in Pasadena, Calif. specializing in network protocols and optimization technology.