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MWC Day 3 Briefs: Eurotech, lark, Dialog Semiconductor, LitePoint, Telenity

February 26, 2014 3:08 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Eurotech, a leading supplier of embedded technologies, products and systems, today announces the ReliaCELL, a rugged, mountable cellular adapter designed to integrate with the Internet of Things (IoT), M2M and enterprise appliances for fast and highly-reliable cellular connectivity. 

IBM Offers Watson to Mobile Developers

February 26, 2014 2:26 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The company Wednesday launched the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, which seeks to facillitate the creation of mobile consumer and business apps powered by Watson. Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM, made the announcement during a keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. 

U.S. Cellular Struggles Amid Changing Competitive Environment

February 26, 2014 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Telephone and Data Systems (TDS), parent company of U.S. Cellular, said it won't provide a forecast for 2014 due in part to the "unprecedented number of actions related to pricing of service plans and devices, including device financing, announced by competitors in recent weeks." 

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MWC: BlackBerry Launches 2 New Phones, Upgrades Services

February 25, 2014 9:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry Tuesday unveiled a pair of new handsets, one of which is in keeping with CEO John Chen's committment to addressing emerging markets. The Canadian OEM unveiled a successor to the Q10, the BlackBerry Q20, which features...

MWC: Qualcomm Intros Pair of 64-Bit Chips, LTE-A Chip for Cars

February 24, 2014 3:59 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Qualcomm today took the wraps off a pair of new 64-bit processors, the Snapdragon 610 and 615. Both the 610 and 615 support LTE and join the recently announced Snapdragon 410 in Qualcomm’s 64-bit portfolio. The 610 performed quad-core processing while the 615 houses an octo-core solution.

MWC: Samsung Unveils Galaxy S5, Gear Fit Health Tracker

February 24, 2014 3:11 pm | News | Comments

After selling 200 million Galaxy devices to date, Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy S5 at the Unpacked 5 event at Mobile World Congress. Following a mini concert by the Barcelona Opera House chamber orchestra, Samsung CEO JK Shin emerged, standing in front of a huge screen displaying the four previous iterations of Galaxy flagship devices.

More Briefs from MWC: Nexmo, Ruckus Wireless, Keynote, Boingo, Telit

February 24, 2014 2:39 pm | News | Comments

Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain officially kicked off today. Here's a look at announcements coming out of the first day of the show, inlcuding news from Nexmo, Ruckus Wireless, Keynote, Boingo, and Telit Wireless Solutions. Stay tuned for more! 

MWC: U.S. Wireless Landscape Changes as Carriers Forego Subsidies

February 24, 2014 2:27 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

How's this for gall? Take away hundreds of dollars in subsidies that cellphone customers have enjoyed for years. Then pass it off as an improvement. The major U.S. wireless companies are doing just that. And many of their customers seem to like it.

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Samsung's New Smartwatches Have Fitness Features

February 24, 2014 10:59 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung's first Galaxy Gear smartwatch came out last fall amid much fanfare, but it landed with a thud in the marketplace. Samsung and its smartwatch rivals had failed to persuade many consumers that they need to be able to constantly check messages from their wrists. Wearable devices that succeeded tended to be fitness products such as the Fitbit.

MWC: AT&T Announces 13 New LTE Roaming Markets

February 24, 2014 10:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T said today that it has expanded its international LTE footprint to now include Spain, France, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, Guam, Hong Kong and Antigua & Barbuda. The company had previously announced roaming in Canada and the UK. 

MWC: Nokia X is an Android Device with a Windows Phone Look

February 24, 2014 10:26 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Nokia introduced three new low-cost smartphones—the Nokia X, X+ and XL—that are based on Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and look like modified Windows Phones. As rumored, Nokia took the Android plunge at Mobile World Congress with a trio of colorful dual-SIM handsets that start at approximately $122.

MWC: Mozilla Courts Developers with New Firefox OS Tools and Devices

February 24, 2014 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Following on a busy Mobile World Congress last year, Mozilla is again showcasing the evolution of its Firefox OS in Barcelona.  The company has announced a 4.5-inch dual-core reference phone, as well as a number of new tools for developers to create and test their designs for the Web-based mobile platform.

