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Report: Samsung Prepping Actual Watch Phone

May 23, 2014 11:17 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Wall Street Journal spoke with people familiar with Samsung’s device plans, who said the device will actually place and receive phone calls without needing to be tethered to a smartphone. The report outfits the device with a camera, GPS, Bluetooth, a heart-rate monitor and email functionality.

Nest Recalling 440K Smoke Alarms for Safety Risk

May 22, 2014 8:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Government regulators on Wednesday said that they have approved Nest Labs' plans to fix a feature in its smoke alarms that could prevent them from sounding immediately. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday that the company will recall 440,000 of its Nest Protect Smoke + CO alarms, which have a feature that allows users to temporarily silence some alerts by waving their arm near the unit.

Google Buys Corporate Mobile-Device Manager Divide

May 19, 2014 1:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Inc. says Divide's technology will be used at companies whose employees use smartphones and tablets running on its Android software. More than 1 billion devices worldwide are powered by Android, making it the world's leading mobile operating system.

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Google, Apple Settle Longstanding Patent Dispute

May 19, 2014 11:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. and Google Inc. announced Friday that they are dropping nearly two dozen lawsuits in U.S. and European courts against each other. The disputes revolved around the operating systems Apple uses for its iPhone and Google's Android software as well patent infringement accusations from Motorola Mobility, which Google acquired two years ago.

Google Resumes Glass Sales in the U.S.

May 15, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Glass, which comes in five different colors, looks like a pair of spectacles except the Explorer edition doesn't contain any actual glass in the frame. Instead, the device has a thumbnail-sized screen attached above the right eye so a user can check email, see Twitter posts or get directions without having to grope for a phone.

Moto E Promises A Smartphone for All at $129

May 13, 2014 9:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The 3G-capable Moto E comes running Android KitKat 4.4.2 and features a dual-core Snapdragon 200 CPU, 1GB of Ram, a 4.3-inch display and a 5-megapixel camera. The phone also features interchangeable backs, which the company is calling "Motorola Shells." The shells add durability to the phone and come in 20 color and design combinations. 

C Spire Kicks Off Statewide 1-Gbps Fiber Deployment in Mississippi

May 8, 2014 10:48 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In all, the first phase of C Spire’s fiber initiative will see the rapid home broadband deployed in nine Mississippi cities: Batesville, Clinton, Corinth, Hattiesburg, Horn Lake, McComb, Quitman, Ridgeland and Starkville. C Spire anticipates laying 4,600 miles of fiber optic infrastructure and spending millions to finish the first steps of the project.

Google Chromebooks on the Rise as Windows Support Wanes

May 7, 2014 10:29 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The latest line of Chromebooks unveiled Tuesday run on a new generation of faster Intel microprocessors that don't devour as much battery power. The machines will be shipped by major personal computer makers such as Lenovo Group, Acer, Dell, ASUS and Toshiba. They will sell for $300 to $400.

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FCC Commissioner Pushes for Unlicensed Spectrum in 600 MHz Band

May 7, 2014 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, speaking at a WiFiForward event, said the Commission needs to be creative about finding room for unlicensed spectrum in the 600 MHz Band while protecting incumbent services. She talked about considering an expanded duplex gap, finding new locations for unlicensed microphones and opening up more unlicensed use in Channel 37.

Law Firm Alleges Google Has Monopoly on Mobile Search

May 2, 2014 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Consumer rights law firm Hagens Berman has filed a class-action lawsuit against Google that accuses the company of having monopolized mobile search. In a press release, Hagens Berman said it is claiming Google "illegally monopolized, and financially and creatively stagnated the American market of internet and mobile search."

Google to Stop Mining Student Emails for Ad Ideas

May 1, 2014 10:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google will stop looking for advertising ideas in the emails of students using a suite of the Internet company's free products tailored for schools. The changes announced Wednesday affect Google's "Apps for Education" service that has been offered to schools for the past seven years.

Europe Warns Google, Samsung on Phone Patent Abuse

April 29, 2014 9:25 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Commission said Monday that Google's Motorola Mobility abused its market position in Europe by refusing to grant crucial technology licenses to rival Apple, then suing Apple for patent infringement when the company used them anyway.

Google, Apple Settle High-Tech Workers' Lawsuit

April 25, 2014 9:55 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Terms of the settlement aren't being revealed yet. Those details will be provided in documents that will be filed in court by May 27, according to Kelly Dermody, an attorney representing the workers who contended they were cheated out of bigger paychecks.

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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.

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.

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.

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. 

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...

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: CCA, T-Mobile, SimpleAir, Google, AT&T, Digigram

March 21, 2014 10:40 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Competitive Carriers Association urged the Court to grant certiorari of a pending appeal and resolve a split amongst lower courts related to the statutory prerequisites for denying applications for siting wireless facilities.  T-Mobile South, LLC seeks review of a decision which allows local authorities to deny applications without providing any underlying reasoning included as part of the denial.  

Report: 63% of Non-Desktop U.S. Web Traffic from iOS

March 20, 2014 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Even as Android pulls away with the majority of global smarpthone market share, Apple's iOS continues to drive more Web traffic in some countries around the globe. The findings revealed in dotMobi’s Global Device Traffic Index, show that Apple’s iOS-based devices...

What If the Moto 360 Really Does Change the Game?

March 19, 2014 4:44 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

The Moto 360, the newest smartwatch to enter the arena, is Motorola’s first shot at Google’s new Android Wear OS. And the company made it almost all the way through the 360’s two-minute promo video without using the words “game-changer.” But then, right at the end, BAM. Game. Changed.

Review: Uneasy First Steps with Google Glass

March 17, 2014 10:54 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Shaped like a lopsided headband, Google Glass is an unassuming piece of technology when you're holding it in your hands. You feel as if you can almost break it, testing its flexibility. Putting it on, though, is another story. Once you do, this Internet-connected eyewear takes on a life of its own. 

Google Exec Promises Wearables SDK for Developers

March 10, 2014 10:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google is hoping a new Software Development Kit (SDK) will help facilitate the development of wearable hardware and applications that can run on that hardware. Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome & apps for Google, made the announcement during a talk Saturday at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

Google Asks FCC for Four 6-MHz Unlicensed Channels in 600 MHz Band

March 7, 2014 3:26 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

According to a filing, Google specifically requests unlicensed spectrum use in “any guard band separating broadcast and LTE licensees; any duplex gap separating LTE uplink and downlink operations; the reserved wireless microphone channels on a shared basis with wireless microphone users; and Channel 37 on a shared basis with WMTS and radio astronomy users.”

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