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AT&T's Sees 50% Take Rate on Next in 3Q

September 30, 2014 5:16 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T today revealed some expectations for its third quarter. The company is seeing big interest in its Next device financing program, as well as growth in its connected home and car businesses.                                                               

Path App Facilitates Direct Texts to Businesses

September 30, 2014 4:30 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A product of its acquistion of TalkTo, Path has...

FCC Votes to Expand Unlicensed in Post-Auction Smaller TV Spectrum

September 30, 2014 4:29 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC today ...

FCC’s Incentive Auction Repacking Clarification Draws Dissent

September 30, 2014 3:19 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Commission said its repacking plan is...

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Microsoft Unveils Windows 10 for All Devices

September 30, 2014 2:58 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

With this iteration of Windows, Microsoft addressed the dearly missed Start menu. With Windows 10, the company brings back the Start menu, but with a twist. The OS will apparently be able to...                                                                  

Study: Global Telecom Capex to Drop by $6B in 2015

September 30, 2014 11:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Worldwide telecom capital expenditures (Capex) will fall by $6 billion in 2015, according to new forecasts from the Dell’Oro Group. "While we maintain our view that worldwide Capex will grow around 3 percent in 2014, we believe multiple factors will contribute to a decline in Capex during 2015," Stefan Pongratz, Dell'Oro Group's carrier economics analyst, said in a statement.

Apple's iPhone 6 Gets Approval for Sales in China

September 30, 2014 10:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Approval for use of the iPhone 6 on Chinese networks was granted after Apple "promised 'it never constructed a so-called ...                                                                                      

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FirstNews Briefs: GameStop, AT&T, NVIDIA, Salutron, Interop, Thumb Cellular

September 30, 2014 10:35 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

GameStop, a family of specialty technology retail brands, today announced that its GameStop Technology Institute (GTI) business unit is collaborating with AT&T to further its focus on delivering to its brick-n-mortar retail stores technology advancements that drive customer experiences.

EU Weighs In on Apple's Irish Tax Shelter

September 30, 2014 10:25 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

If the EU's preliminary finding is confirmed over the coming months, Apple Inc. could face a repayment bill worth billions of dollars because it funnels the bulk of its international sales through...                                                         

Control Over Your Data Usage? Think Again

September 30, 2014 10:21 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

After nervously handing over an iPhone 5 to my 12-year old, I knew I was going to have to do something to monitor the amount of data he was using. I didn't want to completely ban him from using data, but I certainly wanted to mitigate the possibility of overages. 

FCC Considering New Rules for OTT Video Services: WSJ

September 30, 2014 10:20 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will begin looking into new rules and regulations for Over-The-Top (OTT) video services aimed at providing subscription TV over the internet. As Verizon and Dish Network work to bring online video services to consumers without pay-TV subscriptions, the FCC is considering whether those services should be subject to the same rules as traditional cable and satellite providers.

Report: SoftBank Bids $3.4B for Dreamworks

September 29, 2014 10:46 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

SoftBank has bid $3.4 billion to buy Dreamworks, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Japanese telecom and majority owner of Sprint could be seeking to buy the animation studio. But a Wall Street Journal report suggests a deal between the two could amount to a content distribution partnership or a SoftBank investment.

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FirstNews Briefs: ARM, Synopsys, Razorsight, Kodiak, SITO Mobile

September 29, 2014 10:42 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Single Touch Systems, Inc., a mobile media solutions provider today unveiled its new name and brand - SITO Mobile. The rebranding follows a period of expansion for the company throughout the U.S. and Canada. The new corporate identity reinforces SITO's emphasis on mobile location-based advertising and mobile messaging platforms.

Report: Worries of iPhone 6 Plus Durability Overblown

September 29, 2014 10:28 am | News | Comments

News tests from Consumer Reports show that complaints about the bendability of the iPhone 6 Plus were overblown a bit. In fact, the results might surprise those who have been following "Bendgate."                                                               

Getting Mobile Right for E-Commerce Retailing

September 29, 2014 10:07 am | by Deepak Agarwal, co-founder and CEO of nomorerack | Articles | Comments

Online retailers are trying to harness this accelerating mobile trend to capture a huge growth opportunity. But to do so, they must engage buyers with desired services and content at the precise moment of need. That’s causing more “e-tailers” to deploy...                 

