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March 5, 2013
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  Top Story 
  • On Samsung's Galaxy S IV, the eyes have it
    Samsung Electronics, which has already begun to mount a media campaign to hype its upcoming Galaxy S IV flagship phone, will reportedly include an eye-scrolling application on the device. The feature will allow text to scroll by tracking a user's eyes -- the software would automatically turn to the next paragraph when a reader's eyes hit the bottom of a page, for instance. Samsung is expected to emphasize new software -- rather than hardware -- on the Galaxy phone when the South Korean company introduces the handset on March 14. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (3/4), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • Verizon may sell phones without CDMA chips in 2014
    Verizon Wireless' intent to switch to Voice over LTE for regular calls by 2014 could enable the carrier to start selling "pure LTE" handsets later next year, Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo told an investor conference. He said removing the CDMA chipset from phones could reduce the subsidies carriers pay to handset makers. Shammo also said Verizon will continue to draw substantial revenues from its CDMA network and that the boom in Wi-Fi-only tablets has boosted sales of MiFi personal hot spot devices. The Verge (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sprint testing shared-data offer for small businesses
    Sprint Nextel may have opted against shared-data plans for the consumer market, but the carrier believes the plans are a good idea for businesses. The company is testing an offer to some small businesses through June 13 that will allow them to share from 20 gigabytes to 60 GB across 10 to 30 devices in a plan similar to the ones AT&T and Verizon Wireless have established for consumers. Also at Sprint, the carrier expanded its Long-Term Evolution coverage to nine new small markets in six states and Puerto Rico. All Things D (3/4), MobileBurn (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google's White Space spectrum database makes its debut
    Google has launched its U.S. White Space spectrum database for a 45-day public readiness trial, becoming the third player to do so, after Telcordia and Spectrum Bridge. It provides data on TV broadcast frequencies not in use that are available for short-range device access. The Register (U.K.) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wireless World 
  • BlackBerry has uphill fight to regain Indonesian customers
    BlackBerry will introduce its Z10 smartphone in Indonesia, Southeast Asia's most populous country, on March 15, but analysts say the company will be hard-pressed to regain much of the business it has lost there to competitors. Adding to the challenge: BlackBerry will charge about $721 for the phone in a nation where its market share has declined from 67% in 2011 to 42% a year ago, according to the Canalys research firm. Also, Netflix confirmed it has no plans to develop an application for the Blackberry Z10. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (3/4), All Things D (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology 
  • With LTE modem, Intel becomes a contender in mobile devices
    The introduction of its XMM 7160 modem for 3G, EDGE and Long-Term Evolution wireless communications puts Intel squarely in the game for chips going into base stations and mobile devices, Agam Shah writes in this analysis. The chipmaker is also looking to boost its business in baseband processors, he notes. Dean McCarron of Mercury Research said, "What we're seeing is the evolution of what the expected architecture is going to be. You are going to get your application and baseband processor from the same vendor." Network World/IDG News Service (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Trends & Research 
  • IDC: 2013 is the year smartphones pass feature phones
    Smartphones will overtake feature phones in total sales this year, IDC predicts. The firm says manufacturers will ship 918.6 million smartphones in 2013, just over half of total handset shipments, thanks to demand in emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil. CNET (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Public Policy 
  • Obama joins plea to allow unlocked phones
    After receiving more than 114,000 digital signatures on the matter, the White House on Monday said it agreed with the petitioners' call to allow the sale of "unlocked" mobile devices that would allow consumers to use them at rival carriers. Consumers should also honor service contracts, the administration added. CTIA-The Wireless Association® defended the Library of Congress' stand that led to the ban on unlocking phones unless carriers give permission. "Customers have numerous options when purchasing mobile devices," said CTIA General Counsel Michael Altschul in a statement. The Wall Street Journal (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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