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@ CES: T-Mobile comes out swinging

January 11, 2012 2:26 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The industry hasn't heard a whole lot from T-Mobile USA lately – it went into quiet mode during AT&T's doomed buyout – but that changed at the 2012 International CES show in Las Vegas.

Motorola pledges to use Intel chips in smartphones

January 11, 2012 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility and Lenovo said they will use Intel processors in smartphones and other devices, giving the chipmaker its first entry into a market it has long coveted.

@ CES: Cisco's Videoscape TV platform reaches for the cloud

January 10, 2012 3:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

After making its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2011, Cisco's blended Videoscape TV platform is set to offer "video in the cloud" services via a host of new product offerings.

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@ CES: Dish gets a makeover, new kangaroo mascot

January 10, 2012 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a variation on the dog and pony show, Dish Network re-launched itself at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with the help of a kangaroo.

Comcast's AnyPlay to debut in Denver, Nashville

January 10, 2012 2:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The operator is ready to commercialize the ability to deliver live TV to mobile devices within the home, first announced at The Cable Show in 2011.

Humax gateway leverages new SeaChange software

January 10, 2012 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The South Korean box maker hopes to break into the U.S. cable market in a big way with a deluxe gateway with eight tuners, DOCSIS 3.0, and support for DLNA and MoCA.

Hollywood's UltraViolet to make its way to TVs

January 10, 2012 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Flixster, a unit of Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros., said that its app will be available on Panasonic televisions and Blu-ray players that use its Viera Connect system of connecting to the Internet.

FCC plans Lifeline overhaul, broadband subsidies

January 10, 2012 2:49 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A federal program that provides discounts on landline and wireless phone service for low-income households is slated for a major overhaul under a plan announced by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

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Netflix unveils video service in U.K., Ireland

January 10, 2012 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix's Internet video service made its debut in the United Kingdom and Ireland Monday as part of a previously announced expansion that is expected to saddle the company with its first annual loss in a decade.

@ CES: TVs you can talk to, without sounding crazy

January 10, 2012 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Talking to the TV is usually a sign of extreme agitation, mental instability or loneliness. TV manufacturers are set to make it a more rational behavior, with a range of sets that respond to speech.

AT&T boasts LTE; Sprint, Verizon debut LTE devices

January 10, 2012 2:30 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T's annual developer conference kicked off in Las Vegas with a series of executive keynotes that focused on its budding LTE network.

@ CES: Ballmer, Microsoft keynote a farewell to CES

January 10, 2012 2:28 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer delivered his company's final keynote at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

High court weighs policy against curse words on TV

January 10, 2012 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court is considering whether government regulators may still police the airwaves for curse words and other coarse content at a time when so many Americans have unregulated cable television and the Internet is awash in easily accessible adult material.

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SeaChange gateway software supports QAM, IP delivery

January 9, 2012 3:07 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

SeaChange International announced new gateway software that it designed to support service providers' transition from QAM-based video to IP-based video.

Amino debuts Intel Atom-based hybrid gateway

January 9, 2012 3:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Amino is set to introduce a hybrid media gateway based on Intel's 32nm Atom chip for consumer electronics at CES 2012 in Las Vegas.

Motorola throws its support behind G.hn

January 9, 2012 2:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company is the most consumer-oriented of the standard's supporters thus far, heartening the standard's other backers.

LG: TVs you can talk to, without sounding crazy

January 9, 2012 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Talking to the TV is usually a sign of extreme agitation, mental instability or loneliness. LG Electronics is set to make it a more rational behavior, with a range of TVs that respond to speech.

Analysts: Gadget sales to top $1T in 2012

January 9, 2012 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Developing countries like China and India will drive global sales of consumer electronics above $1 trillion for the first time, even as cash-strapped shoppers in the U.S. and Western Europe ease off spending for high-tech gear.

Cox Business hooks up college football fans in New Orleans

January 6, 2012 2:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Business has got college football fans' backs during the BCS Championship Game between LSU and Alabama at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Sprint LTE set for launch in 10 markets

January 6, 2012 2:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint plans to turn on its LTE service in 10 markets before the middle of this year, including Atlanta, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston.

AT&T adds 11 new LTE markets

January 6, 2012 2:45 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T announced today that it has expanded its LTE service to 11 new markets, bringing the total to 26 markets covering 74 million points of presence (POP).

Kit Digital picks up Sezmi assets, clients for $27M

January 6, 2012 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sezmi has been purchased by Kit Digital for about $27 million in stock and cash. Both companies specialize in cloud-based multi-screen delivery, notably with capabilities to distribute video on LTE wireless networks.

Mao to take the reins at Ubee Interactive

January 6, 2012 2:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ubee Interactive said its executive chairman, Robert Y. L. Mao, will add the title of president upon the retirement of the company's CEO, Yuan-Hao Lin.

Shaw signs deal to provide voice service in Calgary

January 6, 2012 2:31 pm | News | Comments

Shaw Business has inked a three-year deal with the city of Calgary to provide local telephone services and advanced custom 311 configurations over its fiber network.

Leap mulls LTE tie-up with Sprint

January 6, 2012 2:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Leap Wireless International is "very willing" to consider extending its current wholesale deal with Sprint for 3G service to LTE, CEO Doug Hutcheson said.

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