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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.

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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.

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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.

ATM turns your old phone into cash

January 13, 2012 3:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is all about the latest smartphones, tablet computers and other devices. But what about the old gadgets? Don't they get any love?

FCC opens docket on Verizon AWS buys

January 12, 2012 2:21 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has started formal proceedings for its review of Verizon Wireless' multi-billion-dollar purchases of AWS spectrum from a group of cable companies that purchased the spectrum five years ago but never realized their plans to use it.

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Samsung-connected TVs to host Verizon FiOS

January 12, 2012 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Another nail in the coffin for set-top boxes: Samsung cuts a deal to host Verizon FiOS channels directly on its broadband-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.

Bright House vows to expand Wi-Fi network in Florida

January 12, 2012 2:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bright House Networks said it will continue to build Wi-Fi access points not only in its own Florida service area, but across the state.

@ CES: Ericsson's Vestberg brings wireless vision to CES

January 12, 2012 2:12 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg is never shy about expressing his vision for the connected-everything world of the future.

@ CES: Customer data will drive TV 3.0

January 11, 2012 8:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

There are a lot of different scenarios for what the TV of tomorrow may look like, but a panel session at CES did drive home the point that collecting customer data can play a key role.

@ CES: Cable One testing EchoStar's Aria platform

January 11, 2012 2:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One looks like it's the first customer for EchoStar's Aria platform, which was designed for Tier 2 and Tier 3 cable operators.

@ CES: DLNA bows Premium Video; Comcast, Intel demo it

January 11, 2012 2:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

At CES, the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) unveiled its Premium Video platform, which enables networking to various DLNA-certified devices in the home, while Comcast and Intel demonstrated it over on the show floor.

@ CES: More TV Everywhere at IP&TV World Forum

January 11, 2012 2:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Video service providers and a Sony exec detailed how they are keeping up with customer demands for TV Everywhere services at the IP&TV World Forum.

Amazon gets on board with UltraViolet for online movie 'lockers'

January 11, 2012 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Amazon executive said that the retailer has signed a deal with a Hollywood studio to sell movies that can be downloaded from an online "locker" system five studios have put together.

Entropic connects MoCA to Wi-Fi with ECAs

January 11, 2012 2:31 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Entropic is introducing a line of products connecting MoCA to Wi-Fi, which the company is calling Ethernet-to-coax adapters (ECAs).

@ 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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