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Europe Loosening In-Flight Cell Phone Rules

September 29, 2014 9:38 am | by David Rising, Associated Press | Comments

"We're basically opening the door where, in theory, you'll be able to continue making your phone call through the gate throughout the flight ... like you would on a train," spokesman Ilias Maragakis told The Associated Press.                

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Lenovo Gets Approval for Acquisition of IBM Server Business

September 29, 2014 9:23 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

The latest acquisition includes IBM's System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations.                  

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FirstNews Briefs: Novatel, US Cellular, Polar, Devicescape

September 26, 2014 10:54 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Novatel Wireless today announced the launch of the new Verizon Jetpack Mobile Hotspot 4G LTE/XLTE MiFi(R) 6620L. Availability starts September 29 online at and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, October 2 for $49.99, after a mail-in rebate debit card with a two-year contract.

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GSMA Summit Focuses on M2M Challenges, Opportunities

September 26, 2014 10:11 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

"We had predicted anywhere from 190 to 250 million M2M connections this year," Peterson noted, citing a stat that points to a doubling in the percentage of total connections that M2M accounted for over 2010. "To double that in three years is kind of unheard of." 

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Amid Passport Launch, BlackBerry Posts $207 Million Loss

September 26, 2014 9:35 am | by Andrew Berg | Comments

Revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 was $916 million, which broken out included approximately 46 percent for hardware, 46 percent for services and 8 percent for software and other revenue. Analyst consensus was more in line with $940 million in revenue for the quarter. 

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Intel Ponies Up $1.5B for Mobile Venture in China

September 26, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press | Comments

This is Intel's second corporate team-up targeting mobile chips in the past year. In May, Intel announced it would cooperate with another Chinese chipmaker, Rockchip, to use Intel chips in low-cost tablet computers running the Android operating system.

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Analysis: Apple's Response to Problems Critical

September 26, 2014 9:07 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

As the giant tech company scrambled to fix a software glitch that left some of its new iPhones unable to make calls, some analysts said Thursday that Apple is doing the right thing by...                                                              

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Apple Stock Falls Amid New iPhone Glitches

September 25, 2014 2:50 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's stock fell nearly 3 percent on Thursday, after some customers complained that a software update interfered with voice calls on their new iPhones, while others noted that the larger iPhone model could be vulnerable to bending. The stock decline led a broader decline in technology shares.

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Samsung, BlackBerry Poke Apple Over Bending iPhone 6 Plus

September 25, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | Comments

Samsung Thursday fired off a tweet capitalizing on Apple’s bendable iPhone 6 Plus troubles while touting its own Galaxy Note Edge. “Curved. Not bent” the tweet reads above an image of Samsung’s upcoming Note 4 iteration with a screen that curves around the side bezel and shows notifications.

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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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