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Wireless Week Top 25 Headlines of 2013: Episode 2 (20-16)

December 3, 2013 9:53 am | Videos | Comments

In this five part video series, Wireless Week editors Andrew Berg and Ben Munson will count down the top headlines of 2013. Be sure to catch each installment, as we make our way through all the biggest news events from the past year!

Review: The HTC One Max and How Big is Too Big?

December 3, 2013 9:32 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

I should preface this review with some context: my everyday device is an iPhone 5. I’ve become less adamant in my love for all things Apple in recent years. Part of that has to do with improvements to Android and Windows, and part of that has to do with Apple’s tunnel vision.

Apple's iOS Accounts for 28% of Online Traffic on Black Friday

December 2, 2013 9:50 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

What would a Black Friday report be if it didn't compare iOS and Android? According to IBM's Black Friday Benchmark report, Apple iOS traffic reached 28.2 percent of all online traffic, compared to 11.4 percent for Android, and iOS sales reached 18.1 percent of all online sales, compared to 3.5 percent for Android.

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Ex-Nokia Engineers Launch New Smartphone

November 27, 2013 9:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A team of ex-Nokia engineers is launching a smartphone based on the former world No. 1 cellphone maker's old software, hoping to grab a share of a highly competitive market. The Jolla handset's Sailfish operating platform is based on MeeGo software, which Nokia abandoned in 2011 when it switched over to using Microsoft Corp.'s Windows system.

Budget Moto G Hits U.S. in Time for Holidays

November 26, 2013 10:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Motorola is bringing its budget-friendly Moto G smarpthone to the United States in time for the Holidays. The Moto G comes with HSPA+ connectivity and sells for unlocked for just $179 (8GB) and $199 (16GB). Even at that low-end price, the Moto G packs many of the features associated with a high-end device...

Review: HTC, Nokia Offer Good, Giant Choices

November 26, 2013 8:57 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

 I find giant phones hard to carry and use, but I'm well aware that many people like the bigger images and text they offer. These so-called phablets, with screens measuring about 6 inches diagonally, are nearly as big as the smallest tablets. Unlike tablets, they can make phone calls over cellular networks.

Motorola, 3D Systems Partner on Device Customization Plan

November 22, 2013 9:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

3D Systems  and Google's Motorola Mobility unit have come to an agreement that could change the way mobile phones are manufactured. According to a press release, the two companies have entered into a multi-year development agreement to create a continuous high-speed 3D printing production platform and fulfilment system in support of Motorola’s Project Ara. 

FCC Might Allow Cell Phone Use on Planes

November 21, 2013 5:01 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

One of the final refuges from smartphones could be in its final days as the FCC is reportedly considering lifting the ban on cell phone use on planes. The FCC has put a discussion of the issue on the agenda for its December meeting. While cell phone use during takeoff and landing would still be out of the question, the FCC could allow calls, texts and data use once the plane is above 10,000 feet.

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Who's Watching Google Glass?

November 20, 2013 10:17 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

Chalk it up to a recent reading of Dave Eggers' satirical novel The Circle, but I'm skeptical of Google Glass for more than reasons of style. I can hear the cries of Luddite as I write this, but I'm wondering to what extent we really want to live in a world where EVERYTHING can potentially be recorded. 

Best Buy Reports 3Q Profit

November 19, 2013 7:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronics retailer Best Buy Co. says it returned to a profit in the third quarter as the busy holiday season revs up. However, the company says it expects a tough competitive environment during the holiday season and shares fell 8 percent in premarket trading.

Google to Open Tech “Wonderlabs” for Holidays

November 18, 2013 10:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In an effort to better compete with Apple’s retails shops this holiday season, Google has plans to launch showrooms in six major U.S. cities.  The showrooms will only be open for the holidays and will be called “Winter Wonderlabs”.

Friday Flick: Coin Aims to Ease Credit Card Clutter

November 15, 2013 9:59 am | Videos | Comments

The mobile wallet is an evolving thing. From NFC-based solutions to solutions like Apple's passbook, there's no clear frontrunner. Startup Coin takes a completely new approach to the digital wallet, combining a traditional credit card form factor and a mobile app to shring multiple cards into one, simple package. Check it out!  

