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Facebook Rolls Out Location-sharing Feature

April 17, 2014 3:13 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Called "Nearby Friends," the optional tool will only be available to people who choose to turn it on. The feature uses your smartphone's GPS system to tell your Facebook friends you are nearby — provided they have the feature turned on. Rather than share your exact location, it will only show that you are nearby, say, within half a mile.

SmartWatch, Episode 6: The Next iPhone, Amazon’s 3D Dreams, and Pessimism

April 17, 2014 11:20 am | Videos | Comments

In this edition of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we contemplate whether a lack of...

IBM Posts Lower 1Q Earnings Amid Hardware Slump

April 17, 2014 10:51 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — IBM's first-quarter earnings fell and revenue came in below Wall Street's...

AT&T Warns FCC It Might Skip 600 MHz Auction Over Spectrum Rules

April 17, 2014 10:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC is planning to set aside up to 30 MHz in each market for smaller carriers to bid on once...

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FirstNews Briefs: Omnilink, Verizon, Audi, Fujitsu, Northwestel, Time Warner Cable

April 17, 2014 9:39 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Omnilink, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) tracking and monitoring solutions, has been named to the Verizon Partner Program as a Silver member. Omnilink FocalPoint Offender Monitoring is an electronic monitoring solution that gives government agencies the ability to track and monitor the location and status of their entire offender caseload across the U.S. on virtually any device.

Google's 1Q Earnings Disappoint as Ad Prices Slip

April 16, 2014 4:27 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet company dealt with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire more employees and invest in daring ideas. The results announced Wednesday fell below analyst projections. Google's stock shed nearly 6 percent in extended trading.

New Aio Plans Follow Lead of Sprint's 'Framily' Model

April 16, 2014 1:20 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T's prepaid Aio brand has launched new plans that promise more discounts with each line of service added. Similar to the incentive behind Sprint's "Framily" plans, Aio's new "Group Save" plans offers discounted monthly charges beginning with the second eligible line added.

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Volvo Taps AT&T for In-Car Connectivity

April 16, 2014 11:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T has signed a multi-year agreement with Volvo to provide connectivity to Volvo's vehicles. According to a press release, AT&T will power Volvo's 2015 model year connected car solution with Sensus Connect, an embedded infotainment service. 

FirstNews Briefs: Alcatel-Lucent, Elisa, D-Link, Getac, The Hartford, IBM

April 16, 2014 10:57 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent and Elisa, a provider of mobile and fixed broadband services in Finland, today announced a significant network upgrade that will give Elisa the broadband capacity needed to meet the demands of next-generation services and applications.

Samsung Launching First Tizen Smartphone in 2Q

April 16, 2014 10:31 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A Samsung executive told Reuters that the company will release a high-end smartphone running the Tizen operating system near the end of the second quarter. Shortly after Samsung will launch a second mid-range Tizen device to drive volume, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung's product strategy team, told Reuters.

Burger King Launching AT&T Wi-Fi in All U.S. Locations

April 16, 2014 10:28 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Burger King today announced it is putting AT&T’s Wi-Fi Ready Zone access points in all of its U.S. locations. Blessed with the tasty name “Whopper Wi-Fi,” the AT&T hotspots are promising an “easier to use and more robust experience” for Burger King customers.

CTIA Partners with Big Tech on Voluntary Anti-Theft Program

April 16, 2014 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Called the "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment," the program counts as signatories a high-profile list of carriers and device OEMs, including Apple, Asurion, AT&T, Google, Samsung, Huawei Device USA, Motorola Mobility, Microsoft, Samsung, Nokia, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, U.S. Cellular and Verizon. 

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Yahoo's 1Q Highlighted by Alibaba, Modest Ad Gains

April 16, 2014 9:37 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Yahoo is prospering from its lucrative investments in Asia while the Internet company's listless advertising sales are picking up, if ever so slightly, under CEO Marissa Mayer. The positive signs in the Yahoo's first-quarter report overshadowed a 20 percent decline in the company's earnings during the opening three months of the year.

Intel Revenue Climbs Amid Shift to Mobile Devices

April 16, 2014 9:35 am | by Barabara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Intel's earnings fell in the first three months of the year amid a continued slump in the worldwide PC market, but revenue grew slightly because of solid demand for tablet processors and its data center services. Intel Corp. is the world's largest maker of microprocessors, which act as the "brains" of computers.

Analyst: Dearth of Hero Phones Could Net $50-$100 “iPhone 6” Price Hike

April 15, 2014 10:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple might be able to leverage a $50 to $100 price hike for its upcoming “iPhone 6” given the lack of headline-grabbing smartphones hitting the market in 2015. Jeffries analyst Peter Misek said that the current state of smartphone saturation and low differentiation could mean the next iPhone, rumored to be significantly bigger, could be a big enough blockbuster that Apple can force carriers to bow to raised prices.

