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Report: Iliad to Improve or Drop T-Mobile Bid by mid-October

September 22, 2014 10:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Iliad will either improve or drop its bid to buy T-Mobile by mid-October, according to Reuters. The French carrier is reportedly in talks with several U.S. banks and existing lenders HSBC and BNP Paribas to improve its $33 per share bid for 56.6 percent of T-Mobile.

Samsung May Launch First Tizen Phone in India

September 22, 2014 9:58 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., which faces a slowdown in...

Apple: 10 Million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Sold

September 22, 2014 9:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6...

AT&T Sees the Body Becoming the Hub for Wearables

September 19, 2014 1:49 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Aside from doubts about smartphones being able to...

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Launch Day: iPhone Fans Queue Up for new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

September 19, 2014 11:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

I had time to hold both phones, and while tempting, the iPhone 6 Plus is probably not going to appeal to as wide an audience as the iPhone 6. An informal survey of most of the people that I was standing in line with indicated that they would be opting for the smaller model. 

Yahoo Rakes in Another Jackpot from Alibaba's IPO

September 19, 2014 10:04 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The latest windfall will be delivered with Alibaba's record-setting IPO completed late Thursday, which is expected raise up to $25 billion for the e-commerce company and its early backers. Alibaba's shares will begin trading for the first time on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange.

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, IBM, Qorvo, BigMarker, EXFO

September 19, 2014 9:47 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T and IBM are extending AT&T NetBond services to the SoftLayer platform. This extension of the IBM and AT&T alliance will allow businesses to create hybrid-computing solutions. AT&T Virtual Private Network (VPN) customers can use AT&T NetBond to connect their IT infrastructure to SoftLayer's cloud services. The service allows customers to benefit from secure connections.

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Qualcomm Releases AR SDK for Gear VR, Epson, BDG

September 18, 2014 5:42 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO – Qualcomm released an SDK for its Vuforia augmented reality (AR) platform. The Vuforia SDK for Digital Eyewear is designed specifically to work with Samsung’s Oculus-powered Gear VR, the Epson Moverio BT-200, and the ODG R-7.

Facebook Using LTE Broadcast to Streamline App Updates

September 18, 2014 3:14 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Jay Parikh, vice president of infrastructure at Facebook, said that in terms of helping support the frequent updates to Facebook’s mobile platform, Parikh saw LTE Broadcast as uniquely equipped to handle the massive amounts of data transmission that goes along with that process.

Qualcomm Outs General Availability of LTE Broadcast SDK

September 18, 2014 3:06 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

During his keynote at Qualcomm’s annual Uplinq developer conference, CEO Steve Mollenkopf said network operators are using the LTE Broadcast SDK in combination with Qualcomm’s middleware in order to build applications. He added that 30-plus developers are working with the SDK today.

Apple Pulls HealthKit Apps Over iOS 8 Bug

September 18, 2014 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apps like MyFitnessPal and CARROT Fit, which had released updates that would work with HealthKit, were forced to pull those apps. Apple said that it expects new versions of those apps that will connect with HealthKit to be available by the end of the month. 

Alibaba Sets Sights on Global Market, Major Players

September 18, 2014 11:06 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

As Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba readies what could be the biggest initial public offering ever on the New York Stock Exchange, it is quietly hinting at plans to expand into the U.S. The company controls nearly 80 percent of all e-commerce in China, and founder and chairman Jack Ma has ambitions that go beyond the country's borders.

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Verizon Expands XLTE to 22 New Markets

September 18, 2014 10:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon today announced that it is expanding XLTE to 22 new markets. After substantially completing its nationwide LTE buildout on 700 MHz, Verizon began supplementing that with an AWS LTE deployment. The carrier is promising XLTE will deliver double the LTE bandwidth and faster peak speeds.

BlackBerry Offering BBM Money to iOS, Android Users in Indonesia

September 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry today announced it will begin offering BBM Money, its secure mobile payments platform, to Android and iOS users in Indonesia. The expansion comes after the service was initially launched in early 2013 for BlackBerry users. BBM Money allows users to make secure payments at participating retailers and online.

Apple Creates Privacy Website Ahead of iPhone Launch

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

"We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers," Cook Wrote. "We don’t “monetize” the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we don’t read your email or your messages to get information to market to you. Our software and services are designed to make our devices better. Plain and simple."

Review: iOS Offers Whole New Features Set

September 18, 2014 9:03 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Many iPhone owners also have iPads and Mac computers, and family members are likely to have Apple devices, too. With the new iOS 8 software for iPhones and iPads, those devices start to act like one. Apps on those devices start to unite, too.

