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Qualcomm Releases AR SDK for Gear VR, Epson, BDG

September 18, 2014 5:42 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO – Qualcomm released an SDK for its Vuforia augmented reality (AR) platform. The Vuforia SDK for Digital Eyewear is designed specifically to work with Samsung’s Oculus-powered Gear VR, the Epson Moverio BT-200, and the ODG R-7.

Oracle CEO Ellison Resigns

September 18, 2014 4:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ellison will reclaim the title of chairman at...

Facebook Using LTE Broadcast to Streamline App Updates

September 18, 2014 3:14 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Jay Parikh, vice president of infrastructure at...

Qualcomm Outs General Availability of LTE Broadcast SDK

September 18, 2014 3:06 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

During his keynote at Qualcomm’s annual Uplinq...

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Apple Pulls HealthKit Apps Over iOS 8 Bug

September 18, 2014 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apps like MyFitnessPal and CARROT Fit, which had released updates that would work with HealthKit, were forced to pull those apps. Apple said that it expects new versions of those apps that will connect with HealthKit to be available by the end of the month. 

Alibaba Sets Sights on Global Market, Major Players

September 18, 2014 11:06 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

As Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba readies what could be the biggest initial public offering ever on the New York Stock Exchange, it is quietly hinting at plans to expand into the U.S. The company controls nearly 80 percent of all e-commerce in China, and founder and chairman Jack Ma has ambitions that go beyond the country's borders.

Verizon Expands XLTE to 22 New Markets

September 18, 2014 10:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon today announced that it is expanding XLTE to 22 new markets. After substantially completing its nationwide LTE buildout on 700 MHz, Verizon began supplementing that with an AWS LTE deployment. The carrier is promising XLTE will deliver double the LTE bandwidth and faster peak speeds.

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BlackBerry Offering BBM Money to iOS, Android Users in Indonesia

September 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry today announced it will begin offering BBM Money, its secure mobile payments platform, to Android and iOS users in Indonesia. The expansion comes after the service was initially launched in early 2013 for BlackBerry users. BBM Money allows users to make secure payments at participating retailers and online.

Apple Creates Privacy Website Ahead of iPhone Launch

September 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers," Cook Wrote. "We don’t “monetize” the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we don’t read your email or your messages to get information to market to you. Our software and services are designed to make our devices better. Plain and simple."

FirstNews Briefs: Syniverse, Mavenir, Tintag, Handheld Group

September 18, 2014 9:25 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Mavenir Systems, a provider of software-based networking solutions for mobile 4G LTE networks, today announced two Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Centres of Excellence in Bangalore, India and Shanghai, China to support the development of NFV, Voice over LTE (VoLTE), VoWi-Fi and Rich Communications Services (RCS) deployments in the Asia Pacific region.

Review: iOS Offers Whole New Features Set

September 18, 2014 9:03 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Many iPhone owners also have iPads and Mac computers, and family members are likely to have Apple devices, too. With the new iOS 8 software for iPhones and iPads, those devices start to act like one. Apps on those devices start to unite, too.

SmartWatch, Episode 19: How the Carriers are Pushing the iPhone 6!

September 17, 2014 3:22 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we buy into the hype with a big, meaty bite of the iPhone 6 launch. We’ll take a look at how the carriers are pricing Cupertino’s new device and what they’ll give you for that shabby old antique in your pocket. 

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FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Trend Micro, Vdopia, ADVA Optical Networking

September 17, 2014 10:35 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T today introduced a new on-demand service that will enable companies to order, add, or change services on their own in near real time. The capability , called AT&T Network on Demand – is a software-defined networking solution that is being deployed as part of the company’s User Defined Network Cloud (UDNC) strategy.

AT&T Interested in South-of-the-Border Opportunities

September 17, 2014 9:57 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"If we weren’t looking at Mexico and Latin America more broadly, what opportunities there were to further shareholder returns down there and begin to diversify our revenue sources, I think we would be asleep at the wheel," Stankey said, "and we’re not historically known to do that. So, yeah, we are intrigued by it."

Sony Smartphones Drag on Profits

September 17, 2014 9:33 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Citing intense competition, especially from Chinese rivals, Sony said Wednesday it anticipates a net loss of 230 billion yen ($2.15 billion) for the fiscal year that ends March 31, 2015. Its previous forecast was for a 50 billion yen ($466 million) net loss.

