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General Wireless Closes Acquisition of RadioShack

July 1, 2015 10:36 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

General Wireless acquired 1,743 RadioShack stores back in April, and Sprint has announced its "The Sprint Store at RadioShack" partnership with the new RadioShack that will allow it to sell its service and devices at the stores. 

Sprint Kills $50 Plan in Favor of $80 “All-In” Unlimited Offering

June 30, 2015 10:04 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

With David Beckham as the spokesperson in a new series of commercials, Sprint is offering an $80...

Supreme Court Rejects Google Appeal in Dispute with Oracle

June 29, 2015 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The justices said Monday they won't review an appeals court ruling that said software maker...

Box, IBM Partner on New Enterprise Solutions

June 24, 2015 9:49 am | by Andrew Berg, Executive Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The news marks an expansion of IBM's existing partnerships. In July of last year, IBM announced...

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U.S. Justice Dept. Signs Off on Nokia-Alcatel-Lucent Merger

June 17, 2015 11:44 am | by Ben Munson, Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The U.S. Justice Department has granted early termination of the antitrust waiting period for the proposed merger...            

Report: Alcatel-Lucent CEO heading to Altice

June 11, 2015 10:56 am | by Ben Munson, CED | News | Comments

According to Reuters, which cites a Challenges magazine report, Combes will join Altice in September—following the July 15 closure date for the Nokia-ALU—and focus on growing the company’s telecoms group in Europe.

EU Scrutinizes Amazon's e-Book Business over Antitrust Concerns

June 11, 2015 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's executive branch has launched an antitrust investigation into online retailer Amazon over its distribution of e-books, which have become...

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Intel Buys Altera for $16.7B as Chip Industry Consolidation Heats Up

June 2, 2015 10:16 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Intel intends for the acquisition to help facilitate its migration into data center and Internet of Things (IoT) markets.                 

Google Revamps Security, Privacy Controls

June 1, 2015 10:20 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Google is offering a "Privacy Checkup and Security Checkup," which includes a step-by-step guide through a user's settings. Users can then manage the information that...

Google Making Progress on Project Loon

June 1, 2015 9:47 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Mike Cassidy, vice president of Project Loon for Google, said that the project is progressing to the point that it could be ready for commercial deployment as soon as...

Google Unveils New 'Android M' Operating System

May 28, 2015 3:41 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Most of the renovations unveiled Thursday at Google's annual developers' conference won't be available until late summer or early fall, around the same time that Apple is expected to release the latest overhaul of the iOS software...

Hyundai First to Market with Android Auto Connected Car Platform

May 26, 2015 11:26 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Android Auto incorporates smartphone features like navigation into the vehicle’s built-in display.                                          

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Google’s Project Fi Won’t Fully Roll Out Until Mid-Summer

May 22, 2015 10:10 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

In an email sent late Thursday, Google said that given the number of requests it’s received...                                                  

Google Developing IoT Platform Under Android Brand

May 22, 2015 7:52 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Such a platform could put Google in direct competition with Samsung, which currently connects everything from smartwatches to refrigerators.

New PayPal CEO Promises Renewed Focus on Mobile

May 22, 2015 7:32 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

PayPal will be spinning off from parent company eBay later this year at a time when it's facing new competitive challenges. Alibaba, Amazon and even Facebook are promoting online payment systems, while Apple Pay and...

Alcatel-Lucent Has Upbeat 1Q, Warns of Soft North American Market

May 7, 2015 4:05 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The company reported an operating income of $92.4 million, well up from the $37.2 million it posted in the year-ago quarter.                                                 

Say Hello to Project Fi and Say Goodbye to Google Voice Features

May 6, 2015 10:36 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

However, Project Fi customers will be able to keep voicemail greeting, voicemails, texts and history.                                                                                                             

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Googling on Mobile Devices Surpasses PCs in US for 1st Time

May 6, 2015 9:38 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google's influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology's shift to smartphones.                                                                                                     

Comcast Earnings Show Heavy Lean Towards Broadband

May 4, 2015 9:20 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The advent of streaming TV is reshaping the cable industry. It is slowly dripping video subscribers while Netflix adds more, and several online TV alternatives have...

Apple, IBM Partner to Help Japanese Seniors with Their iPads

April 30, 2015 11:24 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The companies are working with Japan Post Group to improve and streamline access to iOS native apps like FaceTime and iCloud...                                                                               

Nokia Shares Off 10% on 1Q Networks Decline

April 30, 2015 10:04 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said in a statement that he remains confident in the company's "lean operating model" and the current strength of its portfolio to boost Nokia Networks going forward. 

The Comcast-Time Warner Merger Died so OTT Video Could Live

April 24, 2015 1:54 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | Blogs | Comments

It could be that in 30 years OTT mobile video will grow into something as generally despised as today’s cable model and the companies that prop it up.                                                       

Amazon Leans Heavily on Cloud Services in 1Q

April 24, 2015 9:19 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon Web Services is a suite of products and services offered to businesses by way of the "cloud," remote servers that enable users to access applications on any machine with an Internet connection.

Google Investors Gain Confidence on Solid 1Q

April 24, 2015 9:03 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Investors were encouraged by a healthy gain in the number of people looking at Google's ads, even as the average prices for those marketing messages extended a three-and-half year slump. 

Google’s Project Fi Mobile Phone Service is Here

April 22, 2015 2:26 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Google is now accepting invite requests for Project Fi.                                                                                                                                         

Report: Google’s Phone Service Will Only Charge for the Data You Use

April 22, 2015 10:22 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The report also cites unnamed sources who say Google’s foray into mobile service could be announced as soon as Wednesday.                                                                                

Yahoo's 1Q Disappoints, but Stock Rises on Yahoo Japan Hopes

April 22, 2015 9:37 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Yahoo disclosed Tuesday that it already has trimmed its workforce by 1,100 people during the first three months of the year to ...                                                                                   

Tuesdays with Roger: Google's MVNO Will Make Everyone Look Bad

April 21, 2015 9:00 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

As more details emerge about Google's forthcoming MVNO, speculation about the impact the tech giant's endeavor could have on the wireless industry has heated up.                                             

Google Ads Wi-Fi Support for Android Wear Watches

April 20, 2015 10:53 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Google said it is also working to make it easier to use app on the watch. The company has announced new gesture controls, such as flicking a wrist to...

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