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  • Rumor Mill: Lenovo preparing for a bid to acquire BlackBerry

    20 October 2014, 12:49 pm

    Chinese computer maker Lenovo is reportedly preparing a bid for Canada's BlackBerry that could be made as early as this week, according to a Benzinga.com article that quotes an unnamed source. The news helped drive a spike in BlackBerry's share price.
  • Microsoft reportedly planning to launch heart rate-tracking smart watch this year

    20 October 2014, 12:39 pm

    According to a report in Forbes, Microsoft in the next few weeks will launch a smart watch that will be able to track users' heart rates and will be able to work with Windows Phone devices as well as Android and iOS devices. Importantly, the smart watch will…
  • As Google reportedly shelves Android Silver and moves ahead with Android-Chrome OS merger

    20 October 2014, 12:09 pm

    According to a handful of new reports, it appears that Google is discontinuing a plan dubbed Android Silver that would have created a line of devices that featured a pure and unaltered version of Android, with the Android brand--and not the brand of the…
  • Analysts predict Verizon will beat AT&T in postpaid net adds in Q3

    20 October 2014, 11:19 am

    Verizon Wireless is expected to post substantial progress in the third quarter with 1.3 million postpaid net customer additions, according to analysts at Credit Suisse. AT&T Mobility, for its part, will report the addition of 800,000 postpaid net customers,…
  • Sprint slashes another 452 jobs at company headquarters, more to come

    20 October 2014, 10:59 am

    As part of its ongoing cost-cutting efforts, Sprint announced it has eliminated 452 jobs from its Overland Park, Kan., headquarters. This comes on top of approximately 5,000 jobs the company slashed between Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 of this year. And according to a…
  • Apple expected to post 12% increase in iPhone sales to almost 37.8M units

    20 October 2014, 10:53 am

    Apple reports its quarterly financial earnings later today, and analysts expect the period to be a record one for the iPhone vendor. According to a Forbes tally of analysts, Apple's quarterly sales are generally expected to increase 7.1 percent and its…
  • SK Telecom, Samsung sign MOU for 5G, Internet of Things R&D

    20 October 2014, 10:19 am

    South Korean giants SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics signed a Memorandum of Understanding to start joint research on 5G network technology and service development.
  • EU drops threats against Huawei, ZTE

    20 October 2014, 7:01 am

    The European Commission dropped its threat to launch an investigation into alleged illegal subsidies for Chinese mobile equipment manufacturers, in what will come as a relief to Huawei and ZTE--the two leading Chinese vendors operating in Europe.
  • Nokia Networks reveals ETSI mobile edge computing collaboration

    20 October 2014, 6:31 am

    Nokia Networks unveiled an industry-wide collaboration to produce a new standard covering mobile edge computing for the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
  • Juniper Research: More than 100M smart watches to be in use by 2019

    20 October 2014, 6:19 am

    More than 100 million smart watches will be in use worldwide by 2019, with a host of premium brand launches over the next 12-18 months bringing the category into mainstream consumer consciousness.
  • Tele2 CEO denies Kazakhstan corruption claims

    20 October 2014, 5:37 am

    Tele2's president and CEO dismissed a report by a Swedish newspaper accusing the company of under-handed dealing in Kazakhstan, saying the article doesn't reveal anything the company hasn't already investigated itself.
  • Telenor completes 100% purchase of Indian unit Uninor

    20 October 2014, 5:29 am

    Telenor has increased its stake in Indian unit Uninor to 100 per cent from 74 per cent, following a similar move by Vodafone in April that saw the UK-based operator increase its stake in Vodafone India to 100 per cent.
  • Belgium's Mobistar returns to subscriber growth, details convergence strategy

    20 October 2014, 4:41 am

    Orange-owned Belgian operator Mobistar saw its mobile subscriber base grow again for the first time in eight quarters in the third quarter of 2014, and also confirmed its intention of resuming sales of fixed-line services in the final quarter of the year.
  • Qualcomm leading push for 4K

    19 October 2014, 10:43 pm

    Qualcomm  is touting the advantages of 4K streaming video over wireless and asserting that mobile devices will lead the way in making 4K video more widely available.
  • Royal Caribbean sponsors free Wi-Fi at New York subway platforms

    19 October 2014, 6:32 pm

    From the high seas to underground tunnels, Royal Caribbean wants to make sure people get their Wi-Fi. The cruise line partnered with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York to bring free Wi-Fi to underground subway platforms in Manhattan…
  • Investor says Globalstar's Wi-Fi tests are 'not real tests'