MWC: SanDisk Builds a Better iNAND Embedded Flash Drive

February 24, 2014 9:34 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

SanDisk Corporation today announced the next generation of its iNAND Extreme embedded flash drive. Showing up so far in capacities up to in 64GB, iNAND Extreme presents a new architecture designed to optimize performance on smartphones under more and more pressure from muscular processors, high-resolution cameras and strenuous applications like 4K video.

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Review: LoopWallet Bests NFC Alternatives, at Least for Now

February 19, 2014 2:22 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

The introduction of any new technology is almost always fraught with quirks and rough edges. When VHS and BetaMax first came out, snarled tape and long rewind times were to be expected. When CDs were first released, skipping on the new players was par for the course. Such is the case with mobile payments. 

Visa, MasterCard Offer More Phone Payment Options

February 19, 2014 10:09 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Visa and Mastercard announced separately on Wednesday, that they will give merchants and banks more options for incorporating NFC payment systems into their mobile apps. The hope is that the move will make it easier for more people to use their phones to pay for things. 

MWC: Why Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg Matter to the Wireless Industry

February 3, 2014 4:37 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Just three years ago, the name Facebook might have been filed under “Web-based” social networking service, conjuring pictures of a Facebook homescreen displayed on a desktop PC. Things have changed. It has most definitely taken Facebook awhile to realize its potential as a "mobile-first" company.

T-Mo Goes After Banking Fees with Mobile Money Product

January 22, 2014 9:27 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile Wednesday announced a new side project with the launch of a personal finance and mobile payments service. The company calls the new project Mobile Money by T-Mobile. The service includes a combination of smartphone money management applications designed for use with a re-loadable T-Mobile Visa Prepaid Card.

Ex-Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha to Take Reins at GlobalFoundries

January 8, 2014 12:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

GlobalFoundries, a semiconductor foundry, today announced that its board hired Sanjay Jha as its new CEO. Jha was formerly CEO of Motorola's handset division prior to the smarpthone maker being bought by Google. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer for Qualcomm.  

Flurry: Turkey Day Gives App Use a Boost

December 6, 2013 10:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sitting around at home over the holidays is no longer about playing pinochle with Aunt Gertie. People now have smartphones, and a bevy of time-killing apps installed on them to while away the hours.App analytics firm Flurry today released...

Apple Guides Shoppers Inside Stores with iBeacon

December 6, 2013 9:18 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

On Friday, Apple Inc. will begin using iBeacon technology at its 254 U.S. stores to send you messages about products, events and other information — tailored to where you are inside, provided you have downloaded the Apple Store app and have given Apple permission to track you.

Apple's iOS Accounts for 28% of Online Traffic on Black Friday

December 2, 2013 9:50 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

What would a Black Friday report be if it didn't compare iOS and Android? According to IBM's Black Friday Benchmark report, Apple iOS traffic reached 28.2 percent of all online traffic, compared to 11.4 percent for Android, and iOS sales reached 18.1 percent of all online sales, compared to 3.5 percent for Android.

Groupon Trims 3Q Loss, Revenue Lags Street View

November 8, 2013 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Groupon Inc. whittled its losses during the third quarter, but weak revenue growth underscored the challenges facing the online daily deal service as it tries to morph into a more comprehensive destination for Internet bargain hunters. As part of its expansion efforts, Groupon announced Thursday...

Holiday Season 2013: Capitalizing on Mobile and the Cloud

November 6, 2013 11:13 am | by Michael Masterson, Director, Solution Strategy, Compuware APM Business Unit | Articles | Comments

As consumers flock to the mobile web en masse over the next few months, not only will companies — particularly those in online retail and travel — experience more mobile web traffic, but traffic spikes will also become more unpredictable.

MobileCon Panel Wonders If NFC is For Real

October 17, 2013 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon CEO Dan Mead encouraged a “really candid” discussion when he hosted a Mobile Commerce Panel Wednesday at MobileCon. Joining him onstage was Isis CEO Michael Abbott CEO Isis, American Express Group President for Enterprise Growth Dan Schulman and Jamba Juice CEO James White.

CTIA Adds 7 New Members to 2014 Board of Directors

October 16, 2013 4:18 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

CTIA today announced its 38-member board at its final standalone MobileCon conference in San Diego. CTIA is in the process of transitioning from 2 shows a year to just one Super Mobility week. The first edition of that event will be held in Sept. of next year in Las Vegas. 

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