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Samsung Using Google as Shield in Patent Fight

April 2, 2014 10:53 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

"Not one of the accused features on this phone was designed, much less copied, by anyone at Samsung," Samsung attorney Peter Quinn said. "The accused features on this phone were developed independently by some of the software engineers at Google, up the road in Mountain View."

FirstNews Briefs: Telefonica, Tesla, Westell, Telit, Smokio

April 2, 2014 10:50 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Telefónica today announced an agreement with Tesla to provide M2M connectivity for the Tesla Model S in Europe. Telefónica and its M2M World Alliance partners will provide connectivity for Model S across multiple countries in Europe, including in Germany and the United Kingdom on Telefónica’s O2 network, in Spain on Movistar, and in the Netherlands on KPN.

Sprint April Press Event: 'Hear It for Yourself'

April 2, 2014 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint today sent out invitations to a press event in New York. The cryptic tagline on the invite was "Hear it for yourself," and could be a reference to the company's HD Voice product. The event comes after Sprint CEO Dan Hesse announced it would take HD Voice nationwide in July.

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Samsung Launches Smart Home Service

April 2, 2014 10:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung is advancing its master plan to connect all of its devices with today's launch of Samsung Smart Home in the United States and Korea. In a statement, Samsung said the service features a single app that allows users to connect and control home appliances, TVs and mobile devices. 

BlackBerry Revokes T-Mobile’s License to Sell Its Phones

April 2, 2014 9:53 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry today announced it will not be renewing T-Mobile’s license to sell BlackBerry products after it expires April 25. In a blog post, BlackBerry promised that existing BlackBerry users on T-Mobile would not experience any lapse in support and that it would continue to support any customers who purchase BlackBerry devices from T-Mobile’s remaining inventory.

FirstNews Briefs: Sequans, China Telecom, Brightstar, SoftBank, Wireless Power Consortium

April 1, 2014 11:17 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

4G chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. announced that two of its device manufacturing partners in China, Datang Mobile and DareGlobal, have been awarded contracts to provide Sequans-powered TD-LTE end user devices to China Telecom for the operator’s commercial launch of TD-LTE service beginning in Q2.

Sprint, T-Mobile Caution FCC on AT&T All-IP Trials

April 1, 2014 11:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint and T-Mobile are calling into question AT&T's recently approved IP-network trials in Florida and Alabama, saying the initiative is holding back the rest of the industry's move to develop cross-carrier IP interconnections. "AT&T’s proposed experiment is putting the cart before the horse," Sprint wrote...

Microsoft CEO Reshuffles Exec Team, Names Elop EVP of Devices

April 1, 2014 11:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is moving his executive teams around and appointing former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop as the executive vice president of the devices group. Elop, who had been rumored as a candidate to replace recently depart Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, will report directly to Nadella in his new role. Elop will also have a hand in developing the Xbox, according to Reuters.

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Virgin Mobile Intros Sprint Spark-Enabled Hotspot for $99

April 1, 2014 10:39 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Netgear Mingle will run $99 for Virgin customers and will take advantage of all three of Sprint’s LTE bands as well as the carrier’s 3G network. The hotspot will be available for Virgin’s Broadband2Go with no-contract offers starting at $5 a day for 250MB and jumping to monthly plans that run $25 for 1.5GB and $55 for 6GB of high-speed data.

Choosing Jury in Apple-Samsung Case May Be Hard

April 1, 2014 9:47 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Jury selection promised to be a challenge for the world's leading smartphone makers as they continued their patent fight in federal court on Tuesday. The trial in Silicon Valley marks the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between Apple Inc. and Samsung, with the companies accusing each other of stealing ideas and features.

Report: Kill Switch Could Save Americans $2.6B Annually

April 1, 2014 9:37 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Whether you're for or against mandatory kill switch technology in smartphones, at least one study says such a feature could saved consumers bundles. According to a study conducted by Creighton University Professor Dr. William Duckworth, kill switch technology could save Americans up to $2.6 billion per year...

T-Mobile Nixes Employer Discounts

March 31, 2014 5:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile's latest Un-Carrier moved announced today will do away with discounts for large companies.  In the interest of simplifying the company's pricing plans across the board, T-Mobile will do away with discounted plans for large employers. Writing in a blog...

