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March 18, 2013
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  • Apple stays on attack against Android phones with new ads
    In the wake of Samsung Electronics' glitzy launch of its Galaxy S4, Apple has responded with a campaign that features the headline, "There's iPhone. And then there's everything else" on its Web page. Analysts have begun to debate how Apple should react to the latest Galaxy introduction, with some suggesting the company depart from its traditional practices by offering a less expensive iPhone and speeding up its pace of new handset design. Reuters (3/15), CNET (3/16), PC Magazine (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Heins talks innovation, believes iPhone is vulnerable to rivals
    BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins felt confident enough about his company's future to take on Apple, suggesting in an interview that Apple's user interface technology is now outdated. "[T]he rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don't innovate at that speed you can be replaced pretty quickly. The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about is now five years old," Heins said. In a speech, he said BlackBerry's success does not solely depend on the fortunes of its new Z10 phone because Blackberry had become a "mobile computing company." Australian Financial Review (3/18), The Register (U.K.) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ericsson, ST come to terms on dismantling chip JV
    Ericsson and STMicroelectronics have agreed to break up their unprofitable joint venture, which they established in 2009 to design mobile broadband chips, after being unable to find a buyer for ST-Ericsson. Ericsson will regain the JV's Long-Term Evolution multimode modem technology and take on about 1,800 of ST-Ericsson's 4,350 employees and contractors. ST will assume most of the remainder of ST-Ericsson's product line and give jobs to 950 people, leaving about 1,600 to find themselves without jobs following the break-up of the joint venture. (3/18), EE Times (3/18), Bloomberg Businessweek (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Opinion: Don't confuse "white spaces" with "super Wi-Fi"
    Unlicensed spectrum in the 600 MHz band that the government has freed up is neither "super" nor "Wi-Fi," despite the use of those terms to describe the technology by its proponents, according to a commentary by the head of wireless network engineering firm Rysavy Research. The firm's president, Peter Rysavy, said the white space spectrum is inferior to the Wi-Fi standard and he argues that policymakers were wrong in believing that it would help alleviate the traffic jams on wireless networks. GigaOm (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Galaxy S4's use of 802.11ac heralds era of faster Wi-Fi
    Samsung Electronics gave only passing reference last week to one of the Galaxy S4's features: support for 802.11ac -- also known as Gigabit Wi-Fi -- a new standard that will enable wireless networks to transmit as fast as 1.3 gigabits per second. While few smartphones will house chips with the power to reach that speed, they still will be fast enough to stream HD video, according to chipmaker Broadcom. Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.)/Dow Jones Newswires (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FCC warns of heavy fines to spammers bombing robocalls
    The Federal Communications Commission could issue fines of up to $4.8 million to a pair of companies that blitzed people's cellphones with more than 1 million robocalls in connection with the 2012 elections. In citing Dialing Services and Democratic Dialing, the agency said consumers have been increasingly vocal about objecting to the illegal practice as intrusive. Adweek (3/15), CNET (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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