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DOT Seeking Ban on In-Flight Cell Phone Use

December 13, 2013 2:53 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Transportation is weighing in on the possiblity that cell phones could be allowed on planes. In a statement, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx acknowledged the FCC's recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which suggests the issue isn't a technological one. 

FCC Moves to Put Airlines in Pilot Seat on In-Flight Device Use

December 12, 2013 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"Let me say up front that, I get it. I don’t want the person in the seat next to me yapping at 35,000 feet any more than anyone else," wrote FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a statement discussing today's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for new policies governing in-flight cell phone use. 

Labor Group Sees Progress at Major Apple Supplier

December 12, 2013 10:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

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Kyocera Showcases Durability, While High-End Players Remain All Wet

December 11, 2013 10:11 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

As a manufacturer of mid-range Android smartphones, Kyocera has had to get creative with how it differentiates its products. That creativity is realized in the November U.S. launch of the Kyocera Elite (Verizon). On the phone side of things, this is vanilla Android with run-of-the-mill specs thrown in for good measure. 

Gift Guide: Navigating Maze of Phone, Plan Choices

December 11, 2013 9:35 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — So you're ready to buy a new smartphone for your loved one. Which do you choose? Before you do anything, you have to decide whether to buy the phone outright or go the traditional route of buying a carrier-subsidized one with a two-year service contract.

ACLU: Law Enforcement Getting Unfettered Access to Mobile Devices

December 9, 2013 11:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As major tech companies petition the White House for data collection reform, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Monday released a press release that highlights the rising number of law enforcements requests for cell phone subscriber data in 2012. 

Verizon Agrees to Acquire EdgeCast

December 9, 2013 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon has announced plans to acquire content delivery specialist EdgeCast. According to a press release, Verizon plans to integrate EdgeCast into existing content delivery systems. The Verizon and EdgeCast boards have both approved the deal, and Verizon hopes to finalize it in early 2014.

Apple Guides Shoppers Inside Stores with iBeacon

December 6, 2013 9:18 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

On Friday, Apple Inc. will begin using iBeacon technology at its 254 U.S. stores to send you messages about products, events and other information — tailored to where you are inside, provided you have downloaded the Apple Store app and have given Apple permission to track you.

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Review: Moto G Isn't the Best, but Decent for $179

December 4, 2013 10:36 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

You're not getting the best or the latest technology with Motorola's $179 Moto G smartphone. What you do get is a great price for something close. Motorola bills the Moto G as the phone for the rest of us — the ones who can't afford $500 to $700 for a high-end smartphone.

Report: Phablets May Gouge Small Tablet Sales

December 4, 2013 10:25 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The trend towards larger smartphones, or "phablets" could boost sales of larger tablets, according to IDC. IDC notes that the market has trended toward small tablets over the last 24 months, but the rise of large phones could well push consumers back toward larger tablets...

Wallet Failure at Register 9 and Other Empty Promises of NFC

December 3, 2013 4:37 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

The mobile wallet: It's not there yet, it's not there yet, it's not there yet. Let me repeat: The mobile wallet is NOT THERE YET, and NFC is not going to save it. In fact, let me go a bit further and say that the mobile wallet may never arrive in any meaningful way, at least as it’s being conceived right now. 

HTC Takes Hit in U.K. Patent Ruling

December 3, 2013 10:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A London judge Tuesday ruled that HTC has infinged on Nokia patents, according to a report from Bloomberg. Judge Richard Arnold ruled that chips contiained in HTC's One smarpthone were also in violation of Nokia's proprietary technology. 

Wireless Week Top 25 Headlines of 2013: Episode 2 (20-16)

December 3, 2013 9:53 am | Videos | Comments

In this five part video series, Wireless Week editors Andrew Berg and Ben Munson will count down the top headlines of 2013. Be sure to catch each installment, as we make our way through all the biggest news events from the past year!

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Review: The HTC One Max and How Big is Too Big?

December 3, 2013 9:32 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

I should preface this review with some context: my everyday device is an iPhone 5. I’ve become less adamant in my love for all things Apple in recent years. Part of that has to do with improvements to Android and Windows, and part of that has to do with Apple’s tunnel vision.

