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Jawbone Proves Power of Wearable Data with Quake Insights

August 25, 2014 10:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to information from Jawbone, about 90 percent of its users were asleep when the quake hit and the closer users were to Napa the more likely they were to wake up. Around half of the users in San Francisco woke up, but almost no one did 100 miles away from the epicenter in Modesto. 

FirstNews Briefs: Verizon, Magpi, Trimble, Telit Wireless

August 25, 2014 9:50 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Verizon today announced it will invest nearly $40 million to expand the on-site green energy program that it launched in 2013. This year, Verizon will install 10.2 megawatts of new solar power systems at eight Verizon network facilities in five states – California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.

Fitbit Denies Claims It Sells Personal Data

August 25, 2014 9:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The San Francisco-based fitness wearables company spelled out its privacy policy on its website after Schumer warned of a potential "privacy nightmare" relating to concerns that the makers of fitness monitoring devices could sell users' data to advertisers.

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Thermal Imaging Coming to iPhone

August 25, 2014 9:36 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple stores started selling the $349 FLIR One this week. It puts thermal imaging within reach of people who probably have never considered it before, and it opens up a whole new way of looking at the world. Warm things show up bright on the iPhone screen, while cold things are dark. It's like everything glows with its own light.

Cricket Offers $100 to Subs Switching from T-Mobile, MetroPCS

August 22, 2014 11:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Cricket Wireless has joined the current wireless bounty bonanza by offering a $100 bill credit to customers who switch over from T-Mobile or MetroPCS. From August 24 to October 19, customers who switch will get the credit. The promotion is only available for customers coming over from T-Mobile or MetroPCS but there’s no limit on the amount of lines a single customer can switch over and get the credit.

Connected Home, Connected Everything: Fragmentation Poses Opportunities

August 22, 2014 11:39 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Research firm IDC expects IoT to open up many IT vendors to the consumer market, providing B2B2C services to connect and run homes and automobiles or virtually any place that where electronic devices will have a networking capability. IDC estimates that the technology and services revenue from IoT to expand...

Report: iPhone 6 Display Woes Could Limit Availability

August 22, 2014 11:06 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Production for the iPhone 6 display disrupted as Apple is redesigning a “key component,” according to Reuters. The report points to a display backlight needing to be reworked because it was not bright enough. Reuters sources couldn’t say if the redesign would delay the device’s launch or limit the availability of the new iPhones during the initial release.

FirstNews Briefs: Samsung, Sprint, Trimble, Wireless Ronin, Creative Realities

August 22, 2014 10:18 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Samsung is soon releasing a Multi-Charging Wall Charger that allows users to charge up to three micro USB devices at once. The Multi-charging cable optimizes the total charge across all three devices, dividing the 2A charge evenly. In other words, if you’re only charging two devices, power flows faster to each than if you were charging three simultaneously.

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Ixia Taps Bethany Mayer for CEO Spot

August 22, 2014 9:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Mayer comes to the company from HP where she held several key executive roles since 2010. Most recently, Mayer served as HP’s senior vice president and general manager of its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) business and led the company’s NFV initiative. 

Report: 3G/4G M2M Devices will Overtake 2G by 2018

August 22, 2014 8:52 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Berg Insight says the move has been driven by the phase out of 2G services in some countries. The firm notes that here in the US, AT&T plans to shut down its 2G network have profoundly changed the M2M hardware market. Berg Insight expects that a majority of the M2M devices shipped in North America will use 3G technology already in 2014. 

The Reality of Sprint's New Plans

August 22, 2014 8:30 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The new Sprint plans are available starting Friday and reward families that need a lot of data. But the company is also keeping an unlimited-data plan that's beneficial for individuals — and competes with a similar T-Mobile offering. Now that most Americans have cellphones, wireless companies have been trying to lure consumers with lower prices.

Sprint Lashes Back at T-Mobile with $60 Unlimited Single-Line Plan

August 21, 2014 1:13 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“Sprint’s new everyday price of $60 a month for unlimited saves customers $480 over two years against T-Mobile’s $80 everyday pricing. And, customers can save $120 over two years versus T-Mobile’s promotional price…and they don’t have to jump through T-Mobile’s hoops and recruit their friends,” Sprint said in a statement.

