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Burger King Launching AT&T Wi-Fi in All U.S. Locations

April 16, 2014 10:28 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Burger King today announced it is putting AT&T’s Wi-Fi Ready Zone access points in all of its U.S. locations. Blessed with the tasty name “Whopper Wi-Fi,” the AT&T hotspots are promising an “easier to use and more robust experience” for Burger King customers.

Yahoo's 1Q Highlighted by Alibaba, Modest Ad Gains

April 16, 2014 9:37 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Yahoo is prospering from its lucrative investments in Asia while the Internet company's listless advertising sales are picking up, if ever so slightly, under CEO Marissa Mayer. The positive signs in the Yahoo's first-quarter report overshadowed a 20 percent decline in the company's earnings during the opening three months of the year.

Intel Revenue Climbs Amid Shift to Mobile Devices

April 16, 2014 9:35 am | by Barabara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Intel's earnings fell in the first three months of the year amid a continued slump in the worldwide PC market, but revenue grew slightly because of solid demand for tablet processors and its data center services. Intel Corp. is the world's largest maker of microprocessors, which act as the "brains" of computers.

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Analyst: Dearth of Hero Phones Could Net $50-$100 “iPhone 6” Price Hike

April 15, 2014 10:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple might be able to leverage a $50 to $100 price hike for its upcoming “iPhone 6” given the lack of headline-grabbing smartphones hitting the market in 2015. Jeffries analyst Peter Misek said that the current state of smartphone saturation and low differentiation could mean the next iPhone, rumored to be significantly bigger, could be a big enough blockbuster that Apple can force carriers to bow to raised prices.

BlackBerry Takes QNX to Healthcare With NantHealth Investment

April 15, 2014 10:31 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While financial details of the investment were not provided, BlackBerry said in a statement that the two companies intend to collaborate on the development of HIPAA and other government privacy certified, integrated clinical systems for medical care.  

Motorola Solutions Sells Enterprise Business to Zebra for $3.45B

April 15, 2014 10:04 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Zebra Technologies is a provider of barcode and enterprise printing, asset tracking, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, and motion and location sensing. The combined Zebra Technologies with Motorola’s Enterprise business would have had pro-forma sales in 2013 of approximately $3.5 billion. 

Google to Use Drones to Improve Wireless Broadband Coverage

April 15, 2014 9:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google Monday announced its acquisition of Titan Aerospace, a high-altitude drone company, which it plans to integrate with its on-going Project Loon initiative, according to the Wall Street Journal. Through Project Loon, Google is deploying large balloons in order to relay wireless signals.

Review: Siri-like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap

April 15, 2014 9:28 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way. Microsoft takes some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants and adds a few useful tools of its own. The result is Cortana, named after an artificial-intelligence character in Microsoft's "Halo" video games.

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Verizon Opens More Everything for Month-to-Month Customers

April 14, 2014 12:10 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon today announced that its existing month-to-month customers can now move to the carrier’s More Everything plans beginning April 17. Verizon is promising savings of $10 for plans with 8 GB and lower and $25 for plans with 10 GB or more. The carrier will also now allow customers to add phones they already own to a More Everything plan for either $15 or $30 per month, depending on the data allowance selected.

FirstNews Briefs: Broadcom, Droplet Robotic Sprinkler, Ericsson, Gusto, Entone, Vodafone

April 14, 2014 11:08 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Broadcom Corporation today announced that its low-power applications processor is the technology behind a new product designed to reduce water consumption. The Droplet Robotic Sprinkler leverages real-time data from more than 10,000 weather stations, millions of square miles of soil samples and comprehensive plant biological information to make intelligent decisions on when, where and how much water to deliver.

T-Mobile Challenges AT&T, Verizon, Sprint to End Overage Charges

April 14, 2014 10:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced it is doing away with all talk, text and data overage charges for its customers and it’s challenging AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to follow suit. The carrier claims that more than 20 million people in the U.S. were stuck with overage charges in 2013 and that the three biggest U.S. carriers raked in more than $1 billion combined off the practice.

Analyst: Apple Seeking Health Insurer Subsidies for “iWatch”

April 14, 2014 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Cowen & Co analyst Timothy Arcuri predicts the company’s smartwatch could have enough built-in fitness tracking features that health insurance companies might be willing to absorb some of the cost similar to how wireless providers subsidize devices for customers.

