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Facebook Messenger: Myth Vs. Reality

August 12, 2014 10:58 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The fear and confusion stem from a message that greets owners of Android devices when they install the app. It explains that the app requires permission access to the device's camera, microphone, list of contacts and other information. Here's what Facebook's mobile messaging app does and doesn't do.

Report: Tango Receives $1.5B Valuation

August 8, 2014 10:08 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While the amount is nowhere near the $19 billion Facebook paid for WhatsApp, it is quite a bit more than Tango has seen in the past. According to a report from Reuters, the new valuation is one-third more than the valuation Tango recieved just five months ago. 

China Clamps Down on Messaging Services

August 7, 2014 9:20 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government announced that only established media companies will be allowed to release political and social news. That would curtail a growing trend in use of instant messaging services by journalists and scholars to distribute independent news reports and commentary.

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Microsoft Suing Samsung Over Android Royalties

August 4, 2014 9:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After initially refusing to pay royalties in the second year of the deal, Samsung made a late payment in November but did not add on interest, according to a redacted copy of the complaint filed in federal court in New York and provided by Microsoft.

Samsung's Tizen Phone Delayed

July 28, 2014 9:33 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

In a brief statement, Samsung said the postponement is to further enhance the Tizen "ecosystem," which encompasses developers, consumers and devices using the mobile OS. The delay is a blow to Samsung's push to reduce reliance on Google's Android operating system, which powers Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

LG Doubles 2Q profit on Strong Smartphone Sales

July 24, 2014 9:46 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG executives said solid sales of handset devices will help its mobile division stay profitable during the fall and winter, even as Apple Inc. is expected to unveil a bigger iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co. is likely to release new models.

No Longer Competitors, Apple and IBM a Natural Fit

July 22, 2014 4:12 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

One of the world's largest providers of enterprise software applications and services on a "mobile-first" mission, and arguably the most well-known consumer mobile device manufacturer ever, are now collaborators. It was probably a more natural union than many imagined when Apple and IBM recently announced their partnership. 

Maintaining the Network: Staying Ahead of Data-Hungry Applications

July 22, 2014 2:27 pm | Webinars

Join Wireless Week and sponsor Anritsu, as we take an in-depth look at how mobile applications are consuming the network and how operators, vendors and developers can respond to demand. Through testing and monitoring, operators can be clear on how an app will use its data connection before it even reaches the network.

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Report: Apple Prepping for Biggest iPhone Launch Ever

July 22, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple is asking its manufacturers to make 70-80 million iPhones ahead of approaching launch of new 4.7- and 5.5-inch models of its smartphone, according to the Wall Street Journal. The initial order reports mark a huge increase of the 50-60 million units Apple ordered ahead of last year’s launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C.

Yahoo Acquires App Analytics Firm Flurry

July 22, 2014 8:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The deal announced Monday is the latest in a wave of mostly small acquisitions that Yahoo Inc. has made during the two-year reign of CEO Marissa Mayer as the company's tries to attract more traffic on mobile devices. Yahoo didn't disclose how much it is paying for Flurry, an indication that the price isn't big enough to affect Yahoo's finances.

Apple Strengthens Enterprise Position with IBM Partnership

July 15, 2014 5:16 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The partnership centers around a new class of business apps that will run on iOS devices. The companies are boasting "a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad." 

Verizon Adds Tablets to Edge

July 15, 2014 11:37 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon over the weekend added the iPad and Android tablets to its Edge early upgrade program. “We’ve had other tablet payment plans in the past, but now we’re focused on Edge,” a Verizon spokesperson told Wireless Week when asked about why tablets are just coming to Edge.

Apple Echoes U.S. Tracking Explanation in China

July 14, 2014 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple said that its phones are constantly figuring location by pinging cell towers in order to determine location in a quick and reliable manner. But it said all of that is done at the device level and it is not tracking end users. It also said that tracking a phone's location using GPS takes too long and would not result in a satisfying user experience. 

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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.

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.

Frontier, Zipwhip Bring Texting to Landlines

July 1, 2014 10:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Regional telecom and broadband provider Frontier is adding texting fucntionality to its business landline numbers. Frontier has turned to Zipwhip for the technology that allows its business landline numbers to become text messaging channels.

Android Wear Compatibility Gap Leaves Open Door for Apple, Microsoft

June 30, 2014 4:41 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

If Android and the many OEM partners can find a way to close the fragmentation gap, then Android Wear could become as pervasive as its parent software. Of course, if someone releases a commercially viable smartwatch with its own cellular connection, then fragmentation ceases to be a phone-watch pairing issue and becomes a standalone smartwatch problem.

Walmart Slashes iPhone Prices Ahead of Fall iPhone 6 Launch

June 27, 2014 10:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The reduced prices come as Apple and its partners might be trying to get rid of existing inventory before a fall launch of the iPhone 6. A recent report from the International Business Times claims that Apple has set a September 19 release day for the iPhone 6. 

Amazon Appstore Offers 30 Paid Apps for Free

June 27, 2014 9:57 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amazon is offering up the apps as part of the company's Free App of the Day. The apps include titles such as Travel Interpreter ($9.99) and PUZZINGO Puzzles ($14.99). Amazon said the apps have a combined value in excess of $100. The apps will be available for free download on Friday, June 27th and Saturday, June 28th.

T-Mobile Selling Prepaid iPhones Through Apple Retail Stores

June 26, 2014 4:10 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile today further aligned itself with Apple's products by offering its prepaid service on iPhones through Apple reail stores.  The Uncarrier Thursday said that customers can now purchase and activate an iPhone with T-Mobile service in more than 250 Apple stores. 

T-Mo's 'Test Drive' Perfect Showcase for Impressive Wideband Service

June 26, 2014 10:38 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

This is T-Mobile's way into major metropolitan markets, where it will continue to take subscribers from the likes of AT&T and Verizon. Yes, Verizon has its XLTE product, and Sprint has its "Spark" offering, but neither of those are offering the kinds of speeds T-Mobile is putting up right now. 

Sprint Unveils Exclusive Galaxy S5 'Sport'

June 23, 2014 1:05 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint Monday announced that it is teaming up with Samsung for an exclusive version of the Samsung Galaxy S5. The new 'Sport' version of the S5 is part of a broader partnership with Under Armour and MapMyFitness to promote health tracking and fitness. 

Report: Apple's 'iWatch' Coming This Fall

June 23, 2014 11:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has been under pressure to release new products, as investors question whether the company that popularized the smartphone and the tablet computer is still able to innovate following the death of co-founder Steve Jobs. CEO Tim Cook has hinted at new products coming this year, but the company hasn't provided details.

T-Mobile Offers iPhone Trial, Free Music Streaming

June 18, 2014 9:49 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“We’re a mobile Internet company competing against utilities, so it’s no wonder we’re faster than they are,” Legere said in a statement. “We’re out there doing it while the other guys are still scheduling a meeting to talk about doing it. And there’s one more thing you can bank on. We won’t stop.”

BlackBerry Signs Deal for Access to Amazon Appstore

June 18, 2014 9:52 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry has signed a licensing agreement with Amazon to give BlackBerry users access to the 240,000 Android applications in the Amazon Appstore. With the release of the BlackBerry 10.3 this fall BlackBerry users will be able buy apps, music, movies and more directly from Amazon. BlackBerry World will stay in place but as of July 21, BlackBerry’s native app storefront will close its video and music sections.

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