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ESPN, Showtime Launching OTT Services in 2015

November 7, 2014 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo, CED | Comments

ESPN is the latest channel announcing it is going to offer direct subscriptions next year, joining HBO and CBS. Separately, CBS said that its Showtime channel will also be available over the top (OTT) next year.

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Microsoft Teases First Rebranded Lumia

November 7, 2014 11:58 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Microsoft put up a new webpage teasing the imminent arrival of its first rebranded Lumia device. The site places “#morelumia” next to an image on an orange phone. Microsoft doesn’t offer much more detail but promises to reveal the device on...

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Amazon Echo App Extends to Smartphones, Tablets

November 7, 2014 11:11 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Amazon is introducing a voice-recognition service called Amazon Echo that comes with a speaker-like wireless device...                                         

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Sprint Takes Another $105M Charge on Layoffs

November 7, 2014 11:00 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Sprint disclosed that it’s taking another $105 million charge for severance and other costs related to its ongoing workforce reduction plan. The additional charge, coming during the quarter ending in September, is on top of...

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Symbian Actually Gained Share in the U.S.

November 7, 2014 10:25 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Although incremental, Symbian actually gained share among smartphone platforms in the U.S., according to Comscore’s latest numbers. After holding steady with 0.2 percent...                

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Microsoft Makes Office Apps Free for iOS

November 7, 2014 9:56 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The apps released Thursday, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, replace a limited iPhone version and upgrade a more powerful set of apps that the company released for iPad tablets in March.

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FirstNews Briefs: Defense Mobile, ORBCOMM, SkyWave, Anritsu, Vuzix

November 7, 2014 9:50 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Defense Mobile's new 4G LTE mobile network built exclusively for veterans, military service members and their families is now available at RadioShack locations nationwide. Individual and family plans are available with...

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Ericsson CEO Vertberg Not Worried About North America’s Slow 3Q

November 6, 2014 10:31 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

STOCKHOLM - Ericsson’s third-quarter earnings might have been hit slightly by a slowdown in...                                                          

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Qualcomm Profits Up as FTC Probe Looms, Shares Hammered

November 6, 2014 10:28 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

“The unfavorable resolution of one or more of these matters could have a material adverse effect on..."                                                                     

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FirstNews Briefs: MasterCard, adaptiv.io, NTT Docomo, Boingo Wireless

November 6, 2014 9:52 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Transaction Network Services (TNS), a portfolio company of Siris Capital Group since February 2013, has entered into an agreement to sell its Payment Gateway Services business to MasterCard for...           

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Lenovo 3Q Gets Boost from More Sales Outside China

November 6, 2014 8:34 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Lenovo, with headquarters in Beijing and in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is in the midst of a multibillion-dollar effort to expand beyond...                 

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New Malware Targets iPhone, Apple Products

November 6, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | Comments

WireLurker monitors devices connected by a USB cable to an infected computer and installs malicious applications onto the device. The malware steals a variety...              

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Emojis May Expand Skin Color Options

November 5, 2014 5:13 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A proposal to expand the skin color options for emojis may get the thumbs up from those calling for more diversity in the icons...                           

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New Google, LG Patent Deal Could Touch on Mobile, IoT

November 5, 2014 12:41 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

LG today announced it has entered a long-term cross-licensing agreement with Google covering a “broad range of products and technologies.”                                     

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Dish Optimistic Sprint, nTelos Fixed-Mobile Trials Will Be “Real Business”

November 5, 2014 12:28 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

During a Tuesday earnings call, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen said those trials and other opportunities have the satellite-TV provider well-positioned for...                                 

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