SmartWatch, Episode 19: How the Carriers are Pushing the iPhone 6!

September 17, 2014 3:22 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we buy into the hype with a big, meaty bite of the iPhone 6 launch. We’ll take a look at how the carriers are pricing Cupertino’s new device and what they’ll give you for that shabby old antique in your pocket. 

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AT&T Interested in South-of-the-Border Opportunities

September 17, 2014 9:57 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"If we weren’t looking at Mexico and Latin America more broadly, what opportunities there were to further shareholder returns down there and begin to diversify our revenue sources, I think we would be asleep at the wheel," Stankey said, "and we’re not historically known to do that. So, yeah, we are intrigued by it."

Regulation Hits Self-Driving Cars in California

September 17, 2014 9:38 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

The permits formally regulate testing that is already was underway. Google alone is closing in on 1 million miles. The technology giant has bet heavily on the vehicles, which navigate using sophisticated sensors and detailed maps.

Album Releases and Mobile Events Don’t Mix

September 16, 2014 2:16 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

How many more artists must cash in credibility to hitch their wagon to a smartphone star? How many more manufacturers must package inessential music with their hero phones? The answer remains unclear but until the practice stops, complaints about unauthorized downloads and privacy invasion will continue to steal some thunder from perfectly good smartphones.

Apple Releases Tool to Remove Free U2 Album

September 16, 2014 11:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple has released a special tool that lets people remove the album from their collections.

AT&T Deploying Unified Communication Platform for Shell

September 16, 2014 10:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T and Shell today agreed to a five-year deal that will see the carrier migrate more than 150,000 Shell employees over to a new unified communication platform. The platform will incorporate instant messaging, voice, web and video conferencing into one interface available across desktops, tablets and smartphones. Voice and file sharing will be agnostic across most major desktop and mobile operating systems.

Sprint Offers Businesses 20GB for $90, $300 Switching Credit

September 16, 2014 10:46 am | News | Comments

Sprint introduced new Business Share Plans and the carrier is offering customers up to $300 to switch over from other carriers. Under Sprint’s new plans, businesses can share 20GB of data across 10 lines for $90 a month. The buckets top out at $675 a month for 200GB and 60 lines. Smartphone device charges run $35 for subsidized phones and $15 for unsubsidized.

Softcard Nabs Subway as National Mobile Payment Partner

September 16, 2014 10:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Softcard today announced that Subway will start accepting Softcard NFC-based mobile payments. Beginning Oct. 1, more than 26,000 Subway locations nationwide will allow customers to pay with their mobile devices. In a few months after the initial launch, the Subway Cards Rewards Program will be integrated with Softcard.

'Minecraft' Could Boost Microsoft's Mobile Reach

September 16, 2014 9:38 am | by Mae Anderson and Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writers | Articles | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. But the move carries risks, as gamers can be fickle. Although the Lego-like multiplayer game is currently the top paid app for the iPhone and Android devices in the U.S., today's popular hit could be tomorrow's dud.

Apple Wows with Sept. 9 iPhone 6, Apple Watch Unveiling

September 15, 2014 4:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | Videos | Comments

On Sept. 9, Apple unveiled its hotly anticipated new iPhones, as well as the forthcoming Apple Watch. The company is now dealing long lines and short supply as consumers rush pre-order. In case you missed the live keynote, be sure to check it out here in its entirety.     

Sprint Prepaid Revamps Pricing

September 15, 2014 11:02 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint Prepaid, the carrier’s official prepaid brand, has realigned its pricing to mirror rates at its Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile brands. Sprint Prepaid’s new three tiers all offer unlimited talk and text. The $35 plan features 1GB of data, the $45 plan features 3GB of data, and the $65 offering features 6GB of data. 

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, RadioShack, Spirent, ZTE, E-Plus

September 15, 2014 10:17 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

RadioShack Corporation today announced the appointment of Holly F. Etlin as interim chief financial officer, replacing John Feray.  Mr. Feray resigned on September 12, 2014, citing personal reasons. Ms. Etlin, a managing director of AlixPartners and longtime RadioShack advisor, served as RadioShack's interim CFO from July 2013 to February 2014.

Apple iPhone 6 Pre-Orders Exceed Supply

September 15, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Phones will be available on a walk-in basis beginning Friday at Apple retail stores. Both phones will also be available beginning Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and other carriers and other authorized Apple resellers.

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