BlackBerry Wins Ruling Against iPhone Keyboard

March 31, 2014 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry has won an early round in its legal battle against an iPhone keyboard made by a startup co-founded by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest. A court order bans Seacrest's company, Typo Products LLC, from selling its iPhone keyboard in the U.S. while BlackBerry Ltd. proceeds with a patent infringement case against the product. 

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FCC AWS-3 Plans Get Mixed Reaction

March 31, 2014 3:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC today issued an official report and order that sets rules for the upcoming auction of 65 MHz of spectrum in the AWS-3 band, specifically in the 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, and 2155-2180 MHz bands. The report and order establishes a band plan that makes spectrum available in a mix of spectrum block and geographic license area sizes...

FCC Opens 100 MHz of 5 GHz Spectrum for Unlicensed Wi-Fi Use

March 31, 2014 2:53 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The new report and order focused on relaxing the rules governing the operation of Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) in the 5 GHz band, specifically removing current restriction on indoor-only use and increasing the permissible power in the 5.150-5.250 GHz band.

FirstNews Briefs: Broadcom, Hilti, AT&T, Motorola Solutions, Netgear

March 31, 2014 10:32 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Broadcom Corporation today announced the expansion of its XLP®II multi-core communications processors family with the XLP500 Series. Featuring 32 NXCPUs and 80 Gbps performance, the XLP500 Series delivers up to 4X the per-core performance of competing processors.

AT&T Plans Fourth 300 Million-Share Buyback in Four Years

March 31, 2014 10:28 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T today announced its plans to buy back 300 million shares, representing approximately six percent of the company’s outstanding shares. This is the fourth 300 million-share buyback AT&T has announced in the past four years—the previous three came December 2010, July 2012 and March 2013.

Advancing Mobile Solutions With Low-Power DDR4

March 31, 2014 10:12 am | by Reynette Au, Micron Technology | Articles | Comments

The increasing complexity of mobile smartphones brings with it new design challenges.  While today’s mobile system-on-chip (SoC) devices integrate advanced functionality in an efficient way, they also increase bandwidth requirements to external memory resources. In addition, new features must be implemented without increasing power consumption...

Review: Office for iPad Is Pretty and Functional

March 31, 2014 9:15 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Microsoft Office fans who've spent the last nine months using the software's suite of apps on their tiny smartphone screens are probably thrilled that they can finally create and update documents on the iPad's significantly bigger display surface.

Another Apple-Samsung Skirmish Heads to Court

March 31, 2014 9:06 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features. The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits...

FirstNews Briefs: Globecomm, Energous, IDI Billing Solutions, Oracle

March 28, 2014 10:33 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Globecomm has anonounced that Evolve Broadband has deployed its LTE solutions. Evolve Broadband, a regional carrier providing voice and data products and services throughout 13 counties in Texas, completed successful LTE trials with Globecomm last year and has now finished its initial 35% of coverage area LTE build-out. 

CTIA, Broadcasters Prove Viability of Spectrum Sharing

March 28, 2014 10:25 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Wireless Association today released a report on its efforts to test spectrum channel sharing with a pair of Los Angeles television stations. CTIA claims to have proved the viablity of channel sharing through its experiment with Los Angeles television stations KLCS and KJLA. 

BlackBerry Outlook Brightens as Chen Cuts Expenses

March 28, 2014 8:59 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry reported a steep drop in profit and revenue Friday as it transitions from a smartphone company to a software business under its new chief executive. Shares jumped 7 percent in premarket trading as CEO John Chen cut expenses quicker than expected.

Apkudo, CCA Partner on Device Hub for Rural Carriers

March 27, 2014 5:30 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) is making it easier for smaller rural and regional carriers to get the devices they need with the launch of the Device Hub. Apkudo is powering the platform that will provide better management of device portfolios for smaller carriers and create common device specifications...

Microsoft Unveils Office for iPad

March 27, 2014 4:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft on Thursday unveiled Office for the iPad, a software suite that includes programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and works on rival Apple Inc.'s hugely popular tablet computer. The app was to be made available for download on Thursday in the App Store at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

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