MLB Online Chief Optimistic on Relaxing Blackouts

August 21, 2014 11:51 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Currently, games involving hometown teams are blocked online, regardless of where they are played. That's because television channels pay millions of dollars for rights and don't want to lose audiences to online and mobile services such as MLB.TV. So Rockies fans can't watch online in Denver, but they can when they travel to Boston or San Francisco.

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Analyst: China Mobile Could Help Band 41 Support Make it Into New iPhone

August 21, 2014 11:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

China Mobile might be able to help convince Apple to put Band 41 support in the new iPhone, according to BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk. The move would be a boost to Sprint, whose massive holdings in the 2.5 GHz Band didn’t factor into the LTE support in the current iPhone models. Sprint took possession of that swath of spectrum after last year acquiring Clearwire.

FirstNews Briefs: GSMA, Aruba Networks, Microsoft, Metrigraphics, Novell

August 21, 2014 10:32 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Metrigraphics, a process development and manufacturing resource for ultra-miniature passive circuits and structures, today announced it has developed an advanced process for applying metal layers to circuit substrates and to polyimide layers on multilayer circuits. The process works for both rigid and flexible circuits.

T-Mobile Offering Unlimited Data for Poaching Customers

August 21, 2014 10:25 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced that customers who “rescue” subscribers from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon will earn one year of free unlimited data from themselves and their friend. Beginning next week, subscribers who port over their number to T-Mobile and an existing T-Mobile subscriber will earn unlimited LTE or, if they already have unlimited data, a $10 monthly credit for 12 months.

HP Struggles Continue as 3Q Earnings Fall 29%

August 21, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The results announced Wednesday also included a slight revenue gain from the previous year, ending a streak of 11-consecutive quarters of decline as HP struggled to adapt to a shift from PCs to smartphones and tablets. HP earned $985 million, or 52 cents per share, for the three months ended in July. That compared to income of $1.4 billion, or 71 cents per share, at the same time last year.

Microsoft, Tracfone Partnering on mHealth Solution

August 21, 2014 9:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Part of the reason for working with Tracfone lies in the fact that it is one of the largest Lifeline providers. Microsoft and TracFone will work with Health Choice Network (HCN), a Miami-based company that manages and connects a network of community health centers with more than 760,000 patients in 17 states. 

Study: AT&T Exclusivity Holding Back Amazon Fire Phone

August 20, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Amazon Fire Phone’s exclusivity with AT&T could be holding back early adoption for the high-profile smartphone, according to advertising group Chitika. By analyzing millions of U.S. and Canada smartphone-based online ad impressions, Chitika found that North American usage of the Fire Phone only increased incrementally in the three weeks since its launch.

Apple's Stock Bounces Back to Hit a New High

August 20, 2014 10:37 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs. The milestone represents a dramatic turnaround in sentiment since Apple's shares reached its previous split-adjusted peak of $100.72 in September 2012.

B&N and Samsung Launch New Nook Tablet

August 20, 2014 10:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The device features 8GB of onboard storage (expandable to 32GB), a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook goes on sale today for $179 and includes $200 in free content, including some pre-selected books, TV shows and other media.

Uber Hires Former Obama Adviser Plouffe

August 20, 2014 9:44 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

David Plouffe is best known for running President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. He is joining Uber as senior vice president of policy and strategy in September, bringing a campaign mindset to a company that has faced resistance in some U.S. cities from the taxi industry and regulators.

Ballmer Steps Down from Microsoft Board

August 20, 2014 9:40 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

"I bleed Microsoft — have for 34 years and I always will," Ballmer wrote. "I will be proud, and I will benefit through my share ownership. I promise to support and encourage boldness by management in my role as a shareholder in any way I can."

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Garmin, Panasonic, PCTEL, Futuresource

August 20, 2014 9:34 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Garmin International Inc., today announced the fleet 660 and 670, two new fleet navigators that combine Garmin navigation with the customization options of Android. With the fleet 660 for local fleets and the fleet 670 for commercial truck fleets, service providers can introduce customized applications an services that meet the requirements of their customers.

Sprint Prices New 'Edge-to-Edge' Sharp Smartphone at $239

August 19, 2014 5:53 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

David Owens, senior vice president of product development for Sprint, said the company will sell the device for a suggested retail price of $239 and sell it outright to prepaid customers for $149. The Aquos Crystal supports Sprint’s HD Voice product, as well as the company’s high-speed Spark network.

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