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October 25, 2012
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  • Microsoft faces questions on eve of Surface intro
    Microsoft will put its Windows 8-based Surface tablet on sale Friday, and analysts are trying to get a read on its prospects. "We can definitely gauge it by chatter. There is a slight learning curve, so I don't think we will see that big pop that iPad saw," said Emily Chan, a Bernstein Research analyst. Microsoft will be hindered at launch by a lack of applications, although the company said it has tripled its inventory in recent weeks. In a BBC interview, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer reiterated the company's intent to build more hardware. CNET (10/25), Reuters (10/24), All Things D (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AT&T sees huge growth from tablets, data-sharing plans
    AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega offered a highly upbeat outlook for his unit Wednesday, saying it expects a huge boost from new tablets and the new Mobile Share data plans. "We anticipate a higher number of net adds from tablets in the fourth quarter," he said after the carrier released earnings. He pointed to the array of new devices AT&T will launch, including the iPad Mini and Amazon Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE, plus tablets from Samsung, Microsoft and AsusTek. On Mobile Share, de la Vega boasted it has effectively driven data revenue growth, noting, "Two million customers signed up for Mobile Share in the first five weeks," he said. CNET (10/24), Light Reading Mobile (10/24), PC Magazine (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • All eyes on Samsung's profit margins Friday
    Analysts will look closely at Samsung Electronics' profit margins when it reports earnings Friday, looking for clues as to whether growing competition in the smartphone arena forced the South Korean manufacturer to discount its products to retain market share -- at the cost of its bottom line. Samsung has enjoyed much of the non-Apple high-end market to itself and any third quarter weakness would not bode well for the current period as competition has begun to intensify, industry observers say. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sprint packs more data into tablet 4G pricing plans
    Sprint Nextel will ratchet up the competition for providing 4G service among tablets by providing subscribers with 20% more data at the same price, the carrier said Wednesday, adding it will temporarily waive activation fees for all tablets. Sprint will start its no-contract tablet packages at $15 for 300 megabytes with four plans maxing out at $80 for 12GB. Also, the carrier unveiled Sprint Direct Connect Now, a downloadable Android application for push-to-talk service. Reuters (10/24), Computerworld/IDG News Service (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Verizon partners with NantWorks to build system for mHealth data
    Verizon's investment arm has put money into NantHealth and will support the NantWorks' unit to bring multimedia health-care data to wireless devices, the companies disclosed. NantHealth will lean on Verizon to build a fiber-optic, cloud-based data infrastructure. "If we can stream a movie into a smartphone today, why can't we do an X-ray or CAT scan result?" NantWorks' chief Patrick Soon-Shiong said in an interview. Los Angeles Business Journal (free registration) (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Intel CEO talks tablets, competition with ARM, Windows 8
    Intel CEO Paul Otellini describes Friday's launch of Windows 8 as "a watershed event," while adding, "The fact it spans from traditional PCs and tablets and then in all the hybrid devices in between is really very powerful." It will take a few months before the effect of Windows 8 on the tablet computer market can be measured, he notes. Regarding Microsoft's development of Windows RT for computers with ARM Holdings processors, he says Windows 8 computers with Intel processors will run all Windows applications, something not all ARM-based computers can claim. All Things D (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile Wi-Fi chipsets can be affected by DoS attacks, researchers say
    Denial-of-service attacks can have a devastating effect on the firmware of two Broadcom Wi-Fi chipsets, BCM4325 and BCM4329, widely used in laptops, smartphones and tablet computers, according to researchers at Core Security Technologies. Broadcom acknowledges the existence of the vulnerability and says it is difficult to exploit that firmware flaw. ZDNet (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Public Policy 
  • Samsung loses battle in patent war with Apple amid DOJ probe
    Samsung is reportedly the target of a Justice Department investigation into potential patent infringement, according to a document filed with the International Trade Commission as part of ongoing litigation between the Korean electronics maker and Apple. This week, an ITC jury awarded Apple more than $1 billion in a preliminary ruling that found Samsung infringed on several iPhone patents related to the shape of the device and its on-screen icons. PC Magazine (10/24), The Wall Street Journal (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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