AT&T Luring Businesses with 30GB Buckets for $130

September 29, 2014 10:04 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T over the weekend announced a limited time offer that will double the amount of data for some of its Mobile Share data plans. The promotional rates, available until Oct. 31, will raise the $130 15GB bucket to 30GB as well as double the 20GB, 30GB, 40GB and 50GB plans. As with all AT&T Mobile Share plans with data buckets of 10GB or more, devices on Next will incur $15 monthly fees each.

Europe Loosening In-Flight Cell Phone Rules

September 29, 2014 9:38 am | by David Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

"We're basically opening the door where, in theory, you'll be able to continue making your phone call through the gate throughout the flight ... like you would on a train," spokesman Ilias Maragakis told The Associated Press.                

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Lenovo Gets Approval for Acquisition of IBM Server Business

September 29, 2014 9:23 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The latest acquisition includes IBM's System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations.                  

FirstNews Briefs: Novatel, US Cellular, Polar, Devicescape

September 26, 2014 10:54 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Novatel Wireless today announced the launch of the new Verizon Jetpack Mobile Hotspot 4G LTE/XLTE MiFi(R) 6620L. Availability starts September 29 online at and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, October 2 for $49.99, after a mail-in rebate debit card with a two-year contract.

GSMA Summit Focuses on M2M Challenges, Opportunities

September 26, 2014 10:11 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"We had predicted anywhere from 190 to 250 million M2M connections this year," Peterson noted, citing a stat that points to a doubling in the percentage of total connections that M2M accounted for over 2010. "To double that in three years is kind of unheard of." 

Amid Passport Launch, BlackBerry Posts $207 Million Loss

September 26, 2014 9:35 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 was $916 million, which broken out included approximately 46 percent for hardware, 46 percent for services and 8 percent for software and other revenue. Analyst consensus was more in line with $940 million in revenue for the quarter. 

Intel Ponies Up $1.5B for Mobile Venture in China

September 26, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

This is Intel's second corporate team-up targeting mobile chips in the past year. In May, Intel announced it would cooperate with another Chinese chipmaker, Rockchip, to use Intel chips in low-cost tablet computers running the Android operating system.

Analysis: Apple's Response to Problems Critical

September 26, 2014 9:07 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

As the giant tech company scrambled to fix a software glitch that left some of its new iPhones unable to make calls, some analysts said Thursday that Apple is doing the right thing by...                                                              

Apple Stock Falls Amid New iPhone Glitches

September 25, 2014 2:50 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's stock fell nearly 3 percent on Thursday, after some customers complained that a software update interfered with voice calls on their new iPhones, while others noted that the larger iPhone model could be vulnerable to bending. The stock decline led a broader decline in technology shares.

Samsung, BlackBerry Poke Apple Over Bending iPhone 6 Plus

September 25, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung Thursday fired off a tweet capitalizing on Apple’s bendable iPhone 6 Plus troubles while touting its own Galaxy Note Edge. “Curved. Not bent” the tweet reads above an image of Samsung’s upcoming Note 4 iteration with a screen that curves around the side bezel and shows notifications.

SmartWatch, Episode 20: Everything Wrong with the iPhone 6 and More!

September 25, 2014 10:44 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch,sponsored by SanDisk, we look at everything that’s wrong with the iPhone 6. No, really, there’s some serious gripes with Apple’s new flagship, as well as the company’s new iOS 8 operating system. But at least Andrew hasn't bent his yet. We’ll also check in with BlackBerry’s John Chen...

Review: Samsung Alpha Big on Design, Short on Tech

September 25, 2014 10:32 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple filled a gaping hole in its product lineup with new iPhones boasting larger screens like Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphones. Now, Samsung is coming out with a smaller phone that looks and feels more like an iPhone.

Apple Issues iOS 8 Workaround, Says 8.0.2 Coming in Few Days

September 25, 2014 10:10 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple released a workaround for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners who lost cellular connectivity or Touch ID functionality due to the 8.0.1 update. The company posted instructions on how those affected can revert their devices back to iOS 8 and said that 8.0.2 will be released in the “next few days.”

FirstNews Briefs: Garmin, TriQuint, Ruckus, BluVision, Axesstel

September 25, 2014 9:20 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Garmin International Inc. announced Connect IQ, an open platform for third-party developers to create apps for Garmin products. The software development kit leverages the technology that Garmin is known for, with an emphasis on low power consumption, extended battery life and connectivity to smartphones and peripheral sensors through Bluetooth low energy (BLE) and ANT+.

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