Court Reverses Conviction of Man in iPad Data Case

April 14, 2014 9:12 am | by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court reversed the conviction of man imprisoned for illegally gaining access to AT&T's servers and stealing the email addresses of more than 100,000 of iPad users, ruling Friday that prosecutors tried him in the wrong state. Andrew Auernheimer, who was living in Arkansas at the time...

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Sprint Intros Super-Simple WeGo Kid Phone

April 11, 2014 11:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

To the extent that it has an actual pull-string, the WeGo looks like a cute toy phone that makes calls and sends texts. For parents, though, it’s a GPS-enabled tracking device with a built-in panic alarm. Sprint’s new WeGo phone is an ultra-simple device with one big button, an LCD screen and a pull chord that sounds an alarm.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Goes On Sale Everywhere Today

April 11, 2014 10:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Besides the carrier deals, it looks like Samsung is willing to toss in some extras for S5 buyers. Bloomberg reports the OEM is offering up to $600 in bonuses including PayPal vouchers—to use with the S5’s fingerprint scanner—as well free apps and a LinkedIn premium account.

Google to Sell Glass to Bigger Pool of Consumers

April 11, 2014 9:52 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A lot more people are about to get a chance to buy Google Glass, the Internet-connected eyewear that has become the hottest accessory in geek fashion. Google will sell the "Explorer" version of Glass to any U.S. resident who places an online order for the device beginning at 9 a.m. PDT April 15. 

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

April 10, 2014 3:43 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Falling short of reinventing the entire smartphone industry is a current criticism that can be leveled at Samsung and basically every other OEM right now. But as long as there’s a market for big, bright and powerful smartphones that nimbly perform every job asked of them, then devices like the S5 should do just fine.

ZTE Expects to At Least Double Profit on Strength of Network Contracts

April 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

ZTE’s focus on higher-margin network contracts will reportedly help the company “at least double” its first-quarter profit. ZTE today announced it expects net profit to land between $68 million and about $102 million, marking an annual increase between 107.3 percent and 210.7 percent.

T-Mobile Promises LTE Tablets for the Price of Wi-Fi Tablets

April 10, 2014 11:36 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced it’s only going to charge the Wi-Fi tablet price to customers who add an LTE tablet to their plan. Wi-Fi-only tablets typically run $100 to $130 less and T-Mobile has vowed that will reflect in the zero-down monthly installment costs.

SmartWatch, Episode 5: Monitoring the Industry Shift, David Ortiz and the Galaxy S5

April 10, 2014 11:26 am | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we take a look at the seismic shift happening in the wireless industry as carriers begin paying bounties and move away from device subsidies. We also get a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S5, and touch base with Boston Red Sox DH, David Ortiz. All this and more in this week’s edition of SmartWatch!

BlackBerry’s Chen Gives Himself Two Years to Turn Around Company

April 10, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry CEO John Chen is giving himself two years to make up for his company’s plummeting handset revenue. Chen doesn’t plan to do away with handsets but he does plan to replace BlackBerry’s handset profits by focusing on software for connected verticals like automotive and health care, according to Bloomberg.

FirstNews Briefs: Ericsson, zBoost, magicJack, RealNetworks

April 10, 2014 10:23 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Ericsson has introduced a new 50W DC/DC converter module that targets Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) applications. The new Ericsson PKU5510E converter features an ultra-wide input range of 18V to 75V, which means that the device is also suitable for 24V or 48V telecom systems.

Apple’s Ive Taking Control of Software, VP Greg Christie Out

April 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Greg Christie, a veteran software designer for Apple, is leaving the company and Apple Senior Vice President Jony Ive will assume his duties as a vice president in Apple’s design department. The team that was working under Christie and reporting directly to Senior Vice President Craig Federighi will now report to Ive.

Motorola Mobility Taps Osterloh for COO Spot

April 10, 2014 9:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility has appotined Rick Osterloh as its new Chief Operating Officer. Olsterloh is an internal candidate who has been leading product management at Motorola over the past two years. He's been with the company for seven years and came along with Motorola's...

AT&T Kills 'Rethink Possible' Slogan for New Mobility Tagline

April 9, 2014 4:33 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T today launched a new branding campaign that appears aimed at bringing together its many products under one message, with an emphasis on mobility. Under the tagline “Mobilizing Your World”, AT&T is launching a series of four new television spots that will kick off during coverage of the 2014 Masters Tournament on ESPN and CBS. 

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