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FirstNews Briefs: IBM, Globecomm, Celltick, Samsung, FreeWave

July 10, 2014 9:41 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

IBM today announced it is investing $3 billion over the next five years in two broad research and early stage development programs to push forward chip technology needed to meet the emerging demands of cloud computing and Big Data systems.

NY Reaches Price Limit Deal with Car Service Uber

July 9, 2014 11:22 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The car service Uber has agreed to limit prices during emergencies, natural disasters or other unusual market disruptions consistent with New York's law against price gouging, the company and state attorney general said Tuesday.

Alcatel-Lucent Hits 10 Gbps Over Copper Wire

July 9, 2014 11:04 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent today announced it has clocked a 10 Gbps connection over copper wire. Bell Labs, the company’s research arm, used a prototype to demonstrate 1 Gbps “symmetrical ultra-broadband” across legacy copper phone lines. The technology splits the bandwidth so 1 Gbps can be used for download and upload.


Google Goes Altruistic with New Glass Initiative

July 9, 2014 10:41 am | by Brett Zognker, Associated Press | News | Comments

After receiving 1,300 proposals, Google is announcing five nonprofits Wednesday that'll get a free pair of the glasses, a $25,000 grant and support from developers. Classroom Champions of Jacksonville, Florida, will use the glasses to create first-person educational videos by Paralympic athletes for high-need schools.

Motorola Can No Longer Sell Phones in Germany

July 9, 2014 10:38 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A German court has ordered Motorola to stop selling smartphones in Germany, according to Reuters. The court ruled Motorola Deutschland and Motorola Mobility USA infringed on a patent owned by LPKF Laser & Electronics AG. The patent pertains to laser direct structuring used in mobile phone antennas.

FirstNews Briefs: LG, Rovi, Samsung, America Movil, Alcatel-Lucent

July 9, 2014 10:11 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

LG Electronics (LG) will extend the wearable experience to parents with children with its new KizON wristband. KizON is LG’s new wearable designed for pre-school and primary school children that offers parents a way to keep track of their young children’s whereabouts. Utilizing GPS and Wi-Fi, KizON provides real-time location information allowing parents to track their children’s whereabouts on a smartphone.

Verizon Received 150K Information Requests in 1H of 2014

July 9, 2014 9:41 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In Verizon's transparency report covering the timeframe from January 1 to June 31, Verizon said the information was only released in the event of a valid law enforcement demand or an appropriate request in an emergency involving the danger of death or serious physical injury.

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, nTelos, TextNow, SIMalliance, Canvas, Globe Telecom

July 8, 2014 11:24 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

nTelos Wireless today announced that it is continuing to expand its 4G LTE service area, and will include access to 4G LTE high-speed data in existing service plans without an up charge. 4G LTE data services are now available to more than 2.8 million people across the region.


Report: Sprint Vetting Plans That Undercut AT&T, Verizon

July 8, 2014 11:17 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The trials—reportedly running San Diego, Portland, Ore. and Las Vegas—are charging per device and offering data buckets ranging from 1 GB to 60 GB. Sprint’s 1 GB plan is $20, only $5 less than similar plans at AT&T and Verizon. But Sprint’s 10 GB plan is $40 less and its 30 GB plan is $95 less than the same deals at AT&T and Verizon.

U.S. Cellular Offers Postpaid Service Through RadioShack

July 8, 2014 10:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a statement from a U.S. Cellular spokeswoman, the regional carrier's postpaid service is now available in 83 RadioShack locations across 12 states, including California, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

Samsung ‘Cautiously’ Optimistic About Future as 2Q Guidance Sags

July 8, 2014 10:12 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung issued “weak” 2Q guidance, forecasting an operating profit of $7.1 billion on $51.3 billion in sales. The Korean company blamed the sagging profits on “strong Korean currency, declined smartphone and tablet shipments, and increased marketing expenses to reduce inventories.” 

Dell, Intel and Samsung Join Hands on IoT Standard

July 8, 2014 10:04 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a statement, the new Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) will seek to define connectivity requirements to ensure the interoperability of billions of devices projected to come online by 2020- from PCs, smartphones and tablets to home and industrial appliances and new wearable form factors.

Thieves in Brazil Target Samsung Factory

July 8, 2014 9:44 am | by Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press | News | Comments

The gang of heavily armed men captured eight plant employees as they neared the factory in a company bus just before midnight, said civil police in Sao Paulo state. They stole the workers' ID tags and took two of them with them as hostages as they entered the factory in the college town of Campinas. The remaining six employees were taken to an unknown location.


