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Microsoft to Cut Up to 18,000 Jobs Over Next Year

July 17, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April. With the Nokia deal, Microsoft's employee headcount rose from about 99,000 last year to 127,000 as of last month.

Dish, nTelos Expand Fixed Mobile Broadband Service

July 16, 2014 11:35 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Dish's Vice President of Wireless David Zufall said that it’s more than a proof of concept since it was built in a way that it could be rolled out nationwide. Dish updated its billing system and adopted procedures for its technicians specifically for the project. “We’re getting significantly greater coverage than you would for a mobile service at 2.5 [GHz],” Zufall said.

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, T-Mobile, Ruckus Wireless, Bitglass, Jawbone

July 16, 2014 11:04 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Now through August 12th, customers can get $100 off when you buy an iPhone and iPad together at T-Mobile. Beginning July 20th, T-Mobile customers can take advantage of its EIP extended payment option on all accessories priced from $69-$250.

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Verizon AllSet Prepaid Plans Now Open to LTE

July 16, 2014 10:55 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Allset plan offers unlimited talk and text plus 500 MB of data for $45 monthly. Verizon is offering to double the data to 1 GB for customers who sign up for auto-pay. And if subscribers need more data, they can add on 500 MB for $5 or opt for bridge data expansions that last 90 days. Those run $10 for 1 GB and $20 for 3 GB.

Apple Strengthens Enterprise Position with IBM Partnership

July 15, 2014 5:16 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The partnership centers around a new class of business apps that will run on iOS devices. The companies are boasting "a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad." 

Report: Sprint, T-Mobile JV Raising $10B for 600 MHz Auctions

July 15, 2014 5:07 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint and T-Mobile are raising $10 billion to jointly bid in the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auctions, according to the Wall Street Journal. This follows an earlier Bloomberg report saying Sprint and T-Mobile are planning a joint venture, to be run by T-Mobile, for bidding in the auction. The $10 billion for spectrum is reportedly part of the $45 billion SoftBank is rounding up from lenders.

Former Ford CEO Mulally Appointed to Google Board

July 15, 2014 5:01 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google says it has appointed Alan Mulally, the former CEO of Ford Motor Co., to its board. Mulally, 68, retired from Ford at the end of June. Over the winter, he was rumored to be in the running for the top job at Microsoft Corp., but it went to an internal candidate.

Yahoo Misses as 2Q Ad Sales Lag

July 15, 2014 4:52 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Internet company earned $270 million, or 26 cents per share, in the March-June quarter. That's down from $331 million, or 30 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier. Adjusted earnings were 37 cents per share in the latest quarter.

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AT&T Puts Data in the Driver's Seat

July 15, 2014 2:06 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

"Each individual automaker will decide what's the best choice for them," Penrose said, noting that while GM is leaning heavily on AT&T's existing offerings-including day passes for those that don't want to commit to using data all the time-other automakers, like Tesla, have decided to include, or subsidize data, in the purchase price of the car. 

Google’s Nest Labs, Samsung Among Latest IoT Standards Group

July 15, 2014 1:45 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google’s Nest Labs and Samsung Electronics are among the companies forming the Thread Group, a new alliance pushing an IoT standard. The Thread Group is backing the Thread protocol, which it says can already run on millions of existing 802.15.4 wireless devices with only some software tweaks and no new hardware.

Verizon Adds Tablets to Edge

July 15, 2014 11:37 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon over the weekend added the iPad and Android tablets to its Edge early upgrade program. “We’ve had other tablet payment plans in the past, but now we’re focused on Edge,” a Verizon spokesperson told Wireless Week when asked about why tablets are just coming to Edge.

HTC Shuffles Management Ranks

July 15, 2014 11:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The news comes as HTC tries to capitalize on the favorable reception to its flagship smarpthone, the HTC One M8. Reviewers consistently give HTC's high-end smartphones high marks for design and quality. Still, the company has been unable to message their products here in the United States in the same way Samsung has done. 

Report: Lengthy Sprint-T-Mobile Review Spurring Higher Lending Fees

July 15, 2014 10:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Lenders are demanding higher fees for financing the deal to offset the review process that could last at least a year, according to Bloomberg. Part of the money Sprint and SoftBank are requesting from lenders is being earmarked for spectrum. The report said Sprint and T-Mobile will enter into a separate joint venture and bid on spectrum available in upcoming FCC auctions.

