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Senate Kills Bill Aimed at Curbing NSA Powers

November 19, 2014 9:48 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | Comments

The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's...

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FirstNews Briefs: SanDisk, Telefónica, MobiTV, Johnson Health Tech, C Spire

November 19, 2014 9:38 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

SanDisk Corporation today announced that the company’s venture arm, SanDisk Ventures, has invested in Altair Semiconductor, a developer of single-mode LTE chipsets. Altair’s products bring 4G LTE Internet connectivity to tablets, netbooks, USB dongles, portable hotspots, fixed routers and modems, machine-to-machine applications and other devices.

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Facebook Creates App Especially for Groups

November 19, 2014 9:33 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Facebook is launching a new free mobile app for its popular Groups feature that lets users create and interact with communities on the site, whether they're based...                  

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WhatsApp Seeks to Evade Surveillance with High-End Encryption

November 19, 2014 9:26 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

WhatsApp, the globally popular instant messaging system owned by Facebook, has begun using a powerful new encryption program aimed at protecting...                

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Qualcomm, Ericsson Hit 450 Mbps with CA Tests

November 18, 2014 4:12 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

 The testing produced download speeds of 450 Mbps, using a Qualcomm modem and Ericsson LTE-A network infrastructure.                          

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Samsung Slashing Smartphone Portfolio

November 18, 2014 10:59 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Samsung next year will reduce the number of smartphone models it releases by about 25-30 percent. It’s unclear exactly how many models will be affected but...                          

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Sprint CMO Responsible for “Framily” Leaving Company

November 18, 2014 10:19 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has announced the departure of Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Hallock, the executive responsible for Sprint’s much-maligned Framily plans and ensuing ad campaign.            

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FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Cisco, Fujitsu, The Hunt

November 18, 2014 10:13 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

AT&T has received approval from Mexico's Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) for the Company's proposed acquisition of DIRECTV. It was previously announced that the deal received approval in...                

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Smartwatches to Put Dent in Fitness Tracker Market

November 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

According to a new report from Gartner, by 2015 50 Percent of people in the market for smart wristband will choose...                            

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Cisco's New Project Squared Brings Collaboration to Mobile

November 18, 2014 9:52 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Called "Project Squared" the new platform allows for everything from simultaneous video and text conferencing to...                                

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Nokia Unveils New 8-inch Android tablet

November 18, 2014 9:22 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | Comments

Just months after selling its ailing handsets unit to Microsoft, the Finnish company is planning to bring its brand back to consumers with a new...                  

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Apple, Google Push for Passage of Freedom Act

November 17, 2014 4:45 pm | by Andrew Berg | Comments

In an open letter to the Senate, the companies asked that the USA Freedom Act be passed in order to prevent the bulk collection of...                           

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AT&T Bumps Up 10GB Shared Plan, Offers Free International Messaging

November 17, 2014 3:18 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

AT&T today announced it’s increasing the bucket size for its 10GB Mobile Share plan and also offering free international messaging. Beginning tomorrow, AT&T will raise the data allowance for its...    

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Report: North America Growing on Subscribers with Multiple Devices

November 17, 2014 11:48 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Ericsson on Monday dumped its massive cache of mobile stats via the company's annual Mobility Report, and North America actually...                 

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Apple Now Accepting China's UnionPay for App Store Purchases

November 17, 2014 10:33 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, said in a statement that the ability to pay with UnionPay has been one of the most requested...                    

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