Motorola Unveils Budget Smartphone, Aimed at World

November 14, 2013 9:31 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Motorola wants to equip the world with the latest smartphone technology at less than a third the typical price. The new Moto G phone starts at $179 in the U.S. without a contract requirement. That compares with $600 or more that people must pay for phones without traditional two-year service agreements.

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Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel Talks Sexts and Growth

November 4, 2013 9:55 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Evan Spiegel dropped out of Stanford University in 2012, three classes shy of graduation, to move back to his father's house and work on Snapchat. Spiegel's fast-growing mobile app lets users send photos, videos and messages that disappear a few seconds after they are received. 

Patent Shows Samsung's Rival to Google Glass

October 25, 2013 9:37 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A patent filing shows Samsung Electronics Co. is working on a device it calls sports glasses in a possible response to Google's Internet-connected eyewear. A design patent filing at the Korean Intellectual Property Office shows a Samsung design for smartphone-connected glasses that can display information from the handset.

AT&T Reports Record 3Q Smarpthone Sales, Postpaid Adds Drop

October 23, 2013 5:25 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T Wednesday reported best-ever third-quarter smartphone sales of 6.7 million. Total smartphone base increased by 1.2 million in the quarter, with smarpthones accounting for a record 89 percent of postpaid phone sales. Interestingly, AT&T did not break out iPhone sales but did say that it had seen record Android sales.

Report: HTC Closes One of Four Prouduction Lines

October 23, 2013 10:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Things continue to deteriorate for the HTC. The Taiwanese OEM has reportedly halted production at one its four main manufacturing plants, according to a report from Reuters. The factory being closed accounts for at least a fifth of total capacity, and Reuters said that closing has put pressure on HTC's cash flow. 

Corning Shares Jump on LCD Glass Deal with Samsung

October 23, 2013 9:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Corning Inc. jumped Tuesday after it announced a new tie-up with a Samsung Electronics subsidiary that will boost the glass maker's earnings immediately and guarantees that it will supply Samsung with liquid crystal display glass through 2023.

U.S. Cellular Finally Gets the iPhone

October 21, 2013 10:05 am | News | Comments

Customers of regional carrier U.S. Cellular can finally get their hands on an iPhone. The carrier announced it will begin carrying the iPhone 4S, 5C and 5S beginning November 8. A spokeswoman for U.S. Cellular said that pricing information for the devices will be announced in the coming days. 

Review: Button Location Sets LG's G2 Apart

October 18, 2013 9:35 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

LG's flagship mobile gadgets — the G2 smartphone and the G Pad 8.3 tablet — are great mobile devices that have fantastic screens, top-end cameras and ample processing power. But making an impressive Android device is not enough to stand apart from the crowd in the ultra...

Friday Flick: Storage in the Future

October 18, 2013 9:06 am | Videos | Comments

The world of digital content grows exponentially every day. SanDisk helps companies and consumers capture, share, preserve and access that content from the data center all the way to the digital camera. That adds up to more than two million flash memory products produced at our world-class manufacturing facilities on a daily basis. Check out SanDisk's message for the future. 

Former CEO Concedes Mistakes in Nokia's Downturn

October 18, 2013 9:00 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Former Nokia CEO Jorma Ollila, who steered the Finnish company to become the world's biggest maker of cellphones, has conceded that several mistakes were made during his tenure, including a failure to predict changing customers' needs and developing new software.

AirWatch Chairman Knows Need is Still Strong for MDM

October 17, 2013 8:55 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Alan Dabbiere said “mobile is death by a thousand cuts” at his keynote Wednesday at MobileCon. Serving as chairman of AirWatch, enterprise mobility provider, Dabbiere had plenty more to say about mobile device management (MDM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM).

First Look: HTC's One Max

October 16, 2013 4:47 pm | Videos | Comments

As rumors swirl that HTC is teaming up with Amazon on a line of smarpthones, the struggling OEM recently dropped the HTC One Max, it's largest slab yet. With a slew of high-end specs, perhaps most noticeable are the HTC One Max's measurements, which come in at 5.9 inches of screen real estate. 

Opinion: Connected Vehicle Profit and Value Hinge on M2M and the Cloud

October 15, 2013 1:23 pm | by Peter Briscoe, Executive Director of Innovation, Business Unit Support Solutions, Ericsson | Articles | Comments

In the rapidly evolving networked society, everyone, everything and everywhere will be connected in real time. Smart connected devices, broadband networks and cloud-based services will further drive networking among consumers, enterprises and within society in general. 

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