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CCA Urges Copyright Office to Extend Legal Unlocking Rules

May 27, 2015 11:14 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The issue is near and dear to the hearts of CCA's carrier members, as customers looking to leave larger carriers often need to have their devices unlocked in order to switch to another provider.   

Verizon Changes Device Upgrade Policy for Edge Program

May 26, 2015 4:22 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Starting May 31, Edge customers will be able to upgrade at any point once their device is 100...

Android, iOS Lose Share to Windows as Smartphone Shipments Decline

May 26, 2015 3:49 pm | News | Comments

According to IDC, Android and Apple are slated to lose share between now and 2019, with Android...

Docomo Seeks to Make Passwords Unnecessary

May 26, 2015 9:49 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The carrier expects to become the world's first mobile operator to integrate online services...

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Apple Taps Ive as First Chief Design Officer

May 26, 2015 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ive, who as a lead designer with the company helped conceive the iconic Apple looks of products like the iPod, iPad and Apple Watch, confirmed the promotion in an interview published Tuesday in the Daily Telegraph.

BlackBerry Buying Back Shares as Chen’s Pay Plummets

May 22, 2015 8:07 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the company hopes to offset “dilution that may result from our proposed employee share purchase plan...” 

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.

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Lenovo Posts Record Revenues on Strong PC, Smartphone Sales

May 21, 2015 9:52 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

For the year, which has included two quarters of contributions from Motorola), China accounted for 59 percent of Lenovo’s smartphone volumes, while markets outside China saw...

AT&T's Continued Evolution Takes Company Beyond Phones

May 20, 2015 11:01 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

AT&T Inc. is spending $48.5 billion to buy satellite TV provider DirecTV as it looks for new ways to package access — wireless and wired — with traditional and...

Galaxy S6 Edge and G Flex2 Seek to Differentiate

May 20, 2015 10:54 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

For those not satisfied with just a premium phone, Samsung and LG are offering two models best described as the Lamborghinis of smartphones...

Deezer CEO Talks Upside of Streaming

May 19, 2015 10:14 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

In October, Deezer bought San Francisco podcast aggregator Stitcher, and in January it scooped up the right to serve the 2 million...

Qualcomm's AllPlay Gets Bluetooth to Wi-Fi Streaming

May 15, 2015 11:15 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

In a press release, Qualcomm explains that the new feature allows simple wireless connectivity to individual speakers or an entire home audio system over... 

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My Favorite Phone: Kore Wireless CEO Alex Brisbourne

May 15, 2015 10:24 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Articles | Comments

Once a week, Wireless Week asks wireless luminaries to talk about their favorite phones.                                                                                                                           

AT&T Snuggles Up to Hulu Content

May 13, 2015 2:46 pm | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

As worded in a press release, the partnership appears a bit obtuse, promising a kind of merging of Hulu's content through AT&T's suite of apps, however redundant that functionality may be given Hulu's existing tablet, smartphone and smart TV software.  

Review: iCloud Photos, Flickr Best for Managing Mobile Photos

May 13, 2015 9:46 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Help comes from Yahoo and Apple. Yahoo's Flickr and Apple's iCloud Photo Library will automatically transfer photos and videos to your online account, so you get a backup and more space on your device.

Verizon’s Stratton: We Would Go Edge Only

May 12, 2015 9:06 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

For the time being, Stratton said Verizon would continue to offer customers the choice between a subsidized contract and an Equipment Installment Plan (EIP), but he also repeatedly stressed...

Uber Navigates Bidding War for Nokia's Maps Division

May 8, 2015 10:57 am | News | Comments

The bidding war is on, as Uber tries to beat out Germany's three biggest auto manufacturers, which are preparing an approximately $2.2 billion bid to buy HERE from Nokia. 

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Wearable Maker FitBit Announces $100M IPO

May 8, 2015 9:26 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Started in 2007, FitBit has since sold over 20.8 million devices. According to The NPD Group, the company held the leading position in the U.S. fitness activity tracker market, with a 68 percent share, by dollars, in 2014.

Nintendo Forecasts Turnaround on Smartphone Apps

May 7, 2015 10:58 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nintendo did an about-face recently and said it's entering smartphone games, a segment it brushed off for years as irrelevant, insisting on the appeal of its game machines.

BlackBerry and T-Mobile Bury Hatchet, Carrier Will Sell Classic

May 7, 2015 10:18 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Nearly one year after a kerfuffle led to a not-so-amicable split between BlackBerry and T-Mobile, the Un-carrier and the Canadian OEM are back in the saddle again.                                            

App Annie Acquires Canadian Competitor Mobidia

May 7, 2015 9:35 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

As part of the acquisition, Mobidia’s team of 30 joins App Annie. Mobidia’s Vancouver headquarters will also become App Annie’s 12th global office, App Annie Canada. 

Kantar: iOS’s Gains in Europe are Android’s Losses

May 6, 2015 11:10 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The shift has caused Android to lose 3.1 percentage points off its smartphone share across those countries.                                                                                                                

Tuesdays with Roger: Why the Apple Watch Is All That

May 5, 2015 12:33 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Andrew Berg, Ben Munson | Videos | Comments

Why has the Apple Watch been the hit that it is? Is it all about Cupertino's clout, or has Apple truly reinvented the wrist-worn wearable? Check out this week's episode of Tuesday's with Roger for more insight into just why and how Apple has managed yet another win in a device category that until has been slow to gain traction with consumers. 

High-Tech Sensors Help Kids Keep Eye on Aging Parents

May 5, 2015 10:37 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Advances in low-cost sensors and wireless networks are fueling a boom in the so-called "smart" home. And companies are looking beyond home security and temperature control...

Periscope Jabs Pricey Mayweather Fight with Free Mobile Stream

May 4, 2015 5:21 pm | by 
Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Experts said it isn't likely that someone willing to pay for the fight would instead settle for a lower-quality stream that might get shut down at any time. Given that, the companies behind...

Inked and irked: Apple Watch Users Report Tattoo Problems

May 4, 2015 9:28 am | by Brandon Bailey, Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Several watch owners complained about the problem on social media this week, even posting videos that show the watch working well on an undecorated wrist, but repeatedly locking or pausing...

Samsung Claws Back Share from Apple to Reclaim Top Spot

April 30, 2015 2:36 pm | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Samsung and Apple were trailed at a distant second and third by Lenovo (5.6 percent) and Huawei (5 percent) respectively. IDC notes that Lenovo's first quarter results includes shipments from its subsidiaries, including the recently acquired Motorola.

Apple Watch Hits Snag with Faulty Part

April 30, 2015 11:08 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Apple Watches have already been in short supply since the devices launched. During an earnings call this week, CEO Tim Cook said that he was generally happy with how the Watch was ramping. 

Samsung's Profit Dives on Demand for Bigger Phones

April 29, 2015 9:02 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Samsung reported Wednesday that its January-March net profit was 4.63 trillion won ($4.35 billion), compared with 7.49 trillion won a year earlier. That was lower than the...

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