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Dropbox Sees Backlash to Condoleeza Rice Appointment

April 11, 2014 10:29 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Dropbox today announced a rather noteable addition to its leadership team with the appointment of former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleeza Rice to its board of directors. According to a blog post on the company's website, Finally, Rice's experience in international affairs was favored for helping Dropbox expand its global footprint. 

Google to Sell Glass to Bigger Pool of Consumers

April 11, 2014 9:52 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A lot more people are about to get a chance to buy Google Glass, the Internet-connected eyewear that has become the hottest accessory in geek fashion. Google will sell the "Explorer" version of Glass to any U.S. resident who places an online order for the device beginning at 9 a.m. PDT April 15. 

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

April 10, 2014 3:43 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Falling short of reinventing the entire smartphone industry is a current criticism that can be leveled at Samsung and basically every other OEM right now. But as long as there’s a market for big, bright and powerful smartphones that nimbly perform every job asked of them, then devices like the S5 should do just fine.

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ZTE Expects to At Least Double Profit on Strength of Network Contracts

April 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

ZTE’s focus on higher-margin network contracts will reportedly help the company “at least double” its first-quarter profit. ZTE today announced it expects net profit to land between $68 million and about $102 million, marking an annual increase between 107.3 percent and 210.7 percent.

BlackBerry’s Chen Gives Himself Two Years to Turn Around Company

April 10, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry CEO John Chen is giving himself two years to make up for his company’s plummeting handset revenue. Chen doesn’t plan to do away with handsets but he does plan to replace BlackBerry’s handset profits by focusing on software for connected verticals like automotive and health care, according to Bloomberg.

FirstNews Briefs: Ericsson, zBoost, magicJack, RealNetworks

April 10, 2014 10:23 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Ericsson has introduced a new 50W DC/DC converter module that targets Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) applications. The new Ericsson PKU5510E converter features an ultra-wide input range of 18V to 75V, which means that the device is also suitable for 24V or 48V telecom systems.

Continued Drop in PC Shipments Slows

April 10, 2014 10:02 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the latest numbers show that the global slump in PC demand may be easing. Although the numbers released Wednesday by market research firms Gartner and IDC mark the industry's eighth straight quarter of declines...

Apple’s Ive Taking Control of Software, VP Greg Christie Out

April 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Greg Christie, a veteran software designer for Apple, is leaving the company and Apple Senior Vice President Jony Ive will assume his duties as a vice president in Apple’s design department. The team that was working under Christie and reporting directly to Senior Vice President Craig Federighi will now report to Ive.

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Motorola Mobility Taps Osterloh for COO Spot

April 10, 2014 9:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility has appotined Rick Osterloh as its new Chief Operating Officer. Olsterloh is an internal candidate who has been leading product management at Motorola over the past two years. He's been with the company for seven years and came along with Motorola's...

AT&T Kills 'Rethink Possible' Slogan for New Mobility Tagline

April 9, 2014 4:33 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T today launched a new branding campaign that appears aimed at bringing together its many products under one message, with an emphasis on mobility. Under the tagline “Mobilizing Your World”, AT&T is launching a series of four new television spots that will kick off during coverage of the 2014 Masters Tournament on ESPN and CBS. 

DropBox Launches Android, Desktop Versions of Mailbox

April 9, 2014 3:09 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After acquiring Mailbox back in March of 2013, Dropbox today announced an Android and desktop version of the Mailbox app. Mailbox, which made headlines with its long wait while in Beta as an iOS app, is aimed at more easily sorting through and organizing mail through various swipe gestures. 

T-Mobile Intros $40 Simple Starter Plan, Promises More Moves This Week

April 9, 2014 11:48 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“It’s wrong! And I personally want to drive those ridiculous schemes out of this industry. We will continue to be relentless and bring this forced march of change to the market every day so consumers can be creative with and enjoy the true benefits of wireless. I know we have it right and when we all are done reporting results from the first quarter – I think you’ll share my conviction,” Legere said in a statement.

FirstNews Briefs: Transit Wireless, AT&T, VeriFone, Comcast, Smartrac, OSG Billing

April 9, 2014 11:19 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Transit Wireless and AT&T today announced that the companies have expanded their contract to bring AT&T’s wireless voice and data service to as many as 242 additional underground New York City subway stations on Transit Wireless’ state-of-the-art wireless network. AT&T service is currently available in 30 stations in mid-town Manhattan from Phase 1 of the project as well as six from the Initial Build in Chelsea.

