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Apple Issues iOS 8 Workaround, Says 8.0.2 Coming in Few Days

September 25, 2014 10:10 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Apple released a workaround for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners who lost cellular connectivity or Touch ID functionality due to the 8.0.1 update. The company posted instructions on how those affected can revert their devices back to iOS 8 and said that 8.0.2 will be released in the “next few days.”

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FirstNews Briefs: Garmin, TriQuint, Ruckus, BluVision, Axesstel

September 25, 2014 9:20 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Garmin International Inc. announced Connect IQ, an open platform for third-party developers to create apps for Garmin products. The software development kit leverages the technology that Garmin is known for, with an emphasis on low power consumption, extended battery life and connectivity to smartphones and peripheral sensors through Bluetooth low energy (BLE) and ANT+.

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Apple Pulls Back iOS 8.0.1 Update

September 24, 2014 3:55 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Apple has already pulled back the iOS 8.0.1 update after complaints surfaced about the software tweak causing issues with cellular service and Touch ID. The update was sent out to address a number of early bugs with iOS 8, primarily critical flaws in HealthKit, the company’s new fitness-tracking application.

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BlackBerry Officially Unveils Square-Screen Passport

September 24, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

The Passport’s 4.5-inch Gorilla Glass 3 screen has a 1:1 aspect ratio and a 1440x1440 pixel (453 dpi) resolution. Inside its packing a big 3450 mAh battery and a huge 4GB of RAM. It also features 32GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, and a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor.

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Report: Verizon Pushing Ahead with Tower Sale

September 24, 2014 11:09 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Wednesday's Bloomberg report follows on comments that CFO Fran Shammo made at an investment conference recently, when he confirmed that Verizon was looking into its options with regards to its towers.                                                             

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T-Mo Taps Ericsson for Next Phase of LTE Deployments

September 24, 2014 10:42 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

T-Mobile has tapped Ericsson to help in the next phase of its LTE deployments. According to a press release, Ericsson has been selected to provide equipment and services to help T-Mobile improve...                                                        

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Samsung Gear S Coming to All Major U.S. Carriers

September 24, 2014 10:37 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Samsung announced its Gear S will be coming to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon “this fall.” The company previously revealed that its newest smartwatch would start selling across global markets in phases beginning in October.

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Note 4 Beats iPhone 6 to China

September 24, 2014 10:00 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Samsung's early move in China comes as the South Korean company faces challenges on multiple fronts. Its profit from the crucial mobile business has flagged and local brands in India and China have dented its sales of cheap phones.

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FirstNews Briefs: IBM, Micronet Enertec, Verizon, Alcatel-Lucent, ZTE

September 24, 2014 9:52 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

IBM today announced it is working with Bancroft, a major provider of specialized services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to manage a cloud-based educational program. Staff and students can now access a library of more than 300 educational and clinical apps via an iPad more securely.

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Report: iPhone 6 Plus Garners Huge Margins for Apple

September 23, 2014 4:32 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

According to a new report from IHS iSuppli, the bill of materials (BOM) for the iPhone 6 equipped with 16GB of memory amounts to $200.10 with manufacturing costs, while the BOM on the iPhone 6 Plus amounts to...                                                                                  

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Rural Carriers, MVNOs Gearing Up for iPhone 6 Launches

September 23, 2014 11:04 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

A second wave of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launches is coming Sept. 26 to rural and Tier 2 carriers along with MVNOs. NTelos announced it will begin selling Apple’s two new phones Friday and will start pricing out at $150 for the 16GB iPhone 6 and $250 for the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus, $50 less than where most major carriers start their on-contract pricing for the devices.

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Ozzie's Talko Seeks to Bring Voices Back to Phones

September 23, 2014 10:06 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones. His mission began more than two years ago as Ozzie noticed people were increasingly communicating through texts, emails and social media posts instead of calling each other.

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Ericsson Buys Majority Stake in Apcera

September 23, 2014 9:52 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Apcera was founded in 2012 and is based in San Francisco. Apcera is the creator and provider of Continuum, an IT PaaS that enables enterprises to securely and transparently control the allocation and consumption of IT resources on premise and in the cloud. 

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AT&T, Mojio Seek to Connect Even 'Dumb' Cars

September 23, 2014 9:40 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

The Mojio solution is a cellular device that plugs into any car’s onboard diagnostic port, which then connects to AT&T's network. The device will allow car owners to locate their vehicle, or monitor and diagnose their car from their iOS or Android smartphone.

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FirstNews Briefs: Interop, Neustar, Syniverse, PCTEL

September 23, 2014 9:34 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Interop Technologies, a provider of core wireless solutions for advanced messaging, over-the-air handset management, policy control, and connectivity gateways, announced the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 8,856,356 covering the deployment of rich communication services without any reliance on underlying IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) architecture.

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