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October 10, 2012
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  • Carriers join vendors in showing off new wares at MobileCON
    T-Mobile USA, Sprint Nextel and AT&T trotted out new wireless devices, including smartphones, tablets and 4G hot spot gear, at CTIA's MobileCON, which kicked off Tuesday. Besides unveiling Nokia's Lumia 810 and LG Electronics' Optimus L9 smartphones, T-Mobile demonstrated Moga, a small Bluetooth-powered game controller for Android devices. Sprint brought out a 4G USB stick, and AT&T displayed Novatel Wireless' MiFi Liberate, said to be the first hot spot for Long-Term Evolution service featuring a touch screen and a user interface. CNET (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Verizon ahead of LTE schedule; majority of traffic now 4G
    Verizon Wireless' Long-Term Evolution network will stretch to 410 markets by Oct. 18, roughly 60 days ahead of its original target date, the carrier said Tuesday at CTIA's MobileCON show in San Diego. Moreover, Verizon Chief Technology Officer Nicola Palmer said more than half of its data traffic will soon travel via 4G. "The iPhone 5 will be another acceleration point for LTE," said analyst Roger Entner of Recon Analytics. Reuters (10/9), Computerworld (10/9), CNET (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google exec asserts there's a fine line in patent reform
    Google's top legal officer said Tuesday that although wireless companies want patent reform it will be a difficult goal because changes may have a negative effect on other industries. "I think what we need to do to is move past the one-size-fits-all and start thinking about software patents more specifically," said David Drummond. The Federal Trade Commission has reportedly been conducting an investigation into Google's Motorola Mobility unit over its wielding of standards-essential patents, those that are necessary to operate the phone. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/9), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ballmer: Microsoft might make its own smartphones, eventually
    Microsoft will bank on becoming more of a devices- and services-oriented company, much like Apple, CEO Steve Ballmer told shareholders in his annual letter to them. "This is a significant shift, both in what we do and how we see ourselves -- as a devices and services company," he said, adding that Microsoft might eventually produce its own smartphones in the same way it makes gaming consoles and is building a Surface tablet. Ballmer insisted that the company wants to maintain its traditional relationships with hardware vendors. Reuters (10/9), ZDNet (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile In Industry 
  • Intel: Analytics, security hold key to M2M's development
    The future of machine-to-machine communications will rely more on how companies analyze and secure the petabytes of data sweeping around the globe rather than technological act of moving them, Intel's director of M2M global business said to developers this week prior to the start of the MobileCON show. "Moving Big Data around is not the object. It's all about analytics, and doing something useful with the data is key to increasing M2M deployments," Rick Lisa said. (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sprint preps for LTE expansion with new devices
    With an eye on its rapidly expanding Long-Term Evolution network, Sprint Nextel on Tuesday introduced a handful of new 4G-capable devices at the MobileCON show and placed a bet that consumers still want phones with QWERTY keyboards. Sprint unveiled a tablet, two smartphones and a broadband USB modem for laptops. All Things D (10/9), Computerworld (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NetZero befriends Facebook on free data deals
    NetZero has teamed with Facebook on a promotion that provides free 200-megabyte parcels of wireless data for up to five friends. To be eligible, Facebook users must enroll in one of NetZero's five mobile broadband packages as well as buy either a 4G USB stick or hot-spot device from the company. They must sign up for the deal via Facebook. CNET (10/9), (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • IT experts say gov't and wireless industry need to work together on cybersecurity
    Ninety-six percent of IT decision makers surveyed said the government should allow wireless companies to exchange information to help identify vulnerabilities and protect users from threats. Released at MobileCON, the survey results had 77% of respondents saying the industry is better equipped to define cybersecurity standards. While there were differences of opinion when asked which cybersecurity challenges and issues were most important, these experts recognized that communications were vital to protect consumers and mobile networks among the many companies throughout the mobile ecosystem and between the private and public sectors on cybersecurity. Download the IT decision maker survey (PDF) today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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