    19 October 2014, 5:25 pm

    The short-seller activist investor who declared war on Globalstar is not backing down, releasing yet another scathing report against the company. In its latest salvo, hedge fund Kerrisdale Capital released a report saying it conducted tests using an…
  • Nokia Networks establishes multi-stakeholder ETSI ISG for mobile edge computing

    17 October 2014, 7:43 pm

    Nokia Networks is collaborating with other equipment vendors and operators to create a new European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Industry Specification Group (ISG) for mobile edge computing (MEC).
  • Fujitsu develops lower-cost millimeter-wave radar for automobiles

    17 October 2014, 5:52 pm

    The connected car may be getting smarter at a lower cost thanks to R&D coming out of Japan's Fujitsu Laboratories that could help cars better detect objects and people around them.
  • FCC to explore 5G services, auctioned or unlicensed, above 24 GHz

    17 October 2014, 12:26 pm

    WASHINGTON--The FCC voted 5-0 to launch an inquiry into how best to deploy next-generation wireless services at spectrum frequencies above 24 GHz. Such spectrum is being eyed as a key element of still-undefined "5G" networks.
  • OnStar owner General Motors sides with wireless carriers in net neutrality battle with FCC

    17 October 2014, 11:55 am

    The wireless industry earned a major supporter in its net neutrality battle with the FCC as OnStar owner General Motors issued a strong appeal for looser open Internet rules for wireless operators.
  • With eye on 5G, FCC approves rules to speed up small cell and DAS deployments

    17 October 2014, 11:41 am

    WASHINGTON--The FCC voted to approve new rules designed to accelerate the deployment of wireless infrastructure, something carriers and the infrastructure industry have been clamoring for as operators look to densify their networks with new small cells,…
  • Google's revenues continue to grow, but questions abound on firm's mobile strategy

    17 October 2014, 10:44 am

    In its third quarter Google reported overall growth in its revenues, but analysts continue to fret over the world's slow transition from desktop computing to mobile computing and how Google's advertising business will be affected by that trend.
  • FBI director says cell phone data must be available for law enforcement

    17 October 2014, 10:02 am

    FBI Director James Comey said that contact lists, photos and other data stored on cell phones needs to be accessible to law enforcement and hinted that attempts to encrypt all that data by companies like Google and Apple are taking things too far.
  • Telefónica Deutschland plans 1,600 job cuts after E-Plus merger

    17 October 2014, 6:52 am

    Telefónica Deutschland announced today that it intends to cut its workforce by around 1,600 full-time positions by 2018 as a result of the Germany-based company's recent merger with E-Plus.
  • TeliaSonera Q3 performance welcomed by Jefferies analysts

    17 October 2014, 6:48 am

    TeliaSonera enjoyed what analysts at Jefferies called a "solid" third calendar quarter on the back of improvements to its Swedish and Finnish operators, despite a near 13 per cent fall in net income year-on-year.
  • Report: Oi hires Barclays to assess sale of Portugal Telecom towers

    17 October 2014, 5:53 am

    Brazilian operator Oi has reportedly selected Barclays as its adviser on the possible sale of up to 3,000 mobile phone towers in Portugal that previously belonged to Portugal Telecom (PT), which is in the process of merging with Oi.
  • Ericsson maintains run of acquisitions with cloud specialist Sentilla

    17 October 2014, 5:34 am

    Ericsson said it is now better placed to assist companies through the minefield of mobility and cloud technologies, after completing an acquisition of network software company Sentilla.
  • NTU-Singapore develops ultra-fast charging batteries

    16 October 2014, 10:44 am

    Scientists at Nangyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have developed a new lithium-ion battery that can be recharged to 70 percent capacity in just two minutes. But that's not all: The battery also will have a lifespan of more than 20 years.
  • Incentive auction: Let the facts talk

    16 October 2014, 10:31 am

    Debate about licensed and unlicensed spectrum has been raging as long as I can remember--and it continues as the FCC faces questions about how to arrange the band plan for 600 MHz in a manner that allows the fastest and broadest possible use of spectrum.
  • Google to test millimeter wave transmissions in 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz bands

    16 October 2014, 10:21 am

    Google filed applications with the FCC to conduct a variety of tests across a number of spectrum bands, including the 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz millimeter wave bands. It's unclear exactly what Google is seeking to discover through the testing--the company said…

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