Isis Mobile Wallet Rebranding Because of ISIS, the Militant Group

July 7, 2014 3:44 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“However coincidental, we have no interest in sharing a name with a group whose name has become synonymous with violence and our hearts go out to those who are suffering. As a company, we have made the decision to rebrand,” Isis CEO Michael Abbott said in a statement.

HTC Turns 2Q Profit

July 7, 2014 10:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

HTC’s unaudited second-quarter figures released just before the holiday showed a net profit of $72 million on quarterly revenue exceeding $2.17 billion. The profit beat analyst estimates of around $68.7 million, according to Bloomberg, which attributed the small victory to HTC One M8 sales and reductions in marketing costs. The second-quarter profit follows a first-quarter net loss of $62.17 million.

BlackBerry Deals German Assets to Volkswagen

July 7, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The move comes as the Ontario-based company looks to become profitable by its 2016 financial year. BlackBerry has centralized most of its vehicle connectivity development at its QNX Software Systems division in Ottawa, Ontario. Volkswagen will assume BlackBerry's offices leases at the Bochum University Center and the Design Support Lab.

FirstNews Briefs: Atmel, Newport Media, AT&T, LG, Perfecto Mobile, Extricom

July 7, 2014 10:02 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Perfecto Mobile, provider of the MobileCloud Platform and integrated mobile application quality suite, today announced the launch of a new offering designed to provide integrated development and testing capabilities of mobile applications to Visual Studio and Microsoft Azure users. To celebrate the launch of this offering, new promotional offers are available for MSDN subscribers.

Mobile Phone Sales Will Reach 1.9B in 2014

July 7, 2014 10:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sales of smartphones, which exceeded those of the rest of the market in 2013, will continue to do well, and Gartner estimates that smartphone sales will represent 88 percent of global mobile phone sales by 2018 — up from 66 percent in 2014.

Wholesale Market to Top $142 Billion by 2019

July 7, 2014 9:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

James expects this picture to change with the rise of domestic and international wholesale in Asia-Pacific. “We expect at least one Chinese carrier to be among the top 20 wholesalers by revenues in 2019, although North America and Europe will continue to dominate the list.”

Legere: FTC Unfairly Targeted T-Mobile with SMS Charges

July 7, 2014 8:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Legere went on to deny that T-Mobile was participating in any kind of "cramming" practices. He acknowledged that all of the larger U.S. carriers engaged in billing for third-party premium texting services from a period between 2009 and 2013. However, he claimed that T-Mobile had made the decision to terminate those services in November of 2013. 

Why the Feds are Singling Out T-Mobile for SMS Fraud

July 2, 2014 12:27 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“[The charges] fly in the face of their positioning and makes them look like hypocrites,” Recon Analyst founder Roger Entner said. “And it’s a huge opportunity for the other three carriers to throw egg in T-Mobile’s face.” Lynnette Luna, senior analyst at Current Analysis, said T-Mobile will likely pay a settlement in order to minimize the damage to their public image.

Google Seeks to Refine Music Strategy with Songza Buy

July 2, 2014 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google plans to blend Songza's technology into its own music-streaming service, which costs $10 per month. Songza's tools also might be used to recommend musical videos at Google's YouTube site, which is preparing to introduce a subscription option, too.

Microsoft Sides with Qualcomm-backed AllSeen IoT Alliance

July 2, 2014 10:27 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Microsoft has joined the AllSeen Alliance, a Qualcomm-backed Internet of Things consortium. The software giant’s membership makes it a total of 51 companies in the group, including big names in electronics like LG, Sharp and Panasonic. AllSeen are working on a universal IoT standard based on Qualcomm’s AllJoyn open source code.

FirstNews Briefs: HERE, Medio, Verizon, InterDigital, T-Mobile, MetroPCS

July 2, 2014 10:19 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Today HERE, a provider of mapping and location intelligence, completed the acquisition of Medio Systems Inc., a Seattle-based company dealing in the emerging field of real-time predictive analytics. The terms of the transaction are confidential.

Nokia Networks Agrees to Acquire SAC Wireless

July 2, 2014 10:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“With SAC Wireless’ capabilities complementing our own in-house expertise, we are well positioned to bring enhanced quality and increased end-to-end delivery efficiency to our customers. No other infrastructure provider is offering this level of proven services,” Corker said. 

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