Album Releases and Mobile Events Don’t Mix

September 16, 2014 2:16 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

How many more artists must cash in credibility to hitch their wagon to a smartphone star? How many more manufacturers must package inessential music with their hero phones? The answer remains unclear but until the practice stops, complaints about unauthorized downloads and privacy invasion will continue to steal some thunder from perfectly good smartphones.

Apple Releases Tool to Remove Free U2 Album

September 16, 2014 11:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple has released a special tool that lets people remove the album from their collections.

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AT&T Deploying Unified Communication Platform for Shell

September 16, 2014 10:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T and Shell today agreed to a five-year deal that will see the carrier migrate more than 150,000 Shell employees over to a new unified communication platform. The platform will incorporate instant messaging, voice, web and video conferencing into one interface available across desktops, tablets and smartphones. Voice and file sharing will be agnostic across most major desktop and mobile operating systems.

Sprint Offers Businesses 20GB for $90, $300 Switching Credit

September 16, 2014 10:46 am | News | Comments

Sprint introduced new Business Share Plans and the carrier is offering customers up to $300 to switch over from other carriers. Under Sprint’s new plans, businesses can share 20GB of data across 10 lines for $90 a month. The buckets top out at $675 a month for 200GB and 60 lines. Smartphone device charges run $35 for subsidized phones and $15 for unsubsidized.

Softcard Nabs Subway as National Mobile Payment Partner

September 16, 2014 10:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Softcard today announced that Subway will start accepting Softcard NFC-based mobile payments. Beginning Oct. 1, more than 26,000 Subway locations nationwide will allow customers to pay with their mobile devices. In a few months after the initial launch, the Subway Cards Rewards Program will be integrated with Softcard.

Alibaba Raises IPO Price Range on Strong Demand

September 16, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba now plans to raise up to $25.03 billion in its upcoming IPO, making what was expected to be the biggest stock market debut even bigger. The Chinese e-commerce company said it still plans to sell 368.1 million shares, but at $66 to $68 apiece, according to a regulatory filing, instead of its previously set range of $60 to $66 apiece.

'Minecraft' Could Boost Microsoft's Mobile Reach

September 16, 2014 9:38 am | by Mae Anderson and Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writers | Articles | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. But the move carries risks, as gamers can be fickle. Although the Lego-like multiplayer game is currently the top paid app for the iPhone and Android devices in the U.S., today's popular hit could be tomorrow's dud.

FirstNews Briefs: Tower Family Foundation, Tango Networks, BlackBerry, Siklu

September 16, 2014 9:33 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

The Tower Industry Family Support Charitable Foundation (Tower Family Foundation), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has been established to help provide financial assistance to family members of a severely injured, permanently disabled, or deceased tower worker injured or killed in an accident stemming from working at heights on communication structures or other on the job related activities.

Apple Wows with Sept. 9 iPhone 6, Apple Watch Unveiling

September 15, 2014 4:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | Videos | Comments

On Sept. 9, Apple unveiled its hotly anticipated new iPhones, as well as the forthcoming Apple Watch. The company is now dealing long lines and short supply as consumers rush pre-order. In case you missed the live keynote, be sure to check it out here in its entirety.     

SMW: iPhone Event Bears Legacy of Disruption

September 15, 2014 3:57 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

When you think about the number of times you've looked at the screen of your smartphone in the past few hours, whether iPhone or Android or Windows Phone, it's hard not to resort to hyperbole when talking about the original iPhone.

Walkway in China Dedicated to Smartphone Addicts

September 15, 2014 11:06 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

"There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here," said Nong Cheng, the marketing official with Meixin Group, which manages the area in the city's entertainment zone.

Sprint Prepaid Revamps Pricing

September 15, 2014 11:02 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint Prepaid, the carrier’s official prepaid brand, has realigned its pricing to mirror rates at its Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile brands. Sprint Prepaid’s new three tiers all offer unlimited talk and text. The $35 plan features 1GB of data, the $45 plan features 3GB of data, and the $65 offering features 6GB of data. 

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, RadioShack, Spirent, ZTE, E-Plus

September 15, 2014 10:17 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

RadioShack Corporation today announced the appointment of Holly F. Etlin as interim chief financial officer, replacing John Feray.  Mr. Feray resigned on September 12, 2014, citing personal reasons. Ms. Etlin, a managing director of AlixPartners and longtime RadioShack advisor, served as RadioShack's interim CFO from July 2013 to February 2014.

Apple iPhone 6 Pre-Orders Exceed Supply

September 15, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Phones will be available on a walk-in basis beginning Friday at Apple retail stores. Both phones will also be available beginning Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and other carriers and other authorized Apple resellers.

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