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BlackBerry Subsidiary QNX Releases OS for Medical Devices

July 15, 2014 9:28 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a press release, QNX OS for Medical 1.1 complies with standards for medical software life cycle processes and is designed to help manufacturers reduce the cost of developing robotic surgical instruments, patient monitoring systems, infusion pumps, blood analysis systems, and other safety-critical products that must pass stringent regulatory approval.

Apple Echoes U.S. Tracking Explanation in China

July 14, 2014 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple said that its phones are constantly figuring location by pinging cell towers in order to determine location in a quick and reliable manner. But it said all of that is done at the device level and it is not tracking end users. It also said that tracking a phone's location using GPS takes too long and would not result in a satisfying user experience. 

Samsung Investigates China Supplier over Child Labor

July 14, 2014 9:11 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

China Labor Watch said children as well as minors under 18 worked at Shinyang for three to six months to meet production targets during a period of high demand. The watchdog said the child workers were paid for 10 hours a day but worked 11 hours.

Nickel in iPads, Other Devices Causing Allergic Reactions

July 14, 2014 9:08 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Nickel rashes aren't life-threatening but they can be very uncomfortable, and they may require treatment with steroids and antibiotics if the skin eruptions become infected, said Dr. Sharon Jacob, a dermatologist at Rady Children's Hospital, where the boy was treated. Jacob, who co-wrote the report, said the young patient had to miss school because of the rash.

Sprint, T-Mobile Stocks Jump on Nikkei Merger Report

July 11, 2014 2:36 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Both Sprint and T-Mobile are surging in the markets after Nikkei reported SoftBank has reached an agreement to buy a controlling T-Mobile stake from Deutsche Telekom (DT). Sprint was up nearly four percent and T-Mobile was up 1.5 percent as of 1:15 p.m. CT.

AT&T Calls T-Mobile’s Data Roaming Proposals Unlawful

July 11, 2014 10:34 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In a blog post today, AT&T Vice President of Regulatory Joan Marsh said T-Mobile’s revised roaming agreement rules proposal would violate the Telecommunications Act and “push the Commission’s regime over the line into impermissible common carrier regulation.”

FirstNews Briefs: T-Mobile, Vidyo, InterCloud Systems

July 11, 2014 9:23 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

As the title sponsor of Major League Baseball’s T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, the carrier is rolling out wideband LTE and Voice over LTE city-wide in Minneapolis. As the official wireless sponsor of Major League Baseball, T-Mobile has also enhanced the fan experience in and around the All-Star Game’s host stadium,

LG Shows Off 18-Inch Flexible Display

July 11, 2014 9:08 am | by Youyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

South Korean display makers are striving to gain an edge in flexible display technology as they see it as a way to set their products apart from their rivals in China, Taiwan and Japan. They also hope that the novel form would give consumers a reason to buy a new gadget.

McAdam: Verizon Postpaid Additions Hit 1.4M in 2Q

July 10, 2014 2:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Both Verizon and AT&T saw pressure on customer numbers in the first quarter of the year quarter, which could have been at least partially due to T-Mobile's disruptive promotions. AT&T marked just 625,000 postpaid additions in the first quarter. 

FTC Sues Amazon Over In-App Purchases Made by Kids

July 10, 2014 2:30 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over unauthorized in-app purchases made by children. The FTC is seeking refunds for consumers and is looking to permanently stop Amazon from billing account holders for purchases made without their consent. According to the complaint, Amazon keeps 30 percent of all revenue from in-app purchases.

Dish Will Bid in the 600 MHz Incentive Auctions

July 10, 2014 11:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The particular language Dish used in its meeting with the FCC, though, indicates the company’s intentions should be taken with a grain of salt. In an FCC filing from August 2013, Dish said it would not “meaningfully participate” in the 2014 H Block auction for 10 MHz of paired spectrum. Dish then went on to win all 176 licenses available in that auction, bidding a total of $1.56 billion.

Carriers Failing Miserably at Location Data for Wireless E911 Calls

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

According to new data obtained from the FCC through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filed by the Find Me 911 Coalition, only 10 percent of wireless 911 calls made in Washington D.C. in the first half of 2013 were delivered with accurate location information needed to find callers who are lost, confused, unconscious or otherwise unable to share their location. 

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