BlackBerry Takes QNX to Healthcare With NantHealth Investment

April 15, 2014 10:31 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While financial details of the investment were not provided, BlackBerry said in a statement that the two companies intend to collaborate on the development of HIPAA and other government privacy certified, integrated clinical systems for medical care.  

Google to Use Drones to Improve Wireless Broadband Coverage

April 15, 2014 9:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google Monday announced its acquisition of Titan Aerospace, a high-altitude drone company, which it plans to integrate with its on-going Project Loon initiative, according to the Wall Street Journal. Through Project Loon, Google is deploying large balloons in order to relay wireless signals.

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FirstNews Briefs: Lumos Networks, Cisco, Novatel, Ruckus, Brightstar

April 15, 2014 9:52 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Lumos Networks Corp., a fiber-based service provider of data, voice and IP-based telecommunication services in the Mid-Atlantic region, today announced the selection of Cisco Systems, Inc. as its exclusive supplier of mission critical equipment for Project Ark, its new broadband MPLS/IP fiber network designed primarily to handle Fiber to the Cell site (“FTTC”) traffic within the Company’s network.

Review: Siri-like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap

April 15, 2014 9:28 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way. Microsoft takes some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants and adds a few useful tools of its own. The result is Cortana, named after an artificial-intelligence character in Microsoft's "Halo" video games.

Verizon Opens More Everything for Month-to-Month Customers

April 14, 2014 12:10 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon today announced that its existing month-to-month customers can now move to the carrier’s More Everything plans beginning April 17. Verizon is promising savings of $10 for plans with 8 GB and lower and $25 for plans with 10 GB or more. The carrier will also now allow customers to add phones they already own to a More Everything plan for either $15 or $30 per month, depending on the data allowance selected.

FirstNews Briefs: Broadcom, Droplet Robotic Sprinkler, Ericsson, Gusto, Entone, Vodafone

April 14, 2014 11:08 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Broadcom Corporation today announced that its low-power applications processor is the technology behind a new product designed to reduce water consumption. The Droplet Robotic Sprinkler leverages real-time data from more than 10,000 weather stations, millions of square miles of soil samples and comprehensive plant biological information to make intelligent decisions on when, where and how much water to deliver.

Mozilla, Dropbox Appointments Stir Healthy Debate

April 14, 2014 11:03 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

While I'm not sure that name-calling tactics are necessarily helpful, I am at least encouraged that the public is aware of what's happening in big technology and is active in implementing what appears to be a rough set of checks and balances within that realm.  

T-Mobile Challenges AT&T, Verizon, Sprint to End Overage Charges

April 14, 2014 10:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced it is doing away with all talk, text and data overage charges for its customers and it’s challenging AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to follow suit. The carrier claims that more than 20 million people in the U.S. were stuck with overage charges in 2013 and that the three biggest U.S. carriers raked in more than $1 billion combined off the practice.

Analyst: Apple Seeking Health Insurer Subsidies for “iWatch”

April 14, 2014 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Cowen & Co analyst Timothy Arcuri predicts the company’s smartwatch could have enough built-in fitness tracking features that health insurance companies might be willing to absorb some of the cost similar to how wireless providers subsidize devices for customers.

Report: Amazon Smartphone Coming in September

April 14, 2014 9:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While Amazon has been rumored for some time to have a smartphone in the works, such an offering now seems inevitable given the company's expanding line of hardware, which now include eReaders, tablets and the recently launched Fire TV product. 

Court Reverses Conviction of Man in iPad Data Case

April 14, 2014 9:12 am | by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court reversed the conviction of man imprisoned for illegally gaining access to AT&T's servers and stealing the email addresses of more than 100,000 of iPad users, ruling Friday that prosecutors tried him in the wrong state. Andrew Auernheimer, who was living in Arkansas at the time...

FirstNews Briefs: Huawei, Comtech EF, SureCall, Peel, GivMobile

April 11, 2014 11:37 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

GivMobile, a no-contract mobile service that gives eight percent of the customer's monthly plan to the charity of their choice, recently unveiled its newest promotion to the public. The cellular service provider is giving away a no-cost Android device to customers who sign up for a plan with the company.

Sprint Intros Super-Simple WeGo Kid Phone

April 11, 2014 11:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

To the extent that it has an actual pull-string, the WeGo looks like a cute toy phone that makes calls and sends texts. For parents, though, it’s a GPS-enabled tracking device with a built-in panic alarm. Sprint’s new WeGo phone is an ultra-simple device with one big button, an LCD screen and a pull chord that sounds an alarm.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Goes On Sale Everywhere Today

April 11, 2014 10:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Besides the carrier deals, it looks like Samsung is willing to toss in some extras for S5 buyers. Bloomberg reports the OEM is offering up to $600 in bonuses including PayPal vouchers—to use with the S5’s fingerprint scanner—as well free apps and a LinkedIn premium account.

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