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October 29, 2012
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  • Carriers are on alert for Category 1 Hurricane Sandy in East
    Telecoms, wireless and wireline alike, say they will work overtime to minimize the damage and speed repairs from Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to make landfall along the East Coast today. Among the steps carriers are taking: prepping generators and making sure they have full fuel tanks; keeping extra gas on hand for vehicles; and testing emergency equipment for managing network operations. Wireless carriers also offered consumers tips on how to use their handsets during the storm. Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.)/Dow Jones Newswires (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • Shortages are expected for Apple's new iPad Mini
    As expected, Apple sold out of some models of its new 7.9-inch iPad Mini after the company's pre-sales launch early Friday -- the white version was the first model to be depleted. The tablet's arrival date is Nov. 2, but some customers may have to wait a "minimum of two weeks," according to TechCrunch. "Panel supply chain indications point to an even-more-than-typical tightness for the iPad Mini," said analyst Richard Shim of the NPD DisplaySearch research firm. Computerworld (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Consumers show interest in Microsoft Surface tablet: Microsoft's new Surface tablet may not be as hot an item as the iPad Mini, but anecdotal reports show considerable consumer interest in the Windows 8 device, according to a published report that also notes the tablet is on a three-week back order. Also, Microsoft has released a Windows Phone syncing application in its online store that will allow users of Windows 8 and RT devices to share content. CNET (10/27), InformationWeek (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Clearwire tries to downplay Sprint's recent stock purchases
    Clearwire asserted last week that Sprint Nextel's recent stock purchases have not given the carrier any additional influence over the company's governance rights or seats on the its board of directors. CEO Erik Prusch said in an interview that under the equity-holders agreement Sprint cannot gain more influence if it buys up the stakes of other partners. Also at Clearwire, the carrier will reportedly continue to deploy Huawei Technologies gear despite a congressional committee's declaration that the Chinese vendor represented a security risk. Huawei has denied its products are a risk. Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.)/Dow Jones Newswires (10/26), Light Reading Mobile (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Defense Dept. arms soldiers with smartphones
    The military has indicated that it is working toward fulfilling its goal outlined in June to outfit troops with smartphones as part of a broad enterprise mobile strategy. The Defense Information Systems Agency is pursuing mobile device management software and a mobile application store for businesses that can support 260,000 devices, according to government procurement documents. InformationWeek (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Samsung's ARM-based Exynos 5 processor is coming to Android tablets
    Samsung Electronics' Exynos 5 processor, said to run at 1.7GHz and based on ARM Holdings' Cortex-A15 core with the Mali T604 graphics processing unit, was designed into the new Samsung Chromebook computer and is said to be inside Google's reported Nexus 10 tablet computer, according to this blog post. Depending on pricing, the Nexus 10 has the potential to present a competitive challenge to the fourth-generation iPad with all of its Samsung-made components, Jason Perlow writes. ZDNet/Tech Broiler blog (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Advertisers take up the mobile battle cry
    Inventiveness is the key for advertisers in the developing mobile space, where the small screen demands that marketers find new ways to engage people who are on the go. The potential for reaching consumers at opportune moments is high, but the challenges are great as well, given imperfect ways of tracking results and consumer reluctance to make mobile purchases. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • Are you prepared for Hurricane Sandy?
    With Hurricane Sandy fast approaching the East Coast, CTIA reminds you about the valuable services wireless devices can provide in this 30-second TV PSA. Wireless devices are important tools that help us communicate with our friends and family, but also emergency responders. Among the safety tips CTIA offers, it strongly recommends using text messages to communicate when networks are challenged by man-made or natural disasters and the resulting massive volume of wireless traffic. Watch the TV PSA for tips so you're prepared for Hurricane Sandy! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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