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March 20, 2013
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  • Incoming T-Mobile chief will lead board after MetroPCS merger
    T-Mobile USA's parent company will dominate the board of directors once T-Mobile's merger with MetroPCS is completed, with Timotheus Hoettges, the incoming head of parent Deutsche Telekom serving as chairman, MetroPCS disclosed Tuesday. The newly configured board will contain two current MetroPCS directors and six from German-based Deutsche Telekom, which will hold 74% control of the company. MetroPCS shareholders have scheduled an April 12 vote on the deal. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/20), Reuters (3/20)
  Company News 
  • Acer eyes tablets as key to turnaround
    Acer will count on shipping at least 5 million tablets this year with a potential "stretch" to 10 million devices, said President Jim Wong as the Taiwanese computer maker looks to tablets and Windows 8-powered touchscreen laptops to rebound from a losing year. Acer's Android-based tablet has produced strong sales with its low price, but one analyst warned that Acer faces headwinds. "For now, Acer has the lowest-cost tablet, but other competitors will also introduce similar models this year, and so Acer will not be able to enjoy this advantage for long," UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh said. The Wall Street Journal (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Developers urge Congress to curb FDA oversight on health apps
    Lawmakers are studying plans to begin regulating certain mobile devices and applications during three days of hearings this week on Capitol Hill as they debate the parameters of the Affordable Care Act. "Developers are mystified by the rules in this highly regulated industry," said Ben Chodor, CEO of mobile health application store Happtique, in an interview after he testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Members were urged to limit the Food and Drug Administration's authority over mobile apps. VentureBeat (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nvidia boasts Tegra mobile chips with supercomputer pedigrees
    Nvidia introduced a pair of Tegra processors Tuesday that are designed to improve the performance of applications and graphics on mobile devices when they ship later this year. At a company developer's conference, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang offered few details on the specifications for the new chips, code-named Logan and Parker, which will represent the next two generations of Tegra. He did say the Logan chip will be the size of a dime and feature graphics cores based on the Kepler architecture, the same designs used on the world's fastest supercomputers. Computerworld/IDG News Service (3/19), CNET (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • For smartphones, hardware is slowly fading into background
    The specifications for new smartphones are gradually becoming a less-relevant measure of their usefulness to their owners, say some analysts who point to state-of-the-art efforts from handset makers. Eventually, users will barely notice the hardware, they say. "What more is to be done on the smartphone form factor? ... [D]evices will eventually become virtualized or transparent. But we're not there yet," said Andrew Borg of the Aberdeen Group, a research firm. (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Apple moves to catch up in augmented reality
    Apple is moving to catch up to other big names in augmented reality with a patent for an AR system that keys on specific objects in a video stream and attaches information to the images. The system would draw on several iOS features and enable user interaction and sharing. Mobile Marketer (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Gartner sees little surge in BlackBerry's market share
    Garner threw some cold water on Blackberry's hopes that its new operating system will help the company regain much of its lost global market share. The research firm issued a report this week predicting that BlackBerry's global market share will remain under 5% over the next three years despite the recent introduction of phones running on the BlackBerry 10 platform. "It comes down to how effective BlackBerry's marketing will be, and how much money they can spend to excite the user in favor of a BB10 device," the researchers said. They cited strong competition and a closed platform as major obstacles to the company's ability to woo customers from rival operating systems. Network World (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • In the bedroom, mobile devices -- not TVs -- are king
    Consumers are watching almost as much content on their wireless devices as on their television sets, according to Motorola Mobility's annual global Media Engagement Barometer. The study found 40% of the 9,500 people polled saying they view TV content over their smartphones or tablets in the living room, compared with 50% on their TV sets. In bedrooms, Motorola said more people consume video content on their mobile devices than on their TVs. CNET (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • Today's Wireless Family [INFOGRAPHIC]
    To help parents guide their children towards responsible cellphone use, CTIA developed an infographic that looks at how families, including teens, are using cellphones and provides simple tips for parents. 12 is the average age when kids get their first mobile device. 90% of kids expect rules on their wireless usage. 56% of kids 8-12 have a cellphone. For more stats and tips for parents on how to raise responsible wireless users, check out Today's Wireless Family Infographic! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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