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November 26, 2012
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  • NSN eyes openings in U.S. telecom gear market
    Nokia Siemens Networks has begun to increasingly focus on turning around its struggling North America market -- even at the expense of lucrative overseas deals -- in hopes of helping to meet burgeoning demand among wireless carriers as potential low-price Chinese rivals are shut out of the U.S. over security concerns. "The industry is a tough place. The U.S. is certainly an opportunity, so we'll be there," NSN chief executive Rajeev Suri said in an interview. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mobile takes center stage in early holiday shopping
    Mobile devices played a much larger role in holiday shopping on Black Friday this year than a year ago through the use of mobile-payment technology, transactions conducted over mobile devices and ways in which in-store shoppers used smartphone applications to help them sort through the chaos of Black Friday. PayPal on Friday reported a 173% rise in mobile payments worldwide from a year ago, and eBay said its Black Friday mobile transactions grew by 153%. IBM Smarter Commerce data reported a 65% increase in shoppers turning to mobile devices to make purchases. CNET (11/25), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/22), PC Magazine (11/23), VentureBeat (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Carriers wage battle for ex-Nextel PTT customers
    Sprint Nextel's ongoing move to shutter its legacy iDEN Nextel network has sparked a battle among carriers to snare those subscribers, even as Sprint tries to migrate them to its regular wireless platform. The walkie-talkie service is especially popular in select industries, including manufacturing and construction. "We look at the opportunity in the near term to capture as much share as possible with the iDEN migration," AT&T's Chris Hill said. The Wall Street Journal (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Samsung sees Galaxy Note II sales reach 5 million units
    Samsung Electronics has sold more than 5 million "phablets" -- the name coined for the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II, which went on sale two months ago, the South Korean electronics giant said today. The large-screen smartphone's sales compare favorably to the original Galaxy Note, which sold 3 million units in its initial three months on the market. CNET (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Wireless Inspires 
  • Companies see connected toys as their next big playground
    Toy companies believe machine-to-machine technology will move their new generation of products across generations: They have begun investing in connected toys that would link to Wi-Fi networks. For example, Meccano has developed a surveillance robot that users control via a Wi-Fi connection. "Mobile devices and smartphones are giving children more ways to play than ever before," said Scott Jochim, the founder of Digital Tech Frontier, whose POPAR Toys unit is making augmented-reality technology a major part of its product line. (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Samsung can access Apple-HTC records; Apple ups patent ante
    In a victory for Samsung Electronics, a federal court judge has ordered Apple to provide its rival with details of the iPhone maker's recent settlement of its patent lawsuit with HTC, although the documents will not be made public. "HTC is not entitled to special treatment," Judge Paul Grewal ruled. In other news related to Apple and Samsung's ongoing patent battle, Samsung has asked the court to add the iPad Mini to its list of claims while Apple has added six Samsung devices -- including the Galaxy Note II -- to its own lawsuit. PC Magazine (11/23), All Things D (11/23), Bloomberg Businessweek (11/25), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Report: Mobile data traffic doubled in last year
    The increasing global demand for smartphones and rise of mobile video consumption have doubled mobile data traffic in the past year, according to Ericsson's latest Mobility Report, which predicts a 14-time rise by 2018. The Swedish telecom vendor says Asia -- especially China -- and Africa accounted for 75% of mobile subscription growth in the third quarter. VentureBeat/Cloud (11/23), GigaOm (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • For the holidays, tablets are the new laptops
    Tablets are fast replacing laptops as the favorite choice of gifts for the holiday season, at least according to a Reuters poll conducted by Ipsos, which shows one-third of U.S. consumers saying they are considering buying a tablet. Apple's new iPad Mini, however, has not risen to the top of many shopping lists. Moreover in October, tablet display shipments outpaced laptop PC panels for the first time, according to NPD DisplaySearch, a research firm. Reuters (11/20), CNET/Business Tech blog (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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