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Report: Smartphone Apps Processor Revenue to Hit $30B by 2018

April 9, 2014 11:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to Sravan Kundojjala, senior analyst for Strategy Analytics, the smartphone applications processor market will be boosted by LTE-Advanced, 64-bit, multi-core and semiconductor process technologies. Strategy Analytics forecasts that stand-alone applications processor penetration in smartphones will drop to 28 percent in 2018...

A UV Exposure Sensor is a Killer Feature for Me

April 9, 2014 11:04 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

Given my medical scare, you can forgive me for being psyched about the talk of a possible UV exposure sensor in the rumored iWatch. For real, put that thing in any smartwatch, smartshirt, smartshoes, smartpants, I don’t care. I want it. This is the killer mHealth feature for me.

Crittercism Lands $30M in New Funding, Hits 1B Active Users

April 9, 2014 9:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Crittercism today announced another $30 million in funding to expand its quickly growing business. Crittercism provides a Mobile App Performance Management (mAPM) platform for businesses to monitor how their apps are performing in the wild. 

Apple-Samsung Trial Judge Annoyed by Phones in Court

April 9, 2014 9:18 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices.

Wheeler to Broadcasters: Incentive Auctions Won't Come Again

April 8, 2014 4:55 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Monday urged a gathering of broadcasters to embrace the changing content ecosystem and asked them to view the upcoming incentive auctions as an opportunity. Speaking at the National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) annual conference...

FirstNews Briefs: Huawei, Siemens, Allot, Queclink, RacoWireless, Nextivity

April 8, 2014 10:49 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Huawei and Siemens Convergence Creators jointly announced today that a strategic cooperation have been established between both companies for the development of end-to-end solutions for the critical communications market. Initial plans from the companies' joint cooperation have already begun with an agreement to operate a GSM-R laboratory in Croatia.

Lenovo Buys LTE, 3G Patents From NEC

April 8, 2014 10:33 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Lenovo has quietly bought from NEC a portfolio containing 3,800 patent families, some covering LTE and 3G mobile technologies. Lenovo’s patent deal with NEC comes just two weeks after the Chinese computer giant announced it had paid $100 million to Unwired Planet for a portfolio of patents covering LTE and 3G technologies.

U.S. Cellular Adding 1200 New LTE Sites in 2014

April 8, 2014 10:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In partnerhsip with King Street Wireless, U.S. Cellular will add more than 1,200 LTE cell sites in 2014 and expand existing LTE service in 13 states. The regional carrier said in a statement that by the end of 2014, more than 93 percent of its customers will have access to LTE speeds. 

EU Court Scraps Bulk Collection of Phone Data

April 8, 2014 9:24 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's top court on Tuesday scrapped key legislation allowing the indiscriminate collection of Internet and phone communication data for law-enforcement purposes. The European Court of Justice ruled that the data retention directive offers too few safeguards to protect people from authorities' snooping and...

This New Texting While Driving PSA is Upsettingly Effective

April 7, 2014 12:02 pm | by Ben Munson | Videos | Comments

Texting while driving can produce truly tragic results and this new commercial does its jarring best to simulate the trauma. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s new clip is short and painfully effective at conveying the danger of texting while driving. It also might not be for the faint of heart.

U.S. Cellular Offering Device Financing, $350 ETF Bounty

April 7, 2014 11:30 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular is also allowing customers to purchase a new device for $0 down on Simple Connect plans as well as the company’s Shared Data plans, now named Shared Connect plans. The Shared Connect plans are similar to AT&T's Next, Verizon Jump and T-Mobile's Edge plans, where customers make monthly payments towards the cost of the device on their wireless bill.

FirstNews Briefs: Freescale, EXFO, ByteSphere, IBM, Alcatel-Lucent

April 7, 2014 10:41 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor, a global provider of embedded processing solutions and communications processors for networking equipment, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the Comcerto CPE communications processor business of Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. This business includes a series of multicore, ARM-based embedded processors and associated software, a team, and Tier One customers spanning the globe.

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