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February 11, 2013
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  • Carriers stay up and running during Northeast snowstorm
    Wireless carriers' networks came through the blizzard that attacked the Northeast over the weekend relatively unscathed. AT&T reported that the "vast majority" of the cell towers in the most heavily blanketed regions were unaffected, while Verizon Wireless said its network held up well and Sprint Nextel termed the damage "minimal." T-Mobile USA said only a small number of its sites had been hit hard. Wireline carriers also reported few outages following a storm that dumped up to 3 feet of snow on the region Friday and Saturday. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (2/9), The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Analysis: Sony has much at stake with new Xperia launch
    Sony Mobile rolled out its latest flagship Xperia device in its home market on Saturday at a time when investors are becoming skeptical that the Japanese electronics giant's mobile phone business can recover, even though sales rose and losses narrowed in its latest quarter. Sony's market share grew to 4.5%, making it the fourth-largest smartphone maker in the world, IDC reported, but some analysts say Sony Mobile needs a marked improvement to support its struggling parent company. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • T-Mobile pursues businesses with shared data, no cancellation fees
    T-Mobile USA will launch a shared data plan for its enterprise customers with a twist: The carrier will not charge fees for quitting contracts before they expire. The move is part of a multipronged strategy to attract business customers, along with special promotions and plans to sell the iPhone 5 and BlackBerry Z10 handsets. Computerworld (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.K. boffins will send Android phone into final frontier
    Forget monkeys. British scientists are preparing to send the first smartphone into satellite orbit on Feb. 25, a Nexus One device they hope will reduce the cost of space travel by performing basic functions. "Our tests have been pretty thorough, subjecting the phone to oven and freezer temperatures, to a vacuum and blasting it with radiation," said Chris Bridges, The University of Surrey Space Centre's lead engineer. The STRaND-1 satellite will collect data through an experimental telemetry application during the project's initial phase. ZDNet (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Qualcomm exec: Welcome to the era of distributed gaming
    More powerful processors and greater bandwidth capability will help improve the gaming environment, according to Qualcomm's Raj Talluri. "You undertake it when you have a powerful computer on both sides, and high bandwidth in between. It's distributed gaming, more than cloud gaming," he says in this interview. Talluri adds, "You have a pretty powerful processor on this side, too." VentureBeat (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Carrier makes strides in bringing voice to LTE networks
    Telefonica Deutschland engineers have successfully switched a call from a 4G Long-Term Evolution network to a 3G network, the carrier said, a development considered critical for establishing voice over LTE. The lab test was completed using Single Radio Voice Call Continuity technology. SRVCC, however, is so far compatible only with GSM-based networks, although some U.S. CDMA-based carriers -- such as Verizon Wireless -- have expressed plans to implement VoLTE. News Service (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Verizon rates best and worst apps on their technical specs
    Verizon Wireless has begun offering subscribers reviews of mobile applications based on its engineers' assessment of their technical specs: how much the app will drain the battery as well as the megabytes of a data plan. The carrier has compiled a list of 20 Android or iOS apps that it says provide a "best in class" experience for wireless device users. Engineers also rated Google Play's best-selling 25 free and paid apps on their security, battery life and data consumption. A third list rates the 13 worst-performing apps. GigaOm (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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