Apple's iOS Accounts for 28% of Online Traffic on Black Friday

December 2, 2013 9:50 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

What would a Black Friday report be if it didn't compare iOS and Android? According to IBM's Black Friday Benchmark report, Apple iOS traffic reached 28.2 percent of all online traffic, compared to 11.4 percent for Android, and iOS sales reached 18.1 percent of all online sales, compared to 3.5 percent for Android.

Ex-Nokia Engineers Launch New Smartphone

November 27, 2013 9:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A team of ex-Nokia engineers is launching a smartphone based on the former world No. 1 cellphone maker's old software, hoping to grab a share of a highly competitive market. The Jolla handset's Sailfish operating platform is based on MeeGo software, which Nokia abandoned in 2011 when it switched over to using Microsoft Corp.'s Windows system.

LTE Tablet Holiday Face-Off

November 27, 2013 9:15 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

The price gap between cellular and Wi-Fi-only tablets stands prohibitive to most folks scooping up a slate with an LTE chip. But In case anyone’s thinking about picking up a cellular-ready tablet—on/off contract or month-to-month—we put a few LTE slates up against one another and see how comes out as the winner of a spot on a holiday wish list.

When Will LTE Be a ‘No-Brainer’ for Tablet Shoppers?

November 26, 2013 3:51 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

When consumers are tablet shopping this holiday season, they'll likely still notice a significant price difference between the LTE-capable models and those with Wi-Fi only; Apple charges a $130 premium for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version of the iPad Air. In short, the cost of picking up a tablet with cellular connectivity is still prohibitive for many. 

Report: Tablets to Eat Up 50 Percent of PC Market in 2014

November 26, 2013 11:21 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sticking desktops, laptops and tablets together into the client PC market, Canalys sees tablets grabbing almost 50 percent of the total in 2014. Canalys is forecasting total tablet domination, with 285 million units to ship next year and that number hitting 396 million by 2017. Unsurprisingly, Apple and Samsung are expected to lead the charge.

Budget Moto G Hits U.S. in Time for Holidays

November 26, 2013 10:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Motorola is bringing its budget-friendly Moto G smarpthone to the United States in time for the Holidays. The Moto G comes with HSPA+ connectivity and sells for unlocked for just $179 (8GB) and $199 (16GB). Even at that low-end price, the Moto G packs many of the features associated with a high-end device...

Review: HTC, Nokia Offer Good, Giant Choices

November 26, 2013 8:57 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

 I find giant phones hard to carry and use, but I'm well aware that many people like the bigger images and text they offer. These so-called phablets, with screens measuring about 6 inches diagonally, are nearly as big as the smallest tablets. Unlike tablets, they can make phone calls over cellular networks.

Motorola, 3D Systems Partner on Device Customization Plan

November 22, 2013 9:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

3D Systems  and Google's Motorola Mobility unit have come to an agreement that could change the way mobile phones are manufactured. According to a press release, the two companies have entered into a multi-year development agreement to create a continuous high-speed 3D printing production platform and fulfilment system in support of Motorola’s Project Ara. 

FCC Might Allow Cell Phone Use on Planes

November 21, 2013 5:01 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

One of the final refuges from smartphones could be in its final days as the FCC is reportedly considering lifting the ban on cell phone use on planes. The FCC has put a discussion of the issue on the agenda for its December meeting. While cell phone use during takeoff and landing would still be out of the question, the FCC could allow calls, texts and data use once the plane is above 10,000 feet.

Who's Watching Google Glass?

November 20, 2013 10:17 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

Chalk it up to a recent reading of Dave Eggers' satirical novel The Circle, but I'm skeptical of Google Glass for more than reasons of style. I can hear the cries of Luddite as I write this, but I'm wondering to what extent we really want to live in a world where EVERYTHING can potentially be recorded. 

Best Buy Reports 3Q Profit

November 19, 2013 7:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronics retailer Best Buy Co. says it returned to a profit in the third quarter as the busy holiday season revs up. However, the company says it expects a tough competitive environment during the holiday season and shares fell 8 percent in premarket trading.

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