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August 30, 2012
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  • AT&T preps opening of Windy City "flagship" outlet
    AT&T is trying to one-up its rivals with the opening on Saturday of its first "flagship" store on Chicago's trendy "Magnificent Mile" on Michigan Avenue. The 10,000-square-foot store will have a more upscale look and will be significantly larger than the carrier's average outlet. It will include "smartcar" features and fitness applications amid the smartphones and tablets on its shelves. Bloomberg (8/30), The Verge (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Square's card readers arrive in AT&T stores: Square has expanded its retail partner list to include AT&T, which will sell Square Card Readers at 1,000 of its stores, bringing the mobile-payment processor's reach to more than 20,000 outlets in the U.S. Square said entrepreneurs would find the AT&T stores a handy place to buy all of the devices needed for their businesses. Reuters (8/29), CNET (8/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Smartphones are a mom's best friend at back-to-school time
    Nearly 9 out of 10 mothers say smartphones have played some role in helping them prepare for their children to go back to school, whether it be for buying clothes and supplies, communicating with teachers or just taking pictures, according to a study from the Interactive Advertising Bureau. In the report, 40% of the mothers cited picture-taking as their favorite smartphone use, followed by shopping and keeping in touch with their children's schools. MediaPost Communications/Mobile Marketing Daily (8/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sony pins turnaround hopes on new tablet, smartphones
    Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai on Wednesday unveiled a 9.4-inch Xperia tablet and three Android smartphones that will also carry the Sony Mobile brand. The Android 4.0-powered tablet is Sony's follow-up to an April 2011 device that drew a sluggish response. The phones are the lower-priced Xperia J, the Xperia V and the high-end Xperia T. The Xperia T includes near-field communications chips and an HD display. Reuters (8/29), Computerworld (8/29), BBC (8/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Intel: No wires, no problem -- go ahead and give that phone a charge
    Intel on Wednesday showcased technology that would enable laptop users to charge their cellphones by laying the handsets next to their Ultrabook PCs. In a blog post, Intel revealed it was working with another chipmaker, Integrated Device Technology, on the wireless technology, which would charge a phone at about the same speed as a wired connection. Intel gave no indication of when it would incorporate the feature into its laptops. All Things D (8/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T touts success of mobile-health diabetes program trial
    AT&T says its mobile-health partnership with WellDoc to assist patents in dealing with diabetes has shown promising results in a pilot program. The DiabetesManager enables patients to obtain real-time information about their condition by entering their blood glucose results into either a mobile application or a website. The program might then offer tips and reminders or even directly contact a medical professional. RCR Wireless News (8/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • With Windows 8 tablets on the horizon, all eyes are on pricing
    As Microsoft gears up for a series of Windows Phone 8 and Surface tablet releases in late October, a research report says pricing will determine the success of the tablets. "While the main marketing focus has been on Windows 8, Microsoft's magic bullet lies in Windows RT," said analyst Jeff Orr of ABI Research, referring to the ARM-based tablet. Pricing was also reportedly on the mind of Asus President Jerry Shen, who was quoted as saying his company will use the iPad as a guide in pricing its Windows-based tablets. CIO Asia (8/29), CNET/Business Tech blog (8/29), CNET (8/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • helps match those with disabilities with wireless
    Award-winning is the initial website that consumers should visit for information about accessible wireless devices and services. The site features the innovative "Find a Phone" tool so consumers can search and compare the accessibility features of a variety of wireless devices to fit their accessibility needs. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski recognized the site with the 2011 Chairman's Award for Advancement in Accessibility for its innovative efforts to help consumers with disabilities benefit from the country's communications technologies. Visit today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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