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SmartWatch Redux, Episode 14: Three Months of Wireless Madness!

June 12, 2014 | Comments

Well, we've wrapped up 13 episodes of SmartWatch, essentially a "season," so it seemed like a good time to step back and take a look at what's went down over the past three months. From Apple rumors to a star-studded run of flip phone chats, you've been with us through it all. 

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SmartWatch Ep. 15: IoT Wars Erupt as Sprint, T-Mo Pool Cash for Spectrum

July 17, 2014 11:36 am | by Wireless Week | Comments

We’re back for the official start of SmartWatch: Season Two and we cannot stop talking about the possibility of a Sprint-T-Mobile merger. The latest reports have the U.S.’s third and fourth largest carriers raising $10 billion for a joint venture to bid in the FCC’s upcoming 600 MHz incentive auctions. That's more than AT&T has set aside for the auctions.

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SmartWatch, Episode 13: Apple’s Buttery Scrolling Vs. Amazon’s Third Dimension

June 6, 2014 1:04 pm | Comments

In this week's episode of SmartWatch we dive into Apple's WWDC announcement. From iOS 8 to OS X Yosemite, Apple has laid the foundation for its next generation of devices. Even without any new hardware releases, Apple appears to have appeased both consumer and developers with the promise of new features and even more integration between devices. 

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SmartWatch, Episode 12: Telling Times for Apple, Samsung Wearables

May 29, 2014 12:16 pm | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we’re talking about Samsung’s “Voice of the Body,” which ended up being a wearable called Simband that will monitor just about all the information your body can possibly put out. As part of that effort, Samsung wants to bury the hatchet and collaborate with competitors to make the space more open and advance health monitoring.

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SmartWatch, Episode 11: AT&T-DirecTV Deal by the Numbers

May 22, 2014 11:58 am | by Wireless Week | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we’re breaking down AT&T’s mammoth $48.5 billion acquisition bid for DirecTV. Our editor Andrew Berg is catching some rays in Orlando at the PCIA Wireless Infrastructure Show, so Wireless Design & Development Editor Meaghan Ziemba was kind enough to fill in.

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SmartWatch, Episode 10: T-Mo’s $1 Billion Break-Up Fee and Beats, the Apple of Tim Cook’s Eye

May 15, 2014 12:00 pm | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we take a look at T-Mobile's reported request for a $1 billion break-up fee from Sprint should a potential merger deal fall through. The once jilted fourth-largest carrier in the U.S. knows how lucrative being rejected by the FCC can be after it took home around $4 billion in cash and prizes on AT&T failed bid.

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SmartWatch, Episode 9: T-Mobile's Righteous 1Q, and Tim Cook on Apple's WWDC!

May 8, 2014 10:41 am | Comments

In this week’s episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we look at T-Mobile’s impressive first quarter, which managed to outshine even Tier One behemoths Verizon and AT&T. T-Mobile added a whopping 1.3 million branded postpaid customers. While adjusted EBITDA was down a little over 12 percent sequentially to $1.1 billion...

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SmartWatch, Episode 5: Monitoring the Industry Shift, David Ortiz and the Galaxy S5

April 10, 2014 11:26 am | Comments

In this week’s episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we take a look at the seismic shift happening in the wireless industry as carriers begin paying bounties and move away from device subsidies. We also get a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S5, and touch base with Boston Red Sox DH, David Ortiz. All this and more in this week’s edition of SmartWatch!

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This New Texting While Driving PSA is Upsettingly Effective

April 7, 2014 12:02 pm | by Ben Munson | Comments

Texting while driving can produce truly tragic results and this new commercial does its jarring best to simulate the trauma. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s new clip is short and painfully effective at conveying the danger of texting while driving. It also might not be for the faint of heart.

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SmartWatch, Episode 4: T-Mo's Legere Opines on Everything from AWS to a New iPhone

April 3, 2014 2:16 pm | Comments

In this edition of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we get special insights from outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere on a number of recent happenings. From Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son’s recent trip to CCA in San Antonio to rumors of a new iPhone, John Legere has something to say about all of it. 

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SmartWatch, Episode 3: HTC One, Masayoshi Son, and March Madness!

March 27, 2014 10:45 am | Comments

In this week's episode of SmartWatch, brought to you by SanDisk, we take a look at HTC's new One flagship smartphone, as well as sneak peak at the Competitive Carriers Association's (CCA) annual expo. We also managed to get Stephen Elop's thoughts on just exactly why the Nokia/Microsoft deal has been delayed.  

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SmartWatch, Episode 2: AT&T's Leap Buy Comes with Conditions

March 20, 2014 10:17 am | Comments

Welcome to this week's episode of SmartWatch, brought to you by SanDisk. In this week's SmartWatch we run down just exactly what the FCC requiires of AT&T to keep square its purchase of Leap Wireless. We also catch up with AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson about his plans for the prepaid market. 

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Video: WDD Highlights Creepy IOT with Surveillance Sphere

March 17, 2014 3:35 pm | Comments

A floating sphere comprised of a balloon, helium, and electronics has been created to determine how sonic objects mediate between people, technology, and places. The sphere responds sonically to people and its surroundings by means of a battery-powered Arduino...

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SmartWatch, Episode 1: Masayoshi Son Slams U.S. Wireless Industry

March 13, 2014 10:01 am | Comments

Welcome to this week's episode of SmartWatch, brought to you by SanDisk. This week, we take a look at Softbank President and CEO Masayoshi Son’s quest for a unified Sprint and T-Mobile. We’ll also hear from BlackBerry CEO John Chen on his plans to turn around the Canadian handset maker. 

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Friday Flick: MBT, Wireless Week Talk Watson at MWC

March 7, 2014 11:44 am | Comments

In this episode of MBT's Manufacturing Newswire, MBT discusses the latest on new manufacturing hubs, as well as a partnership for batteries. We'll also talk about the near-perfect supercar, IBM's Watson super computer moving to mobile, and a look at the AllSee gesture technology. 

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Friday Flick: A Project Ara Update

February 28, 2014 10:17 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

This week a Time profile revealed that Google’s modular handset initiative, Project Ara, could yield a $50 smartphone within a year or so. In this recent video update, project head Paul Eremenko and others involved talk about the direction in which Project Ara is heading. We’re still far from owning a modular handset but, considering the success of the Lego Movie, people could be in the mood for building their own smartphones.

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