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Clearwire chases MVNO market with Simplexity deal

January 23, 2012 1:32 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire stepped up its efforts to get more wholesale customers as it braces for the loss of its largest customer, Sprint, which is phasing out devices that use Clearwire's WiMAX network in favor of its own LTE service.

Sprint hangs up on Carrier IQ

January 23, 2012 1:31 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint has decided to remove the technology from its software through a series of over-the-air updates after disabling it last month because of "customer concerns."

Study finds tablet, e-book ownership soared

January 23, 2012 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tablets and e-readers were a popular gift over the holidays, so much so that the number of people who own them nearly doubled between mid-December and January, a new study found.

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Time Warner Cable serves up live TV in the home with iPhone app

January 20, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable's TWC TV app is now available for use on iPhones, which means subscribers can now watch live shows in their homes, remotely manage their DVRs and change channels with their iPhones.

Cable ops divulge Verizon marketing deals to FCC

January 20, 2012 2:13 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Four cable companies selling a massive swath of AWS spectrum to Verizon Wireless for nearly $4 billion have decided to tell the FCC about the extensive marketing deals that go along with the transactions, but they don't want the details made public.

Google's Q4 disappoints; Android going strong

January 20, 2012 2:08 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Investors dumped shares of Google after the fourth-quarter earnings call, sending shares of the company plummeting 9 percent in after-hours trading, spurred largely in part by a reported 8 percent drop in cost per click (CPC).

Intel's Q4 earnings rise 6%, top St. estimate

January 20, 2012 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel, the world's largest chip-maker, said its profit rose 6 percent in the latest quarter, topping analyst expectations, even as hard drive shortages held back PC makers' chip orders.

Comcast's Parker box goes for a test drive at the FCC

January 19, 2012 3:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is planning its first major rollout of its next-generation Xcalibur service, so it makes sense that reports are surfacing that the box, which is called "Parker" by Comcast, being used for the service is making its way through testing at the Federal Communications Commission.

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Time Warner Cable WiFi Finder app now available for iOS devices

January 19, 2012 3:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following up on a Wi-Fi finder app for Android devices, Time Warner Cable's TWC WiFi Finder app now works with iOS devices.

Zodiac claims 2 more customers for HTML5 platform

January 19, 2012 3:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two operators were identified only as Tier 1 North American MSOs. The company previously announced that it has been working with Cablevision and with Videotron.

AT&T hikes data limits – and fees

January 19, 2012 3:02 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T is adding more megabits to its data plans, but it's also raising its fees.

U.N. sets stage for blazing-fast new mobile devices

January 19, 2012 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A United Nations telecom meeting has approved the next generation of mobile technology, which experts say will make devices 500 times faster than 3G smartphones and eliminate the wait time between the tap of a finger and the appearance of a Web page.

Verizon Wireless teams with StrataCache

January 18, 2012 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two collaborate on a cloud-based approach to updating digital signs in retail outlets, updated via Verizon's LTE network.

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LightSquared: GPS interference tests 'rigged'

January 18, 2012 1:38 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared said that GPS industry insiders "rigged" tests that found its planned LTE network interfered with GPS receivers so badly that there was no practical way to fix the problem.

Android phones still tops; iPhone gains ground

January 18, 2012 1:37 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

While the iPhone 4S might have been a mild disappointment to many Apple faithful, it apparently spurred droves to choose the iPhone in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Comcast, Verizon kick-start joint marketing effort in Pacific Northwest

January 17, 2012 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and Comcast are jumpstarting their new partnership with the cross-selling of each other’s services in Seattle and Portland.

Clearwire, China Mobile deepen TD-LTE partnership

January 17, 2012 1:07 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

There's a catch: The development of equipment and devices for TD-LTE lags behind FDD-LTE, the standard used in Verizon Wireless and AT&T's LTE networks.

Rogers launches free sports barker channel to digital subs

January 16, 2012 2:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Claiming an industry first in Canada, Rogers Communications has rolled out a barker channel, Sportsnews, for free to its digital customers.

ITC: Motorola not violating Apple patents

January 16, 2012 2:01 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility's smartphones are not in violation of any Apple patents included in a recent suit, according to an initial decision issued today by an administrative law judge with the ITC.

Rural turns to white space

January 16, 2012 2:00 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Like most wireless Internet service providers, Jab Broadband relies on unlicensed spectrum to get its service out to sparsely populated areas where there's only dial-up service.

Officials: Broadband plan would disrupt GPS

January 16, 2012 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tests show that even the modified plans of the company LightSquared to start up a national high-speed wireless broadband network would cause harmful interference with GPS signals, federal officials said in a letter.

Apple discloses suppliers for 1st time

January 16, 2012 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has disclosed a list of its suppliers for the iPhone, iPad and other popular gadgets for the first time amid growing criticism over labor and environmental practices, especially in China.

Hulu Plus ends year with 1.5M subscribers

January 13, 2012 3:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hulu Plus, the online video subscription service owned by major broadcast networks ABC, Fox and NBC, reached a new milestone at the end of the year, with 1.5 million paying subscribers a little more than a year after its formal launch.

Showtime gets ready to launch iPad app

January 13, 2012 3:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The programmer purchases content preparation and delivery platforms from Azuki Systems to set up an app similar to HBO's.

STMicroelectronics proposes green home control system

January 13, 2012 3:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Solar-powered sensors and monitors can be distributed throughout the home and can connect through a gateway, set-top or PC.

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