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AT&T Adds Over 1M Subscribers, Sees Record Low Churn

July 23, 2014 5:09 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T added more than one million postpaid subscribers during its second quarter, calling it the strongest gain in five years. The subscriber growth came in due to more than 700,000 postpaid smartphone net adds and 366,000 postpaid tablet net adds. But AT&T’s tablet growth fell well short of the 1.15 million postpaid tablets Verizon added during the same quarter.

Sprint Partners with Google for Enterprise Cloud Push

July 23, 2014 1:41 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint has signed on to offer Google Apps for Business and serve as enterprise support for the cloud-based productivity suite. As a mobility reseller of Google Apps, Sprint will put its customer care, billing platform and device and network knowledge behind the offering. Besides selling varying deployment packages Sprint will offer add-ons like single sign-on.

Digital Tattoo Will Unlock Your Moto X

July 23, 2014 10:39 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Motorola used Vivalink’s eSkin technology embedded in a small circular adhesive that sticks on the skin for five days through showering, exercise and other activities. The clear sticker shows off a shiny swirl of flexible electronics that leverage the phone’s NFC to unlock without a password when the user taps their Moto X against the tattoo.

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Microsoft 4Q tops Street, CEO Says Nokia Phones Profitable by 2016

July 23, 2014 9:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Losses at Nokia cut 8 cents per share from earnings. Microsoft lost another net 3 cents on restructuring and tax-related items. Excluding those items, earnings hit 66 cents per share, beating the 60 cents expected by analysts polled by FactSet.

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Lowe's, NetCracker, Sprint, Level 3, T-Mobile

July 23, 2014 9:32 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T announces Alcatel-Lucent S.A. and Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. as the newest vendors to join its User-Defined Network Cloud program. These two suppliers, and the previously announced Juniper Networks, will work with AT&T to build the User-Defined Network Cloud.

Apple Sets 3Q iPhone Sales Record, Sees iPad Sales Slip

July 22, 2014 5:48 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones during its third quarter, just missing analyst estimates but handily beating the June quarter record of 31.2 million sold during the year-ago quarter. The 13.3 million iPads Apple sold during the quarter fell below estimates. The total was down annually from 14.6 million.

No Longer Competitors, Apple and IBM a Natural Fit

July 22, 2014 4:12 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

One of the world's largest providers of enterprise software applications and services on a "mobile-first" mission, and arguably the most well-known consumer mobile device manufacturer ever, are now collaborators. It was probably a more natural union than many imagined when Apple and IBM recently announced their partnership. 

Report: Apple Prepping for Biggest iPhone Launch Ever

July 22, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple is asking its manufacturers to make 70-80 million iPhones ahead of approaching launch of new 4.7- and 5.5-inch models of its smartphone, according to the Wall Street Journal. The initial order reports mark a huge increase of the 50-60 million units Apple ordered ahead of last year’s launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C.

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FirstNews Briefs: NVIDIA, IBM, Garmin, MegaPath, Alcatel-Lucent

July 22, 2014 9:31 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

NVIDIA today launched the newest members of the NVIDIA SHIELD family — the SHIELD tablet and the SHIELD wireless controller. Featuring the NVIDIA Tegra K1 with 192 GPU cores, the SHIELD tablet is built for gaming and features access to PC game streaming services and Twitch. Starting at $299 and available for pre-order, SHEILD tablet will be available in two options: 16GB Wi-Fi or 32GB Wi-Fi + LTE.

Yahoo Acquires App Analytics Firm Flurry

July 22, 2014 8:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The deal announced Monday is the latest in a wave of mostly small acquisitions that Yahoo Inc. has made during the two-year reign of CEO Marissa Mayer as the company's tries to attract more traffic on mobile devices. Yahoo didn't disclose how much it is paying for Flurry, an indication that the price isn't big enough to affect Yahoo's finances.

VZW Posts Solid 2Q with Postpaid Tablets Leading Way

July 22, 2014 8:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Tablets ruled the quarter. The company added 304,000 postpaid phone net additions and 1.15 million postpaid tablets. At the end of the quarter, smartphones accounted for nearly 75 percent of retail postpaid customer phone base, up from 72 percent in first-quarter 2014. 

Microsoft Refines Design Philosophy for New Devices

July 21, 2014 4:56 pm | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

With minimal market share in both tablets and phones, Microsoft has its work cut out for it. Yet a focus on design over compatibility under new CEO Satya Nadella means Microsoft can make products and services for non-Windows platforms, such as Apple's iOS and Google's Android, and still retain the look, feel and functionality of the Microsoft brand.

Verizon's Breaks Taboo with Lucrative Location Play

July 21, 2014 4:49 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

Carriers have long been trying to figure out how best to make use of the massive amounts of data out various cellular-connected devices create. Until now, they haven't really done a good job of what many analysts refer to as digital gold.

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FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Cavium, Quortus, Octoshape, Catenoid, ARRIS

July 21, 2014 10:50 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ARRIS Group, Inc. and Wurl, Inc. today announced the launch of ARRIS Market—a new open platform for cable operators combining over-the-top (OTT) content with traditional programming services on ARRIS set-tops. The platform is standards-based and features an HTML5 interface that integrates thousands of OTT content choices.

Verizon Mining Location Data with Opt-In Rewards Program

July 21, 2014 10:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Selects will then analyze the information that is collected about customers to see whether they fit into certain audiences Verizon or third-party marketers are trying to reach. Verizon hopes the program will allow it to deliver more relevant ads via email, text, postal mail or online or mobile advertising.

Analyst Poll: Nokia 2Q Margins Headed South

July 21, 2014 8:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Of the 18 analysts who gave their rating on Nokia stock, Reuters reports that eight were positive, seven negative, and three neutral. Nokia is up against a rising Ericsson, which despite curtailing LTE rollouts in the United States, still managed to beat second-quarter expectations for revenue and margins. 

Google, Others Mull NYC WI-Fi Project

July 21, 2014 7:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

New York is accepting proposals from interested parties willing to install, operate and maintain up to 10,000 “Public Communications Structures providing advertising, Wi-Fi, and phone service in all five boroughs.” The companies would be able to charge for phone service but the city has mandated that Internet service would need to be provided at the structures free of charge. 

Panasonic Sells Mobile Phone Base Station Unit to Nokia

July 21, 2014 7:29 am | by Kyodo News International | News | Comments

Panasonic provides wireless control systems and related equipment to mobile communication carriers such as NTT Docomo Inc. through a subsidiary, Panasonic System Networks Co. Competition has been intensifying with domestic and overseas providers of base station equipment, including NEC Corp. and Fujitsu Ltd.

Verizon Increasing FIOS Upload Speeds

July 21, 2014 7:09 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Current subscribers will see their upload speeds raised over the coming months, product manager Fowler Abercrombie said. He expects that 95 percent of Verizon customers will see higher speeds. For the rest, fully symmetrical speeds may not be possible for technical reasons.

FirstNews Briefs: Assurance Wireless, Samsung, The Hunger Games, Broadcom

July 18, 2014 11:15 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Assurance Wireless, a Lifeline program that began offering service in California in 2013, is launching an enhanced free offer for eligible low-income Californians. The California FREEdom plan includes unlimited free voice minutes and unlimited free texts, an offer supported by the California LifeLine and federal Lifeline Assistance programs.

Amazon’s First Fire Phone Ad Puts Content Ahead of Features

July 18, 2014 11:11 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The company’s choice to highlight Prime over the much-hyped features of the phone like the 3D “dynamic perspective” further proves the Fire Phone is being positioned as a shopping machine. The phone’s other big feature is a dedicated Firefly button that recognizes video, music, print and objects before telling you how to buy the related item. The device is built for showrooming.

Ericsson 2Q Beats Street, Posts $394M Profit

July 18, 2014 10:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Looking forward, Ericsson said that its modems business will start generating sales by the end of the year, as one of its modems will be featured in smartphones and data devices. Ericsson also said that a number of key contracts and a better business mix will lead to higher sales in the second half of the year. 

Amazon Rolls Out 'Netflix-for-Books' Style Service

July 18, 2014 9:53 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to expand its services to attract more users.

Apple Director Bill Campbell Steps Down

July 18, 2014 9:17 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

At the time, Apple was flirting with bankruptcy. Campbell frequently served as Jobs' sounding board during one of the most resounding corporate turnarounds in U.S. history as Apple first redesigned its Mac computer line and then rolled out the iPod, iPhone and iPad to emerge as the world most valuable company.

Google's 2Q Revenue Gains Eclipse Earnings Miss

July 17, 2014 5:13 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's earnings rose modestly in the second quarter as the Internet company's expensive ambitions devoured most of a surprisingly strong gain in revenue. The report released Thursday also showed that Google's advertising prices are still dropping to extend a nearly three-year slump.

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